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George’s Leftover BBQ Beans

First of all let’s take a moment to look at how delicious the ribs that we barbecued look. We have just bought a new toy to play with, a smoker, and this was the first thing we cooked on it.



With the weather heating up this week you will likely be lighting up the BBQ yourself. We know what it is like, you want a bit of everything at the butcher’s or supermarket which means there is usually bowls of leftover chargrilled meat in your fridge the next day.

Here is our favourite quick and easy recipe for using up the meat from your barbecue using general store cupboard items.

Step 1



Get a high sided roasting tin and chop up everything you have and anything you fancy putting in it such as:

  • Sausages
  • Ribs
  • Chicken
  • Burger
  • Kebabs (with veg)
  • Onions
  • Broccoli
  • Corn
  • Peppers

Roast it for about 10 mins on 160 degrees until it is hot.

Step 2



Add a tin of beans, we have used one tin of baked beans per person but you can use as much or as little as you like and whatever beans you have in the cupboard. Add some BBQ sauce and passata if you fancy it (if you have opted for the plain beans option you will need passata for the tomatoey flavour).

Stage 3



Roast until it is hot, hot, hot. If you have an egg, crack into the middle and cook for 6 minutes before the end.

Stage 4


Top with some grated cheese and serve with a sweet potato jacket.

What do you do with your BBQ leftovers? We would love to know. Follow our story and read more about us via our social media channels.


Top 5 Tips To Survive a Heatwave

Team ID give their best ways to get through the sunny days…

1 Advanced preparation. Mornings are cooler so use this time to cook a few elements in advance that can be chilled in fridge while you’re out enjoying the sunshine (or at work, boo). Try any of these below to make an awesome salad:

  • Roasted sweet potato cubes – either plain or with a little of your favourite seasoning
  • Boiled new potatoes – Jersey Royals are the best when available
  • Steamed green vegetables such as mange tout, sugar snaps and asparagus
  • Boiled eggs
  • Roasted sweet peppers (remove the skins) and tomatoes
  • Grilled aubergine or courgette
  • Any kind of grain, quinoa cooked in beetroot or carrot juice is a particular favourite.

2 Smoothies. Keep some berries and bananas in the freezer, then whizz them together with either a bit of juice or milk to make one of your 5 a day into a super cool and refreshing treat. Even better…turn them into lollipops.



3 Iced coffee. We don’t know about you but even on a hot day we still need our caffeine fix! If you have an espresso machine then great, make yourself a double; if not then make yourself a really small, really strong instant shot (if you want sugar, add when it is hot). Pour it over a glass of ice, top up with milk (oat milk is our fave) and have a quick stir. Quick, delicious and without the coffee chain price tag.

4 Eat plenty of food high in water, such and watermelon, strawberries and cucumber, as these all help to regulate your core body temperature. Avoid anything spicy or high in saturated fat such as fried food as these can contribute to raising your temperature even higher.



5 H20. Nothing fancy, nothing special, just plain old water from a tap and plenty of it. You will not want to do any of the above if you are dehydrated, feeling terribly lethargic with a headache. Just please think of our pals the turtles and carry a reusable bottle with you rather than single use, disposable plastic.


Five things to expect from an Inspires Dining experience

Cooking and serving the five course Exploration Menu

With years of restaurant experience, cooking and serving for everyone up to Royalty, our team know how to provide a professional service. In this blog, we’ll take a look at five things that you can rely on when you book an Inspires Dining event as well as discovering a little bit more about us and what we believe in.

Restaurant experience at home

Just like when you go out for a meal we do all the shopping, set up, cooking, serving and cleaning for you – the only difference is that you can wear slippers to the dinner table, if you so choose.

So why at home? Why not just go out for dinner? As restaurant professionals we’re passionate about restaurants and the experience they provide; they are usually lively with a unique buzz and atmosphere as well as their choice of food. However, they can also be, noisy, un-intimate and with lots of hidden costs (service, wine, baby sitter, taxi). When you book an Inspires Dining dinner, you’re guaranteed to be the centre of attention all evening; you just pay a set cost and you can give the baby sitter a night off.

Create your own menu with Chef

When booking with us you can choose from one of our pre-set menus and special offers or to make the occasion more unique to you, Chef will consult with you to create a menu with all your favourite elements. For example, allow us to help recreate a memory from a holiday or an anniversary for your dinner party.

If you have a dietary request then you will be all too familiar with “the allergy folder”, which is a pet peeve of ours. We believe that good food should be accessible to all and with our years of experience there are few allergies we’re yet to cater for, so we will create a menu that means no-one will be missing out.

Inspires Dining did ALL the work – from setting up, laying the table, cooking and clearing up to an expert standard.

Pearl Slater, Exploration Menu

Professional table service and set up

All packages come with a professional service team as standard. When we arrive we will set up the table for you and bring all the crockery and cutlery we need to serve. Alcohol is not included in the packages but the team will serve your arrival drinks and wine throughout the meal.

Table-side chef interaction

Inspires Dining is born from a passion for creating great food using seasonal produce and most importantly having a bit of fun, so no-one could better to explain the dishes to you than Chef. Food service is an art, with a story behind each dish including the elements and the flavours so our chef will explain this to you. The kitchen is always open, so if you enjoy watching people cook, come in and ask Chef your culinary questions.

Fully insured and five star hygiene rated

We pride ourselves on having high, professional, restaurant industry standards and we want to reassure every customer of this. When you book a dinner with us you can feel safe in the knowledge that we are fully insured and DBS checked. It is important to us that from the very start of our journey our HQ was registered with environmental health and received five stars on its first inspection.

Read more and find out how to make a booking.