National BBQ Week

 

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National BBQ Week arrived here in the UK last week, and although the weather may not have been sizzling for its 20th anniversary, there’s no reason your food can’t be. The event was created back in 1997, a year in which the people of Britain had just 9 million BBQs, and has helped inspire a BBQ boom ever since, with the number of barbies rising this year to a massive 130 million! To help continue the trend, we’ve collated the some of the best barby bites for you to put together this weekend, and the shades you should be seen devouring them in. Continue reading

National Picnic Day

Today is National Picnic Day which is a great excuse to put together some amazing food and head out somewhere to enjoy it, so we thought we would help you out with some tasty picnic food ideas and some of our top pics from the latest ranges of sunglasses.

National Picnic Day

 

Tangy Collard and Cabbage Slaw

Top all your dogs with this tangy take on a classic this summer.

Tangy Collard And Cabbage Slaw

TOTAL TIME: 0:35 PREP: 0:20 COOK: 0:15

Ingredients

1 red onion, thinly sliced

1/4 c. cider vinegar

2 tbsp. whole grain mustard

1 1/2 tbsp. Honey

2/3 c. olive oil

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 small bunch collard greens, stems discarded and leaves shredded

1/2 small head green cabbage, shredded

6 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled

Directions

Combine onion, vinegar, mustard, honey, and oil in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Let stand, tossing occasionally until onion is wilted, 5 to 10 minutes.

Add collard greens and cabbage, and toss to coat. Chill 15 minutes. Toss in bacon.

Sunglasses

To go with your Slaw we would recommend the new unisex Ray-Ban Clubround Sunglasses in Spotted Brown Havana.

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Or maybe a more classic look with the Ray-Ban Clubround Sunglasses in Black Green

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Mojito Watermelon

This spiced up watermelon makes everyone’s favorite summer treat even better.

Mojito Watermelon

TOTAL TIME: 0:15 PREP: 0:15

Ingredients

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 strips lime zest, sliced, plus 2 tbsp juice

1 tsp. sugar

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1/2 small watermelon, rind discarded and sliced

1/3 c. torn mint

Flaky sea salt

Directions

Whisk together oil, lime juice, and sugar in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve watermelon topped with dressing, lime zest, mint, and sea salt.

Sunglasses

The Mojito Watermelon is something different so our choice of sunglasses are the same with these Womens Wildfox Malibu Sunglasses in Fireworks Pink Grey Gradient

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And for the men we would go with a pair of Persol Keyhole Sunglasses in Resina E Sale Havana Polarised

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Grilled Peaches with Smoked Ham and Sorghum

Grilling peaches is an easy way to amplify their sugars and bring out that natural sweetness; smoked ham is a wonderfully salty contrast.

Grilled Peaches with Smoked Ham and Sorghum

TOTAL TIME: 0:30 – 12 servings (24 pieces) SERVES: 12

Ingredients

4 large peaches

12 slice smoked country ham

4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Freshly ground pepper

1 head frisée

1 c. sorghum syrup or pure cane syrup

Directions

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice each peach half into thirds and set aside. Using a sharp knife, cut ham slices into 24 strips. Wrap each peach wedge with a slice of ham and place on prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with pepper.

Arrange frisée on a serving platter and set aside. Working in small batches, place peach slices on grill. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until ham is caramelized and turns a deep red. Carefully turn peach wedges and cook 1 minute. Transfer to prepared serving platter, and drizzle liberally with syrup and season with more pepper.

Sunglasses

This is a smokey dish so we would suggest a smokey pair of Fendi Colour Flash Cateye Sunglasses in Violet Salmon for the women

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And for the men we would go with a pair of  Gucci Sporty Square Sunglasses in Shiny Black

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Cranberry-Basil Spritzer

Cold weather doesn’t mean letting go of every chilled beverage. This spritzer combines the tastes of the cooler season with the refreshing fizz of warmer weather drinks.

Cranberry-Basil Spritzer

TOTAL TIME: 0:40 PREP: 0:15 makes 8 drinks

Ingredients

1 c. water

1 c. sugar

½ c. basil leaves

2 c. unsweetened cranberry juice

¼ c. fresh lime juice

1 L chilled club soda

4 slice lime

1 c. fresh cranberries

½ c. basil leaves

Directions

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring water and sugar to a boil. Stir to dissolve sugar. Add 1/2 cup basil leaves, remove pan from heat, and let steep for 20 minutes.

Strain syrup and let cool for at least 1 hour. In a large pitcher, combine syrup, unsweetened cranberry juice, and fresh lime juice.

Fill pitcher with chilled club soda, then add lime slices, fresh cranberries, and 1/2 cup basil leaves. To serve, pour spritzers over ice, top each with a splash more club soda, and garnish with basil.

Sunglasses

We finish off with a classic drink and obviously a classic pair of Michael Kors Sabina III Aviator Sunglasses in Gold Brown for the ladies

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And for the men, a pair of Prada Contemporary Rectangle Sunglasses in Black

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Now you are all set to celebrate National Picnic Day in style and with the tastiest treats, but which pair will you go for?

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Top 5 Chilli Recipes

We’re talking about one of most popular family meals there is, Chilli Con Carne. There are so many different ways you can enjoy this wonderful meal from ground minced beef or quorn, to a just an all bean recipe. We thought we would share with you some of the tasty recipes we could find and let you decide which one you prefer. 

Turkey and Bean Chilli 

If you after something slightly different to the good old classic then this is perfect. Instead of using beef you could switch it up and use turkey as your chosen meat along with other tasty ingredients.

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