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Baked salmon pastry parcel

Baked salmon done differently tonight. This is a piece of tail in a pastry parcel and kept moist with a cheesy white sauce will of chives, dill and parsley.

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Baked salmon with cheesy white sauce in pastry with garlic chilli vegetables. Gary Lum
Baked salmon with cheesy white sauce in pastry with garlic chilli vegetables.
Baked salmon with cheesy white sauce in pastry with garlic chilli vegetables. Gary Lum
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Baked salmon pastry parcel
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

For something a bit more extravagant, I wrapped my baked salmon in puff pastry and kept it moist with a white sauce laden with Coon cheese, chives, dill and parsley. It's served with some chilli garlic frozen vegetables. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 1
Calories: 1000 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 1 piece Salmon
  • 1 tablespoon Butter Room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Frozen peas, corn and capsicum
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chilli flakes
  • 1/4 cup Coon cheese grated
  • 2 tablespoons Chives chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Dill chopped
  • 1 piece Egg beaten
  • 2 tablespoons Plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup Full cream milk
  • 1 teaspoon Olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Parsley chopped
  • 2 sheets Puff pastry thawed
Instructions
  1. Preheat a small benchtop oven to 250 °C/480 °F.

  2. Add a piece of salmon on some baking paper and place on a baking tray and then put it into the oven for 10 minutes.

  3. Thaw the sheets of puff pastry.

  4. While the salmon is baking and the puff pastry thawing, melt the butter in a saucepan until it foams. Add the flour and whisk quickly and then add the milk. You want a little more than normal for a white sauce because the cheese will thicken it. As the sauce begins to thicken a little take off the heat and add the cheese, chives, parsley and dill and fold everything in.

  5. Allow the salmon to rest for five minutes. Make a layer of the sauce on one sheet of puff pastry and lay the salmon on that. Pour the rest of the white sauce on the salmon. 

  6. Brush the egg wash on the edges of the puff pastry and over the second sheet. lay the second sheet over the salmon (egg-washed side down) and seal the edges. Apply the egg wash to the top and then place into the oven for 15 minutes.

  7. At the 15 minute mark, pull out the baking tray, brush on some more egg wash and sprinkle a bit more grated Coon cheese on top. Finish baking for five more minutes.

  8. During this last baking phase put the frozen veggies in a bowl, add the olive oil, chilli flakes and garlic powder. Flash cook in the microwave oven for 90 seconds.

  9. Allow the baked salmon to rest for five minutes and then put it one a plate and add the microwave cooked vegetables. garnish with a sprig of parsley.

  10. Shoot a photograph and eat the meal and later regret just how much puff pastry you used.

  11. Wash the dishes and write the blog post and hope your friends share this on social media so everyone in the world gets to see it.

Recipe Notes

This meal is a bit heavy, but it's a nice extravagant way to enjoy your baked salmon. 

Baked salmon again! You do that so often.

I know. I do it because it’s quick and easy. This time I did it with a twist.

Could you use less pastry?

Yes, and a smaller piece of salmon would make that easy.

What if I don’t have dill and stuff like that?

The dill, chives and parsley impart a nice flavour but these elements aren’t essential. You could use dried chives, parsley and dill if you wanted.

Could this work with other fish?

I suppose so. Ocean trout would be nice. I’m not sure about a white flaky fish. If you give it a go let me know.

Does it have to be fish? I don’t like fish.

I reckon this would work with a thin tender cut of beef (then it would be a strange variation of Beef Wellington), lamb or pork or even a chicken (I’d do thigh over the breast to keep it moist).

Could this be adapted to a vegetarian version?

Sure, I suppose. You could use mushrooms and other vegetables. If you do that let me know how it turned out.

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How to cook beef brisket in a slow cooker

Beef brisket is a cut of meat not often found in Australia but made famous by American cooking shows and situation comedies like Big Bang Theory with Howard banging on about his mother’s brisket.

There are now even American barbeque joints in Australian cities selling ribs and brisket.

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Slow cooker beef brisket with cabbage, potatoes and Brussels sprouts bathing in gravy Gary Lum
Slow cooker beef brisket with cabbage, potatoes and Brussels sprouts bathing in gravy
Slow cooker beef brisket with cabbage, potatoes and Brussels sprouts bathing in gravy Gary Lum
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Beef brisket in a slow cooker on slow cooker Sunday
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 10 mins
 
Beef brisket slowly cooked is a thing of beauty. Here’s how to cook it like a boss. You can’t go wrong in a slow cooker.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 4
Calories: 1000 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 1 kilogram Beef brisket
  • 100 millilitres Spicy barbeque sauce
  • 1 litre Warm water
  • 2 teaspoons Brown sugar
  • ½ cup Red wine vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • ½ piece Drumhead cabbage (shredded)
  • 250 grams Brussels sprouts (the baby ones)
  • 2 pieces Potato (halved)
  • 2 tablespoons Butter (room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons Plain flour
Instructions
  1. To a slow cooker vessel add the Brussels sprouts, potatoes and cabbage. This will keep the meat off the bottom of the vessel.
  2. Add the water, brown sugar, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, chilli flakes, and garlic powder.
  3. On top of the vegetable trivet, place the meat and then add on top the spicy barbeque sauce.
  4. Place the cooking chamber into the slow cooker, seal the lid and set for 8 hours.
  5. After the timer goes off, turn off the slow cooker, unseal the lid and open the slow cooker. Remove the cooking chamber and remove the meat onto a cutting board. Place the vegetables into a bowl and empty the remaining juice into a jug and work out if it’s worth keeping.
  6. With a sharp cook’s knife, slice the meat into thickish slices for dinner and slice the rest for refrigeration for work lunches.
  7. In a saucepan, make a quick roux with butter and flour and then make a gravy with the leftover juices.
  8. Plate up the vegetables into a shallow bowl, add a few slices of meat and then pour over the gravy.
  9. Shoot a photograph.
  10. Eat the meal and then wash the dishes.
  11. Blog about the meal and hope your friends on social media will share the recipe and make you famous.
Recipe Notes

This is a fabulous meal for a cool or cold autumn or winter Sunday dinner.

Let me know what you think

If you make this please let me know what you thought of the dish and the recipe?

What are vegetable options could you use?

I did think about serving this will coleslaw but it’s getting into mid-autumn and I need comfort vegetables. I had a friend on Facebook suggest making a vegetable au gratin like a sweet potato au gratin. It can also be done in the slow cooker with aluminium foil (not to my American friends, it’s aluminium).

Can the meat be frozen?

Well, yes it can, preferably vacuum packed to avoid freezer burn and so you can gently heat it up in a warm water bath for a pseudo sous vide meal.

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Super spicy asparagus soup or Spam of asparagus spicy soup

Asparagus soup is one of those delicious yet uncommon soups [although I’ve made it once before]. I never had it as a kid even though Mum would regularly use asparagus in salads and as a vegetable to accompany meat dishes. We’d always comment about the smell of our urine later in the night and it’s something that still stimulates an olfactory memory.

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Spam of asparagus spicy soup Gary Lum
Spam of asparagus spicy soup
Spam of asparagus spicy soup Gary Lum
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Super spicy asparagus soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
This is a quick and simple recipe that I made up in my head based on the notion that any vegetable can be converted to a soup if you boil it, process it and add cream.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 2
Calories: 500 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 500 grams Asparagus (fresh and cut into 2 centimetre segments)
  • ¼ piece Onion (white or brown)
  • 100 grams Jalapeño Spam (diced)
  • 1 piece Potato (medium and diced into small cubes)
  • ½ cup Sour cream (full cream preferred)
  • 1 piece Red chilli (diced)
  • 1 piece Jalapeño pepper (diced)
  • 2 teaspoons Chilli flakes (dried)
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan sauté the onions and Spam until the onions are soft and turning colour.
  2. Add in the asparagus and potato along with the chilli flakes and garlic powder and then add sufficient boiling water from a kettle to leave about a centimetre of asparagus and potato showing above the surface of the water. You don’t want the soup too watery. You can then toss in the finely diced red chilli and Jalapeño pepper. Bring the soup to the boil and then simmer for 20 minutes and then check that the potato and asparagus are soft.
  3. Process the soup with a stick blender until it is smooth.
  4. Place some sour cream into a serving bowl, as much as you desire and then pour over the soup.
  5. Serve with some toast if you like.
  6. You can garnish it with something contrasting in colour. I would suggest some red chilli and a grind of cracked pepper.
Recipe Notes

If you don’t like sour cream you could use normal pouring cream or thickened cream. If you wanted to avoid cream altogether that would work too.

What if I don’t like Spam?

Bacon pieces would be a suitable substitute

What if I’m vegetarian or vegan?

Leave out the meat

Can I freeze some for later?

Yes

Is this safe for children?

Yes, if they like spices. If not, don’t add the chilli flakes and cut back on the fresh spices

Will this soup make my pee smell funny?

If your pee normally takes on a strange odour after eating asparagus then it probably will after eating this soup too.

Can I make a bigger batch for a family?

Sure, just increase the amounts proportionally. You may need to simmer the asparagus longer and it may take longer to process the soup.

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Pumpkin soup made easy

Pumpkin soup is a fantastic way to warm up on a cool or cold Autumn night. It was a perfect meal on Easter Sunday on a cool Canberra night.

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Easter Sunday spicy pumpkin soup Gary Lum Pumpkin soup made easy
Easter Sunday spicy pumpkin soup
Easter Sunday spicy pumpkin soup Gary Lum Pumpkin soup made easy
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Pumpkin soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Pumpkin soup is a favourite of many. I added some red chillies, jalapeño pepper and chilli flakes to make this soup a bit spicy along with a good nob of ginger to add a slight Asian feel. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 3
Calories: 500 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 1/2 piece Kent pumpkin It can be any kind really
  • 2 pieces Potatoes Any kind will do
  • 1/2 piece White onion diced
  • 100 grams Bacon diced
  • 1 nob Ginger fresh, cut and crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 piece Red chilli diced
  • 1 piece Jalapeño pepper diced
  • 1/2 bunch Parsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup Cream
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan sauté the onion and bacon until softened

  2. Add the ginger and stir until it's soft

  3. Tip in the pumpkin and potato pieces

  4. Pour in boiling water halfway up the level of the top piece of visible pumpkin or potato to avoid the soup being too thin

  5. To the soup add the garlic powder, curry powder and chilli flakes

  6. Bring the soup to the boil and simmer with a lid on for 30 minutes

  7. Process the soup with a stick blender

  8. Add the chopped red chilli and jalapeño pepper

  9. Pour in the cream and stir

  10. You could fold in some parsley but I just blended it in

  11. Then you plate it up in a bowl and garnish with more parsley

  12. Shoot a photograph and drink the soup

  13. Edit the footage from two cameras and keep swearing about the slow upload speeds in Belconnen

  14. Post the blog post hoping people will read it and share it on social media

Recipe Notes

One of the nicest pumpkin soups I've made. If you try it please let me know. 

If you try this pumpkin soup please let me know how it went.

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Bacon and chicken spicy congee with quinoa

Bacon and chicken spicy congee with quinoa! Have you heard of such a dish? This recipe uses a pressure cooker and is quick and easy.

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Chicken and bacon spicy congee with quinoa Gary Lum
Chicken and bacon spicy congee with quinoa

The ultimate comfort food

I think of congee as the ultimate comfort food. It’s also relatively cheap if you use a few cheap cuts of meat and it’s filling.

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Chicken and bacon spicy congee with quinoa Gary Lum
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Bacon and chicken spicy congee with quinoa
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

I broke a tooth last night gnawing some meat off a beef short rib. I need soft food. This congee is a perfect soft food. It's also a perfect comfort food. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 3
Calories: 800 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1 cup White quinoa
  • 200 grams Chicken thigh fillets
  • 2 rashers Streaky bacon broken up
  • 1 litre Tap water
  • 1 packet French onion soup mix Sodium reduced
  • 1/2 head Cabbage sliced
  • 1 piece Star anise
  • 1 splash Soy sauce
Instructions
  1. In the vessel of a pressure cooker add the rice, quinoa and water and then stir

  2. Add the chicken and bacon and stir through

  3. Add the packet of French onion soup and stir through

  4. Add the cabbage and stir through

  5. Add the star anise on top

  6. Close the pressure cooker chamber and set to cook for 30 minutes

  7. Release the pressure once cooked and remove the lid

  8. Stir the congee and break up the chicken meat while stirring

  9. Aliquot into containers for lunch at work

  10. Serve the remainder into a shallow bowl, add the soy sauce and garnish with parsley

  11. Shoot a photograph

  12. Eat the meal

  13. Clean the dishes

  14. Start to feel quite full after the huge size of the bowl of congee eaten and feel a bit thirsty too

  15. Hope that readers like this recipe and share it on social media

Recipe Notes

If you like congee, I think you'll like this recipe. It's easy to put together and cooking in a pressure cooker makes it dead easy 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should you cook congee in a pressure cooker?

I’ve been asked this a few times. I don’t have a mathematical formula. What I know is that for a full chicken, Mum used to cook it for anywhere between 45 and 60 minutes. I figured for 200 grams of chicken thigh meat and some bacon, 30 minutes would be fine. In fact, I think next time I will try 20 minutes to see if there is any difference.

Do you have to use a pressure cooker?

No, not at all. In fact, I like making congee in a slow cooker too. It’s basically the same recipe except you put it in a slow cooker for 6 hours.

What other meat can you use?

Almost any meat you like although I’m not sure how fish would go. Vegetarians can use tofu if they like.

Do you have a slow cooker variation?

Yes, I do. Slow cooker pork quinoa congee.

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Easter beef short ribs and breaking a tooth

Beef short ribs apparently aren’t a thing on Good Friday. I’m not really sure why beef is taboo and why everyone goes for seafood. I mean I love seafood but it’s so expensive.

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Good Friday slowly roasted short beef ribs with cabbage and broccoli Easter beef short ribs Gary Lum
Good Friday slowly roasted short beef ribs with cabbage and broccoli
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Good Friday slowly roasted short beef ribs with cabbage and broccoli Easter beef short ribs Gary Lum
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Easter beef short ribs
Prep Time
1 hrs
Cook Time
3 hr 30 mins
Total Time
4 hr 30 mins
 

This is a simple and easy version of tender fall off the bone beef short ribs. A real winner except that as I was gnawing a little piece of meat off the bone I broke a molar. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 1
Calories: 2000 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 1 rack Beef short ribs 500 grams
  • 1 cup Barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup Red wine
  • 1 cup Red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup Maple syrup
  • 1 bunch Coriander
  • 2 tablespoons Garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons Chilli flakes
  • ½ head Cabbage
  • 1 bunch Broccolini
  • 1 piece Jalapeño pepper
  • 1 piece Capsicum
Instructions
  1. Unwrap the ribs and put them in a roasting tray

    Beef short ribs from Coles Easter beef short ribs Gary Lum
  2. Pour over the maple syrup, barbeque sauce, red wine and red wine vinegar

  3. Add the garlic powder and chilli flakes

  4. Place the coriander around the ribs

    Beef short ribs in barbecue sauce marinade Easter beef short ribs Gary Lum
  5. Allow to marinade for 60 minutes

  6. Cover the roasting tray with aluminium foil and put into an oven (150 °C/300 °F) for three hours

  7. Half an hour before the three hours, cook the cabbage and broccolini in boiling water

  8. At three hours remove the roasting tray and uncover, add the boiled vegetables to the roasting tray and return to the oven (200 °C/400 °F) for thirty minutes

    Good Friday slowly roasted short beef ribs with cabbage and broccoli Easter beef short ribs Gary Lum
  9. Remove the roasting tray and allow the ribs to rest for fifteen minutes

  10. Plate up the vegetables in a shallow bowl and then add the ribs on top

  11. Shoot a photograph and tuck in

  12. Finish the vegetables soaked in meat juices first and then eat the meat from the ribs and gnaw the meat that is attached to the bone and break off a tooth and feel quite sad about the amount of money it's going to cost to repair

    Broken tooth Easter beef short ribs Gary Lum
  13. Contemplate life and then smile knowing that it's pay week next week

  14. Post the story to Facebook and Twitter and read sympathetic replies and some funny ones about how this is a lesson for eating meat on Good Friday

  15. Clean the dishes and wonder just how painful will it be to brush my teeth tonight

  16. Further, meditate on the destiny of the large amount of animal flesh that is sitting in my stomach being churned and chemically digested

  17. Find solace in the fact that I had cabbage and I'll enjoy farting in bed later tonight

  18. I'd love it if you could share this recipe on social media, especially Facebook and Twitter. Thanks!

Recipe Notes

This was a great meal apart from breaking a tooth. I'd highly recommend it to any meat lover. 

Lunch

For lunch today I made a streaky bacon, pâté and smoked cheese cheeseburger with a hot cross bun.

Easter streaky bacon and smoky cheese cheeseburger with pâté Easter beef short ribs Gary Lum
Easter streaky bacon and smoky cheese cheeseburger with pâté

Breakfast

For breakfast, I had the traditional Good Friday fare of a little toasted hot cross bun with my stick of butter.

Do you like to toast your hot cross buns to go with your butter? Gary Lum
Do you like to toast your hot cross buns to go with your butter?

Dinner

Here’s a final look at my dinner and the broken tooth

Broken tooth Easter beef short ribs Gary Lum
Broken tooth

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Bacon macaroni and cheese

Bacon macaroni and cheese is surely a thing just like smoked trout or smoked salmon mac and cheese must be a thing.

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Super hot and spicy home smoked and cured bacon macaroni and cheese Gary Lum
Super hot and spicy home smoked and cured bacon macaroni cheese
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Bacon macaroni and cheese
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Bacon macaroni and cheese is surely a thing just like smoked trout or smoked salmon mac and cheese must be a thing.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 1
Calories: 1000 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 200 grams Macaroni (cheap supermarket stuff)
  • 200 grams Bacon (diced and cooked in a bench top oven to release flavour)
  • ½ cup Coon cheese (grated)
  • ½ cup Parmesan (grated)
  • 3 tablespoons Flour (plain)
  • 2 tablespoons Butter (salted)
  • 1 dessert spoon Chilli flakes
  • 1 piece Red chilli (diced)
  • ¼ cup Parsley
  • ¼ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
  • ¼ piece White onion (small and diced)
  • 1 cup Full cream milk
Instructions
  1. Remove the home smoked and cured piece of gift bacon from the vacuum packaging
  2. Dice the bacon into large cubes
  3. Cook the bacon on an oven tray at 200 °C/400 °F for 12 minutes in a small bench top oven
  4. While the bacon is cooking cook the macaroni 1 to 2 minutes short of the recommended time on the packaging, the macaroni will continue to cook when it’s coated in cheesy goodness
  5. Allow the bacon to rest in its rendered fat so the flavours are retained
  6. Drain the macaroni and mix with the cooked bacon and the rendered bacon fat so the macaroni absorbs bacon flavours
  7. In a saucepan melt the butter and add the onion until the butter foams
  8. Whisk in the flour and make a roux
  9. Add the milk to make a sauce
  10. Remove the saucepan from the heat source
  11. Fold in half the cheeses with the pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  12. Add the macaroni and bacon and stir through slowly
  13. Mix in the chilli flakes and red chilli
  14. Pour into a Pyrex dish
  15. Mix the panko breadcrumbs with the rest of the grated cheeses
  16. Top with the rest of the cheeses and panko breadcrumbs
  17. Place into a hot oven (200 °C/400 °F) for 15 to 20 minutes being careful not to burn the top
  18. Serve in a shallow bowl
  19. Garnish with a sprig of parsley
    Super hot and spicy home smoked and cured bacon macaroni and cheese Gary Lum
  20. If you want to give the pretence that you have a healthy lifestyle feel free to add vegetables like kale and spinach or silverbeet but if you do you need to realise you’re lying to yourself and really you’re a comfort food whore.
  21. Unlike me, if you can digest and metabolise alcohol you could have a large glass or two of wine or a pot of beer with this.
  22. Don’t forget when you’re finished don’t pass out on the couch, the sooner you get the saucepan and bowl in some water the easier it will be to clean off the cheesy goodness.
  23. While you’re cleaning off that cheesy goodness, just imagine how it all looks churning in your stomach, being mechanically processed and chemically digested as it passes through your duodenum, having bile added like dishwashing detergent.
  24. I could go on but you get the picture. Hopefully after a morning coffee, what’s left will start its extracorporeal journey to a waste treatment facility near you.
  25. If you’ve liked the way I’ve finished this recipe, I’d love it if you commented and please share this via social media especially Facebook and Twitter. I’m really wanting this sort of recipe to take off so that more people can appreciate my talent for combining food with some basic anatomy and physiology.
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Recipe Notes

On a final note, I’d really like to thank my work friend Mark for giving me this piece of bacon.

Super hot and spicy home smoked and cured bacon macaroni and cheese Gary Lum
Super hot and spicy home smoked and cured bacon macaroni cheese

If you’ve liked the way I’ve finished this recipe, I’d love it if you commented and please share this via social media especially Facebook and Twitter (there are handy sharing icons in this post). I’m really wanting this sort of recipe to take off so that more people can appreciate my talent for combining food with some basic anatomy and physiology.

On a final note, I’d really like to thank my work friend Mark for giving me this piece of bacon.

If you want to see more examples of workplace generosity please head over to another blog where I have shared three consecutive days of amazing workplace generosity.

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For vegan friends, here’s a vegan version from the Noob Chef.

How do you make cauliflower soup taste sensational?

Cauliflower soup is one of my favourite dishes because it tastes great and is easy to make. Winter is approaching and weekend soup is definitely a thing.

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Sensationally tasting cauliflower soup made with chillies, curry powder and blue cheese Gary Lum
Sensationally tasting cauliflower soup made with chillies, curry powder and blue cheese
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Sensationally tasting cauliflower soup made with chillies, curry powder and blue cheese Gary Lum
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How do you make cauliflower soup taste sensational?
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
This recipe will have you wanting another bowl, even after you feel full.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 3
Calories: 500 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 1 piece cauliflower remove leaves and breakdown florets
  • 100 grams bacon pieces bought from a delicatessen
  • 1 piece potato cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder Clive of India
  • 2 glugs olive oil
  • ½ piece white onion diced
  • 1 piece stock cube chicken
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • ¼ cup cream
  • ¼ cup cheese grated
  • ¼ cup parsley chopped
  • 1 litre boiling water from a kettle
Instructions
  1. Add the olive oil to a saucepan

  2. Sauté the bacon pieces and diced onion
  3. Add the potato and cauliflower
  4. Add sufficient boiling water to cover the potato and cauliflower
  5. Add the stock cube and curry power
  6. Bring the water to the boil and turn down to a simmer
  7. Simmer until the cauliflower and potato are tender (at least 30 minutes)
  8. Remove the saucepan from the heat source
  9. Use a stick blender to process the soup
  10. Add the cream

  11. Add the grated cheese, chilli flakes and cream and then stir through
  12. Prior to serving to recipients (me) add the chopped parsley

  13. Serve in a bowl
Recipe Notes

As winter approaches this is a soup to be made again and again. If you choose, this goes nicely with a piece of bread or a roll or just on its own.

As much as I love pumpkin soup, I really enjoy this cauliflower soup.

I’ve previously posted recipes for cauliflower soup, one had celeriac and spam while the other had Pialligo Farm bacon with Gorgonzola cheese.

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How to make a fancy baked salmon dinner in 15 minutes

Fancy baked salmon in 15 minutes is easy. You’ve had a busy day at work and you don’t want to waste time when you get home from work. You want time to put your feet up, relax and watch Netflix.

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Monday baked salmon dinner with cheesy white sauce and vegetables Fancy baked salmon Gary Lum
Monday baked salmon dinner with cheesy white sauce and vegetables
Monday baked salmon dinner with cheesy white sauce and vegetables Fancy baked salmon Gary Lum
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How to make a fancy baked salmon dinner in 15 minutes
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

This recipe will have a fork of moist salmon and cheesy white sauce on your fork and in your mouth in no time. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 1
Calories: 500 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 1 piece salmon tail piece
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup flour plain
  • ½ cup milk full cream
  • ½ cup peas frozen, corn and capsicum
  • ¼ cup cheese grated
  • ¼ cup parsley chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 °C/400 °F
  2. Put the salmon on some baking paper on a baking tray
  3. Add the frozen vegetables around the salmon
  4. Put the salmon and vegetables into the oven and cook for 12 minutes
  5. Wait about 6 minutes before making the white sauce so it’s warm when you plate up the salmon
  6. In a saucepan melt the butter, wait for it to start foaming
  7. While whisking the butter, add the flour and whisk briskly so the butter and flour becomes smooth
  8. Keep whisking until the butter and flours starts to change colour
  9. Slowly add the milk and whisk
  10. Judge the amount of milk knowing that the cheese will also thicken the sauce
  11. Vary the heat to allow the sauce to remain liquid
  12. Whisk to keep the sauce smooth
  13. Add the cheese and stir through
  14. Turn off the heat
  15. Add the chopped parsley and stir through
  16. When the salmon and vegetables are finished, plate up the salmon and add the vegetables to the plate
  17. Pour over the cheesy parsley white sauce
  18. Shoot a photograph
  19. Eat the meal
  20. Share the photograph on social media (and if you used this recipe please give me a shoutout)
Recipe Notes

Oddly enough I had salmon for lunch today too. It was a pasta dish from Urban Bean Espresso Bar.

My lunch was salmon too

Salmon pasta with garlic and capers

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