About Yummy Lummy

Yummy Lummy the food blog if you work full-time and live alone?

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Yummy Lummy is about cooking meals for one. I want to inspire you to cook simple meals with flavour and fun. While I’m not about to guarantee these are ‘quick and easy’ recipes, most of them don’t take much effort. I started Yummy Lummy to help me help you. People working full-time and living alone 😋

Some of us think about food all the time, other’s not so much. Lately, the recipes have been weekend creations but one day I hope to start a series under the category of weeknight cooking soon.

Yummy Lummy is a food blog which also tells a story about my relationship with food. I know that sounds corny and it’s become cliché after so many reality TV cooking shows. I’ll do my best not to use the word ‘journey’ or ‘hero’ 😜

Sometimes I cook more than one person can eat (or more correctly, should eat). That’s what leftovers are for. Especially if you can use it the next day for lunch at work. Feel free to send me cooking ideas via the contact page

As I get older

My history of cooking and eating food has had its ups and downs. As an adult, my weight has fluctuated as high as 100 kg and as low as 72 kg. As I get older I’m learning more about food and more about me in terms of health and happiness. The blog includes recipes, some restaurant reviews (I’m sorry these are on the decline) and my fondness for photographing my meals. Feel free to send me food photography advice via the contact page.

Most of the cooking recipes are designed, to be meals for one (plus leftovers for reheating and enjoying later). If you live alone and work full-time, I hope this blog meets your needs 😃

Something new

I’ve created a Facebook group called Cooking meals for one. You’re all welcome to join. I’ve decided to make it a closed group because of some trolling behaviour. Click on the link and I’ll see your request to join. If you want to ‘friend‘ me on Facebook please do so and I can add you to the group that way too. The aim is to get people to share ideas, recipes, blog posts and thoughts on living alone and cooking meals for one.

The rules are simple. No spam, unless it’s the compressed shoulder pork and other pork products from a tin that is popular in Hawaii. I don’t mind links to blog posts. Photographs of food and videos of cooking are encouraged. Sharing recipes and tips is very encouraged. If I get a sense there is conflict or trouble I will act to resolve the problem.


New podcast

I’ve really been missing podcasting. I have a plan to drop a weekly show with recipes, reviews and other topics but that may not get going until March or April. In the meantime, I’m doing short sharp shows which I’ve called the Random Yummy. So far, I’ve dropped three shows. Please check them out and let me know what you think.

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Trolling behaviour

Have you ever experienced the behaviour of online trolls? It can get very nasty and is effectively bullying behaviour. Unfortunately, it’s becoming prevalent. There is an element of gang mentally to it. What I’ve witnessed first hand has been people joining closed Facebook groups with an agenda to create disruption. People start name calling and then it can get nastier with calls for more vile and violent behaviour.

If you’re ever subjected to it, it can be very confronting. A strong constitution is necessary to act and put it in the past. Life is too short to spend any time on people whose self-respect is so low that they have to attack others.

My interest in photography

I’ve regained an interest in photography as a hobby. I started photography as a high school student when I built a biology laboratory under my parent’s house and I used to dissect animals and look at tissue and bacteria under the microscope. I shot an old Olympus OM-1 through the microscope eyepiece.

When I moved to Darwin, I used to photograph clinical diabetic lower limb lesions as a member of the diabetic foot team at the Royal Darwin Hospital. For that, I used a Nikon F90.

Now my photography interests have encompassed more than the scientific interests I have. I tend to shoot with a Sony α7ii and my iPhone.

Disclaimer and a note on mass and energy

I have no culinary training nor qualifications. This post is not intended to convey any health or medical advice. If you have any health concerns about anything you read, please contact your registered medical practitioner. 

For recipe posts the quantities are indicative. Feel free to vary the quantities to suit your taste.
I deliberately do not calculate energy for dishes. I deliberately default to 500 Calories or 500,000 calories because I do not make these calculations. 

52 Responses

  1. I just read your response to the bloggess about Black Mirror. I too watched the Star Trek episode first. Then I watched the first episode of season 1. I almost stopped watching. Had I watched Season 1 first, I probably would not have watched any more. Be warned. S1E1 is VERY disturbing.

  2. Even if you don’t live alone, it’s much easier to double up a recipe than divide it. I often make two meals anyway for my husband and I as we don’t like the same stuff, so this is useful for all of us!

  3. I really enjoy your posts Gary but having difficulty sending a comment on any of them. Have comments twice on your Otis Dining Hall meal and also on your sports post but then it disappears so just trying this via my iPhone.

    1. Hi Sue,
      I can’t check my spam folder from my iPhone (well at least I don’t think I can). I’ve just gone into the back end of my dashboard, and guess what? Your comments are in spam and for the life of me, I don’t know why. Your comments never contain trigger words for my blacklist so it’s a mystery.

    2. Thanks for letting me know Gary. At least I know they arrive. There is another blogger that happens too also ie goes into his spam. No idea why.

  4. Hi Dr Lum! I was one of your medical students in Darwin. I still remember your story about being the first therapeutic p**p donor in Australia 🙂 I’m happy to have found your blog!

  5. I’ll tell you something! I stated living alone 7 years ago. Clueless about cooking, I initially settled on Maggi. The maggi survival went on for a while, until I could have it no more.

    Then one fine day, I gathered the strength to pick up my armour (apron) and went to the kitchen.

    There was no looking back 🙂

  6. Continued from Sarah Ferguson’s blog! I had a pulled pork sandwich from their piggy a few days ago. This weekend they are going to roast a goat 🙃

  7. I love Brussels sprouts. You have a very nice blog and I love the concept. Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. 🙂

    1. Thank you very much Linda. I’ve never been to Montreal. I’ve only visited Ottawa and Winnipeg so far in my visits to Canada. It is still cool in Canberra.

    1. Mmm…Gumbo. It’s not a common dish here in Australia. I’ve never made it but I’ve eaten it a few times when I’ve been overseas.

  8. I discovered as a young man that I had a real problem with food. There is almost nothing I don’t like. Get it on the plate I will eat it. I also hate to throw anything away.

  9. I am puzzled??…My grand daughter Astoria asks for Yummy Lummy for her 11th birthday tomorrow. I am Australian but live in Florida, just finding out about all this, do you have any books published. Not sure where to go with this. Thanks

    1. When I told my grade 6 teacher I wanted to be a chef he laughed at me. My grade 3 teacher told my parents I should leave school after grade 10 because I’d be better off attending a trade school given my poor grades. In retrospect I should have taken the advice become a chef and travelled the world.

  10. Hi, I found your site on Michael Origin’s site 🙂 Very interesting to read a food blog by a pathologist! I am in my last year of medschool now and can’t wait to be finished 🙂
    Looking forward to your posts!
    Have a great day,

    1. Thank you very much. I hope you enjoy the end of medical school. Once you finish life gets so much better and much more interesting.

    1. Thanks Gail. I adore seafood. It’s hard to beat. I’m also a sucker for sweets. I loved the colours of these ones.

  11. Ok so when I start my world tour, I’m coming to visit you in Australia. We are going to cook up a storm, and we will watch a True Blood / Walking Dead Marathon. That is all. 🙂

  12. I love your Queensland Maroons kit!!!! Had to look up to see what a canetoad was. Good grief – those things can get to be 4 lbs and live 15 years!!!! I’m not familiar with Aussie Rugby so I learned a few things; old dog – new tricks. Great food blog!

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