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A Teeny Tiny Fire

14 Feb

Bright ‘n early this morning I was on the water enjoying my dragon boat practice. It was cold, but I loved it, weird I know lol šŸ˜›

Then, I came home and proceeded to get ready for work. Part of my getting ready process was making lunch – to eat before going to work, not to take with me.

I wanted something substantial, and well really, I wanted something with eggs lol but I’d had two hard boiled eggs prior to practice and that is one egg more than my daily egg allowance sooooooo no egg dishes for moi. Instead I popped a Ricotta and Spinach stuffed chicken breast from M&M Meat Shops in to the oven and boiled some whole wheat pasta. I don’t know why I made pasta as the side dish instead of veggies, shrug, I just seemed to want pasta. Probably cause I had bought a jar of alfredo & garlic sauce and really wanted to try it lol.

Anyways! It was time to drain the pasta so I did what I’ve done countless times, I took a towel wrapped it around one side of the pot and used it to protect my hands from the handles since they had gotten hot. I have used a towel every time I’ve needed to pick up a pot with hot handles for years and never had a problem. Well, this time I had a minor incident…

See, the towel slipped and touched the burner, big deal right? Wrong! The towel touched the burner and all of a sudden…fire! Actual fire! Not just singed, there were flames, flames! So there I am, holding a towel around a pot full of cooked pasta and the towel is on fire, not exactly a situation I expected to be in lol I didn’t want to lose the cooked pasta so I ever so gently put the pot down (on a different burner) then put the on fire towel in to the sink and soaked it with water. Yay for water solving the problem of my towel being on fire! Boo for ruining my towel.

I’m kinda bummed, I really like that towel, it is part of a set that my sister bought me two Christmases ago. Now it looks like this…

My scorched towel.

My scorched towel.

You’d think the damage would look worse considering there were flames involved. Even though the damage doesn’t look that bad the towel is ruined, sigh. Is it weird I am more upset about the towel being ruined than causing a fire in my kitchen? I think this just proves my point that some people aren’t meant to be in the kitchen and I obviously should be wealthy so I can have a cook, it’d be safer for everybody! šŸ˜‰

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Some Recipes To Try

14 Feb

I was reading a food article the other day and found three recipes I want to try, I probably never will lol I have an unfortunate habit of collecting recipes and never using them, but in case any of you also like to collect recipes, or actually ya know, try out recipes, I thought I’d share them. šŸ™‚

They all require a slow cooker, consider yourself warned! lol

 

(1) Eggs In Purgatory

Eggs-in-purgatory

Serves 6

1 tbsp olive oilĀ 
1Ā largeĀ onion, diced (about 2 cups)
1Ā jalapeƱo pepper, seeded and finely diced
2Ā garlic cloves, minced
2 tspĀ smoked paprika
1 tspĀ cumin
1/2 tspĀ salt
796-ml canĀ diced tomatoes
1 tbspĀ tomato paste
6Ā eggs
2 tbspĀ chopped parsley
6Ā thick slices bread, toasted (optional)
Instructions:
  • Ā Heat a medium frying pan over medium. Add oil, then onion. Cook until onion starts to soften, about 3 min. Stir in jalapeno, garlic, paprika, cumin and salt. Cook 1 more min. Transfer to slow cooker insert along with tomatoes and tomato paste. Cover and cook for 8 hours on low.
  • Make 6 wells in tomato mixture with the back of a spoon. Crack 1 egg into each well. Cover and increase heat to high. Continue cooking until eggs are done as you like, 15 to 25 more min. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve over toasted bread.
Nutritional Information:
Calories 145
Protein 8 g
Carbohydrates 12 g
Fat 8 g
Fibre 3 g
Sodium 432 mg
Excellent source of Vitamin B12
(2) Cheese and Mushroom Strata
Cheese-and-mushroom-strata
Serves 6
Ingredients:
1 tbspĀ olive oil
227-g pkgĀ sliced cremini mushrooms
5 thick slicesĀ day-old Italian or sandwich bread, cut into 1-in. pieces (about 5 cups)
2 cupsĀ grated gruyere or Jarlsberg cheese
8Ā eggs
2 1/2 cupsĀ milk
2 tbspĀ finely chopped thyme
1 tbspĀ Dijon
1/4 tspĀ salt
Instructions:
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium- high. Add oil, then mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms are soft and liquid has evaporated, 5 to 6 min.
  • Line bottom and sides of slow cooker insert with 1 large piece of foil. Lightly spray with oil. Cover bottom of insertĀ with one third of bread. Evenly scatter half of mushrooms over bread. Sprinkle with one third of cheese. Repeat with half of remaining bread, remaining mushrooms and half of remaining cheese. Top with remaining bread.
  • Beat eggs with milk, thyme, Dijon and salt in a large bowl. Pour over bread. Season with fresh pepper. Gently press down bread to soak up more egg mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover and cook 8 hours on low.
  • Open lid and let stand for 15 min. Use oven mitts to lift the foil holding strata out of the slow cooker. Transfer to a serving dish. Serve with Simple Salad.

Nutritional Information:

Calories 191
Protein 14 g
Carbohydrates 20 g
Fat 5 g
Fibre 1 g
Sodium 638 mg
Good source of Zinc
(3) Gingery Chicken Congee
Gingery-chicken-congee
Serves 6
Ingredients:
4 cupsĀ water
900-ml containerĀ chicken broth
3/4 cupĀ jasmine rice, rinsed
6Ā skinless, boneless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into 1-in. pieces
2 tbspĀ minced ginger, plus more for garnish
1 tbspĀ dark sesame oil
2Ā green onions, thinly sliced
tamari or soy sauce, optional
crispy shallots, optional
Instructions:
  • Combine water with broth, rice, chicken and ginger in slow cooker insert. Cover and cook 8 hours on low.
  • Scoop out and discard any brown foam around edges of congee, then stir in sesame oil and green onions. Season with fresh pepper. Garnish with additional minced ginger, tamari and crispy shallots.

Nutritional Information:

Calories 191
Protein 14 g
Carbohydrates 20 g
Fat 5 g
Fibre 1 g
Sodium 638 mg
Good source of Zinc
All of these recipes are from www.chatelaine.com under the Recipe Tab, they are all considered breakfast recipes but I don’t see why you couldn’t eat them as any other meal, food is interchangeable right? šŸ˜‰
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