This week I do something I have never done before on this blog; I use an ingredient I did not make from scratch. I did not plan to blog about this however in the end I decided that it would provide some insight to my relationship with food. One of the best arguments for free market enterprise is the food economy in Mississauga. After living in Kingston for the past half decade I constantly find myself in awe at how cheap the food is in Mississauga. Mississauga happens to be much more culturally diverse than Kingston which might explain why the price of exotic ingredients in Kingston pretty much forced me into learning how to cook more western dishes at first. In Mississauga however, it is the Asian and Eastern European supermarkets which are the most affordable.
For example, last week I went to Whole Foods and got a pre cooked chicken for $13 ($14.69 after tax). This chicken lasted me 4 meals (two breasts & two legs). For those who are keeping track I’m spending about $3.67 for meat per meal on protein alone. What you see below came to about $1.10.
Above is some Soy Chicken pre cooked by Oceans Fresh Food Market. It is essentially oven roasted chicken leg basted with soy sauce once in a while. The rest I did in fact make. I serve the chicken atop some nappa (similar to cabbage) in the midst of some sautéed king oyster mushrooms. I finish the dish with some chives and dill flowers from my garden. The only thing better than a delicious meal is a cheap delicious meal.