meal for one

Food for Australia Day 2017

What did I eat on Australia Day 2017?

Before I get to today, I should mention what I did last night. I left work thinking about Australia Day 2017 and what it means for me. There were also thoughts about the chicken wings I had in the refrigerator.

I decided to go with something that would fill me with saturated fat. I had a bread roll which I split and put on the bottom of a large frying pan. On this, I spread some Vegemite and then added some grated Coon cheese. On top of this typically Australian combination, I put my chicken wings and added some more grated Coon cheese.

Cheesy chicken wings with vegemite and Coon cheese on 'fried' bread Australia Day 2017 Gary Lum
Cheesy chicken wings with vegemite and Coon cheese on ‘fried’ bread {click for a better view]

Breakfast

Overnight I had some weird dreams and as I woke from sleep I pondered breakfast. I decided I’d have something green and gold for Australia Day 2017, so I went with a piece of toast slathered in golden butter, covered in Vegemite and topped with a slice of Coon cheese. To this, I added a fried egg with a golden yolk and garnished with green spring onions. I put this on a green plate.

Australia day Vegemite and melted Coon cheese on toast with a fried egg Australia Day 2017 Gary Lum
Australia day Vegemite and melted Coon cheese on toast with a fried egg [click for a better view]

Lunch

For Australia Day 2017 lunch I had some lime and pepper chips, a Queensland mango and some lime green lime juice in a glass of water.

Happy Australia day 🇦🇺🌏 My idea of green and gold! Queensland mangoes and lime Australia Day 2017 Gary Lum
Happy Australia day 🇦🇺🌏 My idea of green and gold! Queensland mangoes and lime [click for a bigger view]

Favourite things about Australia

Did you know my favourite state is Queensland and my favourite territory is the Northern Territory of Australia?

Dinner

There is a bit of a commercial tradition for lamb, to be featured so I went with a rolled boneless lamb shoulder that was slowly cooked in the oven at 150 °C (302 °F) for 2½ hours covered with aluminium foil and then 30 minutes uncovered. I also cooked a couple of spuds and served it with some peas and corn for a bit of green and gold!

 

 

Australia Day Lamb shoulder roll with potatoes ready for the oven Australia Day 2017 Gary Lum
Australia Day Lamb shoulder roll with potatoes ready for the oven [click for a bigger view]
Australia day 🇦🇺🌏 Roast lamb shoulder with potato, pearl barley couscous and gravy Australia Day 2017 Gary Lum
Australia day 🇦🇺🌏 Roast lamb shoulder with potato, pearl barley couscous and gravy [click for a bigger view]

What did I do on Australia Day 2017?

This morning I went for a walk around Lake Ginninderra and had a coffee.

Lake Ginninderra Australia Day 2017 Gary Lum
Lake Ginninderra [click for a bigger view]
Then I got stuck into writing and recording a couple of podcast shows for next week.

What did you eat on Australia Day 2017?

Hopefully, you had a good day off if you’re here in Australia. If you live outside of Australia, I hope you had a good Republic Day if you’re Indian and a great 26 January for everyone else.

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.
Then there is also 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.

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Curry prawns with pork beef mince balls

Curry prawns with pork beef mince balls for Sunday tea

Curry prawns were on my mind today after I realised, that last night when I cooked the scotch fillet steak, I forgot to add the prawns for a surf and turf steak sandwich.

I had some pork and beef mince (ground meat) in the refrigerator and I knew I could make enough to have leftovers for lunch at work this week.

 

 

 

What you need to make this meal

  • Raw peeled prawns (bought from Coles)
  • Pork/beef mince (500 g bought from Coles)
  • Thai red curry paste (2 tablespoons)
  • Coconut cream (1 × 375 mL tin)
  • Spring onions (1 small handful)
  • Onion (1 onion, sliced)
  • Peas, Corn and Capsicum (frozen, 2 small handfuls)
  • Lime zest and juice (1 lime)
  • Red quinoa and brown rice (1 packet, 250 g)
  • Tomato (1, diced)
  • Red chilli (1, sliced)
  • Jalapeño pepper (1, sliced)

How do you put it all together?

Mould the pork beef mince into small balls just bigger than human testicles (sorry, podcasting medical fun facts has got me confused, this is a cooking blog isn’t it?)

If you’ve never held human testes, mould the balls to a size a little smaller than table tennis (ping pong) balls.

Pork beef meat balls curry prawns Gary Lum
Pork beef meat balls [Click on the photograph for a full view]
Set the meaty balls aside

Get out a nice big wok

Cook the packet quinoa rice in the microwave oven for 90 seconds on high

Get the wok nice and hot

Add a little vegetable oil to your hot wok

Stir fry the onion, some of the spring onion and if you want it some garlic and ginger

Slowly and carefully add the balls to the wok and brown them off

Once the balls are mostly cooked through add the curry paste and get everything nicely covered in the paste’s flavours

Capsicum, Corn, Ginger, Jalapeño peppers, Marmalade, Onion, Peas, Red chillies, Spring onion, Tomatoes curry prawns Gary Lum
Capsicum, Corn, Ginger, Jalapeño peppers, Marmalade, Onion, Peas, Red chillies, Spring onion, Tomatoes [Click on the photo for a full view]
Add the following ingredients in this order

  1. chilli, jalapeño and tomato and stir,
  2. quinoa rice and stir everything thoroughly,
  3. the tin of coconut cream and bring the wok to a very gentle simmer,
  4. lime zest and lime juice,
  5. Peas, Corn and Capsicum and stir in, and
  6. prawns and keep stirring until they are cooked

Turn off the heat and transfer the curry to a bowl and garnish with the rest of the spring onions

Put the remainder of the curry into a plastic container and put it into the refrigerator

So how did it turn out?

Let me know what you think from the photograph.

Red curry prawns with pork beef meatballs with red quinoa and brown rice in coconut cream Gary Lum
Red curry prawns with pork beef meatballs with red quinoa and brown rice in coconut cream [Click on the photograph for a full image view]
The curry had a nice limey lummy tang with the spiciness of the curry and chillies.

The coconut cream nicely infused the meaty balls and prawns too.

 

All that said, tomorrow I’m fearing the burning ring of fire 
 

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.

Healthy Angus beef burger

The big secret is chicken fat!

Can a beef burger be healthy? Many would argue no. I’d probably agree when I analyse what goes into a burger, but with a little tongue in cheek and just because I like to be contrary, I’ve added quinoa and kale to my burger to make it healthful. Given hipsters like quinoa and kale, it must be healthful (or at least cool).

The secret to making this healthful burger extra tasty is cooking the quinoa in chicken fat and having the kale as part of coleslaw that is mixed with the chicken fat coated quinoa. In previous posts you will have seen how I like to add quinoa to the baking tray while roasting animal flesh so the oily fatty juices add rich flavour to the quinoa.

Toasted and buttered soft bread roll with a mighty big dollop of cream cheese
Toasted and buttered soft bread roll with a mighty big dollop of cream cheese
Toasted and buttered soft bread roll with a mighty big dollop of cream cheese plus some chicken fat cooked quinoa and kale coleslaw
Toasted and buttered soft bread roll with a mighty big dollop of cream cheese plus some chicken fat cooked quinoa and kale coleslaw
Toasted and buttered soft bread roll with a mighty big dollop of cream cheese plus some chicken fat cooked quinoa and kale coleslaw plus an Angus beef burger, some cheese, tomato and mustard
Toasted and buttered soft bread roll with a mighty big dollop of cream cheese plus some chicken fat cooked quinoa and kale coleslaw plus an Angus beef burger, some cheese, tomato and mustard
The completed burger. Toasted and buttered soft bread roll with a mighty big dollop of cream cheese plus some chicken fat cooked quinoa and kale coleslaw plus an Angus beef burger, some cheese, tomato and mustard.
The completed burger. Toasted and buttered soft bread roll with a mighty big dollop of cream cheese plus some chicken fat cooked quinoa and kale coleslaw plus an Angus beef burger, some cheese, tomato and mustard.
A DipTic of my burger
A DipTic of my burger

How would you make a beef burger healthy?

Quinoa makes a return after #Hawaii #holiday

It's been two weeks since I've cooked and eaten quinoa

During the ten days travelling through Oahu, Hawaii I didn’t have any quinoa. Quinoa makes a return to my diet tonight. What better way to enjoy quinoa than with roast Chicken Maryland

Delicious roasted Chicken Maryland can be made better by cooking quinoa in the baking tray and incorporating the cooking juices from the chicken. 

Delicious roasted Chicken Maryland with kale coleslaw, grated cheese and jalapeño pepper
Delicious roasted Chicken Maryland with kale coleslaw, grated cheese and jalapeño pepper
Quinoa makes a return after #Hawaii #holiday
 
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian
Author: Gary Lum
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Quinoa
  • Chicken Maryland
  • Coon tasty cheese slice
  • Mixed dried herbs
  • Golden syrup
  • Black ground pepper
  • Kale coleslaw
  • Mayonnaise
  • Jalapeño pepper sliced
Instructions
  1. Pour some quinoa in the bottom of a baking tray and add a cup of water
  2. Put a rack in the baking tray and lay on a Chicken Maryland
  3. Put a slice of cheese on the chicken and add some pepper and mixed dried herbs plus a squirt of golden syrup
  4. Cook the chook in an oven at 150 °C for 1 hour
  5. Rest the chook for 20 minutes after it has been cooking for an hour
  6. While the chook is resting prepare the kale coleslaw and mix in the quinoa and some grated cheese
  7. Plate up and add a dollop of mayonnaise
  8. Slice a jalapeño pepper for some added zing
  9. Lay over the Kale coleslaw a delicious roasted Chicken Maryland
  10. Shoot a photograph
  11. Eat the meal
  12. Wash the dishes
  13. Post process the photograph
  14. Write the recipe
  15. Blog (verb)
 

The chicken skin ends up being succulent and crispy. The meat is moist, juicy and tender. The dark chicken meat goes so well with some mayonnaise, it’s like having an open sandwich with shredded chicken meat. 

The quinoa adds a lovely nuttiness to the kale coleslaw while the jalapeño pepper adds a real zing. 

So quinoa makes a return to my meal planning. Do you like quinoa?

Saimin salmon salad

Today was the last day of my holiday. For dinner I thought back to a lunch I had in Hawaii, viz., a saimin burger and went about making a saimin salmon salad for dinner tonight. 

In case you’re interested, I cooked the noodles in hot water and then fried them in egg rings. I added a little olive oil, soy sauce, Tabasco sauce and maple syrup. 

Saimin burger from L&L Hawaiian Barbecue
Saimin burger from L&L Hawaiian Barbecue
Saimin salmon salad for dinner
Saimin salmon salad for dinner

I spent my last day of my holiday at home cleaning up and unpacking, washing more clothes and catching up on personal e-mails. I also went for a walk around Lake Ginninderra and shot some photographs.

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For breakfast I made cheesy scrambled eggs. 

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I had a coffee at Heather’s House of Cake.

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I made a BLT for lunch. 

Have you ever eaten saimin salmon salad?

 

Crab bacon sandwich

Great memories of a sandwich from Ted's Bakery

Last week I had my first crab bacon sandwich from Ted’s Bakery in Haleiwa.

I arrived back in Canberra today after the last day in Hawaii. I wanted dinner to reflect something really special from Hawaii and something I could do easily.

Sandwiches should be easy to make and this is a pretty simple meal that anyone can put together for themselves. 

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Fresh crab would have been better

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I love this Pialligo Farm artisan bacon. Simply the best. I’ve used this amazing bacon before

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A soft bread roll. I bought this from Coles.

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Lightly fried with some cream cheese. I love cream cheese. 

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Yum. The bacon on the cream cheese. I cooked the bacon in the oven at 200 °C for 15 minutes.

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I mixed the crab with some mayonnaise. I drained the crab for a while.

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I forgot the onion but I had iceberg lettuce and tomato.

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This crab bacon sandwich was just as good as the one I had at Ted’s Bakery last week. It was the duck’s guts.

Have you ever had a crab bacon sandwich?

 

Super Saturday salmon sandwiches

Delicious meals for one

Today I ended up have salmon sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Who would have thought I’d ever do that?

I basically repeated breakfast and lunch but changed the carbohydrate from a quinoa pane di casa to a poppy seed bagel. For dinner I had the last quinoa pane di casa and cooked some salmon. All three salmon sandwiches were essentially the same with minor variations. 

Tomorrow is Sunday. Will there be salmon on Sunday?

Smoked salmon, capers, and cream cheese on quinoa and whole grain pane di casa | salmon sandwiches
Breakfast | Smoked salmon, capers, and cream cheese on quinoa and whole grain pane di casa

This was a nice light breakfast and it had quinoa 

Smoked salmon, dill, capers, and cream cheese on a bagel | salmon sandwiches
Lunch | Smoked salmon, dill, capers, and cream cheese on a bagel

I went and bought some dill especially today after breakfast because salmon needs dill.

Atlantic salmon, dill, capers, and cream cheese on quinoa and whole grain pane di casa with potato gems | salmon sandwiches
Dinner | Atlantic salmon, dill, capers, and cream cheese on quinoa and whole grain pane di casa with potato gems

The big difference for dinner was adding the potato gems. I love potato gems.


 

This afternoon I went for a walk around Lake Ginninderra and shot some photographs.

Cloud porn over Lake Ginninderra
Cloud porn over Lake Ginninderra
Big yellow tree on Lake Ginninderra
Big yellow tree on Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra

Do you like salmon sandwiches? What do you put on them?

Where’s the quinoa in this delicious chicken roll?

A delicious meal for one

TGIF people and it’s Friday night with the footy about to start and a weekend to enjoy. What could be better than a quick and easy delicious chicken roll? The perfect food to eat while watching the footy. Lets Go Broncos!

So where’s the quinoa? Well it’s in the wholemeal pane di casa!

Wholemeal and quinoa pane di casa with lashings of butter and a layer of roquette topped with roast chicken and stuffing and a line of mustard, my delicious chicken roll
Wholemeal and quinoa pane di casa with lashings of butter and a layer of roquette topped with roast chicken and stuffing and a line of mustard, my delicious chicken roll
Where’s the quinoa in this delicious chicken roll?
 
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian
Author: Gary Lum
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Roast chicken
  • Wholemeal and quinoa pane di casa
  • Butter
  • Baby roquette
  • Dijon mustard
Instructions
  1. Cut the bread rolls with a nice long longitudinal slit
  2. Add lashings of butter
  3. Add the roquette
  4. Add the shredded chicken and stuffing and best of all the skin
  5. Add a line of dijon mustard and some pepper
 

 

Wholemeal and quinoa pane di casa
Wholemeal and quinoa pane di casa
Wholemeal and quinoa pane di casa with lashings of butter
Wholemeal and quinoa pane di casa with lashings of butter
Wholemeal and quinoa pane di casa with lashings of butter and a layer of roquette
Wholemeal and quinoa pane di casa with lashings of butter and a layer of roquette
Wholemeal and quinoa pane di casa with lashings of butter and a layer of roquette topped with roast chicken and stuffing
Wholemeal and quinoa pane di casa with lashings of butter and a layer of roquette topped with roast chicken and stuffing
Wholemeal and quinoa pane di casa with lashings of butter and a layer of roquette topped with roast chicken and stuffing and a line of mustard
Wholemeal and quinoa pane di casa with lashings of butter and a layer of roquette topped with roast chicken and stuffing and a line of mustard

What could be simpler? How do you make a delicious chicken roll?

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