Directions to Cook:
Rinse uncooked rice and drain well.
Dice onion and capsicums.
Heat olive oil in a large heavy based pan. Sauté onion and garlic until tender. Add capsicum. Sauté further 5 minutes. Add cumin and paprika, cook 1 minute until aromatic. Add rice and cook further 1 minute. Add chicken stock, diced tomatoes and tomato paste and bring to the boil over high heat. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 20-25 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and stand for 10 minutes. Stir through parsley. Serve.
500g chicken thigh or breast fillets.
Dice chicken into 1-2 cm cubes. Add chicken to pan after sautéing onions, garlic and capsicum. Cook 5 minutes and follow remaining instructions above.
Brown 500g sausage and slice into 2cm pieces. Stir through with parsley.
Life for us has been all about survival on a shoestring budget. I've learnt how to live on very basic (and cheap) staples and I cook from scratch and don't buy prepackaged mixes of anything. I've raised three happy and healthy kids and I believe that food is central to good communication and a happy and connected life!
I have an unpublished cookbook manuscript that lives on my kitchen bench. This is the collection that I have fed my family from for many years, all made from a core list of practical and economical ingredients. The manuscript is splattered with butter, flour and milk from daily use. It moves between the kitchen and the office as I edit and test-kitchen the recipes.