Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Venison Chorizo and Prawn Paella

This is a simple rice dish that is so tasty.

Cook some onions and garlic in olive oil over low heat until slightly browned.
Add the chorizo and brown.

Pop in some cherry tomatoes, I love leaving them whole as it adds real bursts of flavour.

Add in a couple of teaspoons of smokey paprika, I use a beautiful one from PureBlends.

Stir in 200g of short grain rice, giving it a few minutes to go slightly translucent.

Add 400ml of hot seasoned stock, top with some sliced green onion.
Let it simmer over low heat.

When the rice starts poking through, top with your green prawns and a handful of peas.

I made this loaf of sourdough using organic Kialla flour from Brasserie Bread,

Turn the prawns over when they are looking half done.
Once the stock is fully absorbed your ready to serve, takes about twenty minutes from when you start to simmer.

Serve with some crusty sourdough.

A simple and delicious dinner that was enjoyed by all.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Live Below The Line

For the past five days we have been participating in Live Below The Line.
This means that you spend just $2 per person per day on food. 

I made a vegetable stock using the onion skins, ends of the celery and ends of the carrot.

So now I have to confess that as a family of four we had $8/day but I didn't actually include the kids lunch in this budget.
But the reason I signed us up was to support those who are in such great need and donate the money we saved.  

I made a vegetable, beef, and lentil ragu and homemade pasta (this made two dinners).

It was a real eye opener, you need to be resourceful, nothing can go to waste and you can't afford to buy quality ingredients.

Chicken drumstick with rice and green veges.

I also used a very small amount of honey but in the real third world I'm guessing they could not afford to buy such a luxury ingredient.

Roasted vegetables with homemade sourdough.

We ate cereal and milk for breakfast, and leftovers from dinners for lunch (this made portion sizes small).

The second dinner of pasta and ragu.

It was hard, and we were hungry.
Especially when you were exercising, made you think of those who physically work so hard yet are paid next to nothing. 
We felt sick due to lack of food.

Pumpkin soup and homemade sourdough.

This was our budget if your interested.
Note: I also used small amounts of oil, salt and sugar.

It really is a worthwhile week that I would encourage all of you to take part in next year.

I truly believe we can make a difference.