Saturday, 29 August 2015

Egg Fried Quinoa Recipe

Egg Fried Quinoa Recipe Title Image

Recently, I was contacted by British Lion Eggs to see if I fancied doing a recipe post using some of their eggs, and as eggs are something I regularly buy and use, I didn't hesitate to say yes. Eggs are so versatile, and healthy, the calories in an egg range from 55 to 80 depending on the size, so they're a great way to get a lot of protein without increasing your calories too much.

If you follow me on Instagram (@inelegantwench btw) you'll see that I've become obsessed with quinoa and "clean eating" lately, and when faced with some leftover quinoa, I wondered if you could egg fry it, like rice, but much better for you. After some recipe tweaking, I've finally cracked it, so I thought I'd share it with you today.

Eggs in an Egg Box

Ingredients 

(Serves two, but can be multiplied up easily)
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked.
  • 1 onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tbsp sesame oil
  • 1tsp chinese five spice
  • 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • Black pepper - to taste

Method

Dicing an onion

1. Dice the onion as fine as you can. (It is Rich dicing the onion in that picture by the way, my hands are not that hairy!)

Frying onion

2. Gently fry the onion in the sesame oil until just beginning to turn golden.

Frying Onion and Quinoa

3. Add in the quinoa and fry about a bit until the quinoa is well combined. You can use freshly cooked quinoa in this recipe or cold from the day before, making it much better than egg fried rice, which only works with day old rice.

Egg Fried Quinoa

4. Make a well in the middle of your quinoa and onion mixture and crack in your eggs. The trick to making good egg fried anything is to wait for your eggs to cook quite a bit before stirring them through, as that way you get distinct bits of egg rather than an eggy flavoured lump of quinoa.

5. Once you've stirred your egg through, add in the soy sauce, five spice and pepper and give it a good mix.

Egg fried quinoa

6. Serve! This makes a great side dish, but if you wanted to turn it into a main meal, you could add more veggies to it, and maybe even some chicken or prawns if you're feeling fancy. It also tastes pretty good cold the next day as well, so makes a good packed lunch.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe, and do let me know if you make it yourself, we have it quite regularly now, as we seem incapable of cooking the perfect amount of quinoa for one meal.

Rachel x
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Friday, 7 August 2015

London with the Sister - Part II


If you missed part 1 you can catch up on my weekend of London adventures here. If you're all up to date then grab a cuppa and get stuck in with me.


We woke up on Sunday with the grand plan of hiring a Boris bike, going to the park, and eating yet more good food before I had to get the train back up to Leeds. Luckily it was a gorgeous day, one of the first hot days of the year (yes this trip happened in May, I am aware that it's now August - oops) so we did struggle to find a bike at first. After lots of trekking about and tourist dodging we found some near Hyde Park, which is the one with the Princess Diana memorial in it. There is a cycle path around the edge of the park, making our route very easy indeed.


It was great fun biking about, even if I did feel slightly out of control, and utterly petrified whenever we went near a road, I think I'm officially out of practice - the North is too hilly for bikes!


There was a bike station just around the corner from the memorial, so we stashed our bikes and went to dip our feet in the deliciously cold water. Watching all the kids having fun did make me miss the age where you could just strip to your pants and play, but I don't think the families would have appreciated an incredibly pale tall girl running about in just her pants! I did spot a girl do a spectacular fall in some mud, which was hilarious, but I did feel sorry for her.



Once we'd had our fill of the sun and the water feature it was time to head to Whole Foods for me to drool over all the health foods, and to get lunch.


Nat and I both opted for salads, as they'd got some amazing looking things on the salad bar that I couldn't wait to try, such as the marinated kale salad, and some of the quinoa mixes. It was really good, loads better than a mayonnaise filled Morrisons salad!


I'd also spotted chia pudding, something I'd never tried before, so I swiftly grabbed it to try as a part of dessert. It was not as I expected at all, I'd been imagining a yoghurty type consistency but instead it was mostly like jelly. I enjoyed it though, and have made one at home since, trying to replicate this one. Whole Foods is one of my top shops to visit in London, I wish they'd got one in Leeds, but then again, my bank balance probably prefers how far away it is!


That was it, after a mooch around some of the shops with Nat it was time for me to head to Platform 9 and 3/4 (if only) to go home, tired, full and very happy. I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend in London, and need to go again soon, even if just to tick off some more of my foodie wish list.

Rachel x
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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

London with the Sister


As I mentioned in my previous post (an update of my 15 in 2015 resolutions) I visited London a couple of months ago to see my sister and see the Prodigy at Alexandra Palace. Obviously we had a very busy weekend, and obviously I took a lot of photos, so here we go!


After arriving into London very tired and very excited on Friday night, I met Nat at the station and we headed back to her flat. It was so weird for me to go to her flat instead of a hotel like I've always done before, seeing the residential areas of London made it seem more real that people actually live there and it's not just tourists and super rich people. We had a huge catch up and got into pyjamas to watch Pitch Perfect as it was the weekend that the second film came out (more on that in a bit).


Saturday morning we were up bright and early to head into central London to discover Borough Market after seeing posts from many other bloggers. We went hungry and it's a good job we did. There was so many amazing sights and smells, my mouth started watering the minute we arrived and didn't stop til we dragged ourselves away with full bellies but still wanting more.




After a first circuit to see what was on offer we started to loop back to actually buy some things to try. Luckily Nat and I have very similar taste in food and drink, so we opted to share one of everything meaning that we could try twice as much as we would on our own.


I don't have pictures of everything we ate, and if I did this post would be even longer than it's already going to be, so I'll just show you my two highlights of the market. The first one is this amazing salt beef sandwich. We had a bit of a flirt with the guy serving us, and it paid off in the amount of meat in there. It's stuffed full! Sandwiches in hand we hurried over to a quiet-ish spot so we could eat our sandwiches in peace and give them the attention they truly deserved. Soft fresh bread with a layer of mustard, pickles and the most soft, delicious salt beef I have ever eaten. We were silent whilst eating they were that good.



My other photographed highlight of the food we ate from the market was this stunning salted caramel doughnut. It took us a good 5 minutes to decide which we fancied from the stunning selection you can see above, but I'm glad we went for the fail safe of caramel. You know how filled doughnuts are usually all the dough with the tiny squidge of filling in the middle (or sometimes at the side, usually when you're not expecting it, and wearing white). These doughnuts are nothing like them. It was all about the soft, sweet, salty caramel filling with a perfect dough to filling ratio. It was a wrench to pass over half to Nat it was that good.


Once we'd stuffed ourselves silly we headed over to the cinema to see Pitch Perfect 2, which was thoroughly enjoyable, but not quite as good as the first unfortunately. Then it was back to the flat to get ready for the Prodigy. Alexandra Palace is a fantastic venue, intimate, yet massive, and the architecture of the building is beautiful. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for other gigs to go to there. We sang and danced our hearts out like usual, and left very sweaty but very happy.

To save this post getting really really long, I'll save what we got up to on the Sunday for another post, to come within the week (I hope!).

Rachel x
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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Blog Makeover


After updating my laptop to Windows 10 on Saturday night, I was feeling in one of those moods. You know the ones, where you are ready to update and overhaul pretty much everything in your life. During my commutes to and from work this last week I've been full of blog post ideas, yet, as you may have noticed, none of them have wound their way onto my actual blog. This was because they weren't full "proper" blog posts, more like conversations I could type out, and I didn't think they fit with my design and style that I had.

Old Layout


The blog layout I had was made for me by Becca of I Ate Skinny (a totally hilarious and honest blog you should read by the way) when she was starting out making blog designs. It was near the beginning of my blog that I got it, and as such I was a bit clueless of the direction I wanted my blog to go in, and of other things like SEO and which pages and buttons I'd like in the future. I've been itching for a while to modify my design, but I didn't know how, and as a lot of the things I wanted to edit were pictures, it wasn't going to be easy.

Decision Making


Then I remembered that Georgina of She Might Be Loved got a new blog layout from a company called pipdig a few months ago, and that she raved about it at the time, so I headed over and started looking. Their layouts are all so clean and simple looking, yet really elegant at the same time, I pretty much made my mind up within a minute that I was getting a new layout from them. After sitting with Rich going through the pros and cons of the different designs (bless him - the joys of being a blogger boyfriend) I finally settled on Minim and paid my £29.

Installation

As soon as I'd pressed the pay button on Paypal I received an email with the zip file of my new layout and the install help file. The instructions were so simple, and I found it really easy to change the design over. I had to delete a few of my old widgets, but it was easily done by just looking at what seemed out of place. To make my social media buttons there was a form to fill in with my addresses of my various accounts, and then another simple button to press to create the blogger widget. It was seriously so simple. Installing Disqus was much more difficult. 

New Pages

You may have noticed my new navbar which follows you as you scroll down my pages. I've added a Leeds category and a Food category, as they seem to be the topics which I blog about most at the minute, these may be subject to change though, especially as I intend to blog more about my wedding, as it's getting eerily close now. 


I'm really happy with my new layout, I can't stop looking at it! It's really inspired me to get blogging again, and I feel able to just blog about whatever takes my fancy now, even if it is just effectively a conversation I've had with myself. I hope you've all had brilliant weekends and I'll chat to you soon.

Rachel x
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