I started out trying to put together a PieCaken, but what I ended up with was Smoked Crud. It truly was a nightmare before Christmas. For whatever reason, the universe was doing it’s best to stop this abomination from being born. Continue reading Smoked Crud: A Nightmare Before Christmas
We’ve already established that I’m one of those Dad’s that enjoys tormenting his kids. Having already cooked up my son’s favourite Octonaut it was time to make him more of his heroes: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle burgers! These ninja turtle burgers have been bouncing around the internet for a while and I’ve been wanting to give them a go. My son’s fourth birthday party was the perfect opportunity. Boy, did I learn some lessons! Continue reading Ninja Turtle Burgers – Catering for Kids!
It is a father’s privilege, nay, a duty to torment his son. Drawing inspiration from watching his favourite episode of his favourite show for the eighty-eleventh time it was with the greatest pleasure that I served him up one of his favourite Octonauts: Herb-Encrusted Swordfish Salad. Continue reading Herb-Encrusted Swordfish Salad
Thanksgiving isn’t something that we do here in Australia: it’s an American and Canadian tradition. My American family members tell me that it’s even more important than Christmas. So for those of us NOT from that continent, what happens on Thanksgiving? Continue reading Smoke a Thanksgiving Fatty and Relax!
Moreton Bay Bugs are never going to win ‘Miss Beach Babe 2015’. You’ll never see a group of male Moreton Bay Bugs climbing in a van together and travelling across the country so they can compete at a male stripper convention. (Yes, my wife made me watch Magic Mike XXL. Yes, she made me dance for her. No, I don’t want to talk about it.) I will say this though: they may look like a giant tick that would make you run around the room screaming like a 4 year old if you found one on your skin, but man they are tasty! Continue reading Moreton Bay Bugs – Lucky they taste great!
The first time I heard of Dixie Chicken was when I was listening to a live version of the Dave Matthews Band song Crash into Me, a song that brought my wife and I together after I later
butchered played it live in a dingy little underground bar in South Korea.
A little research revealed that Dixie Chicken hails from the heart of the south of the USA and is one of the many foods that falls under the banner of Soul Food. To me, having grown up in a small country town in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Australia, ‘Soul Food’ was the name of the diner that Aretha Franklin ran in ‘The Blues Brothers’. However, Soul Food is an incredibly important part of African American culture, particularly in the context of the human rights movement. It was therefore with great respect and trepidation that I attempted my own version of Dixie Chicken. Continue reading Dixie Chicken – BBQ’d Soul Food…
September may have Father’s Day, but October has Oktoberfest! Oktoberfest began in Germany just over two hundred years ago and was initiated to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese. In modern times, Oktoberfest events are now held around the world and are celebrated by an estimated 6 million people. What began as a celebration of a royal marriage is now a celebration of two of Germany’s greatest gifts to the world: it’s food, and it’s beer. With that in mind, to celebrate Oktoberfest, I put together a simple but delicious meal of Bratwurst (a German sausage), grilled sauerkraut, and a tomato and bacon jam.
I recently purchased a Smash Pizzeria kettle ring which turns a Weber into a pizza oven. It’s an interesting piece of kit and I was busting to get stuck into it, so I put my thinking cap on and came up with Smoked Honey Chicken and Chorizo Pizza. It was also a great opportunity for me to try out my new-to-me Weber One Touch Gold that I got for a song on Gumtree.
Prawns have always held a very important place in my family: growing up in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales they were always a Christmas special because living two hours inland they were too expensive to be anything but a once-a-year treat. As a result, prawns, to us, symbolise joy, celebration, love and gratitude. The first question that gets asked any time we have a family reunion is ‘Who’s bringing the prawns?’ Luckily, I now live on the Gold Coast and have a fish market two blocks from my house: I get to feel spoiled all year-round!
What’s got eight legs, jet propulsion and looks like something out of a sci-fi horror film? BBQ Squid! That’s what! Continue reading Grilled Space Alien – AKA BBQ Squid…