In the 1970s only a quarter of people survived cancer. Today, more than half will survive for at least ten years and this is thanks to a substantial increase in investment in areas like prevention, new therapies and early diagnosis research.
We’ve included our top tips and recipes below to make sure your BBQ’s are a raging success so you can support this campaign which touches nearly every one of us.
Give yourself enough preparation time and get the barbie warmed up before your guests arrive. There's nothing worse than a pressured cook and a lot of hungry guests so get started nice and early - the nice thing about a BBQ is it's very sociable; you'll probably have a line of guests who want to have their turn at being chef.
Buying good quality sausages and meat is key to a successful barby: if you’re willing to spend a bit more and go organic you will definitely see - and taste - the difference. If you want the meat to go round a large party it's easier to cook and works out better value to buy bigger joints.
Make an array of salads: the more the better. A huge pasta salad is simple to make and tastes delicious. Add salad and vegetables that are in season to make it a bright and colourful treat. Avocados, basil and bell peppers are ripe this time of the year. If pasta isn’t your thing or you want an alternative, a cous cous or potato salad will always go down well or you could try a chickpea, coriander and tomato option. Designed to resemble the Italian flag, a caprese salad is a delicious accompaniment: mozzarella, tomato, basil, olive oil and cracked black pepper is a winning combination.
Ditch the fizzy pop for mocktails and cocktails: they’ll cool you down and provide a refreshing respite to all of the food. Take loads of ice with you – if you’re heading to the beach make sure you pack your cool bag. Mojitos are a great summer time option.
Try grilling halloumi: if you’re hosting the BBQ in your garden this is a great one to try though it’s probably best done on a grill to save the equipment becoming very sticky! Halloumi kebabs with thyme and lemon are perfect served with warm pitta - guaranteed to keep the vegetarians and the meat eaters coming back for more.
Fish grilled on an open flame tastes great: whether it's Mackerel or trout, tuna steak or sea bass, your BBQ is the perfect opportunity to get your Omega three fix. Have some lemon and lime on the side to add flavour before serving.
If you’re hosting a BBQ in the garden get creative and decorate it with lanterns and fairy lights. As the evening draws in and the sun goes down your guests won’t want to leave. Blankets are a good idea if you’re planning to continue the party in to the early hours...
Spice up your plate with an array of exciting sauces and relishes: we love sriracha: it’s got a spicy kick without being over the top.
If you’ve got a big space then rally the troops and enjoy a game of cricket or rounders. What could be more quintessentially English? Though maybe do this before you eat to avoid indigestion!
We hope that gets you in the BBQ mood. Whether you join the nation this weekend or choose another date, you can request your pack from here here: and join the country in raising lots of cash which will fund research to help beat cancer sooner.
- By Emma Calway