My week in Instagram | #TheEkka | A new blog | Shoutout @CowboysXBones | Battered sav time

Wow since last Saturday so much has happened. It’s been a huge week and with all the food I’ve enjoyed I’m feeling huge. I really need to do something but I’m in a frame of mind at the moment that’s making it hard to resist eating.

Let’s start with Sunday morning. I went for a walk and said g’day to Mr Owl.

Good morning Mr Owl and the sliver of moon. #canberra #publicart

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Did you see the sliver of moon?

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Bron invited me over for a fabulous breakfast. She’d been to the fresh food markets on Sunday and got some truffles that had been grown locally. For readers not based in Canberra, the ACT has a thriving truffle community. Truffles with butter and in eggs is amazing and Bron makes the best breakfasts.

Must always start breakfast with coffee

There's a light in my #coffee ๐Ÿ˜ƒโ˜•

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I love the reflection of the light in this image

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Bron made scrambled eggs with truffled butter she made on Saturday

Bron made truffled scrambled eggs for #breakfast #superyummy

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These were fantastic.

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Because I’m doing a clinical day now I find I have to go into work on some Sundays to catch up. The office coffee isn’t as nice as Bron’s.

Good morning. Office #coffee Reading about contaminated whey in New Zealand

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I didn’t spend all day at work and for lunch made myself a light noodle meal

I prefer cooking with gas ๐Ÿ˜ƒ #lunch rice noodles

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I prefer cooking with gas

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For dinner Bron invited me over for one of the best meals I’ve eaten. Roasted pork hock with marinaded cabbage, cauliflower cheese, roasted potatoes and potato dumplings. This was THE BEST.

The pork hock was perfectly cooked

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For dessert Bron went one step better if you can believe that. Bakewell tart. I kept on calling it a pie, but it’s a tart.

Bron made #dessert Bakewell tart with Crรจme Fraรฎche and strawberry. #superyummy

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Bron is the BEST cook I know

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Shortly after, Miss16 sent me an image of a cake she had just made. A baklava torte.

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Mr Owl at 4.30 am

Good morning Mr Owl

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#breakfast smoothie ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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A smoothie to try not to eat too much

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With the slow cooker roasted beef from Saturday I had sandwich meat for lunches. A money saver and a tool to try to stop myself from buying pies and sausage rolls.

#lunch Slow cooker roast beef and tomato with mustard sandwich plus a #coffee

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This also had tomatoes and mustard

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My big weight loss problem is the amount of charity chocolate I am tempted by and give in to. I’m good at giving to charity.

More giving to charity #chocolatebars

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Monday night I made salmon and noodles

#dinner #salmon with rice noodles and mixed vegetables #yummy #yummylummy

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Followed with some evening reading and a peppermint tea

Tea time and reading about e-health

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Tuesday morning Mr Owl image

Good morning Mr Owl hoot hoot

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Tuesday evening dinner. Chicken and what Aldi calls Jewels rather than potato gems.

#dinner Skinless chicken thigh, Aldi potato Jewels and vegetables #yummy

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Wednesday morning Mr Owl from behind

Good morning Mr Owl #canberra #publicart #pubicart #phallicart

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The Belconnen Arts Centre looks peaceful at 5 am

Lights #canberra #publicart

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I did a naughty thing for Wednesday lunch. I added chips to my beef sandwich.

#lunch Toasted roast beef sandwich with hot chips and coke #yummy

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But they were so good

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We have these letters left over from Christmas decorations at work and we make words with them when we feel the urge. The word for Wednesday was mole. I mentioned the Mexican sauce as my inspiration while others thought of blind mammals. I also described various skin lesions and then someone mentioned that mole is used as a derogatory term too so we stopped. But not until someone told us about the children’s story of the mole who was defecated on. This is the YouTube video of the story book.

This goes with our work word of the day | The Story of the Little Mole…: http://youtu.be/e1EMZGFHu_Y

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It is worth the few minutes.

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For Wednesday and Thursday night check out the separate post on the two restaurants we dined at. http://yummylummy.com/2013/08/10/two-ss-this-week-for-dinner-sanurs-balinese-sage-dining-rooms/

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Thursday morning I enjoyed a poached egg and lemon butter on toast. It was like a sweet lemony hollandaise.

#breakfast Lemon butter and a poached egg on toast. Thanks @chat2tb for the LB ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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A tip for people who love a toasted sandwich and need to use a shared toaster. I wrap my sandwiches in baking powder before packing it into my lunch box.

It means you keep the toaster clean and no one else’s crud contaminates your sandwich.

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Friday started with a coffee at the hospital

Good morning. Hospital #coffee Gee it's cold outside.

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Did you see the apparent temperature!!!

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Now to introduce my new blog. I had a spare domain name after I changed from http://garydavidlum.com to http://yummylummy.com What to do I thought. Please check out http://garydavidlum.com and see what I’ve done.

Mmm… I love the smell of Escherichia coli on MacConkey agar

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This image can be found at http://garydavidlum.com/2013/08/10/escherichia-coli-on-macconkey-agar/

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Lunch at the hospital was risotto

#lunch Chicken and pumpkin risotto with iced coffee

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Followed by a little blutac dog ๐Ÿ™‚

Someone made a blue tac doggy

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Guess where I went on Friday afternoon?

Hey @_kezm is this piece of #canberra #publicart familiar? CBR

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The obligatory boarding pass image

A #snack before QF962 CBR to BNE

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With soup

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That’s QF962. Gee I have a big head.

QF962 CBR to BNE

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Dinner on QF962 was chicken and leek with Bundaberg ginger beer

#dinner on QF962 CBR to BNE. Chicken and leek with Bundaberg ginger beer ๐Ÿ˜ƒโœˆ

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The comments weren’t complimentary

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Saturday morning I woke up and Miss16 made me breakfast. Toast with Mum’s lemon butter smeared on. Miss16 has not inherited my technique of applying spreads. I like the troweling method.

#breakfast When Miss16 applies lemon butter it's more of a smear ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†

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THIS IS WHAT I CALL WINTER PEOPLE

My type of winter ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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It was awfully dry though and my skin felt really bad. I was in discomfort all day.

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While Miss12 and Miss16 were at training I took my parents and Miss18 to FantAsia for lunch. I had the Kuta beef rendang

Kuta beef rendang from FantAsia Lots of coconut

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It was pretty good

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Saturday afternoon and evening were dedicated to The Ekka, The Royal National Association Exhibition or the Show. The best Show in Australia. Far better than the Sydney Easter Show. More fun, more entertaining and a much better atmosphere. I also like small town shows, like the Royal Darwin Show too. http://ekka.com.au/

We're here #TheEkka ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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The first thing we did was head to the Woolworths Fresh Food pavilion because Miss12 and Miss16 needed lunch. We looked around at all the stalls and they said the wanted dumplings.

Char siu bao

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Char siu bao

Dumplings Ping @mitchsquires @janiekibble #dumplingsforjanie

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Pork and prawn dumplings

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The kids contributed to the graffiti wall

Graffiti wall ๐Ÿ˜ƒ at #theekka

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I love the exhibits from the government agencies

#Queensland lung fish #theekka I love zoรถlogy

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As a kid I loved zoรถlogy so much and reading all about the Queensland lung fish. If you perform a search you’ll learn what a remarkable fish this is.

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Next were the cake decorations

Amazing colours #theekka cake decorating

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Amazing technique but ugly #theekka cake decorating

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I was saddened when I watched a family come over, the kids were keen but the father told them this was not interesting enough. The kids clearly wanted to look at the exhibit.

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No we didn’t do this but we spent a good amount of time in Sideshow alley

We're in sideshow alley #theekka

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I saw this and started salivating

Want ๐Ÿ˜ƒ pork and gravy roll #theekka

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Next on the list were the animal exhibits. Everyone shoots the whole beast to get a feeling for size. I did something a little more abstract.

Big testes We're looking at animals now #theekka

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We just saw sheep delivering lambs. Mmm… Cutlets or chops? #theekka

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We saw lambs being born

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One of the rituals of The Ekka is the Strawberry Sundae. These have been a mainstay of The Ekka for as long as I can remember. I think the previous ice cream manufacturer was Pauls. It’s now Lick Ice Cream http://lickicecream.com.au

There would be many Ekka aficionados who would object to a new ice cream source but I suppose we have to move with the times and I guess a business decision was necessary. That said, I like the new ice cream. It’s creamy deliciousness.

I can’t remember a time with Ekka Strawberry Sundaes didn’t exist. In 1995 in my final year of specialist training I was based at what was then the Royal Brisbane Hospital (now the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital). During the RNA week we had a system in place where we sent a volunteer down from the hospital to cross the road to the show ground with a stainless steel tray (designed for something else but perfect for ice cream cones). We had a ‘contact’ on the inside and we were able to buy enough ice cream for anyone who wanted one. I’ve always said the Princess Alexandra Hospital was the best in terms of my professional training, but for 10 days in 1995, the RBH was magical.

This year the organisers had made some changes and there were about four or five Ekka Strawberry Sundae stalls set up each staffed with volunteers because all the proceeds go to the Prince Charles Hospital in Chermside (formerly the Chermside Chest Hospital). At $4.80 per cone I hope they make a gazillion dollars for TPCH.

The queues were huge but we were happy to wait. I had Miss16 keeping me company.

We're in a queue for Ekka strawberry sundaes #theekka

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This is how a Ekka Strawberry Sunday is put together. There’s a lot of Brisbane and Queensland goodness in this. An Instagram friend did point out the cone was probably made in China. As an Brisbane born Queenslander of Chinese heritage, it seems perfect to me.

A #Queensland and #Brisbane pride thing. The Ekka strawberry sundae is a must do #theekka

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Throughout the afternoon and evening we did see a problem with the sundaes especially with patrons carrying them on trays. The top strawberry kept slipping off. The cream interface between the strawberry and the strawberry ice cream needed to be firmer and possibly less creamy. The taste was amazing but for practical purposes they may need to look at this.

This is me and my Ekka Strawberry Sundae. This image is what should be interpreted as HAPPINESS.

One of the best flavours of #theekka Ekka Strawberry Sundae #yummy

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After another session in sideshow alley which involved Miss18 buying a firefighters’ calendar and getting firemen to sign it for her we went to the main show arena to watch some wood chop. I love the wood chop. This is a sport invented by Australians and competitions occur at all the major shows in Australia. Tonight we watched two relay teams (red and blue). The lead underhand axeman for the red team who were were supporting only had one arm. He was AWESOME. Can you imagine swinging an axe with one arm? Can you imagine doing an underhand wood chop with one arm? In the end the red team won.

Love the woodchop. An Australian invented sport #theekka

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Nothing like feeding clowns ping ping balls #theekka

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Time in side show alley

Miss16 is all power #theekka

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Miss16 is all about power

The main arena was full. We couldn’t get a seat at first. In the end we found a plank we could sit on way up the back in one of the stands. The evening’s entertainment involved a monster truck, viz., devil’s taxi, trails motorcycles, a stockman mustering show, and a singer named Ricki-Lee Coulter. The best part of the evening was thirty minutes of fireworks which featured Ironman and a bloke flying a jetpack. It was one of the best fireworks shows I’ve ever seen. The Ekka has outdone itself. If I lived in Brisbane I’d go again. Alas, I won’t be doing this again for some time.

Some of the light show at #theekka Thank you @theekka

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Lights and a jetpack Click on the PLAY icon to show the video

A great use of quad bikes at #theekka

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A great use for quad bikes Click on the PLAY icon to show the video

The fireworks finished at around 8.15 pm and rather than get caught up in the crowd crush for the train we decided to go to sideshow alley once more and find something to eat. Miss18 wasn’t hungry, Miss16 wanted a hamburger, Miss12 wanted hot chips and me, well I wanted a Dagwood dog. This is were I do a shout out to a blogger friend Cowboys and Crossbones from the US who recently attended the Iowa State Fair and shared an image of herself chowing down on a Corn dog.

And after the fireworks it's time for a Dagwood Dog at #theekka Ping @cowboysandcrossbones

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In Australia, the corn dog is known as a Dagwood dog or Pluto pup or a battered sav on a stick. Ever since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games though and work of Roy and HG Nelson a battered sav will take on a different meaning.

Roy and HG on the battered sav, crazy date and spinning flute

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To be honest, there’s nothing nutritious about a Dagwood dog. Unless it’s hot they can be quite oily and unpleasant. They’re best eaten when hungry and when they’re hot. Fortunately for me after walking about 20000 steps and with sore feet I was hungry and this battered sav on a stick must have just been cooked because the tomato sauce was dripping off it from the heat.

I did a good number of steps today at #theekka

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My feet hurt

After some more sideshow alley fun we caught the train home. We got in at about 10 pm and settled in for a couple of MasterChefAU encore episodes on 11.

For breakfast this morning Mum wanted to surprise me with something she hasn’t made for >30 years. When we were in high school the mother of a friend shared with Mum a breakfast idea for toast and toasted sandwiches. It consisted of Dutch roast pork, bacon, chopped tomatoes, Coon cheese, Parmesan cheese, raw egg, tomato sauce and Worcestershire sauce. This is spread on par toasted slices of bread and then finished off in a hot oven.

Miss18 has had her learner’s permit since she turned 17. Her log book is nearly complete and she wants to sit her examination soon. We spent some time in my parent’s car with Miss18 driving. She’s pretty good. Confident but not cocksure. For morning tea we stopped at McDonalds and enjoyed a shake. We also saw a great sticker on a ute being critical of those stick figure family stickers. I don’t mind the family stickers. I’d never put them on my car but I don’t mind them.

No one cares about your stick figure family lol ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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Maccas shake time. Miss18 took me driving for her log book. She's good.

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and Miss18 bought macarons for us to eat

Raspberry macaron

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Raspberry macaron

The weekend is coming to an end. I’ve enjoyed this trip to Brisbane a little more than normal. I had my kids with me. We went to The Ekka together. We had fun. I always enjoy seeing my kids. This trip though had the bonus of six hours of entertainment and junk food coupled with lots of walking.

Flying home QF957 BNE to CBR

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Waiting for the flight home

This afternoon's #snack on QF957 BNE to CBR The biscuit was pretty good.

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The snack on QF957

#dinner Rice noodles with beef strips and Chinese sausage #yummy

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Dinner of noodles and beef

Tim Tam Slam time

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Dessert is a Tim Tam Slam

Natalie Imbruglia shows Graham Norton how to do a tim tam slam.

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