Daily Archives: 30 May 2011

National Family Week

Another bank holiday, and half-term already. So a good time for National Family Week.

National Family Week websiteI’d never come across this before until a friend put me wise. Apparently, it started in Canada but is held in the autumn there, around Thanksgiving time.

There’s a website, address below, and you can have fun with the online magazine, Family Time – it’s set out like an actual magazine and you use the mouse to turn the pages. Plenty of ideas there about what to do with the kids and grandkids, as there are in this year’s Dairy Diary, pages 44-47, with some more websites to look at for inspiration.

Visit (www.nationalfamilyweek.co.uk)

Barbecues usually go down well for a family get together

They can involve everyone, ‘cos the fellas usually take charge of the grilling, but at the moment the weather doesn’t seem to be very obliging.

All that wonderful sun in April and now we have the wind and the rain – not enough rain to avoid having to water the garden, at least in the southeast, though!

BBQ SauceAgain in this year’s Dairy Diary, there’s an interesting BBQ Sauce recipe to try on p.119, including rhubarb, which I love, and a more-ish (and quickish!) sounding trifle with pear and ginger on p.105.

The thing with barbecues is that you can usually put them on at short notice, and anyway you can always wrap up warm if it’s chilly, or be stalwart Brits and carry on in the rain, unless it’s torrential.

If push comes to shove, we can always move inside. I think I’ve just talked myself into it!

Have a great week and let me know how you get on with the BBQ Sauce 

Dairy Diary Team

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BBQ Sauce

BBQ Sauce

Don’t buy BBQ sauce, make this fabulous fruity version in no time at all!

Serves 6
Time 25 mins
Calories 85 per portion
Fat 4g of which 2.2g is saturated

Butter 25g (1oz)
Onion 1, peeled and finely chopped
Rhubarb 225g (8oz), washed and sliced
Light muscovado sugar 1 tbsp
Worcester sauce 2 tbsp
Soy sauce 2 tbsp
Ground ginger ½ tsp
Lemon juice 2 tbsp
Sultanas 50g (2oz)
Cornflour 2 tsp 1

1 Melt butter in a pan, fry onion until softened.

2 Add 150ml (¼ pint) water and remaining ingredients except cornflour. Bring up to boil, stirring. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

3 Blend cornflour with a little cold water. Add to sauce and bring back up to boil, stirring. Simmer until sauce has thickened.

Serve with grilled meat.

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