Beef short rib fingers and lentils with roast Tabasco flavoured pumpkin and cauliflower, smothered with gravy

Good evening dear readers.

It was a busy day with work, so I sat at my table while the slow cooker did its thing.

Coles Beef short rib fingers

Ingredients

  • Beef short rib fingers
  • Lentils
  • Beef stock
  • Red wine
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Cauliflower
  • Pumpkin
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Instant gravy

Instructions

  1. In the slow cooker, add the lentils, red wine, beef stock, a good squirt of the Worcestershire sauce, and a few good squirts of the barbecue sauce.
  2. Cook for 8 hours.
  3. Place the pumpkin and cauliflower onto a baking sheet and rub olive oil over each.
  4. Squirt Tabasco sauce over the pumpkin and cauliflower.
  5. Cook the cauliflower and pumpkin in a hot oven for 45 minutes until a sharp paring knife penetrates both vegetables with no resistance.
  6. Plate up the beef on a dinner plate, add a few spoonfuls of the lentils, and then add the pumpkin and cauliflower on the plate.
  7. Serve with instant gravy.

Final thoughts

  • How are you going?
  • What do you think I’ll do with the leftover beef and lentils?

Slow cooker rump roast

Dear Reader,

Slow cooker Rump Roast with vegetables and gravy. Served with lentils, baby green peas, potato, and mushrooms.

It’s a cold, cloudy day in Canberra, with a maximum forecast temperature of eight degrees Celsius today. That’s 46 °F for any reader in the USA, Liberia, and Burma.

It felt like a good day to have the slow cooker on as well as the heating.

While grocery shopping this morning, I saw a nice lump of rump which looked like it would be perfect for this week’s meal planning.

I hope wherever you are, that you are warm and comfortable.

Have a good weekend.

Gaz

Ingredients

  • Rump roast
  • Barbecue sauce
  • White onion
  • Beef stock
  • Lentils
  • Potato
  • Instant gravy
  • Baby green peas

Instructions

Slow cooker

  1. Empty a tin of lentils into the cooking vessel.
  2. Lay the rump roast on the lentils.
  3. Cut a potato in half and place it into the cooking vessel.
  4. Cut the onion in half and put it into the cooking vessel.
  5. Squirt a good glug of barbecue sauce into the cooking vessel.
  6. Add a cup of beef stock to the cooking vessel.
  7. Cook for eight hours.

Baby green peas

  • Cook the frozen peas with microwave radiation.

Instant gravy

  • Prepare as per the instructions for use on the packaging.

Plating up

  1. Divide the rump into pieces for meal planning for the week. My plans include a pasta dish, some cold slices and salad for lunches, and perhaps a noodle soup.
  2. Divide the lentils and keep some aside for dinner putting the rest into a container.
  3. Slice a small piece of beef and put it onto a warmed dinner plate.
  4. Serve a spoon of lentils and the potato onto the dinner plate.
  5. Put the baby green peas onto the dinner plate.
  6. Pour the gravy over the meat and vegetables.
  7. Give thanks to the Lord for wages earned to buy food, cook food, and eat food to nourish my body and my enjoyment.

This week’s highlights in life

  • Work has been good. I remain blessed to work with amazing people. 
  • It’s reassuring to see people in Canberra more aware of their health and safety and cognisant that the δ (delta) variant must be respected. This week, I read a paper that revealed that the viral load associated with the δ variant is about 1000 times greater than with the original virus recovered from the beginning of the pandemic. Without wanting to be morbidly crass, I’m in awe of the biology of SARS-COV-2 and the ability of this virus and the infection it causes (COVID-19) to change and adapt. I’m sure if I wasn’t in a sequestered, safe bubble, like Canberra, I’d be feeling more anxious and worried. ^
  • It’s been worrying seeing what has been happening in NSW, Victoria, and Queensland.
  • I started reading John Owen’s Overcoming Sin and Temptation. This book is a collection of three of Owen’s seminal works on the “Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers”, “Of Temptation: The Nature and Power of It”, and “The Nature, Power, Deceit, and Prevalency of Indwelling Sin”. It’s a challenging read in a couple of ways. Owen writes in an archaic style, and the subject matter penetrates deeply. 
  • I’m also reading Tim Keller’s Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God. The two works are complementary, in my opinion.
  • I received a bunch of fresh free-range eggs from a friend this week. Fresh eggs are the best!

Final thoughts

  • Have you enjoyed fresh free-range eggs? How do you like to cook them?
  • How have you been coping this week with the pandemic?
  • Are you in an area where the δ variant is circulating in your community?
  • What’s the weather like where you are at the moment? Let me know in the comments how you’re enjoying the weather (or not).

^The Bible App I use today presented me with Proverbs‬ 12:25‬. (‭ESV)‬‬

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.”

Lamb rack roast and roast pumpkin

Lamb rack roast with roast pumpkin and gravy.

Ingredients

  • Lamb rack
  • Kent pumpkin
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Sesame oil
  • Olive oil
  • Chilean spice rub

Instructions

  1. Dice a kent pumpkin and, in a mixing bowl, rub the pumpkin with some olive oil, salt, sugar, sesame oil, and Chilean spice rub.
  2. Spread the pumpkin on a baking sheet and put it into a moderate oven for about 45 to 50 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle salt, sugar, and Chilean spice rub onto the fat of the lamb rack roast.
  4. Cook in a moderate oven until the internal temperature reaches 55 °C.
  5. Allow the lamb rack roast to rest for about 10 minutes.
  6. Carve the roast and plate up with the pumpkin.

Sous vide eye fillet steak with potato gem poutine plus mushrooms and crispy Brussels sprouts

Saturday night dinner is sous vide eye fillet steak with potato gem poutine (provolone and smoked cheddar cheeses and gravy) plus mushrooms and crispy Brussels sprouts.

My personality

I was chatting with a friend today about my personality.

Introverted99%
Observant56%
Feeling51%
Judging51%
Turbulent63%
My personality scores

People who really know me won’t be surprised by how introverted I am. I live alone and for now, I’m happy about that. I enjoy my own company. I’ve lived a full life, I’ve been married, I’m divorced, I’ve learnt a lot about myself, what makes me happy, what upsets me, what unsettles me, and what I think I want for my future.

One thing I know about my future, is food will be a feature. Cooking and eating. Perhaps even growing some of my food. Growing up as a little boy, my maternal grandfather spent long periods of time living with us. Mum was pretty ill when she was pregnant with my youngest brother. She’d already had two very difficult births. My grandfather converted our backyard into a market garden. I don’t have a green thumb and the thought of gardening fills me with horror, but I do have fond memories of picking and eating fresh vegetables. Fresh fruit and vegetables taste so much better than what you get in a supermarket.

Faith will also feature more in my future. I’ve been in the wilderness for a long time and around this time last year, a friend started a good thing in my life. It’s been a year of revelation and self reflection and growth.

Saturday dinner. Sous vide eye fillet steak with potato gem poutine (provolone and smoked cheddar cheeses and gravy) plus mushrooms and Brussels sprouts.

Ingredients

  • Eye fillet steak
  • Iodised salt (ground)
  • Black pepper (freshly cracked)
  • Oregano leaves (dried)
  • Potato gems (Tater tots in North America)
  • Provolone cheese (grated)
  • Smoked cheddar cheese (grated)
  • Gravox instant gravy
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Mushrooms
  • Beef dripping
  • Butter

Instructions

Steak

  1. Remove the meat from the wrapping and season liberally with salt, pepper, and oregano leaves.
  2. Vacuum seal in a food safe plastic bag.
  3. Cook sous vide in a water bath at 54 °C for 2 hours and 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the meat from the plastic bag and dry the meat with absorbent kitchen paper. Try to dry the surfaces as much as possible.
  5. Take some mushrooms and roughly break them up with your fingers rather than slice them with a knife. You want a rustic rough look to them. Although, if you feel refined, you can slice them, I was feeling like being a bit rough and rustic tonight. Not that I’m ever refined and sophisticated 🤣
  6. Heat a skillet (cast-iron if you have it) until it’s just smoking hot and add in a little beef dripping to smear the surface.
  7. With long kitchen tongs, place the meat in the skillet and press down firmly for about ten seconds and repeat this with all surfaces of the meat.
  8. After the first turn, add in some more beef dripping and butter and the mushrooms so while the meat is searing, the mushrooms are cooking and the butter is browning.
  9. Remove the meat from the skillet and set it aside.
  10. Spoon the mushrooms and sizzling dripping and butter over the steak.
  11. Allow the meat to rest for 10 minutes.
  12. Slice into just under 1 cm thick slices and hope the meat has a deep red blush to it.

Gary’s “Poutine” and Brussels sprouts

  1. Grate the cheese fresh.
  2. Slice the Brussels sprouts in half and toss in a mixing bowl.
  3. Splash in some olive oil and season the Brussels sprouts liberally with salt and pepper.
  4. Toss the Brussels sprouts with the oil and seasoning to ensure good even coverage.
  5. Heat an oven to 250 °C and place frozen potato gems (tater tots) into a baking sheet (keep to one side) and on the other side add the Brussels sprouts.
  6. Cook until the Brussels sprouts have become crispy.
  7. Remove the Brussels sprouts and then top the potato gems with the grated cheese.
  8. Cook until the cheese begins to brown. The potato gems should be crispy.
  9. Make the gravy according to the packet instructions.

Plating up

  1. Use a spatula to scoop the cheesy potato gems onto a dinner plate.
  2. Add the Brussels sprouts next to the potato gems.
  3. Lay the slices of steak over the cheesy potato gems.
  4. Place the mushrooms next to the meat and then spoon gravy over the meat, Brussels sprouts, and cheese potato gems.

Final thoughts

  1. What do you think of my version of poutine?
  2. Do you like your steak done like this?

Cheese encrusted leftover slow cooker beef cheeks with carrot, celery, onion, and tomatoes

Yesterday, I used my slow cooker to cook two beef cheeks. I enjoyed one last night and saved one for tonight.

Cheese encrusted leftover slow cooker beef cheeks with carrot, celery, onion, and tomatoes. Gary Lum.
Cheese encrusted leftover slow cooker beef cheeks with carrot, celery, onion, and tomatoes.
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Pan-fried salmon with broccolini, asparagus, capsicum, red onion, fennel, and leftover gravy

Happy Canberra Day. It’s Monday, I have salmon for dinner.

Pan-fried salmon with broccolini, asparagus, capsicum, red onion, fennel, and leftover gravy. Gary Lum.
Pan-fried salmon with broccolini, asparagus, capsicum, red onion, fennel, and leftover gravy.

Ingredients

  • Salmon fillet skin on
  • Broccolini
  • Asparagus
  • Red capsicum
  • Green capsicum
  • Mushroom
  • Red onion
  • Fennel
  • Radish
  • Whole black peppercorns
  • Queensland nut oil
  • Leftover gravy from last night’s tea

Instructions

  • Cut a couple of asparagus spears in half.
  • Cut a couple of broccolini stalks in half.
  • Slice a large mushroom.
  • Dice the red and green capsicum
  • Finely dice the red onion, radish, and fennel and mix with black peppercorns which have been ground in a mortar with a pestle.
  • Heat up a frying pan and begin cooking the vegetables except for the red onion, radish, and fennel and black peppercorns.
  • Once the vegetables are softish clear half the frying pan and add some Queensland nut oil to the pan.
  • Put the salmon in skin side down and put a lid on for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes turn the salmon and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  • Remove the salmon to rest and add in the leftover gravy and stir through the vegetables along with the red onion, radish, and fennel and black peppercorns.
  • Serve everything in the frying pan on a dinner plate and add the salmon on top.
Close up. Pan-fried salmon with broccolini, asparagus, capsicum, red onion, fennel, and leftover gravy. Gary Lum.
Close up. Pan-fried salmon with broccolini, asparagus, capsicum, red onion, fennel, and leftover gravy.

Leftover lamb with corn and peas in cheese gravy

Another busy day and on the way home I got a call from work to check something out. It meant my plan for takeaway was thwarted because once I’m home I don’t want to go out again.

I had the last of the lamb in the refrigerator from the weekend roast lamb shoulder. I looked in the freezer and saw some corn cobs and peas.

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Deboned roast chicken thigh

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Chicken thigh ready for deboning. Gary Lum.
Chicken thigh ready for deboning.

Deboned roast chicken thigh

Tonight I deboned a chicken thigh and rolled it around a baton of Spam plus some thyme and sage. I served it with a salad and some gravy.

Check out tonight’s recipe post on Yummy Lummy “Does the size of the bone make any difference to the flavour of your meat?”

Seared rib eye bone in with meat thermometer inserted. MEATER™. Gary Lum.
Seared rib eye bone in with meat thermometer inserted. MEATER™.
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Sausages, frozen vegetables, and gravy

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Tonight was a very simple meal. I had an unpleasant experience this morning when two men tried to relieve me of my wallet while I was out walking. By the time I got home after work I didn’t feel like cooking much.

Ingredients

  • Beef sausages
  • Frozen capsicum, corn, black beans, and peas
  • Gravox™ gravy

Instructions

  1. Unwrap the snags from the plastic wrapping.
  2. Heat up a frypan.
  3. Put the snags into the frypan.
  4. Put the frozen vegetables into the frypan.
  5. Put a lid on the frypan.
  6. Cook for 20 minutes.
  7. Boil water.
  8. Put the Gravox™ powder in a mug and pour in boiling water and whisk until it is thick.
  9. When the 20 minutes has elapsed, turn off the frypan, remove the lid and transfer everything to a shallow bowl.
  10. Pour over the gravy.
  11. Allow everything to cool a little and then devour.
Beef sausages with frozen vegetables and Gravox™ gravy. Gary Lum.
Beef sausages with frozen vegetables and gravy.

Extra tidbit

A workmate bought me this vanilla slice today from the Curtin Bakery. She was being kind to me because of the incident earlier in the day. It certainly made my day. I have wonderful workmates. The vanilla slice was delightful. The custard was light and fluffy and yet not too sweet. It had a good vanilla flavour and unlike some bakery vanilla slices there wasn’t too much gelatine. The passionfruit icing was delicious and again, not too sweet and not too thick. The pastry was firm. 

A workmate gave me this Curtin Bakery Vanilla Slice after I had an unpleasant experience this morning. It was delicious. Gary Lum.
A workmate gave me this Curtin Bakery Vanilla Slice after I had an unpleasant experience this morning. It was delicious.