grilled avocado guacamole corn chip

Grilled Avocado Guacamole

We use guacamole for a few dishes we make regularly, burgers, tacos, nachos or by itself as a dip for corn chips. To change things up every once and a while I like to grill the avocado before mashing it up with the other ingredients….

butterflied lamb shoulder medium rare

Rosemary Garlic Butterflied Lamb Shoulder

Lamb is a special dish in New Zealand, you will often come across a roast lamb dinner on Sundays all across the country. Up until the 80’s sheep were the biggest export out of New Zealand until dairy took over. Still, there are around 40 million…

Skillet Chicken with Bacon & Mushroom Sauce

This recipe for Skillet Chicken with Bacon & Mushroom sauce is a combination of long years of cooking on my part. Surprisingly enough, in my younger years I had my first taste of cooking in the backyard over an old Masport gas grill. My staple…

Pico de Gallo

Pico de gallo is a fresh, uncooked salsa made from chopped tomato, onion, coriander, fresh serranos, salt, and lime juice. I really like the name pico de gallo – it does sound a lot flasher than salsa and if you’re lucky you can make this fresh…

Skillet Chorizo Potato Hash

This recipe for Chorizo Potato Hash came about when Sarah pointed out to me that when I cooked brunch on the grill almost a year ago that I claimed long weekends were for perfect for cooking brunch, and that I hadn’t done so in a…

skewered garlic butter prawns

Skewered Garlic Butter Prawns

These Garlic Butter Prawns represent a milestone for the blog, the very first seafood post. Sarah had been hinting at prawns for quite some time so I finally gave in and took the plunge into unfamiliar cooking territory. We have had enjoyed many a prawn…

bacon mozzarella basil stuffed chicken

Bacon Mozzarella & Basil Stuffed Chicken

The long weekend over here has been and gone but not forgotten. This stuffed chicken recipe was my attempt at helping Sarah get over an off reaction to the flu jab she had on Friday. Sarah did not want chicken noodle soup (and you can’t…

pork spare ribs with fries

Pork Spare Ribs

Now let me begin this post with a little disclaimer. I am a total sucker for pork spare ribs. Back in the day my friends and I would get our weekly fix of ribs from a local restaurant Buzz Cafe in Lower Hutt . The ribs…

planked bacon wrapped asparagus

Planked Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

I’ve seen a lot of planked food items around, mostly fish or chicken wings. But once I got my hands on some cedar planks, I went straight to bacon wrapped asparagus. Since then I like to serve this dish alongside anything that is cooked on…

Pulled Pork on the Smokey Joe Mini WSM

Naturally the first thing I tried on my newly completed Mini WSM was a pork shoulder for a dose of delicious pulled pork. I have written about pulled pork on a Weber kettle previously – while this method is still perfectly valid if you have a…