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Author Archive: Barbara Smith

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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Mothers Day -BBQ Gifts and Menu

Mothers Day -BBQ Gifts and Menu

Mothers day is on Sunday 9th May this year. It’s time to start getting your act together and planning your Mum’s Day with gifts to spoil her. Also, a well-thought-out menu so that she can put up her feet and relax! Of course, there are very few mums who don’t appreciate a bouquet of flowers […]

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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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3 Fall Apart Pork Shoulder Recipes

3 Fall Apart Pork Shoulder Recipes

Pork shoulder is an adaptable, budget-friendly delicious tasty cut of meat. Try our recipes for Smoked Shredded Pork, Classic Roast pork with crackling and Agrodolce Braised Pork. Use it as : Classically roasted with a crispy crackling Slow roasted or smoked until pulled apart to serve as pulled pork Cut into portions and cooked as […]

ABC of Barbecue Slang

ABC of Barbecue Slang

Spring has sprung, and Summer is nearly here. Time to fire up your Barbecue. Time to try out new recipes to impress your family and friends. It’s also time to brush up on your Barbecue slang. Just throwing around a few choice words will make you feel like a seasoned Pitmaster. Of course, it wouldn’t […]

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Mac & Cheese Healthy or Decadent – your choice !

Mac & Cheese Healthy or Decadent – your choice !

Mac & Cheese Healthy, Decadent, and delicious recipes to follow!   Mac & Cheese, its become a tradition in America being served alongside barbecue grilled foods, family celebrations, and even just a simple comforting family supper. It can be as cheap as you want it, as healthy, or as decadent as you desire. Mac& Cheese […]

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Pitmaster BBQ Hacks

Pitmaster BBQ Hacks

Pitmaster BBQ Hacks to use now that it is officially Spring.It’s time to uncover your Barbecue and think about that first Spring Grill. Before you get started read through these simple BBQ grilling hacks which will not only simplify your cook but make you look like an experienced Pitmaster. As a quick guide, the hacks […]

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Impress! Serve a Glazed Spiral Ham this Easter

Impress! Serve a Glazed Spiral Ham this Easter

Spiral Ham is a delicacy that is often served and enjoyed by families and friends at Easter. There are many types of Hams but have you considered serving up a delicious glazed spiral ham? Not only is it an impressive centerpiece for your table but it is a lot easier to cut. The butcher will […]

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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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Dont wait for Summer, Winter BBQ now!

Dont wait for Summer, Winter BBQ now!

It’s still winter, but the prospects of warmer weather may be enough to get us thinking about a Winter BBQ. If you are uncertain whether it is possible to Barbecue in winter weather, then consider the tips below. Grilling is a year-round event. We may not fire up the grill as often as in mid-summer, […]

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Spice & Herb Blends on Tap – 5 more Recipes to make yourself !

Spice & Herb Blends on Tap – 5 more Recipes to make yourself !

It is easy to make your own Spice & Herb blends. Many blends that you purchase from stores include additives such as MSG and a high mix of salt. Why not create your own mix and blends at home? This way you can control what goes into them and even tweak them to suit your […]

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Green Beer & Green Appetizers – must be St Patricks Day !!

Green Beer & Green Appetizers – must be St Patricks Day !!

St Patrick’s day is celebrated on March 17th this year. As the St Patrick Day parades have been canceled why not arrange for a small celebration at your home. St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and was originally a religious holiday. It was a solemn day with Irish people attending church and preparing […]

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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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Soup Dinners in 30 mins !

Soup Dinners in 30 mins !

It is possible to have soup dinners ready in 30 minutes! Whether you are looking for a quick nutritious meal for one or you have a hungry family to feed, look no further than a delicious bowl of warming soup with trimmings AND your baked dipping bread. With the cold winter temperatures crying out for […]

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Small Turkey Meals for Special Occasions

Small Turkey Meals for Special Occasions

It is easy to prepare Small Turkey Meals. In these difficult Covid times many people have decided to limit their exposure and stay at home foregoing their usual large gatherings of family and friends. These recipes down size turkeys but still taste traditionally delicious. This doesn’t mean that you cant still have the traditional  turkey […]

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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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Valentines Red Picnic at Home

Valentines Red Picnic at Home

Valentines Day– It may be a new love or even an opportunity to show your family how special they are. Why not choose to have a Valentine’s picnic at home?  Why choose a Home Picnic?  You can tailor to your budget. Can easily be adapted for a romantic picnic for 2 or a small gathering […]

Enjoy Celebrity Pitmasters Dishes in your Home

Enjoy Celebrity Pitmasters Dishes in your Home

Celebrity Pitmasters – it is possible to enjoy their dishes in your home. Whilst, so many of our favorite Barbecue restaurants are closed for dining in, many are offering curbside or pickup service. This way you can still get the fix of your desired barbecue meal without having to light up your grill at home. […]

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Infused Oils – Tempt your Tastebuds with 5 EASY Recipes

Infused Oils – Tempt your Tastebuds with 5 EASY Recipes

Infused Oils, whether it is fresh herbs, chili, or citrus is a simple way to add hints of flavor to your cooking. Sage oil on eggs is transformative, as are a few drops of oil in your stir fry. Try rosemary oil lightly drizzled over roast potatoes. A drop of orange-infused citrus oil blended with […]

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BBQ Sausage Sizzle – Tips to Get it Just Right !

BBQ Sausage Sizzle – Tips to Get it Just Right !

BBQ Sausages are not easy. A sausage has to be cooked through before it burns on the outside. This can be tricky and you have to watch out for flareups from any fat that may be dripping. However, once you get the hang of it, it is easy, quick, and a great way to feed […]

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7 Healthy Winter Appetizers

7 Healthy Winter Appetizers

It’s raining or snowing outside, time to bring out the healthy winter appetizers. Here is a selection of some of our favorites. They are all healthy, colorful and will make a great impression on your family.  Also known as Hors d’oeuvres in French, An hors d’oeuvre, appetiser or starter is a small dish served before a meal in European cuisine. Some hors d’oeuvres are served cold, others hot. Hors […]

Spice Mix on Tap – 8 Recipes to Make Yourself!

Spice Mix on Tap – 8 Recipes to Make Yourself!

How often have you decided on a particular dish only to open the pantry and find that you don’t have the correct Spice Mixto make the dish? Not only does it make economic sense to make your mixes but, in a covid world, we do need to limit our exposure by planning shopping outings. Steps […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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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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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Cheese Up Your Next BBQ: Recipes for Cheese Indulgence!

Cheese Up Your Next BBQ: Recipes for Cheese Indulgence!

When you next plan your Outdoor excursion why not make it A Cheesy BBQ! There (I suppose) must be people out there who don’t enjoy cheese. It certainly isn’t me. To quote Avery Aames ( Author ) “Life is great and cheese makes it better. “ I recently attended a Cheese Barbecue. (My idea of […]

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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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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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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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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 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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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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