Random cooking while on the move

This month, I have the honour to host Bunny Eats Design’s, Our Growing Edge, a monthly blogging event.

Thinking of Christmas leftovers, I thought random cooking would be nice for this month’s theme.  We had so much food left and hardly got time to finish all as we went for holiday on 31/12/15.  I hate to waste food but I must admit we sadly threw away a whole truffle down the sink !  My flatmate was over greedy and made two truffles for a table of 8.

Having trying to juggle whether it is ‘Creative yet Random’ or ‘Random yet Creative’ as the theme of this month’s food challenge, Geni of Bunny Eats suggested that random cooking is simply ‘System D’.

System D is a slang phrase pirated from French-speaking Africa and the Caribbean. The French have a word that they often use to describe particularly effective and motivated people.  Or, sweetened for street use, “Systeme D.” This essentially translates as the ingenuity economy, the economy of improvisation and self-reliance, the do-it-yourself, or DIY, economy. A number of well-known chefs have also appropriated the term to describe the skill and sheer joy necessary to improvise a gourmet meal using only the mismatched ingredients that happen to be at hand in a kitchen.

Thinking of Random Cooking, I brought along a bottle of butter chicken sauce, a whole garlic, a piece of ginger, a small bottle of cooking oil, soya sauce and a whole cucumber, leftover from Christmas on our trip.  We went to the local supermarket and bought a pack of diced beef (or was it lamb).  Oh yes, we bought a tray of 8 eggs and used 3 for our dinner at the motel in Nelson the night we arrived.

I forgot to mention we also brought along some basmati rice and a bottle of pinot noir for that exquisite room service experience, thanks to ‘System D’.

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This month is hosted by Jess from Little Girl Story.


Calls for contributors to share their cooking, any original recipe that they created from anything random they came across in their fridge or supermarket shelves. In short, just last minute meals, something they throw together with whatever ingredients available.

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3 thoughts on “Random cooking while on the move

  1. Looks like such a delicious dish, Jess. Did you figure out if it was beef or lamb in the end? I love butter chicken sauce. It always reminds me of Malaysian food. Hope you are well and enjoying summer. Take care 🙂

  2. Pingback: Top of South Island – Day 3 | littlegirlstory

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