My name is Sami and I know the feel of poor student life. The perked ears of “free campus breakfast” or “library lunches our shout!”, the living in hope that there is something like banana bread or eggs and toast, but you see the desk of apples and your heart sinks.
I also know the feel of coming home to an empty apartment with nothing but a cupboard full of moths and a lonely fridge of condiments welcoming you into their arms.
Fear not sweet ladies and gentlemen, if you are hungry, if you are poor; you need not suffer any longer! I am here with a surplus of ideas, recipes and answers to your food follies and pitfalls. I can feed you on less than you thought a week with food (and money) spare. The best part? It is all healthy delicious and filling. I am also going to be taking requests from readers (if I ever get any) about food problems, cheaper meals or alternatives etc. etc.
First of all, before we go any further, there are a few things that you need in your pantry for nothing less than it makes everything a lot easier. If you can’t afford them, don’t worry 🙂 there is always a way to accumulate them over time. So let’s begin! What you need:
- Olive oil (you can get extra virgin as it is more versatile in terms of both frying and salad dressings, but you can get regular olive oil)
- Red wine vinegar (I know it might sound strange, but it makes a lot of difference to foods)
- Plain and self raising flour
- Dried yeast
- Caster sugar and/or brown sugar (I prefer brown, less processed)
- Dried pasta, any you like (personal fan of the spiral variety or fettuccine, make sure it is eggless though)
- If you are a big fan of Asian food (like moi) you should pack in some vermecelli noodles into your cupboard, super easy meal
- Tinned chickpeas, cannellini, lentils or kidney beans (or all, I prefer brown lentils)
- Dried lentils (I like red, because pretty)
- Tinned tomatoes (400g and 800g, must must must)
- Tinned coconut milk
- Your favourite rice ( I like black or wild, but white is good too!)
- Honey or maple syrup (or both!)
- Chicken, veg or beef stock cubes (can get vegan friendly chicken ones from Woolworths)
- Any kind of frozen fruit you like, I like raspberries, mango and strawberries (blueberries too!)
- Soy sauce (make sure it has no ‘bonito’ which is a kind of fish/shrimp thing)
- Salt and pepper (preferably fresh cracked, but not necessary)
- Dried chilled (keep forever)
- Nutmeg, cinnamon, oregano, bay leaves, five spice and garam masala
- Any kind of frozen veg you like, I like peas, broccoli and broad beans.
I know it might seem like a long superfluous list, but trust me. The moral of the story is to use the list above. It wont cost you an arm, and none of them will go off. These are the basics you need to be able to live off a nothing pay packet, especially if you get snowed under by bills (or that new line of Black Milk).