It has been quite a while since I have written anything here. It seems to be a fraternal trait.
Things are progressing on the garden front and I will have a special post soon regarding its progress.
Last night I barbecued for the first time in 2009. I would say that it was a success. T. may have had to wait a little extra-long for her dinner but I think that she would argue it as a success was well.
After quickly cleaning the BBQ and realizing that it needs a serious tune up, if not replacing, I was able to start preparing dinner.
On the menu:
- Smoked Tilapia with a creamy Tarragon Lemon sauce
- BBQ stuffed zucchini
- Boiled fingerling potatoes sauteed in butter.
Rob Rainford my be a little annoying on Licence to Grill but he has some damn fine recipes and these ones did not disappoint.
I had a little trouble with my smoke pack though. I placed the packet directly on the burner and ended up burning holes through two of the aluminum foil packets. I guess that the propane flame generates enough heat to melt through the thin aluminum. I used dry wood pellets (they say no soaking needed on the package) instead of half soaked and half dry wood chips and this may have been the problem. I figure that the wet wood chips offer enough cooling power on the aluminum foil to keep it from burning through. In the end I was able to get it to work by making triple layer packets but I will need to change my methods next time. Perhaps chips are the way to go. Perhaps I can soak some to the pellets. Perhaps I can put down a pie plate between smoke packet and flame. The other minor issue that I had was keeping the temperature of the BBQ at the low 220F that the recipe called for. Even on the low setting of my Q it was a little too hot. I could only get it to stay as low as 260 or so but It turned out okay in the end. I may be able to get better control with a good venturi tube cleaning and a bit if fine tuning. Or I could just get myself one of these electric bad boys! But really I want a Big Green Egg.
On the garden front, things are going well there and the seedlings are progressing. I now have to get the actual garden ready to plant. That is what I was doing on Saturday and will be continuing today. There will be a full special update here soon so stay tuned.