A busy weekend in Brisbane and Yatala Pies

I’ve just got home (Canberra) after a busy weekend in Brisbane to see my daughters. May is a big month for us, my father’s birthday is in May, my eldest two daughters both share a birthday in May (two years apart), it’s mothers day in May and my birthday is in May.

I arrived late Friday night and the girls were already in ‘bed’ ready to sleep. They had a big Saturday ahead of them.

On Saturday we got out of bed at 5 am and ate a quick breakfast. I had peanut paste on toast (I didn’t have time for a low carbohydrate meal) while the two youngest ones had Mum’s lemon curd on toast. We had to be on the road by 6.30 am and on our way to Yatala for the QGSSSA Cross Country championships. Athletics is not the favourite sport for Miss13 and Miss17 however, as all rounders they compete in as many sports as possible. The meet is held at Rivermount College which isn’t part of the QGSSSA. The college is at Yatala near the Gold Coast.

Just thinking back a bit, when I arrived Friday night I discovered that a tube of moisturiser (yes I have Ichthyosis) had ‘exploded’ in my bag and the shirt I was going to wear had been ruined. Mum said I should wear one of Dad’s shirts. She also said it would be warm so short sleeves wouldn’t be a problem. I always listen to my mother.

So we arrive at Yatala and it’s cloudy and cold. I’m shivering. Thanks Mum 🙂

[To get more detail out of the images, click on them, they should open in a new window with a higher resolution. I’m happy to receive comments on the photography. Some images were captured with a Canon PowerShot G16 and the others with a Nikon D7100. I shoot in manual and capture RAW files to allow some post processing in Adobe Lightroom. ]

Rivermount College GPS coordinates

Rivermount College GPS coordinates

Rivermount College GPS coordinates

Rivermount College GPS coordinates

The girls run well and enjoy themselves. The next stop is the Sleeman Sports Complex in Chandler. We have to get Miss17 there for gymnastics training. Even though she didn’t make the Queensland team this year she’s allowed to compete at the national championships this week in Melbourne. She has to train at Gymnastics Queensland headquarters in Chandler. Before we get there though, Miss17 suggests a spot of morning tea at Yatala Pies.

Yatala Pies is a bit of an institution in South East Queensland. Their pies are known far and wide. Funnily enough I’ve never eaten in the Yatala Pies shop. This was a first.

The Famous Yatala Pies shop at Yatala near Queensland’s Gold Coast http://yatalapies.m2media.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/feature1.jpg

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Miss17 had a curry chicken and vegetable pie, Miss13 had a sausage roll and I elected to have a pasty. It’s been ages since I’ve had a good pasty. This one didn’t disappoint. I loved it.


Yatala pies pasty

Yatala pies pasty

Yatala pies takeaway box.

Yatala pies takeaway box. You can see Miss13’s sausage roll in the background.

Now regulars readers know me so it shouldn’t be any surprise that when I saw Vanilla slice I had to have one. Yatala Pies sells French Vanilla slices with a whopping big layer of French vanilla cream. It was gorgeous.

Yatala Pies French vanilla slice

Yatala Pies French vanilla slice

After a lot of driving back and forth between Chandler and Chermside it was a long tiring day. After getting the kids back to my parents’ place it was time to cook our special May dinner to celebrate so many birthdays and mothers day.

I said to Mum that I wanted to cook salmon and would be wonderful is Miss17 could make a salad. I also made a pumpkin cauliflower mash which I used to smear the plate and perch the salmon on.



#Dinner is salmon on a smear of pumpkin cauliflower mash with a green salad

#Dinner is salmon on a smear of pumpkin cauliflower mash with a green salad

For dessert, Miss17 had made an ice cream cake. The base was made with Ferrero Rocher, Chocolate Mint and Queensland nut (Macadamia) ice creams. The top had a combination of mixers added to make it a cake to remember.

Miss17 made me a Ferrero rocher, chocolate mint and Queensland nut ice cream cake with heaps of mixers

Miss17 made me a Ferrero rocher, chocolate mint and Queensland nut ice cream cake with heaps of mixers

After dinner we watched The Hunger Games on DVD. I’d never seen it before. It was good.

After a good night’s sleep Miss19 joined us after a busy weekend of working and studying. We had planned a special breakfast together. My daughters and me 🙂 We decided to head to Groove Train at Chermside because it was close and the last time we were there we enjoyed the food.

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I asked for poached eggs with bacon, hollandaise sauce, avocado and mushrooms. It was pretty good.

Poached eggs with bacon, hollandaise sauce, avocado and mushroom on sourdough toast

Poached eggs with bacon, hollandaise sauce, avocado and mushroom on sourdough toast

Miss13 asked for pancakes

Pancake stack with berries and maple syrup

Pancake stack with berries and maple syrup

After breakfast I had to take Miss17 back to Chandler for more training. I said my goodbyes and then caught a flight back to Canberra.

Dinner while watching Master Chef Australia was a nude burger with tomato, bacon and Coon cheese.

Nude Wagyu burger with bacon, tomato and Coon cheese

Nude Wagyu burger with bacon, tomato and Coon cheese

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Back to work routine | State of #Origin 3 | #QUEENSLANDER

I’ve been back at work three days and I’m really feeling it. I normally don’t suffer badly from jet lag because of insomnia and lots of hypopnias when I sleep. Two weeks though in a time zone three hours behind Canberra has meant waking up at 4.30 am has been difficult. I’ve been feeling pretty groggy every morning.

Getting back into a food routine has also been challenging. Bron and I grew in a very short time to really love the freshness and flavours of Vietnamese food.

Monday morning I had visions of noodles but went for porridge

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#breakfast back to the routine. Porridge and #coffee

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The office coffee routine became more of a necessity. That was all the mail from two weeks being away.

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Good morning. Back at work. Lots of mail. Office #coffee

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It wasn’t hard to buy yoghurt for lunch. I wanted something light and not too heavy.

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#lunch Back to the routine 😃 yoghurt

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For dinner I was inspired by the holiday flavours and the convenience of Jamie Oliver cooking

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#dinner Grilled #salmon with spicy garlic yoghurt #yummy

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Salmon (a routine Monday evening staple) with rice noodles (Vietnam) and a spicy garlic and ginger yoghurt (Jamie Oliver)


Dessert was yoghurt with chocolate shavings. I hardly ate any chocolate while in Vietnam.

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#dessert Yoghurt with shaved chocolate #yummy

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I had left over pâté so for Tuesday’s breakfast went with toast, pâté, tomato and fried eggs

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#breakfast eggs, tomato and pâté on toast 😃😃😃

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I love Lauren’s comment on Instagram


This coffee is representative of about five I needed that day 🙂

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Good morning. Office #coffee and work health safety 😃

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This made me smile. I have a friend at work who attended a Muscle Car show in Melbourne on the weekend and she brought me back this key ring.

I haven’t always been a FORD fan. I switched from Mopar when Chrysler decided to abandon Australia. The good news is that when FORD Australia closes the Ford Falcon line in 2016 they’re going to import Ford Mustangs and they will include the 5 L BOSS V8. I’m going to save my pennies.


More coffee on Tuesday. This article was quite interesting. Pathology is built on quality improvement science and quality management systems. Australian Pathology has a great reputation when it comes to providing Australian patients with the best diagnostic services available. Not that this article was specifically about pathology, but I just wanted to share that Australian Pathology as a profession and practice is based on quality improvement.


While I was in Vietnam I was on the look out for a cheap SLR lens. I have wanted a 50 mm prime for some time. It was only in Ho Chi Minh City that we came across any camera stores. They were all wanting about four million dong but I also knew they couldn’t offer warranty. I suppose I could have tried to haggle them down harder but they probably didn’t take credit cards and I didn’t have enough dong or USD. In the end I knew the lens was affordable in Australia so I did a little internet searching and got Ted’s Cameras to do a price match for me. I ended up with a Nikkor 50 mm 1.8G which on my Nikon D90 is effectively a 75 mm fixed prime lens.

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New lens Nikkor 50 mm 1.8G 😃😃😃

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New lens Nikkor 50 mm 1.8G 😃😃😃

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What I love about instagram is the friendships and helpfulness. I asked about the new lens and food photography and received a nice reply.

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Grateful for the advice @thehighheelgourmet

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Tuesday night dinner was Chicken Schnitzel and more noodles and spicy garlic and ginger yoghurt 🙂


This morning’s third coffee after two at home with condensed milk 🙂


For lunch today Bron and I went to a local Vietnamese restaurant close to work, viz., Vietnam House in Woden Plaza.

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#lunch with Bron. Green pawpaw salad with pork and prawns

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Sorry about the poor iPhone focus. I asked for a green pawpaw salad with pork and prawns


Tonight was the third and final game of this year’s state of origin series. I’ve blogged after the first and second games. Tonight was the decider. NSW had won the first game and Queensland the second. Prior to the game I went to Jamison Takeaway and got some footy food. I love potato scallops. I wanted them all 🙂

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I want all the potato scallops #footyfood #origin #qlder

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I asked for a pizza and three potato scallops. I was given four potato scallops and a container of cheesy pasta. The ladies of the Jamison Takeaway are so friendly and so generous.

The pizza was really good as were the potato scallops. Jamison Takeaway is in the Jamison Plaza in Macquarie.


Me ready to watch the greatest game on earth. The best competition available. The best form of footy, the best sport after swimming, water polo and life saving ever.


It was a good tight and tough game. I needed ginger tea to calm my anxiety. I used dried sugared ginger.


In the end Queensland won a very tight and tough game. It was a great game and the result I wanted. I’m so happy to see Queensland win it’s eighth straight series. There were some interesting refereeing decisions. The television commentary was biased but that’s what you expect.

Earlier in the year prior to the series beginning I’d commented that in many ways I wouldn’t mind a NSW victory this year, not because I wanted to see a Queensland loss but because domination can have a negative effect on the longevity of a sporting event. Rugby League is the greatest form of footy on this earth, we need tight competitions for the benefit of Rugby League.

In the first game, NSW dominated and outplayed Queensland in every respect. It was a good game, Queensland weren’t slack they just didn’t have the passion. In the second game, Queensland had the advantage of playing on their home ground, viz., Lang Park, i.e., The Cauldron. A place I essentially lived next to as a child. Queensland also played like they were stung badly and they won that game convincingly. The third game was back at ANZ Stadium, NSW home soil, it was set up as a decider. It was tough. It was guts and not necessarily skill that won it. It was the character of the Queensland team to withstand a withering NSW attack and make opportunities where they could.

I posted some photos prior to the game. One elicited an interesting response from Christopher who I don’t know. I think he misses the point. The states of Australia are sovereign. I am a proud Queenslander, I’m also a proud Australian. I live in the ACT and work to make a difference for Australia. On the sporting field though, domestically, it’s always going to be Queensland first and foremost.

In my humble opinion, last night’s win isn’t going to ruin State of Origin Rugby League contests. It was a great game and will make next year’s series even more exciting.

I look forward to going to work tomorrow 🙂

State of Origin Game 2 | #QUEENSLANDER

Tonight was game 2 in this year’s state of origin series. Queensland was soundly defeated by NSW in game 1 and tonight Queensland had to fight back to square the ledger before the third and final game next month. Queensland had a great advantage in hosting the game at Lang Park.

Bron invited me to her place for dinner and to watch the game. We had footy food. A shepherds pie, sausage rolls, chips and spudsters. The pie was amazingly good as were the sausage rolls. Bron has footy food down to a fine art.


Tonight Queensland came out strongly and took advantage of the crowd support. After a torrid 80 minutes of fantastic football along with one very tame brawl and a little bit of sin binning, Queensland prevailed and defeated NSW 26 to 6.

After the second try I had a tweet highlighted by Telstra.


Bring on game 3. QUEENSLANDER


Good night everyone. Catch you later.


Queensland Pride | #QLDER #ORIGIN Game 1 State of Origin Rugby League the Greatest Game of all

Regular readers will know my passion and pride in being a Queenslander. I’ve referred to the greatest competition in the greatest game of all many times in this blog, that is, State of Origin rugby league.

To all my friends and family who support New South Wales and the Blues, I’m sorry if you find me offensive on nights like tonight.

For readers not familiar with State of Origin rugby league history. Queenslanders (Maroons pronounced marones) are known as the cane toads (Buffo marinus) and NSW (Blues) are cockroaches. These are affectionate terms of endearment. As they say, State of Origin is mate against mate, state against state. For those interested, it was Kangaroo great Barry (garbo) Muir who coached the Queensland side from 1974 to 1978 (two years prior to the adoption of Origin selection criteria) and during this time Muir coined the term “cockroaches”, the descriptor of the New South Wales rugby league team still used by the Queenslanders.

Growing up in Brisbane I remember watching year after year footy players who regarded themselves Queenslanders playing in blue because they followed their dreams of playing in the biggest competition at the time, viz., the NSW Rugby League. The late Senator Ron McAuliffe was instrumental in getting the state of origin concept up and running. In 1980 I was in grade ten at Brisbane Grammar School and I remember watching the first Queensland state of origin team train on our footy ovals. It was a little odd watching rugby league players on our rugby union pitch but for me and my mates it didn’t matter. These were legends. Big Arty Beetson and the young Wally Lewis who would go on to become The King, the Emperor of Lang Park.

Queensland is the greatest state in the federation. I loved growing up in Queensland. That should not detract in any way my love for the Northern Territory, the greatest territory in Australia 🙂

Guess what? Tomorrow is Queensland day. Yes, that’s right 6 June celebrates Queensland day when the Queen gave her approval and signed the Letters Patent on 6 June 1859. On the same day an Order-in-Council gave Queensland its own Constitution.

That said, as much as I would like to see Queensland win another series and make it eight in a row, if the games are tight and tough and close, if NSW wins it will be good for rugby league and it will be good for state of origin. This is the greatest sporting competition on earth. It really needs to be close and tough. After seven series victories, it will reinvigorate the game to have a NSW series win.

I had a little fun at work today

Friends asked why the blue shirt? I wore my syphilis tie so there would be a pox on the #blues | #QLDER #ORIGIN

Friends asked why a blue shirt? I wore my syphilis tie so there would be a pox on the blues 🙂


My game day footy lunch

Pre-footy lunch #QUEENSLANDER XXXX #Maroons #StateofOrigin #Domin8 #pie #yummy

Chunky steak, bacon and cheese hot pie


Ready to watch the game in my XXXX Queensland Maroons beanie 🙂

Ready for #origin game one #qlder I'm hoping for a tight tough game of rugby league the greatest game of all


Tonight is a dinner that for me is quintessentially footy and Queensland. I’ve blogged before about my favourite sandwich

Tonight's #dinner bringing back #qlder memories | Battered fish and coleslaw sandwich with potato scallops and Bundaberg ginger beer #notpotatocakes #origin #queenslander

A battered fish and coleslaw sandwich with potato scallops washed down with another great Queensland drink, viz., Bundaberg ginger beer. Check out previous post on this 

I have many Victorian friends at work who refer to potato cakes when they’re potato scallops. #justsaying #thatisall

The first game is currently on. Win or lose it’ll be exciting and there are two more games in the greatest game of all. I hope whatever you’re doing you have a great night. #QUEENSLANDER

Gymnastics and Hog’s Breath Cafe | @hogsbreath

It’s been a big day. My three daughters all had things on and I’m happy I could get them all there on time without any major problems. Okay, there are some Brisbane drivers who did not appreciate a couple of rapid lane changes when I couldn’t quite understand the new road system in Brisbane. I’ve now lived in Darwin and Canberra since the beginning of 1996 and have gone soft when it comes to driving. Brisbane has changed so much and the motorways and overpasses are something more like the roads I’ve seen in Los Angeles. I’m surprised I made it everywhere and back today. Because I only visit every couple of months, my ability to navigate traffic is a struggle. Ask anyone who knows me and I am very directionally challenged.

Today Miss18 was a volunteer at Paniyiri which is a Greek festival in Brisbane. Volunteering is part of her events management course. Miss12 had gymnastics training and Miss16 had the South East Queensland Regional Senior Women’s Artistic Gymnastics competition. I was able to watch the L9 (MIss16) and L8 competition this afternoon. Miss16 did okay. She came second on the uneven bars and third on the floor. I captured a nice video of her floor routine on my iPad but then accidentally deleted it. Fortunately I had already posted a low resolution version to YouTube. I wish I could recover the original video without resorting to paying for an app to recover the file. I know what you’re thinking, Gary was one of those dorks holding up an iPad while video recording an event. Yes I was! The camera is a good one and the quality is very satisfactory.

I tried to enhance the quality by using the YouTube enhancement tools but it’s pretty shaky and grainy.

The competition was held at Moreton Bay College

#lunch bacon and egg with hash brown and BBQ sauce. #schoolfood #sport #gymnastics

I needed lunch. A bacon, egg and hash brown burger. I hope I don’t get sick. I noticed the eggs and hash brown were pre cooked and then heated again on the hot plate. I nearly said something but figured, it’s a typical school sporting event and hopefully everything was cooked properly the first time through.


Moreton Bay College is a pretty well endowed girls school.

I've never seen illuminated podia before 😃

I’ve never seen illuminated podia before.


Tonight we went out to dinner to celebrate birthdays and Mother’s Day. My birthday was on 1 May, Miss16 and Miss18 had their birthday on 8 May and my Dad has his birthday on 23 May. Miss18 also got a part-time job to her her get through her events management course and business degree. We decided on Hog’s Breath Cafe because it’s family friendly and a decent meal for hungry mouths.

#dinner Avocado prime rib #yummy #curlyfries

I had an avocado prime rib steak


Miss12 and Miss18 both asked for chicken burgers #dinner #yummy

Miss12 and Miss18 asked for a crispy chicken burger each


Miss16 is hungry. TexMex chicken steak combo #dinner

Miss16 asked for the TexMex chicken steak combination meal. It was huge.


The meals took quite a while to get to us because the restaurant was so busy. They’ve opened up more recently and enhanced the parking area.


I asked if anyone wanted dessert. Miss18 shook her head. Miss12 smiled and said yes and Miss16 said no and then Mum asked about banana bread and butterscotch sauce…Miss16 relented.

#dessert banana cake and butterscotch #yummy

This shot doesn’t do the plate justice. It was an extra large plate almost covered in a deep layer of butterscotch sauce. Mum and Miss16 really enjoyed it.


#dessert strawberry pavlova #yummy

The plate is so long the ice cream is blurry. This is the Strawberry pavlova Miss12 and I wanted.


It’s been a good day. Tomorrow Miss18 heads back to volunteer at Paniyiri and Miss12 has to help with a gymnastics competition for juniors. That means Miss16 and I get to enjoy Greek food at Paniyiri by ourselves.

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Smoked ham hock my way | #bestblogs13

In February I won a competition on radio station 2CC. I won $50 worth of meat from Elite Meats at Kippax Fair in Holt (in the North of Canberra).

Today it felt like a good day to cook the smoked ham hock I chose.

Elite Meats smoked ham hock

#dinner Elite Meats smoked ham hock out of the freezer #yummy

This is the ham hock thawing because I forgot to take it out of my freezer last night.


I looked over a few recipes and while enamoured by many of them I decided to just make it up as I went along based on suggestions from a number of websites.


This is a heavy duty meal so it needs heavy duty cookware.

#dinner My trusty casserole

My casserole


I thought I should add some nectar of the gods. It is such a shame I have a liver that cannot metabolise ethanol, otherwise I’d drink this every day for my health. Not to worry I did see a recipe that used beer rather than wine.

#dinner Nectar of the gods. I wish I could metabolise ethanol. For my slow cooked smoked ham hock #yummy

XXXX Gold. XXXX sponsor the XXXX Queensland Maroons. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the XXXX Queensland Maroons and state of origin rugby league. By far and away the greatest game of all. The first state of origin game will be soon. Can Queensland make it eight years in a row?


Of course man cannot live on meat and beer alone so there are vegetables included.

#dinner Vegetables for my slow cooked smoked ham hock #yummy

I forgot to include the Brussels sprouts in the image :-/


It’s a fairly simple dish to make. I chopped onions and added them to some olive oil in a saucepan on a low heat. I waited for the onion to soften nicely before adding some balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. Once that was simmering and well incorporated I added the tomatoes. When the tomatoes were soft I added the chopped celery and mushroom. When everything was really soft I started to prepare the casserole. I lined the bottom with thinly sliced red cabbage and laid the ham hock on top. I then added the contents of the saucepan and poured the stubby of XXXX GOLD into the casserole. I then added the carrots and Brussels sprouts. I put the casserole into a low oven (150 °C) for four hours.


This is how it looked at about 3 hours

#dinner Half way there. Slow cooked smoked ham hock. #yummy

You can see the meat falling off the bones.


After four hours I pulled the casserole out. My apartment has a delicious sweet smoky aroma to it. I plated up the slow cooked smoked ham hock on a bed of noodles.

#dinner My bowl of slow cooked smoked ham hock #yummy

Okay, it’s doesn’t look that colourful and I captured the image before I added some continental parsley.


I didn’t add any salt or seasoning like a stock cube because I knew there would be so much flavour in the ham plus the flavour of the balsamic vinegar, sugar and onion really came through. I expect I may blow the sheets off the bed tonight after eating so much cabbage, onion and Brussels sprouts. It’s a good thing it’s just me 🙂


Voting closes in a couple of days


Ham hock
Noun (n) (a small cut of meat from the leg just above the foot)
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Week 11 of 2013 in my Instagram life

After the last blog post last weekend I finished with an image of chicken schnitzel. Here it is cooked with some fried eggs. Yum comfort food.

#dinner #simple Chicken thigh schnitzel and fried eggs #yummy

Chicken high schnitzel with fried eggs


On Sunday morning I had breakfast with Bron and we went to Black Pepper for Eggs Benedict.

#breakfast Eggs Benedict with bacon and an extra side of hollandaise sauce. #yummy Bron had the same 😃

I always ask for more Hollandaise sauce


I went to work on Sunday to catch up on some work. Fortunately I had a snack there.

#lunch It's Whoopie time 😃

An extreme chocolate whoopie


From my garden

From my garden

From my garden

I do nothing to the garden bed in my apartment. I do not even add water and look at what grows.


Sunday night dinner of salmon salad

#dinner Salmon and salad with pear, beetroot, spring onions, feta, coriander, tomatoes, lemon zest and juice #yummy


Monday was a public holiday. I visited Bron and we had her homemade hot cross buns

Bron's hot cross buns #yummy #breakfast

These were really good. I had two and lots of butter.


After another day at work on a public holiday I made chicken salad

#dinner Because I'm an old man and because I don't feel well I had an early dinner. Maple and soy chicken salad. #yummy


Tuesday night I felt a little blergh and just made chicken and potato gems (tater tots)

#dinner I was bad. Chilli crusted chicken with potato gems (tater tots). #yummy

I felt better after eating this.


Bron has been busy making macarons. Look at these babies. Salted caramel, rose water and vanilla.

#dessert Look what Bron came and gave me today. Homemade macarons #superyummy

A salted caramel maracon.

#dessert The most delicious salted caramel macaron I've tasted #superyummy Thank you Bron ❤

This is the best salted caramel macaron I’ve ever tasted. These were so good. I love the way the flavours change as I bit into them and then as my tongue made contact.


My personal passport expires in about eight months. It is easier to renew it before it expires. I pick up my new one in a couple of weeks.

Morning office #coffee Time to renew personal passport.

Most of the travel I do is for work and for that I use an official passport. My current personal passport expires in January 2014. Given a passport cannot be used for the last six months of its ‘life’ and because renewing a current passport is many orders of magnitude easier than renewing an expired passport, I thought it was time.


Nothing beats a sausage roll for a quick lunch

DIY biology and a sausage roll. Quick #lunch So busy.


It was nice having a WIZZ FIZZ lollipop

I think I need a wizz fizz before dinner 😃


Thursday morning treat from Bron

Bron asked me not to photograph these delicious treats. I can't help but like the nipples.

Now this is the morning after the meal at Morks so I wasn’t that hungry but who can resist macarons. 


It was Jacqui’s birthday at work. We didn’t our usual Pay day Pie day, instead we had a burger. You may recall Jacqui from last week’s post.

#lunch Urban Bean cheese burger with bacon egg and beetroot. Amazeball chips #yummy Happy birthday @jacquimkane

This is an Urban Cheese. It is a cheeseburger from Urban Bean Espresso Bar. It has an Angus beef pattie, tasty cheese, bacon, fried egg and beetroot. The chips came with homemade mayonnaise.


I just had a salad for dinner

#dinner with Bron. Salad and no meat. #yummy

Followed with macarons

Look what we have for #dessert Nipply macarons. Thanks Bron


Mmm…Friday morning rituals. Mavi Breakfast wrap. This one was amazingly good.

#breakfast Getting my hand and mouth a Mavi breakfast wrap #yummy

The owner made this one and we reckon he put in more bacon and mushrooms.


Hot chip Friday lunch of course

#lunch hot chip Friday. Sorry @snagstand too busy today.

You’d think I would have had enough of these but no.


Saturday morning breakfast

Big #breakfast #yummy

This was a mistake. We had breakfast at Gourmet Deli in Belconnen Westfield shopping centre. This place has great coffee and is a fantastic delicatessen. This breakfast was a little too ‘greasy’.


For dinner on Saturday night I was at Bron’s place. Bron has been thinking of making Jamie Oliver’s Yorkshire puddings again. She’d made them a little over a year ago and we blogged about it.

Here are some very short video sequences of the puddings being poured and rising in the oven. I have uploaded them on Vine but don’t know how to embed Vine into this blog so I’ve embedded YouTube uploads.




Out of the oven

Yorkshire puddings #dinner #yummy

What a lovely plate of Yorkshire puddings


With the smoked hit ocean trout and horseradish

Bron made Yorkshire pudding with hot smoked trout and horseradish #dinner #yummy

It’s very hard to describe just how nice it is to have the tangy trout and horseradish along with the crisp fresh fluffy pudding


Dinner is served

Bron made Yorkshire pudding with hot smoked trout and horseradish and pear and walnut salad #dinner #yummy

It looks great doesn’t it?


Bite sized morsels of happiness

Bron made Yorkshire pudding with hot smoked trout and horseradish #dinner #yummy

This is perfection between my fingers


Oh yeah there was a pear and walnut salad

Pear and walnut salad #dinner #yummy

This added a lovely touch


Dessert was Bron’s amazing sticky date pudding with butterscotch and custard

Bron made the most amazing sticky date pudding with butterscotch, custard and ice cream #dessert #yummy

This is I think Bron’s signature dessert. No one makes it better. The butterscotch sauce is to die for. The custard is perfect. The ice cream was Madagascan Vanilla Bean.


Sunday breakfast was simple and in two stages

Bron's poached egg #yummy

Poached eggs are so yummy

River of yolk love #yummy Thanks Bron

Check it out. Hot homemade hot cross bun.

Amazing Bron breakfast. Poached egg on muffin followed by her homemade hot cross bun with butter. #breakfast #yummy #breakfastforwoojm

I hope you agree this looked so good. It tasted better.


After a walk today I needed a snack.

Grilled Australian Havarti cheese on toast #lunch #yummy

Australian Havarti cheese on toast


For dinner tonight I made some honey soy salmon and a salad.

#dinner Honey soy salmon with salad #yummy

I like the sweetness of mixing honey with soy on the hot fry pan and reducing it.


For dessert Bron gave me some of her sticky date pudding.

#dessert Bron's sticky date pudding with butterscotch and custard #superyummy

It was a nice big piece with extra butterscotch sauce and custard. This was just so good.


So ends this post.Thank you for reading this and going through my instagram experience. I’d also invite you to view my Facebook page and if you like it please click the LIKE button. Thanks.

I hope everyone has a great week at work. I know I’ve been finding my new role a challenge and it seems there is a lot of fatigue around not just in my workplace but from what I hear and read around the place. I hope everyone finds balance in their life. Take care. Live long and prosper.

On a good note, the Brisbane Broncos defeated the St George Illawarra Dragons this week and the Gold Coast Titans defeated the Canberra Raiders. It was unfortunate that the Melbourne Storm defeated the North Queensland Cowboys. I don’t feel that bad though because Melbourne are my number four team. For those who don’t know me well my top four teams in the National Rugby League are 1. Brisbane Broncos, 2. North Queensland Cowboys, 3. Gold Coast Titans, and 4. The Melbourne Storm. For Soccer it’s the Brisbane Roar. For the Australian Football League it’s the Brisbane Lions and the Gold Coast Suns. For cricket it’s the Queensland Bulls. For Rugby it’s the Queensland Reds. For State of Origin it is the Queensland XXXX Maroons. One day I’ll reveal the teams I detest.

CPAP update and my week in Instagram

Thanks to everyone who made contact about last week’s CPAP post asking for updates as I go. Well this week was much the same as the first week. Interrupted nights and a feeling of being more tired than normal. It made the days at work long and tedious. The abrasion lesion on my occiput is healing in that I think a callous is forming.

On Tuesday night I flew to Brisbane for a Wednesday meeting. I thought about taking the machine but in the end didn’t. I was just too busy and the extra weight in a bag wasn’t something I needed to focus on with so much on my mind.

I thought for this post I’d tell a story by Instagram (Check out my profile at http://instagram.com/garydlum). I know they’re mostly food images but then what else would you expect.

If you click on the images you’ll also be able to see the Instagram comments.


On Monday at lunch I had a quiche. It was a ham, cheese and shallot quiche. I like quiche and no matter what anyone says, men do eat quiche. The quiches I buy for lunch come from the Urban Bean Espresso Bar in Scarborough House and the cost $4.90 each. I enjoyed my quiche with a mug of Canadian ice wine tea.
Ham, cheese and shallot quiche


On Monday evening I had some left over beef mince with the seed mustard and XXXX Gold beer. I wrote about this last week at http://garydavidlum.com/2012/11/11/cpap-shogun-japanese-restaurant-a-burger-with-a-difference/
I was feeling pretty tired and lazy. I just made an open sandwich and used the yoghurt and Worcestershire sauce to add a little flavour to the gravy.
Open sandwich. Burger made with seed mustard and beer. Multigrain Vienna bread. Yoghurt and Worcestershire sauce.


On Tuesday I was packed for a night away and wanted something light. I chose a sausage roll and a Cascade Lemon, lime and bitters. The sausage roll costs $4.50 from the Urban Bean Espresso Bar.


On Tuesday evening after a full on day at work I drove to the Canberra Airport and relaxed a little in the Qantas Business Lounge.
Preflight snack


On the flight I enjoyed a salad of ocean trout on an Asian coleslaw.
Ocean trout and Asian coleslaw.


The meal also came with a chocolate and caramel brownie. Some Instagram friends unkindly likened it to a log of faeces.
Chocolate caramel brownie


On Tuesday evening I checked into the Oaks Aurora Tower. It’s a residential apartment block which also has some hotel style apartment rooms that the Oaks group uses. This was my second stay. My first stay was earlier in the year for a work meeting. I found the room then a little grimy and things like the remote controls were sticky. It was cheap for the taxpayer so I thought I’d try again. This time I had a different room. The carpet felt dirty and the kitchen area was a little grimy. The remote controls were also sticky. I don’t think I’ll stay there again. At $130 a night it is a cheap hotel when compared to other places in the city, especially for an apartment style room with a kitchen. On Wednesday morning I woke up to this view of Brisbane.
Hello Brisbane.


The meeting went well. It was a full day and I spoke for a good part of the meeting. My flight back to Canberra departed at about 1900 AEST and wouldn’t land until 2200 AEDT. For dinner on the flight I had a pork chop and vegetables.
Pork chop and mash


The Wednesday marked the 40th birthday for a work mate. We have a great culture in the branch with many of my work mates being terrific cooks. They often bring in cakes, macarons, biscuits and other sweet treats. To celebrate another work mate made a baked raspberry cheesecake. The best thing about my work mates is they remember me and kept me a slice. Of course they also had cream 🙂

A work mate turns 40 and another work mate makes a baked cheese cake. We have a terrific work place.

There were some comments from Instagram followers asking how I’m not huge. Truth is I try not to eat too much. I try to exercise every day and when I feel myself thickening, I pull back on the intake. Over the last week or so I’ve dropped a couple of kilograms through reduced intake, stress and poor sleep.


On Thursday evening I was exhausted. I wanted something simple and tasty to eat. I was craving something salty. I had some chicken thighs with skin on them and needed to cook them over a few nights. I floured the thigh with plain flour, mustard, spike and curry powder. I served them with potato gems (I think in the US you call them Tater Tots.
The chicken looked like it was fried, it was oven cooked.
The chicken looks fried but it's oven done with a little flour.


For some years Canberra taxpayers have been investing in public art. I like public art and I reckon every city should have some nice art works for everyone to enjoy. Every morning at 0730 I take a walk from my office to get my personal mail from the post office. It looks like there will be a new installation soon. It’s a pity the surrounding buildings aren’t looking too flash at the moment.
I wonder what new piece of #publicart is being erected #igerscanberra


On Fridays some work mates in the branch enjoy chips from the Urban Bean Espresso Bar. A small container costs $4.00. They are pretty good chips (or for my north American friends, fries). I ate Friday lunch with a friend who is about to get married. She’s been watching her diet to ensure she can fit into her dress. This week however, she decided to get in her words “sucky in” pants which sound like elasticised support underwear. She felt at liberty to eat chips which I thought was cool.
Chips with work mates. One is getting married soon. She's given up on the diet and bought a girdle thing.


Friday night came and I wasn’t hungry. I just had no appetite. It wasn’t really the chips, I was just exhausted and mentally wasted. I cooked a chicken thigh alone and ate that.
I've lost my appetite. Just a piece if chicken tonight.


I decided yesterday I would clean out my home office of two year’s worth of papers that I’d been meaning to get to and file. It took a good part of the whole day to go through it all.
My lunch was a nice piece of multigrain Vienna loaf that I toasted and topped with tinned red salmon and a vine tomato.
Lunch. Multigrain Vienna bread with red salmon and tomato.


Last night I made some coleslaw and had a chicken thigh.
Dinner. Chicken thigh and coleslaw with some bread.


On the subject of Canberra public art, this morning on my work I captured the image of my favourite piece, viz., the Owl Statue. From the front it’s clearly an owl, from behind however, many Canberra residents have likened the phallic shape as a piece of Canberra’s pubic art.
Good morning Mr Owl. Please share your wisdom.
Goodbye Mr Owl.

On my walk this morning I also came across this piece of graffiti which I can relate to.
I can relate to this


After my walk I felt like eating some eggs and drinking a strong cup of coffee.
Breakfast. Eggs on toast.


I spent a few hours at work this morning and again didn’t feel that hungry. Lunch was pretty boring. The rest of the tinned red salmon on toast.
Lunch. Red salmon from Aldi on toast


This evening I had a piece of Atlantic salmon (from Tasmania) along with some more fresh coleslaw. I cooked the salmon by placing in a fry pan and adding a lid. I cooked it on a moderately high heat for five minutes. The skin was crisp and the flesh was perfectly cooked. The coleslaw was fresh and tangy and nothing beats adding a bit of Kensington Pride mango. This was a nice cooked dinner with a tropical touch. I also added chilli flakes and a little Tabasco Sauce to the salmon to add some bite.
Atlantic salmon with freshly made coleslaw plus Kensington Pride mango #salmon #mango #coleslaw #igersfood


This week Miss11 and Miss15 are in Geelong for the National Club Championships. Miss15 has a bad ankle and will only be doing uneven bars and beam.


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Scarborough House https://foursquare.com/v/scarborough-house/4bbea14182a2ef3b45c12bd2
Google Map http://goo.gl/maps/qGN6Q

Canberra Airport https://foursquare.com/v/canberra-airport-cbr/4b1896c3f964a52068d423e3
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Qantas Business Lounge https://foursquare.com/v/qantas-business-lounge/4b889f09f964a520fd0432e3

Aurora Tower https://foursquare.com/v/aurora-tower/4b1ba1fdf964a52054fc23e3
Google Map http://goo.gl/maps/9ydtD

Oaks Hotels and Resorts http://www.oakshotelsresorts.com/

Tater Tots http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tater_Tots

Woden Wind Tunnel https://foursquare.com/v/woden-wind-tunnel/4de2bb3ac65b7a3e21223baa

Owl Statue https://foursquare.com/v/owl-statue/4dd44c5352b18e28aa120356

Grand final footy food

This week has seen a good few days in food but tonight was the NRL grand final. It required something special. Something inspired. In terms of inspiring meals, we’ve already seen this week how Bron was inspired by David Lebovitz. I took my inspiration from Bron’s inspiration.

I wanted to make a sandwich that required both hands to hold. I also wanted to use a bread that wasn’t as crusty but not too soft. I wanted cheese too. But what to put inside. I had a mystery meal in the freezer. I knew it was a curry of some sort. I wouldn’t know until I thawed it out.

The ingredients for tonight’s Grand Final sandwich included Mozzarella cheese, Butter, Bread roll, and Mystery meat.

When I thawed the curry it looked like belly pork. I was winning already.

Before I get to the sandwich, the good news is the Melbourne Storm defeated the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Rugby League Club. The final score was 14:4 and the triumvirate of amazing Queenslanders Cronk, Smith and Slater played superb games this evening. It was disappointing that the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys didn’t advance further this year. Such is life.

Now to the sandwich. I thawed the curry pork for a couple of minutes in the microwave oven. The roll was sliced to produce a butterflied length of bread. I smeared some butter on both sides and then cut the cheese lol. I warmed the roll for about 20 seconds in the microwave oven too. After laying on the meat I laid over it the sliced mozzarella cheese. I then grilled it until the cheese went a little brown. It felt good holding a sandwich that needed both hands to hold.

Mozzarella cheese for laying on the meat.

This is the bread I chose from Coles at Jamison.

It was a nice loaf.

Sliced open and laid flat.

Pork belly curry for the filling.

Meat laid on a buttered bread roll.

Laying on the sliced Mozzarella cheese.

After being under the grill.

Closed roll.

A close up 🙂

So how did it taste? It was great. The curry and cheese worked well. The soft bread roll made all the difference. It was great holding a big sandwich in both hands and watching the footy. It was so big though I needed my own half time break to finish eating it. There was a degree of scepticism about this sandwich on Twitter. I can understand why it seems like an odd combination. In my mouth and on my taste buds this combination worked and worked well.

I hope all the Storm supporters are happy, and I hope the Bulldog supporters can be happy knowing they were the minor premiers this year and know on the night the better team won.

All the images captured with a Nikon D90 except the last one posted to Instagram with my iPhone 4

My weekend in food was good

This weekend I completed my income taxation return and caught up on some work. I also spent some time with Bron and managed to enjoy some delicious meals. If you follow me on instagram you can see how I ate this weekend as well as some of my other activities.

Thai salmon cakes

Bron’s fish cakes were really nice.

Sticky date pudding with homemade custard and butterscotch sauce

Bron makes the best sticky date pudding. Her homemade custard and butterscotch sauce are to die for.

Spring in Canberra

The deciduous trees are blooming and my allergic rhinitis is getting worse. I must be snoring like a train because every morning I wake up with a sore throat like razor blades are cutting it.

Lake Ginninderra

Before breakfast I went for a walk and captured some images. We had breakfast at Black Pepper which is on the corner on the left of the image.

Dead carp

Fishing is popular in Canberra waterways. The lakes are full of carp. They are a pest and regarded as feral. If a carp is caught it is not allowed to be thrown back into the water. From what I’ve seen people go fishing, catch carp and then leave them anywhere they choose.

Green eggs and ham

Bron chose green eggs and ham. The scrambled eggs have avocado in them.

Poached eggs, Kransky and hollandaise sauce

I ate poached eggs, Kransky sausage, mushrooms and hollandaise sauce.

Pan seared salmon served with a tower of potato mash, wilted spinach, pine nuts, peas and corn along with asparagus and broccolini. The mash potato was made with blue cheese.

Tonight I cooked a light meal of salmon. Click on it if you want a larger resolution view.

Oh and if you’re interested, next weekend I want to see the Melbourne Storm defeat the Canterbury Bulldogs. I also want to see the Sydney Swans defeat the Hawthorn Hawks.