Leaving home and going off to live in a university residence or in a flat of your own while studying can be exciting and a little scary at the same time. You will need to learn to fend for yourself, which can often mean cooking for yourself (or ordering your own takeaway food for the first time).
If you want to cook like a pro on your Elba gas stove in your shared kitchen and wow your friends, there are some recipes you should know that you can put together in a cinch.
Tomato and basil soup
If you are looking to entertain your friends on a chilly night, fire up your Elba and whip up this quick and delicious soup. It is perfect for exam time when you need a simple but hearty meal.
1 ¼ cup of chopped tomato
½ cup of chicken or vegetable stock
⅓ tbsp sugar
2 tbsp butter
⅓ cup of double cream
- Simmer the stock and tomatoes for ten minutes.
- Add the sugar and basil and cook for five more minutes.
- Stir in the cream and butter until the butter has melted, and blend for consistency.
- Serve with warm buttered toast.
Chickpea curry in a hurry
If you need something spicy to warm you up or you need a wholesome meal to prepare you for exams, then this chickpea curry is just the thing to perk you up.
1 can of chickpeas, drained
1 can of chopped tomatoes
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp turmeric
½ tsp star anise powder
1 tsp salt
- Fry the onions in a pan until soft.
- Add the chickpeas and chopped tomato to the pan.
- Sprinkle over and stir in the spices.
- Let simmer for 10 minutes or until the chickpeas have started to soften.
- Serve with rice or ready-made poppadoms.
Easy breakfast omelette
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this breakfast omelette will provide you with all the pep you need for your day! Try it with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper for extra spice.
A handful of parsley leaves
½ red onion, chopped
1 ½ tomatoes, chopped
¼ cup feta cheese
- Whisk the eggs in a bowl with the parsley, as well as pepper and salt.
- Heat oil in a pan and fry the onions until brown.
- Add the tomatoes and chopped olives and fry until soft.
- Pour the egg mixture over and warm until it sets, then add the feta.
- Serve once puffed and golden, with a sprinkling of more cheese.
Fabulous French toast
If you enjoy toast for breakfast, then ramp it up a notch with this fabulous French toast. You can dress it up with honey and whipped cream or even make it savoury by eliminating the sweet spices and adding pepper and herbs to the egg mixture instead.
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp butter
2 large eggs
⅛ cup full-cream milk
¼ tspvanilla extract
4 slices of bread
½ cup of golden syrup or honey, to serve
- Mix the cinnamon, milk, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in a baking dish.
- Dip the bread into the mixture and coat fully.
- Melt the butter in a pan, add the bread slices to the pan and brown on each side.
- Serve with fruit, golden syrup or honey.
Chocolate brownies are the ultimate quick indulgence. You can serve these warm as is, or spice them up a little with some whipped cream or classic vanilla ice cream. Be sure to keep your servings small, these brownies are rich in the best way!
Nonstick cooking spray or butter
½ cup of unsalted butter
1 ¼ cup sugar
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a glass baking dish with foil, pressing firmly into pan and leaving a small overhang. Coat foil with nonstick spray or butter and set baking dish aside.
- Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Let cool slightly. Whisk sugar, cocoa, and salt in a medium bowl to combine.
- Pour butter in a steady stream into dry ingredients, whisking constantly to blend.
- Whisk in vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating vigorously to blend after each addition. Add flour and stir until just combined (do not overmix).
- Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth the top.
- Bake until top begins to crack and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 25 to 30 minutes.
With these recipes in your back pocket, you will soon be having friends over for dinner parties and home-cooked meals, and if you are looking for a way to reward yourself after exams, you can whip up a batch of homemade brownies and indulge after a long and difficult study session.