I have to say I'm truly impressed by the response to this edition of Is My Blog Burning? We have reached 35 entries and I am assured that there are still a few more that will be coming in over the next day. Congratulations and thanks to you all! For those of us lucky enough to have the space for an actual grill, this edition was only limited by our willingness to brave the elements. However, as Josh of The Food Section pointed out, the options for city dwellers are fairly limited:
1. Indoor grilling using a cast iron grill pan.
2. Public grilling at a...City park.
3. Emigration to suburbia.
Josh made the effort to penetrate suburbia and grill at his mother-in-law's house. Our friend Elise (of Simply Recipes) actually went out and bought a grill pan - what dedication! And then there were those (like my own Critic) who had to brave the elements or risked creating a fire hazard. Anthony of Spiceblog travelled hundreds of miles and Alison of general jinjur's journal has a lovely picture she took of the grill as she "stood outside staring at the fire with a gin & tonic until i was absolutely sure i wasn't going to burn the house down", which I loved!
On to the summary of our entries so far!
The first lot we will be exploring are those that I thought had the most innovative or imaginative ingredients. (I must point out, of course that ALL the recipes were imaginative in one way or another!!) Amy of Cooking with Amy used pomegranite syrup in her Mideastern-inspired Lamb kebabs. I was intrigued by Jun's Honeyed Bacon and Banana Bites which sounded delicious. Then there was Redbeard who gave us tips on how to grill oysters. I absolutely adore raw oysters and so have never been tempted to cook them, but now that I'm off the raw fish I am eager to try them grilled! Anthony of the aforementioned spiceblog enriched my culinary vocabulary with his references to yabbies and gnarly Mallie roots and had my mouth watering with his beautiful photos. (Visit his site for definitions and explanations, as he wisely included informative links!) Next, Irene of Cuisine Capers introduced us to an Argentinian sauce called Chimichurri, which sounded delightful on beef tenderloin with grilled vegetables.
Continuing with the ethnic trend, Santos contributed a traditional recipe from Guam in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Guam's liberation, Chicken Kelaguen, a lovely mix of grilled chicken, coconut milk, lemon and peppers. Deb from Murray Hill gave us the recipe for savoury Char Siu Bao (Barbecue Roast Pork Bun). And another Asian delicacy was posted by Mik of l'Art de Vivre: Pulut Panggang, which has the original idea of grilling rice (before you ask, they use banana leaves to wrap the rice and filling!). Renée, who hosted IMBB? 4 contributed her recipe for Char Siew or Chinese Sweet Barbecued Pork, which looks absolutely delicious. Moving away from Asia, Josh of the Food Section treated us to an Italian (I think?) recipe called Pollo al Mattone, or as he prefers to call it, Chicken under a Stone. Our own Italian Alberto of Il Forno treated us to a typical Thuringer delicacy of Rostbraetl, which is made of thin slices of bork neck marinated in onion, beer and mustard before being grilled. (Alberto is also, of course, the reason we are all her, being the originator of the IMBB concept - thanks!!)
It was no surprise to me to find that Dr. Biggles of Meathenge opted to participate in this edition of IMBB, as grilling seems to be something of a creed on his site! His post gave enlightening instructions on properly Smoking and then Eating Your Meat. We were also unsurprised to see any entry from Dave of the Weber Grill Cam, for his leg of lamb on the grill. Lenn of Lenndevours gave us another treated-meat treat with his Allspice Brined Grilled Pork Chops with Mango-Habernero BBQ Sauce and Mango-Apple-Corn Salsa. Derrick from An Obsession with Food contributed a Barbecued Brisket to the feast, with useful information on the preparation of the different parts of this cut of meat. I also appreciated the tip on how to prepare it more quickly if you don't have 10-12 hours to spare to slow cook it! Charlotte gave us several recipes for our delight, including Central Coast Barbecue Tri-Tip, Lamb on a Stick and Skewered Lamb with Coriander Yogurt. I learned another new word from Jo when I visited the Amuse Bouche site: spatchcocked! Her Spatchcocked Buttermilk Chicken sounds delicious and it's a great word to confuse people with. Cathy, from my little kitchen invented Birthday Chicken, a wonderful mix of fresh herbs, garlic and piment d'espelette. Ann-Marie from the fresh vegetables site gave us her recipe for Grilled Pork Tacos, which must have been lovely with the accompanying mango slaw!
In a more traditional vein (although always with creative departures) we had a few entries for hamburgers. Jim's Famous Hamburger Recipe was posted on elise's Simply Recipes and looked absolutely delicious in the photo. Then Owen from Tomatillo gave us four varieties of hamburger: BLT, ground turkey with cranberries (may I suggest the Thanksgiving burger, or is that too cliché?), the Greek Lamb Burger and the Kashmiri Burger.
We received quite a few recipes for fish or seafood dishes. We'll start with Foodgoat and Ladygoat who prepared grilled shrimp and (very exciting!) grilled soft-shell crab. Walker New York Eats grilled shrimp for us as well, this time with a fragrant tomato jam sauce and accompanying grilled flatbread. (Incidentally, Barrett of TMC included grilled bread in his entry - I must try this myself one of these days!) However, I'm not sure we are up to the Walker NY Eats standard of photography - a beautiful photo with this entry! The Upside-Down Pear also joined us (for the first time - welcome!) with a recipe for Theoretical Grilled Shrimp. Bill from Red Fusion gave us a new twist on two traditional New Orleans dishes: Barbecue Shrimp Toast. It sounds delicious and much less work than unpeeled barbecue shrimp! Seattle Bon Vivant treated us to a speciality of the Pacific Northwest with Grilled Yukon River King Salmon with Heirloom Tomato-Basil Salad and Steamed Purple & Yellow Haricots.
Salmon featured in a sandwich prepared by the Accidental Hedonist, with cheese, spinach and wasabi mayonnaise on foccacia bread, very elegant! Christine of I like to do stuff...also sent us a sandwich with grilled vegetables, something that Barrett and his lovely wife will no doubt appreciate! Alison of the General jinjur's journal site also had an interesting take on the grilled vegetable sandwich, with grilled radicchio and cheese.
Only two chefs addressed the gender gap involved in grilling, so I thought they deserved a special mention. Donna of There's a Chef in My Kitchen did some research and proudly presented us with her first (and very successful) experience with grilling: Asian Glazed Grill-Roasted Chicken. The Domestic Goddess handed over the reins to her man (while modestly down-playing the work she contributed) for a Grilled Salad. And as for myself, I neglected to mention in my entry yesterday that my own (male) Critic did "all the work" of cooking our yakitori. Vive la différence!
We had only two entries that were clearly not main dishes, so I thought I would put them together. Martine of Les Banlieusardes (Suburblicious in English) gave us a delicious recipe for grilled marinated bell peppers. I love the photo of the roasted peppers nestling in their jar! And Elsa of Macbebekin treated us to a lovely dessert of stone fruit in a pouch. A wonderful idea for fruit that is not quite too ripe - I'm definitely going to try it!
Lastly, Clotilde of Chocolate & Zucchini (and erstwhile IMBB hostess) was sadly unable to locate a grill but she made up for it by tasting the wonders of a Moroccan grill in the restaurant Le Dattier. She gives us a mouth-watering review for this edition.
Oops, a couple of late entries: Cassandra from Adventures in Cooking gives us A thoroughly green grilled dinner! and Jeanne has generously completely rewritten her lost entry Stuffed beef fillet on the braai on Cook Sister. Thanks ladies!
(Barrett here: The advantage of having the Too Many Chefs on two continents is that when one has to sleep the other is up and typing.) But wait, there's more! Kris at Bread & Coffee sizzled up some steak fajitas. That's Mmmmexican food at its finest. Petra at Chili und Ciabatta prepared a beautiful meal of Spanish Pinchos Muronos (Pork with Moorish Seasonings), Pa Amb Tomàquet (Catalan Tomato Bread), and a Spanish grilled vegetable salad. Deenie at winterjade's appropriately named Delectation grillpans a few of my favorite things in her Grilled Halibut, Scallops, & Baby Bok Choy with Garlic Black Bean Sauce. I've just been turned on to baby boks and I love the idea of grilling them.
Johanna at the Passionate Chef anticipated the IMBB? by a bit (umm... three months?) and has asked us to point out the Lemon Grilled Mozarella and Tasty Lamb Burgers and Stuffed Seabass and Achiote Chicken entries on her site. As a semi-veg-head, I can't really appreciate the lamb or chicken, but the sea bass looks great and I'm definitely trying the mozarella recipe.
Kelli, of Culinary Epiphanies also sent her entry with photos and recipes for her grilled dinner, including Bruschetta Kabobs, Eggplant Parmesan Mini Pizzas and Fruit Kabobs with Ginger Dip. All very original and tasty recipes!
Keep those entries coming in...we'll update again tomorrow if necessary!