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What I ate this week

Monday

I like the fact in Canberra we have taxpayer funded public art and street art all in the one place. I just wonder when what locals are calling the “Woden ghetto sans people” will undergo development.

Woden public art in a couple of forms Gary Lum
Woden public art in a couple of forms

Back to my usual routine of salmon on a Monday. In the new year, I bought myself a Tefal portable induction hob. It was fantastic. An induction hob is great for making crispy skin salmon.

Crispy skin salmon and salad Gary Lum
Crispy skin salmon and salad

Tuesday

It’s getting cool again in Canberra. I miss Summer. The Woden wind tunnel is very fresh in the morning as I go to get my mail.

Woden wind tunnel. It was quite fresh as I walked up to get my mail. Gary Lum
Woden wind tunnel. It was quite fresh as I walked up to get my mail.

I was involved in some group work and someone brought some TimTams. You’ve got to love coworkers who bring TimTams.

TimTams for the win Gary Lum
TimTams for the win

Lunch was a cordon bleu from Urban Bean. It was good. I like adding cheese and ham to most things 🤣

Chicken cordon bleu. Chicken breast wrapped with ham and Swiss cheese with garlic butter and served with mashed potato carrot and asparagus. Gary Lum
Chicken cordon bleu. Chicken breast wrapped with ham and Swiss cheese with garlic butter and served with mashed potato carrot and asparagus.

Dinner was again crispy skin salmon.

Crispy skin salmon on crispy cheesy noodles with broccoli Gary Lum
Crispy skin salmon on crispy cheesy noodles with broccoli

Wednesday

It’s hump day and I still wonder if this is the only “sign” of construction the Woden ghetto sans people will see in the foreseeable future.

This is the only 'sign' of construction I've seen for months Gary Lum
This is the only ‘sign’ of construction I’ve seen for months

Urban Bean did a special mushroom burger lunch. No bread, just these huge Portobello mushrooms instead of a bun. It was delicious, especially with the beetroot.

Hump day burger. Beef with cheese, tomato, lettuce, lettuce, chipotle aioli, tomato sauce with Portobello mushroom bun and UB chips. Gary Lum
Hump day burger. Beef with cheese, tomato, lettuce, lettuce, chipotle aioli, tomato sauce with Portobello mushroom bun and UB chips.
Hump day burger. Beef with cheese, tomato, lettuce, lettuce, chipotle aioli, tomato sauce with Portobello mushroom bun and UB chips. Gary Lum
Hump day burger. Beef with cheese, tomato, lettuce, lettuce, chipotle aioli, tomato sauce with Portobello mushroom bun and UB chips.

Dinner was Wednesday chicken, namely, broccoli and spicy cheesy chicken wings on oven fried bread.

Broccoli and spicy cheesy chicken wings on oven fried bread Gary Lum
Broccoli and spicy cheesy chicken wings on oven fried bread

Thursday

Payday, you’ve got to love payday. I love payday. I often buy the lunch special from Urban Bean on pay day. The special was Beef Wellington with truffle mash, broccolini and mushroom jus.

Payday special from Urban Bean Beef Wellington with truffle mash, broccolini and mushroom jus. Gary Lum
Payday special from Urban Bean
Beef Wellington with truffle mash, broccolini and mushroom jus.

Dinner was a simple meat-free quinoa rice and vegetables because I’d eaten so much during the day.

Meat-free Thursday dinner. Oven 'fried' quinoa rice with vegetables and Coon cheese. Gary Lum
Meat-free Thursday dinner. Oven ‘fried’ quinoa rice with vegetables and Coon cheese.

I also decided it was time to change the profile photograph I was using on my non-food related social media like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I’m so grateful I can connect my camera with my iPhone. Yes, it’s been edited to smooth out my skin a little.

Gary Lum

Friday

For a bit of a change, rather than going to the staff tuck shop, I went to the Zouki café with a colleague for lunch. I had a chicken schnitzel wrap. It was quite filling.

Chicken schnitzel wrap Gary Lum
Chicken schnitzel wrap

On Friday afternoon, I looked up the salmonellosis rates for the ACT given recent outbreaks and was surprised.

Salmonellosis rates in Australia PER 100,000 for each state and territory Gary Lum
Salmonellosis rates in Australia PER 100,000 for each state and territory

Friday saw round two of the NRL with the highlight being Friday night’s game between the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys.

I decided to make a bowl of cheerios and cheesy potato gems with ETA barbeque sauce. As much as I enjoyed the meal, my team, the Brisbane Broncos lost in golden point extra time. It was just like a finals game. It was so exciting. 

Friday night footy food. Spicy cheesy potato gems with cheerios and barbecue sauce. Gary Lum
Friday night footy food. Spicy cheesy potato gems with cheerios and barbeque sauce.

Final words

I ate well on the weekend too, but I’ve put enough photographs in this post. Have a good weekend. Catch you later.

What did you eat last week?

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What happened to my routine?

A topsy-turvy week means no routine and no salmon

So, last week I posted about how I had finished February in my usual eating routine. This week has been a little unusual. A day in Sydney, a dinner out I didn’t end up getting to, and senate estimates put my week out of whack.

Monday Maccas

Rather than the usual Salmon Monday, I went with Maccas Monday after flying back from Sydney.

Two Big Macs Gary Lum routine
Two Big Macs

Please do me a favour

I think I’ve managed to work out how to use e-mail lists for sending post notifications and newsletters. I’d love it if you would sign up using the ‘form’ in the side bar (if you’re using a laptop or desktop) or at the bottom of the post (if you’re using a mobile device).

By subscribing you’ll receive a personalised e-mail from me and from time to time, apart from the blog post I’ll share something new, like my ideas for a cook book sometime this year.

Tuesday dinner out turned into dinner in

I was meant to go out to dinner on Tuesday night with friends from work (hospital) but I ended up having to do something work related.

I ended up buying a roast chicken from Coles and making a roast chicken sandwich.

Roast chicken roll with aioli and spring onion cream cheese Gary Lum routine
Roast chicken roll with aioli and spring onion cream cheese

Wednesday Senate estimates

Three times a year public servants appear before senators to answer questions about their program areas. In days gone by I’d eat a steak at the Hellenic Club, however, lately, my boss has been taking a few of us out to dinner which has been a very pleasant change.

I have no photographs of dinner, just the large coffee I had in the morning.

Happy #humpday I need a large one for today. Thanks Urban Bean Gary Lum routine
Happy #humpday I need a large one for today. Thanks Urban Bean

I also have a shot of an abandoned building near where I work.

Canberra, our national capital. Home of fine public art with #abandoned buildings left for years surrounded by fencing suggesting activity but #noactivity Gary Lum routine
Canberra, our national capital. Home of fine public art with #abandoned buildings left for years surrounded by fencing suggesting activity but #noactivity

Thursday saw some normality

Lunch was crispy squid from Urban Bean Espresso Bar.

Crispy squid salad from Urban Bean Gary Lum routine
Crispy squid salad from Urban Bean

Dinner was leftover chicken on a piece of bread that was smothered in oil and heated in the oven to give it a fried bread effect. I laid the skin over the top to help stop the stringy breast meat from drying out too much. I’m not a fan of breasts, I much prefer thighs.

Leftover roast chicken on a fried cream cheese bread roll with peas and corn Gary Lum routine
Leftover roast chicken on a fried cream cheese bread roll with peas and corn

The best thing about Thursday was that even though it wasn’t pay day, it was the start of the NRL season and the Brisbane Broncos defeated the Cronulla Sharks.

The 2017 #NRL season kicks off tonight. Let's GO Brisbane Broncos. Coffee with Urban Bean almond and white chocolate muffin. Gary Lum routine
The 2017 #NRL season kicks off tonight. Let’s GO Brisbane Broncos.
Coffee with Urban Bean almond and white chocolate muffin.

Friday means a day at the hospital, and…

Lunch in the staff tuck shop. I went with roast vegetables. They were very salty.

Meat-free Friday roast vegetables Gary Lum routine
Meat-free Friday roast vegetables

Dinner was a concoction that included a Chicken Maryland, two mushrooms, lots of Coon cheese, peas, corn and a piece of bread.

Cheesy Chicken Maryland on oven fried Colby cheesy bread with mushrooms, peas and corn Gary Lum routine
Cheesy Chicken Maryland on oven fried Colby cheesy bread with mushrooms, peas and corn
Triple chocolate ice cream Gary Lum routine
Triple chocolate ice cream

How did I cope?

I really prefer routine.

Final thoughts

I hope you had a good week. Did you eat well?

Can you do me another favour please

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