Meal Prep: Philly Cheesesteak

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 Ever since Ashley started full-time work, he’s asked me for “help” to meal prep (do 90% of the work)

The main challenge I had was to find recipes that were easy, tasty but still healthy. Each week, it started to become an activity for us to find a new and exciting recipe for him to try out. Thankfully, Ash is a great sport and eats everything that I cook, even if these “healthy meals” end up not tasting so great (I’m looking at you roasted chicken and cauliflower lol). Every now and then, we get some winners!

One of these winners is the Philly Cheesesteak

Recipe was adapted from MealPreponFleek

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The best (but not the cheapest) meat to buy for this meal are some Scotch Fillets, sliced as thin as you can. While I mentioned earlier that I usually do 90% (or sometimes 100%) of the work in creating these meals, this is one that Ash did quite a lot. As you would know, he’s a big meat-eater, so he took it upon himself to ensure the right meat was bought, and that they were cooked to perfect. He, however, did not slice the meat himself hahah.

After seasoning and cooking them over high-heat on a cast iron skillet, chuck the cheese on top to let them melt and ooze over the beef. We like to do a mix of both Provolone and American Cheddar cheese to give it that delicious flavour. Now, you can stop here and throw them in to some hoagies (white sub) for a normal sandwich.

But, because they were “healthy” lunchboxes for Ashley, we opted to include the salad in the above recipe, but on the side. Mushrooms, capscium, onions with some Worcestershire sauce to boost up your veggie intake.

Not for the lactose intolerant, but great if you’re after a low carb meal!

KFL: Let’s eat some snacks!

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I am quite embarrassed to say that this post is year overdue but as this post took effort and money(!), I have decided that it needs to go up no matter how late! Better late than never, right?

My dear friend Irene and I are hardly ever in the same city/country at the same time, so when she visits Melbourne, we love to try out different snacks together. On this occasion, we visited the asian grocer, KFL in Doncaster East to look for some new and interesting snacks to try out! As you can see in the above photo, we got a little excited!

Custard-Cake

Custard Cream Cake (Made in Japan)

    M: I was very excited when I saw these in the freezer because I absolutely love mochi ice cream and thought it might have a similar creamy filling. Although my expectations weren’t met, I still ended up enjoying these and would eat these again without hesitation.

I: Since this came from the fridge I kind of expected it to be like mochi ice cream but with a more crumby/ cakey exterior. Instead it tasted more like someone had accidentally put one of those Lotte Custard Cream Pies into the freezer. The flavours were nice (as you would expect from something called ‘custard cake’), but nothing too exciting.

Drinks

JA Foods Mikan & Suntory Gokuri (Both Made in Japan)

I: I was a bit confused by my ‘pulpy mandarin drink’. It was definitely VERY pulpy and it didn’t taste like your usual citrus-juice-from-concentrate, but it didn’t taste much like fresh juice either.
I wasn’t too crazy about this, and would not buy again.

M: I had the pleasure of picking the grape soda which I knew I would like, because you can’t really go wrong with grape soda. It was nice, but it pretty much tasted exactly like all the other grape sodas I’ve had!

Numbing

Lays Numbing Spicy Hot Pot Chips (Made in China?)

I: YUM!! I’ve recently discovered (very belatedly as usual) the amazing flavours of Sichuan and these chips channeled these flavours quite nicely (though more garlic would always be appreciated on my end). Different, flavourful, addictive. Definitely my favourite of the lot, though I wish I had been more successful in posing with the fake mouth on the packaging.

M: I wholeheartedly agree with the above sentiments! While I wouldn’t go so far to say these were numbing, these were incredibly addictive and the only negative I’d have to say is that the packet sizing is way too small!

Mochi

Pie Cookies with Mochi (honey butter flavour) (Made in Taiwan)

M: When I saw these on the shelf, I immediately grabbed them because I hadn’t seen such a concoction before!? The cookie was quite dough-y and while it didn’t really remind me of a cookie per se, I found myself enjoying the texture of the overall cookie and ate another one shortly after.

I: So this was a bit new because it involved mochi in a chocolate chip cookie, and it tasted exactly like mochi in a chocolate chip cookie. I guess the fact that the chocolate chip cookie had to accommodate a piece of mochi in the middle meant that textually it had to be more cakey – I prefer cookies that are thin and chewy so I think in future I would probably just have a chocolate chip cookie and some mochi separately. Good novelty value though – and brownie points for thinking outside the box (or, in this case, inside the cookie)!

Orion Baked Potato Snacks (Made in Korea)

I: Potato chips, but blander. More like potato crackers? I believe these were not fried, so what you lose in taste value, maybe you gain in health points? Or so I’d like to believe, because I would probably only eat these when feeling too guilty about eating actual potato chips. I hear they are good with ketchup, though, so maybe some room for further exploration …

M: Interestingly I did not enjoy these on first bite, and as you just learnt, neither did Irene. However, since Irene kindly donated the rest of the packet to my household, I felt obligated to eat another packet the following day and although bland, its true potato taste became quite addictive the more I ate! My mum also really enjoyed these and it wasn’t too much later that I returned to KFL to purchase another box.

Milk Pudding

Milk Pudding Cake / Gyunyu Purin Cake (Made in Japan)

I: With the glossy exterior and ‘pudding’ in the name I thought these cakes would be a lot more creamy? Or soft and cottony – like a Japanese souffle cheesecake in texture. They were actually more of a sponge cake, which was tasty but not as exciting and different as I’d hoped.

M: I’m not too sure why but when I saw these, they reminded me of Tokyo Banana. Unfortunately they did not taste nearly as nice as Tokyo Banana, but more reminded me of an Asian Twinkie. I also thought they would be creamy, but alas, a cute sponge cake it was!

Gummy

Konnyaku Jelly Grapes (Made in Japan)

I: THESE WERE WEIRD. They were oddly shaped and when I squeezed the package I had the impression that they had melted into liquid jelly blobs. When I opened one of the individually-wrapped packs I discovered that they were in fact solid with the shape of liquid jelly blobs, which was a bit weird. They also tasted a bit weird, which was disappointing because I usually love grape jellies! Maybe their extra collagen content caused this flavour dysfunction, but in future I will forgo the potential beauty effects and buy proper tasting grape jellies.

M: These were definitely different from the grape jellies that I am used to, and I am unsure whether if it was the hot day but I had to squeeze these out of the packet directly in to my mouth because they were so sticky to handle! I wouldn’t go as far as to say they were horrible, because I ended up eating the remaining jellies in the packet (common occurrence in this post??) but I wouldn’t bother purchasing these again.

As I come to the end of this post, it seems that Irene is a lot more picky about her snacks than I am, and that I became the one to eat the unwanted leftovers!

What’s the weirdest snack you’ve ever had?

26: Lovers in Space

Taking a break from some video game bars, we decided to have a celestial celebration to honour me turning 17 (26) once again. Inspired by all things celestial, we got dressed in our finest interstellar attire, served cosmic concoctions and stardust snacks, whilst playing some galactic games.

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I had a lot of fun dressing up for this event, as I tried my best to look as otherworldly as possible.

Most of this look is from Princess Polly, including dress, earrings and necklace. Space boots from The Iconic, and moon/star hair accessories from eBay. Made myself look a bit more odd with some Glamour Grey lenses from Beserk, and Diamond Crusher & Velvetine lipstick from Lime Crime.

Of course, no event of mine would be completed with some decoration and themed-food.

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Doing my best to keep up the galactic theme, I made a range of galaxy-themed food.

It was quite hard to find much inspiration for galaxy-themed savoury food, so as you can see, there are a lot of sweets. But hey, for a event celebrating my birthday, I think it’s quite suitable.

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Cosmic cupcakes

I originally intended to make galaxy coloured buttercream, but I had some struggles with piping, so I had a go at using fondant…which had a surprisingly good effect! The gold patty pans looked great with it too!

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Themed Sugar Cookies made by Aileen

I was also very lucky to have one of my colleagues, Aileen, make these beautiful sugar cookies for me! They were a huge hit, and Ash was really disappointed there was any left over for the next day!

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Finger Sandwiches – Chicken Mayo & Cream Cheese Cucumber

We needed some savoury, so these sandwiches became mahou sandowichi to keep with the theme haha.

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Chocolate bark

While these were seemingly easy to make, I actually screwed up the first batch by not following the recipe properly (woops). Thankfully, once you do so, they’re super easy and quite effective looking with some edible glitter and star sequins. Smashing them up was also super fun to do.

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Mini Pizzas – pepperoni & (just) mozzarella

Again, had to a be a bit creative to include some more savoury snacks, so these mini pizzas were actually unidentified flying pizzas (UFP…UFO). Yes, the corniness is great. 

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Butter Cookies with Frosting

These were last minute decision, and as you can see, didn’t look that great. I didn’t know that Aileen was going to make her sugar cookies, so I also decided to make some crappy looking cookies. They still tasted nice though!

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Galaxy Cocktail & SLURM (Mountain Dew)

If you watch Futurama, you’ll recognise these lovely (yet disgusting) Slurm drinks. To create these, I removed the labels off these lemonade bottles (lemonade going in to the galaxy cocktail), and printed off these Slurm labels, before pouring in some Mountain Dew. The Galaxy cocktail contained lemonade, vodka, blue curacao and grenadine, to give it that wonderful purplish colour (not quite pictured). Both – delicious!

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We ended up choosing to serve some of Ash’s burgers too… because we like to ensure our friends are fed.

These are galaxy burgers, but really, are no different from all the other burgers that Ash has made! We thought about doing something crazy like making the buns galaxy-coloured, but we didn’t make them; we also thought about adding food colouring to the sauce…but didn’t want people to eat food colouring for no reason…so, they’re normal burgers in every sense but their name haha.

Finally, we played some fun space-games, including Lovers in Space (much recommended)