REINVENTING AN OLD FAVOURITE FOR THE HOLIDAYS ON THE BARBECUE
In this, our first BBQXL blog edition, we’ll be combining time tested traditions and new trends for a modern twist on old holiday favourites. A holidays’ feast from the barbecue. Asian inspired recipes incorporating new and traditional holiday ingredients as well as modern cooking and grilling techniques that will have your guests coming back for more. There’s never a better time than the present to start a new tradition for the holiday season, right from your BBQ. To see what accessories I’ve used and our recipes for our barbecue holiday dinner, click on any of the pictures below.
In years gone by, and speaking from personal experience, the quintessential holiday dinner on my British born mum’s side of the family, was always the long and laborious roast dinner. Turkey, stuffing and gravy, roast potatoes or mashed, vegetables boiled beyond the point of recognition and Yorkshire pudding. Or, maybe it was a pork roast, a mash of turnip and carrot and apple sauce. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are those that can cook an excellent traditional roast dinner and those that look forward to it and enjoy it. And I agree, traditional roast dinners can be wonderful when well prepared, but nothing says that tradition can’t evolve. Therefore, in this segment, we are doing just that, revising traditional recipes and ways of cooking, grilling and roasting on the BBQ to suit our modern day palates during the holidays.
There are many benefits to outdoor cooking, especially over the holidays. A major one is the heat. A roast is one of those comfy types of dinners that you look forward to and want to enjoy when it’s cold and miserable outdoors. But who looks forward to being tied to a hot kitchen when it’s 35º outside, under the Aussie sun? One of the benefits of outdoor cooking is that everyone can be involved and enjoy each other’s company in the fresh air, as opposed to being cooped up in the house. Another advantage is not having to clean up the kitchen, just the dirty dishes! With this carefully planned menu, most of it can be prepared a day ahead, leaving you plenty of time to spend with your loved ones. And who doesn’t love the smell of delicious food on the barbie? We are continuously evolving culturally and gastronomically everywhere in the world. These days, we’re palatally bombarded by new culinary experiences, textures and flavours. The roast dinner, though beginning to be thought of as a thing of the past for the holidays, notably so in Australia and New Zealand, being substituted by lighter dishes such as fish, seafood and salads is making a 180º turn, a proverbial rebirth in this creative festive menu, combining the comfort of old and the freshness of new. We hope you enjoy!
Season’s greetings from the entire BBQXL team. Happy grilling! Posted on December 2nd, 2013 by Matthew C. exclusively for BBQXL