Endless Summer: Week 1

Well, this week we managed to cross off two items from the official list:

BBQ Something

On the fourth, Kae’s parents came over (a day earlier than expected, they were originally planning to spend it with his brother but wanted to get home sooner). We bought a grill the day before; we had been shopping for a while, and the choice came down to this grill for $99 or this one for $68. We chose the cheaper, and are kind of glad we did; it took us over 3 hours to assemble, with up to 4 people helping at any given time. We can only imagine how long it’d have taken for the one with the fancy lighter! I’d been doing some research, so we bought a chimney starter, lump charcoal, and a few spatulas and tongs and other tools.

We did chicken (parboiled using our poaching recipe and brushed with Sweet Baby Ray’s bbq sauce), bratwurst, and some frozen burgers (we tossed into the fridge beforehand to let them defrost). The chimney starter turned out to be too small to hold enough coals to fill the bottom of the thing, so we filled it three times, progressively adding more coals (after the fact, I suggested the method where you lump coals into half of it and leave the other half for a cooler zone). Kae misunderstood the directions and started the burgers on the “warming tray” instead of right over the coals; however, they turned out to cook slower but stay juicier, and we finished them right over the hottest part of the coals to give them a nice char. The brats turned out fucking superb, and the chicken was awesome as well. All in all, a rousing success!

We did burgers again on Saturday, but they got overcooked badly. Oh well.

Fireworks!

Fireworks, on the other hand….

Well, we lit them.

They were all smoke bombs.

Every last one of them.

In retrospect, we should have sought out a proper fireworks stand instead of going “oh, that’s handy, they sell fireworks at the supermarket now.” We set off a handful of “fountains” before giving up. We’d also bought a package of “can-o-worms” which turned out to basically light on fire and produce worm-shaped ashes. In my words, “Great, so, it’s fire, but with extra mess to clean up?”
We found a proper fireworks store nearby, we’re going to try this again another day.

The list thus far:

  • Go to a baseball game
  • Go on safari
  • Go swimming at a pool
  • Have a picnic
  • Go to an art museum
  • Go to the zoo
  • Road trip
  • Go to a fair!
  • Make lanyards
  • Fireworks!!!
  • Better fireworks
  • See a movie
  • Eat hot dogs
  • BBQ something
  • Make lemonade
  • S’mores!
  • Apple pie!
  • Make homemade ice cream

2/18 completed (11.11% completed)

Bonus points:

  • Go camping
  • Play in sprinklers
  • Go fishing
  • Go to the beach!
  • Go to a waterpark
  • See professional fireworks

0/6 completed (0%)

I feel like a Sim from Sims 3 – no sooner do I complete something than I roll up wants to do it better, faster, and more expensive XD but that was really unsatisfying, we all agree. Chaos apologized about four times afterward, despite the fact that we were all present when buying the fireworks and none of us noticed how awful it’d be.

 

So how are your summers going?

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6 Responses to Endless Summer: Week 1

  1. smilodon says:

    We’ve always gotten our fireworks as impulse buys at the grocery store, and usually most of the pack is good. So it’s not such a ridiculous idea to get them there…it sounds like you just got unlucky.

    I also bought my first BBQ this summer…mine is a tiny charcoal thing, about the size of a dinner plate. But there’s something very satisfying about cooking your dinner over hot coals.

    • yamikuronue says:

      We passed over a few bundles that were clearly all smoke bombs, but we hoped this one was a mix. I suspect maybe there’s a license the grocery stores in my area don’t posses?

      We were going to buy a tiny grill, but we don’t have any patio furniture, so it’d be more of a pain to cook on than waiting a little longer and buying a bigger one 🙂

  2. Firedrake says:

    Outdoor cooking is great, and I do it at the slightest provocation. When I moved into my current place, I was able to persuade the previous owner to leave behind a freestanding grill unit a bit like this: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_kXdmMN1S338/SofCFviqIMI/AAAAAAAAGXI/IfEC5Kn79uc/s400/BBQ.jpg which makes life much easier.

    (I’ve never really seen the point of gas barbecues, but I have a gas hob in the kitchen so I mostly cook over that anyway.)

    • yamikuronue says:

      ooh, that looks gorgeous! I wonder if it’s any good for bread baking? Oh, or pizza! I’d be experimenting like crazy if I had one like that.

      • Firedrake says:

        Mine at least doesn’t get super hot – it’s good enough for normal cooking, but certainly not pizza oven temperature What I do tend to do is put food in a frying pan or foil tray on an upper shelf while the charcoal is burning, so as not to waste that heat – then when it’s got to the glowing “char” mode, bring the food down for a proper barbecue finish.

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