I didn’t choose the Mug Life

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Sports - Terry Bursey

The mug life chose me. For as long as I can re­mem­ber, I’ve cooked mug-meals us­ing ev­ery foodie’s guilty plea­sure: the mi­crowave.

Whether you’re in a rush to get ready for work or sim­ply feel­ing a bit too meh for more te­dious cook­ing, it proves to be a speedy and ver­sa­tile cook­ing method wor­thy of a cook­book.

With lit­tle ef­fort one can make a sin­gle-serv­ing omelette, lasagna, loaded baked potato or even a choco­late lava cake in your fa­vorite mug us­ing only a cou­ple of min­utes of RF ra­di­a­tion. I know it sounds in­cred­i­ble, but stick with me.

I made my first mug meal when I was seven ac­cord­ing to my nan.

When she wasn’t look­ing, I ap­par­ently scooped some of her choco­late cake bat­ter into a mug and popped it into the mi­crowave for a few min­utes.

While at first she was jus­ti­fi­ably irked, the re­sult was a per­fectly baked and ed­i­ble cake with a soft cen­tre.

Fear­ing that my nan would take it away, I grabbed the still much-too-hot mug-cake and ran off to find a hid­ing spot — I had many — to eat it.

My sec­ond mug-meal came not long af­ter as Nan at­tests it be­came a small ob­ses­sion of mine.

She found me one morn­ing crack­ing eggs into a mug and cut­ting up hot dogs to add to the mix. This one re­port­edly ex­ploded all over the in­side of the mi­crowave and was “a state” to clean up. I was for­bid­den from any fur­ther attempts. Nat­u­rally, I didn’t lis­ten.

Over time I per­fected the mug omelette through messy trial and er­ror and it re­mains one of my lazy favourites to this day. It evolved into a quick and easy west­ern omelette that I call: 3 large eggs 1 tbsp (splash) whole milk 3 tbsp ched­dar cheese, shred­ded 2 tbsp diced pep­per 2 tbsp pre­cooked fry­ing ham bits or ba­con ½ tsp each salt and pep­per Pinch of pars­ley Coat the in­side of a large mug in cook­ing spray, place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk. Pour con­tents of the bowl into your mug and mi­crowave on high for one minute, re­move the mug and slide a but­ter knife around the rim in­side to loosen. Mi­crowave for an ad­di­tional 30 sec­onds. Let cool for 2 min­utes be­fore eat­ing.

Now, my first mi­crowave omelette was un­doubt­edly a messy dis­as­ter wrought from child­hood cu­rios­ity rather than in­dus­trial in­tent, but don’t let that dis­cour­age you.

You’d be de­lighted, dear read­ers, to know that there are quite a few mug-meal recipes on­line apart from my own and like my afore­men­tioned mug omelette recipe, they’re all worth try­ing out at home.

Of course, mi­crowaves can vary and it’s prob­a­bly best to keep a close eye on your hand­held cre­ations at first to tweak them as you see fit. Who knows? You might be born for the mug life too.

Happy Nuk­ing!

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