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This week in food and photos

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It feels like it has been a long week. Last week  and the week before were relatively short in the sense I was travelling for work.

It was also a big week in other respects. I attended a dinner to farewell a very senior colleague and the same night the mighty Queensland XXXX Maroons defeated the New South Wales cockroaches in the second game of this years State of Origin series. Given Queensland won the first game this means another series victory for the Maroons and this time on home soil at Lang Park. It was hard not to wear a smile on my face for days. I’m still smiling.

I’m very grateful to my friends and family who kept me updated via text messages throughout the evening.

I also voted yesterday. The election is next week but I thought I’d get it over a week early to avoid the crowds and queues. The only thing I missed out on was a sausage sizzle and cake stall. I enjoy voting. I take my time and ensure I mark every box, I don’t just mark the easy options along party lines.

Slowly cooked lamb and pork congee with onion, red quinoa, white quinoa, arborio rice, chilli and sugar snap peas
Sunday dinner. Slowly cooked lamb and pork congee with onion, red quinoa, white quinoa, arborio rice, chilli and sugar snap peas
Monday Lunch. Slowly cooked lamb and pork congee with onion, red quinoa, white quinoa, and arborio rice
Monday Lunch. Slowly cooked lamb and pork congee with onion, red quinoa, white quinoa, and arborio rice
Monday dinner. Baked maple syrup salmon with vegetables
Monday dinner. Baked maple syrup salmon with vegetables
Woden wind tunnel on Tuesday morning
Woden wind tunnel on Tuesday morning
Tuesday lunch. Brioche raisin toast with slowly cooked lamb and cheese
Tuesday lunch. Brioche raisin toast with slowly cooked lamb and cheese
At work for a 6 am teleconference so I'm eating a double decker brioche raisin toast fluffernutter
At work for a 6 am teleconference so I’m eating a double decker brioche raisin toast fluffernutter
Celebratory Thursday afternoon tea. Coffee cheesecake from Urban Bean Espresso Bar
Celebratory Thursday afternoon tea. Coffee cheesecake from Urban Bean Espresso Bar
Coffee cheesecake from Urban Bean Espresso Bar
Coffee cheesecake from Urban Bean Espresso Bar
Thursday dinner. Still happy. Chicken Maryland with sweet potato and avocado
Thursday dinner. Still happy. Chicken Maryland with sweet potato and avocado
Friday lunch. Roast beef with potato and sweet potato
Friday lunch. Roast beef with potato and sweet potato
Friday dinner. Baked Chicken Maryland with vegetables and quinoa rice
Friday dinner. Baked Chicken Maryland with vegetables and quinoa rice
Saturday viewing. Lavalantula
Saturday viewing. Lavalantula

Made by the Sharknado people and starring the Police Academy actors.

Saturday morning. Fried eggs
Saturday morning. Fried eggs
Saturday dinner. Pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw and caramelised onion
Saturday dinner. Pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw and caramelised onion
Caramelised onion
Caramelised onion
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
#lakeginninderra #belconnen #canberra #cbr with some extra saturation Google Nik Collection
#lakeginninderra #belconnen #canberra #cbr with some extra saturation Google Nik Collection
I voted on Saturday. A week early to avoid the crowds and queues next week. Belconnen Community Centre
I voted on Saturday. A week early to avoid the crowds and queues next week. Belconnen Community Centre
Sunday breakfast. Smashed avocado on raisin toast
Sunday breakfast. Smashed avocado on raisin toast
Ready to walk on a –5 °C morning.
Ready to walk on a –5 °C morning.
Frost on Lake Ginninderra
Frost on Lake Ginninderra
Frost on Lake Ginninderra
Frost on Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Hot chocolate made with Fluff in a LMG mug
Hot chocolate made with Fluff in a LMG mug
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra bubbles at John Knight Memorial Park
Sunday dinner. Slowly cooked boubon barbecue oyster blade steak with pearl couscous, chickpeas and vegetables
Sunday dinner. Slowly cooked boubon barbecue oyster blade steak with pearl couscous, chickpeas and vegetables

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My week in food

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

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

So this week I’ve enjoyed some nice food.


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

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

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

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

Tuesday breakfast was scrambled eggs Gordon Ramsay style

Cheese and chives scrambled eggs
Cheese and chives scrambled eggs

Tuesday lunch was leftover corned beef congee

Corned beef quinoa congee
Corned beef quinoa congee

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

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

I had sugar and cinnamon doughnuts for Wednesday breakfast

Coffee and doughnuts
Coffee and doughnuts

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

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

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

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

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

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

On Thursday night I had room service for dinner

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

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

Corned beef quinoa congee
Corned beef quinoa congee

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday lunch was a chicken breast hot pie

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

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

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

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

Oriental Yum Cha

A family photograph at Oriental Yum Cha as we finish lunch!

Gary Lum My Mum, Dad and daughters
My Mum, Dad and daughters

My youngest daughter turned fifteen last week and I have spent this weekend in Brisbane celebrating with her.


First things first breakfast. Getting close and personal with a Queensland nut (Macadamia) tart served with too much cream from a can. The base was a little too thick and dry making the eating experience difficult.

Queensland nut tart
Queensland nut tart

I spent the morning with Ms20 shopping for birthday invitation stationery for her 21st birthday party.

Around lunch time I fought the Westfield Chermside traffic to pick up Ms18 and Miss15 from Gymnastics training while Ms20 drove my parents into Fortitude Valley so we could meet at Oriental Yum Cha.

When we arrived we were taken to a large table up the back. Mum was worried it may be too far out of the main area for trolleys to visit. At first things were a little slow but it picked up and we really didn’t have to worry.

It would have been nice to be on the upper deck but that was pretty empty.

Gary Lum Oriental Yum Cha
Inside the restaurant on the empty upper floor

So on weekdays you get the all you can eat option. We visited on a Saturday so we paid standard rates. We also took heed and did not waste food.

Don't waste food
Don’t waste food
Turnip cakes and stuff
Turnip cakes and stuff
Duck, pork and calamari
Duck, pork and calamari
Roast duck
Roast duck
Fried wonton
Fried wonton
Calamari
Calamari
Calamari
Calamari
Barbecue pork
Barbecue pork
Oriental Yum Cha lunch
Oriental Yum Cha lunch
Spare ribs
Spare ribs

Oriental Yum Cha

Prawns
Prawns

Oriental Yum Cha

Custard tarts
Custard tarts
Mango omelet
Mango omelet
Coconut jelly
Coconut jelly
Mango omelet
Mango omelet

In fifty years of eating this was the first mango and cream omelet I’ve eaten. I need to go back for more them. Truly delicious. A must have and equal to custard tarts IMHO.

So what did I think about Oriental Yum Cha? It was my first time but my daughters and parents had been there a few times before. They reckon it is consistently good. Not the best they’ve ever eaten but always good. I’d agree it was good. The food appeared and tasted fresh. The flavours were good. The service was friendly, helpful and easy going. We were able to get some things cut with scissors and if something was in short supply we could ask for more to come out. The meal was also reasonable in terms of price. It didn’t break the bank and my wallet didn’t suffer a knock out punch. I’d be happy returning and eating more Oriental Yum Cha 


We spent the afternoon recovering and trying not to move too much. I was charged with cooking dinner so I went simple and baked some salmon with some kale coleslaw and avocado. Mum made a hazelnut chocolate cheesecake which she served with salted caramel ice cream.

Baked salmon with kale and avocado coleslaw
Baked salmon with kale and avocado coleslaw

Nicola's birthday hazelnut chocolate cheesecake

Nicola and her birthday cheesecake
birthday cheesecake
Hazelnut chocolate cheesecake and salted caramel ice cream
Hazelnut chocolate cheesecake and salted caramel ice cream

Have you been to Oriental Yum Cha? What did you think?

What I ate on the first day of Spring | Vegemite, smoked salmon, baked salmon and cheesecake

Happy Spring everyone. If only the subzero temperatures in the morning would stop and it would become warm and moist. Sadly that won’t happen anytime soon. Apparently this year has seen a net reduction in the population of Canberra (Australian Capital Territory). There’s lots of speculation on talk back radio with much of the blame being sheeted home to the increasing cost of living. I reckon it’s the weather. I’m not about to leave yet. I love my job, I like the people, I like that Canberra is a small quiet well laid out country town with no traffic and good restaurants. I hate the weather though and I’ll happily retire somewhere warmer closer to the ocean.

So for Spring breakfast I ate a plain bagel with vegemite and marmalade.

Tuesday breakfast. Bagel with vegemite and marmalade.
Tuesday breakfast. Bagel with vegemite and marmalade.

For lunch I was meant to eat Courtney with a mate but he was called away at the last moment so I ended up eating smoked salmon and salad leaves and then had a nutella cheesecake for lunch dessert.

Smoked salmon and leaves
Smoked salmon and leaves
Nutella cheesecake from Urban Bean Espresso Bar.
Nutella cheesecake from Urban Bean Espresso Bar.

For dinner I made baked Parmesan salmon on a slab of potato and served with some potato chips and steamed honey vegetables.

Tuesday dinner. Baked salmon with potato chips and honey steamed vegetables.
Tuesday dinner. Baked salmon with potato chips and honey steamed vegetables.
What I ate on the first day of Spring | Vegemite, smoked salmon, baked salmon and cheesecake
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
  • Fillet of salmon
  • Potato
  • Frozen vegetables
Instructions
  1. Cut up the spud and put into the oven to make hot chips
  2. Use two rectangular prisms of potato as a bed for the salmon
  3. After 40 minutes of baking place the salmon fillet on slabs of potato and cook for 12 minutes at 200 °C
  4. Steam the vegetables and stir in some honey
  5. Plate up and shoot a photograph
  6. Eat dinner
  7. Wash the dishes
  8. Write the recipe
  9. Blog (verb)

 

Ricardo’s Cafe for lunch

We went to Ricardo’s Cafe for lunch hoping for a Reuben sandwich

Bron, Max and I recently went to Ricardo’s cafe for lunch and noticed they had a Reuben sandwich on their specials menu. We went back today hoping for two things, viz., a Reuben and a pulled pork sandwich. Unfortunately the Reuben was off today’s specials menu. We ordered croque madame and the pulled pork burger and Max ate the hot potato chips that came with the burger. 

Caramel thick shake in a mason jar at Ricardo's Cafe for Saturday lunch.
Caramel thick shake in a mason jar at Ricardo’s Cafe for Saturday lunch.

I am happy to say Ricardo’s cafe makes the best caramel thick shakes anywhere.


 

Pulled pork sandwich and potato chips for Saturday lunch at Ricardo's cafe.
Pulled pork sandwich and potato chips for Saturday lunch at Ricardo’s cafe.

Pulled pork sandwich and potato chips Pulled pork sandwich and potato chips

The pulled pork had a Vietnamese sauce/dressing which had a really nice spicy kick to it. We’d happily eat this again (and possibly again and again).


Croque Madame for Saturday lunch at Ricardo's Cafe.
Croque Madame for Saturday lunch at Ricardo’s Cafe.

The melted Gruyére cheese, smoked ham, dijon mustard sour cream just added amazing flavours to this late breakfast dish. The salad was also very yummy. 


Apple cheesecake for Saturday lunch at Ricardo's Cafe.
Apple cheesecake for Saturday lunch at Ricardo’s Cafe.
Inside you can see the apple caviar :-)
Inside you can see the apple caviar 🙂

I couldn’t finish this. I shared some with Max. So rich and so good.


Golden gaytime for Saturday lunch at Ricardo's Cafe.
Golden gaytime for Saturday lunch at Ricardo’s Cafe.

Bron enjoyed the golden gaytime cake.


Salted caramel mousse

Max loved his salted caramel mousse.


 

Bron and I marvel at how good Ricardo’s Cafe is as a local casual dining establishment. Hidden away in a suburban shopping centre. It’s popularity is growing but I hope it doesn’t change.

If you want to know where it is, just search for Jamison Plaza in Macquarie. If you’re afraid to leave the south side (you know who you are) that’s fine, more for us north siders 🙂 


 

After lunch I walked home. Correction, I waddled home. There was nothing low carbohydrate or low calorie about our lunch. As I walked I noticed along the lane between Belconnen Way and Catchpole Street about seven shopping trolleys from Woolworths, Coles and I assume Aldi. It made me think of Tara and her quest to control abandoned shopping trolleys in Belconnen


No walk would be complete without saying hello to Mr Owl and his alter ego, viz., #pubicart


Rather than not share some images I thought I’d also mention that last night we had dinner at the Canberra Southern Cross Club Jamison

Canberra Southern Cross Club Jamison

TGIF dinner at the Canberra Southern Cross Club Jamison. Smoked sirloin steak and chips.
TGIF dinner at the Canberra Southern Cross Club Jamison. Smoked sirloin steak and chips.

I had the smoky sirloin steak

TGIF dinner at the Canberra Southern Cross Club Jamison. Crumbed calamari.
TGIF dinner at the Canberra Southern Cross Club Jamison. Crumbed calamari.

Max had the crumbed calamari

Saturday breakfast. A tower of bacon and egg on spam.
Saturday breakfast. A tower of bacon and egg on spam.

 
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Bron made a delicious white chocolate and bavarois cheesecake with berries