Another Food Post: On Dorm Cooking

First of all, I don’t live in a legitimate Czech dorm. Czech dorms are a bit more bare-boned than what I have. They call where I live, “student apartments”. Basically, one walks into my apartment and there’s a very narrow hallway with some openings and a door with a giant glass window leading to my sleeping quarters. The first two openings in my hallway are a very small kitchen to the left and an open cubby with some hooks for coats and scarves. Then, there are two doors to the left–the first door is the door to my shower and sink room with a small table in there for toiletries. The second door is the door to my toilet. . .just a room with a toilet (and occasionally some spider webs if we don’t have time to vacuum every two weeks). On the right next to the first cubby are two full-length wardrobe drawers and some cabinets on top for storage. About half of my apartment is taken up by our sleeping quarters and common room.

I don’t have a lot to work with in the kitchen. Particularly, I don’t have a lot of room. I don’t even have an oven! They gave me a hotplate but not an oven! I would have rather had the oven! I mean, how many varieties of pizza are there? Lots! How many flavors of ramen can I eat without throwing up? Absolutely none of them! But I do that best that I can with what they have given me. Below is what I’ve created thus far this semester.

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Salads! This one is bitter greens with olive oil and dried berries.

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lots of pasta!

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pan-fried chicken and onions with mashed potatoes

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lots of sausage and peppers dishes with either broccoli or rice

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Mexican! (Mostly store-bought, but I made the meat mixture and sauces myself.)

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Palatschinken (they’re Austrian crepes. . .)

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Unfortunately, my camera died before the soup was ready. . .but I ultimately bought this pumpkin to make pumpkin soup and fried seeds. . .but decided I did want to celebrate halloween this year despite the fact of being abroad.

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more sausage and onion mashed potatoes. . .and yes that is my hair, waiter.

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Emergency vegan Sunday evening meal from last weekend when we were too lazy to go grocery shopping and all the restaurants were closed/we were broke. (spiced and fried potato crisps, fried onions, and rice and green beans)

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Vegan chilli from last night (same excuse/I am coming down with a cold. . .so I am trying to save my strength as much as possible).

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