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Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue
When men take control of the barbecue, expect some excitement, banter and some bonding. In the only church  – Action Chapel UK, that I am convinced God “lives” in and visits other churches, the men held a mother of all cookouts in honour of their womenfolk. The sort of cookout that makes you think whether somebody’s extreme faith had been secretely multiplying the food as folks sauntered in and out of the queue for seconds, thirds and for those not too familiar with the whole gluttony thing fourths and fifths! What was not on show? Kelewele? Fried yam? grilled tilapia? grilled mackerel? kenkey? banku? roast pork? roast chicken? burgers? fruit juice? The men had them all on the menu.

Armed to the teeth with knives (the kitchen types) and suitably attired in chef whites (ok so they were a bit rubbery; we don’t care) and matching chef hats, knives came out to chop and peel. From 10.00 am to 15:00 men were on their feet. Some manned the frying (kelewele and yam) station whilst others grilled meat and fish.

Above all else what impressed me most was the cooking and organisational skills on show. Today these skillful men, most of whom were born again and bred in Action Chapel stood before their “Queens” and showed themselves worthy!

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

The Executive chef

Preparation

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

This is probably what happens when the only Naija man (2nd from left staring innocently ahead and smiling delightfully) drops a hint that Naija jollof is better than Ghana jollof

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

and then he proceeds to ignore those protesting Ghanaians….

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

and he finally shoots the camera a smile. Like the great David…he knows he has won that battle.

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

Dad passes on some handy tips to daughter

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

…which includes how to juggle or simultaneously pour two things into blended fruit. I know, I don’t get it either……

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

Washing chopped yam

The Cookout

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

The only professional chef around…..making sure the “cells” in that meat were thoroughly cooked. Hmmm ok….

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

as his station partner looks on and wonders if vegetarianism is really that bad….

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

Meanwhile…Executive Chef shows off the spirit behind him…

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

as he marches boldly around keeping an eye on things

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

….then he suddenly turns around and does a Usain Bolt the other way…strange. Maybe someone shouted fire (I hope so for his sake)

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

The yam and Kelewele station….

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

When a fist bump goes horribly wrong, but only one of the two realises it. Lesson for next year’s cookout. Don’t mix Myspace with Instagram (sorry I meant don’t put new wine in old wineskins).

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

The proper chef again. That’s pork by the way, on giant skewers. Very Rodizio-esque

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

The grilled tilapia. Absolutely divine!

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

The sausages….

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

The chicken……

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

The Kelewele…..

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

Break for Holy Communion

Barbecuing

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

Don’t try this at home. Always use gloves unless you can rock those beads like he can.

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

Pork and Chicken…

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

Hmmm no comment

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

My favourite on the day again – tilapia

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

Chef cutting the pork into bitesized chunks

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

Sausages….

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

More fish…..

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

Kelewele in the making….

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

More chicken…..

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

Marinated mackerel – a real work of art, this one.

Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue

Now it’s (mackerel) been oven roasted and ready….

Chow ready
Photo Essay: When Men take control of the barbecue



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