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The Food Dude: I didn’t choose the mug life

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The Mug Life Omelette

The mug life chose me. For as long as I can remember, I’ve cooked mug-meals using every foodie’s guilty pleasure: the microwave.

Whether you’re in a rush to get ready for work or simply feeling a bit too meh for more tedious cooking, it proves to be a speedy and versatile cooking method worthy of a cookbook.

With little effort one can make a single-serving omelette, lasagna, loaded baked potato or even a chocolate lava cake in your favorite mug using only a couple of minutes of RF radiation. I know it sounds incredible, but stick with me.

I made my first mug meal when I was seven according to my nan.

When she wasn’t looking, I apparently scooped some of her chocolate cake batter into a mug and popped it into the microwave for a few minutes.

While at first she was justifiably irked, the result was a perfectly baked and edible cake with a soft centre.

Fearing that my nan would take it away, I grabbed the still much-too-hot mug-cake and ran off to find a hiding spot — I had many — to eat it.

My second mug-meal came not long after as Nan attests it became a small obsession of mine.

She found me one morning cracking eggs into a mug and cutting up hot dogs to add to the mix. This one reportedly exploded all over the inside of the microwave and was “a state” to clean up. I was forbidden from any further attempts. Naturally, I didn’t listen.

Over time I perfected the mug omelette through messy trial and error and it remains one of my lazy favourites to this day. It evolved into a quick and easy western omelette that I call:

The Mug Life Omelette

- 3 large eggs

- 1 tbsp (splash) whole milk

- 3 tbsp cheddar cheese, shredded

- 2 tbsp diced pepper

- 2 tbsp precooked frying ham bits or bacon

- ½ tsp each salt and pepper

- Pinch of parsley


- Coat the inside of a large mug in cooking spray, place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk.

- Pour contents of the bowl into your mug and microwave on high for one minute. 

- Remove the mug and slide a butter knife around the rim inside to loosen. Microwave for an additional 30 seconds.

- Let cool for two minutes before eating.

Now, my first microwave omelette was undoubtedly a messy disaster wrought from childhood curiosity rather than industrial intent, but don’t let that discourage you.

You’d be delighted, dear readers, to know that there are quite a few mug-meal recipes online apart from my own and like my aforementioned mug omelette recipe, they’re all worth trying out at home.

Of course, microwaves can vary and it’s probably best to keep a close eye on your handheld creations at first to tweak them as you see fit. Who knows? You might be born for the mug life too.

Happy Nuking!

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