What I did this week

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Evidence based medicine

On Thursday evening, I attended the first of three interactive lectures given by Professor Frank Bowden. I really enjoyed it. I look forward to the next session.

Frank (who is also an accomplished author) introduced me to Poll Everywhere. This is a polling app that you can use on your smartphone or tablet so that in a presentation the lecturer can ask a question of the audience and get real time feedback. Frank asked us questions about our understanding of evidence, test sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value as well as other relatively well known medical conundrums that have been discussed in the context of evidence versus alternative nonscientific ways of thinking.

Frank Bowden
Frank Bowden

How long have I known Frank?

I first met Frank in 1995 when he came to Brisbane as a guest of the Sexual Health Society of Queensland. He gave a lecture on how he and his team were making huge inroads into treating chlamydia and donovanosis in the Northern Territory of Australia. I was in my final year of specialty training and he inspired me to consider practising medicine in Darwin. I ended up in the NT from 1996 to 2007 and worked closely with him. It was marvellous starting work as an honorary VMO at The Canberra Hospital and renewing a connection with Frank.

What I cooked and ate

So Sunday night I enjoyed that faeculent looking split green pea and ham soup which had me farting for days.

Slow cooker pea and ham soup
Slow cooker pea and ham soup

On Monday morning I needed coffee after a sleepless night of farting. Fortunately I didn’t light a match. The book is a prop. It’s a copy of Gray’s Anatomy which I won as an academic award in grade 10 in 1980.

Coffee and anatomy
Coffee and anatomy

My lunch was some leftover split green pea and ham soup in front of the NX-01, my favourite Star Trek starship from the series Enterprise.

Leftover slow cooker pea and ham soup with the NX-01
Leftover slow cooker pea and ham soup with the NX-01

Now dinner on Monday evening attracted some attention because I broke with tradition and instead of having salmon I had pork sausages.

Cheesy pork sausages with avocado, spring onion, chilli, peas, corn, and carrot
Cheesy pork sausages with avocado, spring onion, chilli, peas, corn, and carrot
Cheesy pork sausages with avocado, spring onion, chilli, peas, corn, and carrot
Cheesy pork sausages with avocado, spring onion, chilli, peas, corn, and carrot

You can see why there were some comments made on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can see why cropping a photograph sometimes has a bad outcome.

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My pork sausage meal on Tuesday night also attracted comments!

Pork sausages and macaroni cheese with caramelised onion
Pork sausages and macaroni cheese with caramelised onion

On Wednesday night I made a one ‘pot’ Chicken Maryland dish with crunchy quinoa rice.

One 'pot' chicken Maryland with crunchy quinoa rice, avocado, spring onion and chilli
One ‘pot’ chicken Maryland with crunchy quinoa rice, avocado, spring onion and chilli

Thursday Victory Lunch!

On Thursday for lunch I was taken out by a couple of friends from work who had lost a bet on this year’s state of origin series. A mate and I bet these other two friends that Queensland would win the series. The losers would buy the winners a schnitty lunch. There was also a second bet that whoever won the third game would get free drinks. Sadly NSW defeated Queensland in the third game so my mate and I bought the drinks.

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The schnitty (aka The Courtney) was huge. I was so full I didn’t eat dinner that night.

Chicken schnitzel with chips and Hollandaise sauce Courtney
Chicken schnitzel with chips and Hollandaise sauce Courtney

On Friday night I replayed the one ‘pot’ Chicken Maryland with crunchy quinoa rice.

Cheesy Chicken Maryland with crunchy quinoa rice spring onions and chilli
Cheesy Chicken Maryland with crunchy quinoa rice spring onions and chilli

Saturday breakfast was fried eggs on brioche raisin toast.

Cheesy fried eggs on brioche raisin toast
Cheesy fried eggs on brioche raisin toast

Saturday lunch was a Garlo’s chunky steak pie.

Garlo's chunky steak meat pie with Worcestershire sauce and barbecue sauce
Garlo’s chunky steak meat pie with Worcestershire sauce and barbecue sauce

Check out the video from Snapchat which I shared on Instagram. If you’re on Snapchat my user name is garydlum Click on the play triangle

 

#lunch preparation 😃😋👍🖖 Meat pie goodness

A video posted by Yummy Lummy Gary Lum Food Blog (@yummylummyblog) on


On Saturday evening for tea I had slow cooker oyster blade steak with pearl barley couscous.

Coles slow cooker oyster blade steak
Coles slow cooker oyster blade steak
Slow cooker oyster blade steak with pearl barley couscous
Slow cooker oyster blade steak with pearl barley couscous

 

My life is complete! The scam

On Thursday morning I received an e-mail inviting to speak at a genital infection meeting. It’s a pity it’s a scam.

Genital infection conference invitation
Genital infection conference invitation

It’s been a good week

How’s your week been? Tell me in the comments.

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2 Responses

  1. You had me laughing through this whole post, Gary. First your “split green pea and ham soup which had me farting for days”. Then you said after being awake all night, you had it again for lunch. 🙂 Then your photos and finally the spam. Only in real life can this happen. 😀

    1. Hehe, thanks Karen. It was a fun week. I can’t wait to read your stories about Germany and hear about schnitzel from there too 😃😋

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