Monday Meal Review: Australian Barbie

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This is meal #9 in my personal challenge to eat one meal from every country in the world. "What's wrong?" I asked. For the third time Keith waved his hand over $50 dollars worth of kangaroo meat to feel the grill. "I don't know why the grill isn't hot," he muttered, "It's just warm. It won't get hot. The grill should be hot. I think it's out of gas." I looked over at our friends who were expecting their first taste of kangaroo any minute. A few glanced back at me. I felt my neck get … [Read more...]

Recipe: Aussie Burger

Aussies know how to stack a burger!

Serves 8 We had great fun with the Aussie Burger at our barbecue. Follow my tips to help you if you are expecting a big group of people. The pickled beetroot is a lot like pickle, so don't be shy! Ingredients: 8 hamburger buns 8 beef patties (or turkey) Toppings (all to taste): cooked bacon sliced cheddar cheese red onion, sliced thin into rings tomato, sliced thin pickled beetroot (beet), sliced thin lettuce pineapple rings 8 fried eggs, sunny side up Method: 1. … [Read more...]

Recipe: Kangaroo Bites with Mango and Pineapple

Grilled kangaroo is tender thanks to an overnight marinade

Serves 10 The longer kangaroo ages, the stronger the flavor. If you like less gamey meat, purchase frozen kangaroo. To keep the meat moist and tender, marinate overnight and don't cook too long. This recipe produced meat that tasted a lot like steak (to me). Ingredients: 2.5 pounds kangaroo loin, cut into 1" cubes skewers - about 20 1 large mango 1/2 pineapple cubed or pineapple tidbits Mango marinade: 1/2 cup whole milk yogurt 1 cup mango juice 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 … [Read more...]

Recipe: Australian Damper Bread

Hot damper bread, fresh from the oven

Serves 8-10 This dense frontier bread is traditionally cooked in hot campfire embers. Enjoy plain, with jam and butter, or dunked in chicken noodle soup. This recipe can safely be halved. Ingredients: 8 cups flour 1 Tbsp salt 1/4 cup baking powder 1/4 cup sugar 2.5 cups milk, plus more as needed Method: 1. Preheat oven to 425F. Grease a lasagna pan with butter or vegetable oil. 2. Add salt, baking powder, and sugar to a small bowl. Whisk to combine. In a large bowl, whisk … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Aussie Barbies, a.k.a. BBQ (POLL)

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WHAT's SO GREAT ABOUT AUSSIE BARBIES? 1. They make the word "barbie" a whole lot manlier. You've all heard it before. There's nothing manlier than throwing hunks of meat on roaring flames, while sipping beer. Even calling barbecue a "barbie" doesn't make it any less manly. After all, in Australia, barbecue is (generally) men's work. You have to love that an entire country of men love playing with their Barbies. And, by that, I mean adjusting the flame... of course! Thank you Australia, … [Read more...]

Technique Thursday: How to Properly Cook Kangaroo

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Here's a sentence I never thought I'd utter: "There are 2.5 pounds of kangaroo loin in my deep freeze." Yippee! I'm very much looking forward to cooking the kangaroo but, at $19.99 a pound I want to be sure and cook the meat properly. Plus, I figured you were curious, too! What I found out: Kangaroo meat is dark, like beef,¬†and lean. Very lean. With only 2% fat, proper preparation and cooking is critical to kangaroo. Step 1: An overnight marinade is ideal. This will … [Read more...]

Menu: Australia

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This weekend will be the biggest Global Table party yet. We're opening our home to 15 motorcycle buddies (plus their kids). We've chosen to have a classic Aussie Pot Luck Barbie - otherwise known as a barbecue - for our adventure. I'll be making a combination of modern and traditional favorites for the barbie: Snags (Bratwurst Sausage) This sausage is popular at Aussie BBQs. Cook on a hot grill for about 25 minutes or until done. Kangaroo Loin Bites with Fresh Mango & Pineapple … [Read more...]