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

Spam, eggs, and spinach

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Spam, spam, spam, spam, wonderful spam

Photograph of Baked spam with steamed eggs and wilted spinach. Gary Lum.
Baked spam with steamed eggs and wilted spinach

Here’s the how to YouTube video  

Have you seen and heard the wonderful Monty Python’s Flying Circus sketch on spam?

Here is the live version

Here is the original soundtrack

Tonight I went with spam, egg, and spinach

Pan-fried Vegemite Spam, cherry tomatoes, melted cheese, and wilted spinach

Sunday lunch. Pan-fried Vegemite Spam, cherry tomatoes, melted cheese, and wilted spinach.

Photograph of Pan-fried Vegemite Spam, cherry tomatoes, melted cheese, and wilted spinach. Gary Lum.
Pan-fried Vegemite Spam, cherry tomatoes, melted cheese, and wilted spinach

In a chat with a friend on Facebook earlier this morning there was mention of Spam and different varieties of Spam. I mentioned that I’d like to see Vegemite Spam.

I cut a slice of Spam and gently and with great love fried it in a frypan until the outside surface had changed colour a little. I set it aside to cool and rest. When the surface of the Spam was cool, I smeared on a little Vegemite. I put some spinach leaves and halved cherry tomatoes into the frypan plus a small handful of grated cheddar cheese. Atop the cheese I added the slice of fried Vegemite smeared Spam. I cooked this for three minutes with a lid on the frypan. The spinach leaves wilted, the cherry tomatoes softened, and the cheese melted.

I’m sure people in England could do this with marmite or promite. I wonder if people in Hawaii, the Republic of Korea, and Japan (big Spam lovers) would like this dish.

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