Egg & Spinach Salad – with a twist !


This was probably my first attempt at making a salad – well, never been a fan of making one although I’ve often wondered how some of the salads in cafes taste so yum!

All the while, I’ve been under the ‘wrong’ impression that it takes salad dressings, exotic ingredients & that mammoth of a toss in the air with all those ingredients, to make a good salad. Well, glad to announce that I made a brave attempt, albeit cautiously and have emerged with a fine salad that is easy to make, healthy and most importantly YUM. Yeah, often when easy to make and healthy goes together, taste doesn’t follow so naturally, I know! But try this recipe and you’ll see otherwise.

So here’s what you’ll need –

3 eggs – semi-boiled the better; refrigerate till cold

100 g green spinach – shredded & steamed; wait to cool

1 tsp – Japanese soy sauce

1 bread – yes, this certainly is the twist; grilled/toasted crisp

Salt & Black pepper – as per taste

Parmesan cheese – just a small sprinkling

Directions

Cut up the eggs into a bowl. Add in the spinach, soy sauce, salt & pepper and combine it with a spoon, we are not going to TOSS, ha!

Now break the crispy bread lengthwise – you may use a knife; you could even just crumble it into coarse bits and add them into the rest of the stuff in the bowl – Now it’s a salad !

Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the salad and mix it vigorously !

And voila !

\m/ theinsanefoodie

Philly Cheese Steak Roll – The Quick Way


Philly Cheese Steak Roll - The Quick Way

This is probably the easiest way for making a tasty & healthier version of the original Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich !

Here’s what you’ll need,

250g Beef cut – I recommend using the less marbled Silverside Eye cut; sliced length wise
1 Red onion – sliced med. fine
1-2 Bird’s Eye chillies – sliced (subject to spice level !)
Handful of Light Tasty cheese
Olive oil – enough to brown meat
1 tsp White Pepper powder
1/2 tsp Salt – or as appropriate
1 Flat pan
2 Wholemeal Pita breads – cut into halves (4 nos.)

Heat the oil in the flat pan (med. heat), toss in the sliced meat, brown it. Add the pepper & salt. Let the beef sizzle for a few mins. Add the red onions & chilles. Keep tossing until the onions are caramelized in the meaty juices. Turn off the heat, sprinkle the tasty cheese. Let the cheese melt before you mix it thoroughly.

Roll it into your pita breads !

\m/ HOG AWAY \m/

Brewing in Melbourne – The Moka Pot


Coffee machines, broadly fall into these categories – the Espresso machine, Drip Filter, French Press & the Moka Pot.

Previously, I have owned and used the espresso machine & the drip filter (regular, cheap commercial ones).

Moka Pot

This was my first attempt at using the Moka Pot, considered by coffee aficionados of the yesteryear’s, as one of the finest forms of making coffee. A design patented in the early 1900s by
Luigi De Ponti.

I wasn’t quite sure initially how the whole experiment would turn out. But at the end of it when the brew finally collected in the collecting chamber, I couldn’t help but feel impressed by the simplicity of this stove-top espresso maker. As they say, the brew is much stronger (higher caffeine content) than what you’d get using a drip filter coffee machine.

Perhaps not the fastest to make a cuppa in the morning if you are in a hurry, but certainly the one that gives you the satisfaction of being your home’s own Barista !

Yours Truly

Spicy Chorizo Baked Eggs


Spicy Chorizo Baked Eggs

The first time I’ve ever had this was when my friend and I caught up for brunch at The Animal Orchestra (in Carlton, Melbourne). And this has been something on my ‘Best Eats’ since.

I’ve taken cues from a combination of recipes generally used for this popular Spanish dish, with of course my own additions ;). Only because this is the first time I’m making it and I don’t remember enough to cook from what it tasted like, although I can’t forget the feeling of bliss that followed 😀

Tip: If you are in India, and looking for good chorizo sausages, I’ll recommend using Alf Farms’.

\m/ Bon Appetite