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!

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)

Eat with Melody: Frico Cheese!

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Frico

Hello hello! How have you been? As you can see I’ve just been stuffing my face as usual…..
So, ofc when I heard about Frico‘s cheese campaign, I jumped on it, not wanting to miss out on the chance to eat.

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Being expert cheese makers since 1898, Frico creates a range of high quality Dutch cheeses, all which are made from the milk of Friesian cows (and goat!). I’ve personally never had the opportunity to taste Dutch cheese, so I was very excited when Frico sent over 5 different cheeses for me to taste hehe. Of course, I included Ash in my cheese tasting and we came up with a few different recipes to make the experience a whole lot more enjoyable!

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With the huge range of cheeses available, there was NO way that Ash and I weren’t going to whip up some burgers! But before I get to that exciting part of the post, here are some other delicious concoctions I made with Frico cheese.

Reuben Sandwiches using Frico Maasdam Cheese

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Since Maasdam is the Dutch interpretation of Swiss cheese, we thought Reubens would be a good idea to chuck them in, which was perfect as they were pretty delicious melted over some corned beef brisket. We made these in a hurry (as we were late to something woops), and we were finished in about 10-15 minutes. So definitely recommend giving this is a shot if you’re after a quick and delicious lunch/dinner.

To make, butter up some Dark Rye bread on the outside, then add in corned beef brisket, sauerkraut, russian dressing (or thousand island like us if you live in Aus and can’t find any) and Frico Maasdam cheese. Stack it up and grill in your sandwich press until ready. Easy! (NB: In the picture above, the cheese slices are cut a bit too thick, so if you’re going to give this a shot, we recommend doing it thinner so they melt more)

Baked Pastries using Frico Chevrette Cheese

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This is mild Chevrette cheese, which is in Frico’s premium line of goat cheeses. Now, don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love cheese, but I really just can’t stomach goat cheese ….in fact, I can’t stomach goat anything to be honest lol! THANKFULLY, Ash ain’t so picky so he enjoyed these Chevrette filled pastries by himself hehe.

To make, cut some puff pastry in to squares. Then fill with diced bacon, spinach, seasoning and Frico Chevrette cheese. Fold pastry over in to triangles, then give it a good egg wash! Bake in the oven at 180°c for 25 minutes or until golden.

Chicken Quesadillas using Frico Dutched Spiced Gouda Cheese

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Frico’s dutch spiced gouda was probably one of my favourite cheeses, and thus this meal is easily one of my favourites and I will definitely be making it again (already had it for lunch and dinner the following day lol). The gouda is cleverly infused with aromatic cumin, and thus gives a unique spicy taste. I saw a recipe that paired cumin, chicken and gouda, so I was like HEY, I have two of those ingredients in ONE lol. Anyway..

Spread some sour cream on half of the wrap, then add in some cos baby lettuce, shredded spiced* chicken fillet, chopped tomatoes, salsa sauce (I used a bottle of Old El Paso), and Frico’s Dutch Spiced Gouda. Fold it over, and chuck it in the sandwich press until the wrap is crunchy. Serve hot!

*I seasoned the chicken fillet with corn flour, paprika, chilli powder, oregano, garlic powder and black pepper. 

Beatbox-inspired Burgers using Frico Gouda Cheese

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Now, I must say that these are Beatbox’s Raph-inspired burgers because of a few things. Firstly, Raph doesn’t add bacon but we lovee our bacon so we decided to add that in anyway. He also doesn’t garnish with pickles, but pickles are awesome so whatever! And lastly, we screwed up making Raph’s stereo sauce due to a lack of mechanical whisk and lack of man power to manually whisk lol. Alas, since Frico did supply us with Gouda, and Beatbox burgers use Gouda, we decided to made our own interpretation of the Raph burger anyway.

Before assembly, get your bacon crispy and melt a slice of Frico’s Gouda cheese on your beef patty while grilling it. Starting with your bun, lather some burger sauce*, beef, cheese, bacon (optional), onion, tomato, lettuce, then ending with your top bun. Optional: Serve with healthy-ish fruity drinks that have 50% fruit juice cos this burg has SALAD in it and is therefore considered healthy in our books lol!

*Due to my legal binding obligations to Ash as a girlfriend, I cannot reveal the ingredients to his secret burger sauce.

Very Cheesyburgers and Loaded Cheese Fries using Frico Smoked Processed Cheese

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So out of the pack we received, we were most excited to try the Smoked Processed Cheese, which yes, has been smoked in the traditional way (unlike other smoked cheeses we’ve tried)! Reminiscent of Ziggy and Mr Burger, we attempted to whip up some cheese sauce burgers and, my favourite trucker fries! As this meal was a lot more unhealthy than the previous one, we accompanied it with some good ol’ Dr Peppies.

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Starting with the bun, chuck in your beef patty, bacon, onions, pickle, cheese sauce*, and finish with the top bun.

*Created by melting down some grated smoked processed cheese with corn flour and evaporated milk. Frustratingly, our cheese sauce was a little clumpy due to our inattention to the melting process, and a potentially insufficient amount of evapo milk (read: very insufficient).

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To make these delicious and unhealthy loaded fries, cook your fries until golden and crispy. Season them before drowning them in the same cheese sauce as above, burger sauce and delicious diced bacon.

Verdict? I’m definitely gonna try make these loaded fries again… with more evapo milk haha.

Woah! Now that was a whole lot of cheesy cheesy meals that I just wrote about hehe. If you’re going to grab a packet of Frico cheese, you can head to your local Woolworths to find them in the deli section! Please let me know in the comments below if you whip up something fun and delicious ♥