Can you survive without mom around?

Oh how the time has passed by! The post-graduation celebrations subsiding only to make room for some long tearful farewells and promises to stay in touch once university/college started. Welcome to a new league boys and girls. Appropriate isn’t it? Freshmen-Freshmeat. Yeah, I know you’ll initially get hooked by the on-going parties during frosh week until you realize it’s October, and wait, you haven’t even bought your textbook yet?! Yes, you should be ashamed. So go, buy your textbook…then OPEN it. READ it. You want to PASS right?

 

Anyway, first time living by yourself without mom cooking you breakfast, lunch or dinner? So, what are you going to eat? I know most of the time first year students in university are encouraged to live in residents because of the convenience of having someone there to cook meals for them. Although, I also know that those meals can get really repetitive and living in residents for the remaining 3 years can get expensive. So, this ‘Survival Guide for Student Cooking’ is, well, designed for students living off residents or in residents with their own kitchens. Being a student myself, I can admit of being lazy and cheap sometimes. But you’re idea of cooking does NOT have to consist of eating your way around the McDonald’s menu (or insert fast food here). So here are the basics.

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I’m going to start with introducing EQUIPMENT. Sorry, but a bread knife, spoon and a fork won’t cut it! See what I did there? Yeah I know it’s not that funny, but here are the basic things that you should have in your starter kitchen:

 

  • 4 different SIZES of knives (paring knife, Chef’s knife, Santoku knife and serrated knife)
  • bowls
  • can opener
  • mason jars (good for storage or as a vessel for mixing sauces and vinaigrettes)
  • wooden spoon
  • strainer/colander
  • sheers (kitchen scissors)
  • 2 cutting boards (one for vegetables and one for meat products)
  • tongs
  • sauce pan (a smaller sized (diameter) pan with some depth)
  • stock pot (a pot bigger in depth and size in general, usually used for cooking pasta)
  • skillet/frying pan (a usually shallow pan with a wider diameter)
  • rectangle glass pyrex (can be used as a roasting pan, for casseroles, etc.)

The best of both worlds.

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Aside from working part-time, volunteering, and starting new blogs, I am also a full-time student. I know that various people have already expressed their woes about doing all of these things simultaneously and how much stress/pressure they feel. I am going to choose to bypass stating those details because frankly it’s just not the point I want to make in this post.

Education is something that is incredibly important to me. It’s not just about going to school; reading your textbooks or going to your professors’ lectures. You can learn from every person you meet at any given time. It may not come as apparent to you initially but you do. It’s really about what you do with the knowledge that is presented in front of you. Would you be receptive to new perspectives? How well do you connect with the information? Does is it make connections with you? The best thing I’ve been told, is that learning is on-going.

Anyway, I started my first year of university having a singular definitive direction of what I want to accomplish. Well, sometimes life interferes and what you thought was right for you may not be what you were looking for. Bottom line is, my primary reasons of wanting to go to law school and pursue  becoming a lawyer is just not as significant anymore. It was a compromise that I should NOT have made, and I’m glad that now I am doing something that I have a clear passion for. I made this choice because it was something that had incomparable worth to me. I have more options and it was wrong of me to close myself off from them.

So what is this alternative? I love food (that’s pretty much a dead give away), and there are more options within the food industry steadily emerging. While philosophy was something I didn’t anticipate to appreciate as much as I do now, it is a subject that is so malleable. It allows you to see things far beyond superficial boundaries whether it would be your own ideas or others. Now, combine food and philosophy with international history and politics. What do you get? Philosophy of Taste and Food Culture. It makes me giddy just thinking about the potential topics I could divulge in within this sphere. There’s going to be a lot of work and research to be done, but that just comes with the territory. Truthfully, I don’t really care about the amount of work I would need to do. It’s the fact that, this is something that feels like I’ve been doing my whole life. Like something that I should be doing-it feels right.