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Tuna Hash… Minus the Tuna

2 Oct

You guys, today was a struggle. I was all excited to cook this tuna hash, because it sounded sooo good, it was easy, and I’m a huge fan of everything in it so what could go wrong, right?

Well, I could be physically incapable of opening the can of tuna. That could happen. Fun fact, that did happen. To be fair, can openers are funky little objects and the one in my apartment belongs to the other girl I live with and I could not for the life of me figure out how to use it. I clamped every part of it I could think of to the can, turned the wheel, but nothing. Alas, this was tuna-less tuna hash.

EVEN SO, this was delicious and a great vegetarian meal if you supplement it with an extra source of protein.

Ingredients:

2 medium sized potatoes

185g can of tuna (If you can open it, that is)

Bit of butter

1/2 340 g can of sweet corn (I just guesstimated 1/4 of my 432 g can but really it doesn’t matter)

Glug of oil

Instructions:

1. Cut your potato into little cubes and throw in a pot with some water.

2. Boil potatoes until they’re tender, can take around 10 minutes or maybe more, depending on how high heat you use.

3. Drain the liquid from the pan and stir in your butter with the potatoes.

4. Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium and throw in your potatoes, sweet corn, and tuna. Stir gently.

5. Allow the potatoes to brown and stop stirring before tuna goes mushy.

6. Serve and enjoy- tuna or no tuna 🙂

This is a really really easy meal that makes a can of tuna go a long way… if you get to the tuna at all!

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Meanwhile in Ireland…

18 Jun

The internet is a weird and wonderful place, and most people online have just way too much time on their hands, or are busy not working. Sometimes, this results in unproductivity. Others, it results in this:

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This might just be the most accurate representation of Irish cuisine, ever. Thank you random stranger, for making my day.

Crumbled Spanish Omelette

12 Feb

Internet, I have some very exciting news. I am going on holidays to Spain soon! I have a month off classes for Easter in Spring, so a friend and myself have planned a magnificent trip to Spain. I am extremely excited, and I will most likely not stop thinking about this until April. Yesterday I got busy looking up Spanish food and tapas dishes. If I can’t be in Spain yet, I might as well eat like I am.

So I decided to try a Spanish omelette- apparently a Spanish staple. As for the crumbled part… it was not intentionally crumbled. That part came when I tried to slide the omelette back onto the pan and it fell apart. But it was tasty nonetheless!

I thought it was going to be much harder to make, and taste more bland, but it was actually quite simple, and full of flavor. A must have!

Ingredients: Warning, these portions are a lot, this could easily halved and be enough for 1 person. Then again, I finished it all…so if you’re really hungry…

3 eggs

Dash of Salt

Glug of oil

3 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced

1 onion, peeled and finely chopped

Instructions:

1. Crack the eggs in a bowl and mix them together with the salt.

2. Turn the stove on to medium/high and heat the oil

3. Add the potatoes and fry for a few minutes

4. Add the onions to the potatoes and mash together

Pro tip 1: My potato slices may have been too thick, or the potatoes not soft enough, but I struggle to mash them. I ended up just mixing together the potatoes and onions and leaving it at that. Not sure how I would’ve mashed up the potatoes, any advice? Either way, it tasted just fine without them being mashed.

5. As the edges of the potato begin to brown, add the eggs on top. Try and make sure the egg is covering the potato/onion mix.

6. Fry this on a low heat, gently prodding at the edges to keep it loose.

7. As the egg starts to set, place a plate over the pan, and gently flip it so the mixture is on the plate. Carefully slide it back into the pan.

Pro tip 2: Put the plate edge right down touching the pan, if you leave it up at all it will collapse. Also go very slowly- too fast and it will fold over on itself.

8. Let the underside cook for a minute or so, and remove from the heat. Allow it to cool and serve!

As you can see, the outcome isn’t the most beautiful, and chances are what I made is nothing like an actual Spanish omelette, but whatever the hell I did make was damn good, so I’m ok with that.

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….yeah, not exactly what it’s supposed to look like.

Pre-Stamina Day Carbo-Loading

5 Feb

Today, I may well go through hell on earth. As I’ve mentioned- I have 90 minutes of dance, break, then 2 and half hours more of dance. Add in the fact that I have a 3 mile walk in between and no ride next week, and that sounds bad enough. But oh, it gets worse. Several of us are competing in a little over a month, so our teacher has decided to work on our stamina until then. Our other teacher (the stricter and “I don’t care if you’re so exhausted that you’re about to pass out keep doing it perfectly” teacher) is coming back and our current teacher has warned us that tuesday will be a stamina day. If my powers of prediction are correct, I’m gonna go ahead and guess that every class in february will be stamina day. Shoot me.

The point of saying all of this is to a) warn you this may be my last post as I anticipate not being alive tomorrow and b) the more pertinent option, explain to you why I carbo loaded this weekend

In order to get through stamina day, I’m going to need all the energy I can get. To read more about how your body reaps energy from carbohydrates, click here! (I LOVE biochemistry and I had way too much on the subject to put it in this post). But my point is, carbohydrates (and lots of them) are not only great but necessary before a show or competition, or even a long rehearsal.

I was going to write out an eating game centered around a TV show (read: Doctor Who) – a manifestation of a drinking game but the goal being carbo-loading instead of getting wasted. Not as fun, but a more productive use of the hours I’m spending watching Doctor Who. The only problem is I got to the end of season 2 (of the newer series that began in 2005), where SPOILER ALERT Rose and the Doctor say goodbye and confess their love (or almost) and whatnot and I literally started bawling. I can’t even. I love Rose Tyler more than words can describe. I thought losing Christopher Eccleston was bad, but losing Billie Piper, and tearing apart Rose and the Doctor- man that broke me. I am actually so glad my flatmate went out tonight because she’d think I’m mental. All hysterical over a TV program. Either way, any plans of doing anything productive while watching that show have been derailed as I try and come to terms with the end of the era of Rose. Plus, right now the game would look something like “Eat a sandwich every time you cry”… and I would run out of bread.

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For the full heart breaking effect, click on it!

So- new plan! I’m going to present some of the best foods to eat while carbo-loading. But be warned- consumption of all of these in a short amount of time (what I’m doing) should only be done in the face of serious energy expenditure. Not your average workout. Just remember, if you’re eating it, you have to do enough exercise to work it off. (And likewise, you need to eat enough to fuel your work out, so plan accordingly).

1. Rice! Rice is great. It should be a staple in EVERYONE’S diet. I mean honestly what’s not to like. It has 45 g of carbohydrates per serving- 0 of which are from sugar, 205 calories- 4 of which are from fat, 0 g of fat- saturated and trans. Best part- it’s composition is 90% carbohydrate. Take a look at this make up:

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I mean it just doesn’t get better than that. All of the data I gave above was for 1 serving, but if you know me and my inability  to determine serving size, I ended up eating about 3-4 servings of rice over the weekend. Still not as much rice as I ate when I went to China for 3 weeks in the summer- literally it was all I ate when we went out to eat. Me being the fussy eater I am barely ate anything of the main meals (I’m sorry but I REFUSE to eat crunchy chicken, when by crunchy they mean talons and heads), so my god, when that rice dish came out at the end, I enjoyed it.

2. Pasta. Pasta has the ability to get quite fatty quite quickly if you’re generous with the butter or sauce, but if you are a person with refined tastes such as myself (and by refined I mine childish), then pasta is perfect just plain (hello alliteration!) When served plain, 1 serving provides almost 200 calories, and 39 g of carbohydrates, none of which come from sugars. The make up is pretty much the same as rice with a tad bit more fat and a tad less protein. Either way- GOOD STUFF. I’d be lying if lunch and dinner on two separate days this weekend weren’t simply big bowls of plain pasta.

3. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies. I’m a cereal gal. I could eat all day, every day. Every meal, every snack, give me cereal I’d be happy. With milk, without milk. Don’t care. I will ALWAYS welcome cereal.  Back when I was in a dorm and had a meal plan, if I didn’t feel like walking (all of 3 minutes) to the dining hall, it would be cereal for dinner. And if I didn’t have milk, it was generally cereal out of the box for dinner, because going to get milk was almost as much hassle as getting “real” food from the dining hall. ( Yeah, I know, I’m a lazy bum, I got that) Anyways I think you get my point. I never really considered it particularly nutritious, but believe it or not, rice krispies are full of carbohydrates. They boast a 91:2:7 carb:protein:fat percentage ratio, with each serving providing 128 calories, 28g of carbohydrates (3g from sugar), and almost 300mg of sodium. I specify sodium, because I don’t get close to enough sodium in my diet. I’m not a huge meat eater a lot of the time, and I only really use salt with fries (which I avoid), so I don’t come close to the recommended 2500 mg a day. I’d barely get that in a week!

4. Potatoes. Oh man, talk about superfoods. Potatoes are fantastic! Just fantastic. If you’ve noticed, they’re in most of my recipes for a reason. They’re a staple of my diet (and now it’s not hard to figure out where I’m from, I bet), and for good reason. They 93% carbohydrates with very low fat content. 1 serving provides about 260 calories, 60 g of carbohydrate, and a whopping 72 mg of sodium. Warning: this is quite a high sodium content, which can be dangerous who are getting sufficient amounts of sodium elsewhere in their diet. If you have significant sources of sodium elsewhere, just beware that potatoes are a big source. If you’re like me and not getting enough sodium, potatoes are just fantastic.

5. Grapes! These fruits are made up of almost entirely carbohydrates. Now- the downside to them is  that most of their carbohydrates come from sugar (they’re simple carbs) but they are a great source of vitamin C, and if you’re not eating any other sweets regularly, then you don’t really have anything to worry about.

Ok those are my top 5. I’m not a particularly sophisticated eater so these are kind of the basics, and the most you’ll see in my apartment. I don’t have a wide variety, but I eat a hell of a lot of what I have 🙂

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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