Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Thursday's Dinner

After a lovely brunch with my beautiful mum, I'm ready to think about dinner. Tonight on the menu is the fallback risotto. Risotto is the kind of dish you can make when you only have 50 cents in your pocket - you can skip the meat and it'll still be great.

$3.12 -- chicken breast
$0.90 -- bacon rasher

Total amount for dinner tonight: $4.02

Total weekly budget spent: $23.64


Serves 2

1 chicken breast, cubed
1 rasher bacon, chopped
1 cup rice
3 cups chicken stock
50g butter (approximately...I totally didn't measure, just threw a whole stack in)
1 small carrot
1/4 cup peas
1/4 cup beans
2 tablespoons sour cream
1/4 cup cheese

(1) Melt a small amount of the butter with a little bit of oil in a large saucepan. When bubbling, add the chicken and the bacon. Cook :D

(2) Had a small saucepan with your three cups of stock simmering away nicely next to you; you'll need it hot and ready to use. (My stock was made with three teaspoons of Vegeta chicken stock powder and three cups of boiling water.)

(3) Add the vegetables, the rest of the butter and the rice. Stir to coat.

(4) Spoon on some of the stock and stir until absorbed. Then add some more. Then, if you're anything like me, lose all patience with it and just throw the rest of the stock in, cover, and simmer very gently for at least half an hour.

(5) Once the rice is tender and all stock has been absorbed, add the sour cream and stir in well, then stir in most of the cheese.

(6) Serve and top with remainder of the cheese.

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