Spam fried rice

Tonight I’m making Spam fried rice. Check out the recipe and feel free to leave me comments.

Hello Reader,

Tonight I had a choice between leftover sous vide kangaroo and Spam. I don’t love kangaroo meat. I do like Spam a lot.

Spam fried rice

Ingredients

  • Spam
  • Rice1
  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Fennel
  • Coriander
  • Spring onion
  • Red chillies
  • Carrot
  • Daikon
  • Cabbage
  • MSG2
  • Peanut oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Dice the fennel and shallots; slice the coriander roots and stalks; mince the garlic and ginger, and slice the spring onion whites.
  2. For garnish, slice the spring onion greens and red chilli. The coriander leaves are also a great garnish.
  3. Dice the Spam.
  4. Julienne the carrot and daikon.
  5. Shred and cross-shred the cabbage.
  6. Heat a wok and add some peanut oil and sesame oil.
  7. Stir-fry the aromatic ingredients.
  8. Transfer to a bowl and stir-fry the Spam until it gets some colour and a bit of a crust.
  9. Transfer the Spam to a bowl and stir-fry the carrot, daikon, and cabbage.
  10. When the carrot, daikon, and cabbage soften, add the MSG plus the aromatics and Spam.
  11. Add the rice and remove the clumps by pressing down with a spatula.
  12. Squirt soy sauce around the sides of the wok. This heats on the way down into the rice.
  13. Toss the wok.
  14. Turn off the heat and mix through the garnish vegetables.
  15. Transfer to a bowl.
  16. Give thanks to the Lord.
  17. Eat with chopsticks and a spoon.

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Footnotes

  1. The rice should be cold and cooked within the last 24 hours. Ideally, it should be dry, so the grains fall apart.
  2. King of flavour
Spam fried rice

Hawaiian pizza Yummy Lummy-style

Hawaiian pizza Yummy Lummy-style 

I’ve now been making a pizza on Friday nights for a few months. I’m grateful to my Italian pizza mentor, GC, who has been helping with flavour combinations for toppings and different ideas.

Me in my Spam Hawaii T-shirt with a tin of Bacon Spam with a background of Acacia pycnantha Wattle

It’s been a most enjoyable exploration into an area I never thought I’d venture. 

While I remain very much the student, my “big kid” attitude started thinking on Thursday about venturing somewhere beyond the traditional (and possibly acceptable).

Out of respect for GC, I did ask if we’d still be friends if I went out on a limb. Fortunately, GC is a very accommodating soul and agreed we can remain friends. 😊

Hawaiian pizza Yummy Lummy style

I’ve noticed on some on-line food forums the thought of pineapple on a pizza stirs up high emotions. I’ve certainly eaten pineapple on pizza before, and I don’t mind it. Given a choice though, like if I’m paying for a pizza or making one, generally, I avoid pineapple. Tonight will be the exception which proves the rule. 😉

Pizza base (bread making machine)

Ingredients

  • Water 200 mL
  • Olive oil one tablespoon
  • Iodised salt one teaspoon
  • Caster sugar one teaspoon
  • Bread flour 375 g
  • Tandaco yeast one sachet (1¾ teaspoons)
Hawaiian pizza Yummy Lummy style

Instructions

  • Follow the dough making instructions for your machine
  • Split the dough into two and put one portion into an airtight container and refrigerate for a week.
  • Roll the remaining dough on a lightly floured surface into a 25 cm round for a thin based pizza.
  • Place onto a lightly floured baking tray.
  • Add selected toppings.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 250 °C for 12–15 minutes.
Hawaiian pizza Yummy Lummy style

Toppings

  • Diced bacon flavoured Spam
  • Crushed pineapple
  • Tomato paste
  • Mozzarella 
  • Gorgonzola
  • Baby capsicums
Hawaiian pizza Yummy Lummy style

Most people think ham and pineapple when they think of Hawaiian pizza, but for me, Hawaii means Spam. I mean check out my T-shirt. 🍕

Hawaiian pizza Yummy Lummy style

I was very happy with how this turned out. It tasted delicious and best part was the gorgonzola contrasting with the sweetness of pineapple. 🍍

Pan-fried deboned chicken thigh and drumstick with Spam, mushrooms, and kale

Have you ever mixed chicken and Spam together? It’s a great combination. To keep it healthy, I added kale (cooked in butter).

Pan-fried deboned chicken thigh and drumstick with Spam, mushrooms, and kale. Gary Lum.
Pan-fried deboned chicken thigh and drumstick with Spam, mushrooms, and kale.
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Canberra Day Australian Spam “Musubi”

Pan-fried Spam with melted Mozzarella on a Coles Cheesy Vegemite Scroll

Happy Canberra Day

It may surprise some people but I am not the only fan of Spam in Canberra. I have a friend who is a photographer and blogger who loves Spam. She posted on Facebook a photograph of a tin of Spam with a comment that while other commodities are flying off the shelves Spam hasn’t. I made a similar observation on the weekend too. 

Coles Cheesy Vegemite Scroll. Gary Lum.
Coles Cheesy Vegemite Scroll.
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Spam with mushroom sauce and mango salad

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Happy Sunday to you. I had a huge morning tea and didn’t have lunch today. Mind you I had been feeling a little nauseated. The Dobinson’s Bakery coffee card allowed me a free coffee and cake today and I went with a really rich chocolate eclair.

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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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Deboned roast chicken thigh

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Well, today I had a big lunch. I went out with a fellow consultant and our trainees to a local Chinese restaurant, viz., Garran Kitchen. We had duck, bean curd with chicken, pork, and beef.

Tonight I wanted something light but rather than just stick a chicken thigh in the oven I thought I’d play with my meat first.

Deboned chicken thigh rolled around Spam with a drumstick and extra Spam. Ready for the oven. Gary Lum.
Deboned chicken thigh rolled around Spam with a drumstick and extra Spam. Ready for the oven.
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Roast chicken and frozen vegetables

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I had a piece of dry brined chicken thigh in the refrigerator and some frozen vegetables I needed to finish off.

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What I ate Christmas 2019

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Christmas 2019

I ate well today.

Breakfast

My standard breakfast of a steamed egg and wilted spinach.

Christmas breakfast 2019. Steamed egg and wilted spinach. Gary Lum.
Christmas breakfast 2019. Steamed egg and wilted spinach.

Lunch

Lunch was an extravaganza of roast turkey with cranberry jelly and gravy, ham and hot English mustard, a spanner crab, mango and avocado salad, plus roast vegetables.

It was superb.

Merry Christmas 2019. Roast turkey with bacon and stuffing, ham with cranberry jelly, and a spanner crab, mango and avocado salad. Gary Lum.
Merry Christmas 2019. Roast turkey with bacon and stuffing, ham with cranberry jelly, and a spanner crab, mango and avocado salad.

There were also smoked salmon blinis for an entrée and chocolate pudding for dessert.

Tea

For tea I enjoyed a light meal. It was spam, speck, peas, and cherry tomatoes.

Christmas tea 2019. Spam, speck, peas, and tomatoes. Gary Lum.
Christmas tea 2019. Spam, speck, peas, and tomatoes.

Special gift

Look what I received from a friend.

Photograph of Yummy Lummy Board Christmas 2019. Gary Lum. Ash Bowley.
Yummy Lummy Board Christmas 2019
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