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How to make gluten-free quinoa cheese pot pie | Yummy Lummy

Quinoa cheese pot pie rather than a traditional mac and cheese sounds way too hipster for Yummy Lummy but what the hey. I do like quinoa and I do like cheese. I used rice flour so unlike mac and cheese, this is gluten-free for people with Cœliac disease.

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This is a photograph if my Gluten-free quinoa cheese bacon pot pie made by Gary Lum
Gluten-free quinoa cheese bacon pot pie
This is a photograph if my Gluten-free quinoa cheese bacon pot pie made by Gary Lum
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Quinoa cheese pot pie that's gluten-free | Yummy Lummy
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
A warming comfort food for cold days and nights, suitable for people with Cœliac disease.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 2
Calories: 1000 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Quinoa (microwave)
  • 2 tablespoons Butter (room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons Rice flour
  • 1 cup Milk (full cream or skim)
  • 2 rashers Streaky bacon (cut into thin strips across the grain)
  • 1/2 cup Frozen vegetables (I used peas and corn for an Australiana look)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chilli flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic powder (you could use freshly crushed garlic)
  • 1 cup Coon cheese (grated)
  • 2 teaspoons Sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg (ground)
Instructions
  1. Cut the rashers of streaky bacon into thin strips cutting across the grain of the bacon. Put the bacon onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Put the bacon into a preheated oven at 200 °C (400 °F) for 15 minutes and remove when finished.
  2. Cook the microwave quinoa as per the packet instructions and put the cooked quinoa into a mixing bowl.
  3. Make a roux with the butter, rice flour and milk. Start by heating the butter in a saucepan until it foams and then add the flour and whisk until it is smooth and starts to change colour. Pour in the milk and whisk until it begins to thicken.
  4. Take the sauce off the heat and then add most of the grated Coon cheese leaving some to the end to top the pie.
  5. Stir in the cheese, nutmeg, chilli flakes, and garlic powder (or freshly crushed garlic).
  6. Add the sunflower seeds and the frozen vegetables to the quinoa and mix, then pour over the sauce and mix thoroughly.
  7. Pour this mixture into a Pyrex bowl or something similar. Top with the remaining cheese and a light sprinkling of nutmeg.
  8. Place the bowl into a hot oven 200 °C (400 °F) for 20 minutes when hopefully the cheese has melted and changed to a golden brown.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow the quinoa cheese pot pie to rest for 5 minutes.
  10. Garnish with a sprig of parsley or anything else you may have.
  11. Shoot a photograph and then eat from the bowl with a spoon or fork while sitting in front of the TV watching Netflix with your Ugg boots on.
  12. Wash the dishes and write a blog post and hope your social media buddies share the recipe to all and sundry.
Recipe Notes

This is a gluten-free variation on mac and cheese with the nuttiness of quinoa. It can be enjoyed as a dinner or lunch time meal. Another serving idea is to not include the vegetables in the pie but to serve them separately. I think having the bacon is integral to the dish and adds a depth of flavour. I got the idea for the basis of this dish from Erica von Trapp at Bubble Child.

Frequently asked questions

So, what do you think of this quinoa cheese pot pie?

I thought it was pretty awesome. While I don’t have Cœliac disease, I like to explore food that other people can eat because of a medical condition.

Can I make this quinoa cheese pot pie vegetarian?

Sure, don’t add the bacon. You could add some mushroom, not as a bacon substitute but as another ingredient to give it some extra texture.

Would it help to add a crust or Panko to the top for crunch?

Well then depending on how you make the pastry top, it may not be gluten-free. If you don’t have Cœliac disease and you like pastry and bread, then a puff pie pastry or some panko breadcrumbs would add some crunchy texture.

Could I add this quinoa cheese to a burger?

Yep, I reckon it would be nice on a burger or on a hot dog.

Can I eat this quinoa cheese pot pie cold the next day?

I reckon it would be disgusting cold, but that’s just my opinion.

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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.

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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?

Hot days! Roast chicken drumsticks and cheesy rice

Hot days in Canberra.

We’ve had daily maximum temperatures exceeding 35 °C for the last few days. It’s also been very dry with humidity mostly under 20%. Hot and dry is awful. I much prefer warm and moist. I’ve been running a humidifier in my living room to try to keep my skin from cracking. I really don’t like hot days. 

Keeping hot

So what do you do on a hot night? Turn on the often and roast some chicken drumsticks!

I didn’t have much choice. I’d bought three chicken drumsticks on Saturday morning and I didn’t like keeping them too long in the refrigerator.

I thought I would cook them on a bed of quinoa rice and use some asparagus and broccoli I had. For a little colour, I used up some cherry tomatoes and red chillies. I stuck it all together with some grated Coon cheese.

Ingredients

Three (3) Chicken drumsticks

Red quinoa and brown rice—1 packet

Gorgonzola cheese—2 tablespoons crumbled

Feta cheese—2 tablespoons crumbled

Coon cheese—1 small handful grated

Asparagus spears—small bundle cut coarsely

Broccolini—small bundle cut coarsely

Two (2) red chillies—sliced

Chilli flakes—1 teaspoon

How did I make this magnificent creation?

Cook the microwave red quinoa and brown rice according to the packet instructions.

In a large mixing bowl add the quinoa rice, three raw chicken drumsticks, a good slosh of olive oil, the Coon cheese, asparagus spears, broccoli, chilli flakes and curry powder.

Mix with oiled hands, separate out the chicken drumsticks and then form a mound in an oven-proof frying pan

Place the chicken drumsticks on top of the mound

Place the frying pan into an oven at 150 °C (300 °F) for 45 minutes

At 45 minutes remove the frying pan and crumble over the top the Gorgonzola and feta cheese

Put back into the oven for 5 minutes

Remove from the oven and plate up

Picture perfect!

Well, not quite. I should have done something to avoid the shadow in the top left of the bowl. Click here for a larger version to see the detail.

Hot days. Hot hot hump day dinner. Roasted chicken drumsticks on spicy crispy cheesy quinoa rice. Gary Lum
Hot hot hump day dinner. Roasted chicken drumsticks on spicy crispy cheesy quinoa rice.

How did it taste?

The rice was crunchy and cheesy. The chicken was nicely cooked. It was pretty filling. The Gorgonzola cheese really added a distinctive flavour too. 👍👍

3 highlights from this week plus a whole heap of other stuff

Tonight I’m writing a weekly wrap up of 3 highlights from this week plus a whole heap of other stuff

Saturday 27 August 2016

My youngest brother became Mr45

I started the day with avocado on toast

Avocado on fried bread
Avocado on fried bread

Lunch was a Garlo’s lean beef and mushroom meat pie

Dinner was a plate of beef burgers coated in crumbs made from Panko and fried shallots

Sunday 28 August 2016

I started with a nice walk around Lake Ginninderra

Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Spring flower on Lake Ginninderra
Spring flower on Lake Ginninderra

Breakfast was eggs Benedict with salmon

Eggs Benedict with salmon
Eggs Benedict with salmon

Lunch was another Garlo’s meat pie

Garlo's beef and mushroom pie with Worcestershire sauce inside
Garlo’s beef and mushroom pie with Worcestershire sauce inside

Dinner was slowly roasted lamb shoulder

Monday 29 August 2016

A relatively uneventful day at work, busy but not hectic.

Dinner was salmon and prawns coated in crumbs made from panko and fried shallots

Tuesday 30 August 2016

Nothing to report from Work

Bad news

Miss15 broke the fifth metacarpal on her dominant hand while on the balance beam. This means she won’t be competing with Ms19 at the National Club Championships in Bendigo later in September. I am so sad for Miss15. She’s already had a couple of fractured vertebrae last year as well as an injured ankle.

Dinner was baked salmon with avocado on a bed of pearl barley couscous

Wednesday 31 August 2016

Highlight #1

Performance review time. I came away very happy.

Highlight #2

The plumber came and fixed a leak in my en suite hand basin, repaired the taps in my laundry and tightened the taps in my shower. For those querying, yes I could do this myself but all my tools are still in storage and as a renter I shouldn’t be doing my own running repairs.

Dinner was chicken Maryland with macaroni and Brussels sprouts

Thursday 1 September 2016

It wasn’t pay day so it wasn’t an exciting Thursday. I did have a good meeting though at Russel Offices.

Dinner was a piece of chicken Maryland on a bed of crispy crunchy ‘instant’ noodles with Brussels sprouts.

Friday 2 September 2016

Hospital day!

Highlight #3

I received a gift from a workmate who had just passed her Part I examinations for her Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. She bought me a first edition of the American Society for Microbiology’s Manual of Clinical Microbiology. I have every edition of the Manual but the first which was published in 1970. This made my day. I was so happy. In fact, this made my week.

Manual of Clinical Microbiology First edition
Manual of Clinical Microbiology First edition

Dinner was leftover lamb shoulder with red quinoa and brown rice done fried rice style except rather than soy sauce I used Worcestershire sauce for an English touch.

Saturday 3 September 2016

It was raining cats and dogs so no walking today.

Lunch was a Garlo’s sausage roll and beef and mushroom hot pie

Garlo's beef and mushroom pie with Worcestershire sauce inside plus a sausage roll
Garlo’s beef and mushroom pie with Worcestershire sauce inside plus a sausage roll

Dinner was Coles Australian pork slowly cooked pork ribs

Final words

How was your week?

Let me know in the comments below.

 

Delicious Chicken Maryland with crispy rice recipe

Here we go again with another delicious Chicken Maryland with crispy rice recipe. Apart from salmon, Chicken Maryland is a favourite here on Yummy Lummy.

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So what is in tonight’s dinner?

  • one piece of chicken Maryland
  • one packet of quinoa rice cooked in the microwave oven according to the manufacturer’s instructions
  • a handful of grated cheese, I prefer Coon cheese but tonight I went with some generic tasty cheese
  • some sliced capsicum pieces
  • sliced jalapeño peppers
  • sliced red chillies and spring onions
  • freshly cracked black pepper

How did I put it all together?

  1. I cooked the quinoa rice in the microwave oven for 90 seconds and put it into the bottom of a nonstick frying pan
  2. I laid over some capsicum pieces and then some grated cheese
  3. The piece of Chicken Maryland went on next followed by some cracked pepper and then a little more cheese
  4. That went into an oven which had been heated to 200 °C for 20 minutes and then the oven was turned down to 150 °C for 40 minutes
  5. After an hour I removed the frying pan being careful to use an oven mitt
  6. I let everything rest for 10 minutes
  7. I prepared a plate and garnished with some spring onions, jalapeño peppers and red chillies

Preparing for the photograph

  1. I shot a photograph
  2. Ate the meal
  3. Washed the dishes
  4. Wrote the recipe
  5. Made a nice picture in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop
  6. Blogged and vlogged (verbs)
Baked cheesy Chicken Maryland with crispy quinoa rice, capsicum, jalapeños, chillis and spring onions
Baked cheesy Chicken Maryland with crispy quinoa rice, capsicum, jalapeños, chillis and spring onions

How did it taste?

It was pretty good. The cheesy chicken skin was crisp, the muscle bundles were tender and moist. The quinoa rice was crispy and the cheese added a nice taste and texture to the dish. The jalapeño peppers and chillies also helped me just how deadened my sense of taste and smell is while I am unwell.

Final words

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Slowly roasted beef rump

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A fine Sunday

I awoke this morning from a crapulent sleep. I wish I could sleep better. My allergies are getting worse. If it wasn’t for the continuous positive airways pressure (CPAP) machine next to my bed, I reckon I wouldn’t be able to function.

Unlike Saturday, there was no fog and the sky was a brilliant blue that is common for Canberra. As much as I detest the weather, the altitude and inland location make for the cleanest bluest skies that I’ve ever known. Canberra skies are quite brilliant.

I enjoyed a plate of chilli scrambled eggs on Rye toast with some Pialligo Estate smoked bacon for breakfast.

Chilli scrambled eggs on rye toast with Pialligo Estate smoked bacon
Chilli scrambled eggs on rye toast with Pialligo Estate smoked bacon
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Coffee at Everbean Espresso Bar
Coffee at Everbean Espresso Bar
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra

The pelicans are back on Lake Ginninderra

After breakfast I went for a walk around Lake Ginninderra and noticed a couple of pelicans near the boat ramp on the Western Foreshore.

I don’t know what it is about pelicans but I really like them. I was able to get quite close to a pair of them this morning. Fortunately, I had with me my 24–240 mm f/3.5–f/6.3 zoom lens. For a variable aperture zoom lens, it’s not too bad on my Sony α7 full frame body.

There was also another small black bird with the pelicans. I’ve been told it may be an Eurasian Coot.

Pelicans on Lake Ginninderra
Eurasian Coot on Lake Ginninderra

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Pelicans on #lakeginninderra #belconnen #cbr #canberra #igerscanberra #visitcanberra

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Pelicans on #lakeginninderra #belconnen #cbr #canberra #igerscanberra #visitcanberra

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Pelicans on Lake Ginninderra
Pelicans on Lake Ginninderra
Pelicans on Lake Ginninderra
Pelicans on Lake Ginninderra
Pelicans on Lake Ginninderra
Pelicans on Lake Ginninderra
Pelicans on Lake Ginninderra
Pelicans on Lake Ginninderra

Dinner preparation

Yesterday while grocery shopping I came across a nice looking piece of beef rump. I put together a plan in my mind to have a slowly roasted piece of beef rump with leftover beef for toasted sandwiches at work this week.

I’ve really come to like using Snapchat (my user name is garydlum if you want to be friends), especially the video feature because I can keep a copy and then share it on Instagram.

 

Slowly cooked roast rump for #dinner tonight #delicious #yummy #instafood #foodporn #iphone #snapchat

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Beef rump with potato, sweet potato, pumpkin and onion
Beef rump with potato, sweet potato, pumpkin and onion
Beef rump with potato, sweet potato, pumpkin, onion, rice and quinoa
Beef rump with potato, sweet potato, pumpkin, onion, rice and quinoa

What you need to make this slowly roasted lump of rump

  • A lump of rump
  • Brown onions × 2 with the outer layer removed
  • Sweet potato—peeled and cut into large pieces
  • Potato—1 spud quartered
  • Kent pumpkin—1 generous wedge cut into 2 pieces
  • Red quinoa—2 tablespoons
  • White quinoa—2 tablespoons
  • Arborio rice—4 tablespoons
  • Bay leaves × 2
  • Water—1 cup
  • Red wine—1 cup

Putting it all together

  1. In a large heavy casserole lay down a layer of rice, quinoa and then the vegetables
  2. Lay the lump of rump over the top
  3. Pour in the water and wine
  4. Cover with a sheet of baking paper to stop the lid from getting dirty because I’m lazy and don’t like scrubbing
  5. Cover with the casserole lid
  6. Place into an oven warmed to 150 °C
  7. Cook for 4 hours
  8. Remove the casserole from the oven and allow the meat to rest for 10 minutes
  9. Slice the meat and aliquot slices into containers for lunches
  10. Plate up the meal

Sharing the meal on-line

  1. Shoot a photograph
  2. Eat the meal
  3. Write the recipe
  4. Make a nice picture in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop
  5. Blog (verb)
  6. Vlog (verb)

How did it taste?

Beef rump with potato, sweet potato, pumpkin, onion, rice and quinoa
Beef rump with potato, sweet potato, pumpkin, onion, rice and quinoa

Bloody superb (it tasted really good)

The meat was pull apart tender and moist.

The vegetables were soft.

The juices were sublimely fatty and tasty.

Final words

If you like beef, you’ll love this.

If you like flavour, you’ll love this.

Please give it a go and let me know what you think.

Please send me a photograph and some comments.

 

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What I’ve eaten this week

Another week

It’s been a good week in food. While my predictability remains high, there has been some variation. I’ve also been trying to vary how I share what I’ve been eating. I’m using Snapchat more especially video which I share via Instagram. I’ve also been producing a few more YouTube videos to share how I have prepared food. I set up a page for them.

Split pea and ham soup

Last Sunday I made split pea and ham soup again in an attempt to get it to look more green. Instead of carrot I used potato. It wasn’t much greener.

 

Slow cooker split green pea and ham soup with Jalapeño peppers and chilli for kick
Slow cooker split green pea and ham soup with Jalapeño peppers and chilli for kick

Salmon

I cooked salmon in paper one night and a quick pan fried version the following evening.

Salmon cooked in paper with sugar snap peas and onion served with avocado
Salmon cooked in paper with sugar snap peas and onion served with avocado
Salmon cooked in paper with sugar snap peas and onion served with avocado
Salmon cooked in paper with sugar snap peas and onion served with avocado

Pan fried salmon with pearl barley couscous and chickpeas
Pan fried salmon with pearl barley couscous and chickpeas

Chicken Maryland

On Wednesday night I made cheesy Chicken Maryland with leftover slow cooker oyster blade steak.

Slow cooker oyster blade steak with Chicken Maryland served with avocado
Slow cooker oyster blade steak with Chicken Maryland served with avocado

On Friday evening I wrapped my Chicken Maryland in Pialligo estate artisan bacon

Bacon wrapped chicken Maryland
Bacon wrapped chicken Maryland

Chicken schnitzel wrap

On Thursday at lunch time I had a chicken schnitzel with chips wrap with friends

Royal chicken schnitzel chip butty with pink lemonade
Royal chicken schnitzel chip butty with pink lemonade

McDonald’s Double Quarter Pounder with a large vanilla thick shake

Thursday was a long day. I started with a 6 am teleconference and ended with a lecture at the ANU Medical School from 5.30 to 7.15 pm. I stopped at McDonalds on the way back to the apartment.

#dinner of champions from @mcdonaldsau #snapchat #iphone #instafood #foodporn #yummy

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Raisin toast after a 6 am teleconference #breakfast #yummy #delicious #instafood #foodporn #iphone #snapchat

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Roast pork with crispy crackling and potatoes

On Friday while working at The Canberra Hospital I enjoyed a meal of roast pork with crispy crackling and potatoes

Roast pig with crispy crackling and spuds #lunch #yummy #delicious #instafood #foodporn #iphone #snapchat

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Bacon and eggs

Saturday morning called for bacon and eggs

Pialligo Estate bacon and eggs
Pialligo Estate bacon and eggs

Garlo’s pie and sausage roll

Saturday lunch was a little extravagant with a pie and sausage roll

Garlo’s pie and sausage roll for #lunch #delicious #yummy #foodporn #instafood #iphone #snapchat

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Garlo's beef and mushroom pie with Worcestershire sauce and a Garlo's sausage roll with barbecue sauce
Garlo’s beef and mushroom pie with Worcestershire sauce and a Garlo’s sausage roll with barbecue sauce

 

Fried noodles

Saturday night was ‘vegetarian’ fried noodles with vegetables

Fried noodles with cheese and vegetables
Fried noodles with cheese and vegetables

Pelicans on Lake Ginninderra

It’s a 3 pelican day on #lakeginninderra #belconnen #canberra #cbr #iphone #snapchat

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Pelicans on Lake Ginninderra
Pelicans on Lake Ginninderra
Pelicans on Lake Ginninderra
Pelicans on Lake Ginninderra
Park bench on Lake Ginninderra
Park bench on Lake Ginninderra
Pelicans on Lake Ginninderra
Pelicans on Lake Ginninderra
Pelicans on Lake Ginninderra
Pelicans on Lake Ginninderra

Bacon wrapped Chicken Maryland

Bacon wrapped Chicken Maryland

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The Pialligo Estate Bacon’s Smokehouse burns down

It was a tragedy of epic proportions for residents of Canberra who love bacon. While it was not the complete loss of bacon altogether, it was the loss of some of the nicest bacon available locally in Canberra. Just in case you’re interested, the butcher at the Spence shops also makes lovely thick cut rashers of bacon. I’ve also enjoyed some home cured bacon from a former boss’s husband. Then of course you can always buy bacon from a supermarket where water is injected so that when you cook it, it turns into a soggy mess.

Back to the story, the Pialligo Estate’s Hume smokehouse was gutted by fire in Canberra’s south on the evening of Wednesday 20 July 2016. The good news is that no one was hurt and full production is expected to resume in the first week of August.

I normally buy my Pialligo Estate streaky bacon from “More than Meats” at Westfield Belconnen so when I was grocery shopping last week I snapped up the last two packets just in case there was a run on them and I may be caught short. I also snapped them in the Snapchat sense too (see what I did there).

Pialigo Estate streaky bacon
Pialligo Estate streaky bacon

After yesterday’s (Thursday 2016-07-28) day of eating out I thought I needed some home cooking tonight. I’d already done chicken protection of beef so it’s the chook’s turn to be protected tonight and there is no better way to protect meat than with streaky bacon.

What you need to make Chicken Maryland even more awesome

  • Chicken Maryland—1 piece (as big as you like it)
  • Cheese—1 or 2 slices of Coon cheese
  • Streaky bacon—as many rashers as you like
  • Red quinoa and brown rice—1 packet of Coles microwave red quinoa and brown rice
  • Frozen vegetables—whatever and as much as you like

How you cook this

  1. Cook the red quinoa and brown rice in the microwave oven according the instructions on the packaging (90 seconds).
  2. Put the rice in the bottom of a Pyrex container or onto a baking tray it’s really up to you and how crunchy you want your rice.
  3. Lay a couple of slices of Coon cheese on the top of the Chicken Maryland.
  4. Wrap the cheese to the chicken with rashers of streaky Pialligo Estate bacon.
  5. Use your hands to massage the bacon onto the cheese and chicken so it sticks firmly.
  6. Be loving and gentle as you massage the smoky fragrant bacon knowing your attention to detail will pay off as it cooks.
  7. Lay this masterpiece over the rice so that the hot tasty juices of the chicken, cheese and bacon drip into the red quinoa and brown rice and add flavour to the lovely textures of the grains.
  8. Place into an oven which has been preheated to 200 °C (400 °F) and cook for 20 minutes. At 20 minutes turn the heat down to 150 °C (300 °F) and cook for a further 40 minutes.
  9. It’s important to thoroughly cook the chicken. Wrapping it and putting it over a layer of quinoa rice protects the underside from the oven heat so you risk under cooking it. As much as I love a good infection with Salmonella and Campylobacter I don’t want to get enteritis (diarrhoea) myself.
  10. Once cooked, remove the meat and rice from the oven and allow it to rest.
  11. Prepare your vegetables by steaming them or cooking them in the microwave.
  12. Plate up the meal.

After you’ve plated up!

  1. The arty farty photographers say you make a picture, the more basic will say shoot a photograph. Basically I shoot a photograph at this stage and then after I’ve eaten I make a picture in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. So that must mean I’m basically arty farty!
  2. Eat the meal while standing up at the kitchen counter because my dinner/work table is covered in computer stuff and I can’t use my couch because the so called leather is falling apart.
  3. Wash the dishes
  4. Write the recipe
  5. Blog (verb)
  6. Vlog (verb) because now this is fun and I’m enjoying the learning curve of video editing software. I’m using Final Cut Pro X.

How did it taste?

Bacon wrapped chicken Maryland
Bacon wrapped chicken Maryland

Bloody superb! How could it not with Australia’s best artisan bacon plus Australia’s best cheese all around Coles hormone-free and antibiotic-free chicken.

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It’s been a fun week

School reunion

Well not quite. It’s been a fun week thinking about the primary school I attended, viz., Stafford Heights State School is celebrating 60 years of teaching primary school students this year. A reunion event is planned for September. Facebook is being used to share the love and information. It’s been really interesting seeing a lot of old photographs from school including sporting team photos and others. I’ve been added to a Facebook Messenger group for people who attended from 1971 to 1977. It’s been a lot of fun catching up with some people who I have not seen or spoken with for around 40 years.

I wrote a couple of pages of memories which got a few people chatting. One of the things I mentioned was the first girl I kissed and girls I had a crush on at school. Then there were my memories of playing hockey, cricket and rugby league. It’s not surprising as we all get older than some of us have a few medical complaints ranging from bad knees and shoulders, deafness and sight problems.

Stafford Heights State School Photographs
Stafford Heights State School Photographs
Stafford Heights State School Photographs
Stafford Heights State School Photographs
Stafford Heights State School Photographs
Stafford Heights State School Photographs

Snapchat

A friend at work revealed she’s on snapchat and she likes surreptitiously snapping butt cracks (aka coin slots) at shopping centres. We’ve become friends on snapchat so it’ll be interesting. If you want to connect on snapchat my user name is garydlum

Food

It’s been a ‘bad’ week in food. I’ve really overindulged in chocolate and junk food.

Charity Chocolate
Charity Chocolate
Sweet and sour prawns with noodles
Sweet and sour prawns with noodles
Fried egg on Brioche raisin toast
Fried egg on Brioche raisin toast
Fried egg with quinoa rice and vegetables
Fried egg with quinoa rice and vegetables
Cheesy baked chicken Maryland on sweet potato and brioche raisin toast with potato gems and vegetables
Cheesy baked chicken Maryland on sweet potato and brioche raisin toast with potato gems and vegetables
Baked cheesy chicken Maryland on a bed of crispy noodles with chilli chives and avocado
Baked cheesy chicken Maryland on a bed of crispy noodles with chilli chives and avocado
Italian meatball sub from Urban Bean Espresso Bar
Italian meatball sub from Urban Bean Espresso Bar
Pan fried salmon fillet with diced avocado, chilli, spring onions and chives in a maple syrup dressing
Pan fried salmon fillet with diced avocado, chilli, spring onions and chives in a maple syrup dressing
Giant coffee
Giant coffee
Pearl couscous with a fried egg
Pearl couscous with a fried egg
Leftover KFC chilli quinoa congee in brioche raisin toasted sandwich
Leftover KFC chilli quinoa congee in brioche raisin toasted sandwich
Surf and turf slowly cooked oyster blade steak with prawns and crunchy quinoa rice and vegetables
Surf and turf slowly cooked oyster blade steak with prawns and crunchy quinoa rice and vegetables
Potato pie
Potato pie

On Friday night I wanted something quick and simple. I even made a video.

Socks

A friend dared me to wear mismatched socks and see if anyone notices. No one did.

Star Trek socks
Star Trek socks

Lake Ginninderra

Saturday was cool but not cold and the air was still. The local wildlife was out and about.

Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Sea Gull on Lake Ginninderra
Sea Gull on Lake Ginninderra
Pelican on Lake Ginninderra
Pelican on Lake Ginninderra

Public art in the Woden wind tunnel

I really like the Canberra public art. It complements the street art nicely.

"The Fragment" with street art
“The Fragment” with street art