Damn…It’s hot!!!

Spicy BBQ Chicken & Lamb Chops

39C people! Melbourne is hot today! Tomorrow it’s going to get a lot cooler and it will rain…love Melbourne weather – keeps you on your toes!

Tried to keep the kidlets cool this afternoon in class. Poor  little 12 – 13 yr olds who had forgotten their water bottles and were a little exhausted after being stuck outside in the blistering heat! I had an unusual feeling of the maternal kind towards these little suckers! So, I refilled water bottles (for the kids who had remembered to bring one) from the water cooler in our staffroom and turned the air con on during lunchtime, so by the time we came into our room it was nice and cool and then organised a dvd for them to watch – Ice Age 4 – trying to keep them cool…of course it suited me rather well too!

Sometimes school life just needs to be as easy as that, especially on days like today…for both the kidlets and me!

Life should be easy on a hot night like tonight too and there’s nothing like a BBQ to make life easy, relaxed and very fine indeed! It helps that my obsession with food means that most of my meat is marinated before it goes into the freezer (I have posted about this before) which makes everything not just easy but incredibly succulent and tasty!

Tomatoes are the best things ever!

I had marinated chicken tenderloins and lamb chops in the freezer so I pulled them out last night and they had defrosted nicely and were waiting patiently in the fridge for me to get home and  place them on the BBQ for dinner. They were very well behaved pieces of meat! All I had to do was make a salad…easy peasy folks!

I had used the same marinade for both meats and it was awesomely spicy and tangy 🙂 I cannot remember quantities as I did this before I froze the meat a couple of weeks ago. This marinade goes beautifully with seafood too!

Marinade

lemon grass

garlic

ginger

chilli paste

shaoxing wine

lime juice

fish sauce

sesame oil

galangal

Awesome flavours!!!  Awesome taste!!! Succulent and perfect on a balmy night 🙂

Went down a treat with my Pomegranate Vodka!

This is what life is all about

A Summer Wish

Greek Salad

Yep I was right! I have caught a cold and am bed bound today. Annoying because I don’t like being bed bound and as it’s Saturday it has killed off my plans for some much needed retail therapy.

I don’t usually complain about the weather and colds don’t normally stop me from doing what I want to do but in this case there are no headache tablets left in the house or cough mixture as everyone has been sick so the medicine cabinet is almost empty. Lots of cups of herbal tea for me.

My partner left for work early this morning and my daughter stayed at her friend’s house last night so they could go to their part time jobs together so it’s just me, the dog and the cat all day. Sounds great…but my head aches and my throat is sore and I don’t want to keep getting out of bed to make another cuppa!

After all the wonderful food I serve up to my family and the fact that I look after them when they are sick, you would think that they would stay home and bring me my tea when I called for it and make me some soup for lunch and set up my doona on the couch and bring me my magazines and laptop etc…and make me toast with honey and…and…and…and no wonder they went to work!

What does this have to do with Greek Salad?…Not much really!!! Apart from the fact that the other night we were talking about going to Greece next year for a holiday and as it’s summer over there now and my facebook is full of posts from my relatives partying on Greek Islands and eating Greek Salads, I felt the need to make a Greek inspired meal.

So,  grilled lamb chops with olive bread and dip served with individual bowls of Greek Salad. I serve mine without olives (not a big fan), I serve my daughter’s without feta cheese (she hates it) but my handsome man gets the lot (he loves it all).

Do I need to provide a recipe for this? The bbq lamb chops had already been marinated in olive oil, oregano and crushed garlic before they were put in the freezer so they were so tasty and tender. The olive oil I use is from my dad’s olive trees in Greece that my cousin looks after and he sends dad a barrel of the stuff each year. Of course we are lucky enough to share in this as we all get bottles of this amazing olive oil, slightly peppery in taste…I just love it!  The oregano I use is always dried..my mum grows it and dries it and gives me heaps of it. Oregano is the only herb, I believe, that tastes better when it’s dried. The olive bread is from a bakery (funny I eat olive bread but don’t really like olives) but I will bake one myself one of these days.

A touch of Greece in our house on a very, very cold night!