So…I’ve been thinking. About what will happen to my blog once I go to college (which is in less than 3 weeks…how time flies!). For awhile I considered temporarily closing down the blog, but Mari, Joanne, and Jen shot down the idea (thanks, guys).
And considering that there are so many bloggers out there who can juggle school, work, social life, and blogging, I have no excuse not to give it a try myself. Plus, I’ll be living in an on-campus apartment. I only have a partial meal plan, so I’ll have to cook for myself most of the time anyway. Also, by now I just cannot imagine life without blogging. Yes, I think I now define myself as a blogger.
But here’s the trouble:
- I don’t want to be taking boring pictures of cereal and Subway sandwiches and froyo all the time
- I’ll be having an teensy weensy kitchen, where I’m not even sure if I have an oven (oh PLEEEEAAAASEEE let there be one!)
- My classes are packed together so meals can’t be elaborate (Example: On Friday, classes are from 8am-4pm…WTH?)
- I can’t stock up on a lot of ingredients since I am cooking for one
- The grocery stores near my school are crappy and if I want to get to a decent one I’ll have to hitch a ride
- I’ll have a limited budget (living expenses in LA is crazy!)
- I really don’t think I’ll have that much time to blog daily (Gotta get my A’s xp)
And here’s my solution:
- In college, most of my recipes will be quick and easy and simple and cheap
- I’ll befriend someone who has a car and suck up to her/him
- I’ll be blogging less often, but at least 2-3 times a week (crosses fingers and toes)
- George Foreman grill, the microwave, and the rice-cooker shall be my new buddies (I might even be on name-terms with them)
- I might have to resort to (a-hem) borrowing some ingredients from the school dining hall
- Stay tuned for reviews on some restaurants around downtown LA!
- And maybe I’ll come up with some crazy creations using the food available in my dining hall
Hm. This will be quite a new adventure. I’m actually pretty excited to see how I’ll manage to come up with new recipes within these limitations. As for staying within my budget…That might just be my biggest weakness. In order to have good food…well, you’ve gotta have good ingredients. I might give up on a few luxuries just to eat well (and blog well). Ah, the sacrifices one must make as a foodie college student.
But here is my question to you: Do you have any tips/advices/suggestions for me? And what are you more willing to read from my blog? Recipes, reviews, or just my long-winded rambles?
Anyway, as a prelude to my simple life as a poor, stressed-out college student, here are two examples of meals I’ll most probably be having.
- 1 whole-wheat flatbread
- 1/3 cup cream cheese
- 1/4 cup cucumbers, diced
- 1 tsp green tea powder
- 1 packet toasted nori sheets
- smoked salmon
First, mix together the cream cheese, cucumbers, and green tea powder:
Then spread it on top of the flatbread, lay down the nori sheets, layer the smoked salmon, and roll up. Cut.
Wow. Wasn’t that complicated?
Funny how they sort of…look like a gang. All riled up together, as if to say, “Wanna fight?”
PU-HAHAHA! This one looks like it’s sticking out its salmony-tongue! Cheeky fellow!
The nori I used was this:
Green tea flavored, and toasted in olive oil. Goes with the green tea-cucumber cream cheese spread!
Best thing about roll-ups is that they are so portable!
Now, on to my next profound recipe:
Poached Egg Ciabatta
- 1 ciabatta (from Costco)
- 2 tablespoons Trader Joe’s red pepper-artichoke tapenade
- basil leaves
- kabocha puree
- poached egg
- Parmesan cheese
Spread the tapenade onto the ciabatta, then microwave it for 3-5 seconds (makes it nice and warm and chewy). Layer the basil on one side, then spread the kabocha puree on the other side. Sprinkle with a bit of salt:
Gently set the poached egg on top of one side of the bread and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
My mom interfered by slipping a piece of avocado and grape tomato in there. In college, this will never happen. I apologize.
Stack it up:
Cut into it to let the yolk flow!
Messy, but oh-so-delicious. As I said, a poached egg makes everything taste better. And some extra cheese can’t hurt!
So, this is just a snapshot of what my recipes are gonna be like in college. Also, I’ll probably be continuing on with my “mix-it-up” bowl recipe series since the concept of that was for simple, fast, versatile meals anyway.
Question of the day: Well, you already know the questions, but in case you forgot…Do you have any tips/advices/suggestions for me? And what are you more willing to read from my blog? Recipes, reviews, or just my long-winded rambles?
Please discuss on the comment page! I’m sure many are in the same boat as me, so everybody can benefit!
P.S. Check this post about why body fat doesn’t matter, and please be sure to contribute your input so I can see this guy’s reenactament!