My Foodie Adventures

Making up healthy recipes as I go along...

Month: April 2016 (page 1 of 2)

How to Make Poached Eggs in the Microwave

This is going to be a super quick post. Quite frankly, because there isn’t an awful lot to say on the matter. It’s not a recipe in as much as it is a scientific method.

I love eggs in all of their wonderful forms but, until I found this method of cooking them, I only ate them poached when I ordered them when I was out.

Poached eggs are notoriously finicky, prone to ending up crap and (if I’m going to be honest) not really worth the effort. There’s also the fact that trying to pull an entire breakfast together around boiling water, stirring it, carefully cracking an egg in so it folds over on itself and cooking it just enough is an exercise in insanity.

That’s where this method of poaching eggs comes in! It’s bloody brilliant, literally uses only things you have in your house (so you don’t have to buy one of those crappy microwave egg poachers) and takes about 2 minutes! What more can you ask for? Me to come round and make them for you? Not likely, I’m too busy eating a plethora of poached eggs because now I can.

Like I said, short post. So let’s get to it!

Let’s poach eggs in the microwave…

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Cooking With Tunes: April 22nd

Welcome back to the Foodie Adventures Power Hour, or however long this list of songs lasts. Like half an hour? I don’t really know.

For the benefit of those just tuning in (seriously, why do I keep adopting these personas?) this is where I tell you the songs I sing and dance to while making my delicious, healthy meals that don’t even take the length of one playlist to make.

Just so you know, I’m trying not to put the same songs on these lists week after week but some songs just stick with you. I still own an Ipod with Avril Lavigne’s first album on. Wait, forget that. I’m trying to make you think I know about music… I meant… The Pixies first EP. That’s it, that’s the one…. (don’t pretend that Complicated didn’t make you feel things).

Before I embarrass myself further, let’s hit play and get this show on the road…

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How to Make Shakshuka

Are you tired of boring breakfasts?

Sick of staring at a bowl of oats or dry toast?

Christ, how sad is your life? No offence, but that’s easily solvable. Just put butter on your toast or buy better cereal. Wow, you’ve really brought the mood down, imaginary sad person.

Guess I’m going to have to cheer you up with this amazing Moroccan breakfast recipe called Shakshuka!

You’re welcome.

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Bluerapa, Thai Food In Edinburgh

Just round the corner from my ladyfriend’s flat is a small, unassuming shop face. Sometimes there’s a sign outside advertising that they’re open but, being in Scotland, more often than not it is blown face down on the floor.

On our way into town, we walked past the dark windows and the closest I came to bearing it any mind is that I sang “I love it when you call me Bluerapa” to the tune of Notorious B.I.G’s Big Poppa (and now you will too).

It wasn’t until we were looking for somewhere to eat that we found out that it was actually a restaurant. Not only that, it is a Thai restaurant. Noodle’s favourite food is Thai food and we had been looking for somewhere nearby that we could grab a meal from. So we decided to give it a go.

Holy mother of the lord, we are glad that we did.

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How to Make Nando’s Style Macho Peas

Despite the overwhelming presence on social media and the prevalence of articles extolling the virtues of this chain chicken restaurant, I am not a patron. Sorry Nando’s, this isn’t anything personal. There just isn’t one of your restaurants anywhere near me and I refuse to travel miles just for food.

I have been once or twice; in fact, the last time I went was with my older brother and two people have never failed so hard at ordering food since I accidentally ordered a group bread and olive platter on a first date, only to find out that she was gluten intolerant. I ate the whole thing myself because I will not waste good food.  God, I was so bloated I think I just spent the rest of the day laying down and taking really shallow breaths.

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Japanese Sticky Rice and Pickled Vegetables

One of my favourite foods has got to be sushi (and burgers, don’t ever underestimate how much I love burgers). It’s one of those meals that you can eat so much of it, yet you never feel guilty. It just tastes so clean and delicious.

My problem is that I live in an industrial town towards the North of England. The best I can do to satisfy my fish and rice craving is the little packets you get in the sandwich section of supermarkets. They hardly scream authenticity and they can be quite bland.

I had never really considered making my own until I started this blog. Watching videos on YouTube and reading articles about master sushi chefs made the whole thing seem quite daunting. It wasn’t until I started to experiment a bit more with my cooking that I realised that

a) Even those chefs had to start somewhere

b) I’m the one eating it, who actually cares if I’m not a grand master?

So I threw caution to the wind and decided to make myself some sushi. Then I realised I didn’t have any nori (the seaweed wrapping stuff) so I settled for a rice bowl with pickled vegetables.

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Rice Crispy Chicken and BBQ Beans

So, you’ve followed my instructions and now are in possession of some incredibly juicy chicken which is just ready to be utilised in an incredible, delicious recipe.

Where do you start? You could just grill it; but you’ve put so much effort in, that would be a waste.

I found myself in a similar conundrum when I brined my chicken last time. I just felt like I wanted more than my usual grilled chicken and rice fare. So I started thinking about how I could make a similar dish, just with more flair.

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How To Make The Juiciest Chicken Ever!

Every time you cook chicken, do you find it ends up being dry and tasteless?

After you’ve fried or grilled it, does have a consistency on par with a shoe?

Fear not! I am here to help… I have no idea why I’m talking like a carnival ringleader from the 1900s but I’m going with it.

So, ROUND UP! ROUND UP! Here is how to cook chicken that stays incredibly juicy, tender and delicious!

If you’re going to batter your chicken (as in with eggs and flour and stuff, not a bare-knuckle throwdown) then I insist that you follow my instructions and you will never buy fast food chicken again! Well… you will, because it’s not like you can fry/bake your chicken in your car on the motorway. But you won’t do it out of choice again, which is more reasonable!

So HEAR YEE! HEAR YEE… ok, this is getting tiresome. I’m going back to normal.

We are going brine your chicken into next week!

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Healthy Banana Flapjacks

As you may have noticed, I am starting to take breakfast seriously. Not in a “get my macros” kind of way, more of a “go big or go home” kind of way.

Breakfast is not only the most important meal of the day because it kick starts your metabolism and blah blah blah, it’s also a massive psychological boost to the start of the day. The right breakfast kicks you right up the arse and you honestly feel unstoppable.

Eating a good breakfast just makes the day seem a little bit brighter and hopeful. Even if it’s a Monday or whatever, you can do it because you’re full of delicious goodness.

Because it’s Friday, I decided that I wanted something a little bit spectacular for breakfast. I love a good burrito or a bowl of delicious, healthy oats; but, this morning I wanted something that makes the people at my work shake their head at the sheer ridiculousness of my breakfast (you know who you are…), the only caveat being that it had to be healthy.

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Cooking With Tunes: April 7th

After my post about the importance of music in the kitchen (if you didn’t see it, just click here) I thought I would let you all know what I’ve been grooving to while whipping up a storm.

  1. Midway – Bad Bad Hats: I’m pretty sure that I first heard this on my Discovery Playlist. It’s one of those songs that as soon as the vocals kick in you have to immediately find out who is singing. A slow, lingering verse with a thumping chorus is everything you need to get the party started.
  2. She Burns – Foy Vance: Imagine if early Bruce Springsteen and Van Morrison had a baby. Then the baby was left to fend for himself in Ireland with nothing but a guitar and a fantastic moustache. That, my friends, is Foy Vance. She Burns is a slow number about being incredibly attracted to someone, if you’re looking for a more upbeat tune, just hit Shuffle Play on his profile and one will turn up.
  3. An Evening I Will Not Forget – Dermot Kennedy: Just ridiculously good. Dermot Kennedy has one of those voices that sounds like it is always performing live. You can hear tiny imperfections which enhance the subject and delivery of the few songs of his currently available on Spotify. I am very much looking forward to hearing more of his music and, if I get the chance, seeing him live.
  4. Devil Like Me – Rainbow Kitten Surprise: Don’t let the name fool you… actually let it fool you. You know when you go into a film and expect it to be crap and it turns out to be amazing. In fact, your pessimism made you enjoy it more? That’s what I had with this band. A sort of acoustic/blues Miike Snow mixed with The Flaming Lips, I now think the name is amazing and the music is even better.
  5. Chocolate – Jesse Mann: A cover of The 1975’s song that somehow manages to completely change the tone of the entire song. Stripped of all instruments except one guitar and a fantastic voice, it goes from a jaunty tune about the folly of youth and becomes almost like a love song.
  6. XO – Eden Project: I think these guys changed their name to just “Eden” but you can still find this song under this name. Starting off with a very 90’s acoustic guitar riff over a very English sounding voice (think Bastille) it soon delves into more of an electronic sound which actually brings a lot to the song. It’s used sparingly to emphasise the lyrics instead of trying to sound like an EDM song (thank God!).
  7. Ready 2 Wear – Geographer: This band has not made enough music, as far as I’m concerned. They have 2 EPs and, quite frankly, I want more. Mike Deni’s voice is the stuff that dreams are made of and the way he describes emotions is free from hyperbole. It’s honest, simple and bloody gorgeous.
  8. Run Away With Me – Carly Rae Jepson: What? Don’t look at me like that! This is an amazing song. It’s upbeat, fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s not like I said “Call Me Maybe”. Although that song is pretty awesome too.
  9. Without You – Oh Wonder: Good Lord this band is amazing. I’m very excited about seeing them at Latitude Festival with the Noodle. I could have chosen any of the songs from their self-titled album, but this one just seems to crop up the most.
  10. Lou Lou – Albin Lee Meldau: Honestly, the only thing wrong with this song is that it’s too short. While it does accomplish everything it needs to in just over 2 minutes, when a song is this good it should last about 10 minutes. Albin Lee Meldau sounds like Hozier covering a Nina Simone song and it’s as good as that too. Speaking of Nina Simone
  11. Sinnerman – Nina Simone: If I have to explain who Nina Simone is or why I would listen to this song, we need a long conversation about life.

There are more, but  if I were to produce an exhaustive list I would be here all day and I wouldn’t have another blog post to offer further down the line.

If I get the chance/figure it out I will start including Spotify playlists with these posts. For now, find the songs and enjoy.

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