Meat and three veg

By Lorenzo

Australian restaurant cuisine is sometimes described as mediterrasian, which is a pretty good description.

The traditional Anglo-Celtic Oz dinner is meat and three veg. Steak and vegies is still our most popular meal, followed by roast chicken, spag bog, beef stew or curry and chicken stir-fry. Lots of grazing land makes the land Downunder the land of cheap beef.


Myself, I am not all that fond of beef. But I like seafood, and there is a pretty reasonable fish shop in the local mall. Hence my version of meat and three veg is grilled fish with asparagus, snow peas and red cabbage stir-fried in black bean sauce with garlic.

It makes for an easy, quick and tasty meal. From opening the fridge to eating is less than 20 minutes.

Pre-heat grill. Trim ends off asparagus and snap into pieces (if it does not snap, throw it out). Top-and-tail snow peas. Cut up red cabbage.

Put fish into grill: salmon takes longer than white fish. Put vegies into microwave bowl, add water.  When fish is close to done (in the case of white fish, that is just after you have put it in), put cut up vegies into microwave for 2 minutes on high. Cut up garlic. Take cut up vegies out of microwave and drain. Put wok on heat, add garlic, rice bran oil and black bean sauce.  Add in asparagus, then snow peas, then cabbage. Stir-fry for a couple of minutes. Take fish out, put all on plate. Eat.

Meat and three veg, the modern Oz–which is to say, mediterrasian–way.

This is also the Saturday chit-chat post.


  1. Posted April 6, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Perfect dining. Healthy, simple and yummy.
    Just right on this perfect autumn day.

    My chit-chat is that I joined The to indicate I am not fooled by America claiming to be honest or democratic. or Australia either, really.

  2. Jolly
    Posted April 7, 2013 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    Life is really as simple as this, Lorenzo. However, when using microwave, ensure that the container is always glass wear; not plastics of any kind, even those ‘approved’ for microwaving.

  3. Posted April 7, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    [email protected] The question is whether one is comparing to some norm never realised, contemporary alternatives or past history.

    [email protected] I use glass bowl, and I will keep doing so, ta 🙂

  4. John H.
    Posted April 7, 2013 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    One of the most neglected aspects in nutrition is potassium. Salt reduction alone is not enough … .

    Potassium or Die

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