Kensington Pride Mangoes in August! Seriously?

Kensington Pride Mangoes in August! Seriously? Is this for real?

I was doing my normal grocery shopping this morning, you know, the Saturday routine, when I came across these Kensington Pride mangoes at $4 each. So expensive and so out of season. I can only speculate the weather in the Top End where the best mangoes are grown has been good.

Kensington Pride mangoes in August in Canberra Gary Lum
Kensington Pride mangoes in August in Canberra

Friday night out

I received an invitation to dinner by my friends Peter and Li Peng (aka Jasper and Myrtle). We had a great night chatting about stuff, catching up on stuff and learning what is going down with Australia’s most award winning bean to bar chocolate makers. I’ve known Peter for a long time and Li Peng for a good number of years too. When I first met them, I would never have guessed they would be these world conquering chocolate makers from Australia’s national capital.

Award certificates

Award certificates for Jasper and Myrtle Chocolates Gary Lum
Award certificates for Jasper and Myrtle Chocolates

Peter and I have a strong affinity for seafood and one of our favourite meals is a prawn sandwich.

Prawn sandwich

Freshly boiled prawns with butter and fresh bread and a little vinegar. Salt and pepper also help make a great sandwich.

Prawn sandwich entrée Gary Lum
Prawn sandwich entrée

Peter cooked an Asian noodle and mince dish for the main meal. We joke because Peter likes to add plum sauce to everything. Li Peng claims a real Chinese person wouldn’t add plum sauce. To prove the point, I add plum sauce and hot chilli flakes to my plate  :mrgreen:

Noodles and mince

Noodles with mince and Plum sauce Gary Lum
Noodles with mince and Plum sauce

Peter and Li Peng both know how much I love a vanilla slice, so for dessert, we had a vanilla slice or what my Victorian friends ingloriously call a snot block from Flute bakery.

Vanilla slice

Flute vanilla slice Gary Lum
Flute vanilla slice

It was a great night and I really love times with Peter and Li Peng.


Breakfast

It’s become a bit of a ritual to eat a slice of raisin toast with some butter while sipping on a latte at Everbean Espresso Bar on a Saturday morning.

Raisin toast

Raisin toast breakfast from Everbean Espresso Bar Gary Lum
Raisin toast breakfast from Everbean Espresso Bar

Joy of vegemite joy

While in Coles buying groceries, I came across a real favourite. Vegemite and cheese scrolls. If you look at my Yummy Lummy Instagram feed you’ll see I regularly have these for lunch as a BLT from Urban Bean Espresso Bar. If you’re ever in the Woden town centre at lunch time, check out their Facebook page for the daily chef’s specials.

Vegemite scrolls

Vegemite and cheese scrolls at Coles Gary Lum
Vegemite and cheese scrolls at Coles

Lake Ginninderra

After the grocery shopping, I went for a walk around Lake Ginninderra and shot a few photographs.

Photographs from around the lake

Lake Ginninderra bike park Gary Lum
Lake Ginninderra bike park. Where is everyone on such a good looking day.
Lake Ginninderra Gary Lum
Lake Ginninderra
Cows on Lake Ginninderra attracted to visitors Gary Lum
Cows on Lake Ginninderra attracted to visitors
Spring is coming! Cherry blossom buds. Gary Lum
Spring is coming! Cherry blossom buds.
Belconnen Art Centre Gary Lum
Belconnen Art Centre

Lunch

On Twitter this week, a friend suggested I try a Hash Brown Big Mac combination. It was delicious.

Hash brown Big Mac combination

McDonald's Big Mac, Hash Brown and Vanilla shake Gary Lum
McDonald’s Big Mac, Hash Brown and Vanilla shake 

Saturday afternoon fun and games

I spent the afternoon enjoying Jasper and Myrtle Chocolates and watching Star Trek on Netflix.

My version of Netflix and chill

My weekend is sorted with Jasper and Myrtle Chocolate and Star Trek on Netflix. Gary Lum
My weekend is sorted with Jasper and Myrtle Chocolate and Star Trek on Netflix.

Dinner

Dinner tonight was a simple roast chicken with a cob of corn on some crispy noodles. I like cooking chicken this way by cutting out its vertebral column and flattening the chicken to make it cook more evenly.

Roast chicken with corn and crispy noodles

Cheesy roast chicken and corn on crispy noodles Gary Lum
Cheesy roast chicken and corn on crispy noodles

And so ends another quiet Saturday. I still feel blergh and I hope I stop coughing up lung butter soon.

I reckon I might have to buy one of those Kensington Pride Mangoes tomorrow. It may help me feel better.

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27 Replies to “Kensington Pride Mangoes in August! Seriously?”


    1. Thank you very much Sue, likewise, I love reading of your experiences and trips.


  1. I’m always startled by the blue sky in your sector. I think it must be bluer on that side of the equator…..

    Once again, delicious post. I’ve never thought about cutting the chicken to cook it. Sounds like a good idea (I generally just pop the whole thing in one of those plastic cooking bags and let it go!). I’ve been on a Kit Kat spree lately, but I don’t eat too many at a time, unless they are the Halloween sized ones! (Diabetes and all…)


    1. I would have thought near the north pole the sky would be crystal clear. I’m guessing the clarity relates to pollution levels too and the northern hemisphere would be more polluted in general because of the greater population. There is little mixing between hemisphere of atmosphere.
      The inside of my oven looks messy, but I like cooking meat without those bags. A good pair of kitchen shears is necessary though to cut through the raw chicken carcass.


    2. Ohhhhh, cutting up with shears. That would be an interesting thing to do.
      The sky can be blue up here, but it is a different color of blue. Yours is almost surreal looking at times!
      I used a bag for the pork things I cooked!!!!


    3. Ohhhhh, cutting up with shears. That would be an interesting thing to do.
      The sky can be blue up here, but it is a different color of blue. Yours is almost surreal looking at times!
      I used a bag for the pork things I cooked!!!!


    4. Once you get the feel for the shears and chicken you’ll be fine at harvesting vertebral columns 😃


    5. It may have been on this end. I just shut down the laptop and went to bed. Probably a good thing! It is 230 in the am at the moment and tomorrow mum starts her radiation, so I probably should toddle off soon!


    1. I do remember seeing $29/kilo bananas while we were there (granted, there was a typhoon that had destroyed most of the bananas that year, but it was still outrageous). We regularly pay 29 cents per pound for them here – I have to remember not to complain about fruit prices!


    2. After Tropical Cyclone Larry, banana prices did hit all time highs. There was also a blip after TC Yazi.
      These mangoes are being exploited because it’s so unusual to see them harvested in August.


    3. It was 2011, so it must have been TC Yazi – we ended up having to move our fishing trip around to deal with the aftermath of the storm, and it was still a couple months after when we visited.


  2. Sounds like a good Saturday, Gaz. I haven’t notice the mangoes on my trip to Woolies and Coles today and yesterday. But there are a lot of strawberries out and about. Plum sauce on Chinese food? I’m okay with it if I want my food to be slightly sweet 🙂

    Now, maybe you should make Maccas a Saturday lunch each week 😀 Get better soon, rest well.


    1. Thanks Mabel. I don’t need more temptation to eat Maccas each weekend 🤣😋😳
      I’m very tempted to buy a mango tomorrow 😋😋😋

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