Spicy creamed cauliflower and pumpkin crab meat soup for #dinner So comforting on a cold #Canberra night


I posted this picture to Twitter tonight and I was asked for the recipe. Click on the image for a clearer view of the soup.

Spicy cauliflower and pumpkin crab meat soup for #dinner

Spicy cauliflower and pumpkin crab meat soup for #dinner

 

I’m happy to share the recipe although I never weigh anything and I suggest gauging the amounts based on how many people you’re cooking for.

Spicy creamed cauliflower and pumpkin crab meat soup

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • Cauliflower—as many florets as you need
  • Pumpkin—as much as you need
  • Tomatoes
  • Chilli flakes—lots
  • Spring onion—finely sliced
  • Parsley—finely sliced
  • Cracked pepper—lots
  • Salt—as per your taste
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Cream cheese
  • Pouring cream
  • Chicken stock
  • Crab meat—tinned

Method

  1. Boil the cauliflower, pumpkin and tomato in stock until soft
  2. Drain and dry
  3. Return to the saucepan and add pouring cream
  4. Bring to the boil and stir continuously to reduce the cream
  5. Add curry powder
  6. When the consistency has thickened a little remove from the heat and blend with a stick blender
  7. Add the spring onion and parsley and stir in
  8. Add the Parmesan and cream cheeses and stir in
  9. Add the crab meat and stir in
  10. Add cracked pepper
  11. Capture an image
  12. Eat the soup
  13. Clean up the dishes
  14. Post an image to twitter
  15. Write the blog post

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Other food I ate today

Shaved lamb, tabouli and aioli for #lunch

Shaved lamb, tabouli and aioli for #lunch

Bacon and eggs for #breakfast Wish it was pay day Thursday :-)

Bacon and eggs for #breakfast Wish it was pay day Thursday 🙂

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Sunday #breakfast @hahabarcbr | Ha Ha Bar Belconnen recommendation from @Girlhassparke


I’ve lived in Belconnen since 2007 and have never been to the Ha Ha Bar on Lake Ginninderra. Yesterday Megan mentioned on Twitter that breakfast at the Ha Ha Bar never disappoints.

So this morning I ventured to the Ha Ha Bar for breakfast.

I arrived shortly after 8 am and the place had a good smattering of customers. Soon after I arrived more people came streaming in demonstrating the Ha Ha Bar’s popularity.

The service was friendly and helpful. I was shown a table on the balcony overlooking  Lake Ginninderra. It was a view that allowed me to do a little people watching as locals walked, jogged, ran and cycled by.

I asked for a long black coffee on being seated and when it arrived it looked great. It was rich, dark and strong.

A picture of a cup of coffee

A long black coffee from the Ha Ha Bar in Belconnen

The menu looks pretty standard for restaurant that does breakfast, lunch and tea (plus high tea).

I asked for my standard, i.e., Eggs Benedict with bacon rather than ham. The Ha Ha Bar also adds a bit of spinach which is a nice touch.

a photograph of Eggs Benedict

Poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce, bacon and spinach for a delicious breakfast at Ha Ha Bar Belconnen

The eggs were cooked perfectly with a lovely runny yolk. The Hollandaise had a nice rich creaminess which made the spinach and bacon even more delicious. The bacon was streaky and nicely cooked. I’d happily eat eggs here again.

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So how well am I doing with my desire to lose my CNY coat?


So how well am I doing with my desire to lose my CNY coat? Not too bad. When I started I weighed in at 82 kilograms. I determined that I would start reducing my carbohydrate intake but not go into hard induction as per the Atkins way of eating. I’d leave that until mid-February when I think I’ll be in a better position.

So this morning I weighed in at 78.3 kilograms. That’s okay progress. A rapid movement is good for motivation.

So what have I been eating? Breakfast has usually been an ham steak, a fried egg, a mushroom and some avocado. I’ve been gradually reducing the quantity of ham and avocado as I get happier with the appetite suppressing qualities of the protein load. For lunch I’ve been packing a little box of meat, lettuce and cheese. The meat has usually been some lamb shoulder I roasted on the weekend and pork rasher that I also roasted and cut into thin strips. I’ll also take a little meat and cheese and put into a separate box for snacks. Dinners have focused on an animal protein and a salad based on cos lettuce, spring onion, fried shallots, tomato, roasted pumpkin and sweet potato. The animal protein has been salmon and chicken mostly but also lamb and pork.

I’ve also been drinking as much water as possible to avoid gout and keep hydrated. This has meant my sleep has been disturbed with a constant desire to empty my bladder.

There have been some challenges. I’ve been out for dinner a few times but I’ve managed what I’ve eaten to minimise carbohydrate rather than trying to avoid it altogether.

I was also sent some Atkins low carbohydrate bars in the mail after I signed up for meal planning ideas with the Atkins website. The strong message from a lot of friends on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram has been to avoid them. You can see images of my meals on my Instagram feed.

Thursday 2014-01-23 12.40.38-2 AEDT Atkins bars. I have mixed feelings about these bars. I don't want to become reliant on a sweet treat when the food cravings are satisfied with protein. They're also processed and for all I know contain gums and other things that are not nutritionally beneficial.

Thursday 2014-01-23 12.40.38-2 AEDT Atkins bars. I have mixed feelings about these bars. I don’t want to become reliant on a sweet treat when the food cravings are satisfied with protein. They’re also processed and for all I know contain gums and other things that are not nutritionally beneficial.

2014 Gary Lum Weight and Blood pressure Chart

This is some of the health data I've been keeping on myself.

This is some of the health data I’ve been keeping on myself.

So so far so good.

Don’t forget to read my Medical Disclaimer.

Grill’d Healthy Burgers in the Canberra Centre


A little while ago I received an e-mail about the opening of a new Grill’d Health Burgers restaurant in the Canberra Centre. The e-mail was an offer for a complimentary burger that I could review.

This is the first time I’ve been made such an offer. This blog is a hobby and I’ve never really given the notion of a review for a free product much thought. Recently, a fellow Canberra blogger, viz., Tara posted a page called Boring but important in which she outlines her position on product reviews. I guess Tara and I share a similar attitude to our blogging adventures.

Getting stuff for free is not new to me. As a trainee I remember free meals, free trips away to resorts and all sorts of paraphernalia from large pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. All that has changed now and in Australia, the rules and regulations are well described and well known to everyone in the medical profession.

So what am I to do? For now, I’m conscious I also work for the Australian Government Department of Health and the ACT government’s Health Directorate. As such I need to be free of conflicts of interest. For the time being I won’t be accepting offers but that’s not to say I won’t in the future. If I do I’ll be very clear about declarations.

Anyway, given I got the heads up on a new burger restaurant, I decided to take a look.

When I arrived at about 12.20 pm the place was crowded with a good cross section of Canberra eating and drinking within. I approached the ordering bench and asked for a crispy bacon and cheese burger from the menu with a bottle of water. I paid $14 and found a table near a window. Within ten minutes my burger emerged. It was delicious. The bun was crispy but not too crunchy. The lean beef burger pattie wasn’t too thin but not overly thick. The taste was delicious. While it was a bacon and cheese burger the taste of bacon and cheese was not overpowering. This was a great hamburger and very worthwhile. The service from the wait staff was quick, efficient and very friendly. As I finished the burger and started posting images to instagram my plate was taken and table cleared. There was a good vibe to the place. I’m happy to recommend Grill’d Healthy Burgers in the Canberra Centre.

A tasty bacon and cheese Grill's healthy burger. Guess what? I didn't ask for chips :-)

A tasty bacon and cheese Grill’s healthy burger. Guess what? I didn’t ask for chips 🙂

I posted an image to Instagram and a Twitter conversation ensued.

Tasty bacon and cheese burger at Grill'd in the #Canberra centre #yummy

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The address for the new Grill’d Health Burgers is Ground Floor, Scotts Crossing Entrance, 148 Bunda Street, Canberra ACT 2600. Telephone 02 6262 6970

The current menu is at this link Saturday 2013-11-16

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Changing Facebook pages for Yummy Lummy


For nearly as long as this blog has existed I’ve cross posted to the Facebook page Gary David Lum. In the background I’ve also had the page Yummy Lummy. Now that I’ve started the other blog I want to align everything neatly.

So if you’ve liked the Gary David Lum Facebook page I’d also appreciate your liking the Yummy Lummy Facebook page.

Thank you very much

Gaz

 

The week in images and food | Reinvigorating my #StarTrek love


It’s been a busy week. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged random images of food and other stuff 🙂
I’ve started getting back into Star Trek. I’ve always been a fan ever since primary school. I remember coming home from swimming club on Friday evenings and watching Star Trek The Original Series with Dad. If you’re into Star Trek I recommend Trek.fm The pod casts are great and worth listening to. Many of the hosts are happy to be followed on Twitter and they really friendly.
You can see I’m watching my favourite series, viz., Enterprise
Ironing
On Sunday evening I spent three hours cooking some chuck steak, celery, carrot, onions and a turnip.
Beef casserole
Monday night is salmon night and so I had some with vegetables.
Salmon and vegetables
Tuesday morning was remarkably warm for early September. You can see at 4.45 am it was 16 °C.
Mr Owl
I’ve been playing with gently frying eggs and Strasbourg sausage. I heat the fry pan up to hot, crack an egg into a silicone egg ring, pop on a lid and turn off the heat. I leave the egg in there for 4 minutes and it comes out with a soft warm runny yolk.
Fried egg sausage stack - Version 2
I also had salmon on Tuesday night this time with boiled red cabbage with goes a very pretty purple.
Salmon and cabbage
On Thursday morning I had a 6 am teleconference at work so I could have a breakfast wrap at Mavi. I needed a bacon fix.
Mavi Breakfast Wrap
I was sick on Friday and craved comfort food. Curried corned beef along with some caramelised onions is what I needed.
Curried corned beef and caramelised onion - Version 2
On Friday I got to 1000 followers on Twitter
1000 Followers
For dinner I went to the Southern Cross Club with Bron and had a steak
Rare eye fillet, Hollandaise sauce and mashed potato
For dessert there was churros with dipping sauces and fruit skewers.
Churros and fruit
I was more careful when I cooked my egg this morning.
Fried egg and Strasbourg sausage stack
As I was going to Costco I passed through Floriade and stole the mayorship when I stopped off for a quick look.
Floriade mayor
Today the plan was to have lunch at Ricardo’s Cafe but there was no seats so I got a meat pie and sausage roll as a takeaway.
Steak and mushroom pie
For dinner I put together a minced steak pattie and some salad.
I also caramelised some onions. I love caramelised onions.
Caramelising onions
Caramelising onions
I wish it was summer now.
Burger and salad
I also used a fresh pineapple to make a pineapple crush drink with dinner
Pineapple crush
For dessert I had a passionfruit tart and a Portuguese tart
Passionfruit tart and Portuguese tart

I hope you have a good week to come. Take care and eat yummy 🙂

Voting, walking, cooking and lots of eating Saturday 7 September 2013 #ausvotes


Today Australia held a federal election. For readers who aren’t Australian and living elsewhere we have compulsory voting and we always vote on a Saturday. Would you believe the hash tag #sausagesizzle was trending on Twitter in Australia!

Bron and I had a good day. We went out to vote early, enjoyed a nice breakfast and then took a good walk up to the National Arboretum. I’m currently watching the election night coverage and writing about today.

At most election venues, especially at schools there is a sausage sizzle and a cake stall to raise money for the school

At most election venues, especially at schools there is a sausage sizzle and a cake stall to raise money for the school

Ballot Paper - Version 2

The ballot paper for the seat of Fraser. I love voting below the line to get full democratic satisfaction from my vote.

After voting we walked to Ricardo’s cafe in the Jamison shops and enjoyed breakfast.

Check the walk at http://runkeeper.com/user/garydlum/activity/237806108

Our walk to vote and then eat breakfast

Our walk to vote and then eat breakfast

Poached eggs on Focaccia Bread with a side of Hollandaise sauce and hashed browns

Poached eggs on Focaccia Bread with a side of Hollandaise sauce and hashed browns

After breakfast we went back to the National Arboretum for a walk. We’d been there recently for breakfast.

You can check out the walk at http://runkeeper.com/user/garydlum/activity/237861409

Our walk up to and down from the Cafe at the National Arboretum. The zig zag represents the pathway.

Our walk up to and down from the Cafe at the National Arboretum. The zigzag represents the pathway.

Below are some images from the bonsai garden. These are some beautiful plants. I love bonsai.

The cafe isn’t too bad. It’s catered by the same people who run the Conservatory Restaurant. My iced coffee was pretty nice. I was very tempted by the hot pies. Hover your mouse over the image and read the caption.

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The images above are a slide show of outdoor images taken while we walked up and down from the car park to the cafe at the top. We also walked around the Margaret Whitlam (for non-Australians Margaret Whitlam (deceased) was the wife of Gough Whitlam, a former Prime Minister of Australia) Pavillion which is essentially a wedding chapel for those that can afford a very nice view.

This afternoon I had a lovely vanilla slice from Ricardo’s cafe.

Vanilla slice. So rich. So nice.

Vanilla slice. So rich. So nice.

For dinner tonight I prepared a chicken to roast. I stood it up on a can of coca cola as a means to insert some moisture and drain the juices away from the chicken to keep the skin crisp.

For dessert I had a Black Forest bomb cake from Ricardo’s cafe. The YouTube video shows the sparkler (det cord) going off 😉

The Black Forest cake is delicious. The sparkler is a nice touch too.

The cut surface shows the lovely insides. Hover over the image and read the caption.

Well it looks like the coalition of the Liberal Party and National Party will be invited to form a government by the Governor-General. This will mean the Hon. Tony Abbott will be the next Prime Minister of Australia.

I enjoyed exercising, cooking and eating today. I hope you did too. Please feel free to leave a comment. If you’re a WordPress user please feel free to ‘like’ the post.