That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it's sad that because the sun takes a back seat, we can't take family and weekend meal times outdoors... Or so we thought! Jamey Colbert from ILVE Australia has some top tips on keeping the barbecue magic going outside all through the chilly season.
1. It’s inevitable that winter will affect our outdoor entertaining, but thankfully, in Australia, it only really lasts six weeks or so, then the glorious sun starts to re-enter our lives (especially for the western and north eastern states). One way I combat the cold is electric heat bars fixed to the ceiling of my outdoor area. You’d be surprised the heat you can get out of them. I’m also not impartial to an open fire – there are some great large clay bowl fire heaters available.
These are always an investment piece, so be prepared to splash some cash, but you can never go wrong with the right choice and it will serve you for years. These spunky ones you can grab on BHG Shop.
2. You need three things for any outdoor entertaining scenario. As the word suggests, the entertaining area should be exactly that! And you can’t entertain without the obvious elements: a BBQ (or your chosen cooking vessel), a fridge for beverages, and comfortable seating.The rest tends to take care of itself.
Options for barbies are positively endless, but going with a good one you know and are familiar with is always a nice idea. You can, of course take our word for it try this snazzy barbie from BHG Shop!
3. When it comes to keeping warm, I love firing up a good fire pit. It’s great, as you can all sit around it with a nice glass of red wine. These combination keeps us warm on the outside and the inside!
Take a peek at the beautiful globe fire pit above on BHG Shop right here.
4. Outdoor entertaining in winter can be challenging, though there are definitely ways to combat this, so long as everyone buys into it. One of the main things to take advantage of is that in the winter we tend to eat heartier food (have a look at this sensational recipe for a steak and ale pie) and drink lots of yummy drinks (buy lots of wine for a steal with the discounts on BHG Shop).
5. What foods and cooking techniques should you adopt in the cold weather are normally along the lines of hearty food has to be the chef’s (Mum's) special in winter. Roasts, potatoes, cooking in smokers. It’s all fair game this time of year.