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- james mason on 'I just want a beer with my mates' political correctness ????Sad day for our nation that cant even trust our proud men and woman of our defence force to have a ... more
- Steve on 'I just want a beer with my mates' BIGGEST AMOUNT OF BULL TISH I HAVE EVER HEARD. BEING EX SERVICE IT WAS AN HONOUR TO WEAR MY UNIFORM AND HAVE A FEW DRINKS ... more
- Lucinda on 'I just want a beer with my mates' Surely in RSL's it should be fine, but i agree not in a licence pub in the city ie young and jacksons type of thing. Weren't ... more
- JimmyJack on 'My son has a problem with porn' What a load of tosh, sorry Tom, wasn't able to hear the call so only going on from what is here. This Susan McLean sounds ... more
- ian on 'My son has a problem with porn' Lack of parental control. more
- David R on 'My son has a problem with porn' Should a government issued/sanction laptop come installed with the Government supported/paid-for Internet protection ... more
- Tony voorhaar on Man comes forward over dooring When are people and gov't going to learn bikes and cars don't mix. Get rid of the bikes. more
- Christine on Man comes forward over dooring Again the minority are the loudest. The roads are for cars, who pay to be on the roads. I feel sorry for the people ... more
- Dingoes Breakfast on Man comes forward over dooring No cyclist should be allowed to ride on public roads without paying 3rd party insurance to the government and registration ... more
- LukeB on Man comes forward over dooring Actually, that footage is exactly what happens when a bike rider kicks the door of a car, or punches a car driver ... more
- Luke on Man comes forward over dooring Bike riders are near impossible to see & they also don't watch where they are going or pre-empt any trouble. They are their ... more
- Joanne on Man comes forward over dooring There will be no winners here. 1. Should the taxi driver have been allowed to let a passenger depart the vehicle from that ... more
- Lee on Man comes forward over dooring They are all in the wrong here. Cyclist shouldn't have been riding in the gutter, but since she was she should have gone a ... more
- Lukew on Man comes forward over dooring I think the rider should bear some of the responsibility here. If I was riding my bike in that situation, I would be ... more
- choppy on Man comes forward over dooring the guy sells toys and sporting equipment for leading brands...including bicycles! Acted like a pig. Perhaps he should ride ... more
- Richard on Man comes forward over dooring Its rule 140 about unsafe overtaking , just before the 141 that cyclists like to quote. Maybe read all the rules, not just ... more
- Richard on Man comes forward over dooring Shouldn't the cyclist be charged with unsafe overtaking? If it had been a motorcyclist that would be the charge (and ... more
- paul on Man comes forward over dooring No suprise that all the do gooder cyclists start calling normal everyday people with opinions red necks, yes the men were ... more
- Mandy on Man comes forward over dooring Why is it an offence when the cyclist passed on the inside of a stopped vehicle? So many times cyclists pass up the left ... more
- Cam on Man comes forward over dooring I'm sorry but the cyclist should have had the foresight to know that if a taxi stops then a door is more than likely to ... more
Stonefruit on the grill
Our focus this year has been, not surprisingly, on the main courses - the meat, chicken and fish dishes of barbecue.
But when you barbecue, make a point of cooking the entire meal on the barbecue - starting, perhaps, with oysters, scallops, mussels or prawns, progressing through mains, and wrapping up with a grilled fruit course.
Fruit is easy to cook on the grill. And as the stone fruits of summer move into our shops, give them a try.
Start with the large white or yellow peaches from places like Swan Hill. It's early in the season, but those I have grill over the last couple of weeks have been excellent, and they will get even better.
Buy one peach - with the large yellow, which have a touch of acid in the mix, or the large white, which have none - and cut each peach in half, lengthways, removing the stone, to feed two people.
For each half peach, create a foil donut or halo by folling a square of standard foil into a loose cylinder, corner to corner, and twisting it into a circle, twisting the ends together. This will keep the peach upright on the grill when the time comes, and it is a technique that works for lots of fruit - apples and pears, for example.
But first, clean and lightly oil your hot grill, let the oil burn away, and then place each peach half face down on the hot grill. After, say, 2 minutes, carefully lift each half with a spatula and move through 90 degrees. Then, after two more minutes, place the foil donuts on the grill and lift a peach half into each.
Now, sprinkle about a heaped tsp of raw, brown sugar into the hole in each peach, and drop the lid. The sugar will melt and the peaches will bake.
After another 10-15 minutes - timing depends on the ripeness of the fruit, as does the ease with which the stone can be removed - they should be finished.
When they are just starting to soften, carefully lift each peach into a bowl, top with a dollop of creme fraiche and sprinkle with chopped, caramelised nuts - I often use sugar-coated macadamias for this. Magnificent!