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!


  • 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


  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!

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!! 


  • 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! 

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!


  • 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 😛 ) 


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.


  • 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!