Linda Barker Loves: Alfresco Dining!

We catch up with Linda Barker as she gives us some unexpected kitchen advice…

You won’t hear me say this very often, but here it is – it’s time for everyone to stay out of the kitchen. Move away from the oven, the gas hob, the fan assisted function buttons, and the state-of-the-art appliances. It’s time for us sun-starved, jumper-draped kitchen lovers to get outside, and shut the door behind us – this weekend might be the last time for a while that we get the chance

We live in the most beautiful country in the world, but let’s face it, it can be flippin’ cold most nights of the year. Even as we approach the end of British ‘Summer’ Time, I still have my fire lit indoors at night and I still hold my 13.5 tog duvet close, just in case…

For a girl that works on interiors almost exclusively, even I want to forget about living inside once in a while. I need to forget about the furnishings and floor coverings and think instead about being in a field somewhere and lighting up a good old fashioned barbeque, smoke and all.

With that in mind, I’ve recently been investigating how to cook up the simplest outdoor food to keep us out of the indoors for as long as possible, or at least to minimise how long we spend at the countertop. Forgive me if I send you back into the kitchen to do the tiniest bit of prep, but don’t worry – you won’t be in there for long…

Preparing Chicken Satay Skewers Recipe

Chicken Satay Skewers


Chicken portions
2 tbsp. crunchy peanut butter
1 tbsp. of sweet chilli sauce
1 tbsp. of soy sauce
1 tsp of honey
a squeeze of fresh lime


Cut a chicken breast into three long strips (or 2 if these are small). Bash these out so they are slightly thinner and a uniform thickness using a rolling pin and a chopping board. Thread the strips along a bamboo skewer like long ribbons. BBQ when the coals are hot, they won’t take long as the meat is fairly thin. These are best when the meat is a little charred at the edges (only a little charred mind!)

Wash out an old can of beans and use this as your saucepan…..
To make a really easy satay sauce, simply mix all these ingredients together in your cleaned tin can and position at the side of the BBQ to warm through, stir occasionally. Once it’s hot, simple pour over your tender chicken, serve and enjoy!

Cooking Linda Barker's Chicken Satay Skewers

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