Saturday, 19 May 2007

Summer Lovin'

Posted by Bonita

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The summer weather is all about outdoor grilling, and grilling food on the barbie is one of our favourite ways of cooking our meals in the summer. There’s usually the staple of chicken wings, sausages and grilled vegetables (usually an assortment of zucchini, sweet bell peppers and mushrooms that have been marinated in a soy-based marinade). Then there are the other dishes that we often mix it up to keep things interesting. Sometimes it’s shellfish, sometimes it’s kebabs or even lamb chops or shellfish. Last year, we got some cedar plank so that we could try cedar plank fish and tasted delicious. Thus, with the new barbeque season well underway, we thought it would be great to dig out those cedar planks and grill some cedar plank salmon. You just need to soak the plank in cold water for a few hours to ensure that it won’t go up in flames when you place it over the fire! We simply season our salmon fillets with some salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon juice. I placed a bed of dill that I had on hand over the cedar plank before placing the fish on top of that. The fish turned out amazing today, with that nice, subtle smoky hint from the cedar and the fact that it was cooked perfectly (practically melt in your mouth!).

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There’s also nothing better to accompany grilled food than corn-on-the-cob. We typically boiled or steamed the corn, but this year, my mom wanted to try grilling them, despite the fact that it would mean a little more work. The results were fantastic! The corn was sweet with that slight smoky hint from the grill. I don’t think my mom will make corn-on-the-cob any other way from now on!

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Food went down with a nice Rose wine from France that I picked up from the LCBO the other day. I don’t know what it is, but I’m either attracted to the bubbly wines or the pink wines, because they’re both so pretty!

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