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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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Sunday day of rest?

sunday rest day

Sometimes these sayings make us smile with irony don’t they. Sunday back to school tomorrow or Tuesday in South Australia so parent swill be running around getting things ready for the beginning of the week. School bags may be being cleaned out of last terms rubbish,  notes and in some cases mouldy lunches in lunch boxes.

Are you planning lunches or playing it by chance, went shopping yesterday for the required items? what do you send? If anyone has any great suggestions send them in and we’ll publish them. My daughter didn’t like to eat so she in primary school had lettuce sandwiches, they consisted of 2 pieces of white bread, margarine, cut up lettuce and that was all. She never ate vegemite spread so that made simple sandwiches hard.

Sunday night dinner? that’s always a rush as well, for going back to school one can’t go past a good hearty spaghetti bolognaise, most of you would have a great recipe. You can use beef, lamb or pork mince, head to the butcher in your area even in the supermarket the quality of these meats in Australia is great. We love our beef mince here, it’s grass-fed, healthy and gluten free.

spaghetti bol

The pasta is great for kids and for those scared of carbs, you only need 100 grams per serve, add the sauce and sprinkle with parmesan. To get the kids involved in helping , do some garlic bread, cut a long french stick or small rolls or even sliced bread, place some soft butter or margarine in a bowl with some minced garlic, spread the butter on both sides of the bread or rolls wrap in al foil and place in oven for 30 minutes. With sliced bread I place it directly on the grill plate and grill each side rather than bake. Cut and serve.

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.

 

Foods considered ‘fatty’ that are actually healthy for you – debunking the myths

Beef


Most people consider turkey, chicken, and fish healthy, yet think they should avoid red meat—or only choose very lean cuts—since they’ve always been told that it’s high in saturated fat.

But there are two problems in that thinking. The first problem is that almost half of the fat in beef is a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid—the same heart-healthy fat that’s found in olive oil. Second, most of the saturated fat in beef actually decreases your heart-disease risk—either by lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol, or by reducing your ratio of total cholesterol to HDL (good) cholesterol.

And besides being one of the most available sources of high-quality protein, beef also provides many important nutrients such as iron, zinc, and B vitamins. So the idea that beef is bad for you couldn’t be further from the truth.

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Poultry


We probably don’t have to sell you on the virtues of chicken and turkey. After all, nearly all experts agree that these foods are healthy sources of high-quality protein. But unlike most nutritionists, we also say go ahead and eat both the dark meat and the skin. Because both are composed of animal fat, their fat composition is very similar to that of beef. Meaning neither raises your risk for heart disease.

Remember, eating more fat—not less—is the key in helping you automatically reduce your calorie intake, without feeling deprived.

Pork


It’s true: Pork really is the other white meat. Ounce for ounce, pork tenderloin has less fat than a chicken breast. And food scientists are finding ways to make it leaner and leaner every year.

Of course, the downside to this is that fat is what makes pork taste so good—which explains why ham and bacon are far more popular than leaner cuts. (As Emeril Lagasse says, “Pork fat rules.”) But remember, there’s no reason to fear fat—especially when you follow the tenets of the TNT Diet.

Not everyone has a taste for bacon, pancetta, and ham. But you can make your choice based simply on what you love without worrying about the fat in these foods. When you follow the TNT Diet, your health and body composition results will be every bit as impressive with these foods as without—so why deny your taste buds?

One caveat: Bacon and other cured meats often contain sodium and other preservatives, such as nitrates, that may raise blood pressure or increase your risk for cancer. To limit your risk, choose fresh meats or packaged products that contain no preservatives—typically labeled “all-natural”—whenever possible.

Read more: http://www.menshealth.com/mhlists/saturated_fat/Pork.php#ixzz2dttdplvL

Is this what you are feeding yourself or worse still your children

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Follow this link, it will show you what you are eating, if this doesn’t make you think twice about the products you are buying to feed to yourself and children, then nothing will.

Australia has such a stringent food laws that this does not happen, but they would not be buying free range, grass-fed chicken. Most birds that are for meat are raised in houses or barns, some are given growth hormone so that the breast meat becomes ‘thicker’ when they are sold.

McDonald’s have a website that you can check the ingredients – it states that they purchase “from places like Ingham” I wonder what this means. is there a place “like Ingham or is it Ingham? one should ask the question.

Chicken is not the first meat to be substituted Beef and Pork have a history of this unscrupulous practice. So if you wish to eat healthy and of late ‘clean’ then you should be looking to  purchase grass-fed, free range from your local butcher or market. Better still contact a farmer through face book, or twitter you never know where they may be for what you want and though not as cheap as take away meals like this, at least you will know what you are purchasing is not only good for the family, it’s good for your health.