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Monday link love

Hi there. It’s been a busy day. I don’t have much to post but since it’s Monday I do want to share some Canberra Food Blogger Facebook Group links

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Here’s the list

Each of these posts is worth reading. The recipes are delicious and Liz’s take on onions really interesting. Serina has great advice on frugal cleaning of woolen products and Elissa made me think about bulk food shopping.

Here are some food photographs and a short video of my slow cooker beef.

Slow cooker chuck casserole steak and speck with Brussels sprouts and broccoli
Slow cooker chuck casserole steak and speck with Brussels sprouts and broccoli
Baked salmon with broccoli, beans, sugar snap peas and ginger marmalade
Baked salmon with broccoli, beans, sugar snap peas and ginger marmalade
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Cheesy pulled pork toasted sambo

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What could be better than cheesy pulled pork on a sandwich?

Check out my cheesy pulled pork sambo. This is a fantastic way to finish off some leftover pulled pork. Next time I may do it with macaroni cheese.

I tried to use cheeses that I knew would melt well. I went with Swiss and Colby cheeses. Because I have to use a communal toasted sandwich maker at work, I always wrap my sambos in baking paper before packing them in a lunch box. Today I had a little cheese and olive oil on the outer surfaces of the pumpkin bread to make it extra crunchy.

Toasted pulled pork sandwich with swiss and colby cheeses
Toasted pulled pork sandwich with swiss and colby cheeses

Pulled pork and cheese toasted sambo Pulled pork and cheese toasted sambo Pulled pork and cheese toasted sambo

This was delicious and four slices of cheese had it coming out the sides getting crispy on the outside. The baking paper kept it all together and avoided any mess so the next person won’t get a contaminated sandwich.

Have you ever had a cheesy pulled pork sambo?

Monday link love

I’ve already blogged a couple of times over the weekend so today is dedicated to sharing links from the Canberra Food Bloggers Facebook Page

Some interesting posts today. I hope you enjoy the delicious reading. I know I did.

Tonight I decided not to indulge too much after a big weekend (Taco Saturday and Coles pulled pork).

Woden Wind Tunnel cloudporn
Woden Wind Tunnel cloudporn

The idea for putting the salmon on skewers came from Lorraine Elliott of Not Quite Nigella fame and one of her posts last week.

Salmon on skewers
Salmon on skewers
Baked salmon and vegetables
Baked salmon and vegetables

Macaroni cheese with salmon and some Monday link love

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If you liked my macaroni cheese with cheerios, here’s a recipe for an easy yet sophisticated macaroni cheese with salmon and some Canberra food blogger Monday link love.

Macaroni cheese with salmon and some Monday link love
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian
Author: [url href=”http://garylum.me” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”]Gary Lum[/url]
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Macaroni a handful
  • Salmon diced
  • Peas, corn and capsicum frozen
  • Cheese Coon grated and some grated parmesan
  • Cream a good dash
  • Curry powder
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Spring onions
  • Avocado
Instructions
  1. Get everything ready in advance because you do this in a sequence
  2. Add the macaroni to boiling salted water
  3. Cook for about 4 minutes and add some curry powder (as much as you want)
  4. Add the diced salmon to the boiling water with macaroni
  5. Cook for a further 4 minutes and then add the frozen vegetables with the spring onions
  6. Drain everything and add it all to a bowl
  7. Add a dash of cream and stir through
  8. Add in the grated cheese until everything starts to stiffen up
  9. Transfer to a bowl and top with some more cheese and panko bread crumbs
  10. Grill until the cheese and bread crumbs brown
  11. Add some avocado to keep [url href=”http://www.notquitenigella.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”]Not Quite Nigella[/url] happy
  12. Shoot a photograph
  13. Eat the meal
  14. Wash the dishes
  15. Write the recipe
  16. Blog (verb)

My Monday night dinner

Salmon and macaroni cheese with avocado
Salmon and macaroni cheese with avocado

My Monday breakfast

Crumpets with condensed milk for breakfast
Crumpets with condensed milk for breakfast

My view as I walked to Australia Post

Woden wind tunnel
Woden wind tunnel

I love my morning coffee from Urban Bean Espresso Bar

Coffee from Urban Bean Espresso Bar
Coffee from Urban Bean Espresso Bar

Monday link love from the Canberra Food Bloggers Facebook group

I hope you’re having a good Monday

 

How to cook a fabulous slow cooker beef curry

Here is how to cook a fabulous slow cooker beef curry in a few quick easy steps. Slow cooked beef has so much flavour, you must try this.

Slow cooker beef curry with quinoa rice
Slow cooker beef curry with quinoa rice

Here is a gallery of images from the preparation. Click on one and hopefully a slideshow will begin.


Here’s a short video of my preparation for this slow cooker beef curry. I’m trying to teach myself some skills in video and video editing so if you want to skip this feel free. It’s a slow but interesting process.


How to cook a fabulous slow cooker beef curry
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian
Author: [url href=”http://garylum.me” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”]Gary Lum[/url]
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Casserole chuck beef
  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Ginger
  • Ginger marmalade
  • Garlic paste
  • Celery
  • Red capsicum
  • Coconut milk
  • Curry powder
  • Dried whole peppercorns
  • Quinoa rice
Instructions
  1. Dice the meat
  2. Dice the potatoes
  3. Slice the onions
  4. Slice the celery
  5. Slice the capsicum
  6. Slice the ginger
  7. Add everything including a litre of water to the slow cooking chamber
  8. Cook for 6 hours
  9. Aliquot for lunch portions
  10. Serve with quinoa rice
  11. Shoot a photograph
  12. Eat the dish
  13. Wash the dishes
  14. Write the recipe
  15. Blog (verb)

On a cool Autumn day it’s nice to have my apartment filled with the aroma of slowly cooking meat with spices and vegetables.

I know this will taste better after at least a day’s refrigeration so lunches or dinners will be fabulous. I look forward to leftover meals.


Monday link love from the Canberra Food Bloggers Facebook group

Every Monday members of the group share a link and some words of description. Here is what was shared today.

I hope you’ve had a good Monday

 

My week in food

I’ve had an interesting week. Work has been busy and on Wednesday I flew to Perth for work. I heard from Ms18 that the Queensland state gymnastics competition has been going well. She did well on the first day and I’m hoping her second day of competition finishes with even better results.

In terms of sleep, it hasn’t been great. Despite my CPAP machine I seem to be going through a period of early waking and an inability to return to sleep. My tinnitus has been worse and I’m not sure why. I’m quite careful not to expose myself to loud sounds and before bed I try to observe good sleep hygiene. I guess I should try to do more exercise. That always seems to be a good option.

So this week I’ve enjoyed some nice food.


On Monday I had leftover slow cooked beef, speck and spam for lunch

Leftover slowly cooked beef, speck and spam
Leftover slowly cooked beef, speck and spam

For Monday dinner I enjoyed some greens with a piece of baked salmon

Baked salmon with peas, sugar snap peas and broccoli
Baked salmon with peas, sugar snap peas and broccoli

Tuesday breakfast was scrambled eggs Gordon Ramsay style

Cheese and chives scrambled eggs
Cheese and chives scrambled eggs

Tuesday lunch was leftover corned beef congee

Corned beef quinoa congee
Corned beef quinoa congee

Tuesday dinner saw me flake some baked salmon and enjoy it with noodles

Baked salmon with ramen noodles with cheese, avocado, and beef, speck and spam gravy plus sugar snap peas
Baked salmon with ramen noodles with cheese, avocado, and beef, speck and spam gravy plus sugar snap peas

I had sugar and cinnamon doughnuts for Wednesday breakfast

Coffee and doughnuts
Coffee and doughnuts

My Wednesday lunch was a repeat of Monday, this time with different reading material

Slow cooked beef, speck and spam
Slow cooked beef, speck and spam

A friend at work likes to share with me when Urban Bean Espresso Bar is selling really nice cheesecake. This photograph shows three things I really like. A Queensland flag, a photograph of a FA-18 Hornet which was a gift from the CO RAAF Tindal and Squadron 322 and of course a caramel almond toffee cheesecake.

Caramel almond toffee crunch cheesecake from Urban Bean Espresso Bar with a Queensland flag and a gift from 322 Squadron Tindal, NT
Caramel almond toffee crunch cheesecake from Urban Bean Espresso Bar with a Queensland flag and a gift from 322 Squadron Tindal, NT
Caramel almond toffee crunch cheesecake from Urban Bean Espresso Bar
Caramel almond toffee crunch cheesecake from Urban Bean Espresso Bar

I was in Perth on Thursday morning and stayed at the International on the water hotel.

Bacon and eggs with mushrooms and a hashbrown
Bacon and eggs with mushrooms and a hashbrown

On Thursday night I had room service for dinner

Chilli mussels International on the water Hotel
Chilli mussels International on the water Hotel
Stuffed mushrooms International on the water Hotel
Stuffed mushrooms International on the water Hotel

Friday night was an easy one with leftover corned beef quinoa rice congee

Corned beef quinoa congee
Corned beef quinoa congee

On Saturday I had a leisurely breakfast of cheese and chives scrambled eggs with a cup of coffee

Cheese and chives scrambled eggs with coffee
Cheese and chives scrambled eggs with coffee

Saturday much was tinned pink salmon with an avocado on Vita-Weat with cream cheese

Tinned pink salmon with avocado on Vita-Weat with cream cheese
Tinned pink salmon with avocado on Vita-Weat with cream cheese

Saturday evening I had a lovely chicken giblet congee with black fungus

Chicken thigh, drumstick and giblet congee with black fungus
Chicken thigh, drumstick and giblet congee with black fungus

Sunday lunch was a chicken breast hot pie

Garlo's chicken breast hot pie
Garlo’s chicken breast hot pie

This dish is known as “Jacqui” after my friend Jacqui

The 'Jacqui' aka Garlo's chicken breast hot pie with cheesy potato gems
The ‘Jacqui’ aka Garlo’s chicken breast hot pie with cheesy potato gems
The 'Jacqui' aka Garlo's chicken breast hot pie with cheesy potato gems
The ‘Jacqui’ aka Garlo’s chicken breast hot pie with cheesy potato gems
Potato gems
Potato gems

So it’s been a pretty yummy week in food. None of this is really helping my waistline. Oh well, I will work on that later.

Slow cooker rump roast and some Monday link love

Slow cooker rump roast isn’t something for every day not even once a quarter. As I was grocery shopping in Coles on Saturday I came across a small roll of rump and through why not. It’s Autumn and the Canberra weather has started to turn cold (as normal). I thought I would add some different flavours just to see how it turned out. I knew I could get at least two more meals from the roll by vacuum packing and freezing the meat after it had been cooked.

Capsicums were going at a reasonable price in Coles so I added the tops and tails plus a potato, a brown onion, some arborio rice and white and red quinoa.

A lump of rump with vegetables for slow cooking Sunday
A lump of rump with vegetables for slow cooking Sunday

The nice thing about my Breville slow cooker is that it’s also a pressure cooker. I’m yet to use it as a pressure cooker mainly because I like cooking my meat low and slow. This cooker has a 6 hour and an 8 hour option. I tend to go with the 8 hour option.

I think I added a little too much water, normally the rice and quinoa has the consistency of congee.

Slow cooker rump beef with capsicum, red quinoa, white quinoa, onion, potato and rice
Slow cooker rump beef with capsicum, red quinoa, white quinoa, onion, potato and rice

There’s nothing like the fatty goodness of rump. The flavour wasn’t too bad. The texture of the meat was perfect. If I had some beef bones I would have added them for extra beefy flavour.


Monday link love

It’s another Monday and the Canberra Food Bloggers Facebook Group has shared blog links.

 Hope you had a good weekend.

Petasma My word of the day

Do you know what the petasma is?

Male prawns use the petasma during copulation (sex) to grasp a female prawn and transfer the sperm sac. This was a highlight of a dinner party I attended last night.

Let’s rewind a little. Regular readers of Yummy Lummy will be familiar with my friends Peter and Li Peng. Li Peng has recently started a handmade chocolate business known as Jasper and Myrtle Chocolates. I recently shared some photographs and information in a post about Good Friday.

Last night Peter and his friend Dave hosted a dinner for ten people including Bron and me. It was a fabulous event and I met some new people. Of course around food the conversation can roam all over the place. We unpicked some historical stories about Peter’s past as marine biologist in Far North Queensland.

Peter even appeared in an episode of Ask the Leyland Brothers. I reckon any Australian around my age would know about the Leyland brothers and their documentary style television program which extolled the exploits of brothers Mike and Mal. As a marine biologist Peter did quite a bit of work with dugongs. You can see Peter from about 18 minutes and 15 seconds. He’s the skinny bloke in the speedos with all the hair.

The conversation didn’t stop with dugong though, from time to time it got a little ribald and Peter raised the subject of the petasma. It lead to an hilarious exchange that extended to descriptions of claspers on sharks and a recent YouTube video I’d watched after a recommendation from Jennifer Paetsch of Little Monster Girl fame about Japanese chickens and eggs. I never knew how difficult it is to differentiate between male and female chicks.

Anyway if you have an interest in the copulatory behaviour of animals it’s worth looking up some of these things. While I will always have a passion for medicine and microbiology, there is something very satisfying in reading zöology.

I suppose you’re wondering what we ate given Yummy Lummy is a food blog.

Peter and Dave went to the trouble of making a menu and everything. We ate outside in the cool (read bloody cold Autumn) Canberra night on the back deck, hence the name of this ‘pop up’ restaurant.

The Big Deck menu
The Big Deck menu
Sesame crusted tuna with wasabi panacotta, nori and caviar
Sesame crusted tuna with wasabi pannacotta, nori and caviar

The entrée was pretty amazing. The tuna was perfectly cooked and crusted and protected by a layer of nori from the pannacotta. The wasabi pannacotta was a revelation. The amount of wasabi was just right. Any more and it would have been too much and any less, could have raised questions of lack of punch. The caviar was a nice touch. I reckon finger limes or salmon roe would also be a nice touch.

Lamb backstrap with peanut and coconut crème, red onion salsa, and sweet potato cake
Lamb backstrap with peanut and coconut crème, red onion salsa, and sweet potato cake

The lamb was perfectly cooked and the salsa was to die for. It was so refreshing and flavoursome. The sweet potato cake was also very tasty. The peanut and coconut crème was really nice. I wasn’t sure though it was the best fit with the lamb.

Apple rosettes with pistachio cream and salted caramel sauce
Apple rosettes with pistachio cream and salted caramel sauce

This dessert was a fantastic finish to a most delicious dinner. The granny smith apple was cooked really nicely. It retained its firmness and tartness and complemented the pastry nicely. The pistachio cream had a nice sourness to it which offset the salted caramel sauce really well.

Jasper and Myrtle Chocolates
Jasper and Myrtle Chocolates

As you might expect we finished with hot cups of tea and chocolate.

Thanks Peter and Li Peng for a great dinner. Here’s to all male prawns having an healthy petasma.

Good Friday French toast hot cross bun

Gary Lum Good Friday hot cross bun with maple streaky bacon
Good Friday hot cross bun with maple streaky bacon

Have you ever had a Good Friday French toast hot cross bun?

I made my French toast hot cross bun better with maple bacon


Last night I went to XO Restaurant at Narrabundah and enjoyed a meal with Bron. We had Shantung Baos, XO FC Wings, Sexy Squid, Char Siu, Crispy Lamb Ribs and XO Hot Cross Bao. The char siu was a revelation. One of the owner chefs came and had a chat with us and explained how he was inspired to make the char siu after trying a Malaysian version. XO cooks the pork for many hours by sous vides and then when a ticket arrives blast the pork with a blowtorch and then it hits a hot oven and then a little more charring. I am happy to say it’s the most tender and flavourful char siu I have ever eaten. Just for that dish the meal was worth it. The evening meal was topped off with an Easter inspired dessert, viz., Hot cross bao. For the best description check out the XO Facebook page

I only shot one photograph last night and it was the hot cross bao.

XO Restaurant's hot cross bao! Fresh bao made in house with Sichuan chilli raspberry jam and salted praline peanut paste ice cream drizzled with dark chocolate. They're vegan and dairy free!
XO Restaurant’s hot cross bao! Fresh bao made in house with Sichuan chilli raspberry jam and salted praline peanut paste ice cream drizzled with dark chocolate. They’re vegan and dairy free!

So back to today.

I started with the French toast hot cross bun. I just used hot cross buns from Coles and soaked one in some egg, cream, brown sugar and vanilla extract. I then fried it off in some butter. The streaky bacon was cooked in my benchtop oven with some Canadian maple syrup poured over each rasher.

Gary Lum Good Friday hot cross bun with maple streaky bacon and coffee
Good Friday hot cross bun with maple streaky bacon and coffee

This afternoon I was invited to afternoon tea. Peter and Li Peng are friends who have featured in Yummy Lummy many times. Li Peng has just started a new business hand making chocolate.

The label is known as Jasper and Myrtle Chocolates. Li Peng is currently working on a website but she has a Facebook page and an Instagram account which I hope Yummy Lummy readers might consider following.

Jasper and Myrtle Handmade Chocolate being made
Jasper and Myrtle Handmade Chocolate being made

Peter made hot cross buns which were really good.

I had 3 fresh hot cross bun with butter
I had 3 fresh hot cross bun with butter

I highly recommend Li Peng’s Jasper and Myrtle chocolates

Jasper and Myrtle Handmade Chocolate
Jasper and Myrtle Handmade Chocolate

Check out these links for more on Jasper and Myrtle Chocolates

http://www.handmadecanberra.com.au/easter-treats-handmade-shop/

http://www.handmadecanberra.com.au/blog/

http://hercanberra.com.au/cpcity/five-new-handmade-market-highlights/

The Foodie’s Paradise

New at the March Market

So I ended Good Friday 2016 watching the Brisbane Broncos play the North Queensland Cowboys and ate some slowly roasted beef and coleslaw. The Broncos defeated the Cowboys in a really tight game.

Good Friday slowly roasted beef with beetroot coleslaw
Good Friday slowly roasted beef with beetroot coleslaw

I hope you had a good Good Friday. What did you get up to?