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Saturday 17 January 2015

Oi Oi Oi!

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Australians lets us all rejoice, for we are young and free
With golden soil and wells for toys, our home is dirt by sea.

I am actually quite ashamed to admit this, but I think I was 20 something before I finally figured out I had the words to our national anthem SO wrong. 

Mind you, THIS coming from the girl who was far too easily convinced by her friends that they were building a harbour tunnel because The Harbour Bridge was past its use by date and was being pulled down.

I was gutted about the idea of losing our beloved bridge. I am a patriotic gal through and through – all be it one who thought we were dirt by seas.

My pride in this country of ours has only deepened with age (kind of like the lines on my face too it seems) and I love nothing more than a little ‘Oi Oi Oi’ action come Australia Day.

Alright, so we all know I am a sucker for any excuse to entertain… but come on… Is there any better reason to celebrate than this gorgeous country of ours?

I think not.

And so when it came that time of the month for me to road test some of the recipes from the January Coles magazine, I picked the BBQ Bliss recipes our gorgeous home grown Aussie boy Curtis Stone put together… because BBQ = Easy and because Curtis = HELLO do we really need an excuse? 

It’s CURTIS!!!!! I would eat pretty much anything Curtis told me too.

On a side note my friends at Coles, I have been an everyday mum’s voice of Coles for a few months now – don’t you think it’s time you hooked up a bit of a meet and drool greet session with Curtis?

*Ahem* Just saying!

Some mother’s do have them!

Right, so where were we?

Ummm Curtis drooling… I mean road testing Curtis’s recipes for Australia Day.
We chose three recipes to try out this month because being the holidays I have extra boys to feed and after surfing, swimming and skating all day – man they can tuck away the food.

First up was the BBQ Chicken on Flat Bread with Cucumber Pico De Gallo. Two out of 4 kids and both adults gave this one the two thumbs up. The other two thought it was a little spicy so leave the Jalapenos out of the salsa if you are catering mainly for the kids.

You can find this recipe on page 42 of the Jan/Feb Coles magazine’.

 The Barbecue Salmon and Basmati Rice Salad (on page 41) was an absolute hit. They didn’t even notice the jalapenos in this one because they are all salmon pigs and were too busy scoffing at the rate of 3 fish per minute.

And saving the best for last – the Saganaki-Style Barbeque Prawns. Oh come to mama.

These were the bomb I tell you, the absolute bomb and the fight was on for the last spoonful.

If you would like to learn how to cook the perfect prawn, Curtis has us all sorted over at the Coles You Tube Channel here.

So for Australia Day this year, we will be feasting on Saganaki prawns and one mighty big pav piled high with peaches, nectarines, passion fruit, kiwi fruit and mango.

I’m thinking I might give this one a go.

Damn it, I may just have to road test one of those before Australia Day… you know, so I’m sure to nail the recipe on the day and all that.

I’m pretty sure there won’t be any complaints.

 All these recipes I road tested and load more are in the Jan/Feb Coles magazine  which is free in store now. And don’t forget you can always go to the Coles recipe website or Taste.com for more inspiration.

Coles also has the whole kit and caboodle in store when it comes to themed Australia Day.

Decorations, including; serviettes, cups, stubby holders, flags and bunting. Yep, they have everything you need to make this the biggest fair dinkum Australia Day celebration yet.

Whatever it is you plan to do - Have yourself a one very Happy Australia Day people.

Oi Oi Oi!

 How do you celebrate Australia Day? Seafood or Lamb?
Have you ever been called gullible by friends?