Photos by MJ Klein – Attention: Food Photos!
The weather has been great for the past few days so we decided (of course!) to have a party up on our roof! We invited Andres and his family along with his friend and co-worker Rich. We had a great time with good company and good food.
I have been wanting to build some kind of an outdoor cooking table for some time. I wanted one that could hold a Dutch oven and also a grill and do everything I needed to do in connection with cooking outdoors on the roof. So, I went to B&Q and bought some stuff, and spend a few hours on Friday putting it all together. Take a look at what I built:
This is the far end of the roof at the back of the house. This is the cooking table that I made from ordinary shelfing materials you can buy in Taiwan. We also picked up the small black grill in the left corner. It’s basically a copy of a tried and true US design.
I have a pile of charcoal on the table and a Dutch oven in progress. What I like about this photo is the sparks flying off the charcoal.
The table is an upside-down shelf. I drilled the shelf and legs and then fastened them together with pop rivets. I had to use the black plastic inserts upside down to close the gap.
I then tied the whole assembly to the fence rail with #10 Tech screws. Tied to the fence, the table is strong and stable. When the hole broke through water came out meaning that the entire upright tube is filled with water. I’m going to have to drill weep holes in the tubes.
This is what it looks like from overhead. You can see that the shelf is perforated and will let air pass though easily. With the high winds we sometmes have up here, a bag of charcoal burns off in 15~20 minutes, and it burns hot! I’m going to have to make a shield to cut down on the wind (another story).
This is a nice beef calf roast that I’m starting up.
And this is the vegetable content of the dish. There is a layer of white pepper on top.
Basil on the top along with garlic and we’re ready to cook.
This dish cooked for awhile and then our guests arrived.
We also had some of Hui-chen’s marinated grill meat, featuring duck and pork.
Hui-chen and Becky (R) handling the grill duties.
Karen and Olivia enjoy the afternoon.
Andres and Rich (R) share some stories, backdropped by the sun setting over the Taiwan Straight. The day was wonderful and I was noticeably short on the photography.
I got this one crappy shot of the Dutch oven food. It tasted a lot better than how it looked in this photo.
The ladies went inside after the sun went down, but the men stayed up on the roof for some time, drinking and sharing stories of work and travel.
Late in the evening we went over to Shao-hui’s, where a sizable crowd was singing karaoke. We enjoyed some of the legendary Thai cusine that Shao-hui is known for, and then we called in a early night (relatively speaking).
Thanks to everyone for coming over and making our party and enjoyable one.