Lamb with Mustard Onion Sauce, Fire and More…

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Love a good barbecue…and natural lighting that makes for an easy photo shoot of all that wonderful flavor. This weekend’s barbecue was that winning combination.

Mike picked up a package of lamb chops to experiment with a new recipe he wanted to try from his grill guru, Stephen Raichlen. The Lamb with Onion-Mustard Sauce can be found in Racihlen’s Barbecue Bible. It was superb.

The mustard onion sauce that was sautéed first to blend the carmelizing onion with the grainy mustard filled the house with a mouth-watering aroma.  It complemented the lamb excellently.20130804-BBQ-Vickie-Siculiano (3)

Now I’m not one to take an intricate recipe and complete it to perfection as written.  I’m more of a “throw-together” girl if you well.  I love to grill vegetables because there’s not much more you can do with it than throw it on the grill and combine it with salt, pepper and olive oil (the grilled vegetable trifecta).  You can cut it in interesting shapes, which is what I did with this cauliflower – I made it into slices.

As long as you have a piece of the fibrous root in the middle, the cauliflower will stay together quite nicely.  If you are a vegetarian, it would make a beautiful feature in a grilled vegetable sandwich.

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In the photo, you will also see the brussel sprout kabobs and roasted red peppers, so sweet you can eat them like candy.

Here are some more photos from this weekend’s barbecue of the lamb star of the show.

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And after the barbecue, when night falls, there are always more opportunities to practice night photography skills. This was the first time I got to shoot fire, after I have been looking up any information I could find on the internet about the right F Stop and Aperature.  Well, here’s what I came up with:

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Not bad for a first try.  20130804-BBQ-Vickie-Siculiano-17I’ll keep practicing with whatever I can come up with.  We did a lot of fun stuff with light painting, including glowsticks and other glowing lights – look me up on Instagram (vickiesicnj) and post your comments here.  I’m so happy to have started up this blog again and can’t wait to hear from you!