WHile the weather holds I did two Qs over the weekend using my new How to Grill book and the Weber Genesis Gold.
First off was the Fresh West Indian Snapper Recipie but using Fresh Irish Sea Bass instead. I also did the smoked baked potatoes. I started too late in the day and by the time the smoker pouch was belching and the potatoes were done the fish was ready to cook and the kids were ready for bed. The fish was great but not appreciated due to the rush to eat.....
The next day I did the Garlic Halibut using Hake instead. This time I learnt my lesson with the Kids and did the Q in the afternoon for Lunch - it was lovely. This time I par-boiled the potatoes and grilled some peppers. The fillet of fish was great - that fish sauce and chinese rice wine really making a difference to the flavour.
A few questions though:
1, I only now realise that Cilantro is aka Coriander. My Asian food store even made a few telephone calls in an effort to find out what Cilantro was. They had loads of Coriander in the shop but I used parsley left over from the Sea Bass and it was great.
2, HTG keeps talking about a Cup of this and a 1/2 cup of that......what's a Cup in metric? We use Mugs to drink out of which I imagine are a bit larger than a cup.....as a result I think I may have been a bit heavy on the fish sauce.....put perhaps the parsley was very waterey - eitherway my marinade was very liquid.
3. My Smoked Potatoes had potential but how do you usually set about getting bacon fat? Do you get it from a butcher if he has it or cut the rind off a few rashers and (how do you) melt it down?
Roll on the localised european versions of Steve Raichlen BBQ cook books.
Finally, my smoker pouch often goes on fire. The hood of the grill has even buckled a bit from the heat on the left hand side. I soak the chips for as long as possilbe, put them in a pouch on the grill under the grate, start the gas, close the lid and leave it for about 30 mins. I guess more practice.......only thing is that I can only find Hickory chips over here....
That's all for now.......I need to think what to try next......my ambition has no limit.