Everybody, meet Mario! A charming and funny guy, he’s one of Saucer’s counterpart in Australia, who cooks fabulously! I mean, really! During our stay in Australia, Mario and his wife kindly invited us over one night for a BBQ dinner at their home. When we reached, Mario was busy cooking his Boerewors. Hailing from South Africa, this man talked passionately about his country and her cuisine, which was simply mouth-watering.
Mario cooking Boerewors
Look at the sausage! What does it remind you of? *LOL* It was long and spiral and more importantly, cooked with Beer! Yes, you heard me right!
Boerewors cooked with beer
It was apparently a common way to cook it back in South Africa and I was definitely looking forward to give it a try. After cutting it up, each piece was solid, huge and very filling! It had a strong peppery taste and the beef meat was coursely-ground. Interesting sausage really, never had one so huge before. *LOL*
Look at the feast we had that night! Lots of potatoes, bread, sausages and of course, the main item – BBQ lamb and chicken!
Mario cooked the potatoes for the longest time and they turned out to be so soft and yummy!
BBQ Sweet potatoes
Not to forget the well-marinated chicken and lamb for BBQ. When he started cooking them, the aroma that filled the whole house was just unmistakable, even though the BBQ was outdoors.
BBQ chicken and lamb
And Mario’s BBQ lamb was awesome! Simply one of the best that I’ve ever had! I don’t know how he could make the lamb so juicy and tender, bursting with flavours and yet not oily. Also, there was no strong gamey taste at all, and not surprisingly, very addictive! I had at least 3 of the lamb chops *shy* and would have had more if there were extras. 😛 Trust me, they went off the table like hot cakes! I guess Mario should really be proud of himself. But he said he didn’t cook lamb as well as beef! We’ll definitely have to return one fine day to try his beef then, eh? 😉
Best BBQ lamb chops
All the good food became even better with a bottle of his prized red wine. We called it the Red Dot wine since there was a red sticker on it. But it’s actually a Cavernet Sauvignon from St George’s 2004 collection. Very smooth and easy to drink.
Bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon
Glass of red wine
And last but not least, who could forget desserts! We brought a chocolate and coconut cake over from Balsamic restaurant.
Chocolate and coconut cake
Ah, definitely a memorable meal to date. I simply must get the recipe for the lamb chops to cook them over here myself! 🙂 Thank you Mario and Tracy!
For the rest of my Melbourne adventure, check out my Melbourne Itinerary.