Been Cookin

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Not only because I’m broke, but also because I enjoy eating. My big thing right now is chicken. It’s easy and just overall kind of fun to make. Now, full disclaimer, I am not a chef, I’ve never had formal training, and I only eat one real meal, maybe two, in a day. So I really needed to find something to cook that actually gave me energy throughout my day.
My boyfriend, who actually cooked for a living, suggested chicken. It’s cheap and easy to cook with. I figured I’d give it a shot, may as well right? So, this recipe of sorts is what I made and I am super impressed with how different it is every time I make it.

I Actually Love Chickens, and I Want Some of My Own. Photo Credits!

I took a chicken breast and sliced it up into almost one inch by one inch cubes, just little bits mostly because I’m lazy and that means it cooks faster, and threw it in a fry pan with just enough oil to almost cover the bottom (I know it’s a frying pan, but until I was like sixteen I always thought it was a fry pan. Don’t judge me.) Then I just fry it until the chicken is white on the outside. From there, seasoning! Which changes literally every time I make it, but usually I use seasoning salt and something spicy, and I am generous with the amount of seasoning I use. It’s kind of terrible, but I love it. From there, cook until it’s actually cooked. I’ll take my flipper and cut pieces in half while in the pan to make sure it’s not still pink, I may be lazy, but I like being alive.

Part two can go in different directions, depending on how hungry I am. Sometimes I’ll dish and just eat chicken, other times I’ll cook eggs and eat all the chicken product. But a friend of mine recommended frozen veggies. So I think that’s my new go to. If I make eggs, I use the left over oil in the pan and seasoning for my eggs, but I assume I can do the same with my new veggie plan, so stay tuned for that.

Another fun recipe that I found and then butchered, because I’m dumb, was making chicken nuggets. And they’re easy too! You just cut the chicken the same, and in three different bowls, I put flour, and couple beaten eggs, and in bowl three breadcrumbs and some seasoning. Just dip the chicken in one bowl at a time making sure it’s been covered every time and then lay them out on a baking sheet covered in tin foil. Have the oven set to 400° and put the nuggets in for twelve minutes, take them out and flip them over, then back in for another twelve minutes. The original recipe I was following said ten on each side, but I wanted more crunch because that’s how nuggets should be.

To partner with the nuggets, I’ll roast potatoes. They are by far the easiest thing I’ve ever made, they just take awhile and I’m impatient. I’d throw the potatoes in first as they take a lot longer, but cook at the same temperature. It doesn’t matter which potatoes you use, at least I don’t think it does, I like to use russet ones just because I grew them over the summer so I had a lot to use.

Potato <3 Photo Credits

With the potatoes, wash them first, as you should with every vegetable or fruit honestly, and get ready to cut them. I slice them into cubes just larger than the nuggets. Throw all your potato bits into a large mixing bowl, or do it in sections like I had to. With the potatoes, I add salt, peppers, garlic and a good quality oil, and mix them up real good. Make sure they’re mixed together, don’t want anything getting burned. And cook for an hour. They turn out so amazing every time and I love it! They’re my favourite thing to cook, next to the chicken.

And yeah, there you have it. I’m cooking and being an adult! And it isn’t nearly as hard as I thought it was going to be! I enjoy doing this and want to cook all the time now, but then I’ll have to much food and just never get anywhere it’ll go bad and it’s just a bad idea. Cooking all of this food has been really great though. I’m definitely not going to stop now!

I want to send a special thanks to the lovely friend of mine who suggested I talk about my cooking adventures for my post for today. She’s also the person who suggested veggies. Cause my friends are actual gems. (Bella I love you <3 ).

Currently this is all I can actually make without worrying about my life. Besides the fact I can boil eggs! Thanks for stopping by, and if you try any of these, or know some easy recipes that I should butcher, let me know!
Anyways…
Thanks for reading!
— Deryn

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