By Anne Larue, blogger at Montreal Addicts.
I love hostels for many reasons, and one of them is because they have kitchens! I like cooking, so when I can do it while I’m traveling, I do! HI USA hostels have kitchens which are very well equipped – they have everything from pans and blenders to toasters and microwaves. Some guests cook really good and complicated stuff, but I like to keep things easy using very few ingredients. With that in mind, here are 5 quick and easy recipes to make you cook like a chef when you stay at a hostel.
1. Overnight Oatmeal
For 1 portion you need: 1/2 cup of oatmeal (you can score some at the hostel’s free breakfast), 1/2 to 1/3 cup of milk (I used almond milk) and some sugar (white sugar, honey, maple syrup or whatever sweetener you like). And finally, if you want, some fresh fruit.
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 fruit and enjoy!
2. Banana Ice-Cream
For 2 or 3 portions, you need: 2 bananas and a blender, and 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 banana in a blender and blend until it's smooth like ice cream. And you're done! Very easy and good to share with your fellow travelers after a HI San Francisco City Center communal dinner.
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 (how about Ghirardelli’s chocolate chips since they’re made right in San Francisco?).
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 and enjoy!
4. Easy Couscous Salad
You need: semolina (couscous), cheese (cheddar for me), ham, tomatoes and mushrooms or whatever you’re in the mood for. The Heart of the City Farmer’s Market, which takes place every Sunday and Wednesday, has plenty of delicious, local produce that you can add to your salad.
For the dressing: Improvise with the free stuff in the kitchen!
Instructions: Put the couscous in a large bowl and cover up with just-boiled water. When the couscous has absorbed all the water, mix it with a fork. Cut the other 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 a 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, mushrooms, or other vegetables, and chives.
Instructions: In a bowl, scramble the egg, then add milk, cheese, ham and vegetables (be sure not to add more than 2 tablespoons of meat and vegetables), and, if you like, add some salt and pepper.
Put the mixture in a larger bowl (or mug) and cook in the microwave for 45 seconds (90-100 seconds if you use 2 eggs). Served with some green salad, it's an excellent lunch!
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