Prawns

Jalapeño spam and prawn curry

Jalapeño spam is a lovely spicy taste sensation

Jalapeño spam is a variation of my favourite tinned meat. When you slice through a brick of Jalapeño spam you come across small pieces of diced Jalapeño pepper.

So far I’ve had a couple of sandwiches with a thick wodge of Jalapeño spam either oven baked and fried, or pan fried in a toasted sandwich.

Guess what is covered in Coon cheese with broccoli? Jalapeño spam Gary Lum
Guess what is covered in Coon cheese with broccoli? [click on the photo for a better view]
Saturday #Canberra #heatwave Jalapeño @SPAMbrand @KFCAustralia coleslaw and #cooncheese #toastie Jalapeño spam Gary Lum
Saturday #Canberra #heatwave Jalapeño @SPAMbrand @KFCAustralia coleslaw and #cooncheese #toastie [click on the photo for a better view]
Tonight, I thought I may combine some spam with prawns in a ramen noodle curry.

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Preparing tonight’s dinner

Today Canberra experienced another 41 °C maximum temperature. To avoid dehydration and heat stroke I’ve stayed inside and not done terribly much. I did go grocery shopping this morning and bought some raw prawns.

Spam, coconut cream and duck fat Jalapeño spam Gary Lum
Spam, coconut cream and duck fat [click on the photo for a better view]

What you will need to put this meal for one together

  • Jalapeño spam—diced
  • Raw prawns that have been peeled
  • Instant noodles
  • Coconut cream
  • Red onions—sliced
  • Thai red curry paste
  • Red chillies—sliced
  • Jalapeño peppers—sliced
  • Chilli flakes—dried
  • Tomato—quartered (I wish this was a sweet fresh tomato)
  • Peas
  • Corn
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Lime zest and lime juice
  • Mint

How to put all this together

  1. Cook the noodles in boiling water
  2. Fry off the spam and onions until they start to caramelise and then add the tomato
  3. To the spam and onions add the peas, corn, broccoli, carrots and potatoes and keep stirring while frying
  4. As the vegetables begin to soften add a couple of tablespoons of the Thai red curry paste and stir through the cooking food
  5. Once the curry paste has been well incorporated add the cooked noodles and stir everything through getting the curry paste mixed in with the noodles
  6. Open the tin of coconut cream and add it while stirring
  7. Bring the coconut cream to a slow gentle simmer and the red chillies, jalapeño peppers and chilli flakes
  8. Add the juice of one lime
  9. Hopefully, while the coconut cream simmers it reduces in volume slightly
  10. At this point add the prawns and let them cook gently and be careful not to overcook them
  11. Put everything into a bowl and garnish with lime zest and mint

How did it taste?

I liked it. What’s not to like, though? My favourite tinned meats are spam and corned beef. This jalapeño spam is very nice.

A like hot and spicy meals on hot days and today was a very hot day. It was worth making.

Saturday #Canberra #heatwave Jalapeño @SPAMbrand and prawn red curry Jalapeño spam Gary Lum
Saturday #Canberra #heatwave Jalapeño @SPAMbrand and prawn red curry [for a better view click on the photo]

Final thoughts

If you’re not anti-spam, I reckon you should give this jalapeño version a go. If you do, please let me know what you think. 

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.

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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

A video posted by Yummy Lummy Gary Lum Food Blog (@yummylummyblog) on

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

A video posted by Yummy Lummy Gary Lum Food Blog (@yummylummyblog) on

 

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.

Prawn and scallop sandwich

Prawn and scallop sandwich on a warm summer evening

I was inspired this morning to make this prawn and scallop sandwich after watching Quirky Katie Quinn on her YouTube channel. She was sharing her experience of a Po’ Boy in New Orleans. 

Katie Quinn

I’ve been following Katie for a few years and always enjoyed her stories. Katie was sharing where to get a good Po’ Boy in New Orleans with her BF Connor. 

Is this a Po’ Boy?

Now I’m not suggesting for a moment that I’ve made a Po’ Boy. I really don’t have a good enough grasp of American culinary history to suggest that I could replicate something like that. Instead, I figured I could just sautée some prawns and scallops and put it into a baguette with some lettuce, tomato and garlic aioli. 

Prawn and scallop sandwich with tomato and lettuce and garlic aioli Gary Lum
Prawn and scallop sandwich with tomato and lettuce and garlic aioli

I noticed in Katie’s video that the prawns and oysters were crumbed and deep fried. I’d love to do that but I’m too lazy and sautéing in butter is good enough for me. 

Did you know scallops have blue eyes?

I did eat this with some regret. A year or so ago, my friend Jennifer who blogs ate Little Monster Girl mentioned she doesn’t eat scallops because, amongst other things, they have blue eyes. You can search for scallop eyes in Google and check it out. I said to Jennifer I’d refrain from eating scallops but I couldn’t help myself today when I saw them in the display cabinet at the delicatessen section at Coles.

How did the sandwich taste?

As you’d expect, seafood, fresh bread, crispy lettuce and fresh tomato. What more could you want? It tasted great. 

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.

 

 

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?

I’m a monster

What’s being a monster got to do with a food blog?

Well nothing really but I thought it would act as a little click bait.

It’s been warm in Canberra today. Apparently it got as warm as 36.4 °C but the humidity only reached about 20%. I tweeted my desire for a more muggy day.

 


There were some responses 

 

 

Anyway, this is a food blog so here are some photographs of food I ate today.

Smoked salmon with vegemite and wasabi sesame seeds
Smoked salmon with vegemite and wasabi sesame seeds
Prawns and udon noodles with coconut milk
Prawns and udon noodles with coconut milk with a Little Monster Girl looking on

 

Do you think I’m a monster?

What I ate today

My post Dream Cuisine sugar high

After yesterday’s amazing morning with Owen Saddler at Dream Cuisine Patisserie and Café, I was on a sugar high for hours. I knew I probably should not have eaten dinner and I certainly didn’t feel like it, but I didn’t want to wake up in the middle of the night feeling hungry.

I ended up with something light. A toasted bread roll with cream cheese and sweet chilli sauce.

Cream cheese and sweet chilli sauce on toast
Cream cheese and sweet chilli sauce on toast

I woke up this morning after a sleepless night and after a couple of coffees made myself a hot breakfast.

Cheesy kale omelet with a cup of coffee

Cheese and kale omelet with coffee.
Cheese and kale omelet with coffee.

After breakfast I went for a walk around Lake Ginninderra and shot a few photographs. On the way out I noticed a notice stuck to a wall of the apartment complex I live in.

We’ve been having trouble with some of the residents shopping at the local Westfield shopping mall and bringing their groceries back with shopping trolleys and then abandoning the trolleys on the pathways around the apartment complex. The trolleys weren’t just on the footpath but also in the internal courtyard and walkways.

My neighbours in the place I rent are a mixture of people with a lot of Chinese students who attend the University of Canberra.

Trolley warning
Trolley warning
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra

At the end of my walk I stopped at the Everbean Espresso Bar in the Westfield shopping mall. While I was there I met one of the owners, Andrew. He’s seen my Instagram feed and wanted to say hello. The coffee at Everbean Espresso Bar is also very good.

While I was there I enjoyed a nice caramel milk shake.

Caramel milk shake from Everbean Espresso Bar
Caramel milk shake from Everbean Espresso Bar

When I got home I made a simple lunch.

A smoked salmon bagel with cream cheese, raw red onion, capers, wasabi sesame seeds and sweet chilli sauce.

Smoked salmon bagel with cream cheese, capers, raw onion and wasabi sesame seeds
Smoked salmon bagel with cream cheese, capers, raw onion and wasabi sesame seeds

After ironing and watching some Star Trek I went back out to the Westfield shopping mall to get some more groceries.

For dinner I made prawns and udon noodles.

Wasabi prawns and udon noodles with kale and quinoa
Wasabi prawns and udon noodles with kale and quinoa

Wasabi prawns and udon noodles from Gary Lum on Vimeo.

Wasabi prawns and udon noodles with kale and quinoa

What did you eat today?

Prawns with ginger quinoa fried rice with kale

This morning when I went grocery shopping I saw some prawns and thought why not. Tonight I made prawns with ginger quinoa fried rice and kale.

I had some leftover quinoa rice which would be perfect for fried rice.

Prawns with ginger quinoa fried rice with kale
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
  • Fresh green prawns with the tails still attached 250 grams
  • Fresh kale 1 cup shredded
  • Leftover quinoa rice ½ cup
  • Buderim Ginger Factory ginger marmalade 1 tablespoon
  • Flaked almonds
  • Fried shallots
  • Tomato sauce
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Sweet chilli sauce
  • Chilli flakes
  • Soy sauce
  • Red onion
Instructions
  1. Marinade the prawns with the tomato, barbecue and sweet chilli sauces and chilli flakes for an hour
  2. Sautée the prawns in a hot frying pan
  3. Remove from the heat and set the prawns aside
  4. Wilt the kale in the frying pan and then set aside with the prawns
  5. Fry the quinoa rice and add some soy sauce
  6. Add the flaked almonds and fried shallots
  7. Add the prawns and kale and stir through
  8. Plate up
  9. Shoot a photograph
  10. Set up the time lapse for the eating video
  11. Eat the meal
  12. Wash the dishes
  13. Write the recipe
  14. Blog (verb)

It’s a pretty simple recipe and it makes a really delicious meal.

This is a photograph of Raw prawns with tails attached in tomato sauce, barbecue sauce and sweet chilli sauce with chilli flakes and ground pepper.
Raw prawns with tails attached in tomato sauce, barbecue sauce and sweet chilli sauce with chilli flakes and ground pepper.
This is a photograph of Cooked prawns with tails attached in tomato sauce, barbecue sauce and sweet chilli sauce with chilli flakes and ground pepper.
Cooked prawns with tails attached in tomato sauce, barbecue sauce and sweet chilli sauce with chilli flakes and ground pepper.
This is a photograph of Saturday dinner. Prawns and fried ginger quinoa rice with kale.
Saturday dinner. Prawns and fried ginger quinoa rice with kale.

Watch me eat my meal


This morning I went for a walk around Lake Ginninderra. I had hoped to have a milkshake at Heather’s House of Cake but it was closed for a private function.  I may have to go there tomorrow. It was fairly overcast but the water was very still.

This is a photograph of Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra

I used a 24–240 mm f/3.5–f/6.3 zoom lens. This zoomed in shot captured the trees on the north shore nicely.

This is a photograph of Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra

Today there were a couple of pelicans on the lake. I was able to get up close to this one.

This is a photograph of a pelican on Lake Ginninderra
Pelican on Lake Ginninderra

After lunch I made lunch which was a salmon rissole, baked beans, fried egg and avocado.

This is a photograph of Saturday lunch. Salmon rissole with fried egg, baked beans and avocado.
Saturday lunch. Salmon rissole with fried egg, baked beans and avocado.

Do you reckon you’d enjoy prawns with ginger quinoa fried rice and kale?

 


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How to cook low carb garlic prawns

Prawns are not cheap but they are tasty and with a low carb dish in mind I wanted something a little different from beef, lamb, poultry and pork. I will have salmon early next week and so I thought another seafood option for a quick and easy dinner would be a creamy garlic prawns dish.

As much as I like garlic I rarely cook with it. I can always tell when I’m emitting a strong garlic odour and in deference to the people around me I usually refrain. Tonight though these prawns needed a little kick of flavour and garlic would do that.

Raw garlic prawns and parsley
Raw garlic prawns and parsley
Amazing low carb garlic prawns
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian
Author: Gary Lum
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Green uncooked prawns
  • Garlic
  • Lemon juice
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Parsley
  • Cream
  • White wine
  • Almond flakes
  • Parmesan
Instructions
  1. In a bowl marinade the prawns with some crushed garlic, salt, pepper, lemon juice and olive oil for 1 hour (or overnight in the refrigerator)
  2. In a hot pan heat up some oil and butter to the point where the butter bubbles
  3. Add the prawns and cook for 3 minutes
  4. Turn down the heat and add a splash of white wine and a splash of cream, cook for 1 minute
  5. Take off the heat and add the parsley and almond flakes plus some grated parmesan
  6. Pour into a shallow bowl and a shoot a photograph
  7. Eat the prawns
  8. Wash the dishes
  9. Write the recipe
  10. Blog (verb)

 

Freshly chopped parsley
Freshly chopped parsley
Creamy garlic prawns and parsley
Creamy garlic prawns and parsley

These garlic prawns were really very nice and so quick and easy to make. If you prepare the prawns the night before you can have them waiting for you to cook after returning home from work. If I wasn’t eating low carb, a nice piece of crusty bread would be great with this, perhaps even some cheese toast. An alternative would be to serve them with a little rice and/or quinoa.

Creamy garlic prawns and parsley
Creamy garlic prawns and parsley

Do you like garlic prawns? How do you cook them?

Blue whipped cream dessert
Blue whipped cream dessert

3 delicious low carb meals

on low carb Saturday

I really need to lose weight. The only successful way I’ve lost weight has been to take a low carb approach. Whether this goes on or not will depend on motivation. Today I was motivated.

The thing about low carb eating is that it isn’t as easy as it sounds. You may think it’s all bacon and eggs and meat but it isn’t. It’s important to carefully choose vegetables and during the initial induction phase it’s important not to eat fruit. The big risks in the induction phase are constipation and gout. Both are uncomfortable and painful. Whether I continue depends on how I feel.

For breakfast I prepared a low carb fried egg, bacon and parmesan cheese dish.

Saturday morning fried egg with cheesy bacon
Saturday morning fried egg with cheesy bacon

I really like cooking my bacon in a small benchtop oven which allows easy melting of cheese.


After grocery shopping I went for a walk around Lake Ginninderra and found a pelican, black swan and some other water birds

Pelican and water birds on Lake Ginninderra
Pelican and water birds on Lake Ginninderra

It wasn’t a great day for photography


I had a coffee at Heather’s House of Cake

Long black #coffee while walking around #LakeGinninderra #exercise #walking #health #canberra #cbr #igerscanberra

For lunch I made a beef mince roll with tasty Coon cheese wrapped in iceberg lettuce

Lettuce wrapped beef mince roll
Lettuce wrapped beef mince roll

This didn’t look that exciting but it tasted surprisingly good.


For dinner I made a prawn and bacon omelet

Raw peeled prawns
Raw peeled prawns

I bought these from Coles

Cooked prawns and bacon pieces
Cooked prawns and bacon pieces

Cooked in bacon fat and butter

Prawn and bacon omelet
Prawn and bacon omelet

So far so good for a low carb day.

How do you feel about a low carb way of living?