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How to cook beef brisket in a slow cooker

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

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

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

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

Let me know what you think

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

What are vegetable options could you use?

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

Can the meat be frozen?

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

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Bacon and chicken spicy congee with quinoa

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

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

The ultimate comfort food

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

Recipe

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

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

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

  2. Add the chicken and bacon and stir through

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

  4. Add the cabbage and stir through

  5. Add the star anise on top

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

  7. Release the pressure once cooked and remove the lid

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

  9. Aliquot into containers for lunch at work

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

  11. Shoot a photograph

  12. Eat the meal

  13. Clean the dishes

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

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

Recipe Notes

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

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should you cook congee in a pressure cooker?

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

Do you have to use a pressure cooker?

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

What other meat can you use?

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

Do you have a slow cooker variation?

Yes, I do. Slow cooker pork quinoa congee.

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Easter beef short ribs and breaking a tooth

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

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

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

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

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

  3. Add the garlic powder and chilli flakes

  4. Place the coriander around the ribs

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

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

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

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

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

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

  11. Shoot a photograph and tuck in

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recipe Notes

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

Lunch

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

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

Breakfast

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

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

Dinner

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

Broken tooth Easter beef short ribs Gary Lum
Broken tooth

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How to make pork and cabbage soup

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Pork and cabbage soup on Canberra labour day 2016, what a great idea! A great way to use leftover slowly cooked pork shoulder.

It’s been two long weekends in a row. Not a bad thing. This weekend also marked the beginning of daylight saving in some states and the Australian Capital Territory. Getting an extra day to manage a slightly earlier start is a good thing.

The weather in Canberra has been good. On Saturday and today, we’ve had rain and overcast skies. Sunday was bright, shiny and relatively warm. I managed to get out for a walk around Lake Ginninderra and shoot a couple of photographs. I wanted to play with some new software. It seemed to produce a couple of nice pictures.

Lake Ginninderra photographs

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The cabbage soup

On Sunday, I put a boneless pork shoulder in the slow cooker and had a nice simple pork and cabbage dinner. Today I used some of the leftover pork and boiled some cabbage along with some coconut milk to make a nice soup.

What went into the cabbage soup

  • Leftover pork shoulder in bite sized chunks
  • A quarter of a small drumhead cabbage finely shredded
  • One packet of salt reduced French onion soup
  • Use a single jalapeño pepper and red chilli sliced with the seeds included
  • Two hundred and seventy millilitres of coconut milk

How to put the cabbage soup together

  1. In a large saucepan boil the cabbage and French onion soup until the cabbage is soft.
  2. Toss in the pork and bring it back to the boil for a couple of minutes to heat the pork through.
  3. Drain out most of the water and add the coconut milk and bring it to the boil and then turn down the heat and allow it to simmer for a few minutes.
  4. Ladle the soup into a large bowl and then garnish with the chillies and peppers along with some chopped chives.

How does the cabbage soup taste?

Pork and cabbage soup

It was pretty good. I thought about adding some curry powder, but the chilli and peppers added the right amount of spice while the coconut milk gave it a creamy texture.

Final words

As a kid, I didn’t like cabbage very much but as an adult, I’ve come to enjoy it as a vegetable that can absorb flavours much like pasta can. While boiling it removes the nutritional value, the fibre is still in it and it makes a great filler.

If you try this recipe please let me know what you think.

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Baked salmon with creamy cabbage and Brussels sprouts plus nuts for crunch

Do you like nuts for crunch? Mouthfeel is important and the best textures are crunchy ones that’s why I like to add nuts for crunch.

Based on last night’s post about eating the same thing everyday I thought I’d go with the repetition theme and cook baked salmon again. This time I added some extra greens with Brussels sprouts. Add to that a handful of slivered almonds and pinenuts you have a great crunchy tasty dish.

Baked salmon and creamy cabbage with Brussels sprouts
Baked salmon and creamy cabbage with Brussels sprouts
Baked salmon with creamy cabbage and Brussels sprout plus nuts for crunch
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian
Author: [url href=”https://about.me/garydlum” target=”_blank”]Gary Lum[/url]
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Salmon
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Slivered almonds
  • Pine nuts
  • Dill
  • Lettuce
  • Fried shallots
  • Chili flakes
  • White wine
  • Cream
  • Grated cheese
  • Pepper
  • Butter
  • Green leaves and parsley
Instructions
  1. Rub the salmon in some olive oil
  2. Rub in some chili flakes
  3. Bake in a benchtop oven at 200 °C for 15 minutes
  4. Shred some cabbage and along with Brussels sprouts microwave for 90 seconds
  5. Sautée the cabbage and Brussels sprouts in melted butter until the cabbage is soft and has started to brown
  6. Add in some green leaves and parsley and wilt
  7. With the heat high add a splash of white wine and reduce
  8. Add some more butter and a splash of cream and reduce
  9. Add a handful of nuts
  10. Add some fried shallots
  11. Take off the heat
  12. Add some grated cheese
  13. Add some shredded lettuce
  14. Add coarsely ground black pepper
  15. Plate up and shoot a photograph
  16. Eat the meal
  17. Wash the dishes
  18. Write the recipe
  19. Blog (verb)

 

Baked salmon and creamy cabbage with Brussels sprouts
Baked salmon and creamy cabbage with Brussels sprouts
Close up of baked salmon and creamy cabbage with Brussels sprouts
Close up of baked salmon and creamy cabbage with Brussels sprouts

Do you like nuts for crunch? What’s your favourite mouthfeel?

Amazing low carb baked salmon with creamy cabbage and spinach recipe

It’s been a long day at work. I got home around 7.30 pm and tore into the refrigerator to pull out a piece of salmon. I’ve been thinking of baked salmon all day. I still hadn’t fully formed in my mind how I was going to cook it but as I got undressed it dawned on me to to use some spinach, rocket and chard leaves along with some sliced cabbage.

Salmon with creamy cabbage and spinach leaves
Salmon with creamy cabbage and spinach leaves

The texture tonight came from the nuts in the creamy sauce along with some crunch from the cabbage.

There was also texture in the skin of the baked salmon with the sticky crispy skin.

This is a dish that needs a good amount of seasoning and it brings out the flavours and textures.

Amazing low carb baked salmon with creamy cabbage and spinach recipe
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian
Author: [url href=”https://about.me/garydlum” target=”_blank”]Gary Lum[/url]
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Salmon
  • Soy sauce
  • Grape seed oil
  • Cabbage
  • Spinach leaves
  • Rocket leaves
  • Chard leaves
  • Slivered almonds
  • Pine nuts
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Chicken salt
  • White wine
  • Cream
  • Butter
Instructions
  1. Add some oil to the plastic bag containing the salmon
  2. Rub in the oil
  3. Place the salmon on a baking tray lined with baking paper
  4. Drizzle a little soy sauce on the salmon (this will create a sticky crispy layer under the skin)
  5. Bake in a benchtop oven at 200 °C for 15 minutes
  6. Slice one cabbage leaf and cook in the microwave oven for 1 minute
  7. In a frying pan add some oil and a good slice of butter
  8. Turn up the heat and add a handful of leaves and then the drained cabbage
  9. Cook the vegetables until the liquid is boiling and the water evapourates away
  10. Add a small handful of slivered almonds and pine nutes
  11. Shake in a little bit of chicken salt
  12. Shake in a little ground nutmeg
  13. With the heat on high add a splash of white wine
  14. Reduce away the white wine then add a splash of pouring cream
  15. Reduce to a sauce
  16. Pour the cabbage and leaf sauce into a bowl
  17. Add the salmon on top
  18. Shoot a photograph
  19. Eat the meal
  20. Wash the dishes
  21. Write the recipe
  22. Blog (verb)

I have another piece of salmon for tomorrow night and it may be a repeat of tonight.

I love baked salmon. Do you?