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Roasted cauliflower soup

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While shopping yesterday I spied a nice looking cauliflower and thought roasted cauliflower soup would be just the thing for Sunday tea. Cauliflower soup brings back some strong memories. My youngest daughter detested cauliflower soup and would refuse to eat it.

It seems a friend from Melbourne had a similar idea to me and she made a large batch for the week ahead. If you would like to see it, please feel free to join the Facebook group “Cooking meals for one”.

We’ve had a few new members to the group who have brought with them some new thoughts and ideas.

Cauliflower soup with curry and blue cheese Gary Lum
Cauliflower soup with curry and blue cheese

 

Recipe

 

Cauliflower soup with curry and blue cheese Gary Lum
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Roasted cauliflower soup with curry and blue cheese
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 35 mins
 
Roasted cauliflower soup with some curry and blue cheese along with some sourdough olive bread for tea.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 3
Calories: 400 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 1 large Cauliflower
  • 1 Potato
  • 100 grams Bacon pieces
  • 2 teaspoons Curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 cup White wine
  • 2 cups Chicken stock
  • Parsley
Instructions
  1. Turn the oven on to 200 °C or 400 °F
  2. Deflower the cauliflower and crudely dice the potato into large pieces
  3. Place the cauliflower, potato and bacon into a large baking tray and slosh the olive oil over it all
  4. Cover the potato, cauliflower and bacon with the curry powder
  5. Place the baking tray into the oven for an hour
  6. After cooking in the oven place everything into a large saucepan add the wine and stock
  7. Bring the liquid to a slow simmer and with a stick blender purée into a soup
    Cauliflower soup in the pot Gary Lum
  8. Add some parsley into the soup
  9. Serve in a bowl with some crumbled blue cheese and garnish with parsley
  10. Serve with some sourdough olive bread
  11. Eat the soup
  12. Wash the dishes
  13. Write the recipe
  14. Write a blog post
  15. Hope people will share this recipe on social media
Recipe Notes

You need to get some colour on the cauliflower and potato when it's in the oven to get some extra flavour.

Photographs

Cauliflower soup for tea with plenty left for later in the week. Not the greatest photograph. I shot this with my iPhone while the pot was still on the stove.

Cauliflower soup in the pot Gary Lum
Cauliflower soup in the pot

This was today’s brunch. I really enjoy a BLT, especially on sourdough bread. I bought the bread from Coles. The bacon was cooked in a hot oven for 15 minutes.

BLT on sourdough olive bread for brunch Gary Lum
BLT on sourdough olive bread for brunch

Questions and answers

Does cauliflower soup make you fart?

Yes, it does. It’s a sweet aroma with the curry added. I know farting isn’t exactly a great topic to talk about but everyone does it. I’m pretty confident this soup will keep my bedroom fragrant tonight. My only conern is that I will take leftover soup to work and who knows what will happen there. I’ll have to duck off and be by myself I think. This soup packs a powerful punch when it comes to flatus generation.

Why add the potato?

The starch from the potato helps keep the soup nice and thick and creamy. I quite often add cream to soups, but this didn’t need it. It was quite thick in the end.

Did your daughter ever learn to like cauliflower soup?

No, she’s not become a fan. My dream one day is to make her a soup she likes.

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Slowly roasted lamb bones

Slowly roasted lamb bones

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Slowly roasted lamb bones fill my flat with deep rich aromas that can only come when there is a good amount of fat with muscle and bone.

If you go over to My Thoughts and Stuff you’ll come across a post about how I desire mutton flaps. That story will put this recipe into context.

Yes, this is a sheep showing the mutton flaps Gary Lum
Mutton flaps
Slowly roasted lamb bones served with mashed potato, peas, corn and carrot with gravy Gary Lum
Slowly roasted lamb bones served with mashed potato, peas, corn and carrot with gravy

 

Recipe

Slowly roasted lamb bones served with mashed potato, peas, corn and carrot with gravy Gary Lum
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Slowly roasted lamb bones
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
4 hr 45 mins
Total Time
4 hr 50 mins
 
When there's a good amount of fat and bone you know the muscle will be full of tasty flavours. These bones impart huge flavour to the meat.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 3
Calories: 500 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 800 grams Lamb bones
  • Potato Sliced
  • Celery Sliced
  • Onion Sliced
  • Carrot Sliced
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Garlic powder
  • Dried black peppercorns
  • 1 packet Microwave mashed potato
  • 1 cup Gravox gravy
  • 1 cup Frozen peas and corn
  • 1 cup White wine
Instructions
  1. Turn on the oven and set it to 150 °C
    Vacuum packed lamb bones ready for slowly roasting Gary Lum
  2. In a heavy baking tray add sliced onion, potato, carrot and celery
    Lamb bones and vegetables in a baking tray ready for slowly roasting Gary Lum
  3. Lay the meat over the vegetables
  4. Splash in the Worcestershire sauce and the wine and add the peppercorns and garlic powder
  5. Cover with two layers of aluminium foil and then place into the oven for at least four hours
  6. After four hours remove the aluminium foil and put the baking tray back into the oven with the heat turned up to 200 °C to get juices reduced
    Lamb bones and vegetables in a baking tray after four hours slowly roasting Gary Lum
  7. After 30 minutes remove the baking tray and allow the meat to rest for 15 minutes
  8. Prepare the mashed potato and gravy as per the packet instructions
  9. Cook the frozen vegetables in the microwave oven
  10. Plate up and shoot a photograph
  11. Eat the meal and then wash the dishes
  12. Write the recipe
  13. Write blog post
  14. Hope that your friends and others will share the blog post on social media
Recipe Notes

If you don't want your living area filled with the aromas of slowly cooked lamb fat, open your windows, but I think you're missing out.

 

Photographs

Lamb bones vacuum packed

Vacuum packed lamb bones ready for slowly roasting Gary Lum
Lamb bones ready for slowly roasting

Lamb bones ready for the oven

Lamb bones and vegetables in a baking tray ready for slowly roasting Gary Lum
Lamb bones and vegetables in a baking tray ready for slowly roasting

Lamb bones out of the oven

Lamb bones and vegetables in a baking tray after four hours slowly roasting Gary Lum
Lamb bones and vegetables in a baking tray after four hours slowly roasting
Slowly roasted lamb bones served with mashed potato, peas, corn and carrot with gravy Gary Lum
The fatty perspective. Slowly roasted lamb bones served with mashed potato, peas, corn and carrot with gravy

Questions and answers

Why lamb bones?

You need to see the Mutton Flaps post on My Thoughts and Stuff

Why packet mashed potato?

It’s like microwave rice, it’s quick, easy and convenient. It doesn’t taste too bad either.

Is there anything else?

Well yes. I’ve been noticing some strange online behaviour here with odd comments. Basically spam but not in the usual spam structure. No links and no abuse, but the comments seemed to be from random people who I had not reached out to and who didn’t seem engaged with the blog. When I saw it I would remove it. I thought the safest thing to do would be to moderate all comments so I had a greater level of control.
Of more concern, I’ve also had a sort of reverse problem with some good (online) friends not being able to comment and their words ending up in my spam folders. I hope by increasing the control I have over comments, this problem will be ameliorated.

Trolls

This raises the issue of online trolls. I’ve been really fortunate that I can count on the number of fingers of one hand the number of times I’ve been trolled on my personal sites (including Medical Fun Facts). On the other hand, from time to time at work, I get abusive messages but that’s very different. Friends who keep an eye open for me have sent some interesting screenshots from various social media accounts. It would be inappropriate to describe these in any detail here but it’s one of the reasons why I try to be polite, friendly and courteous here. There are a few safe spaces where I can be more myself online and in those forums, it is nice to be amongst like-minded people.
When online, I usually write with trolls in mind. I’m not wanting to be controversial and if I have anything controversial to write I’ll try to couch it carefully. Even on my Medical Fun Facts blog/podcast/YouTube when I’m a bit out there, e.g., I have a strong position in favour of conventional medicine including vaccination, I try to make sure I’m on solid ground.

Spam

It remains a constant problem and what I don’t get is with good anti-spam products like Akismet, why do spammers bother. Unlike the tasty canned pork product, I hate online spam, especially now malware and ransomware are becoming more common.

Spam
Gary Lum spam

If anyone has ever sent me an e-mail and I’ve not responded, I’m sorry. Unless I know you, I’ll probably delete the e-mail.

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Leftover KFC Casserole

 

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Leftover KFC Casserole

Like the owner and head chef from OTIS Dining Hall (Damian Brabender), I have a thing for KFC. Although for me, it’s more of a deep abiding adoration. I know I shouldn’t eat it too often but I can’t help buying it when I think about it for too long on a Friday. Fridays being my traditional takeaway dinner day. I spent the day at Canberra Hospital and Health Services in ACT Pathology practising medicine. Yes, I know, practising medicine and eating KFC really don’t go together.

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Yesterday I received a little bit of good news and I wanted to celebrate. Given I had no one to celebrate with, I went with KFC and a 21-piece bucket at that.

Recipe

Leftover KFC casserole straight out of the oven Gary Lum
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Leftover KFC casserole
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 20 mins
 

When I buy a 21-piece bucket I consume the thigh and wing pieces after purchase and then put away the breast and other pieces into the refrigerator. Leftover KFC makes for a delicious chicken casserole.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 4
Calories: 500 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 8 Leftover KFC pieces
  • 1 handful Parsley
  • 2 Large mushrooms
  • 1 small tin Green peppercorns
  • 1 cup White wine
  • 1 handful Cashew nuts
  • 1 tin Cream of chicken soup
  • 2 sticks Celery
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 1 cup Frozen vegetables
Instructions
  1. In a casserole or sturdy baking dish place the leftover pieces of KFC
  2. Add some sliced flat mushrooms
  3. Toss in the cup of frozen vegetables plus some sliced celery and onion and poke the vegetables in between the pieces of KFC.
  4. Pour over a can of condensed cream of chicken soup and rinse out the can with a little white wine and pour that in too. You want to ensure the liquid gets about halfway up the side of the baking tray so there is sufficient water to keep everything juicy and moist.
  5. Sprinkle in your nuts, well not your nuts but some cashews and if you can throw some cash around, some Queensland nuts from the genus Macadamia.

  6. Open the tin of green peppercorns and pour them in.
  7. Once everything is in the baking tray, seal it with a lid if it has one or cover in aluminium foil and make sure it is a snug fit.

  8. Place in a hot oven 200 °C/400 °F for one hour.
  9. After one hour remove the lid and sprinkle on a little grated cheese and then return to the oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
  10. Once the cheese has become brown and crispy remove the tray from the oven and allow the casserole some rest.
    Leftover KFC casserole straight out of the oven Gary Lum
  11. Serve up on a plate and shoot a photograph.
  12. Eat the meal.
  13. Wash the dishes and write the recipe.
  14. Write a blog post and share it later.
Recipe Notes

In the old days, I could eat a 21-piece bucket in one go. Now I prefer to leave leftovers so I can keep enjoying the chicken and the herbs and spices!

Photographs

This was my dinner on Friday night. I decided after a piece of good news that I’d spoil myself with some KFC.

KFC for dinner, a selection from a 21 piece bucket. Gary Lum
KFC for dinner, a selection from a 21 piece bucket.

This is the leftover KFC casserole after it came out of the oven

Leftover KFC casserole straight out of the oven Gary Lum
Leftover KFC casserole straight out of the oven

This is the leftover KFC casserole ready to be eaten

Leftover KFC casserole straight out of the oven Gary Lum
Leftover KFC casserole straight out of the oven

 

Questions and answers

Why do you like KFC?

I like the crumb coating and the finger licking good flavour of the 13 herbs and spices. Yes, I like licking my fingers.

Surely KFC is too fatty and greasy?

It certainly is. I don’t eat it every day or every week or every month. I like spoiling myself with flavours I like and things that taste good, especially if it tastes good as I lick my fingers.

How long have you been a member of the Australian Society for Microbiology?

Well, I became a formal member in 1989. In the Northern Territory, I chaired the NT branch. Since that time I’ve also been a member of the Society’s editorial board and examination board. This year I became the registrar for the National Examination and Qualifications Board.

Could you make the casserole without KFC?

Sure, you could use any pre-cooked roast chicken. In Australia, that includes Red Rooster and chickens from Coles and Woolworths.

Is there anyone you want to shout out to?

My very good friend Just Me from Here in the Silence. Check out her poetry and writing.

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Herbert Adams Chicken and Leek Pie floater on mashed potato and gravy with semi-mushy peas Gary Lum
Herbert Adams Chicken and Leek Pie floater on mashed potato and gravy with semi-mushy peas

This was lovely with mashed potato and the gravy. The mushy peas weren’t that much chop.

Recipe

Herbert Adams Chicken and Leek Pie floater on mashed potato and gravy with semi-mushy peas Gary Lum
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Herbert Adams Chicken and Leek Pie floater
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Herbert Adams Chicken and Leek Pie floater on mashed potato and gravy with semi-mushy peas

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 1
Calories: 1500 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 2 Herbert Adams Chicken and Leek Pies (Frozen)
  • 1 cup Gravox™ instant gravy
  • 1 packet Birds Eye Instant mashed Potato
  • 1/2 cup Coles frozen peas
Instructions
  1. Remove the frozen pies from the cardboard packaging and place into an oven that has been heated to 200 °C. Cook for 40 minutes.

  2. Cook the frozen peas in a microwave oven for about 5 minutes and mash with a fork. 

  3. Cook the mashed potato in the microwave oven for 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

  4. Make the gravy as per the instructions on the tin.

  5. When the pies are cooked, place the mashed potatoes into the bottom of a bowl. Place a pie on top of the mashed potato. Pour the gravy around the pie and cover the mashed potato. Add the semi-mushy peas on top. 

  6. Shoot a photograph and then eat the pie, when that has gone, add the second pie into the gravy and mashed potato goodness. Then eat everything.

  7. Phaff about preparing podcasts for the other blog and then write the recipe and wash the dishes. 

  8. Write a blog post and hope that anyone who actually reads the recipe will share it on social media.

  9. Post a photograph and a brief description into the new Facebook Cooking meals for one group that I've started. 

Recipe Notes

Make sure you post your meals for one to the Facebook group Cooking meals for one

Questions and answers

 

What else did you eat today?

A large bag of chips and three jam doughnuts plus two English muffins with butter and Vegemite.

Jam doughnuts from Coles Gary Lum
Jam doughnuts from Coles

I hope you got some exercise today?

Yes, I walked around Lake Ginninderra.

This water fountain has a mind of its own Gary Lum
This water fountain has a mind of its own

What else did you do today?

I recorded two podcasts. Here are a couple of teaser clips I posted to Instagram.

 

I’ve even got a comment on my Facebook page from someone who opposes immunisation.

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Slowly cooked lamb neck stew with vegetables

Slowly cooked lamb neck stew

Slowly cooked lamb neck stew with vegetables on a cold Sunday in Canberra. The neck of a lamb like the tail of an ox is rich in flavour.

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Slow cooked lamb neck stew with vegetables Gary Lum
Slow cooked lamb neck stew with vegetables

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Slow cooked lamb neck stew with vegetables Gary Lum
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Slow cooked lamb neck stew
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 10 mins
 

Slow cooked lamb neck stew with vegetables

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 2
Calories: 500 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 800 g Lamb necks
  • 1 Brown onion (diced)
  • 1 packet French onion soup
  • 2 sticks Celery (sliced)
  • 1 Carrot (cut roughly)
  • 1/2 Cauliflower (break into florets)
  • 1/2 cup Sweet sherry
  • 1 cups Water
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Rice flour
  • 1/2 cup Frozen peas
  • 1 Potato (quartered)
Instructions
  1. Set up the slow cooker ready for 6 hours of happy cooking

  2. Get the lamb necks out of the refrigerator and get them to room temperature

    Lamb necks from Coles Gary Lum
  3. Dice the onion, roughly cut the carrot, break the cauliflower into florets, slice the celery and quarter the potato

  4. Add the vegetables to the slow cooker vessel

  5. Add the French onion soup packet contents, water and sherry

  6. Lay on top of everything the lamb necks

    Lamb necks ready for slow cooking. "See you in 6 hours" Gary Lum
  7. Set the slow cooker for 6 hours

  8. After six hours, remove the meat to rest, set aside the vegetables and keep aside the liquid into a saucepan and begin to simmer

    Lamb necks after opening the slow cooker Gary Lum
  9. Melt the butter in the microwave oven and whisk in the rice flour

  10. Add the butter and flour mix to the simmering stewing liquid and whisk to make a thick gravy

  11. When the gravy is ready, turn off the heat and move the saucepan to a bench

  12. Cook the frozen peas in the microwave oven

  13. In a shallow bowl add some of the lamb necks and then select some vegetables

  14. Pour over the gravy and then add the peas

  15. Shoot a photograph and then eat the meal while watching Star Trek Voyager and admiring Seven of Nine

  16. Wash the dishes

  17. Write the recipe

  18. Write the blog post and hope your friends share the post on social media to Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, and StumbleUpon. Oh, and of course Google+ 

Recipe Notes

If you make this recipe please let me know. 

Lamb necks from Coles Gary Lum
Lamb necks from Coles
Lamb necks ready for slow cooking. "See you in 6 hours" Gary Lum
Lamb necks ready for slow cooking. “See you in 6 hours”
Lamb necks after opening the slow cooker Gary Lum
Lamb necks after opening the slow cooker

Questions and answers

 

Why lamb necks?

They are a cheapish cut of lamb. Lamb is so expensive these days. I remember when lamb cutlets and lamb chops were dirt cheap, along with lamb shanks. Now they are hideously expensive. Necks also contain marrow and fat and are full of flavour.

Does it really need gravy?

No not at all, but the lamb flavours are very strong and the stewing liquid is so rich that using it for a gravy makes sense.

Does the French Onion Soup mix stink up the apartment?

As everything is cooking, the aromas are strong. It’s helpful to open the windows.

What did you have for lunch?

I used up the last sheet of puff pastry I had in the freezer, cooked some streaky bacon, mixed some avocado with sour cream, used some shredded cheese and made a puff pastry square of bacon and avocado.

Bacon and avocado pastry square Gary Lum
Bacon and avocado pastry square

I like just putting things together and seeing what will work. I grabbed the bacon and cooked it for 20 minutes at 100 °C so it wasn’t crisp to start with and then allowed it to get to room temperature. It tasted delicious.

What did you have for breakfast?

I had an apple and walnut pastry and a coffee.

Apple and walnut pastry with coffee Gary Lum
Apple and walnut pastry with coffee

I got the coffee from Soul Origin and the pastry from Bakers Delight. The pastry was pretty nice. It wasn’t too sweet. The coffee was strong but not bitter.

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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 public group so anyone can join. 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 delicious stuff in a tin that is popular in Hawaii. I don’t mind links to blog posts, all I ask is that you close the preview. Photographs of food 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.

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Chicken thigh schnitzel, potato gems and panko prawns with mashed potato and gravy

Chicken schnitzel, potato gems, panko prawns, mashed potato and gravy

Chicken thigh schnitzel, potato gems and panko prawns with mashed potato and gravy was a perfect meal to watch the Brisbane Broncos defeat the Canberra Raiders in Canberra.

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Chicken thigh schnitzel, potato gems and panko prawns Gary Lum
Chicken thigh schnitzel, potato gems and panko prawns
Chicken thigh schnitzel, potato gems and panko prawns with mashed potato and gravy Gary Lum
Chicken thigh schnitzel, potato gems and panko prawns with mashed potato and gravy

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Chicken thigh schnitzel, potato gems and panko prawns with mashed potato and gravy Gary Lum
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Chicken thigh schnitzel, potato gems and panko prawns with mashed potato and gravy
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Chicken thigh schnitzel, potato gems and panko prawns with mashed potato and gravy none of which was made from scratch but it all went well together and was a perfect footy food meal. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 1
Calories: 750 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 1 Chicken thigh schnitzel
  • 10 Panko prawns
  • 20 Potato gems
  • 1 Packet Mashed potato Microwave ready
  • 1 Cup Instant gravy
  • 1 Handful Spring onions Sliced
  • 1 Handful Coon cheese Shredded
Instructions
  1. I bought the chicken thigh schnitzel from Belconnen chicken

  2. I bought the prawns from the Coles delicatessen 

  3. I had the potato gems in the freezer

  4. I bought the frozen mashed potato and Gravox™ instant gravy from Coles

  5. I used two small nonstick frying pans to cook everything. In one frying pan add a shallow layer of olive oil and add the chicken schnitzel. In the other frying pan add the potato gems. 

  6. Put both frying pans into a hot (200 °C) oven for 15 minutes

  7. After 15 minutes pull out the frying pan with the chicken schnitzel and turn it over and then add the prawns to this pan. Return it to the oven. Pull out the other frying pan and sprinkle some shredded Coon cheese on the gems and return the frying pan to the oven. Cook for a further 15 minutes at 200 °C.

  8. When the chicken, prawns and potato gems have had 30 minutes into the oven, cook the frozen mashed potato into the microwave oven for 150 seconds and boil a kettle of water and make 1 cup of instant gravy.

  9. Plate up the chicken, prawns and potato gems onto a large plate. Place the mashed potato into a bowl and pour the instant gravy around it. 

  10. Shoot a photograph and then eat the meal and feel so full that you'll pop. Undo your belt and rejoice knowing this must be what it feels like to remove a tight bra. 

  11. Watch the football on your iPad with a Telstra sim card in it so you can enjoy the NRL at no extra data charges. Rejoice in the Brisbane Broncos defeating the Canberra Raiders on their own home ground in Canberra on a cold winter's night. 

  12. Feel slightly sorry for your Canberra friends who support the Canberra Raiders and hate the Brisbane Broncos, because you are old enough to appreciate what loss feels like.  

  13. Write the 'recipe' and share a blog post hoping that those who read this will appreciate that I'm in a good mood writing this. Not only did the Brisbane Broncos defeat the Canberra Raiders this evening but on Wednesday evening, the Mighty XXXX Queensland Maroons defeated the Victoria Bitter NSW Blues. 

Recipe Notes

This is a very filling meal. if you live alone like me and if your eyes are bigger than your belly like me you'll eat it all in one go. Hopefully, you don't feel as uncomfortable as I do as I type these notes. 

If you support the Canberra Raiders, I hope you don't feel the loss for too long. 

Questions and answers

Why do you support the Brisbane Broncos if you live in Canberra?

I grew up in Brisbane and lived there from 1965 to 1995. I’m Brisbane born and bred. I exist in Canberra. I like Canberra and its residents, I just can’t stand the weather.

Why didn’t you make this meal from scratch?

Well apart from the potato gems, I could have but the whole point of Yummy Lummy is about cooking meals for one for people like me who live alone. Why go to so much trouble when you can buy most of it at a reasonable price and still have the enjoyment of cooking the meal more or less.

Is instant gravy okay to use?

Ideally, I’d make gravy from scratch mainly because the instant varieties are so salty and I guess have other flavouring components that may be more synthetic than natural.

Have you cooked instant mashed potato before?

No, this was my first time. I was pleasantly surprised that it tasted okay and the texture wasn’t too bad at all.

What’s your prediction for game three in the State of Origin series?

Well, I can’t make a prediction. I’m hopeless at that. I just hope the Mighty XXXX Queensland Maroons at Lang Park defeat the Victoria Bitter NSW Blues convincingly.

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Chilli chicken wings

Chilli chicken wings

Chilli chicken wings with ginger, honey and soy make for a sticky gooey delicious dinner. These chicken wings are easy to make and delicious to eat especially with a little sour cream.

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Chilli ginger honey soy chicken wings served with sour cream Gary Lum
Chilli-ginger honey soy chicken wings served with sour cream

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Chilli ginger honey soy chicken wings served with sour cream Gary Lum
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Chilli chicken wings
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 15 mins
 
Chilli chicken wings with ginger, honey and soy make for a sticky gooey delicious dinner. These chicken wings are easy to make and delicious to eat especially with a little sour cream. A hot, spicy and sweet dinner.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 1
Calories: 1000 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 8 chicken wings
  • 1 tablespoon preserved chillies
  • 1 teaspoon crushed ginger
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Spring onions (sliced)
  • Sour cream
Instructions
  1. Get the chicken wings to room temperature
  2. Put the chicken wings in a large mixing bowl
  3. Add the chillies, ginger, honey and soy sauce
  4. Mix well and make sure the chicken wings have been covered thoroughly
  5. Allow the meat to rest for about 30 minutes
  6. Lay out on a baking tray lined with baking paper
    Chilli chicken wings before cooking with ginger, honey and soy Gary Lum
  7. Pour the remaining honey, soy sauce, chillies and ginger on the laid out wings
  8. Place into an oven at 180 °C (fan forced) or 200 °C (not fan-forced)
  9. Cook for 45 minutes
  10. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes
    Chilli chicken wings out of the oven with ginger, honey and soy Gary Lum
  11. Plate up and shoot a photograph
  12. Post the photographs to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook as well as Pinterest!
  13. Eat the chicken wings by coating them with sour cream and using your lips to strip the sweet chilli skin and flesh from the bones
  14. Wash the dishes and write the recipe
  15. Blog about meal and hope your friends share it to Twitter, Facebook and Google+
Recipe Notes

I got the idea for cooking chicken wings from my favourite NSFW podcast, viz., Mouthy Broadcast. You can also find the broads on Facebook too.

Chilli chicken wings before cooking with ginger, honey and soy Gary Lum
Chilli chicken wings before cooking with ginger, honey and soy
Chilli chicken wings out of the oven with ginger, honey and soy Gary Lum
Chilli chicken wings out of the oven with ginger, honey and soy
Chilli ginger honey soy chicken wings served with sour cream Gary Lum
Chilli-ginger honey soy chicken wings served with sour cream

Questions and answers

What did you get up to today?

I did my grocery shopping, then I went for a walk around the lake and then I had lunch at McDonald’s.

Chicken Big Mac with fries and a vanilla shake Gary Lum
Chicken Big Mac with fries and a vanilla shake

What sort of honey did you use?

I went cheap and used Coles brand honey.

Why did you use chillies in a jar?

Because the flavour has been intensified and it’s a lot hotter than using freshly chopped chillies.

How long did it take you to eat the 8 chicken wings?

About 5 minutes, I was pretty hungry.

What software are you using for editing your photographs?

I use Adobe Lightroom for digital asset management including metadata management. I use MacPhun Luminar for easy preset driven edits to the RAW files and then I crop and do final edits in Adobe Lightroom.  

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Some other posts you may like

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Chicken wings and maple quinoa recipe

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Super simple beef and chicken congee in a slow cooker

It’s getting close to the end of autumn and comfort food on a Sunday is a must. I used some leftover beef to add to chicken congee made in a slow cooker.

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Earlier today I recorded a podcast on sous vide cooking and food safety. I recorded video too and while the podcast drops tomorrow night, the video is available now.

Beef and chicken congee made in a slow cooker Gary Lum
Beef and chicken congee made in a slow cooker

YouTube video from Medical Fun Facts

Recipe

Uncooked chicken and vacuum sealed beef Gary Lum
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Beef and chicken congee in a slow cooker
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 10 mins
 

Want to use some leftover beef but don't like the idea of beef congee? Then mix beef and chicken together. It's not a bad thing. It's a good thing. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 1
Calories: 500 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 1 Chicken
  • 250 g Beef rib fillet Leftover and vacuum sealed
  • 1 L Chicken stock
  • 1 cup Rice
  • Cos lettuce shredded
  • Spring onions sliced
  • Soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Thaw the leftover frozen beef and cut into small slices

  2. Unpack the raw chicken and get to room temperature

    Uncooked chicken and vacuum sealed beef Gary Lum
  3. In your slow cooker add 1 cup of rice and the stock

  4. Add in the beef and the chicken

  5. Set the slow cooker for 6 hours

  6. After the slow cooker has finished, debone the chicken

  7. Mix everything together in the slow cooker vessel

  8. Aliquot two large portions into containers for dinners

  9. Aliquot two smaller portions into containers for lunches

  10. Serve the congee in a small bowl and serve with shredded lettuce, sliced spring onion and soy sauce

  11. Shoot a photograph and then eat the meal

  12. Wash the dishes and write the recipe

  13. Blog and hope your friends share the recipe

Recipe Notes

An all time favourite. Mixing the beef and the chicken is a great move. 

And now for something cheesy

I was recently approached by Georgia Davies about sharing this cheeseboard infographic. Unfortunately, I haven’t posted about cheese much lately apart from warnings that raw unpasteurised cheese should be avoided because of potentially fatal consequences.  Anyway, this cheese platter infographic looks fantastic. It’s full of visually stunning great ideas for you to try.
 Expert Tips for the Perfect Cheeseboard
Expert Tips for the Perfect Cheeseboard by Daffodil Hotel

 

Frequently asked questions

How did you connect your three blogs today?

Well, I blogged and recorded a podcast about sous vide safety, then I wrote a post in My Thoughts and Stuff and mentioned the sous vide podcast, and now I’ve cooked using meat that had been vacuum sealed.

What do you like about congee?

It’s the perfect comfort food for cold nights in Canberra. It’s peasant food. It’s simple to make and better to eat.

Why the leftover beef?

Why not? I didn’t want to waste it and combining meats is a thing. It’s a good thing.

Who inspires you for sous vide cooking?

Tony from Tony meets meat. Check out today’s blog post at http://yumlum.co/2qKfnj6

Do you have any similar recipes?

You better believe it. Check 1, 2, and 3.

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Donkey sauce with an 8-hour slow cooked rib eye fillet roast by Yummy Lummy

Donkey sauce I hear you ask? I made it for the first time last night and had it with leftover beef brisket on a brioche bun.

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8-hour slow cooked rib eye beef with salad, caramelised onion, and lashings of donkey sauce Gary Lum
8-hour slow cooked rib eye beef with salad, caramelised onion, and lashings of donkey sauce

Recipe

8-hour slow cooked rib eye beef with salad, caramelised onion, and lashings of donkey sauce Gary Lum
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Donkey sauce with an 8-hour slow cooked rib eye fillet roast
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 20 mins
 
The main part of this recipe is the beef, the donkey sauce just makes it better, similar to the way horseradish can enhance beef.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 1
Calories: 1000 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 2 kg rib eye fillet roast (rolled and tied)
  • 1 turnip (diced)
  • 1 potato (diced)
  • 1 Hawaiian sweet potato (diced)
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1 carrot (diced)
  • 2 stalks celery (sliced)
  • 1 cup wine
  • 1 cup stock
  • spring onions (sliced)
  • Parsley (chopped)
  • Lime zest
  • Caramelised onion
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Donkey sauce
Instructions
  1. In the slow cooker vessel add the onion, carrot, celery, potato, turnip and sweet potato and then pour in the wine and stock. It doesn’t really matter what wine and stock you use.
  2. Place the rolled rib eye fillet on top of the vegetables and then place the slow cooker vessel into the body of the slow cooker and turn on for eight hours.
  3. After eight hours prepare a salad of tomato, lettuce and spring onion with some parsley too.
  4. Open the slow cooker and lift out the beef. Allow the beef to rest covered with aluminium foil for fifteen minutes.

    Eight-hour slow cooked beef straight out of the slow cooker Gary Lum
  5. After the beef has rested, carve the rolled roast into three even portions. Vacuum pack and seal two portions and place in the freezer for later enjoyment.
  6. Place the remaining portion into a shallow bowl and the plate up with the salad. Add a good portion of donkey sauce to meat and a couple of tablespoons of caramelised onion.
  7. Garnish with chopped parsley and lime zest.
    Limes ready for juicing and zesting Gary Lum loves lime
  8. Shoot a photograph and then enjoy the sumptuousness that is 8-hour slowly cooked rib eye fillet roast.
  9. Wash the dishes.
  10. Write the recipe and blog hoping people who read this will share it on social media, especially on their Facebook pages and Twitter accounts.
Recipe Notes

This dish will satisfy you and make you happy enough to smile  just at the thought of it. Meat is good.

Limes ready for juicing and zesting Gary Lum loves lime
Limes ready for juicing and zesting
Eight-hour slow cooked beef straight out of the slow cooker Gary Lum
Eight-hour slow cooked beef straight out of the slow cooker
8-hour slow cooked rib eye beef with salad, caramelised onion, and lashings of donkey sauce Gary Lum
8-hour slow cooked rib eye beef with salad, caramelised onion, and lashings of donkey sauce
Donkey sauce ready for dripping all over myself Gary Lum
Donkey sauce ready for dripping all over myself

Frequently asked questions

Why do you like slowly cooking beef so much?

I love the flavour but mostly the texture of the muscle bundles separating with little effort and that cutting across the grain is almost effortless with a good knife which means chewing is a joy.

Who created donkey sauce?

I answered this in my recent post. Check it out.

Why do you eat so much?

It’s a weakness. I must stop eating so much.

Do you have any similar recipes?

You better believe it. Check 1, 2, and 3.

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Donkey sauce Gary Lum
Donkey sauce