Series two of the global-hit animation Bluey is set to receive its UK free-to-air premiere on CBeebies and BBC iPlayer on Monday 1 August.

The first series proved a huge hit with UK fans, being streamed more than 97 million times on BBC iPlayer since its launch on iPlayer in April last year.

Widely lauded by parents and press alike for its heartfelt and funny portrayal of family life and celebration of play, the show follows Bluey, a 6-year-old Blue Heeler dog, who loves to play and turns everyday family life into extraordinary adventures that unfold in unpredictable and hilarious ways, bringing her family – including younger sister Bingo and parents Bandit and Chilli – as well as friends and community into her world of fun and discovery.

Bluey has won the hearts of kids and parents around the world since it first launched in Australia in October 2018 and has quickly become a global hit, becoming hugely popular with audiences in the UK – it was also the highest rating programme on CBeebies for Q1 2022.

The secret of its success is its appeal to children and adults alike. Stuart Heritage called it “the best thing on TV” in The Guardian, Rolling Stone listed it as one of the Best Sitcoms of All Time, Vulture called it the best kids’ show of our time and The New York Times said it was the kids’ show every parent can love.

It’s further cemented itself as a global cult hit with kids and parents and the third series (currently airing in Australia) has featured cameos from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Eva Mendes and Natalie Portman. It’s broken viewing records and spawned a number one album in Australia whilst also being named the #1 new toy property here in the UK last year.

The popularity of the show led to Airbnb building a real life replica of the house in Australia and the hugely popular stage show is set to launch at Madison Square Gardens in New York for its US run.

Bluey has also won multiple awards, such as the International Emmy Kids Award in the prestigious Preschool Category in 2020 and has picked up the AACTA Award for Best Children’s Program for three years running (2019-21). Bluey won four Kidscreen Awards in February 2021 and recently won a Logie for Most Outstanding Children’s Programme at the Aussie equivalent of the BAFTAs, the second time Bluey has taken home the award.

Bluey is produced by multi-Emmy award-winning Ludo Studio for ABC Kids Australia, co-commissioned by ABC Children’s and BBC Studios, and distributed internationally by BBC Studios outside of Australia. Bluey is proudly 100% created, written, animated, and post produced in Brisbane Queensland, Australia, with funding from the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland and the Australian Government.

Watch Season 2 of Bluey on the CBeebies channel and BBC iPlayer from Monday 1st August.

Garden entertaining in the summer should be all about relaxing outdoors with friends and family, so the food needs to be kept simple. Here are a couple of quick recipes for busy Papapreneurs that you can prep ahead and are perfect for enjoying outdoors during barbecue season.

Sticky BBQ Pork Ribs with Tracklements Habanero Hot Ketchup and Slaw

Papapreneur Pit Masters can take their love of cooking over coals to a new level with these pork spare ribs. As meat cooked on the bone is often more flavourful and, the fact that ribs tend to be marbled with fat, more succulent, this is a real winner. No cutlery required! Serves 4.

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 5 tbsp Tracklements Habanero Hot Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp dark muscovado sugar
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 8 large uncooked pork spare ribs (approx. 1.2kg)
  • salt and pepper to season

For the slaw:

  • ¼ white cabbage, finely sliced
  • ¼ red cabbage, finely sliced
  • 2 carrots, finely sliced
  • ½ red onion, finely sliced

For the dressing:

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp Tracklements Smooth Dijon Mustard
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Method

1. Put all the ingredients, except the spare ribs, into a bowl, mix everything together and season to taste. Pour into a big plastic food bag, add the pork ribs and massage!

2. If possible, marinate overnight.

3. On the day – get the barbie started early – place the ribs bone-side down, on the cooler part of the grill (indirect heat). Cover and cook, rotating the ribs once, and basting with the leftover sauce, until the meat is tender and pulls away from the bones, about 2 hours.

4. You can also cook the ribs in the oven in a heavy based roasting dish at 180°C/350°F/ gas mark 4, turning every 20 mins for about an hour and a half.

5. In a large bowl mix the ingredients for the dressing together then stir in the slaw veg.

BBQ Aubergine with Tracklements Smoky Chilli Sauce

Al fresco dining doesn’t have to be complicated. Sometimes simple ingredients, grilled over coals or under the grill, make the most moreish of meals. In this vegetarian-friendly dish, the flesh of the aubergine efficiently absorbs the sauce delivering a hot, yet sweet and sour combo that, quite simply, tastes terrific. Serve with mixed salads and roast vegetable couscous. Serves 3.

Ingredients

  • 3 aubergines, halved lengthways
  • 150ml Tracklements Smoky Chilli

Sauce

  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 35g salted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • small handful fresh coriander, roughly chopped

Method

1. Light the barbecue (weather permitting, or use the grill)

2. Score the flesh of the aubergine. Mix together the Smoky Chilli Sauce and honey. Brush the skins of the aubergines with oil then brush half of the chilli sauce mixture onto the cut sides, making sure it gets into all of the crevices. Leave to marinate for 15 mins – no longer or you’ll get soggy aubergines!

3. Barbecue, skin side down, for 10 mins until the flesh is cooked and then baste the scored side with more of the chilli sauce mixture. Turn the aubergines over and barbecue flesh side down for around 4 mins until browned. Check the aubergines to make sure they’re not sticking to the BBQ grill.

4. Brush any remaining sauce mixture onto the aubergines and top with the nuts, spring onions and coriander

Tracklements Smoky Chilli Sauce RRP £4.05 for 230ml, Tracklements Habanero Hot Ketchup RRP £4.30 for 230ml and Tracklements Smooth Dijon Mustard RRP £2.50 for 140g are available from fine food delis and farm shops nationwide and online at www.tracklements.co.uk

On the first weekend of June, the Queen will be celebrating her Platinum Jubilee, marking an incredible 70 years on the throne. With the highly anticipated four-day bank holiday weekend, many are planning celebrations with family and friends and cooking up an array of special dishes to impress their guests.

British Apples and Pears (BAPL) are proud to join the celebrations, partnering with renowned celebrity chef, Raymond Blanc (Papa to 2 boys), to create a showstopping British apple mousse cake which rightly champions Britain’s national fruit – the apple.

Raymond Blanc and BAPL want to encourage the nation to try their hand at this impressive celebratory cake, whether it be at a Jubilee lunch or a local street party. This cake is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser, making the perfect centrepiece for any celebration.

The cake incorporates three delicious varieties of British apples: English Bramley, Lilibet* and Royal Gala. English Bramleys and Royal Gala can be found in British supermarkets, Lilibet are a little harder to find, but you can easily substitute Lilibet with any other British eating apple.

Commenting on the special recipe development, Raymond Blanc says, “I am very proud to be part of this historical event, partnering with British Apples and Pears to celebrate the delicious taste and versatility of our national fruit.

“Britain produces some of the finest apples in the world and I believe this spectacular recipe is the perfect showcase for this wonderful fruit. With the vibrant red colour from the Royal Gala apple, the uniquely sweet flavour of Lilibet apples and the cloud-like fluffiness of cooked Bramley apples, the cake truly brings out the best of British apples.

“Food is at the heart of any celebration, bringing close family and friends together, and this remarkable cake will be sure to impress and delight your guests”.

Ali Capper, Executive Chair of British Apples and Pears says, “We are proud to share Raymond’s delicious British apple mousse cake recipe for everyone to make and enjoy. Apples are our national fruit and no Jubilee celebration should be without them.”

Royal Jubilee Apple Celebration Cake

This very special cake is the ultimate in celebration. Created by renowned chef, Raymond Blanc, it not only celebrates our monarch’s great accomplishment but is also a tribute to the British apple. In fact, there are three British apple varieties in the cake, each with its own special properties. You will no doubt be familiar with English Bramleys and Royal Gala, but the Lilibet apple – Prince Philip’s nickname for the Queen and the name of Harry and Megan’s daughter – is not as common. In fact, Lilibet is the only green-skinned eating apple grown commercially in the UK. Don’t worry if you can’t find Lilibet in your local supermarket, any other variety of eating apple can replace it in this recipe.

There are six parts to the recipe, but the instructions are straightforward, and Raymond’s Royal Jubilee Apple Celebration cake makes the perfect centrepiece to mark this national occasion.

1. Pain d’épices

The pain d’épices (spiced bread) is commonly known as gingerbread. It originates from France and was specific to Reims. As a beautiful base it adds spice and texture to this cake. Should you wish to make the cake in advance Pain d’épices will freeze well.

Makes Two cakes using two tins, each 16cm diameter x 4.5cm deep (8 slices per cake)

  • ½ tsp Five spice powder
  • ½ tsp Vanilla puree
  • 2g Orange zest, finely grated
  • 160g Clear honey
  • 80ml Whole milk
  • 2 x Large eggs
  • 35g Caster sugar
  • 100g Rye flour
  • 60g Plain flour
  • ½ tbsp Baking powder

Preheat the oven to 170ºC.

Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper, and place the cake tins on the tray.

In a small saucepan over a low heat, warm the spice, vanilla, orange zest, honey and milk to about 50ºC. Do not boil. (This is the right temperature to activate the baking powder and start the infusion.)

In a large bowl, lightly beat together the eggs and sugar. Add the warm spiced milk and whisk well.

In a separate bowl mix the baking powder and flour and, using a whisk, fold them into the egg-milk mixture. When the mixture is smooth, divide it equally between the two rings.

Bake for 12 minutes.

Remove from the oven, and leave to cool on the tray. Release from the ring, sliding a knife blade around the edge. Trim the pain d’épices to make them level and about 1½ cm thick. Clean the rings and replace them around the pain d’épices.

Slide a thin cake board under each pain d’épices and lift onto the work surface. Reserve.

2. For the caramel crémeux

  • 75g Caster sugar
  • 25ml Hot water
  • 235ml Whole milk, brought to a simmer
  • 4 x Egg yolks
  • 25g Caster sugar
  • 20g Cornflour
  • 75g Butter

In a small saucepan on a high heat, cook the 75g sugar to a smoking point. You will now have a dark caramel.

Remove the pan from the heat and carefully add the hot water followed by the hot milk (to prevent the milk from curdling), then stir to ensure it is fully dissolved.

In a medium bowl, mix the yolks with the remaining sugar and cornflour.

Whisk in the milk caramel and return to a clean saucepan over a medium heat. Bring to the boil and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly with a spatula.

Remove from the heat, pour into a small jug and leave to cool to 45-50ºC. Using a hand blender, blend in the butter until completely smooth. This will give a perfect creamy texture.

Place two 13cm rings on a tray lined with greaseproof paper or a silicone baking mat. Pour the crémeux 1cm deep into 2 x 13cm rings. Freeze for 2-3 hours to set. Once frozen, remove the crémeux from the rings and return to the freezer until required.

3. For the caramelised apple slices and glaze

  • 5 x (800g) Royal Gala apples
  • 60g Butter, cold diced
  • 250g Caster sugar
  • 2tbs Calvados

Peel, core and slice the apples into ½ cm slices.

In a large saucepan on a medium heat, bring the sugar to a golden caramel and add the cold butter. It will emulsify and bind with the hot caramel. Carefully pour in the Calvados.

Add the apple slices, cover with a lid, and cook for 5-7 minutes, until the apples are soft.

Remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool.

Divide the apples and caramel into two bowls. In a jug blender, blend the first half to a smooth purée and reserve for the glaze.

Keep the remainder of the apples and cooking liquid to build the cake.

4. For the poached apple slices

  • 1 Lilibet apple
  • 30g Caster sugar
  • 100ml Water
  • 1 pinch Vitamin C powder

Cut the apple from top to bottom 1cm either side of the core. This should leave you with two perfect semi-circles of apple, free from any core.

In a small, covered saucepan on a medium heat, bring the water, sugar and vitamin C powder to a boil. Turn off the heat, add the freshly sliced apple, cover and leave to cool for 15 minutes. The apple slices must be barely cooked. Drain and reserve.

5. For the mousse

  • 300g Bramley apples
  • 20g Caster Sugar
  • 100ml Whipping cream
  • 80g Water
  • 5 x Gelatine leaves
  • ½ tsp Vitamin C powder (or lemon juice)
  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • 190g Caster sugar
  • 4 x Egg whites

Start by peeling, coring and cutting the apples into 1cm chunks.

Place the gelatine leaves in a bowl of cold water and leave them to soften.

In a medium saucepan on a medium heat, cook the diced apple with the vitamin C, 20g sugar and lemon juice for 10 minutes until the apples are completely soft.

In a jug blender, purée the apple until smooth. Cool the purée in a bowl sitting on iced water for 8-10 minutes.

In a medium bowl, whip the cream to soft peaks and fold in the cold apple purée.

In a medium saucepan, bring the remaining sugar and water to the boil and cook to 120ºC (check this with a thermometer).

Using an electric whisk on a high speed, whisk the egg whites to soft peaks. Reduce the speed and add the syrup, pouring it between the side of the bowl and the whisk. Whisk for 1 minute at full speed. Squeeze the water from the gelatine leaves and add them.

Continue to whisk on a medium speed until cool, then fold the meringue into the apple purée and cream mixture.

To build the cake

Drain off the poached apple semicircle slices and place against the insides of each ring, with the cut ends resting on the pain d’épices.

Arrange the caramelised apples with their caramel across each pain d’épices, leaving a 1½cm gap around the outside.

Half fill the cake rings with the apple mousse; then place the caramel crémeux discs in the middle of each cake.

Add the remainder of the apple mousse.

Using a palette knife, smooth the tops to within 2mm of the top of the rings. Freeze for a minimum of 3-4 hours so the mousse can set before the glaze is added.

6. For the glaze

  • 2 x Gelatine leaves
  • 250ml Caramelised apple puree reserved

Soak the gelatine in a bowl of cold water for at least 5 minutes, until the leaves have softened.

In a small saucepan on a medium heat, warm the apple purée, but do not boil. Add the softened gelatine and stir for 1-2 minutes. Pour the glaze over the cakes and level with a palette knife, using the edges of the rings as a guide.

Refrigerate for at least 3 hours to set.

When ready to serve, warm the rings using a blowtorch and lift them off the cakes. I promise you will be the envy of all your guests when you present this cake to them!

Bluey has taken the world by storm and is now one of the most popular animations for preschoolers. The hit Australian animation is loved by kids, parents, Hollywood stars and UK celebrities alike.

Minipreneur loves playing with his Heeler 4WD Family Vehicle so I thought I’d get the Caravan that attaches to the back of the car to ramp up the fun.

Bluey’s Caravan Adventures Playset comes with 7 accessories and is loaded with things to do. Minipreneurs can flip and fold out the caravan to transform it into a fantastic playset.

Perfect for recreating the camping adventures from Bluey, the roof folds up to reveal a second storey and cosy bunk beds.

Minipreneurs can flip out the back of the van to open the kitchen. Bluey figures can sit around the table for dinner or toast a marshmallow over the campfire outside.

Bluey’s Caravan Adventures Playset is £29.99 from Smyths, Argos, The Entertainer and major supermarkets

Minipreneur loves practising early years maths and reading skills with the Hot Dots® Light-Up Interactive Pen and high-quality, colourful, spiral-bound activity maths and reading books.

The Hot Dots range helps children practise and learn independently and helps boost their confidence in reading and writing. Ideal for ages 4+, the Hot Dots® Learn at Home Reading & Maths Set 1 is something Minipreneur uses every day.

Hot Dots is easy to use – children press the tip of the set’s Hot Dots Light-Up Interactive Pen to the correct dot on the simple multiple choice questions featured in the books.

The pen provides instant audio feedback and lights up green for correct responses and provides gentle redirection and lights up red for incorrect answers. This allows children to self-correct and learn independently. (Sounds can be muted.)

Each spiral-bound book has 50 colourful pages and is durable and easy for young children to use. The set is ideal for learning at home or on the go and is a great way to support and practise what children learn in the classroom.

This set includes a Hot Dots Light-Up Interactive Pen, and a spiral-bound reading activity book and maths activity book, both made from durable card.

Hot Dots® Learn at Home Reading & Maths Set 1 is £35 from www.learningresources.co.uk

National Geographic Kids have teamed up with Schleich to create a range of toys that bring the wild into your Minipreneur’s playroom.

Budding explorers can experience exciting adventures with the Wild Life Ranger Adventure Station which provides plenty of inspiration for animal centred storytelling.

Along with Ranger Steve (who features moving arms and legs), the set includes a host of detailed and authentic wild animals including a black panther, a crocodile, two baby tortoise and a very cute baby gorilla!

Offering plenty of play potential, interactive functions include a rickety suspension bridge, a tree with slide, a crane which can be turned and swivelled and a burrow for the animals to hide in. A host of accessories are also included.

Schleich x National Geographic Kids Wild Life Ranger Adventure Station is £49.99 from www.schleich-s.com

Minipreneur loves the Design & Drill® toys from Learning Resources so we moved his pretend play up to the next level with the  Design & Drill® Toolbox.

There are so many ways to drill, build, and play with Design & Drill® Toolbox. Young builders can measure, hammer, screw, twist, and drill using kid-friendly tools made for little hands.

This durable play set includes a real working power drill with peekaboo window so children can see the gears turning. It also has a power screwdriver, 3 bits (Phillips, socket, and flathead), 50 bolts in 4 colours, retractable tape measure, wrench, manual screwdriver, hammer, 15 nails, and 2 building boards.

The tools store the toolbox for on-the-go building fun and easy clean-up and storage. Power drill and screwdriver each need 2 AA batteries, not included.

The Design & Drill® Toolbox is £57 from www.learningresources.co.uk

The park and playground are where it’s at for Minipreneur. He loves nothing more than playing on the swings, slides and roundabouts. However, on rainy days, the playground is not an option so Minipreneur needed to find another active play activity that got him moving while still offering all the fun of the playground indoors.

Edx Education’s Whizzy Dizzy provides the perfect solution as an indoor active play toy offering hours of thrilling fun long after you first bring it home.

The Whizzy Dizzy has a sturdy swivelling platform for your child to sit on as they use the central rotating steering wheel to spin themselves around for happy moments of giggly fun and excitement.

The Whizzy Dizzy is great for improving hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills, while also strengthening core, hand and arm muscles as children manoeuvre the moving platform.

Whizzy Dizzy is £109.99 from www.shopedx.co.uk

Minipreneur is very good at numbers. We were pleasantly surprised when he started counting to 10 before his second birthday and by the time he celebrated his third birthday, he was counting well passed 20.

However, it is important to offer balance in the learning journey of your toddler, so I needed to find an educational toy that brought the alphabet to life so that Minipreneur could work on his letter recognition and sounds, uppercase & lowercase letters and spelling.

Learning Resources came to the rescue thanks to their ABC Party Cupcake Toppers which help children to learn the alphabet, make simple words using the coloured alphabet and vocabulary toppers, to improve their early language skills and communication.

The set comprises of six pretend cupcakes which come ready to decorate with 52 letter and picture toppers that help kids work on learning the alphabet, mastering beginning sounds, building vocabulary skills, and more.

Minipreneur loves these ABC Party Cupcake Toppers which are a fabulous support to open-ended play. He can match the picture toppers to their starting letters, explore the difference between upper and lowercase letters, and the online word list provides a guide to spelling simple two- and three-letter words.

If the prospect of tidying up 52 toppers fills you with dread, fear not! When playtime ends, the toy cupcakes reveal their neatest trick yet – all 52 toppers can be stored inside the 6 cupcake bases and Minipreneur loves helping with clean up as we sing our tidy up song.

Learning Resources ABC Party Cupcake Toppers are £25 from www.learningresources.co.uk

Having learnt to count from 1 to 5 ridiculously early, Minipreneur needed to have his brain stretched further with numbers and measurements for a child twice his age.

Edx Education’s Early Maths 101 To Go – Number & Measurement – Level 2 set is a fantastic bumper maths kit to support your child at home with learning early mathematical concepts.

It contains everything you need to create a fun and hands-on experience for your child to learn numbers and measurements through play. The kit includes a colour activity booklet, 25 activity cards and 7 different types of tactile maths items.

These include 40 linking cubes, 28 dominoes, 1 bead string (with 20 beads), 2 ten frames, 20 two-colour counters, a six-sided and a ten-sided jumbo dice, all conveniently packaged in a sturdy case.

Early Maths 101 To Go – Number & Measurement – Level 2 is £34.99 from www.shopedx.co.uk

Minipreneur loves playing with cars but he also enjoys using his imagination and pretending he’s on a construction site with his toy excavator and bulldozer.

So the Dodo ‘Construction Vehicles’ Puzzle was the perfect puzzle for him.

Featuring a variety of colourful construction vehicles hard at work, preschoolers will be drawn to the familiarity of the vehicle theme and will enjoy piecing together this exciting scene.

This 30-piece puzzle works perfectly as a little gift or treat and is just the right size to encourage children aged 3 and up to test their puzzle skills independently.

The Dodo range of vibrant and colourful games and puzzles offer educational and developmental benefits ensuring that these are the perfect gifts to help children learn whilst having fun.

Dodo ‘Construction Vehicles’ Puzzle is £3.99 from shop.halilit.co.uk

Buying premium quality toys made from wood was one of the top choices we wanted for Minipreneur when furnishing his playroom.

Therefore, we loved the idea of the Lovevery Play Kits subscription. Not only are they high-quality toys but they also have learning goodness baked into every toy.

Each of the 14 stage-based Play Kits – serving ages 0 to 36 months – is packed full of expert-designed Playthings and information, delivered at just the right developmental window every 2–3 months.

The Play Kits for babies (0–12 months) include toys and tools for building new neural connections and practising fine and gross motor skills.

The Play Kits for toddlers (months 13- 24) support a child’s natural curiosity by building new skills and encouraging exploration.

The Play Kits for two-year-olds (25–36 months) encourage a child’s budding independence and teach early science and math lessons.

All Lovevery Play Kits also include Montessori-inspired board books with real images and stories of real people, along with a Play Guide that includes expert research, child development info, at-home activity ideas, and ways to play.

£40 per month from www.lovevery.co.uk

Papapreneurs love to grill, but we also know we could all do with some top tips on how to be as good as the grill masters.  Luckily, Dan Cooper, Head Grill Master at Weber, shares his top 10 tips and tricks to barbecue the Weber Way.

1. Give your barbecue a good clean

First off, you need to make sure your barbecue is in good condition as, like everything else, barbecues require a little maintenance and by using the right products you can extend the lifetime of your barbecue to keep it looking like new year-round.

2. Make sure your barbecue is positioned safely

Always place your barbecue on a firm, flat, heat-resistant and non-flammable surface, and never place it in a tight space – I’d suggest positioning it approximately three feet from any walls or fencing.

3. Ensure you’re wearing the right gear

To protect your arms and hands when handling a hot barbecue, you should always use heat-resistant barbecue mitts and good quality, long tools. I’d also recommend wearing a barbecue apron, as it will protect your clothing from heat and spattering fat.

4. Be safe when using oil

Special care should also be taken if you’re using oil on the barbecue. Oil should only be used if absolutely necessary and applied to the cooking grate using kitchen roll. Alternatively, you can spray the cooking grate with Weber’s specially designed Non-Stick Spray.

5. Light your barbecue correctly

The process for lighting a barbecue depends on the type you have. If you’re lighting up a charcoal barbecue, use specialist lighting aids, such as Weber’s lighter cubes, to light your barbecue.

Gas barbecues are easier to light, but it’s important to make sure that you reach the optimum temperature for barbecuing.

Finally, lighting an electric barbecue is simple. Just plug the barbecue into a socket, turn the controller to ‘high’ and just let it heat up for 25 minutes with the lid on.

6. Always pre-heat your barbecue

You should always pre-heat your barbecue to the desired cooking temperature. If your grill does not reach the optimal cooking temperature, you could overcook your food by leaving it on the barbecue too long.

7. Barbecue with the lid down

Weber barbecues are designed for lid on cooking. This not only controls the temperature and allows the food to cook evenly, but also ensures smoke circulates inside the grill and infuses into the food, enhancing that barbecue flavour. In addition, keeping the lid shut means food is juicier, and it cooks faster, saving both time and fuel.

8. Select the right cooking method

It’s essential to use the right method to ensure food is cooked to the optimal temperature.

The direct cooking method is when food is placed directly over the heat and is ideal for dishes that take less than 15 minutes to cook or that need a nice sear, such as steaks and burgers.

The indirect cooking method is where food is not placed directly over the heat. The food will cook “indirectly” through the heat circulating inside the barbecue. The indirect cooking method is perfect for foods that take longer than 30 minutes to cook, such as a roast.

The 50/50 cooking method uses a combination of direct and indirect cooking; this method can be used for food that takes between 15-30 minutes such as thicker cuts of steak and sausages.

9. Use the Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub

Rather than cooking for a specific amount of time or cutting into your meat to check that it’s done, use a meat thermometer. It’s the most accurate way to tell if your food is cooked so you can serve perfectly barbecued food every time.

We have a great product called the Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub that helps take the guesswork out of barbecuing thanks to its advanced grilling technology. The Weber Connect links to an app on a smartphone to become a virtual barbecue assistant, which has also received an overhaul of updates with a range of new features added, including new a range of new recipes.

10. Create a cooking experience with your barbecue

Now’s the time to really discover what you can do when barbecuing. It’s about creating a cooking occasion, and we want to encourage you to be more adventurous with your barbecue meals.
Our new product line-up for 2022 focuses on pushing the boundaries of what can be done on a Weber barbecue. These include the 2022 GENESIS Gas Barbecue, our most advanced gas grill in 15 years, the 2022 SMOKEFIRE Wood Fired Pellet Grill, STEALTH Edition, which brings a sleek, distinctive black-on-black aesthetic to Weber’s all-in-one SMOKEFIRE pellet grilling experience, and the WEBER CRAFTED Gourmet BBQ System, a line of exclusive, high-quality, interchangeable grillware.

For further information, visit www.weber.com

About the expert

Outdoor chef and food lover, Dan Cooper is Head Grill Master for Weber Barbecues, part of the Western Europe Operations division, and has worked for the company for 11 years. His role for the last decade has involved educating a large portion of Europe as to The Weber Way of grilling. This includes developing recipes, training the Grill Academy chefs, and working with the brand’s hotel and restaurant partners. Dan is a huge advocate of high-quality British meat and produce, and, using his experience, creativity, and passion for food, he ensures high standards and quality is maintained across the board.

Minipreneur is fascinated by cars, trucks and construction vehicles but he is equally fascinated by miniature representations of big vehicles.

With TONKA Micro Metals all of your child’s favourite TONKA vehicles are now available in miniature. This iconic line from TONKA offers all the rescue, construction and service vehicles in awesome micro-sized metal versions.

Each free-wheeling vehicle is crafted with attention to detail and is built micro-sized, but TONKA tough! Each pack includes 4 diecast vehicles (including a suprise mystery vehicle in a Toolbox capsule) and Tonka Tough Dirt, a no-mess sand compound that mimics real construction site conditions.

I’m sure Minipreneur will want to collect all the different sets in the TONKA Micro Metals range!

TONKA Micro Metals are £10.99 for a pack of 4 from John Lewis & Partners