17 / Barbecue

Probably arriving in this country from Australia (where it has been described as a national icon), the barbecue – or just barbie – has also become a popular feature of the New Zealand lifestyle, reflecting a love of the outdoors and a relaxed attitude towards cooking and eating. It was also encouraged by the size of the New Zealand backyard, although the early homemade wood-fired barbecues are now threatened by sophisticated commercial models that cook with gas. The barbie is largely a male domain and its usual fare is steak, lamb chops and the humble sausage, although a beach barbie is likely to include the catch of the day.

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