Summer is definitely in the air when you smell the comforting smell of wood chips burning (or as is often the case lighter fuel) and eventually when the grill in question settles down and is flare free, it could be the smell of steaks, burgers or other such mouthwatering possibilities which bring a warm feeling of summer having arrived. Grilling is probably the most social form of cooking and eating with few people prepared to fire up a grill to eat alone. Generally to go to the trouble of grilling and make the most of it friends or family are invited to share. Not everybody has the facility to grill of course, if you live in an older house in the town or city you are probably sans balcony or garden. A lot of apartment buildings have a straight ban on balcony barbecuing so maybe the first indication of summer having arrived that your olfactory receptors receive is when the person in the apartment next door opens the kitchen window while preparing mediterranean chicken, up goes your nose and you smile and think summers arrived! Well probably not but whether or not you own a grill you can probably smell the change in food habits as the summer moves in. Grilling is fun and if you are the adventurous type well there are few things you can’t grill, but please be careful and remember a little bit of patience is far better than using a full bottle of grill starter, and tastes better.
From reading all my favourite food blogs I believe peppermint and maple syrup (not necessarily together) head the list of trending flavours this summer and speaking of favourite food blogs, congratulations to Imen Mc Donnell whose wonderful Farmette food blog was nominated for Best Writing award in the Saveur Magazine 2015 food blog awards. The blog is a treat if you like earthy pictures and traditional Irish food with a quirky twist combined with very accomplished writing and storytelling skills.. My favourite was – Country Grits with Wild irish Ramson – good for the grill or the pan and combining Irish and American elements in a beautifully traditional yet exotic kind of way.
So summer really is a time to try different, lighter, grilled, smoked, raw food. We’ve been promised some sunshine over the next weeks so get outside and fire up that grill, get creative with the side dishes don’t grill over flames, wait till the grill is white hot for very best results. Of course if you are out on the road to somewhere, heading away for the weekend, going to an event, generally on the move, then there is always your nearest Applegreen to provide sustenance for sunny, showery summer days.