Today was cleaning day, and shopping day, and laundry day, and cooking day and blogging day. Busy busy busy! So I made the meatball dish, the rice… and… well the meal(s) was missing some veg! My veg dishes are rarely planned, and this one was pretty much unplanned too. I had to use things in my fridge – NOT the things bought today though… use the older ones first.. says the voice in my head.
I opened the fridge and found – one last softening courgette, some peppers starting to wrinkle, including one large one which had some soft spots because I had dropped it taking it out of its bag last week and a bag of radishes which I bought for variety. I only really buy radishes if I’m planning a salad week – which this week wasn’t.. I got this packet because I was bored of what was on the shelves and wanted something different which will still work in stir fries. There was also a teeny bit of chopped bacon left.
Courgettes didn’t exist where I grew up. I had never eaten it, never cooked it, I was totally unaware of the existence of this vegetable. I learnt to cook it as a student here because it was cheap, and it seemed to be very common in the supermarket – next to the carrots and broccoli. These days I still use it pretty often as it’s kinda cheap. It’s not my favourite vegetable, but I don’t hate it either.
So.. I stir fried these ingredients – with some garlic and that last bit of bacon. No complicated steps.. just oil then garlic then bacon, then all the veg, a spoonful of beanpaste then lid on to steam for a little bit, then a half teaspoon of sugar cause i fancied it, then stir fry or lid-on until cooked, and then serve and eat! Simples! Cost-wise.. less than £2, enough veges for 2-3 meals. With other dishes and/or rice divided out similarly over 2-3 meals.. hmmm.. about £2.00 a meal I think, and includes a legacy recipe!