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For St Patrick’s Day – Bangers, Colcannon and Guinness Gravy

The most famous day of the month of March would have to be undoubtedly St Patrick’s Day. For most of us, it just means dressing up, drinking some green beer and making some awful attempts at Irish accents! On that one day per year, everybody is Irish! But what is St Patrick’s Day actually about?

Firstly, the word ‘saint’ is in the title, so it must be some church thing right? Correct! St Patrick’s Day is actually a Christian feast day, celebrating St Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland and dates back to the seventeenth century. Perhaps most interesting is that it is the one day during the period of Lent where the rules regarding eating and drinking alcohol are lifted, resulting in the modern celebration of feasts, parties, and pitchers of green beer.

So what do you think about jumping on your ‘Q to cook up a great St Patrick’s Day feast? And what if that recipe included the master of all Irish beers, Guinness? With this in mind, it is my pleasure to present’ Bangers and Colcannon, with Guinness Gravy’: it’s divine! Colcannon is a complex, naughty Irish version of mash potatoes – once you’ve had Colcannon you’ll never look at regular potatoes the same way again.  Continue reading For St Patrick’s Day – Bangers, Colcannon and Guinness Gravy

Guest Author – Meet Wal!

Hi there everyone,

You’ve all seen Wal’s interesting comments on a couple of stories of I’ve written and I thought he had some interesting things to say, so I invited him to be a guest author and write a post for us. I’ll leave it in his own words…  Continue reading Guest Author – Meet Wal!

A Banquet for Chinese New Year – ‘Gong Hay Fat Choy Everybody!’

Hey there everyone,

Thursday the 19th of February is Chinese New Year and if you live in a multicultural part of the country you can expect a great party! Make sure you say ‘Gong Hay Fat Choy’ – it’s Happy New Year in Cantonese. Continue reading A Banquet for Chinese New Year – ‘Gong Hay Fat Choy Everybody!’

Catering Made Easy: Chicken Wings!

I was recently asked to cater a launch for my wife’s new business. She wanted her guests to mingle and network and so the brief was simple: healthy, canapé style food. (If you’re not familiar with the word, canapé just means ‘fancy finger food’.) With that in mind, I came up with the two choices of chicken wings: Buffalo Wings and a Jamaican Wing known as Jerk. She ordered both.  Continue reading Catering Made Easy: Chicken Wings!

The Night I Lit My Back Yard on Fire…

I like to think I’m a fairly safety-minded guy, but as well having nearly blown up my house, I’ve also been known to set the back yard on fire. Unfortunately the back yard wasn’t in this hemisphere, and I didn’t even speak the language! Continue reading The Night I Lit My Back Yard on Fire…

Spiced Lamb Chops for Australia Day

Australia Day is a great opportunity to get together with friends and family and celebrate everything that we love about what the country is today. And given that Australia is a country renowned for being ‘born off the sheep’s back’ it is only right that we honour that history… by eating them… To this end, I present: Spiced Lamb Chops for Australia Day! Continue reading Spiced Lamb Chops for Australia Day

The Day I Ruined a Football Game…

Barbecues come in all types and fortunately, they come in all sizes, which makes them great for taking to all types of different places. This can make for some great opportunities to have some good, cheap fun outdoors.

We are fortunate enough to live in a part of the world where we have a little river running behind the house, with a bike track and about eight hundred metres up the bike track is a local football club where you can go along and sit on the grass for free and watch the games.

So, what was I supposed to do? Take my mini-charcoal BBQ to the football of course!  Continue reading The Day I Ruined a Football Game…

Three Course Meal for Valentine’s Day

Hi everyone,

Next month is February which means it’s time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day. It’s in our DNA to show we care for someone by providing them with food, so this is a great chance for you to show your mad BBQ’ing skills to your beloved. Or someone you want to be your beloved…

And what better way to show how much you care than by preparing a three course meal of Oysters Kilpatrick, Chicken Parmigiana, and Vanilla Ice Cream with fresh Passionfruit?  Continue reading Three Course Meal for Valentine’s Day

The Night I Nearly Starved a Pregnant Woman to Death…

Experimentation is a wonderful thing, but sometimes it can result in a pregnant woman gnawing on your coffee table like a North-American beaver!

It was New Year’s Eve 2010, and I’d invited a group of eight or so friends around for a BBQ dinner to celebrate, one of whom was pregnant. I’d just seen the ads on television for Sweet Potato Fries on the television, the kind that you bake in the oven, and thought ‘I can do better than that’. So, I decided that I was going to add these to my meal plan, and no, of course I didn’t need to practice: they were chips, how hard could it be? And I was just busting to try out the side burner on my new, replacement BBQ (see my post The Day I Nearly Blew Up My House… for more hilarious fun…).  Continue reading The Night I Nearly Starved a Pregnant Woman to Death…

Stuffed Chicken Thighs with Vine-Ripened Cherry Tomatoes and Asparagus

Tonight’s dinner was… wow… just… wow…

I couldn’t fit it all in the title, but we had Chicken Thighs stuffed with Feta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes, wrapped in Bacon, topped with herbs and spices, and served with sides of grilled vine-ripened Cherry Tomatoes and Asparagus. All for under $20!

So, how did we get there?  Continue reading Stuffed Chicken Thighs with Vine-Ripened Cherry Tomatoes and Asparagus