A couple of weeks ago, the weather in the Netherlands was really nice. The sun was shining every single day and I could wear all the dresses that had been hiding in my closet since last summer. Because my boyfriends’ father celebrated his birthday, they decided to have a barbecue. Unfortunately, that day the weather was terrible: it was raining and apparently it was as cold as it was on Christmas Day. Since all the preparations had been made and the meat was already marinating in the fridge, they decided to go through with it and we would just have to eat inside. I’m glad we still had the barbecue, because the food was really amazing. No credits for me though, my boyfriends’ brother made most of the food, with a little help of my boyfriend. As a birthday gift to their father, they gave him a huge Iberico ham. It looked really cool and they enjoyed slicing meat of the big leg. We enjoyed some pieces of ham just on their own, but they also got wrapped around some asparagus on the barbecue. Even though the weather wasn’t cooperating, we could still enjoy all the amazing food.

Food made by my boyfriends’ brother.

1 kg big shrimps, still in their shells but without the intestines
1,5 bunch of cilantro, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 red chilli, minced
salt, pepper

Mix all the ingredients. Put the shrimps on the skewers. Place the skewers with the shrimps on the barbecue. Turn them after a while. They’ll be cooked when they’re pink all the way through. Best way to find out is to taste one – which is always the worst job of the cook.

Green asparagus
Slices of cured ham – whatever kind you like

Wrap some ham around the asparagus. We had one big slice of ham wrapped around three asparagus, but naturally you could also wrap one slice of ham around one asparagus. Place the asparagus on the barbecue and turn them after a while. I like mine best when they’re still a bit crunchy.

Lamb meat skewers
The recipes above aren’t really recipes, but this one beats them all. We’ve bought the lamb meat already marinated and cut into pieces and only had to cut some red onions and red peppers and pierce the pieces on some skewers.

Don’t have any pictures of them, but we also had some grilled vegetables, a potato salad and guacamole. It was really one big feast.


9 Responses to “A ham and a rainy day barbecue.”

  1. katherine

    the food looks delish – and I’m envious of the leg of Iberico ham! They are prohibitively expensive to purchase in the US so we are limited to seeking them out at restaurants. Can’t imagine how much fun it would be to have one all to ourselves! beautiful shots as well.

    • martetatin

      Hi Katherine – normally the hams are also very expensive in the Netherlands. The big secret is that my boyfriend bought it with a large discount. And thanks for the compliment!

  2. biscuitsandbobbins

    I often try to push the ‘like’ button on your posts, but for some reason wordpress won’t allow me ( it does on everyone else wordpress blog… hmm) anyways, just wanted to let you know I enjoyed seeing the ham and seeing what you did with it, fabulous and mouthwatering pics as always….!

  3. Mª Ángeles

    Hi, I’m a young Spanish woman who has found your blog by chance. I wanted you to know that in Spain always start the ham on the side opposite to that you have done.
    A greeting.

    • martetatin

      Hi Mª Ángeles – Thank you for your reply. What exactly do you mean with the opposite side? Do you mean with the hoof facing downwards? I’m curious to find out what the proper way to do this is!

  4. gottagetbaked

    Wow, that is a seriously drool-inducing barbecue! Your photos are vivid and stunning – I wanted to reach right in and help myself to some of that delicious food!


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