Posted on October 19, 2017

License To Grill

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License To Grill

Take your cooking outdoors this Summer and experiment with fresh, seasonal flavours. It’s no secret South Africans are meat obsessed but with the price of meat soaring and the environmental impact of heavy meat consumption top of mind, the humble veggie is looking like a very attractive alternative. Melissa shares her top tips for making the most of your braai or grill this Summer…

Chargrilling veggies

It is marvellous how many vegetables take to the grill. The obvious would be peppers, onion, corn and mushrooms. Experiment with other veggies such as artichokes, carrot, zucchini and summer squash for salad recipes. Toss your vegetables in a coat of Melissa’s infused Olive Oil with Basil and Cape Lemon Rind, season with sea salt and black pepper. Chargrill over a low to medium heat. Best served cold with a drizzle of Melissa’s vinaigrette and freshly picked basil.

Let’s get fruity – healthier than the marshmallow!

If you’ve never grilled fruit before then definitely give it a try this Summer. The grilling process caramelizes the sugars and not only does it look amazing, but it tastes sweet and delicious too! Apply the same method as you would with your veggies. You can grill peaches, plums, strawberries, apples, figs and even coconut. Prepare as an appetizer, in summer salads or serve as a dessert with Nice Company vanilla ice cream. Drizzle with some Melissa’s Mango & Chilli Balsamic Reduction and voila – a tasty summer dish!

Keep it seasonal

Veggies and fruit are more abundant, affordable and have a higher vitamin content during peak season. Always shop seasonally and if possible, grow your own on your balcony or in your garden.

Spring: asparagus, artichokes, kiwis, strawberries, cherries
Summer: tomatoes, watermelon, peaches, figs, mangoes, corn
Autumn: mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, eggplant

Winter: leeks, oranges, parsnips, carrots

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