In “Thai’m” for Good Friday: Thai Reef Fish with Coconut Ginger Rice

Do you ever get those ‘Oh’ moments? When you thought something was really difficult and then something suddenly clicked and you felt a little ridiculous? I was like that with fish. I had always been too intimidated to try cooking seafood on the BBQ and then my wife bought me a lesson at a BBQ school. I went, learned, and said ‘Oh’. A lot.  Continue reading In “Thai’m” for Good Friday: Thai Reef Fish with Coconut Ginger Rice

The Day I BBQ’d for 250 People…

I’d like to begin this story by stating that I am not a commercial caterer: BBQ catering is not my deal. I cater small, exclusive parties: business launches, private parties and the like. So when the school I was working for at the time asked me to host a BBQ for their student Christmas Party  I was just a little intimidated.

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Maple & Pineapple Glazed Seafood Kebobs

I’ve always been a big fan of seafood and have always loved a big bowl of prawns at Christmas. I’ve also loved pineapple juice, and pancakes with maple syrup. Oh and bacon… So I was thinking why not put them all together?

This is dead set simple but one of the tastiest things you’ll ever cook. The only ‘trick’ is the glaze, but if you can melt some butter and stir with a spoon, you can make a glaze. Continue reading Maple & Pineapple Glazed Seafood Kebobs

The Day my Dad Taught me How a Real Man lights Birthday Candles…

I am unlucky in that I was born in the dead of winter. Growing up it meant that most of my birthday parties were indoors as it was too cold outside.

However, now I’m a grown-up I can have any type of party I please. And I’m lucky in that when I decide I want to have my birthday party at the beach, I have a good group of friends who are happy to rug up and head out to the water to celebrate with me. One friend was even so committed that she made a Piña Colada-flavoured cake in the shape of a sand castle!  Continue reading The Day my Dad Taught me How a Real Man lights Birthday Candles…

The K.I.S.S. Principle: BBQ Depenz’on

So, best laid plans of mice and men and all that…

I’d been planning to cook up something related to Easter for the March newsletter. However, I’d had to take Friday off work and then spent all weekend taking care of a sick wife and three year old.

And so it came to be that it was 6pm on a Sunday night, my wife and son were demanding dinner, and I hadn’t had a chance to get to the shops to buy the ingredients for a cook out. As a result I had to fall back on an old-faithful: BBQ Depenz’on.  Continue reading The K.I.S.S. Principle: BBQ Depenz’on

The Night I Nearly Stabbed Myself in the Foot…

Our mothers told us. Each and every one of us.

“Don’t run with scissors.”

“Don’t play with knives.”

“Don’t stick batteries in your nose.” (Ok, maybe that last one was just me…)

And we all ignored them. Each and every one of us.

Thankfully I made it to adulthood without any incidents, not with knives and scissors anyway, and I thought I’d done really well. Until the night I nearly stabbed myself in the foot…  Continue reading The Night I Nearly Stabbed Myself in the Foot…

Back to Basics: A Deluxe Bacon and Egg Sandwich

There is nothing quite as seductive as a Bacon and Egg Sandwich. I don’t know if it is the saltiness, the smokiness, or the savoury taste of bacon, or perhaps it’s a combination of all three, but there is simply nothing quite like that first delicious taste, with a mug of hot coffee early in the morning. Or lunch. Or dinner.

Fortunately, if you own a grill, you can make the best bacon and egg sandwich that you’ve had in a long time. It’s dead sexy, and it’s dead easy.  Continue reading Back to Basics: A Deluxe Bacon and Egg Sandwich

The Day I Dropped the F-Bomb in Front of a Group of Japanese School Kids…

It was the summer of 2009 – 2010 and I was working as an English Language teacher at a private language school on the Gold Coast. Being summer time meant that it was Study Tour season, and I was selected to teach the classes as I had previously been a high school teacher and I also had experience with Study Tours.

To catch you up, a Study Tour is when a small group of students will come to Australia from another country, say Japan or China, for a short period of time: two, maybe three weeks. They will typically study English in the morning, and then go out for ‘activities’ in the afternoon: zoos, theme parks, shopping, or in the case of this story, a BBQ at the beach…  Continue reading The Day I Dropped the F-Bomb in Front of a Group of Japanese School Kids…

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!