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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

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Spam, vegemite and cheesy chicken

So tonight in my weakened state I decided to eat something comforting with the piece of Chicken Maryland I had in the refrigerator.

I’ve already shown just how good vegemite and chicken can me so adding spam must make it better! Am I right?

What you need to make this dish

  • I used a piece of Chicken Maryland
  • I used a slice of Swiss cheese because I ran out of Coon cheese
  • Two slices of spam
  • a few rings of red onion
  • a dessert spoon from a jar of caramelised onion
  • a good smear of vegemite
  • Toasted light rye bread
  • Coleslaw and avocado with garlic aioli

How do you put it all together?

  1. Toast the bread
  2. Spread a good smear of vegemite on the toast
  3. Lay on the slices of spam
  4. Add the red onion
  5. Spoon the caramelised onion onto the spam
  6. Put the chicken on top
  7. Lay the slice of cheese on the chicken
  8. Place into the oven at 200 °C for 20 minutes and then at 150 °C for 40 minutes
  9. After 60 minutes remove the chicken and allow it to rest for 10 minutes
  10. Plate up with the avocado coleslaw

Get it ready to photograph

  1. Shoot the photograph
  2. Eat the meal
  3. Wash the dishes
  4. Write the recipe
  5. Make a nice picture using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop
  6. Blog and Vlog (verbs)
Spam, vegemite and cheesy Chicken Maryland with avocado coleslaw
Spam, vegemite and cheesy Chicken Maryland with avocado coleslaw
Spam, vegemite and cheesy Chicken Maryland with avocado coleslaw
Spam, vegemite and cheesy Chicken Maryland with avocado coleslaw

How did it taste?

The chicken was moist and tender and the skin was crisp and cheesy. The bread had a nice crunch and had absorbed the chicken, spam, onion and vegemite flavours. Obviously the coleslaw, avocado and garlic aioli contrasted nicely with the saltiness of the vegemite and spam. I did use salt reduced vegemite but I’ve never used salt reduced spam. I must try it to see what it tastes like.

 

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Final words

This made me feel happy. Let’s see if it makes me feel better! Taking an aspiring before cooking dinner probably helped as well.

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Vegemite Chicken Maryland

Vegemite chicken! Really?

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Vegemite

Vegemite chicken I hear you query! Now if you don’t like vegemite this may not appeal to you. If you’ve never tried vegemite I suggest you give it a go. You’ve got nothing to lose. If you like vegemite, then if you haven’t already done this here is another way to enjoy vegemite plus chicken.

I’m guessing most readers have heard about if not tasted vegemite. Even if you aren’t Australian, I think it’s such an iconic Australian product (albeit owned by an American company) that most people know of it.

If you haven’t heard about it, then visit the website https://www.vegemite.com.au/ where you’ll learn all about this product which is the result of yeasty goodness.

If you don’t like vegemite but you like other spreads like marmite or promite, I expect you could substitute the vegemite out for the product of your choice.

What you need

  • Vegemite
  • Chicken (I used a piece of Chicken Maryland [thigh and drumstick with the skin on])
  • Bread (I used a piece of light rye bread)
  • Cheese (I used some Coon cheese which I grated)
  • Onion (I used some red or Spanish onion) thinly sliced
  • Other plant matter (Basically I’d be happy with just the chicken and the vegemite on the bread but there are people who also like other plant material)

What you need to do with all this stuff

  1. Lightly toast the bread, it’ll absorb the chicken juices anyway but if it’s toasted it’s easier to spread the vegemite so you’re not tearing the bread. It also means you could use some stale bread. In theory, if it’s just about spreading the vegemite more easily you could use a piece of frozen bread.
  2. Spread on some vegemite. If you don’t like a lot just use a smear, if you like vegemite a lot then coat the bread as thickly as you like.
  3. Add the onion rings
  4. Add the grated cheese
  5. Top with the piece of chicken
  6. Add some cracked black pepper
  7. Put into a 200 °C oven for 20 minutes and then 150 °C for 40 minutes
  8. After 1 hour remove the chicken from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes
  9. During the resting phase, you can prepare plant material. I used some avocado. I also had some chives and sliced red chilli as garnish.

Prepare for the photograph

  1. Plate up so it looks presentable
  2. Shoot a photograph
  3. Eat the meal
  4. Wash the dishes
  5. Make a picture by editing the photograph with Adobe Lightroom and/or Adobe Photoshop
  6. Write the recipe
  7. Blog and Vlog (verbs)
Vegemite Chicken Maryland with cheesy onion and avocado
Vegemite Chicken Maryland with cheesy onion and avocado

How did it taste?

Salty! Of course, it’s salty, vegemite is salty. It also had that lovely cheesy oniony vegemite flavour coupled with the moist tenderness of the chook’s dark meat delights.

Final words

This is a quick and easy way to use up some bread and make it taste better with vegemite, cheese and onion. It becomes a substantial meal with the piece of chicken.

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What I ate on the first day of Spring | Vegemite, smoked salmon, baked salmon and cheesecake

Tuesday 1 September 2015

Happy Spring everyone. If only the subzero temperatures in the morning would stop and it would become warm and moist. Sadly that won’t happen anytime soon. Apparently this year has seen a net reduction in the population of Canberra (Australian Capital Territory). There’s lots of speculation on talk back radio with much of the blame being sheeted home to the increasing cost of living. I reckon it’s the weather. I’m not about to leave yet. I love my job, I like the people, I like that Canberra is a small quiet well laid out country town with no traffic and good restaurants. I hate the weather though and I’ll happily retire somewhere warmer closer to the ocean.

So for Spring breakfast I ate a plain bagel with vegemite and marmalade.

Tuesday breakfast. Bagel with vegemite and marmalade.
Tuesday breakfast. Bagel with vegemite and marmalade.

For lunch I was meant to eat Courtney with a mate but he was called away at the last moment so I ended up eating smoked salmon and salad leaves and then had a nutella cheesecake for lunch dessert.

Smoked salmon and leaves
Smoked salmon and leaves
Nutella cheesecake from Urban Bean Espresso Bar.
Nutella cheesecake from Urban Bean Espresso Bar.

For dinner I made baked Parmesan salmon on a slab of potato and served with some potato chips and steamed honey vegetables.

Tuesday dinner. Baked salmon with potato chips and honey steamed vegetables.
Tuesday dinner. Baked salmon with potato chips and honey steamed vegetables.
What I ate on the first day of Spring | Vegemite, smoked salmon, baked salmon and cheesecake
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
  • Fillet of salmon
  • Potato
  • Frozen vegetables
Instructions
  1. Cut up the spud and put into the oven to make hot chips
  2. Use two rectangular prisms of potato as a bed for the salmon
  3. After 40 minutes of baking place the salmon fillet on slabs of potato and cook for 12 minutes at 200 °C
  4. Steam the vegetables and stir in some honey
  5. Plate up and shoot a photograph
  6. Eat dinner
  7. Wash the dishes
  8. Write the recipe
  9. Blog (verb)

 

A new Vegemite chocolate idea for Cadbury! Vegemite Caramello Koala

Hello Cadbury Australia. I love your Vegemite chocolate. Given that product combines caramel with Vegemite how about a Vegemite Caramello Koala. This is a fair dinkum Aussie match made in heaven. It could be a girl koala to pair with the current Caramello Koala. Can you imagine biting into its belly and getting that lovely salty caramel flavour of caramel and Vegemite?

The Caramello Koala in the photographs here are sold for $1 in a box of 44 charity chocolates. Can you image how well these would sell for charity chocolate? They could come in a box of all Vegemite Caramello Koalas or in a combination of normal Caramello Koalas plus Vegemite Caramello Koalas. They could be mixed with Freddo Frogs and the creations popping candy chocolates.

I can see trendy cafes selling them as part of their milkshake creations too. They can be attached to the glasses and used as a tool to dip into ice cream and cream in a milkshake. At Halloween we can suck in our American friends and make a Halloween Cadbury Vegemite Caramello Drop Bear. It would be totally awesome.

How about it Cadbury?

Wanting Cadbury to make Vegemite Caramello Koala concept
Wanting Cadbury to make Vegemite Caramello Koala concept
Wanting Cadbury to make Vegemite Caramello Koala concept
Wanting Cadbury to make Vegemite Caramello Koala concept

 

I really love Vegemite chocolate but I reckon Vegemite Caramello Koala would be the ducks guts. Check out how my Hawaiian Bro’ accepted the challenge https://l2ee2l.wordpress.com/2015/07/26/challenge-accepted-3/

Australian fried rice

WTF is Australian fried rice I hear you ask!

Being Chinese I’ve eaten a lot of rice. I’ve also eaten a lot of fried rice. I reckon my Mum’s fried rice was the best. She always used rice that had been cooked a day or so before. It was always immediately refrigerated after the first cooking to avoid food poisoning. It amazes me the number of reports I read of people becoming ill because of improperly cooked and stored food.


 

Food safety alert

Rice is a well known vector for Bacillus cereus food poisoning. Eating contaminated food can result in nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea depending on the toxin elaborated. Proper handling eliminates the risk. Rice that is not going to be eaten immediately should be refrigerated immediately and kept between 0 and 5 °C. Poor cooking technique can results in endospores surviving and poor storage then allows spores to germinate allowing toxins to be elaborated.  Don’t be a mug (that’s Australian for idiot), cook and store your food properly.


 

While I had leftover ingredients for tonight’s dinner and I fixed on cooking them together the mordant was when I read Lorraine Elliot’s post in Not Quite Nigella this morning. Lorraine describes her Mum’s Nasi Goreng.

So my Australian fried rice comes about through the delicious union of leftover roasted vegetables and leftover rice and quinoa. The roasted vegetables I used tonight were made with bacon rather than SPAM®.

So I give you Australian fried rice. It contains broccoli, potato, sweet potato, onion, capsicum, fennel seeds, jalapeño peppers, chili flakes, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, peas, corn, carrots, rice, quinoa and bacon. I reckon it would taste good with some SPAM® and for an Asian touch some Chinese sausage (lup cheong not a Chinese man’s sausage).

I also cooked it in a wok for that authentic Asian touch.


Let’s go back in time to the roast vegetables leftovers

Hot and spicy roasted vegetables and bacon
Hot and spicy roasted vegetables and bacon ready for the oven
Hot and spicy roasted vegetables and bacon
Hot and spicy roasted vegetables and bacon straight from the oven
Hot and spicy roasted vegetables and bacon
Hot and spicy roasted vegetables and bacon on my plate

Sorry for the diversion but this was this morning’s breakfast. A pan fried bagel and cream cheese. Yes, I fried the bagel in butter.

Pan fried bagel with cream cheese
Pan fried bagel with cream cheese

So this is the Australian fried rice

Australian fried rice with bacon and quinoa
Australian fried rice with bacon and quinoa

A close up

Australian fried rice with bacon and quinoa
Australian fried rice with bacon and quinoa

I needed an Australian dessert. Cadbury’s Vegemite chocolate. I love it!

Vegemite chocolate
Vegemite chocolate

Would you make Australian fried rice?