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Hi, I am a writer based outside Cape Town in South Africa. I come from a Barbecue obsessed family. With the great weather we have in Cape Town ( most of the year) we enjoy Cooking Outside in our Backyard as often as possible. South African's love to "Braai" anything!
The trick to continuing to enjoy Barbecuing is loving the old favorites but experimenting with new foods and methods often.

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Vegan BBQ Recipes – Even a Meat Eater will Love These!

Vegan BBQ Recipes – Even a Meat Eater will Love These!

After attending a Vegan BBQ recently I was impressed with the food dished up. Not only was it healthy but extremely tasty! Vegans have a diet based on plants. They avoid all animal foods (such as meat, fish and shellfish) dairy, eggs and usually honey. They will also avoid all animal-derived products and any products […]

BBQ Parties – Around the World Food and Décor (part 2) Greece

BBQ Parties – Around the World Food and Décor (part 2) Greece

BBQ Parties: As countries and people around the world begin to emerge from lockdown you may be looking forward to hosting your first Barbecue party of the Autumn. Continuing with our country themes which include not only delicious recipes with the BBQ particularly in mind but tips and ideas for simple but effective décor to […]

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Delicious Sauces and Glaze for Ham

Delicious Sauces and Glaze for Ham

Delicious Sauces and Glaze for Ham – choose from 6 recipes below that will compliment your dish. According to the National Retail Federation, 87% of those Americans who celebrate Easter will serve up a ham at the table. But Ham is not just a Holiday treat but can be cooked, grilled or smoked any time […]

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Extreme Weather Barbecue

Extreme Weather Barbecue

If you have a family like mine who enjoy a Barbecue at least once a week, it can become a challenge to adapt to the various extreme weather conditions that might arise. My family has Barbecued in the snow, on the beach, and even on small boats on the sea! Special conditions mean that there […]

BBQ Food Economics

BBQ Food Economics

BBQ Food Economics: How to freeze and reheat BBQ food! It is possible to Reheat BBQ foods after freezing … and you won’t lose the wonderful smoky flavors !! So many of us are avoiding large groups with family and friends. If there are perhaps just two of you isolating together, you may think that […]

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Plating Techniques

Plating Techniques

Why not take the opportunity to practice your Plating Techniques? When you host your first post lockdown party you can be sure that your guests will enjoy your great-tasting food visually. A study from Oxford University has shown that beautifully presented food really does taste better! Using experimental psychology they recorded people’s reactions to salads […]

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Charcoal BBQ Barbecue Indoors? Yes it is possible!

Charcoal BBQ Barbecue Indoors? Yes it is possible!

It is possible to charcoal BBQ indoors? Most people in the world love to Barbecue particularly enjoying the charcoal-grilled flavor that is imparted to meat, chicken or vegetables. If you live in a city and don’t have access to outdoor grills (or even in the suburbs during a cold winter) it is feasible to utilize […]

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5 Popular Regional BBQ Sauces – to make at home

5 Popular Regional BBQ Sauces – to make at home

The Southern States of America have become synonymous with Barbecue – each with its own Popular Regional BBQ Sauces. We all have our favorite BBQ sauce recipe and many different varieties can be found bottled on the supermarket shelves. Its time to take a closer look at different types of Barbecue Sauce that are prevalent […]

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Environmentally Sustainable BBQ

Environmentally Sustainable BBQ

An environmentally sustainable BBQ is possible. With a little extra effort, we can still enjoy your Outdoor Grilling whilst taking steps to ease your Carbon Footprint. Below are several tips and product ideas that will help you to do your bit to protect our environment. By using these and passing onto friends and family you […]

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Celebrate National Hot Dog Day !

Celebrate National Hot Dog Day !

Let’s Celebrate National Hot Dog Day on 18th July!  Hot Dog parties are a fun way to get together with friends and family. Don’t underestimate the humble hot dog. A good quality Sausage with a choice of toppings in a toasted bun is difficult to beat. A hot dog party is easy to cater for […]

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Cool Elegant Summer Soups

Cool Elegant Summer Soups

Now that summer is in full swing its time to try out some Cool Elegant Summer Soups. We tend to associate soup with winter when warming delicious hot soups somehow just pick us up. However not only are their many health benefits in cold soups but they can be fresh and delicious! We tend to […]

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BBQ Party Ideas. Around the World Food and Décor (Part 1) Indian

BBQ Party Ideas. Around the World Food and Décor (Part 1) Indian

BBQ Party Ideas: As countries and people around the world begin to emerge from lockdown you may be looking forward to hosting your first Barbecue party of the summer. Whilst a backyard BBQ is always a social affair, wouldn’t it be even more interesting and awesome to be able to host a themed BBQ party […]

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Barbecue Ready for Summer .

Barbecue Ready for Summer .

Are you and your Barbecue ready for summer? Its time to uncover that grill that has been sitting on your porch and have a look at getting your BBQ ready for summer. Summer is finally here and if you want to make sure that your first backyard grill of the season goes well you need […]

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Food Storage Tips for Corona Times !

Food Storage Tips for Corona Times !

The Coronavirus outbreak is causing us to rethink our supermarket outings and food storage. In addition to the fact that we should all be practicing social distancing its time to give some thought to the food supplies we have in our homes. There is no need to horde food but here is a useful guide […]

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Plancha Grilling – Very High Temperature Healthy Grilling

Plancha Grilling – Very High Temperature Healthy Grilling

What is a  Plancha Grilling? In simple terms, it is a grill that reaches very high temperatures. The Plancha grill has its origins in Spain. It is essentially a grill that gets super hot. Most griddles reach about 280 degrees C, but a Plancha grill can reach 350 degrees C with ease. ( Some even […]

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5 Recipes to Elevate your Meatloaf Game

5 Recipes to Elevate your Meatloaf Game

Its time to Elevate your Meatloaf  Game because let’s face it there is nothing that quite feels like home, as a good meatloaf! So often this comfort food seems to be the farthest thing from a special dish. The ingredients and the recipes can be very simple but with a few additions, this hearty home […]

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5 Instagram Chefs to follow during lockdown

5 Instagram Chefs to follow during lockdown

Keep a lookout for 5 Instagram Chefs that along with many of us are stuck indoors around the world. Current statistics to hand indicate that a third of the world population is under some sort of lockdown. This is the time to hone your cooking schools and become reacquainted with your kitchen. Even if you […]

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Pasta IS Healthy ! There…we said it!

Pasta IS Healthy ! There…we said it!

Pasta is a convenient and filling meal. However, surprise, surprise pasta is healthy! Pasta dishes are much loved all over the world. According to the National Pasta Association, the average person in the States consumes 20 lbs of pasta every year. However often it is a dish that is frowned on, especially by people who […]

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Bacon- Delicious and Versatile

Bacon- Delicious and Versatile

Apart from simply being yummy, bacon is a delicious and versatile ingredient. It imparts a delicious flavor to everything. While bacon can be reasonably high in fat content with careful cooking, this reduces. Besides, there are many cuts available today from your butcher that are leaner but still retain that smokey bacon flavor. Of course, […]

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Long and Slow Winter Barbecue

Long and Slow Winter Barbecue

Now that the winter season is upon us, it’s worth taking a closer look at long and slow Winter Barbecue Cooking. Summer is great for hot and fast charred steaks and hamburgers. All of these cook fast on the grill. However, it’s a different set of rules for slow grilling. The winter BBQ Experience Its […]

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Super Soup – Warming and Healthy

Super Soup – Warming and Healthy

Super Soups shouldn’t just be considered a winter light meal. They can boost your immune system and help control weight gain. Healthy Super Soup Advantages If you cook vegetables, herbs, or meat in a soup, they retain more of their nutrients than if they were baked or even stir-fried. Soups, once prepared, can quickly be […]

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