How is it already April? Where is this year going? I thought it would drag on forever, but in a little more than a month I’ll be in Baltimore. Just typing that gave me some butterflies.
Something I’ve been thinking a lot about is how I’m going to cook when I’m in Nursing School. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve never had an apartment before, so when I think about how it’ll be, I tend to refer to my summer in Utah, living in the bunk house, and I really didn’t cook very much. Or eat very well. We spent a lot of time spiked out, so we ate a lot of Ramen, and boxed mac and cheese, and prepackaged oatmeal, but even when we had dinner at the bunk house it was usually thrown together. There was a lot of grilled cheese, and even more pasta. We didn’t have a lot of time to cook (we were very busy doing trail work and having drama), but I won’t have any time when I’m in school either. I’m going to be in the same boat time (and money, we got paid next-to-nothing-per-hour)-wise, but this time around I want to make better decisions, and shop and cook smarter. To that end, I’m wondering what kind of things are better to buy, and what stuff I should make myself.
I think if you do the math with ingredients, it is cheaper to make your own bread (if you do it on a regular basis), but the time factor makes buying it more efficient. I don’t care about that though, because I love baking bread, and while it rises and bakes I can do other things. There are other things though, like cheese, yogurt, pasta sauce, hummus, tortillas, even things like mayonnaise, ketchup, and vinegar, that I could make, but I don’t know if it’s better to just buy them. On the one hand, I like the idea of making everything from scratch. It sounds very green (I know it isn’t necessarily, but there would at least be less packaging), and I think it would make me more mindful of what I eat. Ideally, I would like to be somebody who grows their own food, and raises chickens (and maybe a goat or two), and renders their own lard (seriously, so cool), but I’m not sure grad school is the time to start doing all that good stuff.
What kinds of things do you make from scratch? <- (Emily, I’m looking at you)