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Sunday was a warm bright day (-6) and with lovely weather we had a
barbecue, the third at Rothera this year.
28th Aug 2006, 16:11  

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swamprose says:

Just what do you like to bbq in Anarctica? You have a freezer for food, right? heh heh

29th Aug 2006, 00:09

silar31 says:

Don't reckon you need coolers to keep the beer cold at an Antarctic BBQ, do you? In fact, the challenge must be to keep it from freezing!

29th Aug 2006, 01:50

michaelpj says:

Frozen beer is a bit of an occupational hazard - although it does actually take quite a long time to freeze. Guinness turns into a sort of slush-puppy drink if you leave it outside for an hour or two, which is surprisingly nice.

Swamprose: you'll be surprised how many people think it's funny that we have three industrial freezers for our frozen food - but frozen food needs to be kept at around -20C and the air temperature here can be anything from +5 to -30!

29th Aug 2006, 13:01

swamprose says:

It IS funny. Sorry, but it is. But I know from living in the far north that temperature fluctuations are not what food needs. Wondering what food you really crave after being down there a long time.

29th Aug 2006, 14:11

OJ says:

You certainly are game to have a bbq out there. Lovely pink sky by the way.

29th Aug 2006, 14:13

Joe says:

full marks for commitment :)

29th Aug 2006, 14:14

michaelpj says:

Swamprose: in a word, salad.
Even after two weeks missing it in the summer it tastes better than you can ever remember iceberg lettuce tasting before.
We miss tomatoes, salad veg, citrus fruits, vegetables that aren't mushy from being frozen or canned, espresso coffee (we have filter, and little stove-top percolater things, but it's not the same), decent chocolate, decent icecream and fresh eggs. But because you know you can't have any, you just get used to it.

OJ / Joe: we are British, after all. Barbecuing in adverse conditions is what we do! And it was only -6 with no wind, so you didn't get too cold.

Our BBQ menu consisted of: home-made burgers, kebabs with chicken, onions (yes, we still have fresh onions), canned potatoes, canned mushrooms and canned red peppers, bread rolls, potato salad, cous-cous salad, canned bean salad, chips (fries to US-ians), and home-made tomato relish. Followed by chocolate brownies.

29th Aug 2006, 14:38

Geodyne says:

Wow, that view is so different from what I remember. It looks like lovely weather for a BBQ as well - stunning colours in the sky.

Now you just need to drink real beer and not that ale pap. :P

4th Sep 2006, 09:55

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