Birthday treats from work mates

Gumnut patisserie Birthday Vanilla Slice from Kaitlyn for my 52nd birthday Gary Lum

Birthday treats especially at work don’t have Calories! I wish this were true, but who cares. It happens once a year and when you have friends like the ones I have it’s amazing.

It started early when a dear friend brought me my favourite vanilla slice from the Gumnut Patisserie from Bowral. There’s just something amazing in the pastry the way they have a caramel flavour to the flaky pastry.

Gumnut patisserie Birthday Vanilla Slice from Kaitlyn for my 52nd birthday Gary Lum
Birthday Vanilla Slice

Just before lunch (I didn’t eat lunch) another dear friend visited me and gave me a Queensland nut caramel tart from Urban Bean Espresso Bar. I love Queensland nuts (Genus Macadamia), especially on a delicious caramel tart. The best thing is the boys from Urban Bean are all NSW loving cockroach supporters and the friend who gave this to me is a Queenslander!

Urban Bean Espresso Bar Queensland nut birthday cake from Jacinta to me Gary Lum
Queensland nut birthday cake

I attended an executive meeting in the afternoon and a couple of my work mates bought me a cake to share with other members of the meeting. It was a delicious cake with yummy cream. It had a couple of layers separated by cream and jam.

Michele's Patisserie Birthday cake from work friends. I have such great work friends from Sarah and Rosemary for me Gary Lum
Birthday cake from work friends. I have such great work friends.

So I was on a sugar high all day. I wonder what my blood sugar level is.

For dinner, I needed something savoury so I put a piece of baked salmon in a puff pastry parcel along with some Coon cheese. I served it with a Hass avocado (thankfully Hass has replaced Shepard in the supermarkets) mixed with sour cream and chilli flakes.

Birthday baked cheesy salmon parcel with creamy avocado made by me, Gary Lum
Birthday baked cheesy salmon parcel with creamy avocado

In the last few weeks, I’ve alluded to the amazing generosity of my work mates here, here and here.

I love my jobs and I love the people I work with.

I hope your birthdays are as good as mine!

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Salmon with avocado and beetroot coleslaw

Crispy skin pan-fried salmon with Hass avocado and beetroot coleslaw dressed with aioli #dinner #mealforone #yummylummy #foodporn #yummy #delicious #instafood #nikon #lightroom #canberra #cbr #australia Garnished with lots of lime zest because I love lime Aioli, Avocado, Beetroot, Beetroot coleslaw, Lime zest, Salmon Gary Lum

Salmon with avocado and beetroot coleslaw

 
 
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It’s Monday night so that means salmon. I’ve been mixing it up lately. For a long time, I’ve been baking my salmon in my bench top oven. It’s simple and only takes 12 minutes with minimal mess.

However, I do enjoy crispy skin pan-fried salmon though and now that I have a portable induction hob, getting a really hot pan is simple. I also coat the salmon in flour and this minimises oil splatter because it dries the surface of the salmon.

Crispy skin pan-fried salmon with Hass avocado and beetroot coleslaw dressed with aioli #dinner #mealforone #yummylummy #foodporn #yummy #delicious #instafood #nikon #lightroom #canberra #cbr #australia Garnished with lots of lime zest because I love lime Aioli, Avocado, Beetroot, Beetroot coleslaw, Lime zest, Salmon Gary Lum Garnished with lots of lime zest because I love lime
Crispy skin pan-fried salmon with Hass avocado and beetroot coleslaw dressed with aioli Garnished with lots of lime zest because I love lime

I didn’t eat dessert last night because I was feeling full after my leftover pork and beef meatloaf with extra bacon. Even my dessert stomach (also known as the œsophagus) didn’t feel like it could cope.

Vanilla ice cream with mint flake #dessert #mealforone #yummylummy #foodporn #yummy #delicious #instafood #nikon #lightroom #canberra #cbr #australia Did you know your œsophagus is your dessert stomach? Gary Lum
Vanilla ice cream with mint flake
#dessert #mealforone #yummylummy #foodporn #yummy #delicious #instafood #nikon #lightroom #canberra #cbr #australia
Did you know your œsophagus is your dessert stomach?