After living in a house with a group of friends for almost a month now, I’ve come to the realization that I need to brush up on my cooking skills. Throughout the summer, my parents kept suggesting that I make dinner some nights as a way of practicing, and while I feel that I can make pasta and Kraft Dinner like a pro, eating only noodles and sauce all year insn’t going to cut it.
This is one of the things I miss about living on campus last year; I didn’t have to cook anything! It was great because there were so many different things to choose from so I wasn’t eating the same thing every day. I also learned to try new things and had several favourite dishes by the end of the year (mmm…homemade mac n’ cheese).
I have also discovered that learning to cook and even bake, is a lot of trial and error, which can actually be really fun sometimes, especially if you’ve invented an entirely new dish! For instance, just last week my roommate was making chocolate chip cookies, and when she took them out of the oven, we found that the cookies all morphed into one giant one! We then realized that she forgot an ingredient, so the rest of the cookies after that were fine. We were a little hesitant to try the first batch, but when we did we found that they were delicious! My roommate even called it “cookie bark” because it was so thin and crunchy.
Each of us in our house has also found that looking online is a great place to search for recipes if you’re ever stuck for meal ideas. And if we really don’t know what to have, then we just go up to the campus and eat at one of the many places to get food at Brock. Anyway I’ll be sure to keep all of you posted on more of our cooking adventures throughout the year:)