As we head towards the end of December, the sweltering temperatures and unbearable humidity of summer should be nothing more than a distant memory and it’s all about being outdoors again.
This time of year is when Oman really comes into its own, with the opportunity to spend weekends outside enjoying the diverse environments the Sultanate offers, from stunning coastlines to dramatic mountain landscapes. For urbanites, parks and beaches can become second homes in the winter, where families and friends can make the most of their time together. Pop down to Qurum Natural Park on a weekend and you’ll see a slice of winter park life at play.
Winter is also when the humble barbecue comes into its own. Wander down to the grass verge bordering the beach at Shatti al Qurum in Muscat to see just what we mean – you’ll see dozens of thin trails of smoke rising into the air from barbecue grills, along with the smell of freshly cooked meat. Elsewhere, barbecues will be lighting up on apartment balconies, backyards and gardens. That’s the beauty of a barbecue – it can be made virtually anywhere there’s outside space.
Cooking outside and the ritual of a barbecue is an integral part of the Omani winter and our social lives in the cooler months. It’s no surprise that people love to barbecue. Friends, family, food and fire all come together in wonderful synchronicity. Getting this combination right is essential for a good barbecue, which is why Y is bringing you this “Good Barbecue Guide” to make sure you’re al fresco food gatherings are a hit every time.
As the barbecue season gets into full swing, Helpling (helpling.ae), an online platform for home cleaners, has listed some simple things to do to take care of your barbecue and ensure it is in prime condition to make flawless steaks.