Some festive recipes!

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Hi all! I suppose some of you were beginning to think this site had reached its end, because we have been inactive for so long. I’m glad to announce ACKY’s is still very much alive and kicking and we are here to stay! Now isn’t that great news for the festive season?!

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The reason we have been dormant is simply because we were moving; and setting up a nice Wi-Fi connection again proved to be an even bigger challenge than studies can be! However, as you all can see we are back and ready to post even more useful content for our student following.

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Since it is almost Christmas I thought it would be fitting to post two new recipes that won’t break the bank, since let’s face it, students aren’t exactly rolling in the dough [yet]! Enjoy!

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Recipe 1 – Cold Cut Christmas

Ingredient list:

Some assorted cold deli or lunch meats (amount will depend on how many people you are catering for. Use your own discretion).
A large pack of cherry tomatoes
One large block of gouda/sweet milk cheese
A jar of pickles/gherkins
One jar of pitted olives
Two packs of crackers or biscuits (personal preference)
One large plastic, metal or glass platter
1 tub of budget ice-cream or sorbet
450 ml milk
One instant pudding packet

Method: Simply roll and place the cold cuts in the platter and add the other ingredients to form a pretty arrangement. Mix the pudding packet (as per instructions on the pack) with the milk and chill until set. Once your guests are done eating your festive platter, dish up some ice-cream/sorbet and serve with the pre-made pudding. This is a fantastic way to have a budget yet classy Christmas, especially in warmer climates.

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Recipe 2 – Traditional Budget Christmas Lunch

Ingredient list:

1 pack chicken thighs/drumsticks (about 8 thighs/drumsticks)
1 tsp chicken spice
260 ml mayonnaise
260 ml chutney
220 ml boiling water
1 packet white onion soup powder
6 large carrots (cleaned/peeled)
5 large potatoes (cleaned/peeled) or 15 mini potatoes washed and unpeeled
1 ½ cups of white rice

Method: Start off by washing the chicken pieces and placing them in an oven proof casserole dish. Then pour the 220 ml water into a mixing bowl. Add the soup powder and chicken spice to the water and whisk rapidly until thoroughly mixed (no clumps). Once mixed add the chutney and mayonnaise to the soup/water mixture and stir. Pour the mixture over the chicken pieces, cover with lid and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for approximately thirty to forty minutes (depending on oven used).

When you have placed the chicken in the oven, you can start to prepare your vegetables. Cut the potatoes and carrots into bite sized chunks and place these in a steamer for 30 minutes. Alternatively (if you don’t have a steamer) place the carrots and potatoes in a pot of boiling water and cook on a stove top (medium heat) for between 25 and 35 minutes (depending on the stove used) until firm but soft.

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Remember to boil your rice in some water on a stove top (until cooked) as soon as you have started cooking your vegetables and chicken, as rice can take a while to cook nice and fluffy.

Once the chicken is done, remove the lid and brown/grill the chicken further to your personal preference, being careful not to burn the chicken. NB: Always make sure chicken is cooked through and not pink inside as it can make a person very ill. Serve and enjoy!

Note: After you have served your meal you can offer your guests an unusual dessert of pudding cups on which you have pasted a personal festive message.

Happy holidays everyone!


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Cheap take on a traditional Indian dish for the cash-strapped student

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As many of you already know, Academics Can Kill Your Sanity is dedicated to pretty much all things related to being a college or university student in the twenty-first century.

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This naturally (in my opinion) includes matters pertaining to all student’s stomachs and that is why, as a little gift to you our valued Indian reader/student, I have decided to share a much cheaper take on a traditional Indian dish (with an added South African Indian twist of course) with all my valued readers. Enjoy!

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Easy Cheap Curry And Rice

1 Onion (diced)
1 Diced potato
2 Peeled and diced tomatoes
1 Can mixed vegetables (drained)
2 Teaspoons turmeric powder
1 Teaspoon coriander
1 Teaspoon cumin
2 Bay leaves
Curry powder (as per spiciness/heat preference)
2 Cups uncooked rice

Method: Boil the rice in some salt water until cooked. Steam or boil the diced potato until it is soft enough to eat, but still firm. Fry the diced tomatoes and onion in a large pot, using some olive or sunflower oil and then add the spices, curry powder, vegetables and potato to the pot. Finally add a half a cup of water to the mix and bring to the boil. Cook the mixture through for approximately 15 minutes and then, finish off by serving the mixture on a bed of the cooked rice. Viola! There you have it; the easiest and most cheap Indian curry recipe you’ll find anywhere online!

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I hope you try this dish and that you thoroughly enjoy it!

Till Next time


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Edit: If you need some more yummy cheap recipes, like the ultra cheap Indian curry recipe I shared with you above, visit the following link. Also be sure to check out my/our post entitled, ‘Starving student? Budget food ideas‘.

Need some cheap recipes? We’ve got you covered!

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Ah the magical life of a student; perpetually broke and on the brink of starvation! The constant rise in living and food costs does not help the situation much either. That is why I am sure most students will agree that cheap recipes and meal ideas are a high priority; especially ones that don’t taste like cardboard.

Cheap recipes: Image of cardboard food on a white plateDon’t despair as today I thought I would share with you four very simple and cheap recipes that I was originally going to add to my e-book; call it a little gift from me to you since I pity you poor hungry souls so much during exam times. So without further ado, here they are:

Cheap recipes: Image of a hotpot Student’s Budget Hotpot
1 can of beans
6 pork sausages
A cup of, or 1 can of peas
1 cup uncooked macaroni
1 packet instant pasta sauce – tomato flavoured
Method: Boil the macaroni until soft/cooked. Slice the pork sausages into rounds and fry in a little oil until cooked through. Prepare the packet pasta sauce as per the instructions on the back of the pack (which is normally adding 250ml boiling water to the powder and stirring for one minute until thick). Then simply open the cans (beans/peas) and mix everything together in a large pot (the cooked sliced sausage rounds, macaroni, beans, peas and sauce).

Cheap recipes: Image of eggs and a recipe book with 'eggy delight' in the cornerEggy Delight
3 eggs
1 cup grated cheese
1 cup grated polony/baloney
Method: Break the eggs into a mixing bowl, add a little water and mix/whisk. Then pour the eggs into a very hot frying pan that has been thoroughly sprayed with a non-stick agent, or greased with butter/margarine. Put a lid on the pan and let the eggs steam and cook for a few minutes on medium heat. You are basically going to be making an omelette that you will be leaving open; think something in the lines of an egg pizza. Once the ‘omelette’ is cooked, gently lift it out of the pan into a plate. Cover with grated cheese and polony/baloney.

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Tuna Cakes/Patties
2 eggs
3 cans of tuna (in water)
½ a diced onion
½ cup bread crumb or instant oats
Pepper and salt (to taste)
Method: Mix all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, and then form little cakes/patties with your hands. Fry each cake/patty in a little oil (on each side) for about three minutes. Note: You can add any other spices you choose; parsley and oregano compliment the tuna flavour quite nicely.

Cheap recipes: Image of cheese and onion breadCheese and Onion Bread
1 packet white onion soup
2 cups flour
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
300 ml milk
1 tablespoon vinegar
Method: Mix all the ingredients together, pour into a bread loaf tin/pan and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 25 to 40 minutes (depending on the oven you use).



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