4 salmon fillets (with skin), 170g to 225g each and about 2.5cm thick
Extra virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
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.
Celebrate Australia Day with a new BBQ from Gas Works.
There is nothing more Australian than a BBQ with friends on Australia Day and when it comes to Gas BBQ’s no one know Gas better than Gas Works.
They have the top brand names like Beefeater, Gas Mate, Weber* and more (*selected stores).
If you are looking for an outdoor kitchen then Gas Works can design and install a custom made kitchen for you.
Check out the special offers from Euro BBQ’s like the stainless steel 4 burner with bonus 115lts Bar Fridge.
So a get a few friends around and raise a glass and to help you celebrate, Gas Works are offering a $50 Dan Murphy’s Voucher on selected BBQ’s (See in-store for details), but its only on 'til Australia Day (Jan 26th 2016) so hurry in.
Before we know it Christmas will soon be here, so it is time to get organised. We love a good Christmas BBQ. It is the perfect way to spend your Christmas afternoon. The adults can enjoy good conversation over a cold beverage while the children play backyard cricket or take their latest and greatest presents for a spin.
Doing a Christmas BBQ is a great way to keep some of the mess and mayhem out of the house, it will stop the house from being overheated by the oven and eating outside will ensure there is plenty of room for everyone. In order to help you get ready for Christmas, Gas Works have put together a list of our favourite tips, ideas and recipes for hosting the perfect Christmas BBQ.
1. Put the bird on the barbie. Free up oven space and keep the house cool by barbecuing your turkey this Christmas. Try out this delicious recipe for your Christmas turkey or buy a pre-prepared bird and just stick to the cooking method.
4. Kick off the meal with a truly special but simple lobster rolls. A twist on the normal lobster fare enjoyed on Christmas day but they will go down a treat.
5. Why not forgo Christmas pudding in place of a dessert that is still festive but compliments the Australian climate, try this Buche de Noel. It is a French dessert but in its Australianised form it is nougat ice-cream. How refreshingly delicious!
6. Now that we have the food organised it is time to think about table decorations. Just because you are having a BBQ doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful table setting. Here are some tips on deciding whether to keep it formal or informal. We personally love this colourful and inviting look, it is more relaxed but overall is makes for a very festive feel.
7. Make it a memorable Christmas with a delicious drink on arrival. We suggest a chilled mulled wine or a classic margarita for the adults and a homemade lemon cordial topped off with fresh mint and plenty of ice for the kids and drivers.
8. Backyard games will help to entertain children and adults alike while the food is being prepared and may even help work some of it off at the end of the meal! It can be as simple as a game of quoits (you can pick up a set for $6 at Kmart) or bocce, all the way through the backyard cricket, but it helps to be prepared and have all the equipment ready before the guests arrive.
9. Prepare in advance. Make sure you do as much as you can leading up to Christmas, as we all know how hectic it can get on the day. Cook as much as you can on Christmas Eve. Clean the BBQ using our great cleaning tips the weekend before. Gather all the table settings and games the night before. What ever you can streamline will ensure you can enjoy the day even more with all your friends and family.
10. If you are in need of a new BBQ before Christmas or perhaps as a Christmas present, you know were to find us! Gas Works has a large range of BBQs for all requirements and as you can see we love a good barbie so we sure do know how to pick the right ones for our customers.
Wishing all our wonderful customers a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Cleaning your BBQ is always a tough and messy task but how fulfilling it is to see that sparkle at the end. The weather is warming up and summer holidays are approaching, so whether you plan to cook up a Christmas feast on your beloved BBQ or love to cook outside whenever you get the chance, now is the time to make it sparkle. We sell BBQs if you are sceptical of how far a good clean will go to improving your BBQ.
BBQ spring clean
Prepare that BBQ for the summer silly season now. Here is the Gas Works step-by-step guide;
Prepare the BBQ
Ensure all food excess food residue is removed from the barbecue plates.
If required, heat the BBQ and leave on high for 5 minutes to burn off some of the excess grease. Leave the BBQ to cool.
Clean your BBQ plates
Half fill a tub with hot water and a little dishwashing liquid. Remove cooking plates one by one and submerge, scrub thoroughly with a bristled brush. Allow the plates to dry thoroughly.
Put hot water and a little dishwashing liquid in a bucket. Using a cloth wipe down the exterior of your BBQ. Including the dials, hood, side trays and trolley.
Ready to cook
When replacing the plates on the BBQ coat with oil and heat for 15 minutes to ensure they are seasoned, to prevent food getting stuck while cooking.
General BBQ cleaning tips
Clean while warm but not hot.
Line your drip tray with aluminium foil to make cleaning easy.
Teflon grill sheets can make cleaning a whole lot easier, they come in many different sizes and are perfect to cover your flat BBQ plate. Good for barbecuing for vegetarians and those with food allergies too, to keep the food separate.
Place grill plates in the dishwasher after use if they will fit, be sure to re-season before cooking again. To do this spray with oil and heat for 15 minutes.
Long term BBQ maintenance tips
Invest in a BBQ cover and use it whenever the BBQ isn’t in use.
Give your barbecue a good thorough clean once a year.
Start the summer BBQ season safely with these tips;
Ensure your gas bottle is a safe age. Check the date of manufacture stamped on the bottle, if it is any older than 10 years it needs to go.
Burners can become blocked while a barbecue isn’t in use. Ensure burners are clear, if they need a clean use a bottle brush to remove any blockages. Re-fit locking pins securely to ensure the burners won’t shift, and check that all burners are lighting properly.
Prepare your home for winter with a visit to your local Gas Works store during our Better Winter Sale. We have a huge range of products to make your home comfortable and cosy as the cold weather sets in. Plus we sell all the right brands at all the best prices.
With a wide range of heating options we will be able to find a heating solution to suit your home, style and budget. If you want to heat your home and create a beautiful show piece then a gas log fire is a great option. We offer a variety of built-in gas log fires with high efficiency. A free standing gas log fire starts from as low as $1,999. Enquire about systems with free flue kits or interest free terms available.
Gas Works specialise in fast hot water installation because we know the pain of having no hot water, especially in the cooler months. We can offer systems for as little as $28 per week, interest free or $799 before installation.
If you are using the winter months to do some home improvements you will be interested in our range of kitchen packages starting from $1,899 with a bonus rangehood.
One thing the majority of people do every day is cook! For some it is a task we’d like to spend the least amount of time doing, while still whipping up a nice meal. We’ve put together 8 cooking hacks to help make your more efficient and produce better meals in the kitchen!
8 Cooking Hacks:
1. Remove fats from soups/stews/casseroles with ice cubes.
Want an easy way to remove those liquid fats that sit on the top of soups, stews and casseroles? Just drop a couple of ice cubes into the pot and watch the fats come together and congeal near the ice cubes due to the temperature change. Now you can easily scoop it all out!
2. Prevent over-boiling with a wooden spoon.
Do your pots and pans tend to boil over when you’re cooking? Don’t worry it happens to the best of us! One way to stop it from happening is to rest a wooden spoon across the middle of the pot or pan. It might sound too good to be true but it works!
3. Put onions in the freezer before chopping to minimise tears.
Don’t have a pair of swimming goggles lying around? Now worries. To minimise tears from cutting onions, place them in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes before dicing them up. Make sure you don’t forget them in the freezer!
4. Microwave garlic to make it easy to peel.
Peeling garlic isn’t a hard task, but it can take longer than actually want to spend doing it. If the husks are a bit hard to peel off then throw them in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds. This will make some of the moisture within the garlic come to the surface making the husk slide right off with a little squeeze from one end. It’s a great cooking hack that won’t change the flavour of the garlic in the process.
5. Use an ice cream scoop to deseed vegetables like squash & pumpkin.
Got a stack of pumpkin and squash to cook, or just want a more efficient way of easily taking out their innards? Why not try an ice cream scoop! It is the perfect size to get into the small area, while the flat edge of the scoop easily cuts away the innards from the flesh.
6. Use a bowl to cook crisp bacon in the microwave.
Love bacon but don’t want to clean up the mess created by cooking it in a pan? Why not try the microwave! This unconventional method will produce nice crispy bacon every time. Just place a bowl upside down on a place, drape your bacon over the bowl and heat for 1 minute or more. It’ll produce great tasting bacon with the fats dripping off the edge of the bowl onto the plate. YUM.
7. Use an onion to clean your barbecue.
Not a fan of using chemicals to clean your barbecue? Why not use an onion? Scrubbing half an onion over a heated barbecue plate or grill will remove the necessary grit and grime for clean cooking. It’s also a great green alternative that won’t cause any of those unwanted chemical smells.
8. Use a muffin tin to dispense condiments.
Barbecues are great, lots of food, lots of friends and family but that also means lots of dirty dishes. To try and minimise the amount of washing, why not use a muffin tin to dispense condiments. A six muffin tin will reduce 5 bowls that would need to be washed if you didn’t use it. That’s a win in my book!
Do you have any other cooking hacks? Let us know in the comments below and if they’re deemed worthy we’ll add them to the list!
January 26th is almost upon us and the weather outlook for the long weekend looks perfect. But now it’s time to figure out what Australia Day Recipes will we be cooking up for our guests. We’ve put together a list of 9 Fair Dinkum Australia Day Recipes you’ll want to eat all year round, and don’t worry we’ve got you sorted through to dessert!
Australia Day Recipes
Australia day wouldn’t be the same without some tender lamb on your plate. Here are 3 amazing recipes for our 3 favourite cuts. Chops, the rack and the hearty roast.
Rosemary Lamb Chops with Grill Roasted Potatoes
This fantastic recipe from Weber lets you use your kettle or conventional BBQ grill to cook these chops and potatoes to perfection. With prep and grilling time totalling around 50 minutes, you’ll have your guest’s mouths watering from the start. Make sure to brush clean the grill grates before putting the potatoes on. Click here for the recipe and cooking instructions.
Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb
When prepared correctly, racks of lamb will not only taste amazing but also look beautiful. This recipe for Mustard Crusted Rock of Lamb is by Emeril Lagasse of The Essence of Emeril (On the Food Network). The recipe also includes fig chutney if you wish to indulge your guests even more! Click here for Emeril’s recipe and directions.
Roast Leg of Lamb
Lamb Roasts are an Australia Day Recipe staple for many families and with this easy recipe from Myfarelady on allrecipes.com.au you have no reason not to have it on your menu! With only 6 ingredients needed this simple yet succulent roast will definitely leave your guests wanting seconds. Click here for the recipe and directions on allrecipes.com.au.
We’ve all heard the phrase “Put another shrimp on the barbie”. Although it might make some of us cringe when said, we all know how good BBQ prawns taste.
Bronzed Ozzy Prawns
Tony Iomazzo sent in an amazing recipe to Heat Beads that is an Australia say winner. Tony believes you should keep the shells on when grilling as the shell is loaded with flavour and especially when browned. Check out Tony’s recipe here. If you want to know the best way to peel and devein a prawn look no further.
Salads & Vegetables:
No Australia Day feast can do without mouth-watering salads and vegetables to compliment the hearty meats on show. Here are a few of our fresh picks for Australia Day.
This fresh and healthy couscous salad will be finished within minutes. It is a very tasty side dish that takes just minutes to prepare. Take a look at the recipe and preparation method on food.ninemsn.com.au.
Spring Feta & Lamb Salad
You can’t have a salad on Australia Day without infusing some lamb into it! This delicious spring feta and lamb salad recipe from Coles is a delight and with minimal prep and cooking time this makes it a very enticing dish. Check out the recipe here.
BBQ Corn with Chilli, Lime & Herb Butter
BBQ Corn on the cob is one of the best side dishes for complimenting lamb. Not only does it look great on the plate but with chilli, lime and herb butter it also tastes great. If you don’t like a little extra kick, no worries, just take the chilli out of the recipe! Enjoy this recipe from Katie Quinn Davies posted on homes.ninemsn.com.au.
We all know the next two Australia Day Recipe favourites. But this year, why not make them yourselves rather than purchasing them pre-prepared. Go on, have a go!
This recipe from Donna Hay is a breeze! The best part is definitely the use of icing sugar with the desiccated coconut for that extra sweet flavour! Take a bite out of the recipe here.
This traditional Pavlova recipe is definitely a main stay when it comes to the Australia Day menu. With a hard outer shell and soft meringue centre, this amazing dessert will be devoured with conversation at a minimum! This recipe was uploaded to sheknows.com.au by Lauren Parker, find more details here.
So there you have it, some of the most delicious Australia Day Recipes around. Of course we know you’ll have your family traditions so there is no need to cook ALL 9 recipes, but I’m sure there are a 2 or 3 you’d love to add to the menu.
Have any other Australia Day Recipes we should add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!