Hot Off the Grill

Here’s another post written and photographed by my friends Isa and Jo while I was on vacation. I really appreciate their help! (Check out their first blog post on tapas, too.)

On July 17, Christine Ferris of Christine Ferris Catering prepared for us Grilled Roulades, Smoked Tomato Sauce for Pizza or Pasta and Grilled Peaches With Brandy.

Chris made good jokes and shared her experience of cooking with us. She cooks, grills and prepares food with fun and joy for as many as 500 people and sometimes even more. She told us also good tips and tricks, which were very helpful for us.

Chris also had a couple of good stories to tell us. One of them was this one: Many years ago she worked as a housemaid in Australia. At this time she was watching the space capsule on television, while she was grating. She was so excited that she wasn’t watching her fingers and then she suddenly grated her finger. Now she still gets a little scared from it. That’s why she has respect for the grater.
Grilled Zucchini Roulades Filled with Herbed Goat Cheese

Smoked Tomato Sauce for Pizza or Pasta

Grilled Peaches with Brandy

Here are the recipes she followed:

She also provided some useful tips for grilling and buying herbs as well as goat cheese:

1. How to clean the grill
 Clean the grill with a brush, then roll a towel and dip it into water, clean the grill with the wet towel, then dip another towel into oil, rub the grill with it.
 2.   How to pour oil on the grill
Start with the side which is further away from you and then go slowly toward you.

3. Where to buy the chips for the grill for Smoked Tomato Sauce for Pizza or Pasta
 You can buy them at store such as Meijer if you live in West Michigan.

4. How to cut herbs
 😦 Don’t cut fast with a dull knife because there won’t be any of the good oils left which give their flavor.
 🙂 Take a sharp knife and roll the herbs gently to a little roll and cut them.

5. Which garlic is the best?
 Buy the garlic that is full; don’t buy chopped garlic because it doesn’t taste very good.
If there are green sprouts growing out of the clove take them out, because they taste bitter.

6. Which goat cheese to use for the Grilled Zucchini Roulades
 The best goat cheese is the fresh cheese from Visser Farm.


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