Previously, I mentioned this meal in LEFT,OVER. Project Chapter 3 – LEFT,OVER. It is a simple meal for me, so I hope it will be easy for you to cook too.
The preparation for the meal:
1 bag of sprouts
Half of the pepper
Some spring onions
Some round pepper
250 g couscous
Some olive oil
A piece of lime or lemon
One sugar cube
Step one: add some olive oil into a big pan, wait until it gets hot. Then add in the lower left plate ingredients (Spring onions, onions, pepper, garlic, chilli, and round pepper) into the oil. It might be very smoky, so keep your window open.
Step two: add the sausages in, fry it for a while. Add some water if it is a little burning. But not too much water. You need to let the fat of the sausage come out as well.
Step three: add the sprouts and mix with the other ingredients in the pan well. Now add some boiled water, cover the food and let it boil.
Step four: grab another pan, add some olive oil and salt, and pull the couscous into the pan. Mix it well with the oil and let it cook for 30 seconds, then add some boiled water. (the water and couscous is around 2:1 ) Now turn the fire into the smallest, put on the lid, let it cook for few minutes. Taste the couscous and see if it is the suitable texture you want. Add a little bit more water if you want it to be softer, if not them turn off the fire, put back the lid, leave it aside for later on.
Step five: Now your sprouts should get softer, add some salt, some lime juice, and the sugar cube and let the water boil out. When you see the sauce becomes little thicker, turn off the fire, and your food is ready to be served.
Don’t leave any leftover!
Enjoy your meal!
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Part of the goals of LEFT,OVER. Project is to share my personal secrets of how to save money while doing grocery shopping. It is not simple, because I have to make sure I can have enough energy but not to spoil my stomach too much. We know that there is a trick is called marketing, so it comes to challenge when you enter the supermarket. Honestly, home brands, big brands, bio food, or whatever it is in your mind, cut it off, because they are all safe and some homebrands are pretty good.
Let’s have a look, what I have got today from near by Albert Heijn.
Albert Heijn vol melk 1 liter (Full milk) €0, 97
Albert Heijn knackebr (Crackers) €0, 71
Albert Heijn KR Muesli (with nuts) €1, 97
Sweet Corn €0, 55
Spruiten €0, 99 (AH mix, 2 voor €1,00)
Courgette €0, 55 (AH mix, 2 voor €1,00)
Albert Heijn Schouderham €1,05
Albert Heijn smeerkaas €0,59
Albert Heijn Cranberry Pâté €0,97
Total costs: €8,76
So what can I do with those things I bought. Here is what I can do:
Breakfast options: melk with Muesli/ Crackers with smeer kaas, Schouderham or Pâté (I still have some apples, which is also AH mix promotion.I am going to combine them so my breakfast will have some fruits.)It will be plenty enough for four days breakfast.
Lunch/dinner options: Spruiten and Grill worst, with some onions and garlic, salt and black pepper, some lime juice, together with some couscous or pasta, I can cook two days lunch and dinner out them. Another two days, I can mix Courgette with some leftover Schouderham and fried them with sweet corn. Eat with some homemade bread/potatoes/ rice/ whatever I have got.
In case, I am hungry, I always have some crackers as snacks. I also like to eat greek yogurt with honey. It is good for your stomach because it creates natural protection layer for the stomach and also help digestion.
That’s basically what I am going to eat for the coming four days. I will do another shopping when my food is completely finished.
There is still some budget left if I want to buy something for the week. If I can control myself pretty good those four days. I might get some nice desserts or a big pizza later on this week.(Just feel like eating it, because it is been a while.)
7 days 20 euros is possible. For me, because I do need to save money for my future study. For some people, it might not be so important to save money. As long as you make sure you eat everything you buy but not throwing them away, it also helps us save some leftovers.
The whole meaning of this project is definitely not telling how to do grocery shopping, but putting myself as a public example. It is to show you how to control your food budget but still keep you full; cook a little bit more so you eat less microwave food; plan ahead so you throw less food away.
Sometimes I also try good brands or bio food, just try to tell if there is a difference. But when I don’t feel the big difference, I will go back to the home brands which can save me some money.
Today is just a small shopping. As an example, it showed you that it is possible to arrange the money wisely but still keep myself happy. Later on, I will provide more tips for students, starters, or even households on how to shop wisely. In the meanwhile, I will also add more ideas for cooking some nice, fast but relevantly healthy food for different groups. If you like, you can also follow my shopping list and recipes, so you will eat healthier and save money too!
I am living in The Netherlands, Amsterdam, so most of the local prices are from here. If you are living in other countries, it might varies from countries to countries. If you need me to adjust my advice for your needs, you can also leave a comment.
Winter is coming! One of the best winter soups in my life is Lotus roots and ribs soup. It was one of the best dishes that grandma could make to please my stomach. As I mentioned at the beginning of my LEFT, OVER. Project, my grandmother was part of the inspiration for the project. Unfortunately, she will be not able to cook this lovely dish for me again because she passed away a year ago. It is a promise that I will share some recipes to thank for my project supporters and there are a lot of people have been waiting for my great recipes. Even though it is a little bit painful to review her recipes again. I will still be happy to share this with you.
……Suddenly, there is an image appeared in my head, which she was repeating all the details to me about this recipe. So let’s have a look how to make some nice, simple and healthy soup.
This soup will consume a lot of time of yours, so choose a day when you can focus on making a healthy meal for yourself and your love ones.
The preparation of the materials is simple. All you need is:
A big soup pot with lid
Some water (Normally fill in 2/3 of the soup pot you use)
Some Lotus (The proportion of the lotus and the ribs you are going to use is 1:1. You can get this vegetable in the Asian supermarket such as The Oriental in The Netherlands.)
Some ribs, 1kg is enough for two-four people. (Normally we use pork ribs, and you can get them in the supermarket, such as Albert Heijn. But you can also use Lamb if you don’t like pork. Walk to the butcher and get some nice and cheap ribs. Don’t forget to ask the butcher to cut the ribs into 2-3cm long pieces.)
Some ginger (Egg size big will be enough)
Some Spring onions (You will get a bunch of them in the supermarket, but don’t use everything. you only need some of them as the final touch of your soup.)
If you like spicy taste, you can also prepare some chilli powder, some soy sauce, and some sesame oil for the source. (Soy sauce and sesame oil can also be used for the noodles recipes, so you will not just use for once. In fact, if you like the sauce in this recipe, you can always use it for any food you like.)
Now let’s start to cook!
Step one: Fill in the soup pan with 2/3 amount of water and put on the lid, let it boil. In the meanwhile, you will smash the ginger a bit and add it into the water.
Step two: Wash off the ribs few times until you don’t see much blood on it anymore. When the water is boiled, put the ribs in and wait until it is boiled again.
Tips: The secret of this recipe is here. You will have to use a soup spoon to take away the foams on the top of soup when it is boiled. Those foams contains blood and some unnecessary dirt from the meat, which you don’t want to have it in your soup. Carefully remove all the foams on top the surface, until you can clearly see some fat floating. That means you successfully removed most of the dirt in the soup and now you have clean meat in your pan.
Step three: Add some salt (add some olive oil, if you prefer the soup to be a little bit greasy.), and put on the lid again, use small fire to let it cook, as long as it is boiling.
Step four: Peel the lotus roots and cut them into slices, like 5mm thick is good. Add them into the soup and turn on the fire a little bit so it can boil faster. When it is boiled gain, put back on the lid and turn into small fire to keep it boiling.
Now, let you soup slowly cooked with the small fire around 1-1.5 hours. Make sure you check it every now and then, stir it a bit, and add some water if you see the food is not covered by the soup. Normally you should keep it around half pot full all the time.
In the meanwhile, you can prepare something else. Wash off the spring onions and chop it into small pieces. Put it into a small bowl for later on.
For the people who wants to have some sauce: Grab a small bowl, add some chilli powder, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt, a little bit sugar, and some spring onions. The most important step is add some original soup, and mix them in the bowl. Then your sauce is ready for the soup.
Last step, the best of part of the cooking is to see your soup is in a nude colour and it smells really fresh. When the meat is tender, then your soup it ready. Sometimes, some of the lotus roots will not be super tender because the harvest season and the soil was not too good. If you are lucky, the lotus roots should be very tender too. Now add some salt and spring onions. You are all ready for this lovely soup. Share it with your love ones!
Some important tips： I love lotus, but is not so easy to digest, so don’t eat too much even if you love it so much. The soup is generally good to improve sleeping quality and your appetite. However, pregnant is not recommended to have it too much according to some Chinese Yin Yang theory.