Saturday, July 25, 2009

Steel Yourself

All Fired Up For The Barbecue Season

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


Yes, Australia is famous for its outdoors lifestyle and its barbecue culture. And yes, the days are getting longer again. The winter solstice was almost five weeks ago and the sun is rising earlier and setting later each day, despite the frost and the cold and the chilly winds.

But it’s time to check out the barbecues again. Any day is good for a barbie, as we call them here.

You don’t need an excuse to fire up the burners and toss some olive oil on a sizzling hot plate. But I’d better duck outdoors and check that the gas cylinder is full, before I light up each burner and get the gleaming utensils out again.

Keep 'em clean and keep 'em sharp. Now that’s what I call real cutting edge.


Visit TNChick's Photo Hunt. Today's theme: "Utensils''.


26 comments:

mkreider said...

I cannot come up with a rhyme for utensiles!!!

Hilary said...

We never fully put the bbq away here since we still tend to use it fairly often during the winter.. on those days that rise above -20C ;)

lakeviewer said...

Wow. Pass the beer.

Jazz said...

Any day is good for a barbie indeed. Mr. Jazz uses his barbie in winter too - even when it's 30 below (our winters are a touch cooler than yours)

John said...

Gas bottles - oh dear! I'm a strict charcoal man. God bless the Weber.

Mojo said...

I've always been torn between gas and charcoal. Gas is cleaner, and more convenient... but can you beat the flavor of a slab of whatever grilled over hot coals of wood?

The eternal question...

Sunshine said...

i love doing bbq and its one of my fav but didnt know anything about the utensils... i know its stupid but what can i say... But after reading the post i am anxious to learn more ..

Take Care

introspection said...

I love bbq in any season. Here we use charcoal and call it the Tandoor (the traditional ones), and the kebaabs on this tandoor are yummy, and unbeatable.

Alyson (New England Living) said...

I love the angle of that first shot. Nice!

Denise said...

Nothing like a good barbecue is there? Love the photos.

Craver Vii said...

Those utensils look expensive. Gas vs. charcoal... I use both. Last year, it was mostly gas. This year, it's mostly charcoal.

femminismo said...

Rhyme? Utensils - "new pencils" - that's a rhyme. We Americans use the phrase "time to get out the barbie," and I think it must come from the movie, "Crocodile Dundee." Those yellowish-gold utensils are something else. Must they be kept in a locked safe when not in use? They're not gold, are they? - Jeanne in Oregon

Maggie May said...

That equipment looks brand new! I'm sure it is!
Things are looking up, weather wise?

Word ver. REPACK!

Eddie Bluelights said...

You've inspired me to barbacue tomorrow ~ Eddie

Greyscale Territory said...

These are certainly an Australian icon! Great choice!

Ribbon said...

Wow... your barbie tools are to be envied :)
Ours aren't quite as impressive, but the foods good :)

best wishes
Ribbon

Sarah Laurence said...

Aren’t you lucky to be able to barbecue in winter? Ours gets buried in the snow. Those are some nice looking utensils. If the rain ever stops in Maine, my husband will be back at our grill too.

I love your sunset and rocky cliff photos from the posts below!

JasonsLifeNotes said...

Outdoor cooking sure is fun.

Pinkerbell said...

Wow that's serious professional equipment! David, I love how you make a wonderful photograph out of everyday objects. My sister was impressed at a public park in Perth which had bbqs provided, you could just rock up and cook lunch - is that common thing?

secret agent woman said...

Those look brand new. Mine are a lottle worse for the wear, but I do love to barbecue.

Gaston Studio said...

Now those are some good looking utensils!!

Carver said...

Beautiful shots of the utensils. Amazing how the ordinary can make a great shot with a good photographer's eye, like yours. Happy weekend.

healingmagichands said...

Wow. Your barbecue utensils are beautiful! My husband's are not such a matched set and are certainly not that shiny. I posted utensils of a completely different sort, not so clean but still fun.
http://healingmagichands.wordpress.com/2009/07/25/photohunt-utensils/

kaye said...

only barbecue I've seen today! my photo hunt is here Thanks

rachelizabeth said...

I used bbq utensils in my PH, too. Mine are not nearly as shiny as yours, though.

mmm...now I'm wanting to fire up the grill.

Baino said...

Ah I'm so hopeless at choosing a photographic subject. Today is grey and drizzly 'Melbourne' weather and I did't do my usual photo walk. I never thought about going through the cutlery drawer! Now I just can't wait for the warmer weather and barbie season!