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Gunpowder Chicken recipe, eat well on universal credit

As we’ve accumulated more Asian ingredients for these recipes it’s made it easier for us to experiment with seemingly more complex recipes while still being within our self imposed budget.

Ingredients for the Chicken:-

5 Chicken Thighs, skin removed, de-boned and cut into bite sized pieces
2 Tbsp of Soy Sauce (Gluten free for us)
1 Onion, finely diced
2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
1 Tsp of Szechaun Peppercorns, ground
3 Spring Onions, chopped
20g of Peanuts, roughly chopped
Oil to fry
Salt & Pepper
6 Dried Bullet Chillies

Ingredients for the Sauce:-

2 Tbsp of Soy Sauce (Gluten free for us)
1 Tbsp of Shaoxing Wine
1 Tbsp of Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tbsp of Rice Wine Vinegar
½ Tbsp of Castor Sugar
4 Tbsp of Chicken Stock
1 Tbsp of Cornflour, mixed into 1 Tbsp of Water


(1) Marinade the Chicken with the Soy Sauce for 1 hour in the fridge.
(2) Mix all the Sauce ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
(3) In a Wok add a little Oil and sear the Chicken.
(4) When it is browned on all sides remove and set aside.
(5) Add a little more Oil to the Wok and fry the Onions & Garlic until softened.
(6) Add the chillies and cook for a further minute stirring so not to burn the chillies.
(7) Add the Chicken along with the Peppercorns, Spring Onions and Peanuts.
(8) Fry for a further 2 minutes.
(9) Add the Sauce and stir fry until the Sauce has thickened.
(10) Serve of Rive or Rice Noodles and garnish with sliced fresh Chillies, Spring Onions and crushed Peanuts.

This was really good. We’re guessing that the smokey aftertaste from the Bullet Chillies gives the dish it’s name? 


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Why is cooking from scratch better? Our opinion. Eat well on universal credit

Now this how you do Food Journalism! Article from The Guardian (Opens in a new Tab)

This is a beautifully written article and it highlights many issues.

However I’d like to add to it a bit if I / We may?

If you can’t be bothered reading - “Cook From Scratch”……..

Why do we cook everything from scratch? There are various reasons:-

(1) Cost. Generally I buy the most costly ingredient first, usually the Meat or Fish (Protein Component). We then assess what ingredients we have available and the sort of dish we intend to create. I then nip off and get whatever additional items we need. This might seem like a very time intensive way to deal with cooking / shopping? Well it is probably inefficient, but we have a number of supermarkets and independent shops within walking distance, for which we are grateful.

(2) Ingredient Control. Sue has Celiac Disease and over the last year or so has developed a Lactose Intolerance. They unfortunately often go hand-in-hand. So anything with the slightest trace of Wheat is banished from the flat. Dairy can be mitigated by Sue taking a Lactase Enzyme tablet or two before eating anything which contains Lactose. But really, it’s much easier to just not eat something which you know is going to make you ill.

(3) Quality of Ingredients. Processed food in a plastic tub, frozen, with a film which you prick….. Come on guys “Food Warehouse” are not exactly marketing their food as healthy, now are they? There are frozen meal businesses which offer high quality food, but it’s generally out of our budget.

(4) Enjoyment. We actually enjoy cooking together. Sue can’t get out of the flat without assistance, however as a couple of foodie with histories including cheffing and butchery it’s no great surprise that we enjoy the process of cooking a good meal on a budget together.

(5) Personal Engagement. When I have gathered the ingredients for a meal and we have created a recipe and cooked it, it’s often fun for us to natter about how it tasted, what we could do next time to improve it etc.

You don’t get any of the above when you microwave frozen ‘stuff’ after bursting the film with a fork.


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