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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Scampi Splash Salmon

I'm always looking for different ways to make salmon.

So in the grocery store, I found an ingredient called "scampi splash", and it was right by the fish department.

If your store doesn't sell it, you could almost certainly make your own.

The ingredients were olive oil, garlic, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, salt, pepper, basil, and crushed red peppers.

Come to think of it, that's similar to italian dressing.

Anyway, pour the "scampi splash" over the salmon and bake in the oven at 350 until done.

It was that easy!

Monday, September 3, 2012

"on the fly" rib recipe

This labor day rib recipe was made up "on the fly", using ingredients I had on hand and wanted to use up.

Slab of baby back ribs in a cast iron pot.

Add beer, honey, soy sauce, and barbecue sauce.

Cover the pot.  Into the oven at 300, for a couple of hours.

Then remove the ribs, and "reduce" the liquid on the stovetop until it thickens into a sauce.  

Pour the sauce over the ribs.

I also steamed some fresh corn on the cob in beer.  I thought it added a neat flavor!

Ribs are very easy.

Can you put a potjie pot in a volcano?

I don't have a potjie pot, so I wouldn't have been able to tell you if you could use a potjie pot in a volcano or not.

But I am on the yahoo group volcanostoveusersofaustralia, and someone posted the above photo, indicating that yes, you can!

The pot is a Best Duty brand, #3 flat bottomed potjie.  

#3 refers to its size.  A #2 potjie would also work, but it doesn't look like a #4 or larger would.

The pot is sitting on the center grill, with the coals on the bottom.

Remember, if you are using a pot with legs*, then you need to put the coals ON the center plate; Otherwise, it will not get hot enough.

*I'm not sure if a potjie with legs would work on a volcano or not.  I've only used American style camp ovens.

Would I ever get a potjie?  Possibly, but I have enough American style camp ovens that I don't need one.

Now, I realize that I have quite a few readers in Australia, so if any of you can tell me a specific benefit to using a potjie over a camp oven, please do.

According to potjiepotusa, the main difference is that a potjie has longer legs and can stand directly in the firepit.  

Whereas an American camp oven has shorter legs and must be hung over a fire with a tripod.

So I guess the real determiner is whether or not you plan on cooking over an open fire, and want the convenience of not having to use a tripod.

I don't have a firepit, as there is a "burn ban" where I live.  I just use coals on my concrete table.