Hey there 20-something-year-olds. It’s me, Guy, your fellow 20-something-year-old, and I have a message for YOU.
Have you ever found yourself at the supermarket and glanced down to see your basket looking something like this?
Or have you gotten home and unpacked your groceries to find that this is all you’ve bought?
Well, my knee-jerk reaction is to say good, those are good solid purchases that I honestly can’t find fault with. BUT, if this is the way you eat every day, you will die, and that’s a fact. You can trust me on that one–after all, I’m posting on the internet. They don’t just let anyone do that.
So, 20-something year olds, do you want to be happier, have more friends, and alive?? Well, I can help you out there. You just need to know one little secret… cooking is easy. Cooking is really easy.
Cooking is just adult lego, and everyone can do lego. If you can’t do lego, then.. well, fuck, throw in the towel now. Four-year-olds can do lego. You have a list of instructions that you follow, and all you’re doing is putting the cold thing on the hot thing until you have to take it off. And once you’ve followed instructions a handful of times and you figure out which piece goes where, you can have fun with it.
I don’t live with many regrets, but one I do have is that I didn’t start cooking properly whilst I was in my late teens and early 20’s. All the possible dinner feasts with friends I could have had, gone. Trust me, if you can cook a pot of food, people will love you. Housemates, siblings, mates, all of them. Everyone loves the person who makes food.
Now you might be saying ‘pfft, I totally cook’ and thinking of your jar of Dolmios in the cupboard. Well, you’re wrong. Until you realise that you can make a ridiculously delicious bolognese with just a tin of tomatoes, a cup of beef stock, an onion, a few spoons of tomato paste and dried herbs, you aren’t really cooking.
That’s where I started, experimenting with bolognese. Start with a recipe and alter it to your taste, and keep altering it little by little, and before you know it you’ve got yourself a whole new recipe and an idea of what things did what to the dish. Below is a quick dish I made my way to in such a fashion.
For this one, also known as mexico chicken rice, what you’ll need is:
- 1-2 chicken breasts
- 1 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 1 cup rice
- 1 small red capsicum
- half a red onion
- 1 tomato
- Half a can of black beans
- seasoning (I use taco seasoning, but if you want to go full from scratch use cumin/salt/cayenne pepper, to taste)
Dice the tomato, onion and capsicum, and slice the chicken breast. Rinse the beans.
Heat some oil in a pan (medium-high heat) and throw in the chicken/onion for ~4 mins.
Add everything bar the rice/stock, give it a stir and let it cook for a minute.
Add the stock and rice.
Bring to boil whilst stirring, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 mins. If the rice isn’t done and the liquid is gone, add more stock and cook for more minutes.
Bam, you’ve done it. You’ve got a meal for a few people, or food for 3 days, and you only spent 15 dollars. Now start cooking shit and I promise you’ll be more popular, more happy, and dead far less early.