#67 – Buy a BBQ

by Elizabeth on January 20, 2008 · 5 comments

in 101 in 1001, Life, Recipes

Part of my 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge.

This morning, with the help of the Fabulous Ms J and her wheels, we bought our new BBQ!

It’s a Weber One Touch Silver charcoal BBQ, which means that it’s essentially an outdoor oven. You almost never cook with the coals directly underneath the food (unless you’re cooking steak or using a wok), and it will probably replace the oven in our kitchen for roasts and stuff. The BBQ came with a terrific cookbook that is packed with fantastic ideas – including recipes for cakes, breads and pancakes!

Australia Day is next Saturday, so it will definitely be put to use then. You’ll find us sitting out under the tree in the backyard, drinking beer, turning the lamb chops and listening to Triple J’s Hottest 100. I’m pretty sure Tim won’t forget his first Australia Day, it’ll be awesome.

But we weren’t going to wait until next weekend to test out our new toy. It needed to run for a couple of hours while we seasoned it, so while I waited to start cooking I had a flick through the cookbook. I found a great recipe for damper, and since it’s so quick and easy to make I decided to give it a try.

It was SO GOOD…


45g softened butter
3 cups self-raising flour
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1 tsp salt

Combine all the ingredients and mix them to form a sticky dough. Knead it lightly on a floured surface. Place it on a small, greased baking tray, and cut 1cm slits all over the top of the dough. Brush with extra milk, and dust with a bit of sifted flour.

Cook for 20-30 mins, with the lid on.

(Of course, this is also great in a medium oven – or wrapped in tin foil and cooked over the coals of a campfire!)

While the damper was cooking we added some frozen fries to the BBQ, made a salad and Maitre D’Hotel butter. It was intended for the steak, but turned out to be awesome on the damper as well.


125g butter
1/2 cup chopped parsley
Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and parsley. Add the lemon juice, and beat everything together. When creamy, form the butter into a roll and refrigerate until firm.

Finally we rearranged the coals in the centre of the BBQ, and cooked the steak. I am not kidding when I say that it cooked the best steak that I’ve had in years. It was juicy and pink in the middle, but beautifully seared out the outside. I am completely smitten with this thing now.

So it was a huge success. I’m really looking forward to trying some of the ideas I found in the cookbook, and finding out what else it can do! My friend Sally is staying with us next weekend, so we have an excuse to get a bit creative.

Side note: when we were at college together, Sally and I made a cake in my electric frypan – on the floor of my dorm room. I don’t think it will be too hard to convince her to try it again, BBQ style!

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Lulu January 20, 2008 at 11:23 pm

Wow, three things down now right? Good going!

I am so jealous of all the aussies getting ready for their Australia Day prep…I do hope to listen to the Triple Hottest 100 though via the internet on Saturday!

I will be in Australia for Australia day next year though so will have to start planning that!!!!

Your food looks awesome…I just ate dinner but you still have my mouth watering. Hope you have a great Australia Day next weekend1


Guera January 21, 2008 at 10:15 am

Hi Elizabeth, came across here from the Aussie Bloggers Forum.

That damper looks delicious and I am also jealous about your Australia Day plans – specially the lamb, which is hard to find here in Mexico. Have a good day – I’ll have to tune into the Hottest 100 online like Lulu.

The photos are gorgeous too!


bidarlah January 22, 2008 at 3:07 pm


hopped onto ur blog.

the pics look yummy or shall i say the food hehe!

and yes! i started the 101 thingy list but me being such a slob and procastinator, hopeless case i just delete the list. hehe! well done you…


kahlerisms January 23, 2008 at 10:52 pm

I say it doesn’t count. A webber isn’t really a true barbie. As you’ve pointed out, it requires some degree of finess and control.

A four burner salvaged from hard rubbish day is a BBQ.

eight bricks, a hot plate and too many firelighters is a BBQ,

A 117 Burner with wok stand and built in bar fridge is a BBQ, but a Webber just… isn’t.

That’s not to say they’re not cool, I have a BBQ (see example a) /and/ a Webber for smoking and slow cooking and so on.

If you want to discover outdoor cooking go find some Picanha.

Mmmh.. Beef.

Seriously it’s like nothing on earth. Check it out.

oh, and because it would frustrate me to not know and I’m a nice guy and all, I’ve been a regular reader since before Christmas. You were linked to from fulltimecasual.com




Elizabeth January 24, 2008 at 11:24 am

No problem Chris, I’ll get on to Weber and have them change all their marketing material 😉

I hope all you Aussies overseas do listen to the Hottest 100 online – that’s what Tim and I did last year from the US! It’s just not Australia Day without it…


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