It seems the ability to turn the heat up and get the summer grill going is a skill admired by Irish women in their potential partners as a new survey has revealed that 100pc of women in Ireland think less of a man who can’t light the barbecue.
The research found that women believe men are ‘hardwired’ to play with fire and bang out the burgers, but all of the respondents in the survey revealed that they would be turned off by a guy who couldn’t start the grill.
The survey found that 55pc of Irish women believe that barbecuing meat is a man’s prerogative during an al fresco event, while 81pc of Irish women admitted that they were left to take care of the side-dishes during the long summer evenings.
The survey’s results are said to be linked to traditional ideals which see hunting and cooking meat as an act of manliness.
The research conducted by Iceland surveyed over 150 Irish men and women about their summer get-togethers and found that as the years move on Ireland is becoming more adventurous with barbecuing.
More than 46pc of Irish barbecue-rs admitted to grilling untraditional things on their barbecues such as kangaroo, ostrich and boar, which all feature in new products by Iceland Ireland.
Ron Metcalfe, Managing Director of Iceland Ireland, said: ‘’We were really surprised at some of the statistics in the research on men and women’s BBQ habits.
“It’s great to see so many Irish people have a passion for cooking and enjoying a BBQ though, despite our unpredictable summer weather,” he said.
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On paper, barbecuing is a relaxed, informal way of enjoying delicious food with family and friends. In reality, however, it can turn the barbecue beginner into frazzled heap, trying not to weep while faced with burnt burgers, undercooked sausages and guests who are starved and knocking back the booze. But fear not. Follow these essential basics and you've got grilling season covered.
There's nothing quite like a bank-holiday weekend to make you want to get outside and start cooking al fresco. If you haven't already brushed down your barbecue, then now is definitely the time. For those of us who live in lovely unpredictable Ireland we know that a bit of spontaneity is key when it comes to cooking outside, as we seem to be the only country in the world that can have whole four seasons in one day! But fear not, here are some great recipes to get the barbie season kicked off in style, rain or shine.
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Several signs herald the beginning of an Irish summer, including the national tendency to reveal an inordinate amount of flesh, often minus sunscreen application, at the first promise of sun. The other main indicator is the smell of meat cooking in the open air and wafting across the back gardens of suburbia. Barbecue season is here once more and many of us can't wait to get grilling.
Every year when summer rolls around I find myself dreaming about all things barbecue. However, when the sun does decide to make an appearance, we're usually in such a rush to get out there and enjoy it that we tend make the same old things again and again.
One of my very favourite ingredients has to be the prawn. And that's not just any old frozen, imported prawn I'm talking about; rather, the king of prawns that we have right here all around the Irish coast - the Dublin Bay prawn. Also known as langoustine or the Norway lobster, the prawn is right at home here in the fresh, cold waters of the Atlantic and the Irish Sea. And it's the biting-cold sea that we have to thank for the sweet, delicious flavour that is like no other in the world. Seafood supremo Rick Stein claims Dublin Bay prawns to be the best in the world, and I, for one, wholeheartedly agree.