bachelor tuesdays

So, by now you have certainly experimented with making your own tuna mousse. If you haven’t be sure to check out my recipe: Bachelor’s Simple Tuna Mousse

Still not convinced that this might be the perfect lunch idea? Let me give you 3 simple reasons why you should make this right now:

  1. It’s easy
    Yes, it takes me 20 minutes to make a batch big enough to feed an entire family for 3 days. In this estimate lunch is the only meal of the day, of course.

  2. It’s cheap
    Hell yes! Let’s do some math:

  • 2x tuna = 3$ (20 DKK)
  • 1/4 of a quality jar of mayonnaise = 0.50$ (3 DKK)
    Ends up at 3.50$ (23 DKK) for enough tuna mousse for 3 days.
  1. It’s delicious
    I won’t elaborate. It’s something you need to try out yourself.

Spicing It Up!

Is tuna mousse starting to feel too tasteless to you? Try adding any of the following:

  • Finely chopped red onion
    Yes! This adds an amazing new depth to your mousse. You can add regular onions instead but be aware that red onions work best since their taste is less bitter than most other onion types.

  • Finely chopped bell pepper
    Bell pepper adds a fresh and juicy feeling to your mousse. I personally like adding this since it makes the whole mousse feel a lot less ‘meaty’. This results in a mouse that is horizontally balanced on the meat/vegetable scale. Yes, I just came up with that term. Patent pending.
    Which color bell pepper should I add?
    Add red bell pepper for sweetness. Add green for a slightly bitter but fresh taste. Add yellow bell pepper if you’re looking for something less tasteful. (They really taste like nothing)

  • Canned corn
    Adding canned corn makes your mousse sweeter. It also gives it a nice color. I don’t have a harsh opinion on this. Add corn you like it; I won’t stop you.

  • Sriracha Sauce
    Now this is my favorite part. After making a nice mix of the previously mentioned ingredients, I like adding just a dab of Sriracha. It adds a spicy flavor to the mousse, which is a nice contrast the aforementioned ingredients. If you’re feeling adventurous or believe that you’re a tough person, add more sauce. I usually add about half a tablespoon to a batch made of 2 cans of tuna.

Alright, those were my favorite ingredients to add. Although I have preferences among these I can greatly recommend all of them. It really helps make a tuna mousse sandwich feel like more of a complete meal.

I love a good cup of coffee. You know what else I love? My time. To save time in the morning it can be incredibly lifesaving to have a nice home brewed cup ready to go. I simply pour mix hot water and pre-brewed coffee in a ratio of 1:1 to create a quick Americano. Due to the sweet and smooth flavor of cold brewed coffee, it works great for homemade ice-coffee.

Grind your own coffee beans
I know, this is what they always say: “Do it all by yourself. it’ll be much tastier“ And I know how ridiculous it seems. I am not advocating for anyone to quit their job and become a self-made coffee barista just for a morning coffee. But this step makes a difference though. Let me explain.
3 reasons to consider grinding it yourself:

  • Flavor - Freshly ground coffee tastes better
  • Price - It is cheaper than store-bought (true for expensive brands at least)
  • Speed - It only takes ~20 seconds to do

Seriously, grind your own coffee. Although it is a bit on the expensive side, I currently use the Baratza Vario Flat Burr Coffee Grinder. But really, any coffee grinder with settings for adjusting how fine/coarse to grind will do.

Make it the night before, wake up to great coffee
I can greatly recommend this. The cold brewed coffee needs around 12 hours to really let every flavor out. Timing your batch to be ready in the early morning can help remove the amount of work needed upon waking up. This is especially nice for stressful weekday mornings. Making large batches at the time is also a good way to save time.

Coffee dripping!

The Recipe

You’ll need

  • Ground coffee (150 g / ~5.3 oz.)
  • Cold water (500 mL)

Instructions

  1. Mix ground coffee and water in a medium sized mason jar
  2. Let it rest in the fridge for 12 hours (at least)
  3. Using a funnel and coffee filter, let the mixture slowly drip into a container.
  4. Enjoy with hot water as an Americano or mix with milk to create homemade iced coffee!

Easy! Your very own home brewed coffee is now ready. I can recommend making large portions and storing them in the fridge for a fast and easy cup during weekdays.

After a few hours of heavyweight-hustling-brain-exercising (or school / work), do you ever find yourself craving for an easy lunch? Do not worry, it is (relatively) normal, you are (probably) just human.
Personally, I enjoy eating something fancier than a slice of ham smacked on a dry piece of bread with a smear of butter in between to introduce the two parties. You see, even though the ham and bread might small talk and exchange a few jokes, what you really seek is for them to properly get to know each other. This is where I like to introduce bread to one of my closest friends:
Tuna Mousse. He is a quite a charismatic funny guy, but he is also a stable conversation partner. Clever jokes and quick stabs will keep the bread’s eyes fixated on him, but she will stay for the deep conversations on future hopes and dreams. He listens, and within minutes this gentleman feels like something closer to an old acquaintance than a mysterious stranger.
Okay, I’ll stop before this turns into a culinary love story.

Why this recipe?

Tuna Mousse, like many of my favorites, is Q.E.C-certified:

  1. Quick
  2. Easy
  3. Cheap

Tuna mousse can be made in large quantities and later snuck into bread to create a shamelessly juicy tuna-sandwich. You will love it. My simple tuna mousse primarily consists of (but not limited to):

  1. Tuna (duh)
  2. Mayonnaise (great amounts)
  3. Salt and pepper (to taste)
    I like to combine two cans of tuna with 2-3 tablespoons of mayonnaise which is stirred and then seasoned relentlessly with salt and pepper (a flavory tuna is a good tuna). This is the tuna I use:

Danish tuna!

The Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 can of tuna (~5 oz / 150g drained)
  • 1½ tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Stir together ingredients until light and slick.
  2. Season to satisfaction.
  3. Refrigerate or enjoy immediately.

This tuna mousse is perfect for a quick lunch snack. I prefer to enjoy It spread on or inside sandwiches, depending on if it is an open or a closed one. Already familiar with tuna mousse? Check out my ideas for Making Your Tuna Mousse More Interesting.

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