Butter or dip? It’s not a meaning of life question, but what would you prefer on a sandwich?
Butter I hear you scream. Well I went with dip!
For lunch today I made a sandwich with a piece of chicken schnitzel. Normally I’d add butter to the bread but today instead of butter I went with dip. So butter or dip? I went with dip.
Couldn’t you use butter and dip?
I support I could have gone with both but really that is not necessary. As my girth increases, I really need to stop doubling up on things.
What went into the sandwich?
I bought a fresh bread roll from Coles as well as one of those heart shaped pieces of chicken schnitzel (I described this a few posts ago). I also had a premade spring onion dip as well as some grated Coon cheese. The leafy green vegetable you can see in the photographs is kale. Yeah I know, it’s trendy and hipster. If you know me well, you know I’m neither trendy nor hipster. I like the taste of kale. See what I don’t like about kale by watching the video.
How did it taste?
It was a pretty good sandwich. Please try making one yourself and letting me know what you think.
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For Sunday lunch I enjoyed a chicken schnitzel burger with a lime avocado “butter”. When I say butter, I didn’t use any real butter but mainly avocado, some lime zest, lime juice and a little olive oil.
Purchasing a heart-shaped chicken schnitzel
After a morning walk around Lake Ginninderra, I stopped off at Coles and bought a piece of chicken schnitzel, a bread roll and an avocado. I am always amused when I see the chicken schnitzel pieces in the display case of the delicatessen section. The crumbed pieces of chicken are shaped into a ‘romantic’ heart shape rather than a real heart shape. I think a real heart is so much more attractive. Especially if it’s beating. It would have been great if I could by a piece of crumbed chicken in the shape of a beating heart 😂
One of the nice things about Brazilian cuisine is their love of chicken hearts. I don’t like eating a lot of them, one or two is enough, but they make for a great addition to a barbecue lunch or dinner.
I chose a just ripe avocado. I prepared the avocado by dicing it, smashing it with a fork and then adding some lime zest, lime juice and olive oil. This makes for a very tangy and smooth “butter”.
Making the chicken schnitzel burger
I cooked the chicken by pan frying one side, flipping it over and then placing the frying pan with the chicken into a hot oven for 10 minutes. Once the chicken is cooked, I let it rest for five minutes.
The bread roll can be spread with the avocado and then the chicken laid on top. To the chicken, add some aioli and a couple of slices of pickled jalapeño pepper.
I really enjoyed this burger. If you don’t have a nearby Coles you may not be able to get a “heart”-shaped chicken schnitzel but so long as you can get some crumbed chook you’ll be okay.
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I first met Frank in 1995 when he came to Brisbane as a guest of the Sexual Health Society of Queensland. He gave a lecture on how he and his team were making huge inroads into treating chlamydia and donovanosis in the Northern Territory of Australia. I was in my final year of specialty training and he inspired me to consider practising medicine in Darwin. I ended up in the NT from 1996 to 2007 and worked closely with him. It was marvellous starting work as an honorary VMO at The Canberra Hospital and renewing a connection with Frank.
What I cooked and ate
So Sunday night I enjoyed that faeculent looking split green pea and ham soup which had me farting for days.
On Monday morning I needed coffee after a sleepless night of farting. Fortunately I didn’t light a match. The book is a prop. It’s a copy of Gray’s Anatomy which I won as an academic award in grade 10 in 1980.
My lunch was some leftover split green pea and ham soup in front of the NX-01, my favourite Star Trek starship from the series Enterprise.
Now dinner on Monday evening attracted some attention because I broke with tradition and instead of having salmon I had pork sausages.
You can see why there were some comments made on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can see why cropping a photograph sometimes has a bad outcome.
My pork sausage meal on Tuesday night also attracted comments!
On Thursday for lunch I was taken out by a couple of friends from work who had lost a bet on this year’s state of origin series. A mate and I bet these other two friends that Queensland would win the series. The losers would buy the winners a schnitty lunch. There was also a second bet that whoever won the third game would get free drinks. Sadly NSW defeated Queensland in the third game so my mate and I bought the drinks.
The schnitty (aka The Courtney) was huge. I was so full I didn’t eat dinner that night.
On Friday night I replayed the one ‘pot’ Chicken Maryland with crunchy quinoa rice.
Saturday breakfast was fried eggs on brioche raisin toast.
Saturday lunch was a Garlo’s chunky steak pie.
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A weekend recovery is what I needed. I’ve recently spent two weeks in Manila for work and ended up getting respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses. Suffice to say I still have a hacking cough which has also given me a sore back and my bowels still feel a little delicate although I feel a lot better now that I can control what I’m eating and breathing fresh air.
On Thursday night I watched Maeve O’Meara on Food Safari on SBS and she did a segment on Pialligo Estate artisan bacon. It’s my favourite bacon. It’s also local bacon smoked in Canberra. I decided I buy some for the weekend.
Friday night I made myself chicken thigh schnitzel burger inspired by Hilah Johnson.
For Saturday breakfast I made myself a Pialligo Estate streaky bacon and fried egg roll.
For lunch I felt like some raw onion and coleslaw with cream cheese
For dinner I made a chicken schnitzel sandwich.
I felt well enough on Sunday to go for a walk around Lake Ginninderra
But for breakfast I had some melted cheese on toast
For lunch after I did my ironing and watched an episode of Star Trek TNG I made myself a Pialligo Estate streaky bacon cheeseburger
For dinner on Sunday I slowly roasted some blade beef with some quinoa and vegetables. I had enough left over for two more meals.
The meat just fell apart as I pressed down with my knife.
Hellenic Club Chicken Schnitzel Three times a year we front up to provide evidence at Senate estimates. I’m in an unusual position in that I enjoy the experience.
I also have myself a little ritual, I like to go to the Hellenic Club and have a chicken schnitzel for dinner. Unlike the Tradies Club the Hellenic Club chicken schnitzel does not serve Hollandaise sauce with a schnitzel, i.e., a Courtney. That said the chicken schnitzel is quite delicious at the Hellenic club.
The schnitzel is flat and tender and well crumbed. On my latest outing I had it with the pepper sauce plus chips. This is a perfect dinner before driving up to Parliament house to appear before senators. I just wish the Hellenic Club Chicken Schnitzel was a Courtney!
Have you enjoyed an Hellenic Club chicken schnitzel?
How do you feel about being a member of a club like the Hellenic Club. I like being able to walk in whenever I like to the Hellenic Club, The Tradies and the Canberra Southern Cross clubs. The memberships aren’t really excessive and most do a discount for members. I’ve never gambled in a club so that attraction isn’t a thing. On average, clubs in Australia serve reasonable food at reasonable prices and rather than take away fast food you can get a better option for not much more.
I went out to lunch today with a few friends to Schnitz at Woden. Schnitz is a franchise from Melbourne and it specialises in chicken, beef and fish schnitzel. I wasn’t aware that you could get beef and fish schnitzel. I thought you could get chicken and veal schnitzel. Otherwise it’s just crumbed fish and steak. They also do crumb-free schnitzel which IMHO is just wrong.
Anyway I started the day with some avocado and pickled ginger on toasted Rye.
For lunch I had a chicken schnitzel with chips and sweet chilli mayonnaise. It was okay. The schnitzel was on the small side but the chips were very tasty.
For dinner I went with a light sandwich. A beef burger with avocado and pickled ginger.
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Have you tried schnitz? How do you feel about a crumb-free schnitzel?
I had a great day today at the hospital. Lots of interesting patient results and discussions with referring medical practitioners both within and without the hospital. I had some great conversations with my work mates too. One of the highlights was a lunch visit from a mate from my other work. The same mate who recently left the department to go work in another department. He gave me an amazing gift. A print of one of my favourite bacteria, viz., Burkholderia pseudomallei.
So what did I eat today? For breakfast I enjoyed an English muffin with baked beans and Worcestershire sauce on one half and Buderim Ginger Factory ginger marmalade on the other half. When I got to the hospital I had a nice prework coffee. For lunch I didn’t go low fat, instead I enjoyed a chicken schnitzel with chips and gravy with my mate. I felt like I had betrayed Courtney. For dinner I had a salmon cake inside an English muffin with lettuce, avocado and tomato.
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Last week I posted about The Courtney, aka a chicken schnitzel with Hollandaise sauce. Tonight I made The Courtney burger! This delicious burger is simply a chicken thigh schnitzel fried in butter and served with Hollandaise sauce on a hamburger bread roll. I’ve added some raw onion and iceberg lettuce for crunch. The bread roll has also been lightly toasted to add a crunchy mouth feel.
The Courtney burger
Recipe Type: Dinner
Author: Gary Lum
Chicken thigh schnitzel
Burger bread roll
Tasty Coon cheese slices
Cook the chicken thigh schnitzel in grapeseed oil and butter
Toast the bread roll
Slice the tomato
Slice a white onion
Break off some iceberg lettuce leaves
Build the burger
The Hollandaise sauce
Shoot some photographs
Eat The Courtney Burger
Wash the dishes
Write the recipes
Earlier in the day I enjoyed a smoked salmon and cream cheese poppy seed bagel.