Days were spent getting up early, and heading to the beach before breakfast, staying until just after lunch. Then heading off to a cooling garden somewhere and then back to the beach for a BBQ and sundowners.
Eating inside was not an option. So this meant carefully planning of our daily menu and thinking of quick and simple meals to feed starving children and evening suppers that was worthy of such a glorious setting.
Breakfast. We took our small gas burner, a frying pan and fried bacon for butties... using soft rolls and lots of ketchup. The smell of it cooking wafting across the waves bought many an envious look from ravenous surfers! Dan took his Kelly Kettle to the beach, so within minutes we had hot boiling water and a good cup of tea... perfect.
Lunch. A packed affair. Ham and tomato rolls, cheese and cucumber sandwiches. Crisps and fruit. Ice cold water. All kept cool in our cool box with many frozen ice packs for company. I prefer to use a hard sided cool box as it's easier to clean, stays upright (no sloppy spillage into the sand) and the lid can be used as a table.
Dinner. A BBQ whilst watching the sunset. We opted for using disposable BBQ's purely because it's lighter to carry along the beach... and with all the other stuff we have to carry (food, wine, body boards, buckets & spades) a small, light BBQ was the best option.
So what did we eat...
Asparagus spears wrapped in pancetta
Thick slices of Haloumi
Corn on the cob
Salmon foil parcels
Hummus dip & carrot sticks
Cold beers, crisp rose wine & apple juice for the boys.
Salmon Parcels (one per person)
Salmon Fillet pieces
Slice of Lemon
Salt & Pepper
Cut foil into squares and drizzle with olive oil (to prevent the salmon from sticking).
Place salmon onto the square. Place slice of lemon on top. Season.
Scrunch the foil around the salmon so it forms a little bag. This allows the fish to steam.
Place on to BBQ and let it cook for 15 mins.. or until the fish is cooked through.
I found that quick simple food that needed little preparation time was the best. In the morning before I left for the beach, I quickly made the lunch and prepped the evening meal and left it in the fridge so all we had to do was to swing by the cottage and pick it up on route back to the beach.
We absolutely loved cooking on the beach. Do you? What recipes do you use? I would love to know. If the sunshine returns I am sure we will head to the coast, as I want to do this all over again!