The Internet is chock full of good ideas — or not so good ideas. Hence sites like Pinterest Fail.
In my semi-regular feature Pins and Needles, I try things out for myself. (Note: this feature isn’t regular at all. There’s only other one post like it.)
This week’s quest is based on this image:
Well. That looks just fine. Let’s try it at home.
My first problem is that I eat sloppy veggies. In this mix is onion, red & green pepper, and chives. This isn’t nearly as arty-looking.
Problem 2: After the ice cube trays are frozen (the following morning), it’s impossible to twist and crack the ice cube trays. You have to dig each individual cube out with a knife. Like a barbarian.
Problem 3: It appears that olive oil melts faster than a normal ice cube would. So these get slippery and dissolve super-fast. After laboriously digging each cube out of the tray, you need to promptly get the cubes into the baggie and back into the freezer.
Problem 4: An ice cube is 2 tablespoons of material. That’s a lot of olive oil for two eggs. (I found this out the hard way. Oops.) So now I’ll have to take a chisel of some sort and hack each cube in half before throwing it into the skillet.
Breakfast with 1/2 cube, two scrambled eggs, and 1.5 cups of skim milk: 427 calories. 20g carbs, 28g fat, 25g protein.
That’s a little higher in calories/fat/animal products than I’d like a breakfast to be, but it was a good start to the day. I made it to around 12:30 before I started getting light-headed and bitchy, so the fats and proteins held their own pretty well.
And, because I put in prep work, I can have this breakfast any time I’d like — just add eggs. I have the veggie/EVOO fixins for like 40 more of these.
Price for cubes: About $7-10 in supplies (chives, peppers, onions, olive oil).
Time for cubes: This was about 15-20 minutes of work. Messy, slippery work that’s a little labor-intensive, mostly on the cube end.
Verdict: I don’t regret having done this. I like veggies in my eggs, and, since I don’t eat them all that often, this will last me until the end of time. If you can find a use for this, try it out!