Making something outside of my comfort zone.

This week I am broke as hell. Pft, who am I kidding? I’m always broke. But it’s my night to cook dinner, and I know Jared is totally over spag bol. So I headed over to the /r/Eatcheapandhealthy to try and find something a bit out of my comfort zone cooking wise but was also cheap. I saw this recipe and at first thought it was expensive as hell (In NZ, anyway) then I decided to modify it a bit to suit my budget. I know a lot of the original ingredients I should probably have in my cupboard, but I didn’t. So I skipped the “cornflour” part because I never use cornflour.


  • Chicken Thighs, pre-boned, $10
  • Spring Onions (roughly 4 bunches~?) $1.89 *
  • 1 Can of black beans, drained and rinsed, $1.19*
  • 2tsp of Chili and Garlic stuff… $3.89/35usesX2 uses = 0.22c?
  • 1 Can of corn $1.49*
  • 1 Can Diced tomatoes $0.98*
  • 1 Red Capsicum $1.50*
  • 1 Red Kumara $3.50
  • 2 oxo cubes (with 2 cups of water) $2.69/12X2 uses = $0.43
  • Cumin. I have no idea how much this cost. We already had it.

OK So I suck at writing lists. Methods now? I took photos. Kinda.

Chop shit up:

Prep all the foodz

Cook the chicken.

I forgot to take a pretty photo. Basically: Cook chicken. Start by heating a pan with oil, when oil is hot, throw in chicken. Yay. When it’s mostly cooked, take it out, set aside.

Cook the kumara

I thought this would take ages. On the recipe I kinda-not-really followed, it said it should take 13-14 minutes. It took a much smaller amount of time. Add more oil. Heat oil. Throw in kumara. YAY! While doing this, semi “steam” the capsicum. I just threw water in the bowl the capsicum is in and threw in the microwave for 1 minute 40.

Here is a pretty photo:

YAY Kumara!

Add in other stuff!

Next, I added in the (drained) corn, the spring onion, the garlic/chili mix, the cumin, salt, the “steamed” capsicum. Here is what it looked like:

This pan is getting filled up pretty quickly…

Add OTHER stuff:

Like the chicken stock (I just used oxo cubes), tomatoes, beans…. ahhhhhhh. oh! The chicken! Cook for a bit. Perhaps you don’t need 2 cups of chicken stock. I don’t think it’s supposed to be this watery.

Add rest of stuff.

Move to a bigger oven dish

If, like me, you don’t have a skillet ‘cuz you not fancy and shit, stick it in some kind of oven roasting dish thing. Like so:


Also, add cheese. Because I don’t live in ‘Murica, I used Mozzarella and tasty.

Stick in oven

Oh. I forgot to tell you to preheat the oven. Well. Do that. Then stick it in for 10 or so minutes. My oven is shit. So I just stuck it in for 10 minutes after waiting for ages for it to come to not even half of the temperature it should be at. Whatever.

Now you have

Something that looks kinda eatable. If you used the wrong cheese like me, the fat would of seperated! YAY FOR OIL!

ah. Thanks, cheese!

I only tried a little bit of chicken. but already I can tell it’s way to watery, IE: Don’t use two cups of chicken stock, and if you do, maybe use two oxo-cubes per cup of water? Or just buy actual chicken stock? I have no idea. I was trying to buy cheap shit.


So, here is my shitty way of recording a recipie! Not as fancy as all those food blogs and shit, but hey, I’m on a freaking budget and time constraint.

OK I’m going to play WoW before work….

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