Omelette in a Mug (9 Pics)

Easy 2 min microwave mug omelette! Perfect for a busy day, only have to clean one dish, and it tastes great!

  • Prep time: 2 minutes
  • Cook time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving

INGREDIENTS

  • Cooking spray or olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1 Tbsp grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped chives or green onion greens
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch of black pepper

Special equipment needed:

METHOD

1 Spray the inside of a large, microwave-safe mug lightly with cooking oil spray, or coat the inside of the mug with olive oil.

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2 Crack 2 eggs into the mug, add 1 tablespoon of milk, and beat with a fork.

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3 Add grated cheese and other extras such as chopped red bell pepper or chives. Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Stir with a fork until well mixed.

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4 Microwave and stir in 20 to 30 second increments: Microwave for 30 second on high. Remove from microwave and stir with a fork.

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Return to the microwave and cook for another 20 to 30 seconds. (Whether it’s 20 or 30 depends on the power of your microwave, you may need to experiment to see what times work best for your situtation.)

You’ll see patches of firm cooked egg mixture beginning to form. Remove and stir again.

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Return to the microwave and cook for another 20 to 30 seconds or until the omelette has set.

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The EZ 5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

4 tablespoons flour 

4 tablespoons sugar 

2 tablespoons cocoa 

1 egg 

3 tablespoons milk 

3 tablespoons oil 

3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional) 

A small splash of vanilla extract 

1 large coffee mug (MicroSafe)

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. 
Add the egg and mix thoroughly.

 Pour in the milk and oil and mix well…
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again. 
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed!
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.

(This can serve two if you want to feel slightly more virtuous)

And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world? 

Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night! 

7 Perfect Foods to Eat as a Midnight Snack

Sometimes, despite having eaten a big dinner, you’re still hungry when you’re about to go to bed. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us.

We bet that you’ve heard the rumor that eating late could cause you to gain weight, but as it turns out, this might not actually be true.

The good news is that it’s usually more about what you are eating and how much, rather than what time you’re eating.

If you’re consuming the right foods and giving yourself a buffer before you hop into bed, eating late at night isn’t going to make a huge difference.

Below you’ll find seven foods that are perfect to eat as a late-night snack.

 1. Whole Grains

altThe serotonin present in whole grains will help the body to relax, while the fiber will keep you full right up until your next meal.

You should opt for a slice or two of whole-grain bread (with sliced fruit and natural peanut butter), or whole grain cereal with milk.

2. Bananas

altOn toast with peanut butter (the protein will help keep you full), or on their own, bananas are a fantastic snack if you get hungry at night.

Furthermore, bananas are also a great source of potassium and magnesium, which are muscle relaxants will help you fall asleep.

3. Cottage Cheese

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This cheese contains casein, a slow releasing protein that gradually releases Amino acids while you sleep and helps repair muscles.

4. Turkey

altTurkey contains tryptophan, an amino acid that makes you tired, which explains why you always want to take a nap straight after a delicious Thanksgiving dinner.

Eat a couple of slices of turkey on some rice crackers for a great way to ease your hunger before bedtime.

5. Cheese

If you prefer a vegetarian option, then cheese also contains tryptophan.
So, if you feel like you need a little help at night to fall asleep, grab yourself a Babybel or a serving of string cheese.

6. An Apple and Peanut Butter

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altApart from being extremely delicious, the fiber and protein present in this snack will fill you up without leaving you feeling too full.

7. Cherries

altIf you have a sweet-tooth, then cherries are the perfect choice for you. 

They contain melatonin, which will help to regulate your sleeping patterns.
Furthermore, they’re also a very good source of antioxidants and can help repair any 
damage to your body that has been caused by free radicals.  

Blackberry Country Cobbler

Fresh blackberries and a super-easy biscuit mix come together for a classic Blackberry Country Cobbler that just can’t be beat.

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups fresh blackberries
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups biscuit baking mix
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter for dotting

What To Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together blackberries, lemon juice, and vanilla. Spoon mixture into a buttered 8-inch square baking pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine biscuit baking mix, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Sprinkle over blackberry mixture then dot with butter.
  4. Bake 45 to 55 minutes, or until just crispy.

SERVES
6
COOK TIME
1 Hr

Best Butterscotch Pudding

From America’s Test Kitchen Season 14: Decadent Desserts
Why this recipe works:
For butterscotch pudding with rich, bittersweet flavor, we made butterscotch sauce by cooking butter, brown and white sugar, corn syrup, lemon juice, and salt together into a dark caramel. We made the process more foolproof by first boiling the caramel to jump-start it and then reducing the…
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Serves 8
When taking the temperature of the caramel in step 1, tilt the pan and move the thermometer back and forth to equalize hot and cool spots. Work quickly when pouring the caramel mixture over the egg mixture in step 4 to ensure proper thickening. Serve the pudding with lightly sweetened whipped cream.
Ingredients

  • tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • cup (3 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar
  • cup packed (3 1/2 ounces) dark brown sugar
  • cup water
  • tablespoons light corn syrup
  • teaspoon lemon juice
  • teaspoon salt
  • cup heavy cream
  • cups whole milk
  • large egg yolks
  • cup cornstarch
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • teaspoon dark rum

Instructions

1. Bring butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, water, corn syrup, lemon juice, and salt to boil in large saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar and melt butter. Once mixture is at full rolling boil, cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes (caramel will register about 240 degrees). Immediately reduce heat to medium-low and gently simmer (caramel should maintain steady stream of lazy bubbles—if not, adjust heat accordingly), stirring frequently, until mixture is color of dark peanut butter, 12 to 16 minutes longer (caramel will register about 300 degrees and should have slight burnt smell).
2. Remove pan from heat; carefully pour 1/4 cup cream into caramel mixture and swirl to incorporate (mixture will bubble and steam); let bubbling subside. Whisk vigorously and scrape corners of pan until mixture is completely smooth, at least 30 seconds. Return pan to medium heat and gradually whisk in remaining 3/4 cup cream until smooth. Whisk in 2 cups milk until mixture is smooth, making sure to scrape corners and edges of pan to remove any remaining bits of caramel.
3. Meanwhile, microwave remaining ¼ cup milk until simmering, 30 to 45 seconds. Whisk egg yolks and cornstarch together in large bowl until smooth. Gradually whisk in hot milk until smooth; set aside (do not refrigerate).
4. Return saucepan to medium-high heat and bring mixture to full rolling boil, whisking frequently. Once mixture is boiling rapidly and beginning to climb toward top of pan, immediately pour into bowl with yolk mixture in 1 motion (do not add gradually). Whisk thoroughly for 10 to 15 seconds (mixture will thicken after a few seconds). Whisk in vanilla and rum. Spray piece of parchment paper with vegetable oil spray and press on surface of pudding. Refrigerate until cold and set, at least 3 hours. Whisk pudding until smooth before serving.
Technique
Smoother Route to Pudding?
Pudding recipes almost always have you temper the yolks and cornstarch (i.e., add some hot dairy to the mixture to gradually raise its temperature), add everything to the remaining dairy in the pot, and stir constantly as the mixture slowly comes to a boil and thickens. Inevitably, bits of egg still overcook and need to be strained. We wondered if there was a better way.
EXPERIMENT:
We made one batch of pudding the conventional way and a second batch in which the yolks never saw the heat of the stove: We added a little warm milk to the yolks and cornstarch, brought the remaining “dairy” (in our recipe, the butterscotch mixture) to a boil, and then dumped this hot liquid over the egg mixture and whisked briefly as the pudding thickened almost instantly.
RESULTS:
The conventional pudding needed straining, while the “no-cook” custard was utterly smooth and perfectly thickened.
EXPLANATION:
Boiling pudding is overkill. When cornstarch is combined with liquid, it thickens between 144 and 180 degrees, while yolks diluted by liquid coagulate between 180 and 185 degrees—significantly lower temperatures than the boiling point of 212 degrees. Whisking the hot butterscotch mixture into the yolk mixture heated the pudding to about 185 degrees—plenty hot to properly thicken it but not so hot that the yolks overcooked.alt
DUMP AND STIR
Technique
A New Way to Consistently Perfect Caramel
The rich flavor of our butterscotch pudding depends on cooking the caramel mixture to 300 degrees before adding the cream, but it’s easy to over- or undercook that mixture when it’s boiled from start to finish (the usual approach). Our more forgiving method: Boil the caramel over medium heat until it reaches 240 degrees, then reduce the heat to medium-low, and gently simmer it until it reaches 300 degrees. The simmer phase takes about 12 to 16 minutes—plenty of time in which to grab a thermometer and the cream.

Pink Lemonade Pie

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 (6-ounce) container frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed

  • 1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 4 drops red food color (optional)
  • 1 (9-inch) prepared shortbread pie crust (I have used a graham cracker crust too)

What To Do:
  1. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add lemonade concentrate and beat until well combined. Stir in whipped topping and food color, if desired.
  • Spoon into pie crust and freeze 20 minutes (see Note). Serve, or cover and chill until ready to serve

Note

What happens if you leave the pie in the freezer for longer than 20 minutes? It’s okay, Pink Lemonade Pie tastes great frozen, too. Just before serving, garnish with dollops of whipped cream and lemon slices.

Did You Know This About Food?

Cashews grow on trees.

Brussels sprouts grow in long stalks.

Did you know that in the 1830’s, ketchup was sold as a medicine? That’s right … the delicious condiment that we all know and love was once believed to cure a variety of ailments! But why don’t we use ketchup for its medicinal uses today?? …because it was a scam. In an effort to boost sales, one enterprising manufacturer bottled ketchup as “Dr. Miles’ Compound Extract of Tomato”, claiming that it had the capability to cure anything from baldness to athlete’s foot, and all points in between. In a counter-attack, the H.J. Heinz Company rooted out scientific studies which claimed that tomatoes had antioxidants which were beneficial in preventing cancers. While this is true, the carotenoid known as lycopene, which actually is present in ketchup, occurs in such small quantities that it does not provide any significant medical benefits to the consumer.

Carrots were originally purple.

McDonalds sells 75 hamburgers every second of every day.

Yams and sweet potatoes are not the same thing.

Ripe cranberries will bounce like rubber balls.

An average ear of corn has an even number of rows, usually 16.

Humans share 50% of their DNA with bananas.

Honey never spoils. You can eat 32,000-year-old honey.

Peanuts are not nuts. They grow in the ground like this, so they are legumes.

Pound cake got its name from its original recipe, which called for a pound each of butter, eggs, sugar, and flour.

The probability of you drinking a glass of water that contains a molecule of water that also passed through a dinosaur is almost 100%.

Honey is made from nectar and bee vomit.

Quinoa is seeds.

Kiwis grow on vines.

Ginger is the root of a plant.

 Cinnamon is just the inner part of a tree.

Artichokes are flowers that are eaten as buds. This is what they look like when flowered:

Spam is short for spiced ham.

The ever-popular hot weather treat known as the Popsicle™ was invented by Frank Epperson when he was just eleven years old. Born in 1894, Epperson was raised in San Francisco. One winter night in 1905, he mixed a soft drink made with soda water powder and water – a popular concoction at the time. He left a stirring stick in it and mistakenly left it on the porch overnight.

Epperson found the fruit-flavored substance frozen to the stick when he awoke the next morning, as temperatures had dropped to record lows during the night. Though he is said to have tasted it and shown it to his friends, he did little else with his accidental “invention” for a number of years.

More than 18 years later, in 1923, Epperson decided to apply for a patent on his “frozen ice on a stick.” He decided to call the novelty the “Eppsicle” ice pop. He also began producing the treat in several different flavors. By then, he was a father, and his children had begun referring to the Eppsicle as the Popsicle. Later he officially changed the name. That name has stuck for nearly a century.

In 1925, Epperson sold his rights to the Popsicle to the Joe Lowe Company in New York. The Popsicle gained popularity very quickly – first made with birch wood sticks and selling for just a nickel. Later, the twin Popsicle became available. This model had two sticks so that children could share the treat.

Peas are one of the most popular pizza topping in Brazil.

There are over 7,500 varieties of apples throughout the world, and it would take you 20 years to try them all if you had one each day.