Feel the Temperature Rising
Ever optimistic and eager to grab fun where we can, all here at A Hume are hopeful that as we drift further into August we may actually experience a continued rise in temperature and decrease in rainfall. We’re just itching for that brief break in the clouds that we call summer, an interlude lasting just long enough to wheel out the BBQ and indulge in some alfresco dining.
Some may say that we Brits don’t do outdoor dining with as much stylish aplomb as our continental cousins but we genuinely beg to differ. The British Isles are home to some of the world’s best BBQ produce, just consider a sizzling sliver of prime Angus beef; langoustines hauled fresh from the salty sea; or even lightly grilled pencil-thin English asparagus, drizzled with local rapeseed oil and a touch of lemon juice.
All we need to do is expand our imaginations a little, look beyond the burger and tease out the best from the produce around us. The same is true when it comes to BBQ attire.
A BBQ, can all too often result in men reaching into their wardrobes for their loudest shirt, a garish splattering of pattern and colour over which the ketchup spills will go un-noticed. Or, worse still the comedy apron, declaring ‘007 – License to Grill,’ or words, or even images, of similarly dismal comic effect.
Please take our advice and stand well back from such tired wit. You may raise a titter for a moment or two but then you’re left alone with your joke while your lager grows warm and flat and all around you move on to more entertaining company.
Instead refer to our full-proof guide to getting it right:
- Checks are good and there’s only a danger of looking like a cowboy at a hoedown if you top it off with the Akubra you brought back from Oz on your gap year.
- If it’s warm then shorts are perfectly acceptable, especially these suede drill cargo shorts by R.M. Williams. They have a pre-worn look that gives them a feel of being smart without trying too hard.
- Wearing colour to a party is always a good idea and an Estribos polo belt teamed with a pair of beautifully textured pale moleskins will brighten even a dull day.
- If the BBQ is a good one, it will stay lively into the cool of evening so take something fitting to throw on that doesn’t spoil the look.
- Deck shoes are a BBQ classic, preferable in every way to trainers.
For great inspiration on BBQ cooking turn to these classics:
BBQ 25 by Adam Perry Lang
The Little Black Book of BBQ by Mike Heneberry