Chicken

Cooking corn in another way

Cooking corn inside a chook is a new one for me

Cooking corn isn’t difficult, especially if it’s fresh. I posted about cooking a cob in aluminium foil some weeks ago.

Tonight, I tried cooking corn in another way and using a similar concept. This time instead of keeping the husk on and wrapping it in foil, I inserted the corn into a chicken’s main body cavity and protected the exposed portion with some aluminium foil.

I also made a video of how I prepared the chicken and the sweet corn. I apologise if you interpret the video of being suggestive of anything but cooking.

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Preparing tonight’s dinner

The last two days have seen maximum temperatures in Canberra hit 41 °C. Today it cooled down to 32 °C and this afternoon it cooled right down to 18 °C. It’s ridiculous weather.

I was worried having the oven on may make my living area too hot. It turns out, I needed the oven on to keep warm.

Roast chicken with a cob of corn and a duck fat roasted potato Cooking corn Gary Lum
Roast chicken with a cob of corn and a duck fat roasted potato [click on the photo for a better view]

What you will need to put this meal for one together

  • a whole chicken
  • 1 cob of corn
  • one handful of olive oil
  • a small nob of butter
  • 1 potato
  • a small bunch of broccoli
  • Chilli flakes—dried
  • Sea salt
  • Cracked pepper
  • Paprika

How to put all this together

  1. Cook the potato like I’ve done before with duck fat, I also laid some stale bread on the bottom of the baking tray to absorb the chicken juices
  2. Prepare the chicken by getting it to room temperature and putting it in a baking tray
  3. Pat the chicken dry
  4. Apply some olive oil and rub it into the skin and to the outside of the cob of corn
  5. Insert some tarragon and thyme into the body cavity
  6. Follow this with the cob of corn
  7. Dress the exposed corn with some aluminium foil
  8. Cook in an oven at 180 °C for 90 minutes
  9. Allow the chicken to rest for 30 minutes
  10. Plate up with some broccoli

How did it taste?

The corn was well cooked and juicy. The chicken was moist and tender. I have enough leftover for lunch at work.

Roast chicken Maryland with roast corn and potato with broccoli https://youtu.be/TvFABegDKMc cooking corn Gary Lum
Roast chicken Maryland with roast corn and potato with broccoli https://youtu.be/TvFABegDKMc [click on the photo for a better view]

Final thoughts

I think it’s easier to cook corn in its husk in aluminium foil. There is no real need to cook a whole chook all the time. I prefer to cook chicken pieces.

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My weekend in food

Hello there. It’s been a while since I last wrote. I feel like I haven’t had much to share. My time is now pretty divided. Work is getting busier and I’m enjoying blogging and podcasting Medical Fun Facts.

This weekend was pretty quiet for me. On Friday I had a good day at the hospital and ate a simple dinner of bacon with avocado on toast. 

TGIF dinner. Bacon and avocado on toast. Gary Lum
TGIF dinner. Bacon and avocado on toast.

On Saturday morning I decided to make a grilled cheese toastie with bacon. 

 

 

This will soon have #bacon added

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Streaky Bacon, Swiss cheese and Dijon mustard grilled toastie. Gary Lum
Streaky Bacon, Swiss cheese and Dijon mustard grilled toastie

Before I started grocery shopping I had a double shot latte to get me going.

For lunch, I had a pulled pork burrito with guacamole, sour cream, jalapeño peppers and salsa from Guzman Y Gomez. It was huge. It’s a good thing I have a big mouth. I needed two hands to hold it. 

Pulled pork burrito with ginger beer. Gary Lum
Pulled pork burrito with ginger beer

For dinner, on Saturday night I made a light meal. A prawn salad.

Saturday dinner. Prawns and summer salad. Gary Lum
Saturday dinner. Prawns and summer salad.

I slept well Saturday night and woke up thinking I’d poach an egg and have some bacon. Sadly, I fail at poaching eggs.

Poached egg fail with crispy streaky bacon, Gary Lum
Poached egg fail with crispy streaky bacon

I went for a walk. I love the coloured buoys at Yerra Beach on Lake Ginninderra. 

Colourful buoys on Lake Ginninderra at Yerra Beach, Gary Lum
Colourful buoys on Lake Ginninderra at Yerra Beach

For lunch, I made myself a mango salad.

Kensington pride mango salad, Gary Lum
Kensington pride mango salad

And, finally, for Sunday dinner, I made a chicken schnitzel cheeseburger. It was delicious.

 

 

Making my chicken schnitzel cheeseburger #dinner #iphone #yummylummy #canberra

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Hello Sunday. Chicken schnitzel cheeseburger. Gary Lum
Hello! Sunday. Chicken schnitzel cheeseburger.

Parting words

I regularly post photographs of food to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Please feel free to connect with me on any social media platform.
I also have a podcast. It’s not food related but each show is short and it’s named Medical Fun Facts. You can find it in the iTunes podcast store as well as Stitcher. A show drops every Monday and Tuesday. It has a little cynicism, a little scepticism and occasionally some sarcasm.

Quick tip for cooking chicken pieces

 

 

It can be a bit boring cooking just one piece of chicken for your meal for one.

I often cook my chook on something, like some quinoa rice, or pearl barley couscous or even some ramen noodles.

Roasting these starchy carbs under the piece of chicken has two benefits. The juices from the chicken infuse into whatever it sits on and the roasting ensures the rice or couscous or noodles come out crunchy for some added mouthfeel.

So I’ve taken up another hobby! Podcasting. A friend at work likes to hear medical fun facts and I thought I could put them together and made a podcast about them. 

Would you like to hear some Medical Fun Facts? Check out the link https://drgarylum.com/blog/ 

Roast sesame Chicken Maryland with avocado and potato chips #dinner #yummylummy #foodporn #yummy #delicious #instafood #nikon Gary Lum
Roast sesame Chicken Maryland with avocado and potato chips
#dinner #yummylummy #foodporn #yummy #delicious #instafood #nikon

What I ate and did this week

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It’s been a good week. A busy week but a good week. Yesterday an election was held to determine the Australian government. Unlike the previous election when the conservative coalition (Liberal Party and National Party) won convincingly, we still do not know which party will govern and who our Prime Minister will be. Under our ‘caretaker’ conventions, a new government, the 45th government, will not be sworn in until the result is clear. Counting will resume on Tuesday so we will continue to wait. Last week I mentioned how I voted early to avoid crowds and queues. I had thought I may attend a polling venue or two to check out the sausage sizzles and cake stalls. It was interesting to read on Twitter how many people went for a #democracysausage Twitter was pretty cool in that when #ausvotes was used a little character of a sausage on a piece of white bread would appear in the tweet.

Yesterday a Facebook friend and I were discussing VLOGging so I had a go. I’m sorry about the volume changing midway. I’m not sure if I’ll do more, but it was pretty easy. My only problem is that the upload speeds I get with Telstra ADSL is pretty slow and it takes hours to upload a short video to YouTube.

Gary Lum mullet
Gary Lum mullet

Friday was a funny day (funny in a good way). I turned up to work (Fridays are my clinical duties day, I’m an Honorary Visiting Medical Officer in ACT Pathology at The Canberra Hospital) and noticed my laboratory coat was hooked over three hooks. I thought that was a little unusual. I continued to my work area and then I saw an old photograph from my Facebook profile on a whiteboard. It’s an old photograph that had been altered by a former work colleague in 2010. A mullet had been added and my head was put on another person’s neck. It looks pretty funny. As I continued I found copies in all sorts of unusual places, behind doors, on doors, in draws, under keyboards, on staplers, and you guessed it behind my laboratory coat. It’s nice to be considered by my work mates as someone worthy of having fun.

I don’t have a heap of food photographs from this week. I was a little unwell early in the week and didn’t feel like eating much or photographing my food.

Toasted pulled pork with cheese on raisin bread
Toasted pulled pork with cheese on raisin bread
Salmon and avocado
Salmon and avocado
Woden wind tunnel subzero morning
Woden wind tunnel subzero morning
Cheesy potato gems with caramelised onions and spring onions
Cheesy potato gems with caramelised onions and spring onions
Toasted slowly cooked oyster blade steak with cheese and a pear
Toasted slowly cooked oyster blade steak with cheese and a pear
Good morning Woden wind tunnel subzero morning My ears hurt
Good morning Woden wind tunnel subzero morning My ears hurt
Chicken Maryland with the last of the leftover pulled pork and avocado plus chilli, spring onions and caramelised onions
Chicken Maryland with the last of the leftover pulled pork and avocado plus chilli, spring onions and caramelised onions
KFC with vegetables
KFC with vegetables
Lake Ginninderra on Saturday 2 July 2016 Google Nik Collection HDR
Lake Ginninderra on Saturday 2 July 2016 Google Nik Collection HDR
Lake Ginninderra on Saturday 2 July 2016 Google Nik Collection
Lake Ginninderra on Saturday 2 July 2016 Google Nik Collection
Pelican on Lake Ginninderra on Saturday 2 July 2016 Google Nik Collection filters
Pelican on Lake Ginninderra on Saturday 2 July 2016 Google Nik Collection filters
Cold leftover KFC
Cold leftover KFC
Crispy fried ramen noodles with garlic prawns, chilli and caramelised onion
Crispy fried ramen noodles with garlic prawns, chilli and caramelised onion
Frost around Lake Ginninderra
Frost around Lake Ginninderra
Toilet block on Lake Ginninderra. What happens if I need the dunny. I have IBS.
Toilet block on Lake Ginninderra. What happens if I need the dunny. I have IBS.
Frozen leaves on Lake Ginninderra
Frozen leaves on Lake Ginninderra
Fog on Lake Ginninderra
Fog on Lake Ginninderra
Frozen faeces on Lake Ginninderra
Frozen faeces on Lake Ginninderra
Reflections on Lake Ginninderra
Reflections on Lake Ginninderra
Misty morning on Lake Ginninderra revealing colours of the lake.
Misty morning on Lake Ginninderra revealing colours of the lake.
Lake Ginninderra Sunday 3 July 2016
Lake Ginninderra Sunday 3 July 2016
Smashed avocado on pumpkin seed roll with black pepper and lime chips and balsamic vinegar
Smashed avocado on pumpkin seed roll with black pepper and lime chips and balsamic vinegar
KFC chilli quinoa congee
KFC chilli quinoa congee
Fluff and Nutella treat
Fluff and Nutella treat

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What I ate this week

It’s been a busy but rewarding week at work this week.

Monday lunch was leftover slow cooker pork congee

Slow cooker pork quinoa congee
Slow cooker pork quinoa congee

Monday dinner was baked salmon

Baked salmon and cheesy vegetables with panko
Baked salmon and cheesy vegetables with panko

Tuesday breakfast was rolled oats

Rolled oats with honey and cinnamon
Rolled oats with honey and cinnamon

This is a snack from Tuesday

Goggles, chocolate and raspberry soda
Goggles, chocolate and raspberry soda

This is Tuesday morning tea from a meeting

Scones with cream and jam
Scones with cream and jam

Tuesday dinner was flaked baked salmon

Baked salmon with creamy cheesy quinoa rice and vegetables
Baked salmon with creamy cheesy quinoa rice and vegetables

I received a parcel on Wednesday morning

Coffee and a parcel
Coffee and a parcel

Wednesday lunch was noodles with some charity chocolate

Tabasco oriental noodles, chocolate and coca cola lunch
Tabasco oriental noodles, chocolate and coca cola lunch

Charity chocolate

Charity chocolate close up
Charity chocolate close up

Wednesday dinner was baked Chicken Maryland

Baked cheesy Chicken Maryland with quinoa rice onions and avocado
Baked cheesy Chicken Maryland with quinoa rice onions and avocado

It was gloomy and cold on Thursday morning

Woden wind tunnel
Woden wind tunnel

I received another parcel on Thursday morning

My coffee and a parcel
My coffee and a parcel

Noodles and biscuits for Thursday lunch

Chicken noodles with Tabasco sauce plus a biscuit and a can of Coke
Chicken noodles with Tabasco sauce plus a biscuit and a can of Coke

Thursday dinner was Chicken Maryland and crispy soba noodles

Baked cheesy Chicken Maryland with soba noodles, peas, corn, cream and cheese
Baked cheesy Chicken Maryland with soba noodles, peas, corn, cream and cheese

Friday lunch was a salmon, capers and cream cheese sambo

Smoked salmon with capers and cream cheese sambo
Smoked salmon with capers and cream cheese sambo

Saturday morning I went for a walk around Lake Ginninderra

Lake Ginninderra early Saturday morning with the misty fog
Lake Ginninderra early Saturday morning with the misty fog
Leaves and flowers on Lake Ginninderra early on a Saturday morning
Leaves and flowers on Lake Ginninderra early on a Saturday morning
A line of buoys on Lake Ginninderra on a foggy misty Saturday morning
A line of buoys on Lake Ginninderra on a foggy misty Saturday morning
Spider web on a guard rail on Lake Ginninderra on a foggy misty Saturday morning
Spider web on a guard rail on Lake Ginninderra on a foggy misty Saturday morning
Toilets in the mist near Lake Ginninderra
Toilets in the mist near Lake Ginninderra

Saturday breakfast was a cheese omelet

Cheese omelet
Cheese omelet

A butterflied leg of lamb for dinner 

Butterflied leg of lamb roast from Coles
Butterflied leg of lamb roast from Coles

For Saturday lunch I had mac and cheese with cheerios

Mac and cheese and cherios
Mac and cheese and cherios

Saturday dinner was slowly roasted butterflied leg of lamb with potato, beetroot and avocado

Slowly roasted butterflied leg of lamb with potato, beetroot and avocado
Slowly roasted butterflied leg of lamb with potato, beetroot and avocado

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

I’m writing this from my parent’s dining table in Brisbane.

It’s Friday 25 December 2015. It’s Christmas Day.

Merry Christmas 😃🎁🎅🎄⭐🌟🖖

My flight from Canberra to Brisbane departed shortly after 9 am. I enjoyed meeting some friends at the airport before boarding which was great.

My flight was uneventful and smooth. I was surprised how full the flight was. I managed to get an aisle seat with no one next to me so that was a plus.

The Brisbane roads were pretty barren so the journey to my parent’s place was very quick.

It was good to see Mum and Dad. It’s been a few months since I last visited. I’ve been busy with work and trying to save a little money.

As soon as I arrived mum had me preparing coleslaw. I made it with a special surprise. I added some fried shallots and crushed Queensland nuts (Macadamia). Mum had two chickens (chooks) in the oven full of her stuffing which I love. Mum made a green salad with hard boiled eggs, mango and avocado. We also had smashed potatoes (spuds). Dr48 (my middle brother) was due to arrive with roast pork and crackling, chicken wings, Moreton Bay bugs, Endeavour prawns and a lobster. Mum made a seafood sauce to go with all the seafood. Dr48’s wife (SIL) brought along a pavlova (you know that Australian invention that people from New Zealand claim they invented).

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I feel so full. I had three plates of lunch followed by a big slice of pavlova with ice cream.

It’s been a good day. It was good seeing my brothers. It was good seeing Mum and Dad.

I feel so full. I’m not having any dinner. I think if I tried eating more I’d make myself feel sick.

I hope you had a great Christmas Day.

Tell me what did you eat for Christmas 2015?

Chicken kale quinoa rice

I don’t feel that well today. I woke up without enough sleep. I knew I had chicken in the refrigerator and there was kale quinoa rice too. It was a simple decision without any need for thought for the rest of the day. I could attend meetings and work without thinking about meal preparation.

I also wrote today a short post remembering the Bali bombings in 2002 and three of my closest friends who are all connected with the event. This is a time of year when I ponder the meaning of life. I hope for peace knowing the reality is so fragile.

Chicken kale quinoa rice
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian
Author: [url href=”http://about.me/garydlum” target=”_blank”]Gary Lum[/url]
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Skinless chicken thigh pieces (2)
  • Lemon zest from 1 lemon
  • Kale (3 stems)
  • Quinoa rice (1 packet from Coles)
  • Fried onions (100 grams)
  • Coconut milk (low fat, 2 tablespoons)
  • Spring onions (1 tablespoon)
  • Basil (shredded, 1 tablespoon)
Instructions
  1. Cooked the chicken in foil with lemon zest for 45 minutes at 150 °C
  2. Wilt the kale in a frying pan with some oil
  3. Cook the quinoa rice in the microwave as per instructions
  4. Add the rice to the kale
  5. Add the coconut milk
  6. Add the fried shallots
  7. Cut the cooked chicken into strips
  8. Add the chicken to the kale quinoa rice
  9. Mix everything together and plate up
  10. Garnish with basil and spring onion
  11. Shoot a photograph
  12. Prepare a timelapse video while eating
  13. Wash the dishes
  14. Write the recipe
  15. Blog (verb)
Humpday dinner. Chicken with kale quinoa rice.
Humpday dinner. Chicken with kale quinoa rice.

I forgot to add that I used the last of the pickled onions that I made on Sunday.

I’m really impressed with the ability of YouTube to enhance iPhone timelapse videos. I accidentally shot this video in portrait mode rather than landscape. It looked stupid. With the magic of YouTube it was rotated into landscape mode and looks reasonable. I received a nice comment from an Australian blogging legend, viz., Lorraine Elliott from Not Quite Nigella. She mentioned her husband also likes to capture videos of himself eating. I’m in good company 

What did you eat today?

Fried chicken quinoa rice and kale

Fried chicken quinoa rice and kale just sounds so yummy doesn’t it? What could be better than combining quinoa and kale superfoods. Okay so I’m being a little facetious. I do like quinoa and kale. Mixing them together with other yummy stuff just makes for a perfect meal for one which is quick and easy to put together.

Fried chicken quinoa rice and kale
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
  • Skinless chicken thigh
  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • kale
  • Almond flakes
  • Fried shallots
  • Red onion
  • Fennel
  • Chives
  • Parsley
  • Low fat coconut milk
  • Red capsicum
Instructions
  1. Bake the chicken in foil at 220 °C for 40 minutes and then slice up thinly
  2. Wilt shredded kale in a frying pan with oil
  3. Add the shredded chicken
  4. Add the cooked quinoa and rice
  5. Add the capsicum
  6. Stir fry everything until it’s cooked through
  7. Add the flaked almonds and fried shallots
  8. Add a good slug of low fat coconut milk and let it incorporate into the rice
  9. Turn off the heat and stir in the fennel and red onion
  10. Plate up and garnish with chives and parsley
  11. Shoot a photograph
  12. Eat the bowl of food
  13. Wash the dishes
  14. Write the recipe
  15. Blog (verb)
Thursday dinner. Fried chicken quinoa rice and kale.
Thursday dinner. Fried chicken quinoa rice and kale.

 

Thursday lunch. Pumpkin, tomato, and spinach pizza from Urban Bean Espresso Bar.
Thursday lunch. Pumpkin, tomato, and spinach pizza from Urban Bean Espresso Bar.
Thursday lunch. Pumpkin, tomato, and spinach pizza from Urban Bean Espresso Bar.
Thursday lunch. Pumpkin, tomato, and spinach pizza from Urban Bean Espresso Bar.

 

Thursday breakfast. Baked beans and avocado on an English muffin.
Thursday breakfast. Baked beans and avocado on an English muffin.

What did you cook for dinner tonight? Would you have quinoa rice?

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What I ate today

Pay day Thursday 10 September 2015

It’s pay day yay!!! In social media I started using the abbreviation TGIPD similar to TGIF.

In the past on pay day I’ve eaten a hot pie but today when I went to buy a coffee in the morning I spied something a little more special.

So from the top, for breakfast I toasted an English muffin and topped it with some avocado and smoked salmon. For lunch I had a peanut paste and jam brownie from Urban Bean Espresso Bar. For dinner I downsized and had a piece of baked skinless chicken thigh with some raw red onion and a bit of marmalade on Rye bread.

TGIPD breakfast. Smoked salmon and avocado on an English muffin with a mug of coffee.
TGIPD breakfast. Smoked salmon and avocado on an English muffin with a mug of coffee.
TGIPD lunch. Peanut paste and jam brownie from Urban Bean Espresso Bar.
TGIPD lunch. Peanut paste and jam brownie from Urban Bean Espresso Bar.
TGIPD dinner. Skinless chicken thigh, onion and marmalade sandwich.
TGIPD dinner. Skinless chicken thigh, onion and marmalade sandwich.

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