King Creole Chicken with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

This summer I’ve not cooked anything else more than the King Creole Chicken with Grilled Pineapple Salsa out of Chelsea Winter’s latest cookbook Eat. Not counting baby back ribs of course. This is due to Sarah’s love for the recipe. I’m not very big on…

red cabbage potato salad

Red Cabbage & Potato Salad

Wow, it’s not often that you see a salad up here! This red cabbage potato salad was prepared during the final hours of the brisket smoke the other weekend and I thought that it would be a good one to share with you all. This potato…

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….

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…

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…

potato rosti stack

Garlic and Rosemary Potato Rosti

These garlic and rosemary potato rosties are a fun and easy way to serve potato. Mixes up from the default roast potatoes or fries. Sarah prepared these the other night while I was busy outside barbecuing and I enjoyed this so much that I have…

Warm Potato Salad

Goodbye Summer Warm Potato Salad

Last weekend in New Zealand at 2 am on Sunday morning, clocks were turned back an hour  for day light savings signalling the end of summer. The weather that followed in Wellington backed up that Summer was definitely over. So last Sunday evening as a…

Barbecued Roast Chicken, Mash and Slaw

Having never had the opportunity to try Simon Gault’s original Roast Chicken, Mash and Slaw dish at his restaurant Euro I’ve attempted the next best thing in re-creating this dish at home on the Weber. Barbecued Roast Chicken, Mash and Slaw A few notes of difference to Simon’s recipe…

Epic Pale Ale Beer Soaked Fries in a Paper Bag

Epic Pale Ale Beer Soaked Fries

Beer and barbecue go together hand in hand. Especially in New Zealand. You will be hard pressed to have a barbecue without beer being involved in some way. Many Kiwi summer evenings have been spent around the grill, beer in hand, stories being told. This…

Pork Crackling Bits

Pork Crackling Bits

The best thing about smoking a pork shoulder aside from having a smoked pork shoulder is creating  pork crackling using the discarded pig skin. This dish is best prepared the night before right after you dry rub your pork shoulder. Using leftover pork rub and…