Beef stew

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted mostly due the the fact I have been extremely busy and it’s cold outside now which makes me extremely lazy (don’t know why). I decided to share a beef stew recipe which I made using osso bucco which is a pretty cheap cut of meat here for me ($5 for two osso bucco). When I made this, it tasted amazing! Even though I used a cheap kind of meat; after this whole process the meat was very soft and fell apart! So worth it! So give it a try and it’s cheap to make!



INGREDIENTS

  • 4-6 pieces beef osso bucco (or any cheap meat)
  • plain flour, for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped roughly
  • 1 carrot, chopped roughly
  • 1 stick celery, chopped roughly
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 cups (1L)  beef stock
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) red wine (tastes better with it)
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

Methods 

  1. Coat the meat in flour lightly and cook on a fry pan until the outside is golden. Set aside once completed.
  2. In a large pot, add all the chopped vegetables and cook for about 10mins until they start to soften and change colour (light brown)
  3. Add the beef stock and wine
  4. Return the cooked meat into the large pot and allow it to boil first initially for 5mins. Add the parsley too!
  5. Turn the heat down to low-medium and let it simmer for about 1hr to 1hr 30mins. Occasionally mix every half hour.
  6. Serve in a bowl and enjoy!
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Butter garlic Basa

Nice and simple today! I bought some Basa fish on special for $5.50/kg!!! So I decided to bake some of this delicious fish in the oven and paired it with some steam vegetables.

Ingredients

  • 2 Basa fish fillets
  • 2 table spoons of butter (I used olive butter)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 cloves of garlic (minced) mixed with 2 table spoon of olive oil
  1. Get a sheet of aluminium foil and spray some cooking oil on it
  2. Lay fish down and spread the butter on the fish (1 table spoon per fish)
  3. Spread the garlic/olive oil mixture on top 
  4. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste
  5. Close the aluminium foil like a parcel
  6. Bake in oven for 15mins at 180 degrees celcius
  7. Meanwhile, cut some brocoli and cauliflower. Microwave for 2mins (inverter microwave) or about 7minutes in abnormal microwave
  8. When fish is cooked, serve on a plate with some steamed vegetables and you’re done!

Easy!

Onion rings!

So lately I have been incredibly busy with university and I haven’t had the time to post something (sorry!). A couple of days ago I tried onion rings for the first time and they were so delicious!!! I’m not usually an onion loving type normally, but these onion rings are so damn goooooooood. Sad thing was that they would become and expensive habit if I were to buy them so I found a good way of making delicious onion rings with ingredients you may have right now. I also made onion rings using my spankin’ new Philips Airfryer (trying to be healthy)!!!! So this recipe will show how to make onion rings the old traditional way and how to make them using an Airfryer so enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion (or 2 small onions) cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs/Panko bread crumbs (I like Panko better)
  •  oil for frying
  1. Pre-heat the Air Fryer for about 10 minutes or add some oil in the pan to cover the whole bottom of it with about 1cm depth until warm.
  2. Separate onion slices into rings.
  3. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.
  4. Mix together the egg and milk into flour using a fork. 
  5. Coat the onion rings in flour 
  6. Dip the floured onion rings into the batter to coat.
  7. Put the bread crumbs in a bowl and coat the rings in the crumbs, making sure that it’s completely covered.
  8. Place the onion rings into Airfryer and cook for 7-10 minutes at 180 degrees celcius. Check the onion rings around the 7 minutes to see if they have cooked, if not continue to check every minute or two after so it doesn’t burn.
  9. Serve with your favourite dipping sauces or enjoy on its own!

Budget Pad Thai

I had this HUGE craving for some pad Thai tonight so I thought I wonder if I can make this on a student budget? Well luckily I had most of the ingredients already including the chicken because I keep it handy in the freezer when it’s on sale at the supermarkets. So here was my first attempt at making pad thai.. not bad not bad… it doesn’t look the best aesthetically but it actually tasted pretty awesome! It’s not authentic Thai (sadly I’m too poor to buy all the authentic ingredients) but it was pretty well close to what I can get! Enjoy and let me know what you all think!

Any suggestions for what you want me to make on a student budget, let me know and I can see what I can do for y’all!! 


Ingredients

  • 250g packet rice stick noodles
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 chicken breast fillets, thinly sliced
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced diagonally
  • 2 small red chillies, deseeded, finely chopped
  • Any vegetables you have
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts, finely chopped, optional
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves
  • lime wedges, to serve (optional)
  1. Boil the noodles according to their packet instructions
  2. Heat chilli in peanut oil
  3. Add diced chicken and cook until brown
  4. Move the chicken to the side and add  beaten eggs (cook it like scrambeled eggs) 
  5. Add the vegetables (for me I added carrots, beans, baby spinach, mushroom; just what I had in my fridge)
  6. Add drained noodles
  7. In another bowl combine the brown sugar, fish sauce and lime juice. Pour this over the noodles and mix through.
  8. Cook until the sauce starts to bubble a bit (about 2-3minutes)
  9. Serve in a bowl with some peanuts, corriander  and like wedges
  10. Bon appetite! 

Carbonara pasta

So usually I make a spaghetti meatballs but I ran out of mince so I couldn’t make it! Luckily I had some bacon, mushroom and Parmesan cheese to make some good old carbonaraūüĎć
Ingredients

  • 200g pasta
  • 50g of Parmesan
  • 100g of bacon
  • Handful of mushrooms
  • 2 cloves of Garlic 
  • 2 eggs
  1. Boil pasta as per instruction packet
  2. Cook bacon in a fry pan until relatively crispy
  3. Add mushroom and garlic. Cook until softened
  4. In a bowl crack two eggs and add the Parmesan cheese. Mix
  5. Once pasta is cooked and drained add to the fry pan. 
  6. Turn the heat off and move the pan away from the heat source
  7. Mix the pasta through the bacon and mushroom.
  8. Add the egg/cheese mixture and stir through until covered
  9. Serve and you can add more cheese on top if you want
  10. Add a bit of salt and pepper on top and you’re done!!!!

Mug cake!

Ever just come home from work and crave some warm chocolate cake? Well here’s an easy easy easy EASY recipe for you! I prepare this all the time and it’s absolutely delicious!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons self-raising flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 tablespoons Nutella
  • Double cream or ice-cream, to serve
  1. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder and baking powder in a bowl
  2. Make a well in the centre to add egg and oil
  3. Mix well until combined
  4. Spoon the mixture into a mug (approximately 430mL)
  5. Microwave for 70seconds in a 1000watt microwave. If you have a different microwave, microwave for 30second periods and check to see if it’s cooked.
  6. When it has cooked, the mixture would have risen 
  7. Serve with ice cream or cream on top (or if you’re extra naughty add extra melted chocolate ūüėõ ) 

Enjoy! 

Leftover rice: fried rice recipe

Not again! I always over estimate how much rice I need to make and always end up with a whole lot of rice. Instead just throwing it out, I decided to make some fried rice with stuff I had leftover in my fridge.

Ingredients

  • Rice
  • Soy sauce
  • Frozen peas/corn
  • Ham/ chicken (any leftover meats you may have)
  • Egg (optional)
  • Chicken stock or salt and pepper (optional)
  1. Spray fry pan with some oil
  2. Add about a cup of frozen peas/corn (any vegetables you have)
  3. Cook until soft and add rice
  4. Mix throughly
  5. Add a splash of soy sauce until relatively coated evenly (approximately 3 tablespoon)
  6. Add either chicken stock powder (1 tablespoon) OR salt and pepper to taste 
  7. Make a well in the middle of the rice and crack an egg into the middle
  8. Cook egg and mix well with rice
  9. Serve and Bon appetite! 

Easy peasy cheapskate Apple Strudel!

So today I had a lot of left over apples from last week which weren’t the best to eat as they had lost their crunchiness. I didn’t want to waste them so I thought I would make a fool proof apple strudel!

Ingredients

  • 5x  apples, peeled, quartered, cored, sliced
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus extra to serve
  • 1/4 cup sultanas (optional)
  • 8 sheets filo pastry
  • 60g butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla custard, to serve
  1. Cut apples into small pieces and add them to a pot on high heat
  2. Add the 1 tablespoon of sugar and the cinnamon with approximately 2table spoon of water
  3. Cover the pot with a lid 
  4. Stir for about 10minutes or until the apples are soft
  5. Remove lid (add sultanas if you want) and continue to cook until the water has evaporated
  6. Once apples have cooked, place aside to cook.
  7. Combine the rest of the sugar and cinnamon into a bowl.
  8. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius 
  9.  Get some baking paper and place 1 sheet of pastry on the paper
  10. Brush pastry with melted butter and sprinkle abit of sugar on top for an even coat.
  11. Put another pastry and brush again with butter then sugar. Repeat this until 4 layers are created.
  12. Scoop the apple mixture into the middle of the pastry
  13. Fold the ends of the pastry to enclose the filling
  14. Either oil spray or line a baking tray and transfer the strudel seam side down
  15. Brush the top with left over butter and sprinkle some sugar on top
  16. Place in oven and bake for 30-35minutes or until golden
  17. Once finished set aside for about 5minutes and serve with custard

And that’s how you get rid of some apples that aren’t as yummy as they use to be ūüėõ ENJOY

Chicken stir fry

Ingredients

  • Green onion
  • Any green vegetables you have 
  • Carrots 
  • Mushroom
  • 2x breast chicken
  • Soysauce 
  • Garlic 
  1. Heat some oil in the pan along with the garlic  (I recently started using coconut oil due to it health benefits)
  2. Sauté chicken until some browning occurs.
  3. Add all your vegetables and mix together
  4. Cover with a lid for about 5mins and give it another stir.
  5. Once vegetables have also cooked, add soysauce, seasame oil and some cashew nuts (optional for added crunch)
  6. Serve and be amazed at your cooking!

If you’re a hungry hungry eater, have some white or brown rice also cooked and place this chicken stir fry on top which tastes amazing also!

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Microsoft Office 365

With everything becoming technology orientated today, we all need a computer to do our studies (especially university students). Now, if you’re a poor, broke ass student like me then having microsoft office is essential and can actually be a very expensive necessity. Luckily I was able to find that microsoft offered FREE microsoft office 365 software (yes free!) for college/university students!!!! DUN DUN DUNNNNNNN!!! AMAZING! All you have to do is type in your college/university email address to see if you’re eligible and if you are they give you a download link which enables you to install microsoft office 365 and if you’re just about to graduate you can also get 50% off their subscription which is I guess better than nothing.

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