Dorm Noms

it's my junior year in college, and I went off my university's meal plan. I'm trying to create tasty, nutritious, and inventive meals throughout the year (as well as improving my cooking skills). the results are here!

I will asap.

lots and lots of rice.

so, last week, I was really sick for quite some time, and nothing really sounded appealing to me other than rice. after bowl after bowl of plain rice, I decided to spice things up. I was also really lazy and did all of my cooking in my microwave. yay!

just a commentary on rice, arborio is THE BEST RICE EVER. it’s so absorbent and makes any dish delicious and starched up and wonderful. mmm…

1st picture: lentil/rice medley with tomatoes, cumin, tumeric, paprika

2nd picture: rice pudding, cooked in milk, spiced with cinnamon, sweetened with honey, plus almonds and raisins.

3rd picture: rice&cheese, which was rice, butter, cheddar, an egg (I was being experimental?), and a bit of salt.

4th picture: rice and green beans - green beans cooked in the bowl with paprika, then rice added, plus a bit of extra spice for garnish.

I made countless more rice dishes, but most were too similar to these 4 to include. regardless - rice is good to me.

so, I haven’t updated in way too long… and for that, I am sorry. 

I made this dish probably two weeks ago. it was all cooked in the microwave, cooking the green beans first until the water was boiling, then adding the couscous, then mixing in the tomato for the last minute of cooking so the flavor could soak in. it was really great. (I love green beans.)

I will be posting more shortly. I’ve been a bit sick, and in Wisconsin, and errywhere, and with midterms, SO hopefully things will lighten up soon.

thanks to all who have been patient.

love,
your nommer

so, I haven’t updated in way too long… and for that, I am sorry. 

I made this dish probably two weeks ago. it was all cooked in the microwave, cooking the green beans first until the water was boiling, then adding the couscous, then mixing in the tomato for the last minute of cooking so the flavor could soak in. it was really great. (I love green beans.)

I will be posting more shortly. I’ve been a bit sick, and in Wisconsin, and errywhere, and with midterms, SO hopefully things will lighten up soon.

thanks to all who have been patient.

love,

your nommer

speaking of noms….

withregardto:

file this one under cats that look like Ron Swanson

this week

so, what have I been up to?

I went home to wisconsin.

took some great pictures.

saw some wonderful friends.

reconnected with my family (and my dog).

spent time with my boyfriend.

went to milwaukee a bunch of times.

lots of food, lots of love, lots of fun.

select pictures will be up soon, and then I will post more noms :)

ridiculous noms

the first dish, shown above, is even better when mixed with some simple marinara sauce and reheated. it is:

- roasted red tomatoes, spinach, tofu, and garlic sautéed in olive oil

- whole wheat linguine, al dente

- oregano and basil

the second picture IS THE BEST FOCACCIA EVER. seriously. I bought it today at a (wonderful) farmer’s market on campus and I ate half of that big block already. SOOOO GOOD.

I made other noms today (trying to use up produce wahhh) but I will definitely post more pictures of the delicious items I bought today :)

p.s. great idea for vinaigrette: 

- 3 tbsp. evoo

- 1 tbsp. balsamic vinaigrette

- 2 tsp. dijon mustard

- 1 tsp. basil pesto

seasoned, sweet, flavorful, and perfect on romaine.

RECENT ADVENTURES WITH FOOD

so, I haven’t posted in a while because:

1. my academic life has been ridiculously hectic and

2. I’ve been running out of fresh veggies and

3. my trackpad keeps spazzing out on my, so doing anything on my own computer has become extremely aggravating…

that being said, I’m happy to announce that I restocked with some veggies (yay!) and am posting more things now, and there will be more pictures/unique noms to come. (I’m thinking something with roasted tomatoes, spinach, and tofu for dinner tomorrow.)

the three pictures above reflect my weekend experiments with cooking a lot of stuff in the microwave. the leftmost picture was WONDERFUL. it was…

- lentil/rice medley

- basil pesto

- 1 egg (cooked in the bowl after the lentils are done)

- (the second time I made this over the weekend, I added some dijon mustard and cumin. it was delicious.)

- a bit of cheddar

seriously, that was a treat, and extremely hearty.

the middle picture was RIDICULOUSLY NOM. I had a chocolate craving, so I made CHOCOLATE OATMEAL OMNOMNOMNOM.

- oatmeal cooked in milk

- honey

- dark chocolate

- sugar sprinkled on top :):)

encouraged by my earlier success with eggs in the microwave, I attempted to cook them on their own on a plate… to not-so-pretty (or awesome) results. eh. win some, lose some. I wanted to use up some of my leftover smoked salmon, and since it was so salty I thought I’d use it as the seasoning for some sunday-morning eggs (placed on after the eggs were done). I don’t think I’ll be cooking eggs straight on a plate again.

the dishes from these meals are on my desk right now. also, after just refilling my water filter on friday (it’s a multi-galon thing), it’s totally empty. FEH. CHORESZ.

also, not to cram this post with a million announcements, but I’ve been reading a vegan cookbook lately. I don’t know if I’m convinced on veganism, but I can definitely go for a few vegetarian days a week (easily) and making sure to buy my produce organically, especially produce with thinner skin. (pesticides are nasty.) I bought some honeycrisp apples WHICH ARE MY FAVORITE FRUIT EVER from whole foods yesterday and plan to devour the rest of them in the coming days. omnomnomnom. also I got more raspberries :):)

okay, this is enough. goodnight nommers! I’m waking up in 4.5 hours.

something old, something new. I took the veggie “pasta” from last night and mixed it with fresh couscous (cooked correctly, which is surprisingly easy to do in my microwave) and a bit of grated sharp cheddar on top. I know… feta would have been more appropriate, but I was in one of those I-need-comfort-carbs-and-cheddar moods. you know what I’m saying? …probably not.

well, it was both yummy, and delicious, and somewhat good for me (the veggies were at least). I tend to have a natural resistance to red peppers/peppers in general, but I’m trying to incorporate them into dishes where they fit well.

it’s past my bedtime (yet again). goodnight nommers!

something old, something new. I took the veggie “pasta” from last night and mixed it with fresh couscous (cooked correctly, which is surprisingly easy to do in my microwave) and a bit of grated sharp cheddar on top. I know… feta would have been more appropriate, but I was in one of those I-need-comfort-carbs-and-cheddar moods. you know what I’m saying? …probably not.

well, it was both yummy, and delicious, and somewhat good for me (the veggies were at least). I tend to have a natural resistance to red peppers/peppers in general, but I’m trying to incorporate them into dishes where they fit well.

it’s past my bedtime (yet again). goodnight nommers!

dinner this evening was rather healthy, and pretty. I took a potato peeler and ran it along 1/2 a zucchini and a butternut squash, making little pasta-like veggie strands. I sautéed a roasted red pepper in extra-virgin olive oil and then tossed the squash-pasta in and cooked them for about 5 minutes. I spiced it with a bit of oregano (which actually worked well). it was a satisfying meal.

(yay for finally uploading things!)

dinner this evening was rather healthy, and pretty. I took a potato peeler and ran it along 1/2 a zucchini and a butternut squash, making little pasta-like veggie strands. I sautéed a roasted red pepper in extra-virgin olive oil and then tossed the squash-pasta in and cooked them for about 5 minutes. I spiced it with a bit of oregano (which actually worked well). it was a satisfying meal.

(yay for finally uploading things!)