Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Online Gaming is Addictive

Oh my fucking god. I know as part of my new year's resolution I mentioned that I would try to blog more! 


I have been busy... with gaming! D: 

Seriously, it's so addictive my boyfriend actually got mad that I spend more time on it than spending time with him.

Over the years, I have obviously heard of MMORPG games like World of Warcraft and League of Legends but I didn't like the aspect that you have to pay a subscription fee in order to play. So, I never actually bothered to search for it. However, one day I stumbled upon a list of games and TERA sounded like something fun. Plus, since I had a Steam account, it was just so easy to download, wait and play!

I downloaded the game on my boyfriend's computer, and upon starting the game, I was impressed with the graphics and game play. As a noob, it was easy to get a hang of things and it didn't take much to get hooked. I took my time leveling up my gunner character to 65, exploring and doing quite a lot of side quests along the way.

The only downside I had during that time, was finding people to play with (the two guilds I had joined did not have enough members online daily), and soloing quests on your own can get quite lonely & boring. However, I had luck on my side and joined a social guild :3 *byebyereallifeactivities*

For me, joining a guild was a game changer, especially a guild who uses Discord. It's a nice change to have people to talk to (to make up for almost a year of almost no social life). :D

Wait, did I forget to mention that it's free-to-play? They also have an in-game trade broker which allow players to sell/trade/buy items using in-game currency for items that might require real $. For example, since I didn't subscribe to an Elite account (optional), I could purchase a 30-day Elite scroll with the in-game currency I had.

Overall, I must say I was impressed (though I am quite disappointed with the latest patch, which got rid of an easy way to farm for gold) and it's definitely a game worth checking out!

Sunday, 3 January 2016

THE Perfect Egg Recipe

For a while, my partner has been snobbing me when it comes to cooking eggs. I've always made sunny-side up for myself in the past, ones with a somewhat crispy border. However, when we first started living together, he wanted the "over-easy" eggs that he was used to. 

I remember my grandparents making these for me as a child, with a tiny splash of soy sauce to complement the eggs. However, I just thought it was rather bothersome to risk breaking the yolk whilst flipping them over, therefore sticking with the sunny-side up option. 

As the years passed, I had a fascination ... an addiction to poached eggs as the "healthy" alternative for breakfast. I liked the fact that it was cooked without butter, had a funky shape but mostly still had the runny yolk I love. 

My partner said he didn't like my sunny-side up eggs, as they did sport rather crispy egg whites and if I were to rush making them, I end up with a bit of runny egg whites too (much to his disgust). Over many failed attempts in making his ideal over-easy eggs, I somewhat gave up and allowed him to take over the cooking of fried eggs. 

It was only recently that I stumbled upon a post on Pinterest, that boasted the perfect "over-easy" egg recipe. Upon further reading, I realised that it wasn't really an over-easy egg, as it wasn't fried on both sides, but it utilized steam to achieve results. With further research, I discovered that it used the Steam-Basted method which I had never heard of before. 

I just had to try this out for myself - like the results to me were the perfect combination of sunny-side, poached, and over-easy all-in-one! How could I not?

My first attempt resulted in this:

I made the mistake of taking off the lid just a little too late, when the white film had already developed on the yolk, and the residual heat overcooked the yolk slightly more than what we were used to. Nevertheless, I had never made an egg looking this good ever. 

The second attempt was perfect, but I was too hungry to take any photos (we devoured ours within minutes), so here's my third:

Dudeee.... just look at that eggy perfection!

My personal preference will always be half-boiled eggs as it brings back great childhood memories. Otherwise, this has now become my next best favorite!

Salt & Pepper (optional; to taste)
Frying pan with a lid

1. Heat up your frying pan on high heat. Melt a tiny bit of butter/margarine/oil. Trust me, you will not need much. 

2. Crack egg(s) into the pan. Reduce heat to medium-high. Wait for the egg whites to cook to a point where it is opaque. 

3. I don't have exact measurements for the water, but I pour just enough to water where it reaches the edges of the egg whites. Cover frying pan with lid. 

 Don't know if you can see, but there's a slight water line if you must use this as an indication. 

Don't judge the over-sized lid. My frying pan did not come with one, so I had a substitute!

4. I highly suggest keeping an eye on the eggs as soon as you pop on the lid. I would say that in a couple of minutes or less, the egg yolk(s) will soon develop the thin white film on the yolk base. If you like your yolk runny (like me), quickly turn off the heat, take off the lid and remove from heat immediately. 

If you like your yolk a slightly bit firmer, wait until the yolk has clouded over and then immediately remove from heat. 

5. Serve immediately. Crack salt & pepper according to your preference. 

My boyfriend's serving. I already had mine when I made his lol. 
Eggs, wedges & Cretons on toast. 

I prefer my eggs on top of smashed avocado toast for a filling, satisfying brekkie! 

Enjoy & bon appetit!