Cooking – Easy and on a budget!

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We all look forward to leaving the comfortable nest we call home. We grow up and the time comes when we need to spread our wings and take care of ourselves, gulp!  Once you move out, everything is sweet, you don’t have to clean daily, leave dishes to “soak in” for a couple of days, listen to loud music 24/7…the list is endless! Life is great until you realise you can’t cook and you might just not survive on dry chicken and over cooked rice for very long…

Do not worry! We’ve got you! This blog is designed to help you master the very basic level of cooking and contains recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Jacket Potato by LovePotatoes

Ingredients;

4 potatoes

20g butter, melted

75g of ham, chopped

100g cooked savoy cabbage, shredded

1tsp Dijon mustard

10g chopped parsley

2tbsp sour cream

2 large egg, separated

50g cheddar cheese, grated

Method;

Pre-heat your oven to 200°C/Gas Mark 5.

Prick the potatoes with a skewer and wrap in cling film and pop into the microwave for about 10 minutes.

Slice the cooked jackets in half and scoop out the potato into a large mixing bowl. Brush the inside of the potato skins with the melted butter and pop into the hot oven to crisp a little.

Mash the potato with a fork and mix in the chopped ham, cooked shredded cabbage, Dijon mustard, egg yolk, chopped parsley and sour cream. Give it all a really good mix.

In a separate bowl whisk the egg white until white light and fluffy. Fold into the potato mixture.

Remove the skins from the oven. Spoon the potato mixture into the skins, top with the grated cheese and pop back into the oven for about 8 minutes until golden.

Serve with fresh crisp salad – simple, convenient and cheap recipe for any beginner.

French Omelette by Angela Nilsen

Ingredients;

3 eggs

2 knobs unsalted butter

1 teaspoon of freshly grated parmesan

2 chopped tarragon leaves

1 tablespoon of chopped parsley and chives

3 tablespoons of grated Gruyere

Method;

Get everything ready. Warm a non-stick frying pan on a medium heat. Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat them with a fork so they break up and mix, but not as completely as you would for scrambled egg. With the heat on medium-hot, drop one knob of butter into the pan. It should bubble and sizzle, but not brown. Season the eggs with the Parmesan and a little salt and pepper, and pour into the pan.

Let the eggs bubble slightly for a couple of seconds, then take a wooden fork or spatula and gently draw the mixture in from the sides of the pan a few times. Leave for a few seconds, then stir again to lightly combine uncooked egg with cooked. Leave briefly again, and when partly cooked, stir a bit faster, stopping while there’s some barely cooked egg left. With the pan, flat on the heat, shake it back and forth a few times to settle the mixture.

Next, tilt the pan down away from you and let the omelette fall to the edge. Fold the side nearest to you over by a third with your fork, and keep it rolling over, so the omelette tips onto a plate – or fold it in half, if that’s easier – more fancy but still very simple and quick to make!

Chicken Fajitas by COOKS

Ingredients;

1 clove mince garlic

1 1/2 tsp. season salt

1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper

1 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. lime juice (fresh is best)

1 1/2 lbs. sliced chicken

*MARINATE ALL THE INGREDIENTS ABOVE TOGETHER FOR AT LEAST 2 HOURS!

3-4 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 c. sliced onion

1/2 c. chopped green onion

1 c. sliced red bell pepper

8 warmed lg. flour tortillas

1 sliced avocado

Salsa

Sour cream

Shredded Cheddar cheese

Method;

Quickly sauté onions and peppers in oil until lightly browned; remove from pan. Sauté meat until well coated with glaze, about 10 minutes. Toss in the vegetables and reheat. Spoon into flour tortillas with avocado, salsa, sour cream and cheese. Can add other condiments if you want. Serves 4-6 – the process of marinating this dish makes it a little bit more exclusive but the preparation method is so simple that anyone can feel like a 5-star chef!

So there you are, simple, cheap and quick recipes for any type of occasion! Keep your eyes open as there will be more recipes coming soon to add some new and easy flavours to your cuisine…

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