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Recipes Not Involving Cooking For Student

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I live in a Dorm right now, and I am going through cooking withdrawal. Does anyone have some suggestions for throwing something other than salads together? Thanks!

Also, if you know of any good hole-in-the-wall Indian or Thai, I would love to hear about it! I am going through Indian food withdrawal while saving my pennies for Vij's

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  1. Get a cheap rice cooker. This device got me through University.

    Toss a couple of sausages on top of the rice before you turn it on...the sausage cooks as the rice cooks (I like Chinese sausages - lop choeng - but chorizo, etc will work just fine). For extra points, add diced yellow squash or similar along with the rice. Season to taste. It will all cook together as a one pot meal.

    Do a search on the Home Cooking board for more tips.

    I'm assuming you are in Vancouver...where exactly?

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      1. re: fmed

        Thanks for the tips! I live at UBC, so over in Kitsilano.

      2. Just a reminder that this thread is for cooking and recipe ideas. For hole-in-the wall places to eat, please post on your local board - good luck in your hunt!

        1. I don't know the rules for posting videos here, but if you search "hotel room cooking" on YouTube there's a great video by George Egg where he makes Tortellini and Spinach as well as English muffins from scratch using a coffee maker and clothes iron in his hotel room. Might be good for some ideas.

          1. Do you have a microwave? A toaster oven? An electric kettle? A refrigerator/freezer?

            Just trying to figure out what range of suggestions can be offered. I started cooking for myself at college when I lived in a dorm with a hall kitchen, but I did a fair amount in my room without the use of the range/oven and a little fridge unit. (The dorm fridge was a nightmare....)

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            1. re: 4Snisl

              I have a fridge, tiny freezer, and microwave

              1. re: rbonn

                You CAN cook in a microwave... it's just not the same as cooking on a stove. Microwave-steamed fish is supposed to be really good. I accidentally cooked some ground beef all the way through in the microwave (I didn't press the 'defrost' button!) and it was fine, just not browned. You didn't notice the difference once I'd turned into spaghetti sauce, which is something else you could easily do in the microwave.

            2. You can make ramen with a coffee maker and fix it up with an egg, scallions, cooked meat smuggled out of the dining hall etc.

              You could probably make rice and/or lentils in a thermos by getting hot water (from coffee maker) and sealing up the whole mess in a thermos.

              1. you can make hummus/bean dips from canned beans and inexpensive add-ins. if the recipe calls for a food processor, you don't need one-- just mash the beans with the bottom of a jar or something, then add other ingredients and continue to mash-- yummy, chunkier texture. you can use these dips/spreads as sandwich fillings, on toast for breakfast, chip dip, veggie dip, salad dressing. . .

                1. Grilled cheese sandwiches and quesadillas using an iron - and parchment paper to keep the iron clean.

                  1. I second the suggestion from fmed to get a rice cooker if you can. You can do so much with them. There are whole cookbooks out there dedicated to rice cooker cooking.

                    1. Okay, it's driving me crazy, but there was a thread a couple of years ago about a guy who was living out of a hotel room for a couple of months (I think he was testifying for a trial or something like that) and wanted some suggestions for cooking with limited equipment and means. If I recall, he didn't have easy access to a grocery store, so, all his ingredients had to be shelf-stable, too.

                      Here's a thread that's close, but not it:

                      The thread got a ton of replies, but, I cannot, for the life of me, find that thread. If there are any search wiz's out there who remember that thread, I would love to have a link to it again. I'm kicking myself for not favoriting it.

                      In the meantime, since folks have brought up microwave cooking, there are lots of threads on chowhound about cooking with your microwave. Here's a link to a very recent one:


                      And here's a link to a bunch of them:

                      Good luck!


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                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                        Are you looking for this?


                        Btw, the default search function limits you to a year, which you have to override, and also choose relevance if you are looking for keywords, et cet.

                        1. re: Karl S

                          Thank you for the link, Karl, as I think that is a helpful thread, but alas, that is not the thread I was thinking of! I really don't remember how long ago it was; I'd say more than a year, but I know I contributed to it, as it rworange, and I'd guess that it got at least 60 replies.

                          You know, there's a slim possibility that it was the general chowhounding topics, so, maybe I should look there, but I just can't seem to find it.


                            1. re: maplesugar

                              YES! That's it! I'm adding it to my favorites right now.

                              And, yes, indeed, it was on general chowhounding topics. No WONDER I couldn't find it. And though the thread eventually talked about others kinds of "recipes" involving shelf-stable ingredients, I could not for the life of me remember the title of the thread. WHEW!

                              Anyway, I think THAT thread might have some interesting ideas, too!


                      2. I lived in a hotel room for over 4 months when I was in college, and I managed a good amount of cooking. An electric kettle and a rice cooker will go a LONG way. I ate a lot of Thai food during that time, making a reasonable pad thai imitation with my electric kettle and some rice noodles. Noodle soups, etc.

                        Oh, and you can make a really good stuffed acorn squash with nothing but a microwave too! Cut and gut the squash, put cut side down in a glass dish, nuke for 10 minutes. Meanwhile mix together drained and rinsed black beans, frozen spinach, garlic and onions (or powders of both), some cumin seed (or powdered), salt and pepper, breadcrumbs. Warm this mixture in the microwave for a few minutes until hot. Stuff into the squash, top with cheese, and nuke until melty. It's dynamite.

                        Sweet potatoes and russets also cook well in the microwave!

                        1. My new favorite thing is a ripe avocado, trader joe's chipotle salsa and some cilantro in a bowl, chopped up and mixed with a spoon. Add some lime, salt and pepper. No chips, just eat it with a spoon. Soooo good.

                          You said no salads but I think herb salad mix, pine nuts and capers (in big cheap containers from costco if someone you know is a member), olive oil and (here's the important part) Japanese rice wine vinegar is awesome and super easy. The vinegar I think is Mirukan or something like that. Orange and yellow label...I think you can get it at whole foods.

                          Mashed microwave sweet potatos and cilantro is pretty awesome too. Cilantro is handy to have around I think. Doesn't benefit from being cooked that much and tastes amazing.