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How to cook Pizza on a barbecue!

This weekend was a busy weekend barbecuing - it's one of my favourite things to do . I'd decided that I wanted to try a pizza on the Weber, so I used my usual bread dough for the base of my pizza. An easy recipe so if you do use it for your pizza, note that it is quite a wet dough, so feel free to use plenty of four when kneading etc.

Barbecue Prep

This is how I prep my BBQ, I have half the charcoals piled on one side of the grill and none on the other. To cook the meat, I sear it over the very hot coals so I get nice grill marks, sealing the outside also keeps the meat inside moist. Once done, I move it to the other side of the barbecue where there are no charcoals. Place the lid on, grab a cold beer and let it cook lid down until its done - most raw meat is cooked between 2-15 mins depending on what it is. It's quick because its using high radiant heat.

My pizza on the barbecue took two attempts, the first (bottom left pic) try I found my pizza dough was too thick and I man…

New Blog and How to Make Bread

Kia Ora and welcome to my new website/blog.

After being loaded to absolute capacity, the last straw finally broke the camels back with my hosting site, RebelMouse (they removed so much functionality that I could no longer post!) and now I am much happier on the Blogger platform. So this layout will give you much more visibility and structure to the restaurants I've been eating at, as well as a dated catalogue of restaurants for you to peruse at your leisure. I still have a number of restaurant visits to migrate over so I will be adding more as I go.

So after my trip to Hvar I've been having really good eats at Atithi in Twickenham, and even at Jamies Trattoria in Richmond - they seem to have increased their portion sizes for their pasta dishes. So in August I am hoping to go to a few good restaurants in the borough that I've not been to before and I'll be posting the reviews on here, so I am definitely looking forward to that. I've been baking, call me mad in this …

Hvar, Croatia - Food and Wine Trip

Back in London now and I've uploaded more pics from the trip. Divino Restaurant (pictured below) was by far the best. We enjoyed a six course tasting menu for £40, it was excellent and with an amazing harbour side view, it tops all others. I have done a separate review for Divino that you can check out my blog.

My restaurant picks for Split & Hvar Town
Divino restaurant (fine dining)Zori restaurant (needs Island transportation)Ante Tudor - Milna (casual)Cafe F - Split get the pizza! The seafood pizza was topThings to do:
Wine Tour We did the tour to Tomic Winery see below.Take a water taxi to another Island - we headed to Carpe Diem beach in the daytime, careful which Island you go to as some have nudest beaches ;)Walk up to the FortRelax poolside or take a bus to another beach around the cove on the Island, or to Stari Grad (warning, buses sometimes don't turn up at Stari Grad so make sure you don't leave later th…

The Duke Gastro Restaurant, Richmond, London

THE DUKE - I'm back to Richmond borough, if you missed my food blogger meal at Bumpkin in Chelsea this week be sure to check it out. 
On this occasion we headed for a Sunday lunch that we booked almost a week in advance - when you eat at The Duke you may need to check bookings a week out as it is quite popular on Sundays. The restaurant itself is a nice little gastro pub, tucked away off the High Street in Richmond and Richmond Green. It attracts an affluent, not bothered crowd, so it is a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere and easily enjoyed by all.

There is plenty of seating inside, and the interior is divided into a dining area and another more relaxed lounge area. In the dining area it's light and airy with plenty of room for yummy mummy's and kids. Service is effortless, the staff were pleasant and not intrusive. 

As it was a busy fathers day Sunday we were given a fixed menu with mostly Sunday roast offerings (not normally my blogging specialty but they were perfect for the …