Simple recipes for student living
These dishes take little time to prepare, are inexpensive and are ideal for sharing
Cooking away from home can be daunting, for even the most mature cooks. When I cook away from my kitchen it takes a while to settle and find my groove. Which section is more suitable to use as a chopping area, where best to place the bin and, more importantly, how does the cooker work?
Our third- level students have left us again and are now settling into college life. More often than not their diets seem to suffer, they start to miss the comforts of home and end up relying on a couple of basic carb- filled dishes to get by.
Being away from home is challenge enough, and often knowing what to cook can be a bigger headache than how to cook it. My daughters have made many a call to me from Dublin supermarkets requesting an instant dish for dinner. I love the challenge but soon realised I wasn’t really helping in teaching them what they needed to know.
Food is a connection to home and friends and it can soothe the soul to know that comfort can be cooked anywhere – no matter how far away from home you are. There are times when we want to make a community through food. In the depths of student accommodation this may seem like a distant dream, but why not make a dish to share like the baked beans below and invite a few friends over in exchange for a few euro for ingredients?
I recommend taking the time to explain the benefits of fridge management to students and teach them how to minimise waste. Sadly, many student houses have as much food in the bin as in the fridge and reducing this waste is an excellent skill we can give our kids going out into the world. 4 skinless chicken breasts Zest and juice of 1 lemon or lime Salt and pepper
Lime or lemon wedges to serve