London’s personal chef service, Chef’s Compliments, has teamed up with tea specialist MayKingTea, to give you some inspiration for a fun and fabulous garden party this summer:

Top BBQ tips from Chef’s Compliments

  1. Be adventurous! Steer away from the usual sausages and burgers and try fish, vegetables and cuts of meat on the Barbie. Be creative and use strong springs of rosemary as skewers for chicken pieces, or banana leaves as a plate!
  2. Don’t waste the heat from the BBQ when you’ve cooked your food on the grill. Boil some water in a pan over the grill and use it to cook some noodles or fresh pasta.
  3. Use a frying pan on the grill to cook flaky fish or soft fruits, such as bananas or mango slices.
  4. Give your vegetarians a treat with some chargrilled aubergine or pak choi. Simple, quick and tasty; just make sure you cook them in a separate area on the grill, away from any meat.
  5. For the perfect steak, only flip it once and give it plenty of time to rest once it’s cooked. You’ll get sharp chargrill criss-cross lines and it will be juicy throughout!

 For a masterclass in BBQ cooking, contact Chef’s Compliments through their website www.chefscompliments.co.uk

 Top tea drinks as recommended by MayKingTea

1)    Cold tea    Good quality cold teas not only rehydrates as well as water does, but it can also protect against heart disease and some cancers, so why not give it a try?

  • Place 3 tsp of good quality tea such as (Jasmine Dragon Pearls) into a jug to make 1 Litre.
  • Add freshly drawn cold water, ideally using a water filtration system (such as Brita).
  • Place into the fridge overnight.  Serve and enjoy the next day.

2)    Iced tea    Whilst black tea is popular for iced tea, fruit or herbal teas can also be used.

  • Place 4 or 5 teabags (or 4 or 5 teaspoons of loose leaf tea) into a jug
  • Pour boiled water over the tea and infuse for 5-10 minutes
  • Strain the tea if you used loose leaves, or remove the tea bags
  • Add sugar to taste. Some people prefer unsweetened; it depends on personal taste
  • Cool the tea. To do this, refrigerate it, or pour it over ice, or over iced water
  • Serve and enjoy.

MayKingTea Tip: Make the tea more interesting by placing mint during the infusion process and orange slices and more mint whilst serving.

3)    Long Island Tea

Long Island surprisingly doesn’t contain any tea although tastes very similar.

  • Mix the following ingredients together over ice in a glass.
    1 part vodka, 1 part rum, 1 part Tequila, 1 part gin, 1 part triple sec, 1 ½ parts sour mix, splash cola.
  • Pour into a shaker, pretend you’re in the film Cocktail and give it a good ol’ shake.
  • Pour back into the glass and garnish with a wedge of lemon.

4)    Bubble Tea

Bubble Tea originated from Taiwan and is a great drink for your children to try.  Your local Chinese Supermarket should have the ingredients.

  • Make 2-3 cups of tea (using a China black or Ceylon tea), sweeten with honey or sugar and place in the fridge to cool
  • Boil 6 parts water to 1 part tapioca pearls in a large pot for 25 minutes.  Stir regularly to prevent the pearls from sticking.
  • Turn the heat off and let the tapioca pearls cool for 25 minutes
  • Rinse the cooked tapioca pearls and drain off the water
  • Place 2 tsp of pearls into your serving glass
  • Add the following ingredients into a cocktail shaker:
    1 cup chilled tea, 1-2 tbsp crushed ice, 1 cup milk, (fresh fruit is optional)
  • Pretend you’re Tom Cruise and start shaking that cocktail shaker again.
  • Pour on top of the pearls and add more pearls on top
  • Place a straw in each drink before serving.

MayKingTea Tip: You’ll need thick straws for this drink which you can find in any Chinese supermarket.  Adults and children alike will love sucking the pearls up the straws.

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