The One Where I Go On About Food.

I’ve been on a bit of healthy turn recently, not since January the first, as you might expect, but halfway through that miserable mess of a month. I started the year continuing the festive bad habits of drinking and overeating, mainly due to free time and having my cousin down for the first few weeks. Still, no regrets, much fun was had.

But the Christmas debts suddenly caught me up and my lavish lifestyle was no longer an option. I decided that a budget was in order, out with the junk and in with the fruit. It’s being going really well, too. Dusted off the old veggie steamer and I’m cooking up a treat and walking every day.

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My culinary skills are reasonably solid – I can make a mean pasta dish, a tasty stir fry, an impressive meat and two veg (easy,) but I kind of hit the wall when it comes to flavouring besides the natural juices, store bough sauces, and drowning dishes in Bisto. I need a list of practical spices, herbs, and condiments that I can use on many dishes. I also really want  this cheap rice cooker as I love the stuff but I don’t make it much as I’m pretty rubbish at it. What I like about the steamer is I can throw the veg in and use the timer to plan the cooking of the rest of the meal, so the rice cooker should do the same.

I headed over to r/budgetfood to read up on recipes and advice, specifically rice dishes. It’s a great little sub with what seems like a reasonably active community. It was here where I read about rice cookers and where I’m going to ask many a question myself. I can’t wait until Thursday when I can afford some niceties and throw together some tasty meals. Go have a browse yourself or tell me your recipes, and especially check out this little Google Doc of frugal recipes, some good stuff tucked up in here.

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44. Cooking

I don’t do enough of it. And there really is no excuse. The kitchen’s a mess, then clean it. Ingredients are expensive, then get a new recipe.

But when I do get the bug (for cooking, not food poisoning) then I really enjoy it. Spinning around the kitchen in a mad daze, washing up, tidying, chopping, stirring, all at the same time. Usually accompanied by very loud music blasting out my Ipod speakers.

But like everything else good in my life (besides gaming) I just drift away from it. Retiring to my fort of pizza box’s and snack food.

So tonight I made a promise to cook more! I made pasta with sliced sausages, sticking with something simple to get back in the swing of things. But tomorrow I’m pushing the boat out, baby. I’m buying me a ton of mince and making chilli (which I love), then using the rest to make Shepard’s pie, or possibly lasagna. I’ve never even attempted any of the above recipes, so wish me luck. I will keep you posted with the results, as well as harassing my mum for times and tips.

Oh, and if you have any recipe ideas then feel free to link them I want me some fine cuisine!