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Summer BBQ’s

The time to BBQ, it’s that time of the year in SA, well coming to it, when families want to move meal times from inside in the warmth to outside in the heat and BBQ. A few tips to make the evening pleasant – without using citronella candles that can take over the smell of a warm summer evening. One of my electrician friends tell me we do not use zappers correctly, he says to start it needs to be kept on for 5 or more nights before hand, to set up that barrier to prevent mosquito bites.

But the thing about Summer is the food, we go from comfort food in bowls to meat and salads on plates. Whether buying from supermarket, a butcher or farmer direct make sure the meat is fresh and has no smell about it.Take it back if you think it has a smell, turning food or rotten food will make animals sick so don’t feed it to them either.

What are the best meats to cook in a BBQ?  I say all of them, from beef to lamb to chicken, grilling brings a different flavour to roasting or frying, a BBQ is an Australian tradition and home chefs are only limited by their imagination and time. There is nothing nicer than having friends and family over to share a meal, where everyone can sit and enjoy each other’s company and eat some of the best meats in the world.

As well as doing the traditional lamb, beef or chicken roast, a staple in the Australian BBQ is the classic sausage sizzle. It is hard to walk past a BBQ cooking beautiful sausages, they don’t always have to be beef or lamb there are now so many flavours available to all tastes including vegan and vegetarian. Gourmet butchers have fabulous ranges as well as supermarkets. It is a matter of buying what you want cooking and eating them.

sausages-on-bbq

Depending upon the event, breakfast, lunch and dinner can be cooked outside and eaten with family, friends and or by yourself. Depending upon your time and budget there are many things to cook in a BBQ, here are some of mine

  1. Any kind of steak, Rump, T-bone, Oyster blade, Scotch Fillet, each will have a different texture and will require different cook times depending upon how you like it.
  2. Chops, I love nothing more than lamb on a BBQ, Loin, forequarter, Beef or pork, try saying no to beautiful pork ribs slow cooked on the BBQ.
  3. Sausages, beef, lamb, chicken, vegan & vegetarian as well as all of the gourmet ones available.

With the different types of BBQ’s available, you can cook not just meat, onion and sliced potato, you have different hot plates for different meats.  Never let raw meat, poultry or seafood touch cooked meat or any ready-to-eat foods, as this can cause cross-contamination. Food borne pathogens from the raw meat can easily spread to ready-to-eat foods and cause food poisoning. Always use separate plates, cutting boards and utensils to keep raw meats, poultry and seafood separate from ready-to-eat foods.

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The Big Issue

In life we have choices to do many things and most of us know are taught to share and to give. We share toys with siblings and with friends, most of us share hand me down clothes, which teaches us how to give and take. As we grow older we are asked to give to charities by donating money, goods or time. Time by way of volunteering is incredibly valuable, by being taught to give we are taught respect and self worth.

I was invited to the Big Lunch 5 years back by a dear friend who is a writer for the magazine “the big issue”. so we went, it was fantastic, in the Adelaide Central markets, food donated by the stall holders and prepared by the head Chefs at the Adelaide Hilton Hotel. Wines donated by a local South Australian Winery , Yalumba, splitrock waters, Mountain fresh juice, Vale beers, HeyDayButter and Lobe cider. fantastic.

My husband the farmer, said about the meat surely we can do better and from that day onwards we have. We donate either our grass-fed beef or lamb to feed 300 people so that all monies go directly to support the homeless and places women in distress in jobs. This year we did paddock fed chicken, lamb and invited a girlfriend to donate eartheggs to the dessert. All local Upper South east produce, delivered and prepared by well known chefs.

The-Big-Issue

This year we were joined by 460 guests 40 of them ours and I was surprised to hear that not many people had heard about  The Big Issue. Where half the proceeds go to the seller of the magazine and it helps to change their life.

Our food was a hit, I noticed the lamb was disappearing fast and I had to go to another table to get a serving for myself and the farmer, it made our hearts swell with pride. Our beautiful grass-fed Dorper lamb prepared by the Hilton Chef Dan Fleming and team and served to 460 people who loved it as much as they did by attending (and us). The paddock fed chicken by a local grower Little Greenbush Poultry   was also a huge hit (donated by us as well)

Nothing tastes as fresh as home grown, no hormones, antibiotics, prepared and given with love to help others who need it.

How do you find your happiness? is it sitting at the table sharing a meal like we did?

If you see the Big Issue sellers – buy the magazine it has great articles and know you’re giving to someone who is doing the best for themselves that they can

Paleo

Paleo is the new modern word for eating, though it does mean ancient or olden times and yet here we are adopting this for it’s health benefits. It gives us an indication of what to eat and what to avoid, I am yet to adopt in full but we are moving over to it. I think if I am honest I need to cut down the alcohol and go to a glass of wine on the weekend rather than nightly.

One of the things I love about Paleo is it’s sensibility on lean Meats , and push towards grass- fed meats. we are lucky in that we do produce or own on the farm and sell direct into our closest city and looking to branch further in to kitchens and fridges.

We love a great Lamb, Beef or Chicken Roast on our house, nothing smells nicer than it cooking slowly in the oven, but sometimes it’s hard to even think about getting dinner. By the time we’ve done a days work and come in, the place can be cold, having a freezer full of meat is no comfort either.

So I like meals I call “quick and dirty” though I love cooking shows you can see the times allocated and those chefs produce fantastic meals in 2 hours – I don’t want to spend time away from family and sometimes getting meals is plain boring.

On a quick night – as I am an unprepared cook, I will pull meat out of the freezer and start the defrost option. We live a good distance away from shops so defrosted is only when i bring it home ready to be packaged and placed into the freezer. They are easy meals, with lamb, I’ll grab some loin chops or a shoulder roast, with beef it’s t-bone steak and when we get chicken it’s always a roast.

I’d love to read what you are doing with your meats, but here is a chart I found on the internet that tells us the Paleo way. I’ll do more research into what is healthy fats and get back to you all.

Okay To Eat Avoid
Fruits Dairy
Vegetables Grains
Lean Meats Processed Food & Sugars
Seafood Legumes
Nuts & Seeds Starches
Healthy Fats Alcohol

Do you buy in bulk or do you buy in standard cuts?

How do you shop? is it a thing to think about on a daily basis? do you plan daily meals at meal times and stand at the fridge door like me, are you budget and weight conscious and plan and make meals on your spare days so the family know what to get out and assist you with if you are a working person?

It is a known fact that people who plan and cook meals weekly lose weight and maintain a high level of health, as these people are disciplined enough to carry through plans and not buy out of the budget and meal options. Taking fully prepared lunch to work or school is also the sign of an organised person who is not only budget aware but health aware, one never sees someone bring in hot chips and gravy to reheat in the microwave or do you?

The idea is to plan your meals, write your shopping list and set about creating your new healthy organised self. Plan the meat meals and decide what you are buying, red meat, beef, lamb, kangaroo, pink meat pork and white meat, chicken and fish. It is not necessary to buy and precook veg’s these can be done daily if you need to shop, but never shop when you are hungry as you make bad choices. Put down the oven pizza or frozen / non frozen burger and buy the grass fed, organic steak or hamburgers. The fat content is less and you will feel much more satisfied with the dinner you are preparing for yourself and family.

Here is the healthy option always try and buy local – ask if you are unsure where the meat comes from, most supermarkets have in-house butchers in Australia. If it reads 100% grass fed or organic pay the extra it will be worth it for the health benefits of having the producer who worked hard to bring the best possible meat to your plate. Look for ours, we are proud of our meat.

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Do you buy the cuts or in bulk so that you have options for more than 1 meal ? Of the eight main sections, or primal cuts, of a steer, seven—the chuck (shoulder), the rib (rib section), the plate and flank (underbelly), the short loin (back section), the sirloin (hip), and the round (hindquarter)—yield individual cuts that are tender enough to be sold as steaks. The rib, short loin, and sirloin are the source of most premium steak house cuts, but tender and flavorful steaks also come from other parts of the steer; the chuck, in particular, is the source of a number of excellent, and inexpensive, steaks.

Tell me do you prepare daily or weekly menu’s? I do daily and perhaps I need to set about and do weekly meal planner and see how much I can save with time, effort and satisfaction.

Does knowing your food source make you feel secure?

If you know where your food comes from does that make you feel secure? Does it make you purchase more or less? If you went to the farm gate to meet the farmer that grew your food, would you only visit the fresh fruit and produce or would you also visit the Chicken, Beef, Lamb and pork farm to name a few?

Would you find that intimidating? There are plenty of businesses that let you “pick your own”and I totally agree it should be on a families list of things to do. Pick a Saturday or Sunday and go visit one of them, pick a basket of strawberries is not only a great outdoor exercise it is fun, exhausting and there is no one looking to see if you eat and cheat. By that I mean eating whilst you are working and not paying for the food.

In my local area there is a farmer who grows corn as a sub crop and they advertise once they are ready for people to come and pick the ears of corn, all fresh, all organic and direct from the paddock. They charge $1.00 an ear and it is the freshest corn you could find, it also assists them by removing the corn instead of ploughing it into the ground or letting them go rotten.

As far as women go, are we the gatekeepers of family meals? or are we General managers of the oven, fridge and stove? Do we classify ourselves as warriors of food sources to our friends and family and as mothers and decision makers of food sources and stuff for our children, do we take the correct amount of care that we should? In the hustle and bustle of being the family meal maker, are grass fed, paddock fed and organic foods part of your plan? this relates to fresh fruit & produce as well as meat.

what would you like to see more of in the families meals and on the plate? It doesn’t have to be large servings of meat, it needs to only be enough for good protein, growing bones and holding off hunger.

What do you know about your local district Farmers Markets? Are they places that you go?

Would they be places where you would go if it was appealing or are you like me, not really sure where they are and when they are on? Should I start visiting them and listing them?  a farmers market blog? The trouble is I would have to get up real early like 4 or 5 am to travel to get to some of them, if I get enough interest I’ll have to give it some thought. Let me know what you would like from the blog here I would love more interaction

Have a look at the new MLA Ad, what do you think?

3 Quick tips to know you are buying fresh meat

When your in the supermarket and looking at the meat counter, you know your families health and food choices come from your decision making . Most people with families look for value for money and quantity, making the most of what’s on offer, what’s in the family purse, how far can the purchases go.

  1. Smell, never never eat anything you think is ‘turning’. Meat should have hint of a smell a little like blood or stronger if it’s game. It should smell pleasant and nothing much more.
  2. Red Meat should look red, pink if pork and white if chicken. It may sound simple but some meats can have a slight tinge of purple in them this is ok, but it means the meat is begining to have sat for a long period of time and needs to be used immediately or frozen.
  3. Check the hydration of the meat, gently push your finger into the meat and once you have taken it away it should spring back and the only evidence is a slight indentation on the packet, if it stays deflated then I wouldn’t buy it.

In Australia we are lucky to have such good quality meat and I can not remember a time when there has been a meat recall. Most supermarkets have in house butchers and also a range of selection of good quality meat.

I often get asked if there is blood should I avoid it, I say no, this means it is fresh, the pad at the bottom of the packet is such that it soaks it up as meat should not sit in blood as it will start to set up bacteria. Buy it, open it and freeze it fresh.

If none of these steps are good don’t buy it or eat it.

If you want ‪#‎halal‬ is should read that on the label, it has been certified by the appropriate body.

 

Where are your food sources?

If you are anything like me, I find shopping a nuisance and a necessity. We have to eat and in order to do that we have to shop. Whether you chose a large supermarket, small local store, bulk store or a farmers market, says something about the time you have and the place in which you live.

Most people who go to farmers markets, are fully versed with seasonal fruit and vegetables and most times are prepared to meet their grower and talk with the families who produce their food. Farmers markets are for strolling, smelling, eating and purchasing food direct from growers. They bring a little bit of country into cities or regional areas so others can appreciate how much time and effort it takes to bring fresh produce and organic food to consumers plates.

Local stores are where one goes if they don’t want to travel far, in Australia many now work in hours that suit busy working people who need to call in after work or are restricted by location to do their shopping. Many local stores in South Australia carry many loca products and are great places to do shopping.

Large Supermarkets have almost become family outings, they have produce market stalls in the fresh food sections, they have meat on display and some even have barista’s where you can have a coffee whilst you shop. Some big supermarkets also have free tastings and free fruit for you to eat whilst you are shopping. Competition has made them look to pleasing the consumer as well as shareholders.

Bulk Stores are just that, places where you can buy in bulk. They are great for things such as more than 30 rolls of toilet paper. I find bulk stores interesting and they also have good bargains and the quality of food and produce is also fantastic.

So what kind of shopper are you, it doesn’t matter where I frequent I always look to buy local then National. There is nothing like our kangaroo Symbol, stating it is Australian Made that makes me pick it up and place it in my trolley.

Being produces of Certified grass-fed meat, I am lucky that I don’t have to purchase meat and now that we are working with Little Greenbush Poultry  we are lucky to get paddock fed Chicken as well as our own grass-fed beef and lamb. There is nothing like the taste anywhere infact if you have grown up with shop bought meat (which is also good quality in Australia) you may take a while to get use to the taste.

If you want some home delivery only in South Australia at the moment don’t forget to email me for your order form. admin@bullysbeef.com.au (these are our lamb ribs)

lamb ribs