GIFT IDEAS FOR THE DAD WHO WAS EVERYTHING!
After a chat with my brother this week about Fathers Day gifts for our Dad, we both came to conclusion that men are really hard to buy for...unless you're my brother who loves fishing and is happy with anything remotely associated with angling. There's always the easy way out...i.e bottle of red wine, carton of beer, socks, jocks etc....but if you really want to 'dazzle' Dad, why not get creative with your gift giving this year. We have some terrific suggestions for you this week, and you can find all of these in our Charcoal Interiors showroom at 59 Doggett St. Newstead. Qld.Antique Wooden Horse...for that Horse Loving Dad...would look great in his office.
Antique French Riddling Rack - the perfect gift for the Dad who has everything. Lovers of wine and champagne are always pleading for us to re-stock these very hard to come by pieces. In perfect timing for Fathers Day we have acquired 2 single panels and a rare A-Frame. Crafted from Oak, these racks were used in the process of Methode Champenoise fermentation.
The bottles were turned daily by hand to keep the sediment towards the neck of the bottle. Due to this labor intensive process, riddling has now been automated. These riddling racks are now used as a feature in homes, either mounted on the walls or to display wine or champagne in cellars etc... They are a very special piece of history that we are sure the lover of quality wine and Champagne will appreciate. These racks are quite rare in their natural state with authentic stamps. Available only while stocks last.
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The Art Of Balance
The simplicity of neutrals with a splash of vibrant colour.
GREEK STYLE BARBECUED CHICKEN
This really easy recipe will satisfy the most picky of eaters. I buy my chicken already cut up to save time, or you can follow the recipe as is. Sitting at my desk today, there was somebody local (I could have sniffed them out if I had the time) who was cooking a BBQ and there were onions and possible sausages involved.....I almost had a Pepe Le Pew moment where I could have floated along following my nose to find the origin. And so, it got me inspired for this weeks recipe, because I do so love a good BBQ meal. This recipe is one that I have used many times and its a complete 'no-brainer'.....easy as 1..2..3...
Ingredients (serves 8)
- 2 x 1.3kg whole fresh chickens
- 2 small red onions, coarsely grated
- 2 bunches fresh oregano, leaves picked, chopped
- 2 tbs finely grated lemon rind
- 4 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 long fresh green chillies, seeded, finely chopped
- 80ml (1/3 cup) olive oil
- Olive oil, to grease
- Fresh oregano sprigs (optional), to serve
- Rinse 1 chicken inside and out under cold running water. Pat dry with paper towel. Place, breast-side down, on a clean work surface. Use sharp kitchen scissors to cut along either side of the backbone. Discard backbone. Turn the chicken and open. Press to flatten. Place in a glass or ceramic dish. Repeat with the remaining chicken. Season with salt and pepper.
- Combine the onion, chopped oregano, lemon rind, garlic, chilli and oil in a bowl. Spread the mixture over the chickens. Set aside for 10 minutes to marinate.
- Preheat a barbecue flat plate on high. Brush with oil. Cook the chickens, skin-side down, on barbecue for 10 minutes or until browned. Turn and cook for a further 15 minutes or until cooked through.
- Cut into pieces and place on a serving platter. Top with oregano sprigs, if desired.