Scrambled eggs in the office microwave..

Yup. It’s possible. Needs a little creative thinking, but here are the quick steps:

  1. 2 eggs into a small bowl
  2. Add some milk + butter
  3. Whisk, whisk, whisk
  4. Microwave for 30 seconds (assuming 800W power)
  5. Whisk, whisk
  6. Another 20 seconds in the microwave
  7. Whisk
  8. Now its just 5-10 seconds of microwaving and whisking. Stop when it hits your preferred runny state.

IMPORTANT:  It’s a bit like a cliff. The eggs will be runny up till a point, and then immediately become solid in the microwave. So the last step requires very careful watching and whisking.

And feel free to share other tips below.

(And thanks Daniel B for the original insight that made this possible!)

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The perfect scrambled eggs (and simple)

It’s like making risotto. You have to keep stirring on very slow heat and time-to-time take it off the heat and stir using the pan’s residual heat. Patience is key here.

Don’t ever use milk or cream as it eventually releases out as water and looks bad (the egg white is fat soluble, not water soluble). Use butter to add creaminess.

Process:
Start with a little butter melting in a pan. Add you 3 eggs directly into the pan and make sure you turn the heat down to quite low. Don’t use salt.

Then start stirring with a spatula constantly to almost whip into a buttery form.

Keep stirring for 5-7 minutes. Add more butter if needed.

Don’t under any circumstances turn up the heat. It takes a while to start cooking – so be patient. Eventually the liquid will start solidifying.

Depending on your tastes you can add in some Parmesan cheese grated, parsley etc. (and more butter if needed)

Based on how runny you like it, stop stirring after 7 minutes and serve immediately (don’t let it sit in the pan, loses its buttery texture).

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The amazing things I ate in 2011 ..a foodie reflection


Not everything amazing I ate was captured as a picture (eg: Borough Market) — but here are some of them that I did manage to take a picture of:

Wiener Schnitzel in Vienna at the famous Figmuller ... its was so large, it didnt fit in the plate

Wiener Schnitzel in Vienna at the famous Figmuller ... its was so large, it didnt fit in the plate

KFC Biscuits.. so good! (in Hong Kong)

KFC Biscuits.. so good! (in Hong Kong)

This was at a great restaurant in London called Manaa. Its a coconut + Mango mix. Just unbelievable (great restaurant too, must go for all)

This was at a great restaurant in London called Manaa. Its a coconut + Mango mix. Just unbelievable (great restaurant too, must go for all)

Chirashi from Wasabi.. always good

Chirashi from Wasabi.. always good

Wonton soup in Hong Kong IFC (4th floor).

Wonton soup in Hong Kong IFC (4th floor).

Most amazing Macaroons (At Le Gouter Bernardaud in Hong Kong IFC)

Most amazing Macaroons (At Le Gouter Bernardaud in Hong Kong IFC)

Black Bean chicken.. (Guangzhou China)

Black Bean chicken.. (Guangzhou China)

Biryani.. a Varma & Varma Production

Biryani.. a Varma & Varma Production

Dal Makhani from Dishoom in London (must go for Indian food lovers)

Dal Makhani from Dishoom in London (must go for Indian food lovers)

Experimental cooking at home. I remember it being very good - no idea what it was..

Experimental cooking at home. I remember it being very good - no idea what it was..

Chocolate Custard cake (somewhere in Asia)

Chocolate Custard cake (somewhere in Asia)

Mongolian lamp bake wrap thing

Mongolian lamp bake wrap thing

Korean hot bowl

Korean hot bowl

BBQ Pork -- Chinese style

BBQ Pork -- Chinese style

Grilled Red Snapper

Grilled Red Snapper

The most chocalatey cake ever.. thats all I remember

The most chocalatey cake ever.. thats all I remember

A Haagen Daas creation (China)

A Haagen Daas creation (China)

Fresh Coconut guy (India)

Fresh Coconut guy (India)

Aloe Vera Drink in Asia

Aloe Vera Drink in Asia

Crepes near Hampstead (London)

Crepes near Hampstead (London)

Indian Papri Chat.. essential

Indian Papri Chat.. essential

Malini Mami's Butter Chicken..

Malini Mami's Butter Chicken..

World best sandwich from Fine Foods Deli near London Bridge

World best sandwich from Fine Foods Deli near London Bridge

Cheesecake.. (obviously has to be on my list)

Cheesecake.. (obviously has to be on my list)

Som Tam.. extra spicy

Som Tam.. extra spicy

Some gigantic fruit in Asia (if you know the name, please let me know)

Some gigantic fruit in Asia (if you know the name, please let me know)

Coconut-style indian curry from Masala Zone in London

Coconut-style indian curry from Masala Zone in London

Kebab lovers paradise somewhere in Southall

Kebab lovers paradise somewhere in Southall

Pav Bhaji in Mumbai (had to try the local cuisine)

Pav Bhaji in Mumbai (had to try the local cuisine)

Guacamole from Chipotle in London (also should mention Tekila in Guangzhou which had fresh Guacamole)

Guacamole from Chipotle in London (also should mention Tekila in Guangzhou which had fresh Guacamole)

Extracting out a couple spare minutes.. daily

Found this really useful article about how to snip out a couple minutes in a busy day. Always useful.

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From GigaOm:

Most of us would like to have just a little more time: how much more you could get done if you had just an extra hour or two a day? While I can’t magically transport you to Bajor, where they have 26-hour days, I can share a few tips that will help you to take control of your schedule and help to make it seem like you have a few extra hours.

Decline meetings. I don’t accept every meeting. If I don’t see real benefit resulting from my attendance, either for me or someone else, I decline the meeting. By only going to meetings you need to attend, you free up some time to do something productive.

Have effective meetings. Strive to have shorter, more effective meetings by being organized and always having a definitive end time. Spending a few minutes preparing for a meeting and send out an agenda and other materials in advance; it will mean that you get through the meeting faster, with less floundering around figuring out what you need to accomplish. I also try to keep people on track during the meeting and attempt to end on time or early when possible.

Schedule work. We all have certain tasks that require uninterrupted time where we can focus. For those activities, I try to free up big blocks of time on my calendar, and I schedule those tasks the same way that I would schedule a meeting, which allows me the time to work uninterrupted.

Schedule recreation. I also schedule my workouts just like any other meeting on my calendar. This has a couple of advantages. First, I get a reminder when it’s time to work out, and second, it discourages other people from scheduling over my workout and makes it more likely that I will be able to find the time for staying fit.

Take advantage of off-peak times. Try to schedule activities at times when you can do them in less time. When I need to drive to work (a 45- to 60-minute commute), I get up early to beat some of the traffic and schedule my workout after work, so that by the time I’m done exercising and ready to drive home, the traffic isn’t as heavy. I also try to avoid grocery shopping right after work or going to the bank at lunch.

Group and combine. Where possible, I take advantage of logical groupings to minimize travel time, such as scheduling afternoon meetings downtown when I know I need to be there for an evening event. I also try to combine meetings where possible, and I often meet with people for informal discussions at local tech events or prior to meetings. By combining meetings with meetups, I can get more done.

Be flexible. I try to be flexible with my schedule to maximize productivity. On days that I work from home, I start work at six or seven in the morning and then take a slightly longer lunch with a workout, which helps me start the afternoon refreshed. I also tend to move things around on my schedule and be flexible to take advantage of unexpected, but productive conversations with coworkers or to stay “in the zone” when I’m really being productive on a chunk of work.

Take breaks. When we get really busy, we tend to turn into workaholics and attempt to power through the work even when we aren’t being productive. While taking a break sounds like you will lose time, in many cases, it can help you get a new perspective on a difficult problem. A short walk can help, as can taking a break to accomplish something else, like running an errand or getting in a workout. After a little break, your brain will be refreshed and ready to be productive again.

Turn off the television. I used to watch a lot of television in the evenings until I realized I was spending too much time watching other people and not enough time experiencing my own life. I was surprised at how much time I had for hobbies, reading, fitness or even just getting a little work done in the evening when television wasn’t sucking hours out of my day.

Block out time for you. I block out my calendar from 4:30 to 5:00 every afternoon to give me a few minutes to reflect on the day, double-check my task list and wrap up any last-minute projects. In a past job where I often had back-to-back meetings all day, I used to block out my lunch hour just to give me time to eat! I know others who block off some time in the morning or afternoon to have time to take their kids to and from school. Think about what is important for you and make sure you find time in your schedule for what you want to do.