I walk back home from a tiring day of classes, labs, and completing group projects, hoping to devour a large bowl of steamed rice with a delicious stew or curry. I open the fridge, and realize that I haven’t gone grocery shopping in over a month, and all I have left is moldy carrot and a half-eaten Subway sandwich from a networking event two-weeks ago. Starving, I saunter over to the The Point Grill only to realize that they have closed for the day and its 11PM at night. “Time flies when you’re having fun,” I think to myself as I thought of the infuriating three hours I spent trying to build a processor for my lab assignment (read “research paper” if you don’t like engineering).
Well, well. What do I do now? Maybe Magda’s or Hubbard’s? But I want comfort food *insert crying emoji here*. But beggars can’t be choosers, can we? Or should I go for Domino’s? Finally, I make up my mind and walk over to Totem Park and stuff myself full with a burger and fries. Well at least I managed to calm my ravenous belly down. Now, it’s crunch time and back to studies.
This scenario is all too familiar for us at UBC. Food is vital for our well-being, and unfortunately, we end up neglecting it (not by choice, I tell you!!). I personally love food, I and consider it to be more than just fuel for my body. It is fuel for my soul (unless of course I am super motivated and just focus on my studies, which happens for two weeks in an entire year). For people like us, affectionately called foodies, university life gets painful. Being an international student often adds salt to the wound when you want good home cooked food and you have to survive on pizzas and burgers.
If you’re wondering if this is a rant, I am sorry to tell you, yes this is. Well basically since you sat through my rants, I will give you some food tips to make you last through the tiring weeks.
Over the weekend, head to your nearest grocery store buy all the ingredients for your dream stew or curry. All you need to do then is prepare it and let it gently cook on your stove top, and if you have cooked enough, you will find it sufficient for a week or two. This is what I often do, and it helps to have a Tupperware dish filled to the brim with delicious homemade curry on a cold, rainy Vancouver night.
Sandwiches / Wraps
These are a great lunch time option and quite easy to make as well. I usually make chicken sandwiches, and there are two main ways in which I do that.
Sometimes, I poach chicken breasts in vegetable/chicken stock with some herbs, and then shred the meat, season it, add a dash of lime juice and then let it cool. And then it’s just the simple process of mixing it with mayonnaise and putting it between two slices of bread. Add some lettuce to get some healthy bonus points.
Something else you can do is pan fry chicken breasts after marinating them, and then make a chicken wrap or sandwich. It’s delicious, and sits well in the fridge.
It goes a long way. Buy a bulk of it, as it sits well in the freezer. You can make lasagna, pasta, shepherd’s pie, and a nice chili. Try it out and you’ll be laughing.
Well these are here for starters. Experiment cooking on your own, and soon you’ll get the hang of it and start whipping out quality dishes like a pro.