How to turn your Weber into an outdoor kitchen thanks to SustainaPod

SustainaPod by VerdeLife – turn your Weber into an outdoor kitchen.

The SustainaPod Outdoor Kitchen Range is designed exclusively for the Weber Range of Sit On and Built In barbecues. Sized to fit perfectly on your patio, balcony or outdoor entertainment area, your SustainaPod can be customised with mix ‘n’ match cabinet and bench top colours.

At VerdeLife they create green cabinetry for your lifestyle, for your enjoyment and for our environment.

Their mission – cabinetry with purpose – embraces their passion beyond just lifestyle cabinetry. Their deepest purpose is as a company devoted to a holistic approach to environmentally sustainable design, manufacture and installation.

They have a varying range which we will explain below:

Choose your Sustainapod:

SustainaPod Arbor:

Pictured: Arbor with Weber Baby Q


Features:
– Weather and UV resistant – can withstand sun, heat, rain and wind
– Easy to install, pre-assembled pods that include height adjustable feet
– Durable and low maintenance components and parts
– Functional built in storage and venting for unsightly gas cylinders
– Environmentally preferable products and sustainable building practices
– Proudly Australian – designed, manufactured and owned

Standard inclusions:
– 1-Pod
– 2 door cabinet with Blum soft-close hinges and shelf
– Handcrafted using exterior grade board and natural granite for outdoor use
– Choice of colour, bench top and handle

Size:
Length: 80cm
Width: 50cm
Height: 70cm

SustainaPod Byron:

Pictured: Byron standard model
Weber Family Q Built In (Q3600AU)

Features:
– Weather and UV resistant – can withstand sun, heat, rain and wind
– Easy to install, pre-assembled pods that include height adjustable feet
– Durable and low maintenance components and parts
– Functional built in storage and venting for unsightly gas cylinders
– Environmentally preferable products and sustainable building practices
– Proudly Australian – designed, manufactured and owned

Standard inclusions:
– 3-Pods
– Door cabinets with Blum soft-close hinges and shelf
– Handcrafted using exterior grade board and natural granite for outdoor use
– Choice of colour, bench top and handle

Size:
Length: 182.1cm
Width: 65cm
Height: 90cm

SustainaPod Elston:

Pictured: Elston standard model
Weber Family Q Built In (Q3600AU)

Features:
– Weather and UV resistant – can withstand sun, heat, rain and wind
– Easy to install, pre-assembled pods that include height adjustable feet
– Durable and low maintenance components and parts
– Functional built in storage and venting for unsightly gas cylinders
– Environmentally preferable products and sustainable building practices
– Proudly Australian – designed, manufactured and owned

Standard inclusions:
– 4-Pods
– Door cabinets with Blum soft-close hinges and shelf
– Space for 60cm bar fridge
– Choice of right side or left side fridge layout
– Handcrafted using exterior grade board and natural granite for outdoor use
– Choice of colour, bench top and handle

Size:
Length: 291.2cm
Width: 65cm
Height: 90cm

SustainaPod Neptune:

Pictured: Neptune standard model
Weber Family Q Built In (Q3600AU)

Features:
– Weather and UV resistant – can withstand sun, heat, rain and wind
– Easy to install, pre-assembled pods that include height adjustable feet
– Durable and low maintenance components and parts
– Functional built in storage and venting for unsightly gas cylinders
– Environmentally preferable products and sustainable building practices
– Proudly Australian – designed, manufactured and owned

Standard inclusions:
– 4-Pods
– Door cabinets with Blum soft-close hinges and shelf
– Space for 90cm bar fridge
– Choice of right side or left side fridge layout
– Handcrafted using exterior grade board and natural granite for outdoor use
– Choice of colour, bench top and handle

Size:
Length: 321.2cm
Width: 65cm
Height: 90cm

Create your outdoor look:

Handles – choice of knob style:

Dexion
Konico
Cylinder

Bench top options – 19mm natural granite:

Steel Grey
Colonial White
Absolute Black

Cabinet options – 12mm Exterior Grade Decorative Board:

Bespeckled Grey
Sentry
Mortar
Stone

Customise your design:

Kickboard – 12mm Exterior Grade Board Colour to Match:

Splashback – 19mm natural granite, 40cm H, colour to match bench top:

Add pods – Add corner or standard pods, with optional upgrades:

Contact Outdoor Living Direct Hoppers Crossing to find out more – Shop 4, 283 Old Geelong Road Hoppers Crossing | 03 8742 2931 | Open 7 days.

Choosing the right Billy Fresh umbrella for you


SUN, FUN, SHADE, COLOUR – Represents everything that Billy Fresh is! Colour and form is something Billy Fresh take seriously. They have a fresh beautiful range of patio and market umbrellas that will add life to your outdoor entertaining area. Whether you’re a business looking to attract street attention by making your presence known, or hoping to add that classy touch to your outdoor oasis we have the stripes to suit your lifestyle. Below are a couple of tips to help make the decision of which to choose a bit easier!

Billy Fresh Umbrella 1

Firstly the size and shape of Billy Fresh umbrellas do differ. The 2×2 metre is square whilst the 3 metre is round. The shape factor may come into play particularly if your outdoor space is limited, therefore it is important to consider the outdoor space available before choosing your umbrella.

A perfect example of this is a verandah patio with little or no shade. Although the larger umbrella would provide you with more shade, the 2x2m may actually be better suited to this outdoor area. Why? Think of it in the following way; the verandah patio is generally square or rectangular, keeping the umbrella to the same shape only smaller will allow greater clearance from possible walls or structures creating a more practical outdoor entertaining area. This is not to say that the larger Billy Fresh umbrella is the wrong choice as everyone’s outdoor lifestyle will be different. It is just an example of what to consider when making your choice.

Billy Fresh Umbrella 2

If you have a large area then it’s a matter of personal preference in conjunction with lifestyle. There’s also the option of incorporating both sized umbrellas, see image below. With the colorful stripes and contrasting shapes incorporating both will provide your outdoor entertaining area with a vibrant, versatile look.

Billy Fresh Umbrella 3

Once the space is worked out, all you need to do now is pick your stripes. If you’re after something bright and fun we’d recommend the Signature, available in both the 2 metre and 3 metre. Otherwise we have a couple of subtle options such as the Coastal or Peninsula, available in 3 metre, which may be more your thing!

To view the entire Billy Fresh range shop in store at one of our two Melbourne showrooms – 337 Warrigal Road Cheltenham and Shop 4, 283 Old Geelong Road Hoppers Crossing or online via https://www.outdoorlivingdirect.com.au/umbrellas/centre-pole-umbrellas.html

Weber winter warmer recipes

Weber winter warmer recipes – Whether it’s their charcoal or gas barbecues, the legendary flavour achieved by cooking on a Weber is at the heart and soul of everything they do and that is why Outdoor Living Direct Hoppers Crossing is proud to be a Weber Specialist Dealer. We stock the entire range of Weber including all barbecues and accessories. We’re your one stop shop for all your Weber needs and our friendly, trained staff are there to help you choose the right barbecue for you. As well as being a proud Weber Specialist Dealer we also love cooking on our Weber’s and sharing our favourite recipes. Below are a few of our favourite winter warmer recipes. All super tasty and guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds.

Whole Roast Pumpkin Soup


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  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 2.5 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Servings: 6
  • Ideal for: Weber Charcoal, Weber Gas and Weber Q

Ingredients

  • 4.5-5.5kg Jap pumpkin, whole
  • 1 brown onion, roughly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, whole, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 8 rashers of bacon
  • 4 slices crusty bread, roughly diced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons of thickened cream, to serve
  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped, to garnish

Method

Step 1
Carefully cut an 8cm circle in the top of the pumpkin, around the stem, cutting through to the centre of the pumpkin, remove and discard. Scoop out the seeds and discard. Place the pumpkin into a Large Weber Frying Pan or barbecue-safe dish.  Add into the centre of the pumpkin the onion, garlic, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, cumin, coriander and paprika. Toss with a spoon to combine.

Step 2
Prepare the barbecue for indirect and direct cooking over medium heat (190°C to 230°C).

Step 3
Roast the pumpkin over indirect medium heat, with the lid closed, for 2 hours, or until the pumpkin is tender when pierced with a knife.

Step 4
During the last 10 minutes of the cooking time. Toss the bread with a little olive oil. Place the bread onto the barbecue and roast over indirect medium heat for 10 minutes. Add the bacon, barbecue over direct medium heat for 3 minutes per side.

Step 5
Using heatproof gloves, carefully remove the pumpkin in the dish from the barbecue, along with the bacon and croutons.

Step 6
Scoop the onion mixture and pumpkin flesh into a food processor or large pot. Blitz with the chicken stock. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Roughly chop the bacon.

Step 7
Serve the pumpkin soup with the bacon pieces, croutons, cream and garnish with parsley.

Salmon with herbed butter and crispy shallots


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  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Servings: 8
  • Ideal for: Weber Charcoal, Weber Gas and Weber Q

Ingredients

  • 1.5 kg side of salmon, boneless
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 lemons, one halved, one sliced.
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 2 shallots, finely sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh herbs of your choice (tarragon, chives, parsley, dill)

Method

Step 1
Lay the salmon on baking paper or alfoil, skin side down (if the salmon has skin). Fold up the sides of the baking paper or alfoil to create a ‘boat’ for the salmon.

Step 2
Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Lay the lemon slices onto the salmon.

Step 3
Set up your barbecue for indirect cooking. Please refer to your handbook for further instructions. Preheat your barbecue for roasting.

Step 4
Whilst the barbecue is preheating, in a saucepan over medium heat, cook the butter and shallots until the shallots have just started to golden. Add the garlic and herbs, cook for a further 5 minutes or until the shallots are golden.

Step 5
Once the barbecue has preheated, make adjustments to the burner control(s) for the roasting setting. Place the salmon on and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cooked to your liking.

Step 6
10 minutes into the cooking time pour the herb and shallot butter over the salmon.

Step 7
Grill the lemon halves over direct heat for 5 minutes or until lightly charred and caramelised.

Step 8
Once the salmon has cooked to your liking, remove from the barbecue and finish with a squeeze of grilled lemon.

Lamb Shanks With Thyme And Rosemary


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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Servings: 4
  • Ideal for: Weber Gas and Weber Q

Ingredients

    • 4-5 lamb shanks
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • 6 small onions, peeled and quartered
    • 2 carrots, coarsely chopped
    • 2 celery sticks, coarsely chopped
    • 3 tablespoons plain flour
    • 750ml beef stock
    • 1 1/2 can (600g) crushed tomatoes
    • 3 sprigs thyme
    • 3 sprigs rosemary

Method

Step 1
Set up your Q for direct cooking. Place the casserole dish (without lid) at the back centre of the Q and add the oil. Preheat on high for ten minutes. 

Step 2
Lightly oil the lamb shanks and season with salt and pepper.

Step 3
Once the Q is preheated, leave the heat setting on high. Add the onion, carrot and celery to the casserole dish and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-6 minutes. At the same time add the lamb shanks to the grill around the casserole. Cook for 2½-3 minutes per side, 5-6 minutes in total. Remove the casserole dish from the Q. Set aside the lamb shanks.

Step 4
Add the flour to the casserole, stir into the mixture, then add the stock and tomatoes and stir well. Place the lamb shanks into the casserole. Finally, add the thyme and rosemary sprigs.

Step 5
Turn the Q to the roast setting and add a convection tray and trivet using tongs and/or heat proof gloves. Place the lid on the casserole (turning the vent control to steam) and place on the trivet. Cook for 2-2½ hours.

Step 6
Remove the casserole lid and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for another 30 minutes, or until the lamb shanks are very tender.

Moroccan Roast Chicken and Vegetables


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  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Servings: 4
  • Ideal for: Weber Charcoal, Weber Gas and Weber Q

Ingredients

  • 3-4 chicken marylands
  • 1 zucchini, cubed into 2cm pieces
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed into 1.5cm pieces
  • 250g cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red onion, peeled and cut into eighths 
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 8 Medjool dates
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • 1 cup cooked couscous, to serve
  • 200g plain yoghurt, to serve
  • Fresh mint, to garnish

Moroccan Marinade

  • 2 tablespoons Ras El Hanout spice mix
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Method

Step 1
Prepare the barbecue for indirect cooking over Indirect medium heat (180-230°C). If using a Weber Q barbecue, set up your barbecue with a convection tray and a trivet.

Step 2
In a small bowl combine all of the marinade ingredients.

Step 3
In a large bowl add the chicken and half of the marinade, toss to coat. In a separate large bowl add the zucchini, sweet potato, and red onion, toss to combine. Then in another bowl, toss the cherry tomatoes, dates and lemon halves in a little olive oil and season with salt.

Step 4
Roast the chicken, zucchini, sweet potato, red onion and the lemon halves over indirect medium heat for 35 to 40 minutes. Ensure that there is a small amount of space around each item of food for even cooking results. 20 minutes into the cooking time add the dates and cherry tomatoes, continue to cook for a further 15 to 20 minutes. 

Step 5
Serve the chicken, vegetables and dates with couscous and plain yoghurt. Drizzle with the lemon and garnish with fresh mint.

Sage and Apple Wood Smoked Crown Roast of Pork


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  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Servings: 14
  • Ideal for: Weber Charcoal

Ingredients

  • 1 x Weber Firespice Smoking Wood- Apple Wood Chunk
  • 1 x crown roast of pork (14-16 points, approximately 2.9kg)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons sage chopped
  • Salt and Pepper

Method

Step 1
Soak your Apple Wood Chunk for two hours in water.

Step 2
Set up your kettle for indirect normal fire cooking method. Light your Heat beads either by using the supplied charcoal baskets or a chimney starter.

Step 3
While the barbecue is heating, prepare the crown roast of pork.

Step 4
Remove the pork from the fridge and rub the olive oil, sage, salt and pepper all over the pork.

Step 5
To help prevent the bones from burning, wrap aluminum foil individually around the bones.

Step 6
Once the coals are ashed over, separate the baskets using tongs. Place drip trays between the two fires- must be large enough to catch all of the drips. Place the cooking grill on the barbecue with the grill handles directly over the fires.

Step 7
Place the pork roast in the centre of the cooking grill. Ensure all vents are open and place the lid on.

Step 8
Cook for approximately 2 hours or until done to your liking.
Serve the roast with vegetables, or salad of your choice.