for Sporadic E, sunspots, contests, and getiing away from the XYL Shack Snacks

…because we’re good in the kitchen too!

Shack Snacks!

So wait… in my professional life, I make food television. I’ve made and cut food shows for commercial television and SBS. So something that you won’t find on many – if any amateur radio websites, are simple recipes you can make!


The recipes presented here are ones that I’ve come across over the years that I personally like and have made. They have few ingredients and take no time to prepare. They’ve all been made and tested yous truly and come with a guarantee of deliciousness – if there is such a word. I might even add more involved recipes as time goes by.


If you have a favourite that you nibble on while on the radio, then send me the recipe. I’ll make it, photograph it, and if it’s to club standard, publish it. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do, and please let me know what you think if you make one!


One final word… Don’t talk with your mouth full!

Parmesan and chorizo nibbles

Parmesan and chorizo nibbles

Perfect for contesting – especially when you’re surrounded by fellow operators, these parmesan and chorizo nibbles go down a treat. Amazing when served warm with a cold beer. A word of warning – you’ll become caterer for the next contest if you’re not careful.

Zingy homemade pita chips

Zingy homemade pita chips

If you have leftover flatbread, and let’s face it, who uses the whole pack, make some zingy pita chips! These take less than 10 minutes with pantry ingredients. I bet you have salt, pepper, olive oil and sesame seeds already. These zingy chips are delicious as they are, or with a hummus or tzatziki dip.

salmon pickle toastie

Salmon pickle toastie

Just because you’re in the midst of a contest, or there’s an opening on 20m, it doesn’t mean you should eat. Not having time is only an excuse as this salmon pickle toastie is 10 minutes in the making. You’ll be back in the seat in no time at all.

chipotle chicken wings

Chipotle chicken wings

If you’re a lover of spicy food, then these seriously delicious chicken wings, which are loaded up with flavour, are so good, I bet you won’t be able to stop at just 10. Great with a cold beer and friends when on the mountain, or in the shack working some rare DX or even rag chewing.