We just came back from a lovely holiday and all I want to do is spend time in the kitchen and garden (I want to talk about the garden separately because I need to devote some time to it ;) ). First up, BBQ sauce. It is super hot and muggy here and we bought ribs yesterday for some friends coming over for dinner and I was inspired.
The Barbeque Sauce recipe came from a quick search on Tastespotting, and I will definitely be adding that blog to my frequently surfed. It is totally delicious, even after a few dicey substitutions:
I cooked everything up according to her instructions, and used one of the most exciting purchases from my trip - smoked baby garlic.
Having not made anything without this wonderful product, I'm not sure about what difference it made to the flavour, but I would like to think a lot since my whole kitchen reeks of the stuff ;)
The other wonderful ingredient that I have access to is garlic scape salt.
This stuff is gold - it can turn the most boring dish into something fantastic. Get some if you can!!
We're also talking a lot about sugar content in our house right now, being not super healthy people, but wanting to be. So I subbed out the brown sugar for honey, the apricot preserves for fresh blueberries, and I made my own ketchup. Again with mods:
This is settling in the fridge right now - it might need some more maple syrup. I halved the quantity ...
Anywho - that was the first day home in my kitchen and it was wonderful!