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I got a tumblr.

30 Jun

So guys and gals, I gave in. I’ve held out for a long time because heaven knows I already have enough places on the internet to procrastinate, but today, I made a tumblr. It kind of started out as my outlet to post all the funny (read: stupid) pictures I find that I’d feel bad about spamming you all with. 

That being said, you’re not getting away that easily.

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It’s actually marginally relevant too. I cooked asparagus the other day and it’s AMAZING. I don’t think I’ve ever had it before, but it’s not one of those foods I refused to eat out of principle of having decided to not like it. Anyways, it was absurdly easy to cook and a healthy (more importantly, yummy) addition to any meal. You can cook it any number of ways but the easiest is just boil it for 3-5 mins and then sprinkle seasoning on if you wanted… but it’s so not necessary.

Anyways. If you fancy seeing more stupidly funny pictures relating to food and anything else I come up with, go check out my tumblr at http://katedoestheworld.tumblr.com/ (the gifs actually work on tumblr!)  (Why am I so wordpress-tech challenged?) (Help!)

 

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Pizza Pasta

28 Feb

So first off, apologies for the lack of posts recently. I’ve been out of town and spending exorbitant amounts of money on food. Second off, one of my followers has pointed out that I never post about anything green. This is very true, but I have a plan. Tomorrow is March 1st and I’m a very, very, very big fan of St. Patrick’s Day (I’m an Irish dancer, it’s a little non-negotiable), so in honor of this wonderful holiday, I am going to attempt to make as much green food during March as I can. Delicious recipes with green twists. If you have any recommendations, please let me know! I’d love to get some suggestions as I’ll have to get pretty creative.

Ok. Pizza pasta. This is probably not what you think it is. Unless you think it’s pasta with tomato sauce and cheese cooked on top- in which case it’s exactly what you think it is. It’s really very easy to make and prepare and it’s all the deliciousness of pizza but with the goodness of pasta. You can’t lose. My friend made this for me tonight and we wolfed a big bowl down so quickly you’d have thought we’d been starved for days.

Ingredients:

Pasta

Cheese

Tomato Sauce

1 onion

* I left off the quantities because we didn’t really measure anything out, I’ll explain in the instructions how to measure out what you’ll need but it’s kinda up to you

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.

2. Boil however much pasta you want and let simmer on low heat until your onion and cheese is prepared

3. While the pasta is boiling chop up the onion into little slices and and grate the cheese.

Pro tip 1: The amount of cheese always looks like WAY too much, but it’s almost never enough, so be generous. We grated a heaped plate of cheese and it just about enough for one dish of this (served 3 people generously).

4. Drain the pasta once everything is ready and pour into your oven-proof dish.

5. Sprinkle in the onions and mix up with the pasta.

6. Pour your sauce on top of the pasta, using just enough to pretty much cover the pasta

7. Add your cheese across the top, covering well.

8. Pop in the oven for 5 minutes or just long enough for the cheese to melt.

And that’s it. Take it out, serve it while it’s hot because it cools quickly. We sprinkled garlic powder over it for added heaven.

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Gourmet Breakfast Grilled Cheese Style

24 Feb

Yes, another grilled cheese post. It’s about as creative as I get without a recipe. No, I didn’t eat it for my breakfast, it was more of lunch. And dinner, as a matter of fact, because at 11:50 pm I’m just realizing I haven’t had dinner yet. As I said, bad eating habits.

Anywho. This is the mother of all grilled cheese sandwiches in my opinion. It has everything I could possibly want in the world. Bread, butter, cheese, bacon, and eggs.

Ingredients:

2 slices of bread

Butter

1 slice of cheese

1 strip of bacon*

1 egg

* I used Irish bacon, also known rashers, which is a thicker and wider style bacon. If you’re using American bacon you might want to use 2 strips.

Instructions:

1. Butter 2 slices of bread on one side generously

2. Put one slice of bread butter side down in a pan and let it fry on medium heat

3. In another pan, put your bacon on medium-high heat and cook to desired crispness

4. Crack an egg and fry in a separate pan (or the bacon pan when the bacon is done), cook to desired egginess (over easy, over medium, over well etc.)

5. Place cheese on the slice of bread and allow to melt

6. Add your bacon and egg

7. Put on your other slice of bread, allow them to melt together a little and flip to cook the other side.

… Basically cook a grilled cheese but put bacon and eggs in the middle. Probably not the best if you’re counting calories and trying to avoid fried food, but it’s really delicious, so who cares?

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Another thing I’ve learned: I cannot cook eggs. Doesn’t matter what kind, it’s never pretty. Exhibit a.
 

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Ham and Cheese Quesadilla

18 Feb

This is one of my favorite meals. I know I say that a lot, but this one is up there because you can make two in one pan. I eat. A lot. So I’m all about efficiency.. and less dish washing.

It’s also absurdly easy. I mean this is going to be the shortest post ever because there’s not much I can say it’s that easy.

Ingredients:

1 Flour Tortilla

1 slice of cheese/handful of grated cheese

1 glug of oil

Whatever else you want (I used a few slices of deli ham broken into pieces)

– you can put ANYTHING into a quesadilla; most people put in morsels of chicken but if you have stuff you need to use up in your fridge, go for it, go crazy!

Instructions:

1. Put the stove on medium-high heat and pour your oil in the pan

2. If you’re making 1 tortilla… just put the 1 in the pan. If you’re making two (which I strongly recommend) place them both in the pan with each tortilla having a half resting up against the other in the middle of the pan.

3. Add your cheese and whatever you want in the quesadilla.

4. Once the cheese starts melting, fold down the halves of the tortilla that were up.

5. Flip the quesadillas with a spatula once the underside is brown.

6. Cook until both sides are brown (shouldn’t take long at all).

…And that’s it. I really don’t know what else to say, other than don’t burn it. Now I’m going to make 2 more. And by 2 I mean 6.

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Not Your Average Grilled Cheese Sandwich

13 Feb

So, last night after my day of pancake binge eating and emptying the cupboards of sweet things (I miss you already nutella), I decided on a more savory dinner. Ok confession time, up until about 2 years ago (when I started college), I’d never had grilled cheese. Never ever. It just wasn’t a thing where I grew up. Because of that, the only grilled cheese I’d ever had was dining hall grilled cheese, which was greasy, fatty, and mediocre at best (and yet I ate it all the time…) I decided last night, it was time to branch out and make my own. I mean, how hard could it be? Not hard at all, is the answer. So, I had one grilled cheese sandwhich. As I was going back to the fridge for more cheese, I saw my jar of jam and thought, gee, I’d really like a jam sandwich, but golly that grilled cheese was so good I’m craving another (yes, those exact words). Easy solution: jam grilled cheese!! This sounds disgusting, I promise you, it’s not. The jam gets nice and hot and it all just melts in your mouth and it adds an incredible burst of flavor that I have no words to describe.

Ingredients:

2 slices of bread

Butter

1 slice of cheese

Jam

Instructions:

1. Put the stove onto medium-low heat and let it warm up

Pro tip 1: I put the stove on quite low heat because I don’t quite understand the settings and any higher than medium burns everything almost immediately. It takes a little longer, but it also means you can just pop it on the stove and go do other things around the kitchen, checking back every once in a while. Something that doesn’t require constant attention is my kind of meal.

2. Butter 1 side of each slice of bread

3. Place 1 slice butter-side down in the pan. Let that sit for a few minutes.

4. Cover the upwards-facing side of the bread on the pan with jam, and place the cheese on top.

Pro tip 2: So in hindsight, spreading jam on the bread while it’s already in the hot pan was not the greatest idea, so I don’t see any reason why you can’t put jam on the other side of bread before you put it in the pan. It’s just a little hard to hold.

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5. Allow that to sit, as you want the cheese to start to melt.

6. Once the cheese is softening up, place the other slice of bread butter side up to finish of your sandwich.

7. Once the under side is a nice golden brown, flip the sandwich and let the other side brown.

8. Serve and revel in it’s glory ( I mean it, this is fantastic and I will be making about 5 more of them tonight.)

Please comment if you have your own creative ways of doing a grilled cheese!! I’d love to hear them 🙂

 

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Le Pain Perdu

11 Feb

For those of you who don’t speak French, “pain perdu” literally means “lost bread”. I love this because it’s the French term for French toast, and as you might now, French toast is best made with stale bread. Americans could never market it if they called it “Stale Toast”, so instead they call it “French Toast” to make it sound more mysterious and culinarily exquisite (as most French things are). And yet, the French get away with “Lost Bread”. It actually has some mystical intrigue to it… or maybe that’s just me. Either way, I love France, I love French Toast, I have a loaf of bread that needs to be thrown away soon, so I got adventurous and made French Toast for breakfast this morning! It’s an especially nice treat, since it’s absolutely miserable outside. Definitely a no-way-in-hell-I’m-going-to-class-today kind of day. Alors, let the cooking commence!

Ingredients:

Bread (at least 2 slices)

1 egg per 2 slices of bread

2 tablespoons of milk per egg

1 glug of oil

Optional:

1 tsp of vanilla extract

Cinnamon

1 tsp of honey

Sprinkling of Sugar

* Ok. Most regular french toast recipes have bread, milk, eggs, and then vanilla extract and cinnamon, that’s pretty standard. Well I don’t have cinnamon, and I can’t open my vanilla extract bottle, so I decided to improvise. The first two slices I made were just bread, eggs and milk. They were really good, but a little bland. Now, I don’t mind that at all, but they could’ve done with a bit of flavor or something sweet. So the next batch I made, I made the regular mixture again, but with the first slice I sprinkled sugar onto the slice on the pan before I flipped it. Then I added about two squeezes of honey (maybe 1 tsp?) into the mixture for the second slice. The added sugar was delicious. It didn’t make it overly sweet, but it added just enough flavor/sweetness to hit a perfect balance. The honey didn’t seem to make a difference- so I probably didn’t add enough. I will have to try next time adding more. I’m guessing it will just add a nice sweetness like the sugar. I would actually never normally use honey..in anything. But the other day in my haste to get supplies for pancake day, I bought a bottle of honey instead of syrup, so I am exploring ways to use it up!

Instructions:

1. Turn on your stove to high heat and let it warm up.

2. Add a glug of oil to pan and set on stove.

3. In a separate bowl, mix eggs, milk, and any other flavor/sweetener you so desire.

4. Coat both sides of a slice of bread in the mixture and place in pan.

Pro tip 1: There has to be some kind of a knack to do this. Maybe use a big enough bowl to lay your bread down flat. I dipped in one edge and pulled it down over the mixture, prodding the bread to make sure it got some on it. Of course I missed patches here, there, and everywhere, but in the end it turned out fine. If you’re not worried about getting your hands (and probably counter and floor) messy, then any way will work!

5. Repeat with the other slice(s) of bread.

6. Eat. Equally you could add powdered sugar, syrup and yummy stuff like that before you eat too. But either way, get to the eating part.

Delicious. I’m glad I did this when I only had 4 slices left in the loaf, because I could actually eat this all day. Maybe it’s time to hit the market and do my groceries… I see lots more bread in my future 😉

Internet- do you have a particular way you make french toast? What’s your special ingredient to give it the flavor you love? What else can I use honey in?!!

Bon appetit!

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Bangers and Beans Hot Pot

30 Jan

This recipe is so straight forward and easy- it’s the quintessential “tastes amazing but takes no work” meal. Seriously. I was sitting watching Doctor Who and gabbing with my flat mate for 90% of the time I was cooking this meal. It’s that easy.

Ingredients:

I small can of baked beans

2-3 potatoes

3-4 pork sausages

1 glug of oil

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 190 degreed C

2. Wash, peel, and quarter the potatoes. Pop them in a saucepan, and let them sit at boiling for around 8 minutes. Take them out before they get too soft.

3. Pour oil in the frying pan and throw in your sausages cut into portions about an inch in length. Cook them until browned.

4. Put the sausages into an oven-safe bowl and pour the beans on top

5. Once the potatoes are taken off the heat, drain out the water and put them on the frying pan with a dash more oil for a few minutes.

6. Add the potatoes tothe sausages and beans.

7. Cook for ~25 minutes. Take out when cooked and enjoy!

Um yeah, it’s really that easy. 4 ingredients. Straightforward stuff. Great source of protein and carbs with minimal fat! Dig in!

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And now for something completely different (props if you got that reference):

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Because Christopher Eccleston makes me happy.

^ Ok that was supposed to move on the page.. it’s not working for me and I’m not particularly formatting-savvy, so if it’s not moving like a proper gif, go ahead and click on it for the full effect. I promise it’s worth it  😉

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