Food highlights from the 2017 National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival

I recently attended the 2017 National Clubs Gymnastics carnival in Bendigo to watch Miss 16 compete for Delta Brisbane. I wrote a description of the drive to Bendigo and back to Canberra on my other blog, viz., My Thoughts and Stuff.
This post will be a review of the food I ate on the trip.

The drive from Canberra to Bendigo

Google Map

Here is a map of my drive from Canberra to Bendigo. You can click on the place markers and get information including photographs from my journey.

Vanilla slice number 1 at Holbrook

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This vanilla slice wasn’t too bad. The custard was quite firm though and a little too gelatinous. The icing was nice, not too sweet and the pastry was crispy without being hard or tough.
It went down well with a cup of black tea.

Vanilla slice at Holbrook Bakery Gary Lum
Vanilla slice at Holbrook Bakery with a cup of black tea

Yatala Pies vanilla slice fail

 

Pork belly in Wangaratta

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I can highly recommend Cafe Derailleur in Wangaratta. For lunch, I enjoyed a dish of caramelised pork belly with an Asian slaw salad. To wash it down I had an apple, pear, lime and ginger juice.
Get yourself there and try out the menu.

Caramelised pork belly and coriander salad with apple ginger and lime juice Gary Lum
Caramelised pork belly and coriander salad with apple ginger and lime juice

A pot of tea with a lamington

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Even though I tend to go for vanilla slices, when I reached the Violet Town Cafe there were no vanilla slices left. The lamingtons looked good so I asked for one with a pot of black tea.
The lamington was perfect. The cake wasn’t too dry or moist, there was just enough coconut and it was coated nicely without too much loss.
Some friends on social media asked about jam. Nope, there was no jam in this lamington.

Lamington and tea at Violet Town Café Gary Lum
Lamington and tea at Violet Town Café

A really nice peppercorn sauce can overcome a tough steak

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I had dinner on the first night at the Lake View Hotel which is a few minutes walk down the road from the Comfort Inn Julie-Anna.
I asked for the scotch rib fillet cooked rare with a peppercorn sauce, hand cut chips and broccolini. The sauce was amazing. I love a fiery peppercorn sauce that makes my mouth feel like there’s a party going on between my lips. The steak itself was okay in terms of flavour but it was a bit tough.

Scotch fillet steak with peppercorn sauce served with chips and broccolini Gary Lum
Scotch fillet steak with peppercorn sauce served with chips and broccolini

A signature omelette at the Comfort Inn Julie-Anna

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You can read more about how I feel about my accommodation on my other blog (referred to above).
My first breakfast in the motel’s restaurant was a delicious omelette.

Julie-Anna’s omelette with cheese, bacon, red onion, mushroom and spinach Gary Lum
Julie-Anna’s omelette with cheese, bacon, red onion, mushroom and spinach

A so-called Chinese platter with a touch of the subcontinent

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While Miss 16 was travelling from Brisbane to Bendigo via Melbourne, I visited the Golden Dragon Museum which celebrates Bendigo’s significant Chinese heritage.
I took lunch at the end of my visit at the museum’s restaurant. I chose the Chinese platter which consisted of a deep fried dim sim, prawn crackers, a char siu bao, a deep-fried spring roll and a couple of samosas which I don’t think of as Chinese. This was all served with some Plum sauce which a dear Chinese friend tells me would never be served with a proper Chinese meal.
What can I say? It was a plate of deep fried tasty snacks plus a pork bun. It filled a hole in my belly.

Chinese platter with plum sauce at Bendigo’s Chinese dragon museum Gary Lum
Chinese platter with plum sauce at Bendigo’s Chinese dragon museum

I’ll never be vegan, I love a meaty pizza with extra anchovies

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I planned on Saturday night to watch the North Queensland Cowboys play against the Sydney Roosters in the second preliminary final of the National Rugby League’s 2017 season. I needed footy food. Pizza!
I had walked past Luchiano Pizza & Pasta the night before on the way to the Lake View Hotel. I looked up Luchiano Pizza & Pasta online and discovered I could order online so I paid for a meat lover’s pizza with extra anchovies. It was delicious. I’d happily eat another one.

Meat lovers' pizza Gary Lum
Meat lovers’ pizza

Smashed avo with poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce

Sunday breakfast in the Comfort Inn Julie-Anna restaurant was some nice smashed avocado with poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce. I think I inhaled it. It was really good.

Poached eggs and avocado with Hollandaise sauce Gary Lum
Poached eggs and avocado with Hollandaise sauce

Gymnastics means gems

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The tuck shop at the Bendigo Stadium is pretty good and well appointed. They do potato gems (tater tots) with or without gravy. Potato gems are perfect for watching gymnastics.

National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival means Potato gems Gary Lum
National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival means Potato gems

A delicate belly means a light dinner, how about a salad?

As I left Bendigo Stadium on Sunday afternoon I started experiencing some intense intestinal colic. I thought I should still eat so I went to the Lake View Hotel and asked for a Caesar salad.
The salad was delightful with nice long anchovy strips and a poached egg encased in a crumbed shell. The Caesar dressing was just a thin coating on really crispy lettuce leaves and the bacon was crispy as were the croutons.
The colicky bowel pains continued into the night and finally disappeared at 3 am.

Caesar salad with anchovies and a crumbed poached egg at the Lake View Hotel Gary Lum
Caesar salad with anchovies and a crumbed poached egg at the Lake View Hotel

Helsinki, Finland

Bacon and eggs of course

For my final Bendigo breakfast, I enjoyed crispy bacon, poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce. Breakfast of champions.

Bacon and eggs with Hollandaise sauce on Sourdough Gary Lum
Bacon and eggs with Hollandaise sauce on Sourdough

You had one job Bendigo Stadium tuck shop, one job!

After watching Miss 16 compete in the finals I went to the tuck shop to enjoy some potato gems. They had run out. There were none left. How could this be? I was disappointed. I had to make do with hot chips.

Hot chips 🍟 while watching gymnastics Gary Lum
Hot chips 🍟 while watching gymnastics

Crumbed steak and a delicious dessert

On my final night in Bendigo, I dined in the Comfort Inn Julie-Anna restaurant. I chose the crumbed steak with pepper sauce, chips and greens. I love crumbed steak, especially with a nice sauce. When the steak has been well seasoned and tenderised, the crumbed coating adds so much extra to the mouthfeel.

Crumbed beef with chips and pepper gravy Gary Lum
Crumbed beef with chips and pepper gravy

For dessert, I chose the blueberry ice cream sundae with white chocolate and honeycomb. This was a great dessert. I had neglected dessert while in Bendigo so this was a great finish to my trip.

Fruit sundae with white chocolate and honeycomb Gary Lum
Fruit sundae with white chocolate and honeycomb

When a dunny stop turns into first breakfast

Google Map

Here is the map of my drive from Bendigo to Canberra. You can click on the place markers and get information including photographs from my journey.

My belly was still a little delicate so I made sure that I took regular breaks on the drive north from Bendigo to Canberra.
My first stop was in Murchison which is about an hour out of Bendigo. After the toilet stop I went into the Murchison Bakery & Tearoom. As I entered I noticed in the display case some nice looking apple turnovers. I asked for one along with a cup of coffee.
The apple turnover was delicious. I’d happily eat another from the Murchison Bakery & Tearoom.

Apple turnover and coffee in Murchison Gary Lum
Apple turnover and coffee in Murchison

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Yes, I’m a Hobbit, I need second breakfast

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A short drive from Murchison is Benalla and Hide’s Bakery. I love this place. I felt the need for second breakfast so I asked for some toasted raisin bread and a coffee. This would have to be the best raisin bread I’ve ever tasted. It was so light and pillowy. It had a magnificent combination of fruit and flavour.
Before I left I also picked up a vanilla slice which I enjoyed for morning tea at a truck stop northbound on the highway.

Raisin toast and coffee at Hide's Bakery Benalla Gary Lum
Raisin toast and coffee at Hide’s Bakery Benalla
Vanilla slice from Hide’s Bakery in Benalla eaten at a truck stop northbound near Glenrowan Gary Lum
Vanilla slice from Hide’s Bakery in Benalla eaten at a truck stop northbound near Glenrowan

No trip is complete without a meat pie, or better yet, a potato pie!

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The driving conditions were great and it didn’t take long to get to Henri’s Wodonga Bakery which is the destination I had planned for lunch.
I really like this bakery. It is well appointed and has everything you could want in a bakery including pink icing vanilla slices.
I decided on a potato pie with bacon bits sprinkled on the mashed potato. It was delicious and a perfect lunch on a road trip.

Potato pie from Henri’s Bakery in Wodonga Gary Lum
Potato pie from Henri’s Bakery in Wodonga

No tucker in Tarcutta

I did stop in Tarcutta for a dunny break but I wasn’t hungry so there was no tucker in Tarcutta.
That’s about it. When I got back to the flat I made a salmon and salad dinner which I really needed after so many high meat and sweet food and a general lack of vegetables.

Baked salmon with salad Gary Lum
Baked salmon with salad

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How to make a Kransky battered sav?

Kransky battered sav

I’ll explain the origin story of this Kransky battered sav in my other blog. Suffice to say this is part of a food challenge from some work colleagues.


Battered sav origin story at My Thoughts and Stuff


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Kransky battered savs served with coleslaw, wasabi aioli, Kim chi, pickled ginger and tomato sauce Gary Lum
Kransky battered savs served with coleslaw, wasabi aioli, Kim chi, pickled ginger and tomato sauce

Recipe

Kransky battered savs served with coleslaw, wasabi aioli, Kim chi, pickled ginger and tomato sauce Gary Lum
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How to make a Kransky battered sav with Japanese and Korean tones
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
How to make a Kransky battered sav with Japanese and Korean tones. A fusion food challenge to beat them all.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 1
Calories: 1000 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 2 Kransky sausages
  • 1/2 cup Self raising flour
  • 3 tablespoons Plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 Eggs lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons Chilli flakes
  • 10 centimetres Wasabi from a tube
  • 3 tablespoons Aioli
  • 2 tablespoons Kim chi
  • 3 tablespoons Tomato sauce
  • Coleslaw
Instructions
  1. Heat some vegetable oil in a wok and get it to 180 °C
    Vegetable oil Gary Lum
  2. Shaft a Kransky sausage up its clacker with a skewer
  3. Combine the chilli flakes, flours, bicarbonate of soda, water and the egg and process with a stick blender until it is smooth

  4. Dip the Kransky sausage into the batter and cover it, make sure it's a nice thick batter that covers the full length of the big thick sausage
  5. Gently placed the coated sausage into the hot oil and cook for about 2 minutes
  6. Remove the big thick gnarly battered sausage from the oil and place on absorbent paper towel
  7. Reapply the thick gooey batter to the already coated sausage and then cook again
  8. Cook for a further 2 minutes and then allow to rest for a few minutes
  9. Serve with some Kim chi, wasabi aioli (made by adding some wasabi to aioli) and tomato sauce along with some coleslaw

  10. Shoot a photograph
  11. Eat these big thick sausages and dip liberally into the various sauces
  12. Wash the dishes
  13. Write the recipe
  14. Write a blog post and hope readers share this post on social media
Recipe Notes

I hope you enjoy this fusion of European, Japanese and Korean fare.

Photographs

Kransky in the delicatessen at Coles

From Coles Westfield Belconnen

Kransky sausages Gary Lum
Kransky sausages

Kim chi from the Asian grocery store

From Angkor Wat in Belconnen

Kim chi Gary Lum
Kim chi

Finished plate ready for tea

Kransky battered savs served with coleslaw, wasabi aioli, Kim chi, pickled ginger and tomato sauce Gary Lum
Kransky battered savs served with coleslaw, wasabi aioli, Kim chi, pickled ginger and tomato sauce

Questions and answers

Why do you like battered savs?

Well, I mean who wouldn’t love a battered sav. A battered sav is an iconic Australian food much like a meat pie or a vanilla slice.

Is the battered sav a euphemism for anything?

Well of course it is. It wouldn’t be Australia if we didn’t imply a sexual aspect to something so phallic.
The best example of this was made famous by Roy and HG.

If you want more from Roy and HJ check out their new podcast. I listen to them every Saturday evening.

Why the Kim chi?

I was describing the food challenge to a friend at Canberra Hospital and Health Services on Friday and she suggested Kim chi rather than sauerkraut.
If you want more about the origin story, please head over to My Thoughts and Stuff.

Medical Fun Facts

A new show drops at 7 pm on Monday 11 September 2017 (Canberra time). This week’s show is about hæmaturia or blood in your urine.

Click on the thumbnail above and you'll be taken to the show notes. It will be available after the show drops. Gary Lum
Click on the thumbnail above and you’ll be taken to the show notes. It will be available after the show drops.

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Blogger Recognition Award for Yummy Lummy

 

Slowly roasted pulled lamb and udon noodles tacos

Udon noodles tacos, who has ever heard of such a thing? I haven’t. This is my idea of a fusion meal with a difference. Lamb udon noodles tacos combine European, Japanese and Mexican elements with pulled meat from slowly roasted lamb bones, and creamy Udon noodles in a soft flour tortilla.

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Creamy udon noodles tacos with slowly roasted lamb Gary Lum
Creamy udon noodles tacos with slowly roasted lamb

Recipe

Creamy udon noodles tacos with slowly roasted lamb Gary Lum
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Creamy Udon Noodles Tacos
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 10 mins
 
Slowly roasted pulled lamb and udon noodles tacos made from pulled meat from lamb bones and a creamy sauce.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 1
Calories: 500 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • Lamb bones
  • Red wine
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • BBQ sauce
  • Udon noodles
  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Cream
  • Soft tortillas
  • Cayenne chillies
  • Jalapeño peppers
  • Spring onions
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • Chilli flakes
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 120 °C.
  2. In a baking tray, lay out the lamb bones and add the BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce and red wine so there is enough to keep the meat moist while slowly cooking.
  3. Cover the baking tray with aluminium foil and place it on the oven for three hours.
  4. When the meat is ready, remove the tray and while covered allow the meat to cool to room temperature.
  5. Pull the meat apart with your fingers and set aside for later.
  6. Cook the Udon noodles in boiling water for 8 minutes.
  7. Rinse the Udon noodles under cold water and then set aside.
  8. Make a roux with the butter and flour and convert it to a white sauce with milk but don't make it too thick yet.
  9. Add cream to the white sauce and allow it to thicken.
  10. Finely chop the Cayenne chillies, Jalapeño peppers and Spring onions.
  11. Warm up a soft flour tortilla in the microwave oven for 30 seconds.
  12. Add the Udon noodles to the hot sauce and add in some of the chillies, peppers and Spring onions plus a little of the pulled meat.
  13. Prepare the tacos and add some extra meat to the plate.
  14. Shoot a photograph.
  15. Eat or rather devour the Creamy Udon Noodles Tacos and make some more with the leftover ingredients.
  16. Wash the dishes.
  17. Write the recipe.
  18. Blog about this masterpiece and hope that people who read the blog post share it on Twitter, Facebook and even Google+.
Recipe Notes

This is an amazing fusion of European, Japanese and Mexican cuisines.

Photographs

The only time raw milk makes sense

Is when it’s fresh from a nipple

When RAW milk makes sense Gary Lum
When RAW milk makes sense

Sushi lunch before watching Game of Thrones

Saturday Sushi Gary Lum
Saturday Sushi

Afternoon tea as I start to watch Game of Thrones

Ginger beer and chips using my metal straw to protect the environment Gary Lum
Ginger beer and chips using my metal straw to protect the environment

Dinner while watching Game of Thrones

Creamy udon noodles tacos with slowly roasted lamb Gary Lum
Creamy udon noodles tacos with slowly roasted lamb

Dessert while watching Game of Thrones

Coconut yoghurt Gary Lum
Coconut yoghurt

Extra dessert while watching Game of Thrones

Kensington Pride mangoes 2 for $6 Gary Lum
Kensington Pride mangoes
2 for $6

Father’s Day Breakfast Taco

Check out my Father’s Day post over on my other blog.

Father's Day breakfast taco with bacon, eggs, and cheese Gary Lum
Father’s Day breakfast taco with bacon, eggs, and cheese

Close up of my Father’s Day Breakfast Taco

Father's Day breakfast taco with bacon, eggs, and cheese Gary Lum
Close up of my Father’s Day breakfast taco with bacon, eggs, and cheese

 

Questions and answers

What inspired me to make this?

I had some lamb bones in the freezer and some old Udon noodles in the pantry. I was looking through some books on my Kindle and noticed Hilah Johnson’s breakfast taco cook book in there.
I thought it would be a good idea to make tacos for dinner while watching Game of Thrones Season 7 on the weekend.

Do I like Game of Thrones?

Hell yeah. What’s not to like about Game of Thrones? Season 7 certainly disappoint.

Why do I watch a whole season in one sitting?

I’m too tight fisted to subscribe to Foxtel and as an official in the Australian Public Service, I’m not prepared to download it illegally given all the attention the government had given to piracy.
I wait until the end of the season and buy it from iTunes.
I also like making an event out of it by cooking something nice while I watch.
I enjoyed quite a bit of food while watching Game of Thrones on the weekend.

Medical Fun Facts

Monday night episode 82 drops at 7 pm Canberra time on Monday 4 September 2017. I mention Gunt, Vibrators and Google.

Medical Fun Facts Episode 82 Gary Lum
Medical Fun Facts Episode 82

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BBQ beef short ribs

BBQ beef short ribs

When I was buying the beef short ribs yesterday I had no idea it would snow in Canberra as I was cooking them. Given Canberra experienced hail and snow flurries comfort food in the form of BBQ beef short ribs seemed like a good choice.

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What I didn’t realise when I purchased the pack of ribs was they were all separated and not a set of ribs. It turns out this worked in my favour as it made plating up the ribs at the end of cooking easier.

Beef short ribs after 4 hours in the oven and served with a Kensington Pride mango salad Gary Lum
Beef short ribs after 4 hours in the oven and served with a Kensington Pride mango salad

Recipe

Beef short ribs after 4 hours in the oven and served with a Kensington Pride mango salad Gary Lum
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BBQ beef short ribs slowly cooked in a low oven
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 10 mins
 
It rained, hailed and snowed in Canberra today and this BBQ beef short ribs dish was perfect especially with the oven on keeping my apartment nice and warm.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 1
Calories: 750 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 1 Packet Beef short ribs
  • 1 Sweet potato
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Red wine
  • 1/4 Cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Pinches Black pepper
  • 2 Pinches Sea salt
  • 2 Pinches Chilli flakes
  • 2 Pinches Garlic powder
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 Kensington Pride mango
  • 2 Cups Salad leaves
Instructions
  1. Set the oven to 120 °C
    Beef short ribs 822 g at $11.34 Gary Lum
  2. Line a baking tray with baking paper to keep it clean and to avoid baked on meat and sauce
  3. Lay in the ribs, sweet potato and onion
  4. Squirt the BBQ sauce onto the ribs and add the garlic powder, pepper, salt and chilli flakes
  5. Add some red wine, Worcestershire sauce to keep everything moist as the water in the liquid ingredients boils and elaborates steam (note you cannot see steam, it's the gas form of water, what you can see is water vapour)
    Beef short ribs ready for the oven with barbecue sauce, chilli flakes, garlic powder, red wine and Worcestershire sauce. There's a sweet potato and onions in there too. Gary Lum
  6. Seal the baking tray with some aluminium (note it is not aluminum) foil
  7. Place into the oven for four hours
  8. After four hours cooking, allow the meat to rest for twenty to thirty minutes
  9. Put together a mango salad and plate up the ribs and salad
  10. Shoot a photograph
  11. Eat the meal
  12. Wash the dishes
  13. Write the recipe
  14. Write a blog post and hope people share the post on social media
Recipe Notes

It doesn't have to snow and hail for you to make this but it helps you enjoy it more knowing the weather has been inhospitable.

Photographs

Vacuum packed beef short ribs

Beef short ribs 822 g at $11.34 Gary Lum
Beef short ribs 822 g at $11.34

Ready for the oven

Beef short ribs ready for the oven with barbecue sauce, chilli flakes, garlic powder, red wine and Worcestershire sauce. There's a sweet potato and onions in there too. Gary Lum
Beef short ribs ready for the oven with barbecue sauce, chilli flakes, garlic powder, red wine and Worcestershire sauce. There’s a sweet potato and onions in there too.

Ready for “inhaling”

Beef short ribs after 4 hours in the oven and served with a Kensington Pride mango salad Gary Lum
Beef short ribs after 4 hours in the oven and served with a Kensington Pride mango salad

The taste of Summer

Kensington Pride mangoes in August in Canberra Gary Lum
Kensington Pride mangoes in August in Canberra

Questions and answers

How did you get a Kensington Pride mango in August?

The crops in the Top End have started harvesting early this year. The mangoes currently on sale are very expensive at $4 each but a mango salad gives a taste of summer and I’m sick of Canberra winter. I hate Canberra winter.

What sort of red wine did you use?

It was a $5 bottle of Shiraz. I know there are gourmets who say you should only use wine that you would drink meaning you should cook with good quality wine, but I can’t drink alcohol so I wouldn’t have a clue. I reckon that advice is just to help liquor stores sell more expensive wine.

Do you add chilli flakes to everything you eat?

Almost everything I eat has chilli flakes added to it. I really like chilli flakes.

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Free rosemary

Free rosemary from a flowering bush on the side of the road on Beissel Street in Belconnen. Well, maybe not free. I don’t know the status of rosemary or any herb for that matter on the verge of footpaths in Canberra. Given there is so much of it, I hope it’s not illegal. If it is, someone please let me know. I only cut off a few short sprigs. The reason for acquiring the rosemary was to add to the lamb bones I cooked this afternoon. Rosemary goes so well with lamb.

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Slowly roasted lamb bones with mashed potato, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, peas and corn Gary Lum
Slowly roasted lamb bones with mashed potato, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, peas and corn

 

 

Recipe

Slowly roasted lamb bones with mashed potato, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, peas and corn Gary Lum
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Slowly oven roasted lamb bones with rosemary and pepper
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 5 mins
 
Rosemary goes really well with lamb, especially roasted lamb bones which are full of flavour and fatty goodness.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 1
Calories: 500 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • Rosemary A few sprigs
  • 666 grams Lamb bones
  • 1 tablespoon Black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon Sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon Chilli flakes
  • 1 Potato
  • 1 Red onion
  • 1 packet Mashed potato Microwave
  • Broccoli
  • 1/4 cup Peas
  • 1/4 cup Corn
  • 1 splash Worcestershire sauce
Instructions
  1. Acquire or 'steal' some rosemary from a local bush
    Rosemary bush, thick and flowering Gary Lum
  2. In a baking tray lay in some slices of potato and onion
  3. On top of the vegetable layer layout the lamb bones
    Lamb bones dressed for the oven with rosemary, peppercorns, chilli flakes and sea salt Gary Lum
  4. Add a good splash of Worcestershire sauce and some olive oil
  5. Add the black peppercorns, sea salt and chilli flakes plus the rosemary
  6. Cover with aluminium foil and then into a slow oven at 150 °C for 3 hours
  7. Cook some broccoli and corn and peas in the microwave oven
  8. Prepare the microwave mashed potato
  9. Serve the lamb bones with the vegetables
  10. Shoot a photograph
  11. Eat the meal
  12. Wash the dishes
  13. Write the recipe
  14. Write a blog post
  15. Hope friends and others share this post on social media and hope I don't get into any trouble for how I acquired the rosemary
Recipe Notes

An absolutely delicious way to enjoy lamb and vegetables.

 

 

Photographs

My rosemary acquisition

Rosemary by the side of the road Gary Lum
Rosemary by the side of the road
Rosemary bush, thick and flowering Gary Lum
Rosemary bush, thick and flowering
Rosemary sprigs Gary Lum
Rosemary sprigs

 

Other sights on my foraging

Abandoned trolleys and curries of Belconnen

Who would leave an entire curry meal in a trolley on the side of the road? What a waste!

Abandoned trolley with abandoned curry Gary Lum
Abandoned trolley with abandoned curry
Abandoned trolley with abandoned curry Gary Lum
Abandoned trolley with abandoned curry

My dinner

Lamb bones for $3 Gary Lum
Lamb bones for $3
Lamb bones dressed for the oven with rosemary, peppercorns, chilli flakes and sea salt Gary Lum
Lamb bones dressed for the oven with rosemary, peppercorns, chilli flakes and sea salt
Slowly roasted lamb bones with mashed potato, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, peas and corn Gary Lum
Slowly roasted lamb bones with mashed potato, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, peas and corn

My lunch

Garlo's Beef and mushroom pie with cream cheese Gary Lum
Garlo’s Beef and mushroom pie augmented with cream cheese
Garlo's Beef and mushroom pie augmented with cream cheese and Worcestershire sauce Gary Lum
Garlo’s Beef and mushroom pie augmented with cream cheese and Worcestershire sauce

Questions and answers

Why don’t you buy rosemary?

Well, for a few small twigs it can cost as much as $3 in the supermarket. That’s as much as the meat in this dish. Getting it from the side of the road was a lot cheaper.

Have you stolen other things?

When I was in primary school I remember stealing a bottle of Singer machine oil from the supermarket. I needed it to oil my Mum’s sewing machine.

What lamb bones did you cook?

These bones are ribs and probably constitute lamb or mutton flaps.

How are you feeling?

I still feel blergh. I hope I start to feel better soon.

Tomorrow night’s podcast mentions lung butter!

You can read the blog, listen to it as a podcast and watch on YouTube tomorrow night at 7 pm Canberra time. For all the details visit drgarylum.com/blog


Tell me, dear reader, have you ever stolen herbs from the side of the road?


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Roasted cauliflower soup | Fartworthy to the core

Roasted cauliflower soup

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While shopping yesterday I spied a nice looking cauliflower and thought roasted cauliflower soup would be just the thing for Sunday tea. Cauliflower soup brings back some strong memories. My youngest daughter detested cauliflower soup and would refuse to eat it.

It seems a friend from Melbourne had a similar idea to me and she made a large batch for the week ahead. If you would like to see it, please feel free to join the Facebook group “Cooking meals for one”.

We’ve had a few new members to the group who have brought with them some new thoughts and ideas.

Cauliflower soup with curry and blue cheese Gary Lum
Cauliflower soup with curry and blue cheese

 

Recipe

 

Cauliflower soup with curry and blue cheese Gary Lum
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Roasted cauliflower soup with curry and blue cheese
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 35 mins
 
Roasted cauliflower soup with some curry and blue cheese along with some sourdough olive bread for tea.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 3
Calories: 400 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 1 large Cauliflower
  • 1 Potato
  • 100 grams Bacon pieces
  • 2 teaspoons Curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 cup White wine
  • 2 cups Chicken stock
  • Parsley
Instructions
  1. Turn the oven on to 200 °C or 400 °F
  2. Deflower the cauliflower and crudely dice the potato into large pieces
  3. Place the cauliflower, potato and bacon into a large baking tray and slosh the olive oil over it all
  4. Cover the potato, cauliflower and bacon with the curry powder
  5. Place the baking tray into the oven for an hour
  6. After cooking in the oven place everything into a large saucepan add the wine and stock
  7. Bring the liquid to a slow simmer and with a stick blender purée into a soup
    Cauliflower soup in the pot Gary Lum
  8. Add some parsley into the soup
  9. Serve in a bowl with some crumbled blue cheese and garnish with parsley
  10. Serve with some sourdough olive bread
  11. Eat the soup
  12. Wash the dishes
  13. Write the recipe
  14. Write a blog post
  15. Hope people will share this recipe on social media
Recipe Notes

You need to get some colour on the cauliflower and potato when it's in the oven to get some extra flavour.

Photographs

Cauliflower soup for tea with plenty left for later in the week. Not the greatest photograph. I shot this with my iPhone while the pot was still on the stove.

Cauliflower soup in the pot Gary Lum
Cauliflower soup in the pot

This was today’s brunch. I really enjoy a BLT, especially on sourdough bread. I bought the bread from Coles. The bacon was cooked in a hot oven for 15 minutes.

BLT on sourdough olive bread for brunch Gary Lum
BLT on sourdough olive bread for brunch

Questions and answers

Does cauliflower soup make you fart?

Yes, it does. It’s a sweet aroma with the curry added. I know farting isn’t exactly a great topic to talk about but everyone does it. I’m pretty confident this soup will keep my bedroom fragrant tonight. My only conern is that I will take leftover soup to work and who knows what will happen there. I’ll have to duck off and be by myself I think. This soup packs a powerful punch when it comes to flatus generation.

Why add the potato?

The starch from the potato helps keep the soup nice and thick and creamy. I quite often add cream to soups, but this didn’t need it. It was quite thick in the end.

Did your daughter ever learn to like cauliflower soup?

No, she’s not become a fan. My dream one day is to make her a soup she likes.

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Slowly roasted lamb bones

Slowly roasted lamb bones

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Slowly roasted lamb bones fill my flat with deep rich aromas that can only come when there is a good amount of fat with muscle and bone.

If you go over to My Thoughts and Stuff you’ll come across a post about how I desire mutton flaps. That story will put this recipe into context.

Yes, this is a sheep showing the mutton flaps Gary Lum
Mutton flaps
Slowly roasted lamb bones served with mashed potato, peas, corn and carrot with gravy Gary Lum
Slowly roasted lamb bones served with mashed potato, peas, corn and carrot with gravy

 

Recipe

Slowly roasted lamb bones served with mashed potato, peas, corn and carrot with gravy Gary Lum
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Slowly roasted lamb bones
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs 45 mins
Total Time
4 hrs 50 mins
 
When there's a good amount of fat and bone you know the muscle will be full of tasty flavours. These bones impart huge flavour to the meat.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 3
Calories: 500 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 800 grams Lamb bones
  • Potato Sliced
  • Celery Sliced
  • Onion Sliced
  • Carrot Sliced
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Garlic powder
  • Dried black peppercorns
  • 1 packet Microwave mashed potato
  • 1 cup Gravox gravy
  • 1 cup Frozen peas and corn
  • 1 cup White wine
Instructions
  1. Turn on the oven and set it to 150 °C
    Vacuum packed lamb bones ready for slowly roasting Gary Lum
  2. In a heavy baking tray add sliced onion, potato, carrot and celery
    Lamb bones and vegetables in a baking tray ready for slowly roasting Gary Lum
  3. Lay the meat over the vegetables
  4. Splash in the Worcestershire sauce and the wine and add the peppercorns and garlic powder
  5. Cover with two layers of aluminium foil and then place into the oven for at least four hours
  6. After four hours remove the aluminium foil and put the baking tray back into the oven with the heat turned up to 200 °C to get juices reduced
    Lamb bones and vegetables in a baking tray after four hours slowly roasting Gary Lum
  7. After 30 minutes remove the baking tray and allow the meat to rest for 15 minutes
  8. Prepare the mashed potato and gravy as per the packet instructions
  9. Cook the frozen vegetables in the microwave oven
  10. Plate up and shoot a photograph
  11. Eat the meal and then wash the dishes
  12. Write the recipe
  13. Write blog post
  14. Hope that your friends and others will share the blog post on social media
Recipe Notes

If you don't want your living area filled with the aromas of slowly cooked lamb fat, open your windows, but I think you're missing out.

 

Photographs

Lamb bones vacuum packed

Vacuum packed lamb bones ready for slowly roasting Gary Lum
Lamb bones ready for slowly roasting

Lamb bones ready for the oven

Lamb bones and vegetables in a baking tray ready for slowly roasting Gary Lum
Lamb bones and vegetables in a baking tray ready for slowly roasting

Lamb bones out of the oven

Lamb bones and vegetables in a baking tray after four hours slowly roasting Gary Lum
Lamb bones and vegetables in a baking tray after four hours slowly roasting
Slowly roasted lamb bones served with mashed potato, peas, corn and carrot with gravy Gary Lum
The fatty perspective. Slowly roasted lamb bones served with mashed potato, peas, corn and carrot with gravy

Questions and answers

Why lamb bones?

You need to see the Mutton Flaps post on My Thoughts and Stuff

Why packet mashed potato?

It’s like microwave rice, it’s quick, easy and convenient. It doesn’t taste too bad either.

Is there anything else?

Well yes. I’ve been noticing some strange online behaviour here with odd comments. Basically spam but not in the usual spam structure. No links and no abuse, but the comments seemed to be from random people who I had not reached out to and who didn’t seem engaged with the blog. When I saw it I would remove it. I thought the safest thing to do would be to moderate all comments so I had a greater level of control.
Of more concern, I’ve also had a sort of reverse problem with some good (online) friends not being able to comment and their words ending up in my spam folders. I hope by increasing the control I have over comments, this problem will be ameliorated.

Trolls

This raises the issue of online trolls. I’ve been really fortunate that I can count on the number of fingers of one hand the number of times I’ve been trolled on my personal sites (including Medical Fun Facts). On the other hand, from time to time at work, I get abusive messages but that’s very different. Friends who keep an eye open for me have sent some interesting screenshots from various social media accounts. It would be inappropriate to describe these in any detail here but it’s one of the reasons why I try to be polite, friendly and courteous here. There are a few safe spaces where I can be more myself online and in those forums, it is nice to be amongst like-minded people.
When online, I usually write with trolls in mind. I’m not wanting to be controversial and if I have anything controversial to write I’ll try to couch it carefully. Even on my Medical Fun Facts blog/podcast/YouTube when I’m a bit out there, e.g., I have a strong position in favour of conventional medicine including vaccination, I try to make sure I’m on solid ground.

Spam

It remains a constant problem and what I don’t get is with good anti-spam products like Akismet, why do spammers bother. Unlike the tasty canned pork product, I hate online spam, especially now malware and ransomware are becoming more common.

Spam
Gary Lum spam

If anyone has ever sent me an e-mail and I’ve not responded, I’m sorry. Unless I know you, I’ll probably delete the e-mail.

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Leftover KFC Casserole

 

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Leftover KFC Casserole

Like the owner and head chef from OTIS Dining Hall (Damian Brabender), I have a thing for KFC. Although for me, it’s more of a deep abiding adoration. I know I shouldn’t eat it too often but I can’t help buying it when I think about it for too long on a Friday. Fridays being my traditional takeaway dinner day. I spent the day at Canberra Hospital and Health Services in ACT Pathology practising medicine. Yes, I know, practising medicine and eating KFC really don’t go together.

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Yesterday I received a little bit of good news and I wanted to celebrate. Given I had no one to celebrate with, I went with KFC and a 21-piece bucket at that.

Recipe

Leftover KFC casserole straight out of the oven Gary Lum
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Leftover KFC casserole
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
 

When I buy a 21-piece bucket I consume the thigh and wing pieces after purchase and then put away the breast and other pieces into the refrigerator. Leftover KFC makes for a delicious chicken casserole.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 4
Calories: 500 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 8 Leftover KFC pieces
  • 1 handful Parsley
  • 2 Large mushrooms
  • 1 small tin Green peppercorns
  • 1 cup White wine
  • 1 handful Cashew nuts
  • 1 tin Cream of chicken soup
  • 2 sticks Celery
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 1 cup Frozen vegetables
Instructions
  1. In a casserole or sturdy baking dish place the leftover pieces of KFC
  2. Add some sliced flat mushrooms
  3. Toss in the cup of frozen vegetables plus some sliced celery and onion and poke the vegetables in between the pieces of KFC.
  4. Pour over a can of condensed cream of chicken soup and rinse out the can with a little white wine and pour that in too. You want to ensure the liquid gets about halfway up the side of the baking tray so there is sufficient water to keep everything juicy and moist.
  5. Sprinkle in your nuts, well not your nuts but some cashews and if you can throw some cash around, some Queensland nuts from the genus Macadamia.

  6. Open the tin of green peppercorns and pour them in.
  7. Once everything is in the baking tray, seal it with a lid if it has one or cover in aluminium foil and make sure it is a snug fit.

  8. Place in a hot oven 200 °C/400 °F for one hour.
  9. After one hour remove the lid and sprinkle on a little grated cheese and then return to the oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
  10. Once the cheese has become brown and crispy remove the tray from the oven and allow the casserole some rest.
    Leftover KFC casserole straight out of the oven Gary Lum
  11. Serve up on a plate and shoot a photograph.
  12. Eat the meal.
  13. Wash the dishes and write the recipe.
  14. Write a blog post and share it later.
Recipe Notes

In the old days, I could eat a 21-piece bucket in one go. Now I prefer to leave leftovers so I can keep enjoying the chicken and the herbs and spices!

Photographs

This was my dinner on Friday night. I decided after a piece of good news that I’d spoil myself with some KFC.

KFC for dinner, a selection from a 21 piece bucket. Gary Lum
KFC for dinner, a selection from a 21 piece bucket.

This is the leftover KFC casserole after it came out of the oven

Leftover KFC casserole straight out of the oven Gary Lum
Leftover KFC casserole straight out of the oven

This is the leftover KFC casserole ready to be eaten

Leftover KFC casserole straight out of the oven Gary Lum
Leftover KFC casserole straight out of the oven

 

Questions and answers

Why do you like KFC?

I like the crumb coating and the finger licking good flavour of the 13 herbs and spices. Yes, I like licking my fingers.

Surely KFC is too fatty and greasy?

It certainly is. I don’t eat it every day or every week or every month. I like spoiling myself with flavours I like and things that taste good, especially if it tastes good as I lick my fingers.

How long have you been a member of the Australian Society for Microbiology?

Well, I became a formal member in 1989. In the Northern Territory, I chaired the NT branch. Since that time I’ve also been a member of the Society’s editorial board and examination board. This year I became the registrar for the National Examination and Qualifications Board.

Could you make the casserole without KFC?

Sure, you could use any pre-cooked roast chicken. In Australia, that includes Red Rooster and chickens from Coles and Woolworths.

Is there anyone you want to shout out to?

My very good friend Just Me from Here in the Silence. Check out her poetry and writing.

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Sunshine blogger award and pineapple pork

Sunshine blogger award and pineapple pork

Thank you so much to Mummy Blogger, Purdey Makes 6 for nominating Yummy Lummy for the Sunshine blogger award.

Please check out Purdey Makes 6; what a great blog and “Mummy” has six children. That’s an inspiration! I can’t imagine what meal planning and meal preparation must be like.

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Before we get to the award I wanted to share a recipe for pineapple pork.

Pineapple pork with rice Gary Lum
Pineapple pork with rice

Recipe

Pineapple pork with rice Gary Lum
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Pineapple pork
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 
Here’s a simple minimal ingredient recipe which will bring a ray of sunshine into your cooking meals for one. It’s a little fatty with the pork, but the pineapple juices will hopefully cut through it all.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 1
Calories: 750 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 500 grams Pork rashers
  • Pineapple
  • 1 packet Microwave rice
Instructions
  1. Get the pork rashers to room temperature before cooking
    Pork rashers and pineapple Gary Lum
  2. Heat the oven to 200 °C (400 °F)
  3. In a small nonstick frying pan arrange the rashers rind up and put pineapple pieces in between
  4. Add some pineapple syrup or juice to the frying pan but not too much. Keep the rind free of touching the liquid.
  5. Put the frying pan into the oven and cook for 1 hour
    Pork rashers and pineapple ready for the oven Gary Lum
  6. When the pork is cooked remove it from the oven and allow to rest on absorbent paper towel for 10 minutes
  7. While the pork is resting, cook the microwave rice according to the product instructions
  8. Cut the pork into strips across the grain
  9. Prepare a bowl by placing the rice in first, then the pineapple pieces followed by any remaining juice from the frying pan. Finally add the pork and garnish with some spring onion.
  10. Shoot a photograph for sharing on social media including the Facebook group Cooking meals for one
  11. Eat the meal
  12. Wash the dishes
  13. Write the recipe
  14. Write a blog post
  15. Hope my friends share this recipe on social media
Recipe Notes

This recipe is great, but made better with the addition of the Sunshine blogger award.

Don't forget the Facebook group, Cooking meals for one

Pork rashers and pineapple Gary Lum
Pork rashers and pineapple
Pork rashers and pineapple ready for the oven Gary Lum
Pork rashers and pineapple ready for the oven

Facebook Group

 

Please join my Facebook Group called Cooking meals for one It’s a safe space where you can share what you’re having for dinner each day. The group encourages photographs and links. It’s currently an open group. It’s free to join.

Sunshine blogger award

Sunshine blogger award Gary Lum
Sunshine blogger award

Okay, so I’m going to do this in two parts. Part one is answering questions from Purdey Makes 6. Part two will be the nomination of other bloggers and I will share the rules. I’ll do that in another post in the near future.

11 questions from Purdey Makes 6 for the Sunshine blogger award

Other than blogging, what do you spend your day doing?

I work full time. On Monday to Thursday, I put in 40 hours at the Australian Government Department of Health as a Principal Medical Advisor. On Fridays, I practice medicine as an Honorary Visiting Medical Officer in ACT Pathology. I’m a specialist microbiologist. On weekends, I like to walk around Lake Ginninderra, watch YouTube videos, listen to podcasts, record my Medical Fun Facts podcast and write posts in my other two blogs, viz., Yummy Lummy and My Thoughts and Stuff. I also like watching Star Trek and other TV shows on Netflix and Stan.

What is your favourite blogger?

That’s a really difficult question. I like so many bloggers. There are Canberra based food bloggers, Australian food bloggers (like Lorraine Elliott), artists and creative cartoonists like Jennifer Paetsch and fabulously creative writers like Just Me. Some of these are my favourites for different reasons. I also like finding new bloggers to read.

Who inspires you in life?

I’m inspired by a few people. A former boss in the Northern Territory of Australia is, in my opinion, the best leader I’ve had the privilege to work with. I have a few close friends who also inspire me. One is a writer of amazing poetry. Another is an artist. Most of all, I’m inspired by people who love life and live it while remaining grounded. If they are good humoured and good natured, that is even better. Apart from that, the service women and men of the Australian Defence Force inspire me. 

3 desert Island foods?

Coconut, fish and limes. The coconut is good for chewing and the coconut water for hydration and something different to water. The fish will give me protein and I can eat it with the coconut milk I make from the coconuts. The limes will prevent scurvy while I try to figure out an escape or wait for rescue.

What is your best trait?

Calm under pressure.

What is your worst?

Not thinking about the feelings of others when I say things, especially when I think I’m trying to be humorous. My insensitivity is my greatest failing and will ultimately be my downfall I think. 

What perks you up on a bad day?

A friendly word from a friend who may be near (local) or far away (overseas). I love that technology means all my friends can be in my smartphone whether it be a text message or a call. 

What item could you not live without in life?

My iPhone and a battery charger!

Who puts the biggest smile on your face?

Close friends and family. Usually for different reasons.

What’s your signature dish if you are cooking for friends and family?

Salmon and some sort of salad. I like to pan fry the salmon.

What’s your biggest dream for the future?

That my daughters are happy adults and that I can travel the world when I retire.

Sorry, Mommy Blogger if I didn’t answer those questions exactly as you might have expected.

Medical Fun Facts

If you’re interested in infection by Cryptococcus species, please check out Monday night’s show which will drop at 7 pm Canberra time.

Medical Fun Facts Episode 76 Cryptococcus Beware of pigeons Gary Lum
Medical Fun Facts Episode 76 Cryptococcus
Beware of pigeons

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