Ehsan Sairally of Ontario, Canada
Hearing about your barbeque tradition inspired us to have a halal barbeque. We are involved with developing halal food awareness in Canada. We do this in several ways. On the one hand, we inform the halal consumer community about the availability of locally grown and processed Canadian foods. On the other hand, we help producers and processors understand the opportunities in the Canadian halal marketplace as it moves from niche to mainstream.
We will be getting together in Guelph this year with a couple dozen community friends from the Guelph/Oakville area. While our family roots and cuisine traditions are diverse, our barbeque menu will include “locally grown” wherever possible… but with an international flavour.
Meat course: We’ll be grilling two different halal meats obtained from local stores. Ontario Halal beef marinated for two days using thyme, garlic, basil, red pepper flakes, salt and vegetable oil.
Ontario halal chicken marinated overnight in a marinade consisting of salt, freshly ground pepper, green chillies (Mauritius touch), ground onion, rosemary, thyme, garlic and vegetable oil.
Local flat bread
Ontario grown veggie salad: Cabbage, carrot, green pepper and cucumber salad with a dressing of fresh lemon juice and olive oil. Also a broccoli salad consisting of broccoli florets, chopped red onions, plus warm water soaked raisins; lemon juice and salad oil dressing. Ontario grated cheddar on top.
Desserts: Strawberry yogurt sundae (for the kids) made from plain yogurt, strawberries and honey… topped with grated vanilla & chocolate plus chopped pistachios. Also seasonal Ontario fruit and ice cream.
Drinks: Ontario fruit juices as well as wholesome Ontario water.
That’s our halal barbeque menu for this year. Thank you for providing the opportunity to share our story. Next year we plan to invite our community of friends across Canada to join in and share their own halal barbeque stories.
Anita Stewart responds:
Your post and your menu are much appreciated. A real glimpse into a whole other set of food traditions. Have a splendid party!