Our Favourite BBQ Recipes For Summer

 

While nothing beats the classic snags and steak combo for a summer barbeque, sometimes it’s nice to mix it up a little. We’ve popped some of our favourite recipes together so you can barbeque your days away.

 

  1. 1. Tropical Chicken Skewers

For the chicken, you’ll need:

  • •  6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, each cut into 4 pieces
  • •  2 spring onions, chopped
  • •  1 handful of flat-leaf parsley
  • •  2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • •  ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • •  2 tablespoons lime juice
  • •  2 tablespoons olive oil
  • •  8 wooden skewers (soak in water for 30 minutes before cooking)

For the sauce, you’ll need:

  • • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • • 3 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • • 2 teaspoons finely chopped rosemary
  • • 1 finely chopped red chilli
  • • 4 thinly sliced spring onions
  • • 1/3 cup coconut milk

Method:

Put the spring onions, parsley, garlic cloves, cayenne pepper, lime juice and olive oil into a food processor and blitz to a paste. Rub it all over the chicken, then pop the chicken in the fridge for 6-8 hours.

Before cooking the chicken, combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl. Add in 125mL of boiling water, then stir to combine.

Thread the chicken onto the skewers, then cook on a high temperature on a preheated grill. Cook for 8-10 minutes, or until cooked through, turning the skewers often. Spoon the sauce over the chicken to serve.

 

  1. 2. Garlic Prawns

You’ll need:

  • •   85g unsalted butter, softened
  • •  3 tablespoons olive oil
  • •  1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • •  1 tablespoon finely chopped eschalots
  • •  2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
  • •  salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • •  1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • •  1 kg uncooked, large fresh prawns, peeled and deveined
  • •  oil for the barbecue

Method:

Preheat barbecue for high heat.

In a large bowl, mix together softened butter, olive oil, garlic, eschalots, chives, salt, pepper and paprika. Add the prawns, and toss to coat.

Lightly oil the hotplate. Cook the prawns as close to the flame as possible for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until they turn pink.

 

  1. 3. Soy and Sesame Marinated Barramundi

You’ll need:

  • •  1 cup long-grain white rice
  • •  2 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce
  • •  1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • •  1 teaspoon ginger, finely grated
  • •  4 (150g each) barramundi fillets
  • •  Spray olive oil
  • •  3 spring onions, thinly sliced diagonally
  • •  1 Lebanese cucumber, chopped
  • •  2 celery stalks, sliced
  • •  2 tablespoons mirin seasoning
  • •  2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted

Method:

Cook the rice in a saucepan of boiling water for 10 minutes or until just ready. Drain and set aside. Turn it occasionally with a fork or large metal spoon to release the heat, until cool.

Preheat a barbecue grill or chargrill on medium. Combine the soy sauce, sesame oil and ginger in a shallow dish. Add the barramundi and turn it over to coat both sides. Cook for 3-4 minutes each side or until opaque and the flesh flakes when tested gently with a fork.

Place the rice, spring onion, cucumber, celery and mirin seasoning in a large bowl and toss to combine. Divide among plates and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Put the barramundi on top to serve.

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How to Create a Relaxing Outdoor Space

 

Life is stressful. From meeting deadlines to dealing with the kids day in, day out, self-care is extremely important. Enter: the outdoor space perfect for winding down and escaping the chaos. Here are some of our favourite ideas for making use of nature and getting some quality “you” time.

 

Get a hammock or hanging chair

Achieving a feeling of near-weightlessness is a great way to let the weight of your day (or week, or month) slip right away. A hammock or a hanging chair is an easy way to get that right in your own yard. Avoid the type that will roll you up into a tangle – a hammock with a wooden frame supporting the cords will be easier to get in and out of, making the experience much more pleasant.

 

Invest in really good furniture

Sure, you could get the aluminium dining setting and plastic deck chairs. But at the end of the day, when it comes to really creating a comfortable, inviting, relaxing space, you need quality outdoor furniture with durable cushions and materials. The right furniture can transform a space.

 

Embrace soothing sounds

It’s fairly well-known that sounds can change the ambiance. Whether it’s chirping crickets, chimes, water, soft music, or something else entirely, try to facilitate sounds that help you feel calm. Add a water feature, make a special space for a dock for your phone or music player, or hang wind chimes to get that special sound you love.

 

Create a corner

Of course, the corner itself will already exist. But pick an out-of-the-way corner and make it your own. Put in a comfy seat, surround yourself with greenery, add a little side table to put a drink on, and you have a quiet nook where you can retreat, relax and regroup. Added bonus: if it’s a covered area, you can head there when the next rain sets in. There’s nothing better than listening to the sound of the weather and letting your mind drift.

 

Light the way to relaxation

Studies have shown that lighting may affect your mood. For many people, the brighter the lighting, the more intense your emotions might be – both positive and negative. Whether you believe this to be true or not, having a soft, dim light is relaxing for many people. If you’re enjoying your space in the evening, try lighting some candles or having a dedicated lamp. During the day, you might want to make sure you are able to lower a shade or some outdoor blinds.

Relaxing outdoors is a great way to shift some stress and get back in touch with yourself. Want more outdoor inspo? Check out our post on making your indoors and outdoors work together.

 

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