Food can be so much more than just a necessity. Food is culture, community and compassion. It’s the art you get to then eat and share that with the masses. Food is love.
As a college student, food isn’t as accessible as it once was. With our parents living states away, it’s now up to us to buy the ingredients, prep and then cook them. That is time and effort that could be spent doing other important adulting tasks.
However, I am here to share some easy dorm kitchen dishes that could be either indulged just by you or shared amongst your hungry peers.
In the theme of winter, where the chills dampen both body and spirit, ramen will reinvigorate the body. Wash it down with some milk tea and wrap it up with what I like to call, “crumble in a mug.” This food should not only be filling and tasty, but sustainable as well.
Since these recipes will leave you with leftover ingredients, you’ll
have the components to experiment later.
• 4 cups water
• 2 clean black tea bags
• 1 cup soy milk
• 4 tablespoons honey
Start by heating the water and turn off
the stove when the water reaches a rolling
boil. Pour the water into a container that
won’t break in the fridge, like Pyrex glass
cups, stainless-steel containers, or wide-
lipped mason jars. Put the tea bags in the
cup and let it sit for a minute. Then pour
in milk and stir for 10 seconds. Add honey
and stir for 20 seconds. Lastly, put it in the
fridge and let it sit for about 20 minutes,
or until you finish cooking. If the tea isn’t
cooling fast enough after leaving the tea
in the fridge for 5 minutes, put it in the
freezer to hasten the cooling process.
• 2 packs of Instant Ramen
• 2 eggs
• 2 tablespoons sesame oil
• (Optional: Add "meat" product; i.e., spam, turkey, bacon)
Start by following the directions on the
ramen package. Then stir the flavor base
into the pot, add eggs and scramble it in
the pot. Add sesame oil to the pot and stir
for 10 seconds. Turn off the stove and,
cover and let it sit for 45 seconds. Plate it
CRUMBLE IN A MUG
• 3/4 cup crumble base (ie. granola,
cereal, grounded up graham cracker)
• 2 tablespoons jam or jelly
• ¼ cup milk (opt. use the milk tea)
Start by adding 1/4 cup of crumble as
a base into the mug. Then add jam/jelly
in the mug and cover with another half
cup of crumble. Pour about a fifth cup of
milk into the mug and heat it up in the
microwave for 25 seconds. Pour another
half cup of milk and stir and enjoy.
Food is a bridge of communities
that transcends language and visual
communication. A good chef would realize that the best part of their job is not the perfection, but the satisfaction of the people you have served.
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