Forty days without meat: 32


  • Orange juice
  • Musli with milk


  • Fresh baked bread with assorted cheeses & “mediterranean spread” (Delhaize)


  • Veggie bbq!


  • Coffee, tea
  • Drink yogurt
  • Cookie
  • Scone, jam & clotted cream (what can I say, we were at Huize Colette!)

Today we made our first every bbq. We have gone to a couple, but never lighted one ourselves. We had bought a portable one a couple years ago (pretty much like this one) and today was so nice outside that we finally decided to use it! We bought the stuff we still needed (lighting fluid, food, aluminium trays, we already had the bag of coconut bricks for a while) and did it.

Lighting the barbie was a new experience. We starting using way too little lighting gel. Which means it didn’t really get hot enough to get the coconut bricks red. And once we had added enough and let it burn, we didn’t wait long enough to put our stuff to cook. Next time we know that it needs half an hour instead of the ten mins the instruction leaflet says.

Onto the actual food. Big pieces of courgette and red bell pepper, whole white mushrooms & pieces of seitan. All marinated in 2tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1/2 tsp dry thyme, 1/2 tsp dry rosemary, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder for as long as the barbie takes to get hot at least. More is always better. Once the barbie is hot (coals are covered in white ash – wait for this, not like us that started cooking too early), put a disposable foil bbq tray on top and put your marinated food in one layer. Chances are you have to cook in several times. Anyway, cook for about 10 minutes, getting everything hot and golden, turning a couple of times at least. Serve with a nice boiled potato (forgot to put these on the barbie!) with a pat of butter.

And that’s how you make your first barbie, veggie, in a balcony, with a mini grill!

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