Focussing on food blogging and enjoying a Bânh mì

Rôll’d opened in Westfield Belconnen

On Saturday, Rôll’d Vietnamese opened in Westfield Belconnen. There was a good crowd at lunchtime. I wanted to suspend my low carb life for a Bânh mì. I chose a pork belly sandwich with extra 🌶 and a bottle of water. The baguette was nice, the pork was tender and the spicy flavours were really nice. I know there are better custom-made Vietnamese sandwich bars in Canberra, but the convenience of Rôll’d will likely win me over I reckon.

Rôll'd Vietnamese Food Gary Lum food blogging

Rôll’d Bânh Mì wrapped food blogging

Rôll’d pork belly Bânh mì food blogging
Rôll’d pork belly Bânh mì

Sick relative update

My sick relative was discharged from hospital on Friday after five weeks as an inpatient. After a major surgical procedure, post-operative complications including an ileus and a metabolic acidosis with a pH of 7 followed by ICU and then rehabilitation, my relative is now home and feeling better but still very weak. Thanks, everyone who reached out and expressed concern.

Weight update

It’s been a week of little movement and hovering around the 80 kg mark, getting as low as 79 kg and as high as 80.7 kg. I’m not too concerned, although I still need to lose more kilograms. I’m feeling better and moving better so I’m pretty happy.

Dobinsons Bakery Westfield Belconnen

I’ve been enjoying the coffee here and I’m steadily getting through the coffee card. I wonder if I’ll be allowed to have a vanilla slice as my ‘free’ cake?

Dobinsons coffee card food blogging

Dobinsons breakfast wraps food blogging

Dobinsons pies food blogging

New hat and shirt

I bought a new shirt and received a free hat from Brainstorm Gear. I now have Star Trek pyjamas and socks as well as some shirts and a hat.

Me in my new Star Trek hat and shirt Gary Lum food blogging
Me in my new Star Trek hat and shirt 🖖

Food this week

Baked cheesy spam and poached eggs

Baked Spam and cheese with poached eggs splashed with Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces food blogging
Baked Spam and cheese with poached eggs splashed with Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces

Scrambled eggs splashed with Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces

Scrambled eggs splashed with Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces food blogging
Scrambled eggs splashed with Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces

 

Spice and nut crusted chicken breast with vegetables

Spicy nut crusted chicken breast and cheesy cream stir-fried salad food blogging
Spicy nut crusted chicken breast and cheesy cream stir-fried salad

Coffee and doughnuts at the Canberra Hospital and Health Services

coffee food blogging

doughnuts food blogging
I resisted the temptation

Scrambled eggs and baked spam

Scrambled eggs with spam and Worcestershire sauce food blogging
Scrambled eggs with spam and Worcestershire sauce

Chicken thigh and Coke Zero

To lose weight I’ve been eating chicken thighs for lunch

My view while preparing to eat my lunch food blogging
My view while preparing to eat my lunch

Lunch with a friend at the Hellenic Club

On Wednesday I had lunch with a friend. I even arranged car parking for him.

Hellenic Club car park food blogging

Chicken breast schnitzel with chips and gravy

Chicken schnitzel with chips with gravy food blogging
Chicken schnitzel with chips with gravy

Bacon and avocado salad

Bacon and avocado kale stir-fry with horseradish cream food blogging
Bacon and avocado kale stir-fry with horseradish cream

Gifts from workmates

I love when friends give me food. This is a macaron shell.

Macaron biscuit from a friend food blogging

Baked pork rashers and vegetables

Cooked in a Microwave pressure cooker and then baked with cream and cheese.

Pork rashers and creamy cheesy vegetables food blogging
Pork rashers and creamy cheesy vegetables

Smashed avocado with a tin of salmon and some celery

The avocado was smashed with sour cream, lime juice, chilli flakes, Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces.

Smashed avocado, tinned salmon and celery food blogging
Smashed avocado, tinned salmon and celery

Crispy skinned salmon

Crispy skinned salmon with cheesy cream cauliflower, pumpkin and food blogging Crispy skin salmon and beetroot salad food blogging

Whisky flavoured chicken and blue cheese casserole on Yummy Lummy

Click on the drawing and you’ll be taken to the recipe

Whisky flavoured casserole drawn by Gary Lum food blogging
Whisky flavoured casserole drawn by Gary Lum

First week back at work

Focussing on food blogging

During the week I was informed that my blogging and podcasting about health and medical matters could be perceived as a conflict of interest.

After getting to 💯 episodes I’ve removed the posts and media files from the Medical Fun Facts Podcast and will now focus on food blogging at Yummy Lummy.

My other website has also been enjoying a clean out. Given that site is a Squarespace site I’m thinking of using it as a portfolio site for some photography. I’m not sure yet. I still want to podcast, and I’m thinking it will be about cooking meals for one.

Name my podcast

Not many people know that the name Yummy Lummy was suggested to me by a work mate. If I start a podcast, I’m wondering what I should call it. My first thought was something like, “The Yummy Lummy cooking for one podcast”. What do you think? Can you suggest anything better?

My other thought is to somehow incorporate a low carb aspect to the name. It may need to incorporate “❌CHO” as a shortcut for low carbohydrate.

I would like to start a podcast as part of my food blogging at Yummy Lummy.

Food blogging thoughts

With a renewed focus on food blogging, please let me know what suggestions you may have. I’m keen to get any thoughts and ideas.

I’m thinking of putting together an e-book of low carb recipes and providing an audio version of it too.

Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

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17 Replies to “Focussing on food blogging and enjoying a Bânh mì”


  1. The macaroon was hollow? That seems unfair, an empty cookie!

    I’ve loved everything I’ve found from you, I am always learning something new. I enjoy seeing your world from your eyes. 😁 I am slo glad your relation is better. 💗


  2. Sorry to hear about the conflict of interest. It happens. But nice to hear that you are going to focus on podcasting for your food blog 🙂 To be very honest, I think you can make a just as good bânh mì at Roll’d, if not better 😀

    Lovely to see the Coles deli paper as a placement. I was buying some meat over there at Coles, and the server asked me if I wanted my chicken breast wrapped in paper, or will just a plastic bag do – waving the chicken and plastic in my face. Of course I want paper 😀


    1. Thanks, Mabel. For reasons that I can’t yet explain, WordPress in its wisdom (not mine) placed this comment of yours in Trash and not even Spam. It reinforces to me the value of every morning going through the dashboard and checking the Spam and Trash boxes.

      I need some quiet time to think about how to plan out a podcast. It’ll probably be a few months before anything goes live.

      I like taking what I have laying around as background for photos. The Coles delicatessen paper probably needs to be changed out for something else soon 😂


    2. I was wondering what happened to my comment when you didn’t respond last night 😂 Good to hear you check out the back end of things 👍

      Ah, quiet time podcast plotting. Good luck and come out swinging and take food blogging to the next level.

      The Coles paper has a very nice and light colour to it. Don’t know what can top it 😀


  3. Nice post and delicious looking food, Gary.
    I’m not into cooking with a microwave. Many years ago I saw in microscope, what it did to the food and decided not to use it again.
    Fish are usual healthy food and easy to cook in the oven. Turkey meat hasn’t much fat either. I use many different kind of spices, both strong and green ones. It helps me to create more variety in taste of not fat meat.


    1. Thanks Irene, when I have time I do like to bake my fish. It’s so nice that way, although for a whole fish I like it steamed with some soy sauce and ginger.


    2. Sometimes I pack the fish in aluminum foil and place a little real butter and spices before I close the foil. It gets very tasteful too. I have allergy to soy, so have to avoid much prepared sauces, but make some nice and healthy ones with natural yogurt and spices.


    3. Maybe your baking paper are better than those I can buy here, because I can’t use this for packing, as it might break in the process. I would like to avoid the aluminum foil too.

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