I didn't forget! I meant to post my mixed fruit + chocolate hot cross buns today but I quickly realized that today is deadline for an entry to $20 Budget meal (= AU$15) submission.
Being on a budget isn't new to me. I don't recall a time where we are never on a budget. From being a student, to newly weds, it's part and parcel and life really. We think being on a budget is a necessity to life these days. With raising costs, it's hard not to take charge of your money and to know where each cent goes.
I usually cook for 4 and pack the remaining dinner into our lunch boxes the next day. By limiting take out lunches to once or twice a month, we managed to keep our expenditure low. It is actually not often that I have a soup and 2 dishes meal because with each component, costs increases. However, being a Cantonese, I missed my soups and would savour each time we have it. When granny was here, we would have clear soups two to three times a week. For us though, it would probably be once or twice every few months (I can see hubby's sad look here..) Another reason of course is time, but I realised that if I put all ingredients in my magic thermal cooker in the morning, all I need to do is to re heat when we come home at night.
Usually, we do not spend $15 on our meals. It's probably around AU$8-$10 depending on what dish I cook. This is the breakdown costs of our meals
Corn, Carrot and Radish Soup- $3.80
Stir Fry Long Beans and Mushrooms- $3
Chili Prawns with Century Eggs- $6.30
I think it's worth it though because we have prawns in this meal. Century eggs is around AU$2 here.
Granny who I spoke to one weekend, excitedly told me that she saw someone cooked this prawn dish on TV and think I should try it. She said that she has to tell me soon because if not she might not remember all component of the dish. So here I go, documenting it... and hopefully it's similar to what she remembered!
Stir Fry Prawns with Century Eggs1/2 red onion- sliced
2 chili padi (I used chili padi from our garden so it's freeeee)
1/2 tsp of corn flour
250 grams of shelled prawns
1/2 bunch of spring onions sliced
2-3 tablespoon of maggi soya sauce
dash of white pepper
1/2 tsp of salt
1 century egg diced
Quickly stir fry onions till soft. Add chili. Fry prawns till done and sprinkle some corn flour to it. Add around 2-3 tsp of water as well. Add sauce in with some pepper. Season with salt. Toss spring onions and century eggs through. Serve with soup, veges and rice.
Thank You Ellena from Cusine Paradise in hosting this event. I can't wait to participate in next month's!