June, 2017

SUMMER BARBECUE

by Jo Pratt

Photos: Georgia Glynn Smith

There is nothing better than firing up the barbecue during the summer months – it’s such a sociable form of cooking. Whether it’s with friends or family, everyone gathers around and enjoys the aromas and flavours the barbecue creates.

Whichever type of barbecue you have, charcoal or gas, big or small, it’s amazing just how versatile they can be when it comes to what can be cooked. However, more often than not, we turn to the old-time favourites … quick-cooking bangers, steak, burgers and corn-on-the-cob etc. So, how about you try cooking something that can be left to cook low ’n slow while you enjoy the company of your friends/family, a couple of drinks and the wonderful outdoors.
This pulled pork is a real crowd pleaser. Its juicy, sweetly spiced and mildly smoked meat is delicious served with salads, roasted veggies, baked potatoes or simply sandwiched into a brioche burger bun. After cooking for five hours, the pork effortlessly pulls apart. It will require a little advance planning as you’ll need to cure the meat overnight in salt and sugar. This isn’t a last minute kind of dish, but the end result is worth the wait.
As for something sweet to finish with, since you have the barbecue all set and fired up, simply add a few more coals to increase the heat a little, then cook these fantastically sweet, fruity, nutty stuffed apple parcels.

Have fun, happy barbecuing and enjoy the summer!

MAPLE AND MUSTARD PULLED PORK

MAPLE AND MUSTARD PULLED PORK

TAKES 5 hours cooking plus overnight salting
SERVES 8
TO SERVE Brioche buns , Sliced gherkins, Coleslaw

• 2kg piece boned pork shoulder, rind/skin removed
• 75g sea salt
• 75g dark brown sugar
• 2 tbsp English mustard powder
• 75g wholegrain mustard
• 75g maple syrup
• 150ml orange juice

1/ The day before you plan to cook the pork, put it in a non-metallic dish or a large food bag. Mix together the sea salt and brown sugar and rub all over the pork. Leave in the fridge overnight to draw out excess water, tenderise and evenly season the meat.

2/ The following day, wipe the sugary salt off the pork and sit it in a roasting tray. Mix together the English mustard powder and cayenne pepper, scatter all over the pork and bring to room temperature for about 30 minutes.

3/ In the meantime, light your barbecue for low ’n slow indirect cooking. Keep at a fairly consistent low heat, around 140°C.

4/ Mix together the wholegrain mustard and maple syrup. Spread over the pork, making sure it covers the meat. Pour the orange juice and 200ml water into the bottom of the tin and put into the barbeque. Cover with the lid and cook for five hours, regulating the air vents and adding more coal throughout if need be. Baste the pork with any juices a couple of times. If it starts to colour too much towards the end, cover loosely with foil. If the base of the pan starts to become too dry, add a splash of water.

5/ Remove from the barbeque and leave to rest for 20-30 minutes, loosely covered with foil.

6/ Transfer the pork to a serving plate or board. Shred the meat into strips with two forks. Skim any fat from the juices in the pan and serve to pour over the pork.

Serve in brioche buns with gherkins and coleslaw.

Note

if you don’t want to cook for the full five hours on the barbecue, you can cook for half of the time in an oven set at 140°C/gas 1, then cook on the barbecue for the remaining two and a half hours.

BARBECUED

BARBECUED APPLES

SERVES 4
TO SERVE Ice cream, clotted cream or Greek yoghurt

• 4 large cox or royal gala apples
• 50g sultanas, raisins, dried cranberries or dried cherries
• 50ml dark rum or apple juice
• 75g soft brown sugar
• 1 tsp ground cinnamon
• Finely grated zest of ½ orange
• 50g pecan nuts or walnuts, chopped
• 25g butter

1/ Prepare the barbecue so it is burning at about 170°C.

2/ Remove the core from the apples using a corer or small knife, to create a cavity through the middle of each apple. Sit each apple on a sheet of foil large enough to wrap the apples well.

3/ Mix together the dried fruit, rum or apple juice, sugar, cinnamon, orange zest and nuts. Stuff generously into the apples, letting any excess spill over. Top the apples with a dot of butter and wrap each one tightly so they are well sealed.

4/ Place the apples in the barbecue, sitting on the grill. Cover with the lid and cook for 35-40 minutes, until soft to touch. Rotate a couple of times for even cooking.

5/ Leave to cool for 5 minutes before unwrapping and topping with ice cream, clotted cream or Greek yoghurt.

OPEN FARM SUNDAY

OPEN FARM SUNDAY
11 JUNE
OPEN FARM SUNDAY

Various locations – www.farmsunday.org
There are four London farms, and plenty within half an hour’s drive, where you can find out what it takes to run a farm as well as enjoying entertainment put on by the farmers. This is an opportunity to learn and have fun!

MUSEUM OF LONDON DOCKLANDS FAMILY ACTIVITIES

THE MAN WHO KNOWS IT ALL
NOW (13 MAY TO 20 JULY)
MUSEUM OF LONDON DOCKLANDS FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Museum of London Docklands, E14 – www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london-docklands
Family events at the Museum of London Docklands from May to July 2017.


Click here to view Activities.
All events are FREE



Some of the highlights:

TUNNEL: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF CROSSRAIL
10 FEB TO 3 SEPT
10am–6pm
The most complete range of archaeological objects unearthed by the Crossrail project, Europe’s largest infrastructure project, will go on display alongside the story of this great feat of engineering in a major new exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands next year.
Suggested ages: all ages
FREE

ARCHAEOLOGY DETECTIVES
EVERY WEDS IN MAY, JUNE, JULY EXCEPT WED 19 JULY
Put your detective skills to the test and see if you can help uncover London’s past using real archaeological artefacts. Meet our archaeology team and find out what survives from the everyday lives of Londoners throughout time.
Suggested ages: all ages
FREE

HORRIBLE HISTORIES

HORRIBLE HISTORIES
UNTIL 3 JUNE
HORRIBLE HISTORIES

Hampton Court Palace – www.hrp.org.uk
Terrible tales and gruesome characters, from battling Boudicca to highwayman Dick Turpin, are brought to life at Henry VIIIs former home.

BEN AND HOLLY

3 & 4 JUNE
BEN AND HOLLY

New Wimbledon Theatre – www.atgtickets.com
All the magic of the small screen comes to the stage in this exciting musical adventure with Ben and Holly and their many friends.

GRUESOME NATURE LIVE!

GRUESOME NATURE LIVE!
UNTIL 4 JUNE
GRUESOME NATURE LIVE!

London Zoo, Regents Park – www.zsl.org
Kids will be led on a sing-a-long adventure in this live show for half term as two intrepid explorers seeking the toughest species on earth.

THE BORROWERS

THE BORROWERS
16 JUNE TO 20 AUGUST
THE BORROWERS

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – www.polkatheatre.com
The timeless classic bursts onto Polkas Main Stage this summer with dazzling puppetry, original music, stunning design and plenty of suspense.

KEW MIDSUMMER FETE

KEW MIDSUMMER FETE
17 JUNE
KEW MIDSUMMER FETE

Kew Green – www.kewfete.org
In its 8th year its raised over £100k for local good causes. Take part or watch the dog show, tug of war, Victorian fairground as well as shopping and eating!

It runs from 11am – 6pm on Kew Green, entry is free and there are plenty of attractions to please all ages including:

Traditional Victorian Fairground – Reuben Bond’s original Ferris Wheel, Carousel and Flying Chair-o-planes together with the tots’ Merry-Go-Round of vintage vehicles, the high-in-the-sky Old Time Wheel and Helter Skelter offer all the fun of the traditional fair for adults and children to enjoy.

The Stage  – an unprecedented number of performers will be taking to the Kew stage.  

Food Court – with such a wonderful array of food stalls, the challenge is deciding what style of cuisine to choose from pizza to Ethiopian or Jamaican specialities, ice cream and cakes.

Dog Show – this is a chance for proud local dog owners to parade their pooches with a local celebrity judge deliberating over Best Puppy, Best Old Dog and Best Trick amongst other awards to the delight of onlookers.  Last year two stars of ITV’s The Durrells helped to choose the winners.

Tug of War – local rugby teams will be taking on local pubs and Dad teams while the formidable Fete Committee ladies will need to defend their title to win the coveted trophy.

Stalls – over 100 stalls offering a wonderful array of goods from handcrafted ceramics, glassware and jewellery to photography, art, home accessories and children’s clothes.

Charity Raffle  – over 20 great prizes including our star prize of a Go-Pro camera.

THE GREAT GET TOGETHER

THE GREAT GET TOGETHER
17 JUNE
THE GREAT GET TOGETHER

Brunswick Square Gardens – www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk
Bring a picnic lunch and a favourite children’s book so actors can read your stories aloud and bring much-loved tales to life, in a celebration of community as part of The Great Get Together.

TROOPING THE COLOUR

TROOPING THE COLOUR
17 JUNE
TROOPING THE COLOUR

The Mall – www.householddivision.org.uk
Join the Queens official birthday celebrations at this 1,400 soldier parade, together with 200 horses and more than 400 musicians. After travelling from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade, the inspection of about 2,000 members of the Household Division and Horse Guards takes place who then give their salute. Then the regimental flag, or colour, is ‘trooped’ in front of her majesty. The flag changes each year, with the 1st Battalion of the Irish Guards providing the Colour in 2017. Their Colonel just happens to be Prince William.

WEST END LIVE

WEST END LIVE
24 & 25 JUNE
WEST END LIVE

Trafalgar Square – www.westendlive.co.uk
An all-singing, all-dancing free celebration of the best of Londons theatre. Excerpts from top shows and loads of family fun.

GIFFORDS CIRCUS

GIFFORDS CIRCUS
29 JUNE TO 10 JULY
GIFFORDS CIRCUS

Chiswick House & Gardens – www.giffordscircus.com
This vintage village green circus adopts a 17th Century Spanish theme. Expect a thrilling, candle-lit, international gymnastic show with dancing horses and a live band.

HORRIBLE HISTORIES

HORRIBLE HISTORIES
27 MAY TO 3 JUNE
HORRIBLE HISTORIES

Hampton Court Palace – www.hrp.org.uk
Terrible tales and gruesome characters, from battling Boudicca to highwayman Dick Turpin, are brought to life at Henry VIIIs former home.