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Dinner tonight: slow barbecued pork shoulder

Out last house suffered from a small backyard with no paved area, which meant there was nowhere to put a barbecue, let alone entertain. Thankfully own new house has a large entertaining area, so one of the first things I did after we moved in was invest in a barbecue. This being my “starter” model, I was reasonably restrained (which is unusual for me) and I invested in a six burner version of the Beefmaster, the house brand of Australian franchise Barbecues Galore. I was lucky enough to score a bargain by buying a display model. Thankfully it was fully assembled, and I avoided a scene similar to this one: It’s had plenty of use over the summer, and I’m happy with it so far. One of my favourite barbecued things is pork ribs, and I’m yet to find a restaurant here that can cook them properly. More often than…

Fast Foods of the World: The Windows 7 Whopper

In Australia (and even more so here in Perth) we have a relatively small population for our geographical size, which means that we don’t get as much variety in our consumer goods as in many parts of the world – and that extends to fast foods. A quick burger? choose between McDonald’s or Burger King (known as Hungry Jacks here, but that’s another story). Diet Mountain Dew please. Sorry, what’s that? You get the picture. The major food blogs really rub it in at this time of year, with their annual roundups of “the best burgers in America” etc etc. Try compiling a list like that here. 30 ways to top a hotdog? It’s only behind closed doors that you dare move beyond burnt onions and tomato sauce. Of course we do get limited editions and new things on our menus – and I’m sure we’ll get to see some…

Michel Roux Jr, at your service…

Following his role in Masterchef: The Professionals, Michel Roux Jr continues his rise towards TV stardom with the new 8-part series “Michel Roux’s Service”, currently showing on BBC2 in the United Kingdom. The premise, as described on the BBC website, is that “Michel Roux sets out on a personal mission to train eight young people as front-of-house superstars” – in short, this is “Jamie’s Kitchen” for waiters. The eight contestants are aged from late-teens to mid-twenties, and include a teenage mother, a cleaner, and a history graduate who can only get jobs in office admin. At the end of the series, two contestants will be given “scholarships” to kick-start them in the industry, and help Michel fulfil his dream of improving the general standard of service in the UK (good luck with that one). We don’t know exactly what the prize is, but I imagine it to be something like…