Chinese Wontons

This is another Stay at home idea for a rainy day or a cold day. The Chinese love their wontons and they are cheap to do at home.

They are easy to do and you do either seafood, meat, or vegetarian wontons. You’ll need the wonton wrapper which you can find in Asian grocery stores, a food processor, and the things for your fillings.

On and to cook them you’ll need a wok and some way to drain off all the excess oil. 

You can also do soup wonton which is cooking them in the soup. This is good for a winter’s night. We got this recipe from Howcast on Youtube.

 



Week 7 of frugal living

Today I had pulled pork and pasta for dinner. The pulled pork was leftover and the pasta was from in my pantry. I realised that the abattoirs will be affected a lot by this Coronavirus outbreaks and a lot of the meat will be very expensive and in short supply. So we are trying to use everything that’s in our fridge and pantry.

I had the pork belly from our fridge the other day and it was really good. And then tonight we had hamburgers and the mince cost us $11. But the lettuce was from our fridge.

We also used up the turkey that we bought at Costco a little while ago. Used it for three meals. We had roast turkey the other night and then turkey with spaghetti and a turkey sandwich with homegrown rocket and avocado.

Also we had a lot of mandarins on our fruit tree and with some of the ones that we picked we made fruit jam. It was yummy. Normally jam costs about $6-$7 in the supermarket.

We’ve been making our own bread which tastes so much fresher than the bread you buy outside.

Yesterday we made our own biscuits and they were so yummy. They don’t have any added sugar in them which is great.

Ordered online at Chemist Warehouse and I got free protein powder which is awesome.

I was gifted some Hilbilby Apple Cider Vinegar. Will blog about this soon.

This weeks spending:

  • Optus- $10
  • Chemist Warehouse- $17
  • 7/11- $3.80
  • The Happy Apple- $15

Total: $45.80


What to cook in August

In August it is winter so I am thinking about some comfort food that doesn’t use a lot of meat since we are in Coronavirus times with some restrictions on meat abbatoirs. With these restrictions it means that there might be a meat shortage.

Spinach lasagna

We use the Lattina Fresh sheets that you can buy at Coles and Woolworths. Here you do this the same way as the meat lasagna but there would be less cooking time.

Video by Leena Haddad

Spanakopita

Spanakopita is the Greek spinach pie. Here you need filo, feta cheese and spinach.

Video by Dimitra’s dishes

Oats with Chia seeds for breakfast

I use the Uncle Tobys quick oats and you can microwave them for 1 min and 20 seconds. Before you microwave them you need to add milk for that creamy texture. At the end you add your chia seeds.

Making our own bread

With all the time at home we have been making our own bread. It tastes so much better and its cheaper.


Homemade Cheong Fun

Cheong fun is the Chinese steamed rice roll filled with meat or seafood. You normally find them at yum cha restaurants. And its easy to make your own.

But during lockdown, you might not be able to go to your favorite yum cha place to enjoy them. You can enjoy them takeaway but it’s not the same and they are about $7-$10 for a plate of three. You can make a quite a bit at home with $10-$15 worth of ingredients

Recipe courtesy of My Mummy’s Cooking

You’ll need the rice flour that you can find in most Asian grocery stores plus meat (beef or pork) or seafood, some soy sauce, chives, and a steamer. You can buy the steamer in most Asian places if you don’t have one.


Homemade spring rolls

Homemade spring rolls can be fun to do but can be time consuming. This is a good stay at home idea. Here’s a recipe for pork

Video courtesy of HowToBasic

We did ours in the airfryer but you can deep fry yours in a wok.

All the ingredients we bought in the Asian grocery store. But the pork mince, vegetables, and seafood you can normally buy them at the supermarket. You can make pork, vegetarian, seafood spring rolls.

It normally costs about $8-$12 outside but if you make it at home you can make lots with all the ingredients and its about $20-$30 depending on what you buy.


Char siu buns

We love them when going outside for yum cha. But did you know that you can make your own? You just need the tapioca flour that you can buy at most Asian Grocery stores and you need the BBQ pork that you can buy at most Chinese restaurants.

Vidoe courtesy of Chinese Cooking Demystified.

You can make them small or big.

Now that we are at home for the foreseeable future, making your own is easy. We cannot go out to yum cha anymore for a little while.


Homemade Fish and chips

You can make them in the airfryer and we bought the Bird’s Eye chips from IGA.

You can batter your own fish and make your own potato chips if you like.

I got the recipe from the Phillips site as we made our own fish and chips using the airfryer

Homemade Fish and chips

Recipe by newintstudents2015Course: Uncategorized
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

12

minutes
Calories

300

kcal

Ingredients

  • 200 g white fish fillet (tilapia, cod, pollack). We used the Birds Eye fish which was already battered
    1 egg
    300 g (red) potatoes
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    ½ tablespoon lemon juice
    Tortilla chips

Directions

  • Preheat the AirFryer to 180°C.
  • Grind the tortilla chips very fine in the food processor and transfer the ground tortilla chips to a plate. Beat the egg in a deep dish.
    Dip the pieces of fish into the egg one by one and roll the pieces of fish through the ground tortilla chips so that they are completely covered.
    Scrub the potatoes clean and cut them lengthwise into thin strips. Soak the potato strips in water for at least 30 minutes. Drain them thoroughly and then pat them dry with kitchen paper. Coat them with oil in a boil.
    Insert the separator in the AirFryer basket. Position the potato strips on one side and the pieces of fish on the other.
    Slide the basket into the AirFryer. Set the timer to 12 minutes and fry the potatoes and the fish until they are crispy brown.

The Happy Apple

The Happy Apple is a grocery store in Union Road Ascot Vale where they sell lots of unique items that I cannot find in supermarkets.

Photo by John Finkelstein on Pexels.com

During these crazy weeks of Covid19 I have been making some small trips there to buy my snacks and drinks at the end of my runs. Exercise is an essential activity that can be done outside and the Government has allowed this. So I have been ramping up my marathon training this way.

Here I once bought a mango lassi and it was low fat and very nice. Other times I have bought a protein ice cream and orange juice made by the Happy Apple. This juice has no added sugar to it.

Do come by the Happy Apple when you can. Do support small business. They also have another store in Seddon for those that live out west.


Easy vegetarian frittata

This Frittata is perfect for four people and it includes potatoes and eggs. There is no meat in this and it can be a perfect side dish with meat. This recipe would be great for the Coles Cook with Heart campaign which aims to reduce the risk of heart disease.

This recipe was from Coles website as it was a part of the cooking challenge

Ingredients

  • 6 baby Red Royale or baby white potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup (120g) frozen peas
  • 8 Coles Australian Free Range Eggs
  • 80g goat’s cheese, crumbled
  • 120g pkt Coles Australian 4 Leaf Salad

Method

STEP 1

Heat a greased 20cm (base measurement) ovenproof non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add one-quarter of the potato. Cook for 1 min each side or until light golden and tender. Transfer to a plate. Repeat in 3 more batches with remaining potato.

STEP 2

Meanwhile, cook the peas in a medium saucepan of boiling water until tender. Drain well.

STEP 3

Lightly whisk the eggs in a medium bowl. Season.

STEP 4

Preheat grill on medium. Arrange half the potato over the base of the frying pan. Top with half the peas and half the goat’s cheese. Continue layering with the remaining potato, peas and goat’s cheese. Pour over the egg and gently swirl the pan to cover the potato mixture. Cook over medium heat for 6 mins or until almost set.

STEP 5

Cook under grill for 5 mins or until just set. Cut into wedges. Serve with salad leaves.