In the winter it drops to about once a week, but Papa Bird is still out there many a cold evening in his winter parka with the snow blowing around him. The taste of something bbq’d just can’t be beat and we will barbecue most anything; corn on the cob and perogies are better on the grill.
Sobeys has some new ideas out there for the summer grilling season and I recently got the chance to try out a couple of their recipes. I was really excited about this for three reasons.
- The fresh food at Sobeys, their produce, seafood, meat and cheese section is always fresh, ripe and tasty. The service at my local Sobeys is also great “Shout out to the Sobeys workers at Hawkstone in Edmonton.”
- Baby Bird and I love seafood and Papa Bird doesn’t so any chance to add seafood to our dinner menu, I am all for.
- It occurred to me when this opportunity was presented that I had never tried to barbecue seafood before. Am I crazy? I can’t believe I never though of that!
So that being said, I jumped all over the Maple-Planked Salmon with Carrot Slaw recipe. When preparing the salmon I halved the recipe since it was only Baby Bird and I eating and included two chicken breasts for Papa Bird. That is his chicken cooking on the top level.
The plank was pretty cool. According to the directions you just soak it for a couple of hours before grilling and place it on the grill. When I opened the barbecue to put the salmon on it smelled like we were cooking at a camp-out. Right then I knew it was going to be good!
For the Carrot Slaw part of the recipe, I was feeling a little adventurous and I added blueberries to the slaw section of the recipe. Papa Bird said it was “interesting”, I liked it and Baby Bird ate all of the blueberries off of her plate and then proceeded to clean off Papa Bird’s plate.
The salmon was so moist and delicious. I had to stop myself from going back for more salmon so I would have enough for lunch and it turned out I had enough for two lunches. A full recipe in my opinion would feed four people with enough left over for lunch the next day.
You can visit Sobeys online to see their Ultimate Grilling Guide for Summer 2010 that includes stories tips and recipes, or pick up a copy the next time you are at the store.
I have another recipe that I cooked up recently and we are having it tonight for supper so I will share the pics and our thoughts then.
How about you guys… are you luck us? Do you love barbecued food? What’s your favorite?