Thursday, September 21, 2006

Balmy Days of Spring...

And let's not forget the star-filled nights begging to be enjoyed with a loved one by your side...or in my case, my two cats! I can pretend, however...I do have a wild imagination! Enough of that, it's time to share with you a couple of recipes. The weather here on the mountain is beyond the moment. Spring has sprung these past couple of days and it's truly a time when everyone's fancy, not only 'a young man's', turns! This glorious weather is ideal for dragging out the barbecue that has laid dormant throughout winter...come on! Dust it off and fire it up!

Beef Kebabs: Combine 1/3 cup brandy or dry sherry, 1/3 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 cloves garlic, minced, some chopped fresh coriander (cilantro) and 1/2 teaspoon or so of grated fresh ginger in a large flat dish. Mix well. Add 500g quality rump or sirloin, cut into 1 inch cubes. Coat well. Let it sit for at least an hour...overnight is even better. Cut 1 green capsicum (pepper) into 1 inch squares and one medium onion into 1 inch pieces. Thread beef, capsicum, onion, whole button mushrooms and pineapple chunks onto skewers. Grill over pre-heated barbecue (high heat) until the meat is done to preference. Turning kebabs and basting occasionally.

Mustard Grilled Salmon Salad: Brush 500g salmon fillet, cut into 4 pieces, with 2 tablespoons of a dressing made from: honey and seeded mustard and a squeeze or two of fresh lemon juice. Place on heated grill. Toss sliced red capsicums, 1 zucchini sliced, 1 or 2 yellow squash and 1 tablespoon of the honey/mustard dressing. Place vegetables on the hot plate and toss frequently for about 10-15 minutes until crisp-tender. Only turn the salmon once and cook it until it flakes easily with a fork. Meanwhile, cook some fine pasta...a chilli or sun-dried tomato linguine would be good. Cook the pasta al-dente. When cooked, drain well. Mix pasta and about 1/4 cup of the honey/mustard dressing. Add grilled vegetable and toss to coat. Arrange salad greens on 4 plates. Top with pasta and vegetable mix, then salmon. Drizzle with remaining dressing and sprinkle with fresh dill.

Okay...pick out a wine of your choice...put some suitable music into your player...light some candles...and I'll leave the rest to you!


  1. Mmmmm, those look GOOD. Just a shame I don't eat beef. Or salmon:(

  2. Never mind...if you're a vegetarian substitue...or if not, pork or lamb can be substituted. :)

  3. I adore salmon with seeded mustard and a fresh salad. Love the photos of Tamborine. I haven't been up there for a while, must take a drive one day.

    Hope all is well with you, Lee. Thank you for your comment on my post about Steve Irwin.



  4. You realize I'm away from my kitchen for weeks, yet you continue to post these recipes.

    I'm calling Amnesty International on you, Lee.

  5. Oh! So sorry, Don! I'll package some of the goodies up and send them post haste to your temporary neck of the woods...or you could go to 'Raffles' and have yourself a tasty dinner in the 'Palm Court'...have a drink for me at the 'Writers' Bar'!

    By the way, I'm thinking about having garlic prawns for dinner tonight! But I think I'll have a steak with some mushrooms and perhaps a cob of corn,instead!! ;)

  6. That's it! Expect UN peacekeepers, too!

    Unfair! Unfair!

    Good idea about Raffles, though. I think I might go across to Chijmes, too, when I'm done there.

  7. Whoops! Have to time to comment. Knocking at my door! Must be the UN Peacekeepers et al! I'll catch you later! ;)