Well I am now in my 5th week or school, thus a month has gone by (only a month???). I thought it was time to update you on what exactly I have been eating in college. I'm making do, but I barely know who I am anymore. I can't cook new recipe or do recipe development. I've only made two new things since I've been here and forget photographing. There is no light! I have one window in my room, but it's crap and it just does not work. This foodie is really depressed 🙁 My need to cook and create is being crushed every moment I'm here. I am really struggling with this. Cooking is just so important and so ingrained in how I am...it makes me me! At least I haven't gotten sick and it's not necessarily hard to eat. I go grocery shopping once a week for essentials, am still stocked with tons of non non-perishables, the dining hall has my dinner proteins, and than there is Whole Foods on the weekend. There is enough to eat, it's just not fun and expensive...
Also, as a side note, at least when I do use the kitchen or microwave here in my dorm room or the hall kitchen, I know HOW to cook. On Saturday after I got back from the VegFest, we had 2 fire alarm incidents. Some ignorant horrible person set it off by microwaves cookies at about 7pm. Then in the middle of the night at 12am some stupid stupid person set off the alarm making pancakes. There are 3 options here. Either A) these children should read my blog and learn how to cook, B) they should stop cooking and stop cooking at ungodly hours, or C) have someone cook for them (i.e. the dining hall or other place since the dining hall is barely ever open). All I know is I am not evacuating the building in the dead of winter in the middle of the night. No way...
Breakfast is still my favorite part/meal of the day. I can still get creative and delicious here fairly easily. I've been enjoying tons of oatmeal, mug cakes, and the occasional weekend pancakes. As you can see, there were PSPcakes made last weekend 😉 I was a wonderful reuniting after so many months!
With the dining hall, here is how I got it to work for me. I send an email to the manager with what I want for dinner for the week. Usually I will just say plain steamed veggies and either plain grilled chicken, salmon, or tilapia. Then I go and pick up my special order, bring it back up to my room and fix it. I add my own "starch/carb" side dish, meaning potatoes, plantains, squash, or grains. Then I add spices, nut butters, avocado, vinegars, you know, the good stuff to everything. Sometimes I add more veggies and fix that up too. It works, simple, but at least it is safe. The salmon is really good and so is the chicken. Surprises me every time. 😉
If I haven't cooked anything myself, I usually got to Whole Foods for dinner on the weekends. This is the food of my dreams. I can pile on as much as I want and really make a filling fueling delicious meal with foods I would actually make at home. So good. Whole Foods will never get old!
Then sometimes I do make all my own food. There are dinner bowls or love with either beans, sprouted legumes, or canned sardines, salmon, or tuna. All good and all food I would still be eating at home. I have one PSP left...I need more and DC does not have them! WHAT! I thought I would be able to find them at Whole Foods. Such a lie. I've only gone to Sweetgreen once! It is always super delicious, but I am usually craving something more satisfying at dinner time (I need ALL the food). Add I still end my night with protein milk 😉 I am so glad I have all my protein powders now. And besides all that, there are snacks, lots of coffee, tea, and Brita filtered water, and of course lunch. But lunch is the same-old-same that I ate at home (i.e. sandwich, side, fruit/veggie). Nothing to interesting, but easy and good!
I'm making it work, but I miss really cooking. When you are a foodie like me, not only a recipe developer, but someone who made all their own food for years and years, plus you have allergies and chosen restrictions, it is sad that you can't cook and do what you love. I just keep dreaming of the next time I get to go home. I miss my little comforting kitchen at home so much. I miss the fridge, my spice cabinet, the pantry, the grill, the oven, the microwave. Everything. The stove is electric, the microwave is up way to high and I always spill hot water on my hands, plus it is so high-powered and that means different cooking times, the fridge and freezer are weird and the freezer is so cold everything freezes too much! My spices, jars, pantry items, proteins, are all so annoying to get to. Pans, bowls, plates, etc. are all in different places and so hard to wash with no water pressure in the bathroom. Things are sad, but I am truckin' through 🙁
So tell me:
+ Do you find lunch boring? It is the last mealtime in the hierarchy of meals in my opinion 😉 Breakfast first, then dinner, then nightly snack, then lunch!
+ What have you been eating for breakfast lately? I think I could live forever on mug cakes and oatmeal right now. So good!
Did you notice I did a semi-real WIAW today! Crazy 😉
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