Midsummer barbecue

I love having barbecues! This is what summer is for. We had one in the garden with the family recently.

family barbecue

We started off with a fresh tomato, basil and anchovy bruschetta.

This is always a great starter and very quick to prepare. Just chop some tomatoes and mix them with some torn fresh basil leaves. Toast some rustic bread slices, rub a clove of garlic on them, put the tomatoes on top and a fresh anchovy fillet. Drizzle with plenty of good quality extra virgin olive oil. Just so delicious.

Bruschetta with fresh tomato, basil and anchovy

I bought sardines. In Italy many people love fresh fish and there is always a queue at my local fishmonger.

Before popping sardines on the barbecue I marinate them for an hour with white wine, parsley, garlic cloves and olive oil.

marinating sardines

sardines on the barbecue

sardines on the barbecue

Barbecuing them brings out their flavour so well. They are crispy and full of flavour and so addictive!


We also cooked octopus, one of my favourite types of fish.

barbecued octopus

And some pork steaks and Italian sausages too.

barbecuing meat

Our dessert was very simple. We popped some peaches on the barbecue and served them with vanilla yogurt. A very light and healthy summery dessert.

barbecuing peaches

The day past and we stayed in the garden until the evening chatting for hours whilst the children were happily running around.

I could not have wished for a better day!



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11 Responses to Midsummer barbecue

  1. elisabetta

    Now that’s my kind of barbecue. Come to think of it, it’s much lighter and healthier too. Love the idea of the grilled peaches with yoghurt for dessert. Glad to see everyone having a great evening. Let’s enjoy the rest of summer ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Alida

      Hope you are having a good summer too!

  2. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    wow I love your garden and it looks like everyone had a delicious and relaxing evening, Alida.

    • Alida

      Yes summer is such a special time of the year, isn’t?

  3. Chiara

    una grigliata con gli amici รจ un appuntamento estivo imperdibile !

    • Alida


  4. All That I'm Eating

    What a lovely BBQ; friends, family and food. What more could you need!

    • Alida

      I love having lots of barbecues!

  5. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    This is my kind of BBQ – so much choice! Sadly the weather hasn’t been nice enough to have too many BBQs this year ๐Ÿ™

  6. classyflavors

    Wow. I love your pictures. Your garden looks so good. It is so great to have good time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Alida

      Thanks very much!

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