Steak, lamb chops, chicken legs – or any meat of your choosing

3 cloves garlic

1tbs chopped fresh oregano

1tbs chopped fresh basil

1tbs chopped fresh rosemary

1tbs chopped fresh parsley

2tbp balsamic vinegar

150ml olive oil

Salt and pepper


1. Chop your cloves of garlic by squashing it with the flat side of the knife, pressing down on it with your hand until you feel it crack.

2. Peel the skin from the garlic with your hands before chopping it horizontally and then vertically until it is in very small pieces.

3. Place the garlic, chopped fresh oregano, chopped fresh basil, chopped fresh rosemary and chopped fresh parsley into a bowl and crush until a coarse paste is formed – if you have a mortar and pestle, this is ideal for the job.

4. Stir the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a little salt and pepper in with the herbs, until it is all evenly mixed.

5. Divide the mixture in half, setting half to one side.

6. Use the other half of the mixture to cover your meat (whichever meats you plan on barbequing) evenly before setting aside and leaving to marinate for one hour.

7. When you are ready to cook, preheat your grill to a medium-high heat. Lightly cover your grill grate with olive oil.

8. If you like you can cook your meat inside tinfoil instead of placing it directly on the grill. The foil can be used to keep the meat nice and moist, to help cook it through evenly, and to minimise time spent cleaning up afterwards because your grill grate won’t need anywhere near as much cleaning.

9. Cook the marinated meat on the preheated grill.

10. When one side is properly cooked, turn your meat before covering the cooked side with the rest of the mixture.

11. Continue to grill your meat until it is thoroughly cooked if it is chicken or pork – or cooked to your preference if it is steak or lamb.

12. If you do not have a barbeque (or the weather is not ideal for cooking outside) you can grill your meat indoors, either in an electric grill, or on the hob in a griddle pan.

13. Serve to your guests immediately, either in sandwiches or with side dishes – whatever you fancy.