It dawned on me over the weekend that my blog turned 2 earlier this month! When I hit that “publish” button on a black bean brownie recipe two years ago, I never would have imagined that I would ride this food blogging wave so far. My only goal was to create an online diary to keep track of my kitchen experiments and workouts. I didn’t own any fancy cameras, I didn’t understand how to tweet, and my photos were constantly rejected by Foodgawker. Big “whomp, whomp.”
But I decided to stick with it. Guess what? Two years later, I’m starting a Youtube channel!!
I’ve been wanting to make videos for the blog for a looong time, but I’ve never had the will to start. Learning how to shoot half-decent food photos was hard enough for me, and I knew that shooting videos would be a more involved process.
How am I going to film myself cooking?
What software do I even use to make videos?
Will I have to show my weathered hands on camera?
Then, I realized that I was doing nothing more than making stupid excuses to keep me from trying something new. I do that a lot. Really, it’s time for me to stop half-assing my goals and just plunge right in. So here goes nothing . . .
I decided to make my first video around my egg fried rice in a mug recipe because it’s the most popular one on the blog to date. I’ve made it gluten free here by swapping the soy sauce for tamari. This recipe actually works, friends! Be sure to read the cooking notes right below so that you get it right the first time!
Also, it would mean SO MUCH to me if you subscribed to my Youtube channel! I don’t know how often I will post new videos up, but I’m hoping to do one at least one every other week! If you have any feedback about my videos, please let me know or leave a comment!
Finally, I haven’t forgotten about the Comfort in a Mug e-book! Things have just been going a lot more slowly than I anticipated. I will be getting that up and running soon. In the meantime, if you want to receive e-mail updates on the e-book, sign up here.
MASTER MY MISTAKES / COOKING NOTES
- DO NOT Cook Fried Rice at Full Power: One of the biggest mistakes I made when I started cooking with my microwave was not paying attention to the power settings when I cooked. Just like I wouldn’t cook things like pancakes on high heat over the stove, I shouldn’t cook everything at full power in the microwave either.For this recipe, you’ll want to cook everything at a 8 or 9 out of 10 power setting. If you can’t adjust the power settings of your microwave, then cook it at full power, but cut the cooking time a little. The first time the rice goes into the microwave with the vegetables, cook for a minute (no change from the original recipe). However, the second time the rice goes in with the egg, cook it only for a minute to a minute and 15 seconds. Overly cooked eggs are no bueno. Of course, not all microwaves are the same, so you may need to play with the power settings and cooking time a little.
- Don’t forget to fluff the rice: This is probably one of the most important steps to the recipe. As the egg cooks, it will fill the crevices between the rice and vegetables, forming a huge egg/rice/veggie cake in a mug, if you will. Before you eat the rice, make sure you thoroughly fluff up the rice with a fork or spoon. Get into that mug and dig! Don’t worry, the rice can handle it.
- Let the rice sit for a minute before eating: I know, it’s hard to resist digging into the rice right after it’s done in the microwave. Do let the rice stand at room temperature for a minute, though. This allows it to finish cooking.
P.S. I know that I shot the fried rice with chopsticks in these photos, but you’ll want to go at this with a spoon—way easier!
If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes by leaving a comment or sending me a message! Or take a photo of the food and tag me on Instagram so that I can give you a fist bump! Seeing your creations makes my day!