Chips

Grease Monkey Double Deluxe burger

Introduction to Grease Monkey

On Wednesday evening I went out to dinner with a mate from Darwin. I’ve known Drapes for a long time. He worked out of Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs while I was the Supervising Pathologist for the Northern Territory of Australia. He was down in Canberra for a meeting.

We’d arranged to catch up and thought a burger meal would be the way to go. I did a little on-line searching and thought it would be worth trying out Grease Monkey in Braddon.

Grease Monkey

The restaurant is at 19 Lonsdale Street in Braddon and it opens from 11 am to 10 pm.

 

They have chairs, stools and tables inside and outside. Drapes and I sat on moulded stools at the front window looking out onto the sidewalk. It was good for watching people walk by. Mostly young Canberrans, the blokes with beards and women in summer wear.

The menu can be downloaded from the website and I’ve made the current one available here.

What did I eat?

If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram you’ll see over the last couple of days I’ve been trying to be mindful of portion size. So I limited myself. I didn’t get fried chicken, mac and cheese, jalapeño poppers or hot wings. I had just one burger and that was the Double Deluxe.

Photograph courtesy of Anthony Draper
Photograph courtesy of Anthony Draper

The Double Deluxe

This burger consists of double beef, double cheese, bacon, grease monkey sauce, grease monkey relish, onion and pickles. The bread roll was pretty good. It wasn’t sweet and it wasn’t too much. It was just right. The burger itself was nice, I’d happily do it again. The burger is also served with chips. The chips were cooked really well and nicely salted but they come with extra seasoning. So now I’m going to sound like a food wanker but I reckon on their own the chips would be awesome, but coupled with a nice burger, they’re too much. There is too much competing flavour.

Sorry about the backlighting on this photograph
Sorry about the backlighting on this photograph

What else?

Check out the comment from Kate on Instagram. You need to click on the image and it will open the page in Instagram and you can scroll down to see Kate’s comment. Kate is a friend who avoids animal flesh, so I’m guessing the mushroom burger is really good. 


Next time I’ll try the mushroom burger.

Final words

For $20 the Double Deluxe is not cheap. Is it worth $20? Not really. You can make a similar burger for less. What about the experience? It’s a good experience and I reckon Canberrans should check out Grease Monkey and have a burger or two. I’ll go back but it’s not a place I’d go to regularly.

 

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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

Thursday 17 September 2015

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?

Floriade and what I ate today

Sunday 13 September 2015

The annual floral extravaganza that is Floriade began this weekend. I do like flowers. Especially brightly coloured flowers. The first weekend is always a little disappointing, the bulbs are best around the middle of the four week festival.

Rather than just park near Floriade I thought I’d incorporate a bridge to bridge walk and so I parked near Questacon.

For breakfast I had some golden syrup on a couple of pieces of white toast with a cup of coffee.

Sunday breakfast. Golden syrup on toast with coffee.
Sunday breakfast. Golden syrup on toast with coffee.

The morning was perfect weather-wise. The sky was clear, the temperature was warm and there was no wind. Best of all it didn’t feel too dry. I’m currently taking antihistamines for allergic rhinitis (hay fever) so the pollen in the air didn’t bother me too much.

While walking to Floriade I shot a few photographs. Only a couple were worth sharing.

National Carillon
National Carillon
Telstra Tower from Lake Burley Griffin
Telstra Tower from Lake Burley Griffin

I started walking around the little shops that sell small things at inflated costs just to see what sort of products were on offer. It’s hard to believe what people charge for fudge and chili sauce. Most of the other stuff was of little interest. In the end I bought nothing. I went and got a cup of coffee and sat on a bench for a while looking at people. The coffee was pretty ordinary but the people watching was great. It was a lovely warm morning and everyone looked happy and energetic. I also noticed there were lots of fancy cameras. Mostly Canon with L glass. Some Nikon and lots of point and shoot cameras. I saw some mirrorless cameras and those were mostly Olympus.

I had to use Adobe Photoshop's content aware to delete two annoying people who wouldn't move. I wish I was better with Adobe Photoshop. Floriade
I had to use Adobe Photoshop’s content aware to delete two annoying people who wouldn’t move. I wish I was better with Adobe Photoshop. Floriade
A red flower at Floriade
A red flower at Floriade
A white flower at Floriade
A white flower at Floriade
Gnomes of Floriade paying their respects. RIP gnome.
Gnomes of Floriade paying their respects. RIP gnome.
A bird sculpture at Floriade. What sort of bird is this?
A bird sculpture at Floriade. What sort of bird is this?
Is this a lineup of cormorants at Floriade?
Is this a lineup of cormorants at Floriade?
Pelican of Floriade
Pelican of Floriade

I was going to go to the homemade markets at Kingston to check out Dream Cuisine Patisserie and see if they had a vanilla slice there that Tales of a Confectionist posted about last week. Instead I went home to vacuum my apartment, viz., spring cleaning.

For lunch I enjoyed a smoked salmon salad with lettuce, tomatoes and avocado.

Sunday lunch. Smoked salmon, avocado, tomatoes, lettuce and a salmon rissole.
Sunday lunch. Smoked salmon, avocado, tomatoes, lettuce and a salmon rissole.

For dinner I made baked salmon with sweet potato and chips made from potato and sweet potato.

Sunday dinner. Baked salmon, sweet corn, potato and sweet potato.
Sunday dinner. Baked salmon, sweet corn, potato and sweet potato.

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Have you been to Floriade? Do you like flowers?

 

What I ate today

Sunday 9 August 2015

Today has been quiet. The weather was nice, it started cold but warmed up during the day and got got cold again in the early afternoon. I walked around Lake Ginninderra and ate well.

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No boats sign
I’d replace “past” with “or”
Little black cormorants on Lake Ginninderra
Little black cormorants on Lake Ginninderra
Australasian Darter on Lake Ginninderra
Australasian Darter on Lake Ginninderra
Black bird on Lake Ginninderra
Black bird on Lake Ginninderra
Mocha in a mug at Heather's House of Cake
Mocha in a mug at Heather’s House of Cake

For breakfast I decided to go with two eggs and an English muffin. Between the egg and muffin I sneaked in a little ginger, lemon and lime marmalade. For lunch I tried something new, white rice with crab meat thickened with yoghurt and some Parmesan cheese. For dinner I baked some skinless chicken thigh in aluminium foil plus some baked Parmesan chips.

Sunday breakfast. Fried eggs on English muffin.
Sunday breakfast. Fried eggs on English muffin.
Sunday lunch. White rice with crab meat. Low residue meal.
Sunday lunch. White rice with crab meat. Low residue meal.
Sunday dinner. Baked skinless chicken thigh with baked Parmesan chips.
Sunday dinner. Baked skinless chicken thigh with baked Parmesan chips.

What did you get up to today?

 

Quinoa cooked in lamb fat

Only one more food group to go

So tonight I cooked quinoa in lamb fat. I’ve cooked this superfood now in pork fat, chicken fat and with a nice piece of salmon which has a little fat. To complete all the major food groups (fish, poultry, lamb/goat, pork and beef) I have to cook quinoa in cow fat. That will happen but not yet.

I used a small roll of deboned lamb shoulder for dinner tonight. I also served the dish with chips or potato crisps for my English friends.

When I’ve visited the USA I’ve noticed that many places serve potato chips (crisps) with the evening meal. Not hot chips (fries for my US friends) but chips from a packet. Today I had one of those days. By the end I wanted to poke my eyes out. I ended up eating a couple of small bags of potato chips and as I was finishing them at my desk I thought I’d like some with dinner.

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Quinoa cooked in lamb fat
 
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian
Author: Gary Lum
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Lamb
  • Quinoa
  • Coleslaw
  • Avocado
  • Potato chips
Instructions
  1. Cook the lamb in a low oven with the quinoa in the baking tray with some water
  2. I cook the lamb at 150 °C for 45 minutes and let the meat rest for 15 minutes
  3. Once the meat is out of the oven lift the meat out and put it onto a plate to rest
  4. Spoon out the quinoa and mix it with an equal amount of coleslaw and add diced avocado
  5. Sadly the avocado was a Shepard which sucks, Shepard avocados are awful compared with Hass
  6. Plate up the coleslaw quinoa mix
  7. When the meat has rested untie it and then slice the meat and serve
  8. Add some potato chips
  9. Shoot a photograph
  10. Eat the meal
  11. Wash the dishes and put the rest of the meat in the refrigerator
  12. Write the recipe
  13. Blog (verb)
 

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So do you serve chips with your dinner meals? Do you like lamb fat cooking?

Lunch at Graze @ the factory

Today Bron and I drove to the Junee licorice and chocolate factory and had lunch at its restaurant Graze @ the factory

It was a great day for a drive in the country. Warm relatively humid weather. Not too much glare and not too much traffic. 

Junee is about two and a half hours drive from Canberra. Junee is known as the home of NSW and Australian rugby league player Laurie Daley and rugby league broadcaster Ray Warren. It’s also the home of a licorice and chocolate factory which in a former life was a flour mill.

The factory does tours and has a gift shop plus restaurant and cafe. We went looking in the gift shop and the theme was mainly kitchen appliances and gadgets plus Crocs® The cafe is aligned with the sales outlet for the licorice and chocolate. There are all sorts of flavours and shapes. They seem to do a big trade in freckles, frogs and boobs. Yes boobs, milky white boobs. And also milk chocolate boobs.

The restaurant has a nice big spacious feel and a country style menu with steak sandwiches, hamburgers, fish and chips, steak and some salads.

Bron chose a Junee lamb burger with red beans, guacamole and sour cream plus a granny smith cider. I chose a sirloin steak with a garden salad and chips. I asked for the steak to be cooked rare and to come with a peppercorn sauce.

Junee lamb burger Apple iPhone 5s with iPhone 5s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at 4mm and f/2.2, 1/30sec, ISO 100
Junee lamb burger Apple iPhone 5s with iPhone 5s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at 4mm and f/2.2, 1/30sec, ISO 100
Bron liked her burger. The meat was juicy, flavoursome and tender and the bun was nicely toasted and still soft. The guacamole and sour cream with red kidney beans worked really well together. The chips had a great flavour, but we’re a bit too soft for Bron’s liking. 
 
The cider was crisp, dry and wonderfully refreshing. Perfect for a warm 32 °C plus warm windy day looking out to the lovely shade of the vine encased outdoor dining area.
Sirloin steak with garden salad and chips Apple iPhone 6 with iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at 4mm and f/2.2, 1/15sec, ISO 50
Sirloin steak with garden salad and chips Apple iPhone 6 with iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at 4mm and f/2.2, 1/15sec, ISO 50

My steak was good. It was mostly rare with some areas a little more medium rare. The fat was mostly rendered but there was some gristle which tasted good but it was tough. The salad was lightly dressed so no splashing of vinegar and oil on my white shirt 🙂 The chips were tasty but soft. I also had a caramel thickshake which was pretty good. 

Junee Licorice and Chocolate factory white chocolate boobs NIKON D7100 with 90.0 mm f/2.8 at 90mm and f/8, 1/30sec, ISO 400
Junee Licorice and Chocolate factory white chocolate boobs NIKON D7100 with 90.0 mm f/2.8 at 90mm and f/8, 1/30sec, ISO 400
Junee Licorice and Chocolate factory white chocolate boobs NIKON D7100 with 90.0 mm f/2.8 at 90mm and f/8, 1/30sec, ISO 400
Junee Licorice and Chocolate factory white chocolate boobs NIKON D7100 with 90.0 mm f/2.8 at 90mm and f/8, 1/30sec, ISO 400

Have you ever been to Junee? Do you like Boobs?

 

 
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Belconnen Soccer Club McKellar

Belconnen Soccer Club has never featured on Master Chef

Bron and I watch food TV like a lot of Australians. We’re currently enjoying Heston Blumenthal week on the Australian version of Master Chef. As you’d expect there are numerous mentions of Chef Blumenthal’s prime restaurant, The Fat Duck (which is coming to Australia soon). Having heard and read stories about The Fat Duck, we figure when it comes to Australia it’ll be out of our price range. On Friday Bron invited me to dinner with her, and her son Max, to the Belconnen Soccer Club for a ‘consolation’ dinner 🙂 

This isn’t the first time I’ve dined at the Belconnen Soccer Club with Bron and Max. The first time I had a steak and prawns (surf and turf) which wasn’t too bad but I eyed off someone else’s seafood basket and thought that would be what I’d have the next time. 

Bluesky Bistro
Bluesky Bistro

Bron wanted an Asian dish and chose honey chicken while Max chose his favourite, viz., calamari rings and chips. 

Calamari rings. Image courtesy of Max.
Calamari rings. Image courtesy of Max.

Max said the chips were better than the Canberra Southern Cross Club Jamison but the Calamari rings at the CSCC were better.

Honey chicken. Image courtesy of Bron.
Honey chicken. Image courtesy of Bron.

Bron said her meal was fine and on a par with a Chinese takeaway meal. 

TGIF seafood basket for dinner.
TGIF seafood basket for dinner.
TGIF seafood basket for dinner.
TGIF seafood basket for dinner.

The seafood basket had prawn twisters, prawn cutlets, calamari rings, crumbed fish and some chips. It was okay. Not the worst I’ve had but no where near the best.

For dessert Max and I had fried ice cream. Max chose strawberry topping and I chose caramel.

Fried ice cream with strawberry topping. Image courtesy of Max.
Fried ice cream with strawberry topping. Image courtesy of Max.
Fried ice cream with strawberry topping. Image courtesy of Max.
Fried ice cream with strawberry topping. Image courtesy of Max.
TGIF dessert. Fried ice cream and caramel topping.
TGIF dessert. Fried ice cream and caramel topping.
TGIF dessert. Fried ice cream and caramel topping.
TGIF dessert. Fried ice cream and caramel topping.

I didn’t finish mine. It wasn’t very good. The batter was too thick and hadn’t cooked long enough. I wouldn’t eat fried ice cream here again. Max didn’t finish his either.

Vanilla slice from Hoz cafe
Vanilla slice from Hoz cafe

My preferred dessert 🙂 

Belconnen Soccer Club – McKellar

 

 
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