When Jolanta Petrycka remembers her childhood Christmases in Poland, she recalls the scent of a freshly cut tree set up and decorated on December 24th, an extra place setting at the table in case an unexpected friend or stranger shows up, and a large carp swimming in the bathtub. The latter, she explains, would eventually find its way onto the table as part of Wigilia, the Polish Christmas Eve feast, but to ensure freshness, the fish had to be kept alive as long as possible.Read More
Sausages make a fabulous weekday meal whether they're served on a freshly baked bun, sliced into sauces or stews, or served whole with a salad and rice, say. My favourite way to prepare sausage is on the barbecue, but at this time of year with the cold November rain falling, frankly I'd rather be inside. That's why I let my slow cooker do its thing all day, so I only have to do my barbecue thing for 5 minutes or so. In this super fast and easy recipe, your fav type of sausages (or go wild and choose various kinds) are slow cooked all day and then finished very quickly on the grill. The result? Moist, perfectly done sausages made pretty with lovely grill marks.Read More
As Mother Nature turns down the temperature and reaches for the dimmer switch earlier and earlier these days, the thought of grilling outdoors can be less alluring than it is in our glorious summer months. But when you let these drumsticks slow cook all day, the grill time is reduced from 40 minutes say, to a mere ten. Happily, chicken and bacon, infused with a bit of pineapple juice, delivers a lovely flavour combo and makes for an easy weekday dinner treat. The bonus? You get grilled veggies too!