The Invention of the Pepper-Egg-a-Muff

photo 1 (12) One of my roommates moved out and took the internet with her, which means I haven’t been trying as many new recipes as usual. (Wednesday when the internet arrives can’t come soon enough!) Plus it’s two weeks before finals, which means I’m not cooking as much as normal.

However, I did create the pepper-egg-a-muff and I am in love.

You may be asking yourself: what is a pepper-egg-a-muff? 

I’m glad you asked! A pepper-egg-a-muff is an egg in a bell pepper ring, on top of an english muffin.

When I was still living with my parents, the egg-a-muff — egg on top of an english muffin — was a staple for when we didn’t have much food in the house. Plus it works for breakfast or for dinner.

I’ve been dying to create the egg in a bell pepper ring ever since I first saw it online. And since english muffins were on sale this week, I decided to combine the egg in a bell pepper ring with the egg-a-muff to create the pepper-egg-a-muff. Who knew I’d be creating new recipes already?

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How to create the pepper-egg-a-muff:

You need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 english muffin

Step 1: After you wash the pepper, cut it in half, creating rings. The thicker the ring, the better it will hold the egg. Cut away the seeds and white skin of the pepper.

Step 2: Put the rings in a sprayed pan, heating on low heat till the edges turn slightly brown.

Step 3: Break one egg into a small container. Pour the egg into one of the bell peppers. Repeat.

Step 4: Cook the egg until the edges of the egg turn white. I flipped my egg at this stage to cook the other side but depending on your preferences, this isn’t necessary.

The One Thing No One Tells You About Celsius When You Live in the U.S.

Salmon FailSince I live in the United States, I automatically just assume that temperature is always put in fahrenheit.

Let me tell you, it’s not.

For dinner tonight, I was making myself a frozen prepackaged salmon. I set the temperature on my oven to 230° and thought that was a little low. So I double checked the packaging. Yep, it said 230°.

Twenty minutes later and my salmon was looking a little frozen still. So I triple checked the packaging. Turns out it said 230° celsius, not 230° fahrenheit.

The one thing no one tells you about celsius is that there are companies out there that put the celsius temperature before they put the fahrenheit temperature. And they put the fahrenheit temperature in parenthesis. If you’re anything like me, you automatically just skip over parenthesis. Which is problematic if you want salmon that’s not raw.

I decided to start off with cooking some prepackaged food and working my way up so that way I don’t embarrass myself — clearly that didn’t work out. All of you beginner cooks out there, if a temperature seems too low to fully cook something, you’re probably reading the celsius temperature. 

Lacking the Cooking Gene

I finally learned how to cook pasta for the first time last week.

….I’m 23 years old.

It wasn’t for a lack of trying on my parents and friends part. I’ve been taught how to make pasta more times than I care to count. I just couldn’t grasp how long the water should boil and when I should put the pasta in. This basically translates into everything that requires a recipe for me.

I’m a pretty smart person but cooking just seems to elude me. I’ve accidentally put a tablespoon of salt in chex mix instead of a teaspoon. I’ve put hot peppers instead of red peppers in a recipe. And of course, I’ve burned a lot of pizza and cookies throughout my life. I can barely make a sandwich without some mishap happening.

And recipes can be so confusing. What’s dicing? How am I supposed to mince something? What are florets? These are the things they should really be teaching in college!

But as someone who is on their own for the first time, without a roommate who will cook her pasta (thanks Rachael!), I figured it was finally time I expanded my horizons.

It’s time to learn how to cook something other than microwavable meals.

Join me on my journey as I learn the insiders guide to cooking terminology and how to make something other than sandwiches and pasta.