Chicken schnitzel

What would you prefer on a sandwich? Butter or dip?

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. 

Chicken schnitzel and kale sandwich with spring onion dip for butter Gary Lum
Chicken schnitzel and kale sandwich with spring onion dip for butter

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Heart shaped chicken schnitzel burger with lime avocado butter

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. 

'Heart' shaped chicken schnitzel Gary Lum
‘Heart’ shaped chicken schnitzel

Avocado preparation

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. 

Portion control. Chicken schnitzel with limey avocado and jalapeño peppers. #lunch #yummylummy #foodporn #yummy #delicious #instafood #nikon Gary Lum
Portion control. Chicken schnitzel with limey avocado and jalapeño peppers.
#lunch #yummylummy #foodporn #yummy #delicious #instafood #nikon

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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What I did this week

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Evidence based medicine

On Thursday evening, I attended the first of three interactive lectures given by Professor Frank Bowden. I really enjoyed it. I look forward to the next session.

Frank (who is also an accomplished author) introduced me to Poll Everywhere. This is a polling app that you can use on your smartphone or tablet so that in a presentation the lecturer can ask a question of the audience and get real time feedback. Frank asked us questions about our understanding of evidence, test sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value as well as other relatively well known medical conundrums that have been discussed in the context of evidence versus alternative nonscientific ways of thinking.

Frank Bowden
Frank Bowden

How long have I known Frank?

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.

Slow cooker pea and ham soup
Slow cooker pea and ham soup

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.

Coffee and anatomy
Coffee and anatomy

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.

Leftover slow cooker pea and ham soup with the NX-01
Leftover slow cooker pea and ham soup with the NX-01

Now dinner on Monday evening attracted some attention because I broke with tradition and instead of having salmon I had pork sausages.

Cheesy pork sausages with avocado, spring onion, chilli, peas, corn, and carrot
Cheesy pork sausages with avocado, spring onion, chilli, peas, corn, and carrot
Cheesy pork sausages with avocado, spring onion, chilli, peas, corn, and carrot
Cheesy pork sausages with avocado, spring onion, chilli, peas, corn, and carrot

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!

Pork sausages and macaroni cheese with caramelised onion
Pork sausages and macaroni cheese with caramelised onion

On Wednesday night I made a one ‘pot’ Chicken Maryland dish with crunchy quinoa rice.

One 'pot' chicken Maryland with crunchy quinoa rice, avocado, spring onion and chilli
One ‘pot’ chicken Maryland with crunchy quinoa rice, avocado, spring onion and chilli

Thursday Victory Lunch!

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.

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The schnitty (aka The Courtney) was huge. I was so full I didn’t eat dinner that night.

Chicken schnitzel with chips and Hollandaise sauce Courtney
Chicken schnitzel with chips and Hollandaise sauce Courtney

On Friday night I replayed the one ‘pot’ Chicken Maryland with crunchy quinoa rice.

Cheesy Chicken Maryland with crunchy quinoa rice spring onions and chilli
Cheesy Chicken Maryland with crunchy quinoa rice spring onions and chilli

Saturday breakfast was fried eggs on brioche raisin toast.

Cheesy fried eggs on brioche raisin toast
Cheesy fried eggs on brioche raisin toast

Saturday lunch was a Garlo’s chunky steak pie.

Garlo's chunky steak meat pie with Worcestershire sauce and barbecue sauce
Garlo’s chunky steak meat pie with Worcestershire sauce and barbecue sauce

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#lunch preparation 😃😋👍🖖 Meat pie goodness

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On Saturday evening for tea I had slow cooker oyster blade steak with pearl barley couscous.

Coles slow cooker oyster blade steak
Coles slow cooker oyster blade steak
Slow cooker oyster blade steak with pearl barley couscous
Slow cooker oyster blade steak with pearl barley couscous

 

My life is complete! The scam

On Thursday morning I received an e-mail inviting to speak at a genital infection meeting. It’s a pity it’s a scam.

Genital infection conference invitation
Genital infection conference invitation

It’s been a good week

How’s your week been? Tell me in the comments.

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Weekend recovery

Gary Lum Pialligo Estate streaky bacon
Pialligo Estate streaky bacon

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.

Gary Lum Grilled cheese chicken thigh schnitzel cheeseburger with avocado
Grilled cheese chicken thigh schnitzel cheeseburger with avocado

For Saturday breakfast I made myself a Pialligo Estate streaky bacon and fried egg roll.

Gary Lum Pialligo Estate streaky bacon
Pialligo Estate streaky bacon
Gary Lum Pialligo Estate streaky bacon and fried egg roll
Pialligo Estate streaky bacon and fried egg roll

For lunch I felt like some raw onion and coleslaw with cream cheese

Gary Lum Red onion with coleslaw in a cream cheese sandwich
Red onion with coleslaw in a cream cheese sandwich

For dinner I made a chicken schnitzel sandwich.

Gary Lum Chicken thigh schnitzel coleslaw and cheese sandwich
Chicken thigh schnitzel coleslaw and cheese 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

Gary Lum Melted cheese on toast
Melted cheese on toast
Gary Lum Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Gary Lum Cows on Lake Ginninderra
Cows on Lake Ginninderra
Portable toilet on Lake Ginninderra
Portable toilet on Lake Ginninderra
Gary Lum Man in the lake
Man in the lake
Gary Lum Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra

For lunch after I did my ironing and watched an episode of Star Trek TNG I made myself a Pialligo Estate streaky bacon cheeseburger

Gary Lum Pialligo Estate streaky bacon cheeseburger
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.

Gary Lum Slowly roasted blade beef with quinoa, carrot and onion
Slowly roasted blade beef with quinoa, carrot and onion

The meat just fell apart as I pressed down with my knife.

How often do you need a weekend recovery?


Monday link love

It’s been awhile since I’ve done this properly. Each Monday the members of the Canberra Food Bloggers Facebook group share blog posts. Today here is a selection of those shared.

 

Hellenic Club Chicken Schnitzel

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!

Hellenic Club chicken schnitzel
Hellenic Club chicken schnitzel, my Senate Estimates dinner ritual

 

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.

Schnitz at Woden What I ate today

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.

Thursday breakfast. Avocado and pickled ginger on toasted Rye bread.
Thursday breakfast. Avocado and pickled ginger on toasted Rye bread.

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.

Thursday lunch. Chicken schnitzel with chips and sweet chilli mayonnaise.
Thursday lunch. Chicken schnitzel with chips and sweet chilli mayonnaise.

For dinner I went with a light sandwich. A beef burger with avocado and pickled ginger.

Thursday dinner. Beef burger with avocado and pickled ginger.
Thursday dinner. Beef burger with avocado and pickled ginger.

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Have you tried schnitz? How do you feel about a crumb-free schnitzel?

Today’s #aussiespears food adventure

Yesterday I wrote about receiving a box of Australian asparagus from the Australian Asparagus Council. It was a sort of unboxing post like the unboxing YouTube videos of camera equipment I like.

This morning I had tinned spaghetti on toasted rye bread with a couple of baby #aussiespears

Nonpayday Thursday breakfast. Spaghetti on toast with asparagus.
Nonpayday Thursday breakfast. Spaghetti on toast with asparagus.

For lunch I went to The Tradies at Woden with a mate and enjoyed eating Courtney.

Thursday lunch. Courtney at The Tradies Woden.
Thursday lunch. Courtney at The Tradies Woden.

For dinner I baked some skinless chicken thigh and served it on some coconut quinoa rice along with some baby asparagus.

Thursday dinner. Baked skinless chicken thigh on coconut quinoa rice with baby asparagus.
Thursday dinner. Baked skinless chicken thigh on coconut quinoa rice with baby asparagus.

I hope I can get through all the asparagus.

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What I ate today

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.

Burkholderia pseudomallei print
Burkholderia pseudomallei print from a great mate Rob

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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TGIF Breakfast. English muffin with baked beans and Worcestershire sauce plus Buderim Ginger Factory ginger marmalade.
TGIF Breakfast. English muffin with baked beans and Worcestershire sauce plus Buderim Ginger Factory ginger marmalade.
Coffee from Centenary Café
Morning prework coffee from Centenary Café
TGIF lunch. Chicken schnitzel with chips and gravy.
TGIF lunch. Chicken schnitzel with chips and gravy. I feel like I’ve betrayed Courtney.
TGIF dinner. Salmon cake in an English muffin with avocado, lettuce and tomato.
TGIF dinner. Salmon cake in an English muffin with avocado, lettuce and tomato.
TGIF dinner. Salmon cake in an English muffin with avocado, lettuce and tomato.
TGIF dinner. Salmon cake in an English muffin with avocado, lettuce and tomato.

So what did you eat today?

The Courtney burger

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
Cuisine: Australian
Author: Gary Lum
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Chicken thigh schnitzel
  • Hollandaise sauce
  • Burger bread roll
  • Tasty Coon cheese slices
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • White onion
  • Pepper
  • Butter
  • Tomato
Instructions
  1. Cook the chicken thigh schnitzel in grapeseed oil and butter
  2. Toast the bread roll
  3. Slice the tomato
  4. Slice a white onion
  5. Break off some iceberg lettuce leaves
  6. Build the burger
  7. Some butter
  8. Some cheese
  9. Some onion
  10. Some lettuce
  11. Tomato
  12. The schnitzel
  13. The Hollandaise sauce
  14. Shoot some photographs
  15. Eat The Courtney Burger
  16. Wash the dishes
  17. Write the recipes
  18. Blog (verb)

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Earlier in the day I enjoyed a smoked salmon and cream cheese poppy seed bagel.

Smoked salmon, cream cheese, dill and capers on a poppyseed bagel for lunch
Smoked salmon, cream cheese, dill and capers on a poppyseed bagel for lunch
Smoked salmon, cream cheese, dill and capers on a poppyseed bagel for lunch
Smoked salmon, cream cheese, dill and capers on a poppyseed bagel for lunch

Would you make a Courtney burger?