Today I learned that you can cook eggs into a satisfying little puck in the microwave in about a minute:
I cooked mine in a microwaveable coffee mug with cooking spray and salt as recommended in the article (piercing the yolk and white is pretty important, too), but just covered it with a paper towel instead of plastic wrap, then I sprinkled a little pepper on it.
It came out fully cooked after the 40 seconds on high and a 30 second rest, but I flipped it for another 10 seconds to firm up the yolk a little more. (My microwave is 1000 watt—the higher yours is, the less time you'll need and reverse for lower wattage.)
It's a cooked egg, but in a manageable puck form without any extra kitchen tools for shaping it in a pan! I'm definitely gonna be using this method for breakfast sandwiches and such in the future.
I believe this will also work if you scramble the egg in the container before cooking it, which could lead to some interesting results, but I haven't tested it.
meat, tobacco, alcohol
My partner is out of town so I'm on my own for food, which means I can make stuff for myself that I don't usually eat when I'm with her. I went to the supermarket to get some ingredients for beef stew, but found this beef roast kit instead with a powder for the sauce and decided that was better because I hate putting a lot of effort into my own food! I just plopped the whole thing into my pressure cooker, took a walk with the dogs, and 45 minutes later, it came out pretty nice, if a bit plain. It smelled good though.
I decided to make a night of it and grabbed one of the cheapo cigars I got from this deal I found online and a little bit of my 12 year Glenlivet scotch, sat outside in the nice night weather, and listened to My Brother, My Brother, and Me while I enjoyed.
Gotta say, this sort of spread is really not my thing. The only cigars I've had before the one tonight were ones I brought home from Cuba a couple years ago, and this one was not great by comparison (which is probably not a fair comparison, but still). Plus I didn't want to waste it so I smoked the whole thing over the course of a little more than an hour, even though I should have definitely stopped half an hour earlier than I did. The aftertaste and I guess a nicotine rush(?? I got lightheaded and slightly shaky and a teensy bit nauseous?) kinda soured the whole experience for me. I had to wash to get the smoke off my hands and out of my beard, but the aftertaste is still lingering in my mouth after a thorough brushing and swishing... I think if I stopped earlier I could have spared myself some of the negative experiences and enjoyed a more appropriate amount of tobacco. (I'm no expert, but maybe going from zero tobacco to a full cigar in a relatively short time is not a great idea.)
To make things worse, the scotch did not pair well with the food or the cigar like I thought it would, which is a bummer. But you can't win them all. Live and learn or whatever.
So yeah, I'm gonna be sticking to things I know I for sure like the rest of the time my partner is gone: Japanese curry with white rice, peanut butter and jelly, and Taco Bell. My digestive tract will be in shambles by the end, but I'll be a happy man!
As ugly as it got, it was still somewhat pretty and it tasted amazing!
"30-Minute Tempeh Stir-Fry" – Minimalist Baker https://minimalistbaker.com/simple-vegetable-tempeh-stir-fry/
I've made this recipe a half-dozen times, and it's always an utter joy. Based on the ingredients list, you might think it's bland health food (kale? quinoa? tempeh?), but put it all together and it's a miracle of flavor. My only twist is to cook the quinoa with a bit of vegetable broth (1c uncooked quinoa, 1c veg broth, ~1.25c water in a brown rice cooker usually does the trick).
Well, I didn't take a picture of it because I was hungry, but I was able to use some HelloFresh recipes I got for free in January to make pistachio rice with some paneer tikka masala! I didn't have some of the things in the original recipes because they were special things like "shawarma spice" and "cream sauce" so I used some of my own spices and figured out that the cream sauce was just a béchamel sauce! I remembered that Binging with Babish had a "Basics" episode on different styles of macaroni and cheese that included a béchamel sauce recipe as a base for one of the cheese sauces, so I used that to make the béchamel, and it turned out good!
Anyway, I was worried because at first the masala sauce and the spices in the pistachio rice didn't taste good, but I just needed to add more spices to the masala and some salt and chicken broth to the pistachio rice! After that, it was delicious. 😄
I'm sorry that I'm too lazy to write the whole recipe and process right now, but I wanted to write about it at least a little because I was happy with how it turned out.
What do we do when we're hungry late at night? Random stuff stir-fry!
I had some leftover rice fried in some coconut oil and sesame oil, an egg I accidentally cracked last week, some of the bell peppers I grew that I still haven't eaten, a green onion I got from HelloFresh last month, some full-sodium teriyaki sauce we don't use anymore, and some red chili paste! No precise amounts allowed!!!
Plus bonus pickled plums from a friend that have been in my fridge for too long!
Is there any actual tangible difference between grated cotija and Parmesan cheeses?
I think you should be free to spread the word if there are others you think would want to know, right @guysoft? 😊
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