I'm planning a birthday lunch for my father-in-law on Friday. After all the holiday eating I want to get away from turkey/ham and don't want something too heavy. I'm in Australia and it's in the 90's here right now and also the oven here is not working, so only have a stovetop and grill. Any menu suggestions?

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nutcakes
nutcakes December 28, 2010

This Salmon with Red Curry sauce on a bed of basmati rice with a shower of Asian slaw on top is one of my favorite elegant company dishes. It is pretty easy to make and plates up restaurant quality appearance. I have access to a milder prepared red Thai curry paste that I use when I don't know if people can take a little heat, but this sauce overall is fairly mild.

I like to put toasted sesame seeds in the cabbage salad.
http://www.terrarestaurant.com/salmon.html
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http://whatdidyoueat.typepad.com/what_did_you_eat/2007/05/whb_salmon_with.html

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Kayb
Kayb December 28, 2010

I'd say definitely some grilled seafood. How about tuna? Just sear it very, very rare on a hot-hot grill and pick sides according to your family's tastes. I'd probably opt for a Salad Nicoise, myself....

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pierino
pierino December 28, 2010

One thing that can and should be cooked on the grill is paella http://www.food52.com/recipes... You should have no problem finding suitable bivalves in Australia. This is my recipe but there must be about a dozen posted to food52.

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aargersi
aargersi December 28, 2010

Can you get your hands on some cedar or hickory (or other) planks? Plank grilled fish is also a great party dish ... if you want to mix it up you could do a combo of seafood and maybe some beef or pork kabobs. Pierino's paella suggestion is also a good one - there is a tailgate paella on this site specifically designed for the grill ...

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latoscana
latoscana December 28, 2010

A super-easy crowd-pleaser is Frogmore Stew, which does not have frogs and isn't a stew but more of a shrimp boil. It makes a spectacular table presentation and it's just fun food. Here's a recipe I've used/adapted many times to great acclaim: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/frogmore-stew.html?cm_src=RECIPESEARCH. One catch is that you need Old Bay seasoning. If it's not available in Australia, here's a recipe: http://busycooks.about.com/od/homemademixes/r/oldbaymix.htm.

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mrslarkin
mrslarkin December 28, 2010

How about a grilled steak salad? And ice cream for dessert, with all the toppings. :)

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drumsullivan
drumsullivan December 28, 2010

In the summer here, we often do a cold seafood plate - cooked lobster, shrimp, crabmeat, etc. - with several sauces, a nice green salad, good bread and ice cream for dessert...easy and refreshing in the hot weather...

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WayneB
WayneB December 30, 2010

I think the big question is 'what does your father-in-law like? After all, it's his birthday. Maybe some nice steaks or his favorite fish on the grill.

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aussiefoodie
aussiefoodie January 8, 2011

Thanks for all your suggestions - was great inspiration. I ended up making an 'assemble your own' Nicoise salad, using grilled salmon, and potatoes tossed with verjuice, olive oil, parsley and capers. Then rhubarb soup by fiveandspice. Was delicious! The kids enjoyed quesadillas and frozen yogurt and mango pops that they helped prepare. Everyone enjoyed the lunch, especially my father-in-law - who loves salmon and rhubarb.

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