By Anne Larue, blogger at Montreal Addicts
I love hostels for a lot of reasons and one of them is… the kitchen! I like cooking, so, when I can do it during my travel, I do it! HI USA’s kitchens are very well equipped: blender, pan, toaster, microwave, etc. Some guests cook really good and complicated stuff… I don’t! Cooking, yes, but I want to keep it easy, especially with minimum ingredients! So, here are 5 easy and quick recipes to cook like a chef in the hostels.
1. Overnight oatmeal
For 1 portion, you need: 1/2 cup of oatmeal (many hostels have this available at breakfast), 1/2 to 1/3 cup of milk (almond milk for me) and some sugar (white sugar, honey, maple syrup or whatever you like). And finally, if you want, some fresh fruits.
Instructions: in a mason jar or a large bowl, mix together oatmeal, milk and sugar. Put in the fridge overnight. In the morning, add some pieces of fruits and enjoy!
2. Banana ice-cream
For 2 or 3 portions, you need: 2 bananas and a blender, that’s it!
Instructions: Cut the bananas in pieces and put them in the freezer for at least 3 hours (or overnight). Then, put the frozen pieces of bananas in a blender and mix it until it’s smooth and like a ice cream. And you’re done! Very easy and so good… share with the others travelers!
3. Peanut butter mug cake
For 1 mug cake, you need: 2 tablespoons of flour (check the free stuff in the kitchen!), 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of milk, 1 teaspoon of sugar (or syrup), a pinch of baking soda, and some chocolate chips if you want.
Instructions: In a mug, mix together all the ingredients except the chocolate chips. Put the mug in the microwave and cook for a minute (1 min 10 seconds max). Add the chocolate chips, let cool down and enjoy!
4. Easy couscous salad
Couscous, strawberries, mushroom and salmon
You need: semolina (couscous), cheese (cheddar for me), ham, tomatoes, mushroom – whatever you’re in the mood for. For the dressing… improvise with the free stuff in the kitchen!
Instructions: Put the couscous in a large bowl and cover up with fresh water. When the couscous has absorbed all the water, mix it with a fork. Cut the others ingredients in pieces and add them in the bowl with the dressing. Mix well and your salad is ready! It’s a perfect dish for picnic!
5. Mini quiche in the microwave
For 1 portion, you need: 1 egg, some shredded cheese, 1 tablespoon of milk (or cream), some ham, mushroom or others vegetables and chives.
Instructions: In a bowl, scramble the egg, add milk, cheese, ham with other garniture (but be careful, don’t add more than 2 tablespoons of meat and vegetables), and if you like add some salt and pepper.
Put all the mixture in a larger bowl (or mug) and cook in the microwave during 45 seconds (90-100 seconds if you want 2 eggs). Served with some green salad, it’s a perfect and delicious lunch!
Nice dinning room, right? HI Boston, I miss you!