Cooking whatever I have in the cupboards: part 2

In my last post “Cooking with whatever I have in the cupboard”, I attempted to make spicy tomato baked eggs using whatever I already had knocking around the kitchen, trying to follow a recipe, but ending up pretty much making it up with the ingredients I had to hand.

I’d got a few comments on it linking me through to some other seriously tasty looking recipes that I wanted to try out… so this is my second attempt at cooking something half decent with the random food I already had at home.

I was inspired to make some veggie rice and chickpea patties after seeing a recipe over on and needless to say it ended up being pretty much totally different to the recipe that I saw, although it kept some key components and ended up tasting a LOT better than it looked!

For this recipe I found the following items that needed using up:

  • lime
  • eggs
  • mozzarella cheese
  • Mexican rice
  • organic chickpeas
  • Sriracha sauce
  • sour cream with chives
  • garlic
  • onion
  • chilli
  • wholemeal pitta breads


cooking with whatever i hace in the cupboard part 2 ingredientsI crushed the chickpeas until they were a little more malleable and then mixed in some rice, chilli, garlic, half the onion, Sriracha, eggs, half the lime and half the mozzarella.

Once this was all mixed together I formed the mixture into patties and fried in a sizzling hot pan with some hot olive oil, carefully flipping them over once i was confident they had cooked enough to stabilise.

After about 5 /7 minutes cooking on each side they were hot, golden and the mozzarella had totally melted – it was time to serve them up.


I sliced up the rest of the onion, thinly sliced the remaining mozzarella, and put them in the pitta along with the patties. I added a generous helping of Sriracha sauce and plenty of sour cream and a big squeeze of lime too.

cooking with whatever i have in the cupboards part 2…and that’s it – my boyfriend cleared his entire plate (and went for seconds) which tells me I’m not the only one who thought it tasted pretty good (honest!!)

What’s the weirdest creation you’ve come up with when you’ve been trying to use up what you already have in the cupboards?


Cooking with whatever I have in the cupboard

Spicy tomato baked eggs

In this post, I’m going to attempt to make spicy tomato baked eggs using whatever I have in the cupboard, and just getting creative if I don’t have the exact ingredients.

My close friends and family will back me up when I say I’m a pretty lazy cook during the week..With a busy work and social life, spending vast amounts of time in the kitchen or food shopping is not ideal for me, and I’m pretty sure there’s plenty of others like me in the same situation.

So I thought I’d set myself a challenge of cooking relatively healthy meals based on existing recipes, but using what I already have in my kitchen instead of buying more (One of my new years resolutions is to waste less food!)

So let’s start with the recipe I found on BBC good food (here) with the ingredients listed as:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
  • small bunch coriander, stalks and leaves chopped separately
  • 2 400g cans cherry tomato
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 4 eggs

Looking in my cupboards I had the following:

  • olive oil
  • chilli flakes
  • chopped garlic
  • passata/tinned tomatoes
  • mixed herbs (dried)
  • caster sugar
  • eggs
  • white onion
  • I also had some vegetarian chicken fillets and decided to stick those in too

So I started cooking along taking the following steps:

Heat the oil in a frying pan that has a lid, then soften the onions, chilli paste, and garlic for 5 mins until soft then add the veggie ‘chicken’ until heated through. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato puree, sugar, and herbs then bubble for 10 mins until thick.

I also added a dash of white wine (since I had a glass of it in my hand…)

making the tomayto sauce

Once the cooked through, put the contents of the pan into a baking dish and cracked the eggs over the top, place in the oven at around 180 degrees (fan assisted oven) for around 5 mins or until the eggs are cooked. 

baked chilli tomato eggs - cooking

…and that’s basically it.

I wasn’t expecting this to taste particularly great; as it was really easy to make and I’d changed the ingredients quite a bit, but it was actually really tasty (although in all honesty, it would have been better without the eggs)

Let me know in the comments if you have any good (easy to make) recipe suggestions!


Top 5 Reasons Your 2016 Goals Will Fail

I know it’s a bit of a pessimistic title for this blog, but there is an honest tough love truth in it. According to Forbes Magazine, Just 8% of People Achieve Their New Year’s Resolution. Yes 8%! And that’s out of the 40% of Americans who set them. Now you may be thinking, I need not worry because I don’t even set New Year’s goals. No sweat. Right?

Wrong! If you are struggling to come up with a way of having 2016 be an even better year you’ll want to read on… Here’s the list of the Top 5 Reasons Your Goals for 2016 Will Fail and what you can do to prevent it from happening to you.

Reason 1: You’re in denial about how bad the situation is and you fail to connect the dots.

Ever notice how when you don’t eat for a long period of time and are asked to do things you get “hangry”? There’s a connection between what you eat and how you feel, just like there’s a connection between how you think and how you breathe, how you communicate and how intimate you are with others. In fact, all aspects of your being (there are 12 dimensions in total) are interrelated. The better you are at connecting the dots between how one is affecting another, the better you get at this game called life.

The trouble is most people ignore the signs, fail to connect the dots and are in denial about seeking help with the areas of their life that they’re struggling in. What dots are you failing to connect? If you think about the main thing that’s really eating away at you, the thing you are denying yourself improvement in, what is it? Bring it to the surface so it can breathe and seek the help and attention it deserves.

Reason 2: You allow excuses to rule your life.

“As soon as I have the money, I will hire a personal trainer.” “As soon as I have more time, I’ll be able to hire a nutritionist.” “Once I feel better about my weight, I’ll start dating again.” Whatever your story is– the longer you tell it— the more it feels like the “real” you. But the story you keep holding on to is exactly the reason your goals for 2016 will fail.

The story that you keep telling yourself about why you can’t make the change is exactly what keeps you locked in the behaviors you want to ditch. The honest truth is there will never be a convenient time to make a change. There will never be the extra money to invest in yourself. As soon as you make a commitment to the change, the money, the time and the new you show up. So are you ready to ditch your story for 2016? I promise what’s on the other side is far more exciting!

Reason 3: You never get to the root of the problem or behavior.

The other week, I spoke with two people who told me that they signed up (again) for a weight loss program to jump start the New Year. On one hand I wanted to congratulate them for being proactive about making a change and seeking support. On the other hand I wanted to ask them, “Why didn’t it work the last time you signed up?” If you don’t get to the root of the problem and what’s causing it you jump on the merry-go-round or experience the see-saw effect which gets dizzy and disheartening really, really fast. Ask any coach, therapist or motivational speaker about behavior change and they’ll tell you there are various steps needed to move through it and it takes time.

Reason 4: You think you can do it alone.

Somewhere along the way we’ve been led to believe that we are supposed to do and be it all. The common misconception is that you are here to know everything and/or accomplish everything by yourself and that just stimply isn’t true. Whoever said that is an idiot and idiots say and do stupid things. Sometimes a lot of idiots do the same thing together. And you can feel like there are so many people doing or believing something that you are actually missing out. The only thing you are missing out on are the results of idiot behaviors. You won’t receive a trophy at the end of trying to do it by yourself, you’ll just wind up frustrated and stuck because you’re trying to resolve the same issues you didn’t know how to resolve on your own last year. The solution to this? Hire someone! If you had a problem with your car you wouldn’t ask your dentist for advice on how to fix it. You’d go to the specialist who knows how to help you with it. So, my question is why are you asking your friends to help you solve your issues with your career, relationships, weight, finances, feelings and ways of thinking? If you’re not seeing the results you desire it’s time to take 2016 by the balls and schedule time to talk.

Reason 5: You never take time to develop a S.M.A.R.T. Plan of Action nor an accountability system.

If you ask some of the most successful entrepreneurs how they got where they are, they’ll tell you that they took the time to develop a plan of action and had a system of accountability to ensure that they do it.  They do it by creating small implementable actions and steps that are: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. This sets them up for success in learning and growing into the person they truly wish to become.


Finding Your Wiser Self in 2016

It seems simple; as the clock strikes 12, the intention is set and you’ve committed to making this the best year yet. Now we’re well into the new year and here you are wondering how you are supposed to start.

Sound familiar? “New year, new you” that’s the motto right? To get you back on track, here are some ways you can make your intentions a reality this year:

1.Set your intentions and keep them in a visible place.

Write down exactly what it is that you are focusing on for the new year. Post it somewhere you can see like near a mirror or computer at work.

2. Clarify the root of what’s holding you back from achieving this goal.

Be honest with yourself and ask your self are the people you are around contributing to this behavior. For example: is the stress of your relationship causing you to binge on crappy food? Are you stressed at your job and feel too tired to exercise after work? If you don’t tackle the root of the behavior, it will be much harder to accomplish your goal. If being objective in assessing the root of the problem is to challenging ask a fairly subjective friend to help you pinpoint it.

3. Be clear about what your life would look like once you achieve your goal.

If you plan to go to workout more, how will you and others benefit from this? What would be so different about your life if you committed to changing your nutritional intake? Write this down so you can be specific with goals and revisit them. Write your “expected” results of your actions, and you will be more likely to stick with your plan.

4. Find a “Butt-kicker” to hold you accountable.

Whether it’s family, friends or a partner, hold each other accountable for achieving your goals. If you want to go to the gym more, have a friend call you two or three times a week to check on you or invite them to join you.

5. Reward yourself lavishly when you’re on track.

Find ways of healthily rewarding yourself for staying on track and tracking the improvements that you are making in your life. If your intention is to lose weight and you lose 1 pound a week, treat yourself with body work like a massage.

Above all, remember that huge changes do not require big leaps. Permanent change is more likely to happen gradually than through one big restrictive plan. Allow yourself to climb the ladder one rung at a time.