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Alfie’s Mooo Char & Bar Restaurant Review

Alfie’s Mooo Char & Bar Restaurant Review

On the Saturday, of this year’s Australia Day long weekend, I went to Alfie’s Mooo Char & Bar with my daughters and my eldest daughter’s boyfriend. We had planned this lunch since before Christmas 2017.

This is a photograph of the front of Alfie's Mooo Char & Bar restaurant at Caloundra.

Who is Alfie?

If you’re not from Queensland or New South Wales (NSW) you may not know Alfie. Alfie is Allan Langer, and in my opinion the greatest rugby league halfback ever. Alfie played for the Brisbane Broncos, the XXXX Queensland Maroons, and the Australian Kangaroos. While small in stature for a modern elite athlete, his tenacity, skill, game intelligence and ability to read the field of play made him both exciting and dangerous if you were an opposing cockroach.

After Alfie retired from the National Rugby League (NRL) competition, he went on to play in the English super league. While he was there, Mr Wayne Bennett) was coaching the mighty XXXX Queensland Maroons and in 2001 during the State of Origin series, for the third and deciding match he called Alfie back to wear the Maroon jersey. Despite criticism and laughs of derision from cockroaches and cockroach lovers, Alfie set up two tries and scored one of the most brilliant tries of Origin history. While critics south of the border said he was too old and unfit to play Origin, Alfie inspired the team and Queensland won the series that year.

That try

Watch this YouTube video from about the 6 minutes 25 seconds mark through to 7 minutes 20 seconds to see THAT try.

Footy food for game 1

Alfie’s Mooo Char & Bar

The restaurant is located on the corner of The Esplanade and Otranto Avenue, Bulcock Beach, Caloundra QLD 4551. Its website is simply http://www.alfies.net.au/ You can call to make a booking on +61 7 5492 8155.


For more information, you can go to Google maps. This site also has reviews and photographs.

My parents and brothers have eaten at Alfie’s many times and Dad has told me how he has even met Alfie who is often there and serving drinks at the bar. Apparently, he’ll walk around and chat with diners. Alfie wasn’t there on the day that we enjoyed our meal, I’m hoping to visit again for an opportunity to meet the man.

Lunch

The menu was as expected a food lovers paradise ranging from light and easy through to substantial meaty monuments to magnificent muscle.

This is a photograph of a knife and fork plus cutlery used to eat crabs and oysters at Alfie's Mooo Char & Bar at Caloundra.

My youngest daughter chose an Alfie Burger which she said was delicious and being in Queensland, it had beetroot and pineapple. These two elements are the sine qua non for a Queensland burger. In my mind, the only thing that could make it better would be a fried egg.

My daughter told me it was a really good burger.

My eldest daughter and her boyfriend both enjoyed fish and chips.

It looked like they both enjoyed their fish and chips.

My middle daughter and I agreed we would share a hot and cold seafood platter. This particular daughter and I have a very strong bond with food. She is a talented cake maker and cake decorator and she’s working in the food industry at the moment.

This is a photograph of me (Gary Lum aka Yummy Lummy) and my daughter before we begin to tuck into out hot and cold seafood platter at Alfie's Mooo Char & Bar restaurant at Caloundra.

This platter was pretty good and it didn’t take us long to polish it off. The only thing that could have been improved would have been the crab. I think I’ve been spoilt with experiences with Top End mud crabs and imported King crab. The humble spanner crab isn’t quite the same. In some ways, a sand crab would be been nice. We agreed, the next time we might go for a cold platter with a side of the oysters Kilpatrick.

This is a photograph of my view of the hot and cold seafood platter at Alfie's Mooo Char & Bar restaurant at Caloundra.

Everything tasted fresh and the oysters were plump and the prawns were firm. The deep-fried treats were very tasty and not over seasoned. The accompanying dipping sauces were also very good. The house tartare was great and next time I might ask for an extra dish of that.

My daughter and I were very satisfied with our choice and we felt like we had eaten well.

If you’re interested in what the damage was, check out the online menu for all the details.

Alfie’s burger

Beef pattie, bacon, beetroot, pineapple, vintage cheddar, caramelised onions, smokey bbq sauce, fat chips.

Alfie’s fish and chips

Fish and fat chips, summer salad, house tartare, lemon.

Alfie’s hot and cold seafood platter

1 spanner crab, 6 fresh Mooloolaba king prawns, 1 Moreton Bay bug, 6 natural oysters, 6 pieces of crumbed fish, 6 tempura king prawns, 6 Kilpatrick oysters, salt and pepper calamari and served with a Queensland nut and toasted coconut salad, tartare sauce, seafood sauce, fat chips, and lemon.

Final thoughts

Before I get to my final thoughts, you may like to read about the radio interview I did with Lish Fejer and Jolene Laverty on ABC Canberra about vanilla slice, one of my favourite things.

I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch with my daughters. The restaurant is well positioned so you can see the water. The sea breeze keeps everything cool. The wait staff are friendly and attentive to diners. Gratefully they didn’t clear plates before everyone was finished.

Once ordered, the food came out in a good amount of time, not too soon and we didn’t feel like we were left waiting too long. The food itself is well presented, fresh and delicious.

I’d happily return for another meal and I have no hesitation to recommend Alfie’s Mooo Bar & Char to others.

I reckon after a lunch, it’s worth going for a walk and enjoying an ice cream by the beach.

This is a photograph of me (Gary Lum aka Yummy Lummy) on the beach at Caloundra. I'm wearing a Star Trek cap, sunglasses, a long-sleeve rash vest and board shorts.

Anchor note For those not familiar with the finer points of rugby league, a cockroach is a player from NSW. So named by Barry Muir. Barry was one of Australia’s greatest 100 players of the greatest game of all.

How to have the best weekend ever

This weekend just past has been awfully cold in Canberra. On Sunday I heard the maximum temperature didn’t get above 5 °C. So how would I have the best weekend with that sort of temperature? I escaped of course. I went to visit my kids and parents in Brisbane and had the best weekend I’ve had in ages.

The flight up was comfortable and I enjoyed a tuna salad for tea.

Tuna salad on QF 1554 CBR to BNE
Tuna salad on QF 1554 CBR to BNE

When I arrived we started planning the following day. Toast for breakfast, drive to Nambour and check out the markets at the Big Pineapple and hopefully pick up some morning tea. Drive on to Noosa, walk around and enjoy lunch. Drive back via Yandina and visit the Buderim Ginger Factory and Nutworks, hopefully for afternoon tea and then back to my parents’ place for dinner.

The Big Pineapple Sunshine Plantation
The Big Pineapple Sunshine Plantation
Meat without feet
Meat without feet

It sort of worked out that way. When we got to the Big Pineapple we enjoyed a walk around the old building and into the pineapple. The markets have taken over which is good. I’m glad to see the buildings are still getting use. The little zoölogical gardens are still there and fields of pineapples too. The cafe didn’t seem to have any pastries so we decided to look through Nambour.

As we drove through the main drag of Nambour we were surprised at how many of the shops were closed. Some were boarded up and most of the others were closed for business. We drove around and around and couldn’t see a bakery or a cafe open. Disappointed we drove on.

As we approach Eumundi we thought we’d check out the markets. Well that was great in theory but rubbish practically. We spent thirty minutes lined up along the road trying to find a park. In the end we decided to give it a miss. The place was so crowded it would have wasted time we didn’t have.

We drove on to Noosa, found a car park pretty easily and started walking around. We found a bakery and had morning tea. I had a small pecan tart.

Pecan tart from Noosa
Pecan tart from Noosa

As we walked up and down Hastings Street we had fun walking in and out of shops and checking things out.

Cockatoos by two
Cockatoos by two
Hairy Mannequin
Hairy Mannequin
Interesting tree roots
Interesting tree roots
Miss20 with a mask on Hastings Street Noosa
Miss20 with a mask on Hastings Street Noosa
Miss18 with a mask on Hastings Street Noosa
Miss18 with a mask on Hastings Street Noosa
Miss20 with a mask on Hastings Street Noosa
Miss20 with a mask on Hastings Street Noosa

We thought we’d buy some lunch and have it on the beach. Miss18 had brought a couple of beach towels and the girls wanted chips and gravy while I wanted sushi rolls. We bought both and shared it all 

Sushi rolls on Noosa beach
Sushi rolls on Noosa beach
Chips and gravy on Noosa beach
Chips and gravy on Noosa beach

The beach was glorious. It was about 22 °C and sunny. The water was so blue, the sand so white and fine. I looked at my weather app for Canberra and laughed out loud. I was in a T-shirt basking in the sunny goodness.

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You can see the beach reflected in my sunnies
You can see the beach reflected in my sunnies

My daughters went to town taking selfies. All through the day they had their telephones out capturing everything around them. We were so happy, we kept saying to each other how glorious the weather was and how we wished we had brought our togs. The water would be cold but there was no wind and with the sunshine we could warm up on the sand.

After a couple of hours of just sitting under the shade of some trees looking out into the ocean we packed up and drove to Yandina.

We headed to the Buderim Ginger Factory and Nutworks.

Buderim Ginger Factory train crossing
Buderim Ginger Factory train crossing
A can of Buderim ginger beer and pear
A can of Buderim ginger beer and pear

This ginger beer and pear was delicious.

Buderim Ginger Factory Ginger scone with ginger marmalade and cream
Buderim Ginger Factory Ginger scone with ginger marmalade and cream

Miss18 loved her afternoon tea

Lizard on a turtle on a rock at Buderim Ginger Factory
Lizard on a turtle on a rock at Buderim Ginger Factory
Crocodile jerky
Crocodile jerky

I’ve never tried crocodile jerky.

After buying Mum some Queensland nuts for Sunday breakfast we headed back to Brisbane.

Mum had tea ready for us. I got to carve an amazing butterflied and stuffed lamb shoulder. It was glorious.

Roast lamb shoulder and vegetables for Saturday dinner
Roast lamb shoulder and vegetables for Saturday dinner

After a good sleep Mum and Miss18 put together waffles for breakfast. We had butterscotch sauce, caramel ice cream, Nutella, Queensland nuts and fruit. They were amazing.

Table set for waffles for breakfast
Table set for waffles for breakfast
Waffle with butterscotch sauce, ice cream, nutella, fruit and Queensland nuts
Waffle with butterscotch sauce, ice cream, nutella, fruit and Queensland nuts

After such a great weekend it was difficult to say goodbye and catch my flight back to Canberra.

Cheese box on QF1549 BNE to CBR
Cheese box on QF1549 BNE to CBR

When I landed in Canberra it was 3 °C and I was back to reality. I’d had a dream weekend. The best weekend. It’s a good thing I love my job, the people of Canberra and small town life in Canberra. They are the only things keeping me here.

 

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Footy food for state of origin 2

Tonight’s match was the most important game of rugby league this year. Queensland needed to defeat NSW to ensure not just a series win but a set up for a clean sweep. NSW was desperate to win to set up a decider at Lang Park.

Every state of origin match like a grand final needs footy food. In fact state of origin is more important than a grand final or an international test match so the food needs to be super tasty and super simple.

I started the day with a small simple breakfast with a big dinner in mind.

Bacon and eggs

A close up of my bacon and eggs
A close up of my bacon and eggs

For lunch I had leftover roast lamb with some cheese and leaves.

Leftover lamb with cheese and leaves
Leftover lamb with cheese and leaves

For my main meal I bought 500 grams of chicken wings. I specified the forearm equivalent, i.e., the radius and ulna and not the humerus. I reckon this has the most tender meat and when it’s cooked well it falls from the bones easily. I coated the chicken with oil and added some chicken salt, pepper and chili flakes. I put them into an oven at 150 °C for 60 minutes. I also added some Brussels sprouts and some little nubs of beef mince. To this I added some slivered almonds and pine nuts and then added a layer of grated cheese. All this is similar to what I had on the night of game 1. That night I had panko coated wings. Now that I’m doing a bit of low carb eating I’ve avoided the panko crumbs.

Chicken wings and Brussels sprouts with nubs of beef mince
Chicken wings and Brussels sprouts with nubs of beef mince
Chicken wings and Brussels sprouts from the oven
Chicken wings and Brussels sprouts from the oven
My bowl of chicken wings and Brussels sprouts
My bowl of chicken wings and Brussels sprouts
A close up of my chicken wings and Brussels sprouts
A close up of my chicken wings and Brussels sprouts

So this is the footy food I had tonight for game 2 of the 2015 state of origin series.

In the end New South Wales defeated Queensland 26:18. It was a bit of a lacklustre game tonight. Queensland’s defence wasn’t as good as it has been or should have been. Bring on game 3. A decider at Lang Park the home of Queensland rugby league.

What footy food will you have for game 3?

Footy food for state of origin 1

Every state of origin match like a grand final needs footy food. In fact state of origin is more important than a grand final or an international test match so the food needs to be super tasty and super simple.

I started the day with a small simple breakfast with a big dinner in mind.

Fried egg and parmesan
Fried egg and parmesan

For lunch I made a smoked salmon, Coon cheese, cream cheese and lettuce toasted sandwich with jalapeño avocado spread.

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So for dinner I started with meat chips. These are slices of salami cooked in a hot oven and allowed to cool to a crunchy chip. I served these with cream cheese with chives and spring onion. That makes up this evening’s vegetables 

Meat chips with cream cheese. My vegetables tonight are the chives and spring onion in the cream cheese.
Meat chips with cream cheese. My vegetables tonight are the chives and spring onion in the cream cheese.

For my main meal I bought 500 grams of chicken wings. I specified the forearm equivalent, i.e., the radius and ulna and not the humerus. I reckon this has the most tender meat and when it’s cooked well it falls from the bones easily. I coated the chicken with oil and panko crumbs and added some chicken salt, golden syrup and chili flakes. I put them into an oven at 150 °C for 45 minutes.

Chicken wings ready for the oven with panko crumbs, golden syrup
Chicken wings ready for the oven with panko crumbs, golden syrup
Chicken wings ready for the oven with panko crumbs, golden syrup, chicken salt and chili flakes
Chicken wings ready for the oven with panko crumbs, golden syrup, chicken salt and chili flakes
Panko chicken wings with chili flakes and chicken salt
Panko chicken wings with chili flakes and chicken salt

So this is the footy food I had tonight for game 1 of the 2015 state of origin series.

I ended up finishing it before the game started. Kick off is meant to be at 8 pm but channel 9 never seems to get it right. The pre-game mucking around with singing songs no one understands and then listening to someone butcher our national anthem pushed the kick off to about 8.20 pm. I still reckon a sure winner for the national anthem is a school choir. What a thrill would it be for them to sing the national anthem for the greatest sporting event that happens three times a year for the greatest game of all.

I kept sane by listening to the game on the ABC Radio app rather than listen to the Channel 9 broadcast. There was about a 30 second delay on the telecast but it meant I didn’t have to listen to Phil Gould and Andrew Johns.

In the end Queensland defeated New South Wales 11:10. It was a tough tight game. Bring on game 2.

What footy food will you have for game 2?

 

Yatala Pies vanilla slice fail

I’ve spent the weekend in Brisbane visiting Miss13, Miss17 and my parents. We have some activities planned and I’ve taken Monday as recreation leave so we could fit things in. I’m writing a series of short posts about the food we ate on this visit. 


 

It’s Sunday morning and we’re on our way to the Gold Coast for the day. Part of the journey is breakfast at Yatala Pies which is a bit of an institution in God’s own (i.e., Queensland). 

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Miss13 and Miss17 had no qualms about pastry for breakfast. We were on the road at 7.30 and by the time we got there a little after 8 we were all pretty hungry. 

Miss13 asked for a caramel tart sans cream, Miss17 went for a vanilla slice as did I. I also asked for a jam and cream doughnut that we could share.

There were no vanilla slices on the counter when we arrived and when the lady went out the back to investigate if they had any my heart sank when she emerged with two slices that looked like they’d been in the cold room.

Long time readers will know of my devotion to the good old Aussie vanilla slice which Mexicans (aka Victorians) call snot blocks. If you want to know what I reckon makes a good vanilla slice here is my review. It’s become such a thing I regularly have conversations with a couple of very senior colleagues at work. So much so we send text messages to one another along with photographs when we come across a new vanilla slice we haven’t tried.

This vanilla slice had multiple problems. The icing was too thick and the pastry was too stiff. The custard while tasting nice was also a little gelatinous. 

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The jam and cream doughnut on the other hand was delicious. It was light and fluffy and not at all doughy. The cream wasn’t too sweet and the jam wasn’t either. Miss17 thought a little more jam would have made it just a little better. 

Please don’t get me wrong, Yatala Pies make great hot pies. I’ve enjoyed them over the years and they’re consistently good. My advice though is steer clear of the vanilla slice and have a jam and cream doughnut instead. 

Have you had a Yatala Pie? What did you think?

The Ekka 2014 @theekka | a foot long Dagwood dog #ekka

The Ekka 2014 @theekka | a foot long Dagwood dog #ekka

 
 
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I’ll get to the foot long Dagwood dog at The Ekka later in this post

This weekend I flew to Brisbane to see my daughters. Over the last few months we’d agreed we would go to the RNA Show, ‘The Ekka’ aka The Exhibition

Miss17 had been ill during the week with an upper respiratory tract infection and when I arrived on Friday evening Miss13 was febrile having been infected by her older sister. Fortunately Miss19 was well. Despite being ill though Miss13 was adamant she wanted to go out and enjoy the day. What a trooper. 

The morning looked a little moody
The morning looked a little moody

Miss13 and Miss17 both had gymnastics training first so I started the day with fried eggs and avocado with a mug of coffee. Mum has worked out that my diet is mainly protein so she had some eggs and avocado ready for me. What a great Mum. With her new iPad she now receives an almost daily feed of my food photography and even though she has complimented it she did say on the weekend she much prefers the photographs I shoot of the lake and pelicans.

Starting the day with a good breakfast
Starting the day with a good breakfast

After picking up the girls from training we agreed we’d catch the bus from the Chermside bus exchange straight to The Ekka. In the past we’ve caught the train but this bus is fabulous, we can walk to the exchange and the bus takes a direct route using the new tunnel system straight to the Brisbane RNA show grounds. With my Translink GoCard it couldn’t be more simple. 

On arriving we sought food for lunch. With no desire to dive straight into Dagwood dogs and strawberry ice cream sundaes we went to the food hall and looked around. There is no shortage of food to enjoy, what there is a shortage of is tables and chairs for patrons. After walking around we agreed on dumplings and walked outside to the dog pavilion and ate while we watched some dog judging. 

We all had some pork and prawn dumplings and we shared some barbecue pork buns. It was all good and filled the holes in our bellies. 

Pork and prawn dumplings at The Ekka
Pork and prawn dumplings at The Ekka
Barbecue pork buns at The Ekka
Barbecue pork buns at The Ekka

The dog judging was cute and reminded the girls to buy dog treats for Nelson.

After eating, we went back to the food hall to check out all the displays and enjoy the samples on offer. It’s possible to consume enough free snacks to substitute lunch. Not that I would ever do that 🙂

On leaving the food hall I was approached by a young lady to be interviewed for the RNA and Queensland Museum. The project involves interviewing people at The Ekka for about five minutes asking questions about early memories of The Ekka, what it is we like about it and in three words define it. The RNA will use the information for its future planning to improve the show and the Queensland Museum will put some of the filmed interviews on display. After signing three waivers I sat down had a few photographs taken and then began answering questions. I opened with early memories of attending the show with my grandmother and parents over the years and the stories they would tell of free sample bags and show bags costing as little as ten cents each in the 1960s. I explained how the show is great for city dwellers to understand and appreciate more what happens in the country and on farms. It gives kids and adults regular exposure to agriculture so we don’t forget where we get our meat and produce from. Finally I summed up the show in three words, viz., Queensland, Happiness and Food.

There were three things on my food list for The Ekka 2014, 1. A strawberry ice cream sundae, 2. a Dagwood dog, and 3. a Funnel cake.

Funnel cakes are an American state fair food that is like a waffle and a doughnut combined. In The Ekka guide there was an article which I read about which I reproduced here. Funnel_cakes

Twisty Trapeze Funnel cake
Twisty Trapeze Funnel cake
Strawberry Funnel cake
Strawberry Funnel cake
Gorgeous caramel crunch Funnel cake with caramel toffee and nuts
Gorgeous caramel crunch Funnel cake with caramel toffee and nuts
The Funnel cake stall was really rocking along
The Funnel cake stall was really rocking along
The Funnel cake stall was really fun
The Funnel cake stall was really fun

We went for a walk to check out the cake decorating and photography exhibits. The cakes were amazing. So many fantastic works of art. Every show I attend I always visit the cake decorating exhibit. Every year the standard seems to get better. 

Some of the cakes that were award winners in the Cake Decorating competition.
Some of the cakes that were award winners in the Cake Decorating competition.

After the cakes and photography we went for a walk through all the animal pavilions and checked out the exhibits. I didn’t shoot that many photographs in the halls because I wanted to really enjoy seeing all the animals. I did capture a few short videos in the poulty section though because of the noise and well, chooks and ducks are cool. 

At this stage Miss13 started feeling a little more poorly and wanted to rest. We took the opportunity to sit outside and enjoy The. Best. Part. Of. The. Ekka. 

I just love strawberry ice cream sundaes that are sold to support The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation. The best description comes from The Ekka website

The Ekka Strawberry Sundae is mouth-watering top to bottom, from the crunchy wafer cone to the smooth white ice-cream, sweet chopped strawberries, delicious gourmet strawberry ice-cream, swirls of fresh cream and topped off with a tasty fresh Queensland strawberry.

My favourite food at The Ekka is the strawberry ice cream sundae
My favourite food at The Ekka is the strawberry ice cream sundae

Unfortunately I horribly overexposed the photograph but this was so good. The strawberry ice cream is so rich and creamy, the chopped strawberries so sweet and the white ice cream is just that pure ice cream. Perfect. 

We’d agreed that at about 4 pm we’d find a good spot to sit in the main arena so we could watch all the big events from a good vantage. We had some time to kill and Miss13 was feeling a little better so we went for a walk through side show alley. Miss17 wanted to have a go at a few of the games so she tried throwing rings at bottles and archery. No luck on the bottles but the funniest thing I’ve seen in ages was watching Miss17 try to use a bow and arrow. 

The Ekka

We found good seats in the arena three rows from the front. The arena filled up pretty quickly with everyone having the same idea of getting a good seat. 

To pass the time Miss13 and Miss19 went to the show bag hall and bought some show bags. They bought me one full of my favourite potato chips. Miss17 and I went to buy dinner when Miss13 and Miss19 returned. We had a voucher for 20% off from the burger bar so burgers it was. 

A Burger Bar hamburger
A Burger Bar hamburger

The burger wasn’t too bad. The bread and meat were a little dry and very salty. Given it’s the RNA show, why not use lots of butter?

After dinner and a couple packets of potato chips we settled in for the night’s entertainment. 

Here’s a list of the entertainment, some of it was entertaining and some of it was a little boring.

Miss Show Girl

We could not see them even though we were close to the front. 

The clock tower
The clock tower

Wood chop

I love the wood chop. This was a two team relay race. One of the blokes was 73 years old. One team opened a sizable lead after one competitor had a tough piece of wood but in the end it turned out to be a very even contest.

Goldie the Clown

Um what can I say, he’s a clown and he had a funny car. No one laughed.

Sheep dog trials

Somehow this is more entertaining when you watch it on television. We all went to the toilet during this phase.

Wheel stand jeep

This was cool but he only did one pass. More wheel stand jeep would have been good.

Harness racing

I’ve never been into horse racing of any kind. Three sisters were driving and they came in first, second and third out of an eight horse field.

National anthem with mounted police, police motorcycles and patrol motor vehicles, Australian Light horse, RNA Four horsemen

This was good. With the centenary of the beginning of World War One, there was a dedication to the role of horses in Australian history. The Queensland mounted police have been going for 150 years. We saw a few light horse representing the AIF and then four RNA horseman came in bearing the Australian, Queensland, Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal flags.

Troy Cassar-Daley

He sang some songs. I have no idea what they were about. I didn’t find it that appealing. 

Keith Urban

This bloke was born in New Zealand but grew up in Caboolture near Brisbane and spoke on screen about his memories of visiting The Ekka. Apparently he’s a singer, something about country and western.

Monster trucks, FMX freestyle kings, GearFactor Go-Girls Race team, Jet trike and VB Utes

These were fantastic. The jet trike was cool but only did one lap. The MX blokes were cool and the monster trucks awesome. The Ford vs Holden drifting utes raced and the FORD won! 

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Prinnie Stevens

This woman just screeched. I have no idea what she was screaming. 

Ekkanites fireworks

Best. Fireworks. Ever. 

I loved them. So so good. I’d happily go back just for the fireworks. 

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Sorry I need to do a lot of work on my fireworks photography.

After the fireworks it was time for the final piece of my Ekka food needs, a Dagwood dog. If you read the Funnel cakes article you’ll see a piece of the story on the history of the Dagwood dog.

As we left for the bus stop I bought a foot long Dagwood dog, that’s 12 inches of goodness people. It took two hands to handle it.

Me and a foot long (12 inches) Dagwood dog at The Ekka
Me and a foot long (12 inches) Dagwood dog at The Ekka

So ended a fantastic day with my daughters. We’ll be back. 

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Another #origin nude burger #QUEENSLANDER

It’s game three, a dead rubber but still an important game

It’s bloody cold in Canberra today. I woke up to nearly –5 °C and as I type it’s only 5 °C. I’ve made another nude burger for tonight’s game but what I’m thinking is how much I want it to be summer. I’d happily eat this nude burger in the nude. It would be more comfortable than wearing so many layers and having numb appendages. 

Happy hump day dinner waiting for State of Origin III. Nude burger with tomato and avocado plus a white wine cream sauce.
Happy hump day dinner waiting for State of Origin III. Nude burger with tomato and avocado plus a white wine cream sauce.
Another #origin nude burger
 
Recipe Type: A quick and easy footy food burger
Cuisine: Australian dude food
Author: Gary Lum
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
A meaty meal for origin III. Hoping that Queensland defeats NSW tonight.
Ingredients
  • Beef mince
  • Tasty Coon cheese
  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • White wine
  • Cream
  • Butter
Instructions
  1. Make a burger out of mince
  2. Cook in a frying pan with the tomato
  3. Melt the cheese on the burger in a small bench top oven or your main oven
  4. Deglase the tasty bits with a splash of white wine
  5. Add some cream and cook to thicken
  6. Glisten with some butter
  7. Serve with avocado the tomato and the sauce
  8. Capture an image
  9. Enjoy the meal
  10. Wash the dishes
  11. Turn on the footy
  12. Watch the preliminaries
  13. Write the recipe
  14. Blog about it
  15. Hope and pray Queensland defeats NSW
 
Notes
Perfect footy food
The butter I use
The butter I use
Happy hump day breakfast. Bacon and scrambled eggs with smoked cheddar cheese and spam.
Happy hump day breakfast. Bacon and scrambled eggs with smoked cheddar cheese and spam.

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Queensland won last night’s game. Celebrating with another nude burger for breakfast 🙂 

Non pay day Thursday good morning. I woke up happy that Queensland won last night's origin game. Nude burger and avocado.
Non pay day Thursday good morning. I woke up happy that Queensland won last night’s origin game. Nude burger and avocado.

Footy food by Yummy Lummy #StateofOrigin #Origin #Queensland

Footy food for State of Origin game two

Tonight is game two in this year’s state of origin series. On the old blog you can find many posts about state of origin and where my allegiances lie. Needless to say the photograph of me on my about page has the Queensland flag as a background. The Maroon jumper I wear in my twitter and instagram avatars says it all QUEENSLANDER!!!

On the way home tonight I stopped at Jamison Takeaway in the Jamison Plaza and bought some potato scallops and calamari rings to snack on while I cooked my dinner.

Footy food from Jamison Takeaway. Potato scallops and calamari rings. I hope Queensland defeats New South Wales tonight in the State of Origin game.
Footy food from Jamison Takeaway. Potato scallops and calamari rings. I hope Queensland defeats New South Wales tonight in the State of Origin game.

 

 

Sorry it’s a little blurry. I was so excited about eating them 🙂  

A need to do a shout out to the lovely ladies at the Jamison Takeaway. They always give me an extra potato scallop. They are the best. 

For dinner I made honey soy chicken wings. They make great footy food. Click on the image if you want to see a bigger version.

Happy hump day honey soy chicken wings while waiting for the State of Origin game #QUEENSLANDER
Happy hump day honey soy chicken wings while waiting for the State of Origin game #QUEENSLANDER
Honey soy chicken wings | Footy food by Yummy Lummy
 
Recipe Type: Footy food
Cuisine: Australian
Author: Gary Lum
Rugby league is the greatest game of all. State of origin is the greatest example of rugby league. Queensland is the greatest state in Australia and in the world, even the universe. Footy and food go hand in hand.
Ingredients
  • Chicken wings
  • Honey
  • Soy sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Sherry
  • Dessicated coconut
  • Sesame seeds
  • Chilli flakes
  • Pepper
Instructions
  1. In a bowl add the chicken and everything else
  2. Mix well and allow to rest for ten minutes
  3. Put into a preheated oven (150 °C) for one hour
  4. Plate up
  5. Capture an image with a Nikon D5300 and a Tamron 90 mm Macro lens at 1/25 seconds, f/8 and ISO 100
  6. Eat the food while watching the pregame highlights
  7. Wash the dishes
  8. Write the blog post
  9. Enjoy the game
  10. Hope Queensland defeats New South Wales
 
Notes
Just to repeat, rugby league is the greatest game of all. State of origin is what sport is all about. Queenslanders are the best FULL STOP

 
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