I Do Believe In Magic It’s Plain To See

My new obsession for the summer is a small blue bucket! Most sunny weekends I can be found sat next to it on London Fields roasting marinated lamb ribs, chicken pieces and marshmallows for schmoores. I have to say my bucket BBQ was the best buy of the summer. I remember a couple of years ago, summer was a giant looming chasm of doom trying to juggle childcare, work and trying to figure out how to entertain the kids as I just could not afford to take a holiday with them. What I love about my kids is that their bar is so low for entertainment. A bucket BBQ and the local paddling pool and thats them sorted for the day!

The bar certainly was not low when Kikkoman invited me to an evening with ex Nobu chef Scott Hallsworth at his restaurant Kurobuta in Chelsea. Oh my god, the food was amazing we had so many small plates of delicately seasoned dishes. Tea smoked lamb, Nigiri and Sashimi, BBQ pork belly and lots more. What was really fascinating to me was the taste test of Kikkoman against another brand. You can really taste the difference. Kikkoman is naturally brewed for 6 months and when you taste it against other brands that process shines through. It has an umami unlike the others. In fact its so delicious we even had cocktails made with soy. The “Bloody Kik in the Pants” was the best Bloody Mary I have ever had! It had wasabi and cucumber and it was so delicious, I have posted the recipe below for you guys to try.

Inspired by my Kikkoman experience and armed with my blue bucket, I created a couple of recipes for lamb ribs and chicken pieces. I did the taste test with the kids who wholeheartedly agreed with me and then mainlined my bottle of Kikkomen in a couple of days Grrr!

I leave you with a few pics of my night and also my recipe for soy and spice rubbed lamb ribs. Oh yeah and thank you Kikkoman William loved the T shirt!

Have a wonderful week!

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Soy and Spice Lamb Ribs

I prefer lamb ribs to pork ribs when barbecuing, they cook faster. Also the fat melts and flavours the ribs and then drips onto the coals and creates a smoking effect. We eat them with a mountain of slaw and BBQ corn on the cob. I am seriously thinking about writing a Bucket BBQ Book! I am totally loving this way of cooking. Anyway I digress. The recipe is thus. Oh and marinate them for at least a couple of hours or overnight if you can be bothered.


For the dry rub

  • 1kg of lamb ribs, fat trimmed and scored
  • 3 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Large pinch of Maldon sea salt

For the sauce

  • 1 tbsp Kikkoman
  • 2 tbsp ketchup


Put the lamb in a bowl and add all the ingredients for the dry rub. Massage the spices into the lamb and leave for a few hours or overnight if you can.

Add the soy and ketchup and cover the ribs evenly.

Make sure your coals are hot, white and no longer flaming. Add the ribs to the BBQ and turn frequently until they are melty and brown and cooked through. Set aside for a few minutes to rest covered in foil. Oh and  don’t forget to tie the dog up if you have one…Epic fail on my part, upset kids, happy dog!

Bloody Kik in the pants Cocktail

This is so bloody yum and it packs a punch.

  • 50ml vodka
  • 50ml Tomato juice
  • 4 drops of Tabasco
  • Pinch of Shichimi salt
  • 10ml honey
  • 10 ml lime
  • 10ml lemon
  • 5ml Kikkoman soy sauce
  • 4 pieces cucumber 

 Muddle cucumber with the salt and Tabasco, pour rest of ingredients in and shake. Garnish with lemon wedge and the salt to present