The Road Ahead : June 2013
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 18 LIFESTYLE | QLD LIVING THE ROAD AHEAD JUN/JUL 2013 BE PRO-ACTIVE IN REDUCING THE RISK OF FIRE When it comes to keeping warm, nothing beats snuggling under a doona. Not all doonas, however, are created equal. Choosing the right doona really depends on two things -- your budget, and whether or not you have allergies. Polyester doonas are cheaper than traditional feather and wool varieties, and are suitable for allergy-sufferers. In most cases, they are also machine- washable. Feather and wool doonas are dry clean only and definitely not suitable for people with allergies. Whichever you choose, it's important to wash your doona at least twice a year, ideally once before winter sets in and again before putting it back in storage. Winter is also the time when appliances such as electric blankets WARM UP ON A COLD WINTER'S NIGHT WITH THIS FINGER-LICKING RECIPE. Serves 4 INGREDIENTS: 2 kg pork-belly spare ribs, lemon wedges (to serve). Sticky Rub: 4 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon ground caraway seeds, 1 tablespoon ground ginger, 1 tablespoon dried chilli flakes, 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves, 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper, 1 teaspoon salt. METHOD: Combine the sticky rub ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Use your hands to rub the mixture into the spare ribs. Cover with plastic wrap and leave to marinate in the refrigerator overnight, or for up to two days. Turn the meat around in the marinade every six hours or so. When ready to cook, light a fire in your kettle barbecue. When the coals die down to about 160°C, scatter a small handful of hickory woodchips* onto the coals to create smoke. Sit the ribs on the grill, pull down the hood on the barbecue and cook the ribs for three hours. Every 45 minutes or so, add a few more woodchips to keep the smoke going. When the ribs are cooked, they should be soft and tender, enough to fall apart in your hands. Serve with lemon wedges. * YOU CAN FIND HICKORY WOODCHIPS AT MOST DIY STORES. Recipe from The Good Life by Adrian Richardson. panmacmillan.com.au 1. Crewel Flower cushions wamhomedecor.com.au 2. Thermapanel 1000W Eco Functional heater beaconlighting.com.au 3. Snooze machine-washable wool quilt snooze.com.au 4. Crinkly throw in leaf wamhomedecor.com.au our favourites 1. 2. 3. 4. snuggle safely sticky smoky pork ribs and heaters are pulled out of storage. With research showing more people die in house fires during the winter months than any other time of year, it's essential that heat-generating appliances are checked by a licensed electrician. Other winter safety tips include: • Turn off electric blankets before getting into bed. • Ensure appliances are turned off at the wall when not in use. • Keep a clear space of one metre around the heater. Portable heaters should always be placed in a stable position a safe distance from bedding, clothing, curtains and tablecloths. Most importantly, check the batteries in smoke alarms and test them to ensure they are in working order.