Fit cooking in your schedule

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When it comes to food I’m easy to please. Just give me something with lots of carbs (rice or potatoes or pasta or bread), a small but delicious portion of meat and lots and lots of vegetables. Take away my meat and I shall chase you across the globe with a broom stick in my hand. Take away my vegetables and I shall plan your demise. Food is quite important to me.

Let’s face it: We students don’t dine the finest food. For lunch we eat whatever the cafeteria serves, more often than not, it’s pasta with some bland sauce. No or few bites of meat and vegetables. When we finally make it home for dinner there’s not much energy left in us. Enough to throw a pizza into the oven or maybe pasta with pesto.

But I don’t want store-bought pizza and I don’t want pasta with pesto. What I want is good cooking. Yummy meals that sate me and satisfy my palate. What to do?

  • Plan your meals. Decide on which day you have enough time to cook. Decide what to cook.
  • Cook more than one serving. You can reheat and eat the leftovers on days you don’t have time to cook. Or freeze the leftovers.
  • Look for recipes that are quick to cook. Or buy groceries that don’t need much preparation to shine. For instance, bell peppers are great in stir fry. But also tasty raw. The same applies to tomatoes. And courgettes.
  • Spice things up. And spices aren’t the only things that can make a dish much more delicious. Feta cheese, olives, pickled cabbage, bacon… they all add a little something.
  • If you long for homemade pizza, make a batch of pizza dough and keep it in the freezer. Put some tomato sauce in that, too.

No matter what your excuse is, no matter how busy you are, it should never prevent you from enjoying food!

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What’s on the menu today? Shall we have Dr. Oetker Bistro Baguette or Original Wagner Pizza?

PhotobucketTaking 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.