Naughty or Nice?
Enjoying food is all about balance, so let foodies Aoife McElwain and Aoife Barry give you a naughty and a nice option each week. Choice never tasted so good!
In a scramble: NAUGHTY: Creamy scrambled eggs For luxurious scrambled eggs for one, take two large free-range eggs and whisk them in a bowl.
Add a pinch of salt and pepper, followed by about six tablespoons of single cream. Whisk again until well combined.
Heat one tablespoon of butter in a non-stick pan over a medium to high heat. Once hot, add the egg mixture. Don't touch the mixture for 30 seconds. Now, using a wooden spoon, move the egg mixture around for 10 seconds. Let it sit for 10 to 15 seconds before mixing it again. Repeat this method until the eggs are cooked as you like them. Serve on toast with some chives. For more recipes, see bit.ly/scrambledinspiration.
NICE: Scrambled tofu Scrambled tofu is a great alternative to eggs, delicious curried and served with bok choi. For two people, take 1-2 tsps olive oil, one medium white onion, one standard block of firm tofu (around 200g), four heads bok choi, ¼ tsp turmeric, ½ tsp ground coriander, 1 tsp ground cumin and ½ tsp garam masala.
Dice the onion, then chop the bok choi into bite-sized pieces. Add a little oil to a pan, then bring to a medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until it starts to go translucent. Add the spices and mix until the onion is coated. Continue to cook for another two minutes. Crumble the block of tofu on to the onion and mix until it is coated in the spices. If it's looking a bit pale, add a little more turmeric but not more than ¼ tsp. Cook for about five minutes, stirring every minute or so, then add the chopped bok choi. Stir to combine, and let the greens wilt into the tofu. Find out more at tinyurl.com/ ctofuscramble.
LET US CRAY
Fancy attending the world’s biggest crayfish party? The IKEA store in Dublin will join with all UK stores to create a ‘multivenue’ record on Wednesday, August 3, from 6- 8pm. The party simulates the Swedish tradition that marks the end of the summer season (though not just yet, we hope!).
The party is a fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society. Everyone will get a three-course meal. It’s €9.95 for adults, €4.75 for under fives and €7.95 for IKEA FA MILY-members.
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