Our family reunion – Midsummer barbecue in Italy

Summer is nearly over and here I am feeling nostalgic again. Every year is the same when I come back from Italy taking with me all those fond memories of sunshine and the time spent with my Italian relatives.

This year, summer was particularly good; first we visited Puglia and then we went up North on the Adriatic coast in Friuli. We also had a few days in the Alps but the best of it all was a reunion with our extended family.

We had a barbecue in my uncle’s garden with my cousins which was fabulous. It felt so good being altogether after such a long time. Our last midsummer barbecue was at Ferragosto some time ago.

The evening kicked off with a Mojito made by my cousin Daniela who, after working in Jamaica and in several restaurants in London, is an expert at cocktail making.

Making cocktails

Mojito

My other cousins, Marco and Michele were our chefs for the evening. I could tell they were very experienced at barbecues: they cooked ribs, sausages, veggie and fish to perfection. The meat was particularly good: juicy and tender without any burnt bits.. just so delicious. This is because they cooked it over hot coals over several hours and this is how a proper barbecue should be done.

First they made a fire with old wood

fire for barbecue

And then the smoke of the charcoals would cook the meat nice and slowly. Marco cooked some seabass for us as well.

cooking seabass on the barbecue

He stuffed it with with rosemary and lemon slices which added a lot of flavour.

Fish on the barbecue

Veggies also get an intense flavour when cooked on an barby; if you don’t have a barbecue you can achieve a similar flavour by cooking them on a hot griddle pan.

Eggplant on a barbecue

Fish kebabs were made with peppers, eggplant, zucchini and swordfish.. yummy!

And polenta of course will never ever miss from a Northern Italian barbecue.. you first make it, slice it and then chargrill it… delicious!

polenta on the barbecue

These are my uncle’s homegrown tomatoes.. the look incredible!

Italian tomatoes_

We enjoyed them with a simple dressing made with olive oil, vinegar and a pinch of salt.

Italian tomatoes with olives and mozzarella

chargrilled peppers_

Pork ribs.. were just the best thing ever.. the highlight of the barbecue

pork ribs and sausage cooked on the barbecue

And of course.. after ice cream there will always be watermelon with a summer barbecue. These watermelons are kept in cold water to make them nice and chilled. Watermelon tastes better when it is cold.

Watermelon

Cheers! There is nothing worth more than being close to your family. Yes, family comes first. Always.

Barbecue in Italy

See you next summer for another feast like this!

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17 Responses to Our family reunion – Midsummer barbecue in Italy

  1. Gloria Roa Baker

    nice, all looks amazing Alida, Im happy you had a lovely time! hugs

    • Alida

      Yes happy memories 🙂

  2. angiesrecipes

    I am drooling 🙂 You surely had a great time back at home in Italy! Happy Sunday, Alida!

    • Alida

      I always love to be back there.

  3. Ron

    Fantastic day it must have been with your extended family. Thanks for giving us a peak in to your Italian families life. I think I would of wanted some of that sea bass and those tomatoes, wow. Oh what the heck, I would of wanted it all.

    • Alida

      Fish is always great especially when it is barbecued and so it is meat really.. but it is only for the summer here. We have to wait until next year now!

  4. Frank

    Looks like a lovely time!

    • Alida

      It was, it was indeed.

  5. elisabetta

    Aaah, I always feel nostalgic when I return home from Italy too, it really feels like my second home! Over here I remember my dad used to half-bury watermelons in the seashore at the beach to help keep them as cold as possible – lovely. What a fabulous barbecue with all that delicious food shared with the family. Glad you’ve had yet another great holiday Alida.

    • Alida

      Oh great idea to bury watermelons at the beach. I feel a bit sad that summer is over but autumn is also a really nice month with lovely seasonal foods too. Have a nice week ahead Elisabetta.

  6. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    What a fantastic day you had with your family, thank you for sharing it with us. The food looks so very good…a veritable feast.

    • Alida

      Many thanks Karen

  7. speedy70

    Mmmmm che bella grigliata, quante cose buone, complimenti!!!

    • Alida

      Grazie cara

  8. All That I'm Eating

    What a feast! It looks like an amazing day and the food sounds wonderful.

    • Alida

      And it tastes even better when you are having fun!

  9. 2pots2cook

    Oh yes ! Reunions are the best ! Thank you so much for sharing this one !

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