Jumeirah Lowndes Terrace BBQ Class and a 5:2 Diet Idea:
With a faltering attempt at Spring this week and a cloudless blue sky this afternoon, this particular post seems almost relevant. On the afternoon of the planned barbeque demonstration at the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel however, a thunderstorm, hail and fierce winds had me calling the organisers at 3pm. ’Don’t worry – the forecast is for sunshine at 5pm’ announced the chirpy PR. Now, I know PRs are generally happy, smiley people, but this just sounded unrealistic. I spluttered something inane back. put the phone down and looked disbelievingly out of the window. I have to admit feeling just a little bit grumpy at the idea of grilling in the rain.
Unbelievably as I left the house, on the stroke of 5pm, the sun did indeed come out. In any case, The Terrace at Jumeirah Lowndes is covered with large parasols and fully heated. Just round the corner from Harrods and Harvey Nichols, it is a large secluded private space at the back of the Hotel, fitted out with serious ‘Grilling’ equipment, comfy chairs and tables and the very necessary parasols and heaters. One to remember for sunny afternoons and balmy evenings, I can see myself happily sitting out at The Terrace sipping fizz on a regular basis, if we get any Summer this year;)
We were there to have a barbeque lesson and demo from Head Chef Martin Gabler, runner-up at the British BBQ Championships 2012. It struck me that quite a lot of what we were shown was actually healthy – worthy of a 5:2 diet fast day – although NOT if you wash it down with copious quantities of fizz.
Perhaps my favourite dish was the Thai Marinated Tiger Prawns, so I’m sharing Martin’s recipe with you here for the ultimate ‘have fun on a diet’ dish!
In addition to the prawns we sampled grilled mushroom and goats cheese salad, yoghurt lemon marinaded chicken and burgers.
Perhaps with the exception of the burgers, everything was super healthy – for example the yoghurt marinade for the chicken was just lemon, low fat yoghurt and green peppercorns with some salt and pepper. We did spoil any idea of healthy dining though with chips, plenty of wine and a naughty chocolate fondant dessert to round off the evening. But why not? The sun had managed to shine for at least an hour and that in itself was cause for celebration.
My invitation was to a preview of the BBQ master classes which start on Saturday 27 April and then run on the 11th, 18th and 25th of May between 10.30am and 12pm. If you want to go along, the price is just £38 per person, you’ll be cooking your own lunch, so you won’t go hungry and you’ll come away with a recipe sheet for a whole set of dishes and sauces perfect for your own home BBQ!
The Terrace BBQ Masterclass Series
Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel
21 Lowndes Street
London SW1X 9ES
To Book: 020 7858 7223, visit www.jumeirahlowndeshotel.com or email JLHdining@jumeirah.com