Righteo Tradies this recipe is one for all the pasta lovers out there… time to Carb Load! This recipe is a quick and easy meal to prepare and a ripper for lunch the next day!
500g chicken breast chopped
200g frozen peas
3 garlic cloves
Shallots or Onion
¼ cup white wine
1 cup fresh basil
100g light cream cheese
150g ham chopped
Chilli Flakes (optional to get some spice in ya life)
ERBS and other stuff
Salt and Pepper
Straight up you want to heat a large pot with boiling water. Once on the boil chuck the pasta in the pot. When the pasta is almost done add the peas and cook for another two minutes (Note: keep about 125ml (halfa cup) of the boiling water to add to the cream cheese later);
Whilst the pasta is on the boil, heat up some olive oil in a non-stick pan. Once hot add the chicken and let it simmer away;
When almost done add the garlic and half the shallots and cook for a further few minutes;
Add the wine to the pan and simmer until reduced (aka the wine gone);
Combine the cream cheese and leftover pasta water in a separate bowl and whisk until smooth;
Throw in some salt and pepper into the cream cheese mixture and add to the frying pan with the chicken and heat up;
Drain the pasta mixture and put back into the pot;
Add the chicken and cream cheese mixture to the pasta pot and stir through;
Whilst stirring add the ham and fresh basil;
Serve up with some fresh shallots, chilli flakes and a light sprinkle of parmesan cheese;
Smash it like a packet of Smith’s Chips;
Nutritional information (based on the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating for an Adult):
Aim for salt reduced, reduced fat ham and it will be a great source of Lean Protein;
1 cup of pasta is approx. two serves of wholegrain grains and cereals;
What does this mean? a medium bowl or two cups of pasta will be approximately 4 of your 6 serves of wholegrains for a male aged between 19-70yrs of age per day!
Great source of fibre;
Aprox 1-2 serves of veggies per medium bowl; and
Want to add more vitamins and minerals? Use less pasta and add more veggies.
We are officially on a streak – 3 weeks running with blogs and we are about as pumped as a pair of 90s basketball shoes (Reebok pumps for those of you playing at home…) (Ok, so for those of you born in the 2000’s here is a picture for reference:)
Press that little orange basketball and it pumps your shoes up! A lot like Sasha, press his ba… Ok, ok, let’s move on.
So – How did everyone go with their time management tips last week? We are expecting that you put them all to great use – (Although we are quietly hoping that you forgot to turn off your email notifications, so this bad boy comes through and you don’t miss reading our latest blogs….)
We will say that Chris sat Sash down and walked him through the last blog and has made it clear that time management is indeed important to both our readers life, as well as ours… Key items that were brought up in this chat:
Stop checking each and every one of his 7,000 likes every time he posts, just to figure out who is and isn’t single… (Seriously ladies – he is single) (Sash – stop taking the bloody keyboard…)
Stop sinking excessive amounts of froff.
Stop procrastinating about what reality show you will be going on next and just bite the bullet and get on the upcoming show “Construction manager with a receding hairline wants a wife or at least a Mrs”
Stop wasting your time with the hilarious videos of scaring the shit out of people with horns in your office! (But seriously, never stop that…)
So onto this week’s blog; Chris is taking over the kitchen and the keyboard today for his Smoko-Shed-Omelette which he claims he can do on a sandwich press. A self-confessed master chef (also known around the FT headquarters as “the special kid in the Fit Tradie Master Chef kitchen…”) (same, same but different…) anyways Chriso – take it away big guy!
Thanks guys for that…. Nice introduction. Ladies, gentleman, Sash, it is an absolute pleasure to be taking over the kitchen to show you this quick, easy, and damn delicious smoko that is a staple in my daily diet (I don’t literally eat staples… as delicious as this looks…)
The good thing about this omelette is there is no measuring, it is all healthy, so a handful here and a handful there is the perfect measuring tool!
What you will need:
A red-hot smile on the dial – Note Sashas here;
3-4 eggs (pending if you’re a big dog or not…)
A splash of milk
Handful of baby spinach
Handful of shredded ham
Half a handful (I think that is a thing..?) of shredded cheese (Keep it light if possible)
Couple of sliced cherry tomatoes
Quick crack of salt and pepper if your looking at spoiling yourself!
Feel free to get creative: Spanish onion, light feta, chocolate (Sash, give me the keyboard back you pork chop!) – no chocolate.
Turn the sandwich press on – It is always a good idea to do that…
Grab a bowl and crack your 3x or 4x eggs in there
Throw in the splash of milk (be mindful not to put too much, otherwise it won’t fit on the sandwich press. It may take a few goes to perfect this!)
Add a quick crack of salt and pepper and beat away with a fork until you get a nice consistency (Sash get your mind out of the gutter)
Time to start adding the good stuff – throw in your tomato/baby spinach/cheese/ham and give it a quick stir
This is where the balancing act begins… Literally. Now pending the sandwich press – you may have a small lip right around the plate (Which makes life a little easier, unfortunately I don’t have this luxury in my site office – hence the strategic plates that are propping up the sandwich press, which you will see in the below photo to make it just out of level, leaning the hot plate to the back to prevent unwanted spillage of the omelette! (Engineering at its best people!)
Now slowly pour your FTO (just abbreviated Fit Tradie Omelette unnecessarily… You’re welcome.) onto the hotplate, being careful not to let the omelette spill over the edge. You may need one of your fellow Fit Tradies for the first pour so they can assist in propping the sandwich press as required
Now most sandwich presses will have a lockable arm so you can float the top plate just over the top of your masterpiece, if yours doesn’t, you will need to get creative with your plates and potentially a cup to hold open the sandwich press. Check out this engineering feet below:
Once your FTO looks similar to the photo below -You are ready to rock!
Voila! There you have it, the FTO aka The Smoko-Shed-Omelette!
Until then Tradies…Keep it tight and Bright!
– Sash and Chris –
Quote of the week:“The next time you wake up, you’ll be needing a new haircut”
Fit Tradie Challenge: Cook the above, film it, and share it, tag Fit Tradie, and we will share it on our socials!
As a show of hands Fit Tradies, put your hands up if you often find yourself short of time? It’s hard to see who put their hand up given this is a blog however we’re assuming it’s at least 50% of you! Now put your hand up if you’ve listened/watched one of them ads saying, ‘do you wake up tired every morning?’ and think to yourself ‘Oh my god, I have this… I should go see a doctor immediately’? This question had literally nothing to do with what we were about to write however we just heard an ad for exactly that and thought we had diabetes.
Now I know everyone reading this is probably saying, ‘bit rich you two arseholes talking shop about time management…. until last week you hadn’t posted a blog in 3 months!’
To that we say you are correct (namely to the arseholes part), HOWEVER we’d also like to say Fit Tradies, we have made a commitment to you all to get one of these bad boys out weekly (if not fortnightly) moving forward. Full stop. Capital Letter. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200! Now we’ve cleared the air let’s get down on it like a beaver on a hunk of wood!
What is Time Management you ask? Fit Tradie defines the term ‘Time Management’ as the act of planning out your day in advance and completing all tasks on time so you have enough time at the end of the day for some online shopping to find that highly sort after Brut Cologne that your old man used to wear in his Datsun 180B whilst listening to George Thorogood’s ‘Bad to the Bone’.
If you ask any bloke/free wheeler at the ‘rubbery dub’ (pub) they will say that the key to success is time management. Lucky for you listeners out there (realised reading back through this that it should have said readers but we’ve gone too far), Fit Tradie has a number of hot tips to assist you with Effective Time Management we are willing to share:
Turn off notifications whilst at work – now we all love to check our My Space account to see how many likes we got for the video of your mate on the shitter however this constant stop start can kill a huge amount of time and distract you from the task at hand. Remove notifications to messages, emails and the like and set aside a period of time in the day to check them and reply;
Even if you’re not on the phone or listening to music, put a set of headphones in your ears – they don’t even need to be plugged in however this will give the visual illusion that you are actually on the ‘dog and bone’ (Phone) and as such the majority of people will leave you alone;
Plan the week ahead – every Friday make a plan for the upcoming week and stick to it. Be sure to add in your weekly binge sesh on Netflix and don’t forget to also chill whilst watching Netflix. Sash only realised recently that ‘watch Netflix and Chill’ meant to have sexual intercourse whilst watching Netflix. He was getting a few odd looks around site when he kept saying ‘Yeah Chris and I are going to watch Netflix and Chill tonight’… Now he knows why;
Stop sinking excessive amounts of froff – Sinking a small amount of low carb froff as per the ‘Australian Guidelines for Sinking Appropriate Quantities of Froff’ is ok… however it starts to inhibit your ability to effectively time manage once you over step those guidelines. Prior to becoming Fit Tradie’s we used to live by the rule 12 ‘pigs ears’ (beers) the first hour and 20 every hour after that and you should be sweet. However, in recent days we have discovered these quantities are excessive and hence the reason for our insufficient time management of past;
Procrastination – The biggest killer of effective time management is procrastination. Example of procrastination below.
If you have a big task at hand don’t sit there and contemplate how big it is (what about the task hahaha), break it down into smaller pieces and come up with a plan to tack these one by one. Don;t go looking for hilarious memes such as this one… you’re welcome by the way;
Emails are farked – That’s right Fit Tradies… scrap emails and start calling people. Yes we understand that some calls may need to be backed up with a quick email however keep it short and sharp! A recent study from the University of Technology (Nimbin) has revealed that on average people waste approximately 2.37 hours per day on unnecessary email sending/reading (Note: Both the university mentioned above and actual figures may or may not be made up however emails are proven to waste significant amounts of time during the day); and
Reduce interruptions and distractions – Whilst a cheeky video of one of your mates hanging on a scaffold upside down in the ‘Rodney Rude’ (nude) is hilarious and will get a few views on the socials, it does take time away from your day. So try and reduce interruptions and distractions until the weekend.
One of the biggest benefits of Effective Time Management Fit Tradies is reduced stress. Time management is essentially stress prevention and in a highly stressful environment it allows you to work under less pressure and in fewer hours with greater results. To that Fit Tradies we say SEND IT!
Until then Tradies…Keep it tight and Bright!
– Sash and Chris –
Quote of the week: ‘Splash it all over’ Boxer Henry Cooper who was the star of the 1970’s Brut advertising campaign
Fit Tradie Challenge: Walk around with your earphones in your ears but not plugged in, video it, put it on Insta and tag your mates @FitTradie– OR – Buy yourself some Brut Cologne and ‘Splash it all over’, go into work and sit within 1m of your boss, don’t say anything and video his/her reaction, put it on Insta and tag your mates @FitTradie
Righto understand our blog’s have been sporadic at best however being Fit Tradie’s we are as busy as a blow fly at a BBQ and have heaps of shit to do. In saying that we love you guys and want you to know that if we were to go to a fancy dress as Batman and Robbin, we would definitely let you guys go as Batman… that’s how much you mean to us!
Chris before and after he started to follow the Fit Tradie Blog
If you haven’t realised by now, Daniel Riccardo’s quote “Sometime you just have to lick the stamp and send it” has nothing to do with what you’re about to read… for that we do not apologise because your taste buds are about to go from 0 to 100 real quick and Daniel Riccardo is a deadset word smith which we wanted to acknowledge.
To get the ball rolling once again, Sash has decided to share one of his family recipes which he’s amended slightly for all you Fit Tradie mofos out there. Before you continue reading however please refer to the following link on how to lick an envelope… i realise it’s not a stamp but this bloke is as serious as a heart attack when it comes to licking envelopes (Herbert Midgley – Licking an Envelope) – see image below!
Name: Sash’s Spinach Pie Sensation
Time to prep: 10 mins prep if you’re having a crack
Ingredients: Up to you
To cook: Oven does the work for you so about one low carb ‘Pigs Ear’ (beer) – 25 mins
Rating: Right up there with the best of em!
Beverage to accompany: Low Carb Froffy
A bloody good attitude
25% reduced fat puff pastry sheet (Pampas or equivalent)
500g premium mince
500g organic diced tomatoes
Bag of large spinach leaves (prewashed)
Bag of grated light cheese
Free range eggs (2 of)
Turn the oven onto 180 bad boys;
While the oven is heating up chop up onions and garlic, put into a preheated pan and simmer;
Put premium mince into same pan until cooked;
Once cooked chuck in grated carrots and zucchini and stir through
Add salt and pepper (500g organic diced tomatoes if you feel the need for additional fruit);
Whilst doing the above wilt the big bag of spinach… the whole thing! If you want forearms like the big man (pop eye) you don’t want to skimp on that shit!
Get a baking tray out and layout 4 puff pastry sheets (2 each side slightly overlapped);
Put down a layer of light cheese on both pies;
Following the cheese evenly spread the mince masterpiece on top of the cheese as shown;
Once the mince masterpiece in laid then evenly spread the wilted spinach on top followed by another layer of grated cheese;
Once complete wrap that shit up into a homemade pie;
So you don’t burn the bastard, mix up 2 free range eggs with some milk and paint it onto the entire surface of your homemade pies;
When done put the tray in the oven and cook to a golden brown;
Lastly, Pull it out and chow down!
Have fun whilst doing it… if you’re not smiling please tell your face to do so!
180 degrees is hot AF so don’t eat it straight out of the oven unless you want to burn the roof of your mouth…let it cool down!
Save some for work the next day and make sure you heat it up next to your mate who forgot his/her lunch and let him/her know how good it is!
Serve with a heap of froffs… just kidding serve with one low carb beer!
I’ll have to get back to you on this one however she’s top notch!
That’s it ladies and gents. If you would like to know more or just want to write through a comment on how filthy you are you just wasted 10 minutes reading the above please write through some comments…we would love to hear your feedback!
Until then Tradies…Keep it tight and Bright!
– Sash and Chris –
Quote of the week: ‘Sometimes you just have to lick the Stamp and Send it’ Daniel Riccardo.
Fit Tradie gang, Happy festive season! Who the hell is this, I hear you guys ask? Solid point… It has been a while between drinks with the Fit Tradie family and for that, we apologises. But as we always say – Distance makes the heart grow fonder… Or something like that, right? (Didn’t quite work for Sash though…. oooooo touchy subject but how about you get a tea spoon of cement big fella and harden up).
What a time to post though – We are currently typing this while pumping the Christmas tunes throughout FT-HQ (Fit Tradie Head Quarters, for those of you playing at home). Sash is sitting in his Christmas underwear drinking (Healthy, yet still very alcoholic) egg nog while Chris is dancing around the fire place roasting marshmallows…. We did quickly realise that we are not in America, and in fact it is summer, so we put the fire out and just ate cold marshmallows… Good chat.
So what is this blog about? As the title eludes too, we are crushing Tradie Stereotypes (And no we don’t mean we are walking around to random utes on the street, pulling out stereos and jumping on them) We mean those stereotypes of us tradies eating meat pies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
After reading some read hot statistics from www.serviceseeking.com.au we new we couldn’t miss out on shooting out some positive statistics about the construction industry, some that even surprised us!
Smoking: You absolute legends are nailing it (tradie pun intended) in this department (Although there is always more that we can do) 74.72% of tradies don’t smoke and 16.60% of those of you that do, only smoke 1 per day. Which personally we think is one of the most positive changes in the health and wellbeing of our industry. We should note that if you do want to give up smoking there are plenty of avenues you can go down. Quit line: 13 7848 and you may be surprised that the government has done some good (Disclaimer: All the FT family believe the government is doing a great job and if they were to give us a government grant to help expand Fit Tradie, we would not be angry at it….) But in all seriousness, their website for quitting smoking is great and has plenty of options, from getting a “Quit Coach”, through to troubleshooting options and plenty of tools and resources to help you kick the habit! Check it out here: http://www.quitnow.gov.au/
Tunes onsite: Another shock to us – Tradies are still loving talk back radio. Old Alan Jones is still getting a start on site! And although Nova and today FM are still the preferred choice on the airwaves, 19.91% of tradies are listening to podcasts while at work, which is extremely tech-savvy of you guys! We can only assume that everyone is holding their breath, waiting for both Chris and Sash to get a start with either Nova or Today FM to kick off their own show, so we can have 100% conformance on the one radio station… No pressure Nova/Today FM… But seriously, contact our manager….. Or us.. Ok, just contact us, now…. Right now. The only thing you need to know is that we can talk more showbags than the Royal Easter Show.
(You bet your sweet pippy that rhymed – you are welcome.) An unsurprising one to us, but the stats are officially in! 84% of the tradie world prefer a healthy packed lunch from home, with only 16% of us admitting to still eating takeaway onsite. Now like the FT team always preach – it is all about balance. Have that Friday “buy day”, have that quiet schoo-ey’ on a Friday arvo, but clearly you guys are all over it with your kale salads and zucchini fritters during the week! Please note if you were a part of this survey – Putting a kale leaf on top of your four n twenty pie does not constitute a “Healthy lunch”… But well played if you do that!
Bored of stats? So are we, but we believe this is an extremely important blog to show all the non-tradie-FT-blog-readers, what we already knew, the industry is changing for the good! Fit Tradie wants to be one the leaders in continuing to promote this transformation of the industry! So to help us do that – please make sure you share this post, talk to your friends about FT, or even just randomly drop the Fit Tradie name when you are out at dinner (weird… but why not?) To help us become the leaders of this industry shift!
Until next time Tradies… keep it tight and bright!
– Sash and Chris –
Quote of the week: Call up your local radio station and tell them you want Chris and Sash on your airwaves… Its not a quote… but you should still do it… 😉
Fit Tradie Challenge: Send us a video of your healthy “Kale prevails” smoko/lunch and we will post it on our social media with a shout out to you and your awesome lunch!
Statistics are from ServiceSeeking.com.au from a survey of 1,700 users of tradie marketplace, www.serviceseeking.com.au It should also be noted the below snapshot of there website:
Any website that has promotional photos of a guy squinting to see the camera, a pregnant women doing weights and someone hiding within a bunch of clothes hanging up – you can trust! In all seriousness – great website – jump on it!
Evening Fit Tradies… hope you’re all having a fantastic week and ready for an absolute cracker of a weekend! This week we talk about ‘Lady Tradies!’ As a quick show of hands – hands up if you’re a bloke in the construction industry…. Righto now hands up if you are one of our much needed ‘Lady Tradies’? As you can see, the number of men putting their hands up significantly outweighed the number of women!
Please note this photo has nothing to do with the blog but it’s a deadest ripper!
A good friend of Sasha’s, Vanessa ‘Crollsy’ Crolls from RendezView, published a piece on this by Dr Karen Struthers earlier in the year which talks about women in the construction industry as well as a trade skills shortage (Link to Article). It goes on to talk about a whole pool of untapped talent in the young women of Australia and speaks about the fact that female tradies represent around two per cent of the construction industry. It’s not a bad read if you’ve got a spare 5 minutes (or 45 minutes if you’re slightly illiterate and have an IQ less than a toaster like Sash and Chris).
Now Fit Tradies, let’s look at this from the following point of view – ‘What would happen if there were no women in the Construction Industry?’. We interviewed a range of people at the ‘Rubbery Dub’ [Pub] and below are some key findings from our investigations:
Innovation would be dangerous – In the Construction Industry, innovation is strongly encouraged. Innovation (if done correctly) can not only increase efficiency but can also reduce, if not eliminate, the risks of certain tasks (hierarchy of control everyone… you’re welcome). If the Construction Industry was purely made up of men, then we would see innovation of a different kind (see below).
Trimming a Hedge has never been so easy!
No scaffolding? No Worries!
Now although these images still portray elements of innovation, they also make way for significant risks to both the user and those around them.
Productivity would decrease – As we all know, when a group of men get together then group mentality can kick in and anything can happen. Try this particular tradie for example…
Don’t get me wrong, we think this bloke is hilarious and we’re spewin we didn’t think of it earlier, however probably not the most productive use of time.
Practical Jokes would be on the rise – Everyone likes a good old practical joke and in construction both men and women can be innovative in their approach. As an example we want you to watch the following video and tell us what you notice:
There are a few items to note: 1. Classic construction humour and we deadset pissed ourselves; 2. Some dangerous yet good ideas in there; 3. We have discovered our Fit Tradie challenge of the week (Try and skull a beer (low carb) whilst on the end of a wacker packer without spilling it); and 4. Everyone in this video is male!
Design resolution would be dubious at best – Have you heard the expression ‘Did you have a boy’s look?’ This loosely applies to men in the construction industry and the on site resolution of design issues. Exhibits A and B below:
Design Resolution… CAN that! (Ok that was bad but we had nothing else)
Now to wrap all this up Fit Tradies, this is not to say that men in the construction industry are all like this and vice versa… this was just a way to bring a bit of humour to a topic that hopefully makes you ask the question: how many lady tradies do you know compared to blokes in the industry? I think we’d all admit that having a few more Fit Tradie Ladies can only be a good thing!
In light of this Fit Tradie is putting out a call to arms to all you ladies out there contemplating joining the construction industry… come get a slice of the merchandise and based off the above you may save a few lives along the way!
Until next time Tradies… keep it tight and bright!
– Sash and Chris –
Quote of the week: ‘Fit Tradie Digs Equality more than an Excavator’… Righto we realise this wasn’t our best material but it’s a Friday and we are in dire need of a ‘Pigs Ear’ (Beer).
Happy Saturday! I hope everyone is enjoying there winter morning, as much as we are! We know Chris loves a classic Canberra’s frosty morning- this is actual footage of him walking to work each day: https://youtu.be/lRLQJMCOCx8
So to get you guys feeling a bit warmer on the insides – Our favourite nutritionist and our self-proclaimed-superstar-of-all-things-nutritony (we may have made that up…) has come up with another absolute CRACKER of a recipe for us: FT Bangers and Mash! #DroolFaceEmoji Take it away Jenn Jenn!
Name: Bangers n’ Mash
Time to prep: approx. 40 minutes to cook (15mins prep time)
Ingredients: A few
To cook: Oven does half the work for you
Rating: “I want that sausage in and around my mouth” – Sash… (FT Does not endorse this statement….)
Beverage to accompany: Surely a glass of red… (Loaded with a heap of antioxidants!… but only ONE glass, team!)
Lean sausages – we went with lamb and rosemary
Your choice of greens
Garlic clove or powder
Smooth, light/lowfat ricotta
Gravy mix – aim for reduced sodium variety
-Oven bake sausages- depending on size, approx 40mins at 190Deg Celcius
GETTING MASH STARTED: when the sausages are half cooked, that’s the cue to get going on the mash. Peel and chop up sweet potato and potato in a 2:1 ratio. Potato helps keep it fluffy as sweet potato can get waterlogged. Place in boiling water with garlic and boil till cooked, turn off heat but keep warm until the snags are done.
GRAVY: slice onion and sweat in a frypan with a little olive oil. Make gravy according to packet instructions and add the made up gravy to the cooked onions, stir and set aside but keep warm.
GREENS: place greens in a microwaveable dish, cover with something that will allow for steam to escape, add a little water and ‘steam’ for 3mins.
FINISH MASH: while veg is steaming, drained cooked potatoes and mash through a large table spoon or two of the low fat ricotta. Keep mashing until combined and fluffy.
SERVE: Remove excess oil from the baked sausages with paper towel. Plate up with the gravy, veg and mash and serve with cracked pepper.
CUT. IT. OUT. JENN! You have made me want dinner at 8:30am in the morning!
So there you have it Fit Tradie-ers, another winter warmer, to make your lips go flipity-flop!
Until next time Tradies…Keep it tight and Bright!
– Sash and Chris –
Saying of the week: “I want that sausage in and around my mouth”