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The ultimate Brussels sprouts and bacon dinner

I know so many people who do not like Brussels sprouts, I love them. Brussels sprouts are best when eaten young and tender and with bacon and butter.

The only thing that could improve on them is to have spectacular bacon and tonight I had pork rashers. Pork rashers aren’t exactly bacon but they are pork and they do have a lot of fat. In my mind pork rashers are a great bacon substitute. I mean who doesn’t like fat with their pork.

The ultimate Brussels sprouts and bacon dinner
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian
Author: Gary Lum
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Pork rashers
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Avocado
Instructions
  1. Spread out the rashers and Brussels sprouts onto a baking tray
  2. Spray on some oil and add a little butter
  3. Cook in a benchtop oven at 200 °C for 1 hour
  4. Remove the pork and sprouts and allow to rest for 20 minutes
  5. Cut up some avocado
  6. Plate up and shoot a photograph
  7. Inhale the meal
  8. Wash the dishes
  9. Write the recipe
  10. Blog (verb)

 

Brussels sprouts, bacon and avocado with pork rasher instead of bacon.
Brussels sprouts, bacon and avocado with pork rasher instead of bacon.

The smooth creamy avocado went nicely with the tender juicy pork rasher and offset nicely the gentle sweet bitterness of the Brussels sprouts.

This is an incredibly quick and easy meal for one. While the food is in the oven you can put the washing on and do some tidying up.

On a cold Canberra night, this is a great simple meal to keep you full and happy.

How do you like to prepare Brussels sprouts?

How to cook a steak like Heston Blumenthal

Regular readers know I like steak and some of you know that I’ve cooked steak like Heston before. Now that I’m back on a low carb kick I’ve been dreaming of a nice steak dinner since picking up a piece of ribeye from Coles on the weekend.

I began preparing the steak this morning as I was making breakfast. I unwrapped the meat and laid it on a rack and then on a plate and put it back in the refrigerator to dry out a little.


This is Heston explaining his steak cooking method

When I arrived home after work I pulled the steak out and placed it on the kitchen bench to let it get to room temperature (which in Canberra today wasn’t much different to the temperature inside my refrigerator).


 

This is my steak after it had been drying in the refrigerator

Ribeye steak out of the refrigerator waiting to be cooked and eaten.
Ribeye steak out of the refrigerator waiting to be cooked and eaten.
How to cook a steak like Heston Blumenthal
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian
Author: Gary Lum
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Ribeye fillet steak
  • Fennel
  • Parsley
  • Bok choi stalk
  • Red onion
  • Lime juice
  • Mayonnaise
Instructions
  1. In the morning before leaving for work unwrap the steak and put it on a rack on a plate and put it back in the refrigerator
  2. When you get home after work pull the steak out and put it on the kitchen bench to equilibrate to room temperature
  3. Cut the fennel, parsley and red onion into thin slices and squeeze the juice from half a lime
  4. Put the salad together
  5. Slice the stalk of some bok choi and set aside
  6. Get a frypan really hot and add some grape seed oil plus a bit of butter
  7. When the pan is smoking hot put the steak in the frypan
  8. Count slowly to fifteen and turn
  9. Repeat this for a total of 3 minutes
  10. When the steak is cooked put it aside in a warm place and let it rest for 10 full minutes
  11. While the frypan is still hot add the bok choi stalk slices and fry off
  12. After 10 minutes resting plate it all up
  13. Shoot a photograph
  14. Eat the meal
  15. Wash the dishes
  16. Write the recipe
  17. Blog (verb)

This is the steak and fennel salad plated up

Steak and fennel salad after the meat has been rested for 10 minutes.
Steak and fennel salad after the meat has been rested for 10 minutes.

Here is my breakfast this morning. Streaky bacon cooked in a benchtop oven and served with a fried egg.

Pay day bacon and egg
Pay day bacon and egg

So how do you like to cook steak?

Super tender and tasty roast lamb shoulder

Today is the last day of Autumn, tomorrow Winter starts officially. When I woke up at about 4 am it was close to zero degrees Celsius. I went out for a walk and spent the time thinking of tonight’s roast lamb shoulder.

Roast lamb with cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and mushroom
Roast lamb with cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and mushroom
Super tender and tasty roast lamb shoulder
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian
Author: Gary Lum
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Butterflied shoulder of lamb
  • Rosemary cut from the roadside
  • Lime wedges
  • Onions
  • Flat mushrooms
  • Pepper
  • Grape seed oil
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cauliflower
Instructions
  1. In a baking tray add the meat, cut onions, lime wedges, rosemary sprigs and mushrooms
  2. Add salt and pepper
  3. Cover the baking tray with aluminium foil and make a tight seal
  4. Put into an oven at 150 °C for 3 hours
  5. Wrap the cauliflower and Brussels sprouts in aluminium foil along with some olive oil and wait for 2 hours before putting it into the oven with the meat
  6. At the 3 hour mark remove the meat and vegetables
  7. Let everything rest at room temperature for 30 minutes
  8. Carve the meat
  9. Plate up
  10. Save the rest of the meat and vegetables for work lunch
  11. Shoot a photograph
  12. Eat the meal
  13. Wash the dishes
  14. Write the recipe
  15. Blog (Verb)

The meat should just melt in your mouth. I could have added some bacon pieces to the cauliflower and Brussels sprouts but you don’t want too much of a good thing.


So what else did I do today. Well after a walk and breakfast I went in to work to do something for tomorrow. In the afternoon I ironed and watched Star Trek The Next Generation episodes from season 5.

Magpie at Lake Ginninderra
Magpie at Lake Ginninderra

This magpie was puffing up at me

Dead kangaroo at Lake Ginninderra
Dead kangaroo at Lake Ginninderra

She was still warm. I knew someone in the Northern Territory who would take road kill and cook it for friends and family.

Black swan at Lake Ginninderra
Black swan at Lake Ginninderra

This swan just walked right up towards me

Railing on Lake Ginninderra
Railing on Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra Public Art
Lake Ginninderra trees
Lake Ginninderra trees
Fried egg, beef mince and Coon cheese
Fried egg, beef mince and Coon cheese

Breakfast after the walk around Lake Ginninderra

Curry chili corned beef lettuce wrap for lunch
Curry chili corned beef lettuce wrap for lunch

After a morning at work I made a corned beef wrap

So how did you spend your Sunday? Did you have a roast lamb shoulder?

 

3 delicious low carb meals

I really need to lose weight. The only successful way I’ve lost weight has been to take a low carb approach. Whether this goes on or not will depend on motivation. Today I was motivated.

The thing about low carb eating is that it isn’t as easy as it sounds. You may think it’s all bacon and eggs and meat but it isn’t. It’s important to carefully choose vegetables and during the initial induction phase it’s important not to eat fruit. The big risks in the induction phase are constipation and gout. Both are uncomfortable and painful. Whether I continue depends on how I feel.

For breakfast I prepared a low carb fried egg, bacon and parmesan cheese dish.

Saturday morning fried egg with cheesy bacon
Saturday morning fried egg with cheesy bacon

I really like cooking my bacon in a small benchtop oven which allows easy melting of cheese.


After grocery shopping I went for a walk around Lake Ginninderra and found a pelican, black swan and some other water birds

Pelican and water birds on Lake Ginninderra
Pelican and water birds on Lake Ginninderra

It wasn’t a great day for photography


I had a coffee at Heather’s House of Cake

Long black #coffee while walking around #LakeGinninderra #exercise #walking #health #canberra #cbr #igerscanberra

For lunch I made a beef mince roll with tasty Coon cheese wrapped in iceberg lettuce

Lettuce wrapped beef mince roll
Lettuce wrapped beef mince roll

This didn’t look that exciting but it tasted surprisingly good.


For dinner I made a prawn and bacon omelet

Raw peeled prawns
Raw peeled prawns

I bought these from Coles

Cooked prawns and bacon pieces
Cooked prawns and bacon pieces

Cooked in bacon fat and butter

Prawn and bacon omelet
Prawn and bacon omelet

So far so good for a low carb day.

How do you feel about a low carb way of living?

Cooking quinoa in pork fat

How many different types of animal fat can I be cooking quinoa in?

I’ve now done chicken fat, bacon fat, and brown onion gravy. I need to do beef dripping and lamb fat but tonight I did pork spare rib fat. As I’m writing this I’m trying to digest what I’ve eaten and I’m feeling very full and it feels like I can feel the lipid globules form in my blood. I know that if I drew blood from myself now and let it stand for an hour I’d have a lipæmic layer develop very easily. 

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So I bought four pork spare ribs and roasted them. In the base of the baking tray I added some quinoa and water. I knew the quinoa would absorb the water and the fat and juices dripping from the pork 

Cooking quinoa in pork fat
 
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian
Author: Gary Lum
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Pork spare ribs
  • Quinoa
  • Coleslaw stuff for making coleslaw
Instructions
  1. In the base of a baking tray about ⅓ cup of quinoa and ⅔ cup of water
  2. Add the pork spare ribs and sit them on top of a rack in the baking tray
  3. Put the tray into an oven at 150 °C for 60 minutes
  4. When the pork is ready place on a plate and rest for 20 minutes
  5. While the meat is resting spoon out the fat infused quinoa which is now nice and plump
  6. Mix the quinoa with the coleslaw and pile onto a plate
  7. Place the ribs on the pile of fatty quinoa coleslaw
  8. Shoot a photograph
  9. Eat the meal
  10. Struggle to digest while washing the dishes and writing the recipe
  11. Blog (verb)
 

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Pork spare ribs on a rack with the quinoa in the baking tray

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Pork spare ribs out of the oven with some lovely crispy crackling 

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Quinoa infused with the pork juices and fat 

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The finished dish with the pork fat infused quinoa mixed with the coleslaw

So tell me, what should I do next? Beef dripping or lamb fat?

How I failed Heston Blumenthal

Regular readers know I watch Heston Blumenthal videos for cooking tips. I’ve also been boiling eggs for many years so how could I fail boiling a soft boiled egg?

Well I was watching the Heston Blumenthal episode on eggs. He mentioned a foolproof method of producing a soft boiled egg with luscious oozy yolk. I watched this on the #CanberraDay long weekend and went to make them but I couldn’t find egg cups. So yesterday after work I bought new egg cups in anticipation that this morning I’d have lovely soft boiled eggs.
 

 
There is also a description on the SBS site.

So the mistakes I made are:

  • My smallest saucepan with a lid isn’t small enough
  • My induction hot plate is just too slow to bring the water rapidly to 100 °C and not helped with the not so small saucepan

So I have some potential solutions:

  • Buy a smaller saucepan and experiment
  • Experiment with shorter cooking time
  • Use a small portable gas hotplate that I have
  • Experiment a lot and cook lots of eggs

 

This is what I ended up with. 

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I was so disappointed I had to have second breakfast

Caramel tart topped with Queensland nuts (Genus Macadamia)

Caramel tart topped with Queensland nuts (Genus Macadamia) from the Urban Bean Espresso Bar in Phillip. A delicious breakfast 

 


 

Today’s lunch was nice and colourful

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So tonight while watching #MKR I had #breakfastfordinner

Smoked salmon with avocado and a cheddar cheese omelet with spinach leaves, red chillies and jalapeño peppers. I also added a little cream cheese.
Smoked salmon with avocado and a cheddar cheese omelet with spinach leaves, red chillies and jalapeño peppers. I also added a little cream cheese.

I think this weekend I’ll look for a smaller saucepan with a lid and use my gas hotplate. 

Have you ever failed a celebratory chef’s recipe?

Bacon fat quinoa

So I’ve added quinoa to brown onion gravy and last night I cooked quinoa in chicken fat. Tonight I have bacon fat quinoa. 

What could be better than cooking a health superfood in bacon fat.

Bacon fat quinoa with coleslaw and some peppers
Bacon fat quinoa with coleslaw and some peppers
Bacon fat quinoa
 
Recipe Type: Bacon fat quinoa
Cuisine: Australian
Author: Gary Lum
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Two rashers of streaky bacon
  • ⅓ cup tricolour quinoa
  • ⅔ cup wine and water
  • Coleslaw stuff for coleslaw
  • Stuffed peppers
  • Red chilli
  • Jalapeño pepper
Instructions
  1. Sauté the shredded streaky bacon in the bottom of a stainless steel saucepan
  2. While the bacon is sticking to the bottom of the saucepan and starting to smoke clean the quinoa
  3. Add the quinoa and wine and water and scrape the bottom of the saucepan, that is, the inside bottom not the outside bottom
  4. Put a lid on and cook for 10 minutes
  5. When 10 minutes is up remove the lid and stir until the quinoa has plumped up and the fluid is absorbed
  6. On a plate place the coleslaw on one side
  7. On the other side of the plate add the bacon fat quinoa
  8. Decorate with chives, stuffed peppers, red chillies and Jalapeño peppers
  9. Shoot a photograph
  10. Eat the meal
  11. Wash the dishes
  12. Write the recipe
  13. Blog (verb) while watching My Kitchen Rules
 

Here are the step by step photographs to help you visualise how to prepare bacon fat quinoa.

Shred the streaky bacon
Shred the streaky bacon
Tricolour quinoa
Tricolour quinoa
Streaky bacon in the saucepan
Streaky bacon in the saucepan
Washing quinoa
Washing quinoa
Sautéing streaky bacon
Sautéing streaky bacon
Begin to cook the quinoa with the streaky bacon and the luscious bacon fat
Begin to cook the quinoa with the streaky bacon and the luscious bacon fat
Finishing off the quinoa in the saucepan
Finishing off the quinoa in the saucepan
Bacon fat quinoa with coleslaw and some peppers
Bacon fat quinoa with coleslaw and some peppers

Would you cook bacon fat quinoa?

 

Making quinoa manly repercharge

I’ve learnt nothing can make quinoa manly. At least that’s what I’ve been told on social media including comments on my recent post

On that post my attempt to make quinoa manly was to mix it with brown onion gravy. The good thing while everyone acknowledges it’s not a good look many readers thought it would taste good. 

Tonight I cooked a Chicken Maryland and thought I’d chuck some quinoa into the baking tray with a cup of water. I knew the juices from the chicken would add flavour. I also knew the chicken would release a lot of lovely tasty fat and the quinoa would soak that up too. Not exactly healthful but gee it tasted good.

I’d like to stress the importance of letting the chicken rest. This chicken was so succulent. It was moist and juicy and full of flavour. The skin was tasty and had a nice texture to it even though the chicken had a steaming effect to it through the water in the baking tray. 

Chicken Maryland with beetroot coleslaw and tricolour quinoa cooked in chicken fat
Chicken Maryland with beetroot coleslaw and tricolour quinoa cooked in chicken fat
Making quinoa manly repercharge
 
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian
Author: Gary Lum
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Cook time:
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Chicken Maryland piece
  • Quinoa
  • Coleslaw stuff
Instructions
  1. In a baking tray with a rack place your piece of chicken
  2. Rub in some oil and add some salt and chilli flakes
  3. In the tray add a cup of cold water
  4. Add some quinoa, about ⅓ to ½ a cup
  5. Put into an oven set at 200 °C for 20 minutes
  6. After 20 minutes turn down the oven to 150 °C and cook for a further 40 minutes
  7. Once the chicken is cooked allow it to rest for 20 minutes
  8. Put together the coleslaw stuff and make a coleslaw
  9. When the rack is cool to touch pull it out of the tray and spoon out the cooked quinoa
  10. Plate up the chicken and coleslaw and then add the quinoa so the fatty goodness seeps through the coleslaw and is further absorbed
  11. Shoot a photograph
  12. Eat dinner
  13. Wash dishes
  14. Write the recipe
  15. Blog (verb)
 

 So would you cook quinoa like that?

Weekend round up

This weekend I had a quiet one at home. I’ve been doing some work and teaching myself some new things with photograph editing. 

I’ve enjoyed making some simple things to eat and I’ve enjoyed some exercise. I’ve posted some of the photographs on my other blog http://garylumphotography.com/ Lake Ginninderra looked good on Saturday and Sunday

I’ll repost the images here along with some of the food I’ve enjoyed.

Early Saturday Lake Ginninderra after the sun had risen
Early Saturday Lake Ginninderra after the sun had risen
Saturday breakfast was a simple plate of scrambled eggs
Saturday breakfast was a simple plate of scrambled eggs
Saturday lunch was some smoked salmon with stuffed peppers and cream cheese
Saturday lunch was some smoked salmon with stuffed peppers and cream cheese
Saturday dinner was roast chicken and fennel salad
Saturday dinner was roast chicken and fennel salad
Lake Ginninderra with the sun rising behind me proving a golden glow
Lake Ginninderra with the sun rising behind me proving a golden glow
Some public art on Lake Ginninderra
Some public art on Lake Ginninderra
Sunday breakfast was hot smoked salmon with fried eggs and spinach
Sunday breakfast was hot smoked salmon with fried eggs and spinach
Sunday lunch was a smoked salmon platter with avocado and stuffed peppers
Sunday lunch was a smoked salmon platter with avocado and stuffed peppers
Sunday afternoon snack was Maggie Beer pâté with a stick of tasty Coon cheese
Sunday afternoon snack was Maggie Beer pâté with a stick of tasty Coon cheese
Sunday dinner was leftover chicken breast with coleslaw
Sunday dinner was leftover chicken breast with coleslaw
My RNA membership
My RNA membership

What did you get up to this weekend?