CookOrDie Day 2: Veal sausage and potatoes

Plan for dinner:

  • One of those large sausages
  • Two baked regular potatoes (possibly with cheese)
  • Toasted buttered pita bread

I can just hear it now.

Welcome to Day 2 of CookOrDie: Adventures of a Desperate
Cook! I’m Sacha Chua and I’ll be your host for today’s segment, “Veal
sausage and potatoes”.

It has all the makings of a bad survival show… Hey, now there’s an
idea – grab a bunch of geeks who have no idea how to cook, turn them
loose in a supermarket with a budget of PHP 100 (~ USD 2) a day, and
see how long they can survive without repeating recipes and using only
a microwave and a toaster oven!

This meal was a bit more expensive than it should have been, but I
know how to fix it now. It came to a total of (+ 44 9.25), or 53.25. I
can improve this by using more potatoes, thus ensuring that I can keep
half of the bratwurst for breakfast the next day. If I doubled my
portion of potatoes and added some herbs and spices – would you
believe that I have neither salt nor pepper? – then I could have a
good meal for (+ 22 (* 2 9.25)), or 40.50.

Microwave chopped potatoes (1/4 ~ 1/2 inch) for 2.5 minutes.

Must find correct way to use butter to flavor these things. Trying to
put garlic in butter didn’t really do anything either.

You know what? I should learn how to toast garlic, or however they
prepare the garlic that goes on top of arrozcaldo…

Realization #1: Pita pockets are named pita pockets for a _reason_. I
should try Hungarian-sausage+tomato+cheese stuffed pita pockets. Maybe
tomorrow; I can bring neat little sandwich bags to the UPSA rehearsal.

Realization #2: If I slice the sausages before putting them in the
oven toaster, then they have nice texture.

Tomorrow: Pita pockets of slice-toasted Hungarian sausages, mushrooms
and cheese.

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    • Hello, Aya!

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  • Julie

    What is the best way to cook veal sausages? (no microwaves or toasters please because that’s just wrong)

  • Cast-iron pan, apparently.

  • David Boyd

    You’re not seriously saying that a large sausage, two baked regular potatoes (possibly with cheese), and toasted buttered pita bread cost you over 50 USD, are you?

  • Oh, those numbers were in Philippine pesos, roughly 50 PHP : 1 USD.