We are a few weeks into the college year now and for many, it’s been a shock to the system, a moment of realisation when the penny drops that you are absolutely on your own — to get up on time, feed yourself, do your washing and the gizillion other little things we’ve become accustomed to others doing for us.
It’s a wonderful adventure but definitely takes a bit of getting used to and adjustment. I’ve had lots of requests for a kit of recipes for college kids cheap, cheerful, nourishing foods that are quick to put together.
So this week, I’m going to keep blurb to the minimum so that I can fit in as many recipes as possible.
Let’s start with breakfast, make a fine pot of porridge, Macroom oatmeal is the best but Kilbeggan and Flahavans rolled oats are also delectable and can be if covered and refrigerated, and reheated next day, if you have some left over. You can add all sorts of toppings – jam, berries, treacle, maple syrup, honeycomb – but my absolute favourite is soft dark brown sugar and cream or at least whole milk – certainly no low fat, you’ll need nourishment to help you concentrate and achieve. It’s nothing fancy but it’s totally delicious and you won’t feel like reaching for a doughnut at 11am. Bircher muesli is another brilliant oat-based cereal made in minutes and super delicious.
Fresh eggs also give so much bang for your buck. A couple of scrambled eggs with a few added bits and pieces from the fridge can make a nutritious and tasty brekkie, brunch, lunch or supper. An omelette is a 30-second job, a frittata takes a bit longer but it’s a brilliant and versatile recipe to feed a crowd of pals.
Once again there are numerous variations but for college kids, I suggest adding diced cooked potato and maybe some leek or pumpkin and a few cubes of chorizo which will add more nourishment and lots of flavour.
A cabbage is also another great buy, go along to Caroline Robinson on the Coal Quay Market on Saturday and buy a fine chemical-free Savoy cabbage. It’ll keep you going for days and is so versatile. Here’s one of the many cabbage salad recipe we enjoy.
I also love dahls, this is a super simple one that we love and can also be made in bigger quantities. It’s really worth investing in a few jars of spices and some chilli flakes, they’ll add zing to even the simplest pasta dish. How about Asian lettuce leaves cups with pork or chicken, easy nibbles that are quick to make and give you a host of proteins.
Many bedsits or student accommodation don’t have an oven so how about pancakes or crepe? There is so much, I almost feel another book coming on!