I like to grill food outdoors. When I lived in San Francisco, I had a standard gas grill that worked very nicely. When we went camping, I took a little Smokey Joe and used charcoal briquettes to make the fire. Now, in France, while I still have the Smokey Joe, I haven't got the hang of using charbon de bois (wood charcoal). It either burns too hot and fast, or too cool to cook.
We have a big concrete barbecue in the back yard that works great when I build wood fires in it using old grape vine trunks. But that's a lot of trouble if we just want to grill a steak or a few sausages. The solution to this grilling dilemma came one summer day when we were invited across the road for lunch.
Our neighbor, Bernard, grilled sausages on a little electric grill. I had never seen one of these before. Ken and I thought it would be perfect for our terrace as there would be no smokey fire to damage the wood ceiling out there. So he found this inexpensive model on the internet and ordered it. We've used it twice so far with great results.
I know we're going to be using it a lot this coming summer. We'll still do wood fires out back on those occasions when we want a proper barbecue. But this electric grill will be great for the little stuff.
Georges Moustaki 1934-2013
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