I think Guatemalans are cool
Have you been reading El Guapo again? I’ve still not forgiven him for saying he thought Scotland was a country invented by Mel Gibson
Well perhaps he’d never heard of Sean Connery…
Just you make sure you don’t go getting any ideas about shaving your beard and just leaving a moustache. You’ll frighten the children when you pick them up from school.
I’m not planning on shaving anything, but this is nothing to do with El Guapo. I’m talking about barbecues.
What’s that got to do with Guatemalans? I thought Australians were the kings of the barbecue.
No, listen. I was reading in the Good Food magazine about greener barbecues
You’re going to start flame grilling the salad?
No, no - how to make them less environmentally damaging. Reducing your carbon footprint is all the rage this summer. Did you know that a patio heater used for four hours contributes more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than the average car does in one day?
But we don’t have a patio heater.
I know that, but if we did, we could turn it off more.
You want us to buy a patio heater so we can turn it off?
Er, probably not. That was just an example. But according to this article we should be looking for locally sourced charcoal, stamped with the Forest Stewardship Council logo.
So what has any of this got to do with Guatemalans?
Well the latest, must have, way of lighting barbecues is with Fair Trade fire sticks from the Mayan people of Guatemala!
Fair Trade fire sticks?
Si, mi esposa hermosa. It says here that these ecological green products are handmade from the stump of Ocote tree. Apparently they are 80% resin but dry to the touch, so make ideal natural firelighters.
Don’t start quoting Spanish at me; you don’t even speak the language. Anyway, what’s wrong with using last week’s local freebie newspaper?
Well, if we place a stick under charcoal or logs, it says we will instantly be transported to the highlands of Guatemala by the wonderful aroma.
Let me get this right. You think that flying a handful of sticks halfway round the world just to light your barbecue is an environmentally friendly way of doing things?
Say, did you know Guatemalans have these little worry dolls…