Summer means barbecues. We had our first last weekend; even though it was actually chilly enough to need a good jumper for comfort, eating outside always makes for a relaxed and unforced atmosphere. We stuck to a simple menu – sausages, burgers and some marinated lamb chops, accompanied by a couple of salads. Even so, it was very convivial standing round grilling the meat and enjoying the time together.
Now that we’ve started cooking outdoors again, we can think about more interesting menus, and there’s something special about slow cooking a whole joint. In this video Ollie Dabbous shows us how to make this tasty slow roast shoulder of lamb, served with violet mustard yoghurt and cracked wheat and pickled vine leaves; a dish to be savoured with friends. The next question is what do we drink? We could go for the staples of wine or beer, but if we’re getting more adventurous with the food, why not be the same with the drink? Raki is a Turkish aniseed-flavoured spirit, traditionally enjoyed with food at a a raki table or rak? sofras?, with food, conversation and time. By not going with the more common options, there are also all sorts of directions we can go with our food, incorporating aniseed and fennel flavours in our dishes. As raki is traditionally enjoyed either diluted with water or with water on the side, it is a long drink suitable for those extended unrushed meals and meandering conversations.
The best known brand in Turkey is Yeni Raki, a brand which launched in the UK last November and started their campaign to take time to enjoy food and #unrushyourworld. With a bit of luck and some sun, this summer is a perfect time to start.
Post sponsored by Yeni Raki