Brisbane Barbecue Adventures

Originally this piece was titled Suburban Treasures, so what are suburban treasures you ask? Well they’re little places that you may not know about tucked away out of the city limelight, but more than that they are at the top of their game. So obviously these locations are going to be about things that I enjoy so there’s no fancy 3 Michelin star restaurants here. We’re talking steaks, barbecue, bakeries, an amazing butcher and pies. Continue reading

Roast Lamb with Pomegranate Molasses

Something a little bit different this time, while cooked on the BBQ this is more of a play on the traditional Sunday roast. Don’t get me wrong one of my all time favourites is a quality leg of lamb stuffed with hunks of garlic and rosemary then dusted with salt and pepper, but every now and then you need a change, something different. The highlight of this dish is a sticky pomegranate molasses, once you know how to make this you will find a number of uses for it. It’s great for a drizzle over salads, works well with chicken or spill it over some feta to serve on crisp flat bread. Depending what you are going to use it for you may want to use just the molasses or you may want to add the other spices, see below. You can cook the lamb either on the BBQ with indirect heat or in the oven. Continue reading

Pulled Beef Sliders

This one is fast becoming a family favourite for us and a great way to feed a few people. This recipe will easily feed 6 adults and is an easy way to entertain. The recipe uses a whole piece of chuck steak cooked in the slow cooker, your local supermarket will have chuck steak up to 5kg and you just need to ask for them to cut you a whole piece off to the weight you want. Now many out there are screaming saying that pulled meat should be done over coals and smoke for hours to be authentic and I do agree but, I am also into simple food that taste great and is easy to do. Continue reading

BBQ Christmas Ham

Yep the fat man in a red suit is just around the corner so it’s time for another Christmas recipe, although truth be told I use this recipe all year round. This is the perfect way to feed a crowd and hams are available all year.

Usually here in Australia they come split into two being the leg and the round or you can get the whole leg. If I’m doing a half I will get the round end as it has way more meat on it and you’re not paying for bone. If you’re going for presentation you might want to go for the leg end or the whole leg depending on how many you’re going to feed. Often you can find a small whole leg around the 6 to 7kg mark and these look great, just make sure you can fit it into your BBQ or oven. The other thing to check when you’re buying the ham is to make sure its cooked, most hams you buy in Australia are already cooked and all you doing is heating and adding a glaze, however you can get raw hams that need to be cooked the whole way through so just be sure to check. Continue reading

Vegan Lime, Mango & Ginger Cheesecake

Hi folks

Having kids with allergies there is no doubt that desert is the hardest thing to cater for. In our house we have kids that are anaphylactic to eggs, nuts, dairy and kiwifruit so you get pretty good and changing and adapting recipes. This is one that you will need to plan ahead for as you have to make your own condensed milk the day before, unless you can have dairy in which case you can just use a can. The other thing I must mention is this recipe is done using a thermomix, it makes allergy life a lot easier. Also while we have serious allergies our children are safe to eat products that on the label state “may contain traces” of their allergens, as long as its not an actual ingredient. Please double check all ingredients to ensure they are safe for your family if you are dealing with allergies. You can make this as one big cheese cake or little bite size ones. Continue reading

Wellington, Go There Now

 

 

I recently travelled back to New Zealand for a family get together and managed wrangle a night in Wellington.

For those that are into craft beer in Australia you have certainly herd of New Zealand craft and Wellington is by far the craft beer capital of New Zealand. Garage Project, Panhead, Parrot Dog and Tuatara are all local producers but more than that, the amount of amazing venues dedicated to the craft has exploded in recent times. Continue reading

White Christmas Rocky Road

Its that time of year again, the time where we pull out those special recipes that only get used at Christmas time. I always feel that this is such a shame as I find some of my favourite recipes and ideas are tucked away all year waiting until the right time to share. Soon I will publish another Christmas favourite that I use all year round to feed a crowd, glazed BBQ ham, so keep your eyes peeled. Continue reading