We were planning for a BBQ party @ East Coast Park, for the past few months and it was successfully launched last weekend:) Planned to camp there on saturday night and back to home in the morning to refresh, and bring back food for BBQ. Along with us, two other friends with their family also joined. This was our first time of BBQ in the beach and it was FUN, FUN and FUN only :)
Sun arised toooooo early for me last saturday, as I need to prepare for the BBQ party as well as my daily routine for the day. Most important thing, before all these -I have to post my recipes in my blog;) - so quickly posted for the day and drafted for sunday too.
Then I started my daily tasks, cooking for lunch, packing and food preparation for BBQ, cleaning and other stuff. Started preparing vegetable spring rolls, chicken soup, Mango dip, cucumbers and marinated fish for next day. Then quickly packed BBQ portable pit, paper plates, cups, spoons, forks, music player, DVD portable player, batteries, CDs, tents, pillows, mats, etc. Whole day I was sooooo busy, that I wanted to sleep early.....
Then in the evening, we went to Changi temple and one of our friend's family joined us there. After darshan and delicious food we had in the temple, we came back home around 11 pm. Refreshed ourselves, prepared hot masala tea, had a cup and poured some in the thermo flask to have there in the beach. We called the other friend too and started to ECP around 12 midnight.
It was windy there and climate was very pleasant. We started fixing the tent and no one, including me;), was tired! My hubby was busy taking few night shots and one kid who was with us wanted to play in the beach, so his parents were busy to spend some time with him. Then we all gathered and started our chit chat and after some time watched a movie in the portable player.
It was around 3 am and we all decided to nap for sometime. Usually I always like to sleep in open, but it was cold and everybody went inside the tent. We took 2 tents but we wanted to stay together. It was 6 men tent - 6 adults and one kid, we all shared the same tent.
It was around 4 am, we were awakened by a loud laughter by a girl who was sitting in the bench near to our tent. She laughed so loudly that everybody woke up and they started making fun of me saying it was a devil, since I am so afraid of it and their stories. After some fun we continued our sleep and woke up around 7 am. Below picture was taken early in the morning :)
Then we went back home, refreshed ourselves, had tea, breakfast and prepared curd rice and marinated peppers and bean curd for tikka. I posted my recipe for sunday, which I drafted the previous day;)
Around 11.30 am, we started again to ECP. We were trying to book a pit there, but were too late, since it has to be done a day earlier. Then we were searching for a good shady place for camping, luckily, a person who saw us roaming here and there and called us and told that he is vacating that bench, which was just below a tree. But we wanted a bench with a table too, so that it will be more convenient.
But for time being, we started litting the pit. One of our friend Rev, brought vegetable biryani, marinated vegetables for tikka and other friend brought marinated chicken and prawns. Mine was marinated fish, chicken soup, veggie spring roll, cucumber and mango dip, curd rice, murruku(an indian snack for tea) and masala tea. So we, wives started litting the BBQ pit and in the mean time, the tent was made ready by the hubbies.
We wanted to heat the soup first, but...... it started drizzling. We felt bad :( and started moving things inside the tent and kept the pit below the bench and we rushed to a nearby shelter. The rain started pouring and hubbies hid themselves inside the tent and wives with the kid were in the nearby shelter. It was raining heavily and we thought our party will be spoiled. Kid was so sad and I told him to pray God to stop the rain. He prayed once and was asking me, why the rain has not stopped, I replied that he has to pray 100 times.... ;) and he started doing it:)
We were sad, since this was our first BBQ party in the beach and I started praying too;) while our hubbies were happily eating groundnuts inside the tent;)(we found it when we came back:)) After 30 minutes, rain stopped completely and it was cool in the beach. Then we got a bench with the table, since many of them left the beach because of rain. Then we started again to lit the pit, wanted to have hot chicken soup, so started heating it.
I forgot to click pictures of some of the dishes as we were so excited eating them hot and fresh;) But tried to pull few to post them :)
After tasty chicken soup, it was hot spring rolls with mango dip. I specially made vegetable snack for our friend Rev, since she wont eat non-veg.
Thanks Lakshmi for the recipe. We all enjoyed it!!!
Then we started cooking Tandoori chicken prepared by our friend, Jil Jil :) The aroma was sssooo inviting and everybody started eating it right from the pit. It was finished within 10 minutes ;)
Meanwhile, me and Rev started inserting the marinated vegetables(Green, Yellow and Red peppers, Onions and Bean curd) in the bamboo skewers for the Tikka.
Recipe was given by Rev and I prepared it in the morning. It was damn tasty and was a major highlight of the food:)
Then we started frying fish.....
We were almost finding space in our stomachs to fill these.... so hubbies went to pick some cool drinks. Had nice diet cokes, pepsi's & ice lemon tea.
After fish, we started frying marinated prawns to have with vegetable biryani.
We were feeling so full, thought of taking some rest and have rice after some time. So we kept biryani on the pit and stated our chitchats again;)
After an hour, we had biryani, fish, prawns and curd rice. The food was lovely and most of them had no oil. We flet it healthy too :)
Prepared masala tea in the morning and brought it in a flask. It was hot and we all had it with murukku.
It was really nice and relaxing and SO MUCH fun. We all loved this BBQ party and planned to do once in a month;)
Thanks for spending time to read this and recipes will follow soon this month ;)