Saturday, 23 May 2015

Student Food: Vegan Chili

Before we start, you should probably know I am less an amazing chef, more a lost and hungry student, and I tend to make this stuff up as I go along - a habit I apply to most aspects of life. The good news is, this means there's no measurements to complicate things, so you can make it to your taste (yay!). Use as little or as much of each ingredient that you want, within reason.

So, for a delicious vegan chili, you will need the following:

- Water
- Rice
- Onion
- Garlic Clove
- Mushroom
- Pepper
- Olive or Sunflower Oil
- A Vegetable Stock Cube
- Tinned Chopped Tomato
- Tomato Purée
- Tinned Kidney Beans
- Chili powder (of course)
- Mixed spices

Got all that? Let's make some chili!

1. Set the rice simmering in a saucepan with water. The rice will take around 10-15 minutes to be ready. Keep it on a low heat or you'll burn your first two attempts like Freddie and I did. I told you I'm no culinary genius!

2. Chop your onion, garlic, mushroom, and pepper. Fry it all together in a pan with a little oil.

3. Boil some water in another saucepan (I'd recommend only a couple of centimeters deep), and add your stock cube, tinned chopped tomato, and a squirt of tomato purée. Drain your tin of kidney beans and add that in too.

4. Then pop in everything you just fried. Stir it up!

5. Time to add spice! Add in your chili powder and mixed spice to your taste. I'm a wimp with spice so I'd probably only use a little sprinkle of each.

6. Stir it some more and keep it going until it reaches a consistency you like. The longer the water is steaming off, the thicker it'll be - but don't overdo it!

7. Serve it up with your (non-burned) rice and enjoy.

The plate is a lie - no pasta here!

Hope you enjoyed!

Kiah xxx

Thursday, 21 May 2015

A Slice of Internet

So, this is a first blog post, I guess. It's now my summer break from university and in a vain attempt to put off updating (read: writing) my CV and applying for more part-time work, I've finally made a blog. I'm Kiah Page and I'm a 20 year old who is very much still in denial over the lack of 'teen' at the end of my age. I like animals, food, make-up and documentaries. I've just finished my second year of a psychology degree, and I'm hoping to work with animals (less like the dog whisperer, more like Jane Goodall if all goes to plan), but that's all in the big, scary, adult, future. For now, I'm just working hard and spreading positivity wherever I go. Welcome to my blog, I hope you enjoy your stay!

Kiah xxx