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N'Awlins Barbeque Prawns

Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018


INGREDIENTS 

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 650g large green prawns (in their shells)

METHOD
  • In a small sauté pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and add the remaining marinade ingredients. Stir and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Using a sharp knife, split open the back of each prawns and devein it. Place the prawns in a large, resealable plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Press the air out of the bag and seal tightly. Turn the bag to distribute the marinade, place in a bowl, and refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Remove the prawns from the bag and discard the marinade. Grill in your Weber over direct high heat (230°C to 280°C), with the lid closed as much as possible, until the prawns are just opaque in the center and firm to the touch, 2 to 4 minutes, turning once. Remove from the grill and serve warm or at room temperature with rice, if desired.



Easter Recipe Grilled Salmon and Chipotle Sauce

Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018



INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 can (790g) whole tomatoes
  • 1 canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely chopped black pepper
  • 4 salmon fillets (with skin), 170g to 225g each and about 2.5cm thick
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
METHOD
  • In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add the onion and cook until soft, 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and oregano and cook until the garlic is light brown, about 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Add the tomatoes with the juice and the chile. Season with the sugar, salt, and pepper. Bring the sauce to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer. Cook for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally and crushing the tomatoes with the back of a large spoon as they soften.
  • Carefully pour the sauce into a food processor. Puree and return to the pan. Keep warm over low heat.
  • Generously brush or spray the fillets with oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Grill, flesh side down, over direct high heat (230°C to 280°C), with the lid closed as much as possible, until you can lift the fillets off the grate with tongs without sticking, 6 to 8 minutes. Turn the fillets and finish cooking them to desired doneness, 2 to 3 minutes for medium rare. Slip a spatula between the skin and flesh, and transfer the fillets to serving plates. Serve warm with the sauce and serve with cous cous or quinoa.


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Advantages of a Gas Fireplace

Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2018



With the cooler weather looming closer, a gas fireplace can warm the soul as well as our homes. There is nothing like curling up with a good book and a beverage in front of a warm glowing fireplace. And if you have a gas burning fireplace it is better for the environment and less costly to run.

A gas fireplace has many advantages that make it even more appealing to a homeowner who is looking for not only style, but also savings for their energy bill.


Below are a list of advantages of a gas fireplace that will help you a decision choosing between gas or wood burning.


1. Continuous Heat

Unlike a log fireplace, a gas fireplace has constant heat.


2. No Hauling

No need to buy or chop firewood which means you are not harming a tree, which in turn helps the environment.


3. Energy Savings

A gas fireplace can save up to 25% on your energy bill.


4. No Cleaning

Because you are not using firewood it means no ashes to tidy or sweep up. Also a wood fireplace needs to be cleaned along the chimney die to prevent the build-up of creosote.


5. Easy to Operate

A gas fireplace is easy to turn on and off, just by the the flip of a switch unlike a wood fireplace that takes time to set up, and get your room warm instantly. 


6. Environmentally Friendly

The environment benefits nicely from a gas fireplace because there are no fumes being released into the air, and a sound choice for the future. What will the next 20 year’s bring with power and how we make it. Natural Gas exists and is readily available with little work to supply.


7. Warmer

There are gas fireplace models that have a blower already built in which helps to circulate the warm air throughout the home and not just in one area where the unit is places.


8. Stylish

There is numerous styles and designs with gas fireplaces, and because of this it can add value to your home. From natural looking logs to beautiful grates, gas fireplace design has come a long way.


9. Remote

Most gas fireplaces come with easy to control remote control similar to a TV, making it easy to operate for anyone in the family.


10. Good for Kids

A gas fireplace is safer for children and pets since it is controlled and there are no fly away sparks or flames.


11. Installation

The cost of installing a gas fireplace is often more affordable that a wood burning one, and can be easily installed by Gas Works.


12. Safer

It’s less work than a wood alternative fireplace and is cleaner and safer. There is no wood piles, no wild life nests outside for spiders and snakes and no trips outside in the Winter to collect the firewood from a shed. 


13. Investment

A gas fireplace is a sound investment, it’s an asset to your home, the typical Adelaide home will only increase in value when you choose to add a well designed feature fire place. 

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