I’ve just realised it’s been AGES since I last blogged! It’s been a busy few months (yes, not the best excuse, but it will have to do!). For those of you who don’t know, I went back to uni earlier this year to study a Master of Public Health. In the interests of getting it finished as fast as possible, I went back as a full-time student. Which is great, but I’m still doing a bit of marketing comms consulting, so time is stretched!
I also went to Adelaide for a few days about a month ago to go to the Population Health Congress. A real highlight was catching up with Amanda from the wonderful blog Lambs’ Ears and Honey – she took me to The Locavore for lunch in the beautiful Adelaide Hills. The drive there was stunning, but what I really love is their commitment to serving local food. Wherever possible their food is sourced from within a 100 mile radius, and their wine list is 100% from the Adelaide Hills. I was very impressed [so impressed I didn’t take any photos!]. I would love to see a restaurant in Brisbane with this commitment to local food and wine.
I was only home from Adelaide a few days before going to Killcare (on the NSW Central Coast) for about 10 days. My brother and I are lucky our parents had the foresight to buy a holiday house there about 20 years ago, and we have been having family holidays there ever since. We do rent it out for weekends and holiday rentals, so if you are interested check it out on Stayz. My brother and I both love to cook, so a priority in the recent reno was a decent kitchen with a 90cm cooker. On our last visit I think we had friends pop in for a meal almost every day, so it and the BBQ outside were well used!
One of my contributions to the garden was to plant a small herb garden with a few basics [parsley, oregano, thyme, chilli, chives and lemongrass in the backyard], and on our last visit we added a lime and lemon tree. Hopefully they survive our sporadic visits!
One of our favourite things about Killcare are all the gorgeous birds, who are always very well fed with our leftovers!
Anyway, we have been home for about a week and straight into Brisbane summer! It’s almost been too hot to cook so it’s been a week of salad.
This BBQ veggie and kangaroo salad I made last night was a particular winner! I first had it when my friend Sharon cooked lunch for us a few months ago and it’s based on a recipe from a Michelle Bridges cookbook.
I haven’t eaten a lot of kangaroo – mainly because I had a bit of a bad experience when I made a kangaroo spag bol some years back. I didn’t realise what a strong flavour it had, and that you only needed about half the amount of meat compared to using beef mince. The strong flavours were a bit of a shock! However after the gorgeousness of last night’s dinner, it will be making a regular appearance on our dining table.
One of the things I love about kangaroo is that it is very lean (so cook it quickly and to medium rare so it doesn’t get tough), and it’s also high in protein, zinc and iron.
Have you eaten kangaroo before? How did you cook it?