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!

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 carbonara👍
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!!!!

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 😛 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!

Honey Soy Chicken Salad

Hello Cheapskates!

Recently I have been “trying” to eat more healthy foods however its a big challenge for me because I really really really really love my food. Seriously, me and food is like the greatest love story of all time (hahaha). So I decided to combine my all time favourite recipes of easy peasy honey chicken and of course salad (everything is healthier with salad right?). Well here goes nothing! Give this a go (its fool proof for even people like me!)

Ingredients (Serves up to 4 people)

  • 1kg of chicken wings/ chicken thigh (juiciest) or chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1 cup of soy sauce
  • 2cloves of crushed garlic
  • Lettuce
  • tomato
  • cucumber

You can have any salad you like depending on your budget or what is in season for you

Steps

  1. Put the chicken in a large ziplock bag and simply add the honey, soy sauce and garlic
  2. Mix it well until all chicken is relatively coated
  3. Leave in the fridge to marinade for a minimum of 2 hours or if you’re like me, I usually prepare this for the next day/dinner for maximum taste 😛
  4. Once marinated, line a sheet of baking paper on a baking tray and preheat oven to 180-200 degrees celsius
  5. Put the chicken on the baking tray and put in the oven for about 40mins (make sure you check and make sure the chicken doesn’t turn black)
  6. To be safe, take one chicken out too see if it has cooked all the way through, if not, continue cooking until cooked through. If you’re worried about it burning/overcooking you can put some aluminium foil over the top so it doesn’t burn
  7. Once cooked, begin to prepare your salad. Slice up the lettuce, tomato and cucumber and arrange it to please you 🙂
  8. Now place the chicken on top of the salad

Bonappetite!

 

***Fresh vegetables can be expensive to buy especially on a student budget however, I believe it is important to include into your diet. Going to your normal supermarket can actually be more expensive which may deter you from using fresh ingredients BUT I have been fortunate enough to find my own local fruit and vegetable store which was considerably cheaper than supermarket giants. I was able to buy the 2 lettuces for $2, a packet of tomatoes for $2 and a cucumber for $1!!!!!!. I keep them in an air tight container or ziplock bag to last the week and use them to also make sandwiches for lunch! I recommend you to buy fresh vegetables and fruits from your locals to save a couple of bucks 🙂

Good Luck my fellow Cheapskates!

Garlic and shrimp/prawn Scampi

Hello there, you look hungry! Don’t worry I have a recipe for you that is able to serve 4 people (or 1 very hungry person: no judgement)! I present to you, the Garlic and shrimp/prawn Scampi pasta! Now being a student, pasta is basically a essential staple of food in my life because 1) its cheap 2) its easy to cook and 3)you can make a variety of different flavours. So if you want to try something new, I highly suggest you give this a go! Have fun and happy eating 🙂

Ingredients

  • 250grams of Spaghetti
  • 600grams of raw prawns/shrimp
  • 4 cloves of garlic (more if you really like garlic)
  • 2 tablespoon of Extra virgin olive oil (normal olive oil is fine also)
  • 1/2 cup of dry white wine or broth (chicken or fish tastes nice)
  • 2 tablespoon of butter
  • salt and pepper

Optional: chopped parsley and lemon juice to squeeze on top once meal is completed

Steps

  1. Heat a pot of water and boil spaghetti according to packet intructions
  2. Peel the prawns and de-vein them
  3. Heat a pan with butter and oil to melt
  4. Cut the garlic into fine pieces (or use a garlic crusher) and sauté in pan until lightly browned
  5. Add the wine or broth and allow it to simmer for about 2mins
  6. Add the prawns/shrimps and cook until they have turned pink
  7. Once spaghetti has cooked, drain them well and add them to the pan to stir through
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  9. Serve and eat!

 

*NOTE: You can buy the ingredients from Coles Australia as they are currently on special*
From Wed 18 Jan – Tue 24 Jan 2017 the following are on special:

-MSC Raw Banana Prawn $18 per kilo
-Barilla Pasta $1.90 each (however you can also get home brand to save more money)
-Devondale blend butter $4 (500g)
-4 pack of garlic $2.50 OR buy the bottle pre-minced garlic that you can keep in your fridge for longer at $1.42

-You can also buy garlic bread on special to go with this meal:
La Famiglia Garlic Bread 400g for $4 OR buy the coles brand garlic bread for $1.90