Sim­ple recipes for stu­dent liv­ing

These dishes take lit­tle time to pre­pare, are in­ex­pen­sive and are ideal for shar­ing

The Irish Times Magazine - - FOOD - CARMEL SOMERS

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

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