Australia Day Poppy and Sesame seed crusted salmon and Moreton Bay bug salad

Australia Day Poppy and Sesame seed crusted salmon and Moreton Bay bug salad

Friday, 26 January 2018 was Australia Day. A public holiday in Australia and a day of some controversy. Yummy Lummy isnโ€™t keen on controversy, so letโ€™s stick with food.


The Australian lamb industry over many years has endeavoured to socially engineer Australians into thinking the best meat element of a meal to serve on Australia is lamb. I love lamb, and Iโ€™ve certainly indulged in the heady heights of commercial supplication in years gone by. This year was different. Not because I was protesting the idea of lamb on Australia Day, no, it just didnโ€™t happen. True story.

Thongs Australia Day
New thongs. Maroon! Because Queenslander!!!

Where the bloody hell was I on Australia Day?

Yea, I know, when a sentence starts, โ€œWhere the bloody hell…?โ€ Youโ€™re thinking Lara Bingle, and letโ€™s face it, my face and body are just about as far removed from an image of Laraโ€™s as you can imagine. I mean, whoโ€™d want to look like Lara, when you could look like me ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

For readers who arenโ€™t Australian, this is what we call, โ€œtaking the pissโ€. You may find this post is a little more strine that normal. No apologies cobber, Straya day comes but once a year, which for every one else, means annually. ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ

Rather than baking in the hot dry heat of Canberra, I was lapping up the warmth and humidity of Brisbane. My vulgar ichthyoid skin was drinking in the sweet sultry nectar of balmy Brisbane. I was like a lizard sunning itself on a rock next to a hot misty billabong. I was happier than a pig in mud.

I was visiting my parents and children. In my other blog,ย viz.,ย My Thoughts and Stuff, you may have read how Iโ€™ve had a sick relative who was diagnosed with bowel carcinoma and then had quite awful post-operative complications involving intensive care. Iโ€™m happy to report that my formerly sick relative is well on the road to recovery now.

So what did Yummy Lummy eat on Australia Day 2018?

I promise weโ€™ll get to a recipe, but this post needs a little padding.


I enjoyed the breakfast of champions, or at least the breakfast of those wishing to shed some kilograms.

Scrambled eggs made with butter and seasoned with iodised salt and dried mixed herbs

Breakfast of champions. Scrambled eggs. Australia Day.
Friday breakfast. Scrambled eggs with mixed dried herbs and butter for flavour.


My cousin and her husband were also visiting Brisvegas and they joined me, my parents and my children for lunch atย Kinn + Dermย Chermside. I like this particular cousin. Sheโ€™s a fairly direct person and says what she thinks. No mucking around with her.

There were seven of us so we looked through the menu and asked for enough dishes to feed us all. A regular theme when Iโ€™m out with family at restaurants, is just how well Lums can eat. This meal was no exception. We asked for chicken pad Thai, basil beef and chilli with an egg, massaman beef, red duck curry, crispy pork belly, green paw paw salad, soft shelled crab with sweet chilli jam and extra soft shelled crab in a curry sauce. There was also another chicken dish but I canโ€™t remember what it was. See what happened there? Beef, pork, chicken, duck, and crab but no lamb. It wasnโ€™t intentional. It just happened. As far as Iโ€™m concerned, eating Thai on a Australia Day is a great thing to do, especially for dinkum Australians like the Lum family.

My first of many plates, yea, itโ€™s all brown but the plate contained a heap of different flavours. We were in the back in the dark, so the lighting isnโ€™t great.

Friday lunch. Kinn Derm Thai. Australia Day.
Friday lunch. Kinn Derm Thai.

Fair shake of the sauce bottle, stop yer whinginโ€™ about the poor photography…


I rarely cook for anyone else and truth be told, I am very shy and nervous about cooking for others. I know it seems odd, but no one will ever get invited to the one bedroom flat I rent for a meal. Itโ€™s just too stressful. Iโ€™m also messy and Iโ€™m embarrassed by my mess.

Cooking for family though is different. I feel relaxed in the kitchen when Iโ€™m with family and itโ€™s a good feeling when I have one of my children standing next to me and weโ€™re chatting and doing knife work together.

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For Australia Day dinner, I originally thought Iโ€™d do something simple like baked salmon and salad, but then on Friday morning, I noticed the fish shop at Westfield Chermside was open for business so I asked about their Moreton Bay bugs (Thenus orientalis). I bought four small bugs for $20. That meant I didnโ€™t need to buy as much salmon.

My plan was to crust the salmon with poppy and sesame seeds to make it look like a Lamington which is an iconic Australian cake. Iโ€™d stir-fry a whole heap of kale slaw and flavour it with horseradish cream. Iโ€™d refrain from adding birdโ€™s eye chillies because my mother isnโ€™t too keen on very spicy food at the moment, so I got some hot chilli flakes so I could garnish individual dishes at the end.

Mum suggested for dessert we have some Cornettos. I chose the flavour. What could be more Australia Day than Golden Gaytime Gaynettos?


Australia Day Poppy and Sesame seed crusted salmon and Moreton Bay bug salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Australia Day Poppy and Sesame seed crusted (Lammy) salmon and Moreton Bay bug salad was a winning combination for a sultry evening in balmy Brisbane on Friday night.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 4
Calories: 500 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
  • 4 Cooked Moreton Bay bugs Thenus orientalis aka slipper lobster
  • 3 Tasmanian Atlantic salmon fillets each cut in half
  • Poppy seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Dried hot chilli flakes
  • 2 packets Kale slaw with sesame and pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Horseradish cream
  • 1 tablespoon Sour cream to cut the bite of the horseradish cream
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 lime quartered
  • 50 grams Butter
  • 1 splash Olive oil
  1. Remove the shell from the tail of the Moreton Bay bugs, slice them sagittally and the make transverse cuts to give you large dices of tail muscle.
    Moreton Bay bugs Australia Day
  2. Put the Moreton Bay bug meat into a bowl with the quartered lime in the refrigerator.
    Moreton Bay bugs and lime Australia Day
  3. Slice the salmon fillets in half so from the three original pieces you end up with six.
    Salmon Australia Day
  4. Place them in a plastic bag and add the splash of olive oil. Then gently massage the oil onto all the out surfaces of the salmon.
  5. On a sheet of baking paper, pour half a cup of sesame seeds and half a cup of poppy seeds. Stick your finger into it and mix so you get a good mix of the two seed types on the paper.
    Poppy and sesame seed crusted salmon Australia Day
  6. Remove one piece of salmon and carefully coat the outer surface with the poppy and sesame seeds and then place the coated salmon onto a piece of baking paper which is on a baking tray. Repeat the process for all the pieces of salmon.
  7. Bake the salmon at 250 ยฐC for 15 minutes.
  8. While the salmon is cooking, get a large frying pan hot and them melt the butter.
  9. When the butter begins to foam and turn brown, add the kale slaw and with chop sticks stir-fry until the kale has wilted. Remove the frying pan from the heat and transfer the slaw into a large salad bowl and stir in the horseradish cream and sour cream.
  10. After the salmon has baked, remove it from the oven and allow it to rest for 5 minutes.
  11. As the salmon is resting, stir in the avocado through the stir-fried kale slaw. Add the juice from half a lime.
  12. At this stage, you could also fold in the pieces of Moreton Bay bug to give your guests some nice flavour bombs in the salad. I elected to add my bug meat on top of the salad for the visual appeal.
  13. Serve the salad onto a plate. Garnish it with dried hot chilli flakes if you know itโ€™s safe for that person.
    Friday dinner Australia Day ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Poppy and sesame seed crusted salmon with Moreton Bay bug topped kale and avocado slaw salad flavoured with horseradish cream.
  14. Place the bug meat on top of the salad.
  15. Alongside the salad place a piece of poppy and sesame seed crusted salmon.
  16. Shoot a photograph and then eat, savour and enjoy your 2018 Australia Day dinner.
Recipe Notes

I do not take the time or make the effort to work out the energy content of the food I cook. I default all my recipes to 500 Calories (that is, 500,000 calories). In my mind counting calories is not how I want to live.

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Moreton Bay bugs

Friday Australia Day ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Moreton Bay Bugs (Thenus orientalis)
Friday Australia Day ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Moreton Bay Bugs (Thenus orientalis)
Moreton Bay bugs Australia Day
Moreton Bay bugs
Moreton Bay bugs and lime Australia Day
Moreton Bay bugs and lime
Moreton Bay bugs and lime Australia Day
Moreton Bay bugs and lime


Salmon Australia Day

Poppy and sesame seed crusted salmon Australia Day
Poppy and sesame seed crusted salmon

Dinner is served

Friday dinner Australia Day ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Poppy and sesame seed crusted salmon with Moreton Bay bug topped kale and avocado slaw salad flavoured with horseradish cream.
Friday dinner Australia Day ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Poppy and sesame seed crusted salmon with Moreton Bay bug topped kale and avocado slaw salad flavoured with horseradish cream.

Dessert is a Golden Gaytime Gaynetto



Golden Gaytime Gaynetto Australia Day
Friday dessert. Australia Day ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Golden Gaytime Gaynetto


Questions and answers

Itโ€™s bloody Australia Day, where the bloody hell is the lamb?

Struth mate, just because some Aussie Rules buffoon of yesteryear gets on the bloody box and makes a few jokes at the expense of the less well off, that is, Australians not blessed to have been born in the greatest nation on earth, thereโ€™s no reason to get ya knickers in a knot.

I love lamb, I love mutton flaps, I like lambs fry and crumbed lambโ€™s brains in a delicate white sauce with onions, but just because itโ€™s Australia Day doesnโ€™t mean I have to bend to some commercial pressure to eat a baby sheep.

Will you ever cook for someone who isnโ€™t in the Yummy Lummy family?

Nup, never. Itโ€™s not happening. Iโ€™m too shy to have people around. I get nervous just thinking about cooking for someone else. What if she doesnโ€™t like what I cook? What if she spits it out? Too much pressure.

Sure I love to cook. Cooking is therapeutic for me. I prefer to enjoy my therapy alone and share it later online.

When will you have lamb?

Dunno mate. I might try those Vegemite lamb snags thatย Colesย is spruiking. They look interesting and I mean mate, Vegemite is tops.

You look like a Chinaman, whatโ€™s with the Strine?

Bloody oath. Iโ€™m fifth generation. On my Mumโ€™s side (Dadโ€™s family is Chinese too but they come from Fiji), the family came out from China looking for gold in Godโ€™s own, that is, Queensland. They found a bit I reckon and then they owned and worked on sugar cane farms around Bundy (aka Bundaberg). After that, they moved to Sydney for some import/export work but when the Japs got into Sydney Harbour they moved to Texas (no not Texas in the US you drongo, the great Queensland town of Texas near the Cockroach, erm, NSW border). After that they owned and cooked in Chinese restaurants cooking chop suey for all the unsuspecting gwai lo truckies at the Rocklea truck stop. The Golden Pagoda was the name, but it got destroyed by the 1974 Brisbane floods.


Okay, Iโ€™ve had a bit of fun with this post. Australia Day is an important food holiday and being an Australian, Iโ€™ve taken a few language liberties. Yummy Lummy will be back to normal next post.

Check out what else I did on the weekend.

Click on this photograph of me


Roast pork and Moreton Bay Bug spicy chilli kale cabbage stir-fry with horseradish cream

Food for Australia Day 2017

Anchor Note for young readers, I didnโ€™t write a โ€œsteamy billabongโ€ because Iโ€™m also pedantic, and steam, is an invisible gas. Itโ€™s the gaseous phase of water when water is boiled to 100 ยฐC (thatโ€™s Celsius and not Centrigrade) at STP. Thatโ€™s standard temperature and pressure and not sticky toilet paper.

Disclaimer and a note on mass and energy

I have no culinary training nor qualifications.ย This post is not intended to convey any health or medical advice.ย If you have any health concerns about anything you read, please contact your registered medical practitioner.ย 

For recipe posts the quantities are indicative. Feel free to vary the quantities to suit your taste.
I deliberately do not calculate energy for dishes. I deliberately default to 500 Calories or 500,000 calories because I do not make these calculations.ย 

24 Responses

  1. love your cooking terminology Gary! Phrases one doesnโ€™t expect in a Strine post ‘slice them sagittallyโ€™! to stick with the theme, why not ‘sliced from arse to gobโ€™ ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. You’re right Beck and I just realised I could also have said to score with a knife A over T ๐Ÿ˜‚
      Mind you, some bright spark would interpret arse to gob as a coronal slice.

  2. Wow, there is so much meat in them thar bugs. They kinda look a little prehistoric too. (ie they are fresh, just the species looks like something from long looooong ago).

    1. Thanks very much Kirsty. The bugs tasted fresh and as I was removing the meat from the shell it came away as nice and firm.

    1. When in Vietnam I enjoyed locusts deep fried in butter and bacon fat. They were great tasting and crispy. The only down side was pulling wings and legs out from beneath my teeth all night.

    1. Thanks Lorraine. I hope you had some Australiana in Texas. I know a few friends from Austin. Iโ€™m told itโ€™s a very good part of Texas.

  3. No lamb, just didn’t happen. That seems to be a trend with my cooking and meals over this weekend as well. There’s seafood and chicken, but no lamb ๐Ÿ˜€ I also am a bit hesitant to cook for anyone apart from family. I’m very confident in cooking for myself and I know I will like my cooking even if it didn’t come out the best. That said, I am happy to serve up a cheesy toast for you if you happen to come over. Can’t go wrong with that ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    1. I’d welcome a toasted sandwich with you Mabel ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
      I hope you had a good Australia Day holiday ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ

    2. I will make sure my toasted sandwich served up for you has extra cheese, maybe two kinds of cheese, each one one half of the toast ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Long weekend, not complaining. And hot and humid with sunshine in Melbourne, about time ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    3. Sounds perfect. Brisbane has put on splendid weather too.

      Mmm… two cheeses ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    4. We reached 100% humidity yesterday here in Melbourne. Couldn’t have been happier ๐Ÿ˜€ That said, I am sure Brisbane’s humidity was felt much more for you ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

      Today I layered a piece of toast with mozarella and peppercorns. Then on one half of the cheesy toast, I added avocado ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    5. That’s a masterpiece act. Peppercorns with melted cheese is awesome.
      Brisbane has been very pleasant ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    6. I challenge you to come up with an epic cheesy toast. I know it will triumph mine given all the cooking expertise you got under your belt ๐Ÿ˜€ Enjoy the Brissie weather while you can ๐Ÿ˜€

    7. You’re like me. The humidity makes you come to life ๐Ÿ˜ƒ You feel better on the outside, and you breathe easier too ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    8. And sleep better too
      Australia’s foreparents should have rejected Canberra and gone for a coastal site for the national capital ๐Ÿ˜‹

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