Eat: The Perfect Barbecue

It was a very exciting weekend in Grey Lynn. It was the first of December, and we put up our Christmas tree. First time in many, many years that I've had a real Christmas tree. I also had my first swim of the season, and my flatmate got a new barbecue, which meant, of course, that we also enjoyed our first barbecue of the season last night.

The last barbecue I had was in New York. We had friends over – friends who now live in New Zealand as well, as it happens – and enjoyed the early summer sun on our little terrace. It was the afternoon, so we drank wine but paced ourselves with homemade lemonade.

Rosemary lemonade

Rosemary lemonade

Our friends are vegetarians, so it wasn't quite the traditional Kiwi barbecue – and it was none the worse for it. We relied mainly on salads – tomato with basil, dijon mustard potato salad and feta, watermelon and mint – which we had with grilled baguette.

Tomato and basil salad

Tomato and basil salad

Dijon mustard potato salad

Dijon mustard potato salad

Feta, watermelon, and mint salad

Feta, watermelon, and mint salad

Our friends brought tandoori vege kebabs, and we had hot dogs as well (vege dogs for the vegetarians, of course!) This was far more than enough food for four people, and we ended up sticking mainly to the salads. Despite this, I'd vote for it being the perfect barbecue still – good music, good conversation, good food, good friends, and good weather. Perfect, right?!

The perfect barbecue may be more a state of mind than anything else…what do you think? Is it about the food for you, or so much more than that?