7:53 PM What a wonderful day to talk about food again! Summer is officially around and this means actually more than eating exotic fruits all day! This is what I love about summer — I'm not the biggest fan of it, but I love aaaall the food options. Give me mango and I'll be the happiest. It's cherry season, too. Who can spit the kernel the farest? 

My favorite thing about summer would be BBQ season, I guess. I love meat — any kind of meat. Put some BBQ sauce on top, garlic butter, or crazy rubs, I come to eat it all. In South Africa, BBQs are everything! I bought a couple of spices which I am so excited about to test! This summer, I will be the queen of BBQing ~ not only because of these delicious flavors from Africa, but also because I found a recipe which is essential for this season!

To really call yourself the queen or king of BBQ, you need...well, a basic BBQ recipe... do it yourself — it will taste so much better! Until now I didn't have a recipe, because I was too lazy to create my own. Then, I remembered, I also did my own Teriyaki sauce - so this will be e-a-s-y. 

Who got a delicate recipe? Kelis, of course. Ahhhh, Kelis. You might remember her, teaching us about milkshakes…

I was a huge fan, still am, and I also know more songs than "Milkshake"... Too bad she stopped singing and providing us with summer bangers. 
Even better, she's still around, but she's cooking. I was surprised, too. But I actually like the idea of Kelis being creative in the kitchen! She's a chef now and on YouTube you will find great videos of her cooking and spreading yummy vibes to all of our tummies! As a fan, I knew I wanted to try her espresso BBQ sauce — I mean sweet BBQ flavor meets coffee featuring your meat of choice, wow!!  Come to my belly ~ 


YOU NEED 2 tablespoons olive oil + 1 onion + 4 teaspoons salt + 8 garlic cloves + 1/4 Cup vinegar + 2 tomatoes + 1 Cup tomato puree + 1/2 Cup mustard + 1 Cup brown sugar + 2 tablesoons balsamic vinegar + 2 tablespoons molasses + 2 teaspoons vanilla + 3 tablespoons honey + 1 tablespoon espresso powder + 1 teaspoon pepper + 1 teaspoon chilli + 1 teaspoon smoked paprika + 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper + 1/2 teaspoon all spice + 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder + 1/2 teaspoon cumin

1. Roast the onions with the olive oil together and add a teaspoon of salt 
2. Add the garlic, more salt, and the vinegar and don't forget to stir everything well!
3. Now throw in the tomatoes - let it simmer for a couple of minutes before you add the tomato puree and the brown sugar which balances the sourness.  
4. Let everything simmer so the aroma can blend well. Add the balsamic vinegar, the molasses, and the vanilla - make sure to boil the mixture one more time so it can start to thicken!
5. Let it cool down and mix it in your blender….we want a smooth sauce. 
6. Put the sauce back to your sauce pan and heat it one more time with the honey, espresso powder and the leftover ingredients! Let it cook now for 30 minutes. 
7. Your sauce will be full of flavor and not too thin! Perfect to put in a jar or use it right away! 

I never thought I needed so many ingredients for this sauce, haha, but it was fun preparing it! The color of the sauce is just beautiful and I am happy it turned out so well! The flavor is good, too! I am not freaking out, just because it's Kelis' recipe... something special is missing here. Maybe I wish for a stronger coffee flavor — also I find one can use less vinegar and balsamic vinegar (I'm not a big fan...). Later, I added more coffee, and I actually can't wait to try it soon!
The fresh taste of a home cooked sauce is really amazing — I'd recommend to try it, too! Even if this recipe is a bit daring... it's worth it ~ Thanks Kelis!