Lifestyle | An impromptu beach bbq…

clevedon beach with pier in the distance beach bbq

Sometimes, on a sunny day, we surprise the kids and take tea to the beach.  Ladye Bay, near Clevedon, is one of favourite places to go.  A sheltered bay, with views of Clevedon Pier and over to Wales in the distance.

We love to make a fire on the pebbles, and cook something on the grill, Dan busy tending to the fire, while the kids play in the rocks.  The sound of the waves rushing against the pebbly beach.

Early that afternoon, I made chickpea and coriander burgers and put together all the ingredients to assemble a veggie burger on the beach.  Halloumi cheese to grill alongside, ripe beef steak tomatoes, brioche buns and salad.

Rufus moaned the entire way there, saying he had had a busy afternoon at school with PE. And was too tired to be at the beach.  But as soon as we got there, the little mountain goat, began scrambling up the cliff face to find a view point to take it all in.

Charlie, built rock sculptures, and we took it in turns to throw pebbles at them to see who could knock them down.

For about two months now, Rufus has become a pescatarian, and Dan and I are not eating red meat.  So if we want a burger, it will need to be a veggie one.  Sick of the bad, bland, veggie burgers in the super market, I decided to make my own.

Chickpea & Coriander Veggie Burger

Ingredients

  • 400g tinned chickpeas, drained
  • large bunch of fresh coriander
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 1 egg
  • 100g breadcrumbs (save 20g for later)
  • salt and pepper

Method

  1. In a food processor add all the ingredients except for the 20g of breadcrumbs.
  2. Pulse until mixed.  You want it quite chunky, not a smooth paste.
  3. Form 4 balls and flatten with your hands
  4. Press the remaining breadcrumbs into the formed patties.
  5. Chill for up to an hour before cooking.

They can be fried in a pan at home or do as we did, cook them over the fire with some sliced halloumi.  To assemble, place the burger on the bun, add the halloumi, a slice of beef steak tomato, salad leaves and chipotle sauce. YUM!

Tea al fresco.  The verdict was thumbs up all round!  We left the beach with wood smoke in our hair and very muddy kids – see my stories on Instagram!

Do let me know if you make these burgers – if you share on Instagram, do tag me in.