The Week in Recipes: oh hiya

I’m back from Turkey by about a week and, wow, food wise, last week was a shambles. To be fair, we were mostly too tired and immediately too busy to even care about shopping for the week.

Two days back from Turkey, I went for an appointment with an adorable nutritionist. As someone with fibromyalgia that has gotten a lot worse over the last year, I’m desperate to try everything that might help. Adorable Nutritionist has advised me to try cutting out dairy, refined carbohydrates, and refined sugar. The dairy and sugar part are easy to understand, but the carbohydrates I’ve been struggling over. Mostly I know: no more white rice (SOBBING), white flour, or bread. I’ve also been advised to try and eat oily fish three times a week.

I didn’t start straight away, partly because we had dairy products (like yoghurt) and chocolate from duty free. I hate waste and I couldn’t let Aaron eat all that chocolate by himself. ALSO, we had a wedding to go to, whoo! Bit late to say: could you make my dinner very specific, thanks.

But, on a trip to the shops for some semblance of dinner, I found a HELL OF A LOT OF FISH in the reduced section of Tesco. I came home with five pieces of Vietnamese cobbler, six tuna steaks (they are small), and one whole salmon. “Hi, honey, I’m home!” I cried, lugging a small whale over the doorstep and shoal of fish. Luckily, fisherman Grandad came over and helped me skin, de-bone, and chop up the salmon into fillets. There is a lot of frozen fish in our freezer right now.

Without further ado…

Wednesday

salmon dinner

A plate full of STUFF

Baked salmon, crispy seaweed, poached eggs & asparagus

Funnily enough, a perfect Food Lover magazine (issue 47) was delivered to my workplace with loads of perfect vegetarian recipes, so lots of supplements for refined carbs and meat because vegetarians need to find healthy ways of getting their protein, which comes from things like legumes, nuts, wholegrains, quinoa, etc. The meal in the picture above? Yeah, pretty lush. A lot of howevers, however. First of all: I lined my baking tray the Dad Taught Me How Way. Examples A and B:

  • Line your tray with foil and arrange food. Fold the excess foil over to make a mostly air-tight tent over the food – this keeps the moisture in your fish and veg, rather than it evaporating and leaving you with leather for dinner. Try not to wrap it too tight that you’ll struggle to unwrap it when it’s piping hot, mind you.
  • Next however with this recipe is: way too much oil involved. Kinda spoiled it for me – I like to TASTE my luscious fish. Squeeze lemon juice over your fish and asparagus instead, it will keep your ingredients just as moist, especially if you’re doing the magic foil tent.
  • Next however: I never boil eggs, I’ll be honest, but the photo you CAN’T see is that “make a whirlpool and crack your eggs into it” is egg suicide. Mine looked like a fucking hairnet for the school lunch-lady, so my next egg I just gently plopped into the NOT SWIRLING VORTEX OF WATER like a sane person.
  • Final howevers: we replaced millet with bulgarwheat because I couldn’t find millet for the life of me, and the nori seasweed was dry as tissue paper – not sure I enjoyed it as an addition. Overall: yeah, I’d make it again. Bon appetite.

Thursday

Wedding day!

My other cousin got married to his high-school sweetheart on May the 4th (get it?). A lovely day, with lovely food. That I took no pictures of, whoops. Who cares? My cousin got married and that’s awesome *tears up some more*.

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The Week in Recipes: no money

We’re heading to Turkey today, but while I’ve got five minutes spare I thought I’d whap up the food post I didn’t do yesterday, I know you’re dying to see what this week’s millennial diet consisted of.

Also, don’t worry about the cat, she’s going to be loved and looked after by my siblings, yaay!

Tuesday

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I don’t remember eating this.

Mushroom and Rice One-Pot

SO good, and so damn easy we had to start our week with this one. Packed full of things good for body and soul, while tasted like things your parents should have cooked for you as a child.

Wednesday

Ummm

Looks pretty sad. Actually, pretty tasty.

Frozen Cauliflower Things

I mentioned last week that we’re cat-watching for Aaron’s parents. Well…we kind of pinched something from their freezer. Morrisons “Cauliflower Cheese Grills“. They tasted lush, actually. Add some fried edamame beans in salt and chilli, some scrambled egg…a very cheap dinner.

Thursday

soup

It’s a good thing I’m not phased by presentation.

Random Soup Thing

I just found whatever veg was in the fridge and stuck it in my soup maker.

  • 4 new potatoes
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • Probably something else
  • Chicken stock

I cooked them on ‘chunky’ setting. When it finished, I added strips of cooked chicken and whizzed it all together into a nice mush. Genuinely tasty.

Friday

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If pasta wasn’t so filling I’d have eaten everyone’s serving.

Aaron and I once made this because it was literally all we had to eat, but it turned out so good we plan to make it now. We had a couple of friends over by chance, which made this meal all the better because it’s so simple to make. Chop and fry some onion. Garlic too, if you want? Add chopped bacon. Cook your tagliatelle. Mix altogether with tomato pesto. Sprinkle with cheese. Lovely.

Saturday

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We went and had pizza with Aaron’s parents cat and watched Mad Max: Fury Road for the first time. An amazing film.

Sunday

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Again. Presentation = nil but don’t be FOOLED.

Okonomiyaki

Do not be fooled. It was delicious. Also, I felt like I was actually eating something really good for me. We used pre-cooked chicken instead of bacon though.

Monday

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Gyoza

I make these at work so often I feel pretty nifty to be able to make them at home like *clicks fingers*. Filled with finely chopped cabbage, tomato, carrot, mushroom, spring onion, garlic and ginger, mixed with soy sauce. Dipping sauces are sriracha and soy. Dough is made of flour, water and sesame oil. Dumpling steamed for 7 minutes and then fried until the bottom is golden brown. If you want a more instructive peek into making gyoza, you can find cooking methods on YouTube.

I don’t know how much the shopping cost. I’ve lost the receipt and I’m currently wedged in back of a car, between my mother and step-father, on the way to the airport. I hope hitting “publish” won’t bugger up the formatting of this post (I laid it out on my laptop previously, tra-la-la), but if it all looks wonky. I’m sorry!

I think this came to £25 though. EAT CHEAP WHOO.

The Week in Recipes: gosh I eat out of bowls a lot

Welcome back to cooking with two lazy cheapskates, where cooking can be easy as sneezing, tasty as gourmet, and within budget of a sinking economy. We still haven’t quite grasped a “theme” week, where we taste culinary delights from mostly one part of the world, but we used up everything in the fridge again and had no waste, which is our aim. Not only does waste suck for the environment but also your wallet, both things I want to protect.

SO, let’s get on with it!

Tuesday

Nana’s “Magic” Soup

My soup did not turn out as smooth and creamy as the picture promised, but I think I know why. I make all my soup in a soup maker – the best kitchen appliance I have ever bought – and for the first time I didn’t boil my stock cube before setting it off, which I think definitely makes the vegetables mushy (easy to blend into smoothness) and makes the soup properly piping hot at the end. I also think I’ll use normal coconut milk next time and not ‘light’ coconut milk as instructed, because there will be a next time! Despite not turning out as expected, I still really enjoyed this. A mouthful of tasty flavours that really compliment each other.

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The Week in Recipes 

Cooking has always been a marathon to me. That hurdle run in sports class where I hit the barrier over and could honestly be doing something more productive with my time. But then I discovered Japanese cuisine in my own kitchen, and suddenly, cooking didn’t seem so painful anymore… In fact, it was fast, hilariously easy, and not just tasty but different tasty.

Now, I don’t mind cooking. But only because I share the cooking with my partner and I’m not cooking for myself, otherwise I’d just make a bowl of rice and mix in basil pesto/eat beans on toast forever.

We’re trying to plan our weekly meals, we literally make a basic menu every Tuesday now and shop for the whole week. Whilst I know this isn’t revolutionary, it’s a big leap for me. Cooking is becoming way more adult than I would have believed a couple of years ago. So, I’d like to share those recipes with you.

Welcome to cooking with a student and a poor writer, neither of whom can be arsed with recipes that have more than four steps. Maybe we can help those of you who resonate with that feel. So, here’s what we tried last week:

TUESDAY

smokey bacon

Super Smoky Bacon & Tomato Spaghetti

I didn’t take my own picture of this one, but this is one of Aaron’s favourites. Easy, quick, cheap, and full of flavour. We also make the full quantity as suggested in the recipe – for every recipe, actually – so we can eat the leftovers for lunch the next day.

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