IT'S THE WEEKEND: Shopping with Keiligh Baker - Top tips for outdoor living

IT'S THE WEEKEND: Shopping with Keiligh Baker - Top tips for outdoor living

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Argus-Mark Reporter-Paul 25-05-10 SFTW - Men and their BBQ's (L-R) Christopher Lloyd Richard Dando and John Terry (6064428)

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BARBECUE season is well and truly upon us, weather dependent of course. So to help you make the most of those heady days of summer, here’s my pick of the best garden accessories and furniture to make your summer stylish.

1.Occa Home Skyline Mango Day Sofa/Bed, £2999 from www.occa-home.co.uk. Lounge all day long on this fabulous day bed. While pricey you can choose your own base and upholstery colours and materials, making it a unique addition to your garden his summer.

2.Dunnes Stores Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic, Hammock, £55 from www.dunnesstores.com. Lazy days were made to be spent in his gorgeous hammock from Dunnes. Just close your eyes and you will soon think you’re in the Bahamas.

3.Oliver Bonas Lucia Swing Chair, £95 from www.oliverbonas.com. This gorgeous and playful rainbow hanging chair will hours of joy to your homelife and is truly unique. Perfect for relaxing in your garden with a drink and book during the summer months.The chair is made from polypropylene yarn which is then dyed to the required colours, and has been handcrafted by using a knotting technique to create the shape, which means it can be used both inside and outside the home.

4.Sainsbury's Home Memory Lane Picnic pieces, prices from £1.50.

5.M&Co Large Check Fleece Throw, £19 fromwww.mandco.com. Use this gorgeously traditional throw as a picnic blanket in the day and to snuggle up under at night.

6.Star Wars Lightsaber BBQ Tongs, £19.99 from www.thefowndry.com. Flip your burgers with the ruthless precision of a Sith Lord. Star Wars BBQ Tongs are the pincers of choice for any galactic chef. Not as clumsy or random as a fork, these handy barbecue nippers are modelled on Darth Vader’s lightsaber, circa Episode IV. With a handy pair of pincers at one end and the lightsaber’s iconic hilt at the other, Star Wars BBQ tongs are the perfect bit of kit for any civilised chef. And yes, they even make the noise (so you don’t have to).

7.Big Green Egg, from www.biggreenegg.co.uk. is the ultimate in outdoor grilling, with 80 per cent of Michelin starred chefs utilising one in their kitchen. It’s made of ceramic, rather than the more traditional metal grills, which makes it much safer to use. Big Green Egg comes in five available sizes with the largest XXL size launching this summer in the UK, and can reach your precise cooking temperature within a matter of minutes. Big Green Egg is different to other outdoor grills as it is ideal for the majority of cooking tasks – from grilling BBQ foods, smoking ribs, cooking pizzas, roasting, and even baking. The Egg reaches cooking heat within minutes and its patented airflow control allows you to achieve the right temperature to within a few degrees, and maintain it with an accuracy that rivals or betters many indoor ovens. This makes it ideal for a host of cooking tasks, from grilling bangers and burgers to smoking ribs, cooking pizzas or even roasting chickens and turkeys. A medium Egg is £700.

8.La Hacienda Clay Pizza Chimenea, £80 from www.kaleidoscope.co.uk. This medium sized two- piece clay chimenea with cooking grill is perfect for huddling around when the nights turn cooler. Historically, chimeneas originated from the Southern Highlands of Mexico as cooking pots for food such as Mexican flatbread tortillas. Clay was dug from the riverbed and moulded by hand into crude pots before being fired in simple wood fuelled kilns. This style of cooking and the feeling of keeping warm around a campfire inspired the use of these clay pots as chimeneas. They developed into pots with longer necks and a stand to raise them off the ground. Many of La Hacienda’s chimeneas are still being made in the same region of Mexico as they have been for centuries, drawing on generations of experience of working with clay.

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