While July’s heatwave seems to have made way for rain, weather experts assure us summer isn’t over yet!
For Dragons’ Den entrepreneur and TV chef Levi Roots, the barbecue is a time to shine – and July’s sunshine has made it all the better.
“The weather here’s been brilliant. This is the first time in years I haven’t felt like I should be back in Jamaica!” says Roots with a hearty laugh.
“In previous summers I’ve felt like I should get out of the UK but this year I feel very at home with the weather,” adds the chef, who moved from Jamaica to live in the UK in the 1970s.
Roots, who wowed Dragons’ Den judges with his Reggae Reggae Sauce in 2006, loves have food blazing on the barbecue.
“I grew up cooking food on the barbecue and I see grilling as the best way to get flavours from food,” says the cook, who’s just released a new book, ‘Grill It With Levi’.
Here’s a recipe that will give you a taste of the Caribbean.
Barbecued chicken with molasses sugar and lime
6 chicken breasts, skin removed
4 tbsp molasses sugar
Juice of 4 lime
3tbsp olive oil
Leaves from 3 fresh thyme sprigs
Salt and pepper
Put the chicken breasts between two sheets of greaseproof paper or clingfilm and bash them flat with a rolling pin. If you don’t do this you might find that the outside is cooked and dry while the inside is still raw.
Mix the remaining ingredients in a large, shallow dish and add the chicken. Cover with clingfilm and marinate in the fridge for a couple of hours. Lift the chicken out of the marinade, shaking off the excess. Barbecue for seven minutes, turning and basting with the marinade as it cooks. Serve immediately.