Taking out the trash is the task I dislike the most. At home it was no problem, I even got this feeling of accomplishment when everything was done neatly. But here at the dorms it means taking out the trash of sixteen students that survive on alcohol and convenience food such as pizza and Oetker Bistro Baguettes.
I can understand that students, especially those who just left the parents’ place, have a hard time managing their new independent life. There’s no mom that makes delicious food. If you want something to eat, you need to cook it yourself. There’s no one who remembers to do the laundry for you. If you don’t watch out you won’t have any clean undergarments for the next day. There’s no dad that drives you to the supermarket in his car, when you go grocery shopping you have to carry everything yourself. There is so much to do and to remember.
However, this is no excuse for a poor diet. And pizzas, no matter what the ads tell you, do not contain enough nutrients. I’m not saying that they’re bad and you should stop eating them. But your meal should not only consist of convenience food. I like pizza, I really do. But I’m a picky eater. I like my pizza of the frozen kind, topped with corn, courgette, bell pepper, extra cheese and onions . Fresh vegetable is a must. Otherwise it just tastes bland to me. And the oven hast to be heated from the bottom so that the pizza is really crispy.
Baguettes like Oetker Bistro Baguettes have also lost their appeal to me. They taste good but you can easily make them yourself. Buy baguettes that you only need to pop into the oven for a couple of minutes. And then select toppings of your choice. I think a homemade Italian tomato sauce is perfect for this. I’ve never returned to eat frozen baguettes again. They just can’t compare.
And if you think but that’s too much work and too time consuming, how about a salad? It doesn’t require any cooking time, and you can put nearly anything into it. Too bland? I love to have corn in my salad for its sweet flavor, classic vinaigrette, sweet and juicy tomatoes, salty cheese like Hirtenkäse, delicious salty bacon. So good.