« on: April 06, 2009, 09:16:35 AM »
Here's a simple exercise to help you with shopping, and to get you acquainted with ingredients you may not have heard of before.
1.) List five ingredients you always have on hand.
2.) List five ingredients you sometimes have on hand.
3.) List five ingredients you never have on hand, but want to for some reason or another
4.) List five ingredients you will never and shall never have on hand.
Five things I always have on hand:
1.) The Chinese Trinity: Green onions, garlic and ginger (yes, I know those are three things). They add tons of flavor and nutrients to pretty much anything you cook, without adding too many calories.
2.) Eggs: Good source of protein, and easy for a college student to just make in the morning after pulling an all-nighter.
3.) Rest of the chicken: Chicken is relatively cheap for meat, which helps if you're broke. It's also easy to cook.
4.) Rice vinegar (dark): This adds flavor very effectively as well.
5.) Yogurt: Great pick-me-up as a snack.
Five Things I Sometimes Have:
1.) Olive Oil: It's good for you, but I don't shop at western supermarkets that often. I usually use canola oil.
2.) Soy Sauce: Tastes great, not good for you.
3.) Nori: It's good stuff, but I can't find a role for it at times.
4.) Shrimp: Fish is better for you, but fish costs more money and frequently isn't as flavorful as shrimp.
5.) Ground Beef: It's more expensive than chicken, but it's also pretty useful.
Five Things I Want To Have More Of.
1.) Oily Fish: If I wasn't broke, I'd buy more of this stuff. And I can't stand the taste of canned tuna, so I'm not eating it.
2.) Steak: Sadly, a lack of a grill in my apartment building makes this impossible.
3.) Curry spices: I can never seem to remember this for some reason or another.
4.) Lamb: Lamb is good, but it's difficult to find and costs $$$ that I don't have.
5.) Bacon: If only it wasn't awful for you, I'd have it 10 times a day. But it's awful for you.
Five Things I Will Never Have
1.) Potato Chips: I don't see the point.
2.) Iced Tea/Sweet Tea: Although any southerner will rip my head off for saying this, sweet tea sucks. There, I said it. *dodges bullets*
3.) Protein Powder: Blech. Tastes nasty. I don't care if I'll never bulk up, I can't do protein powder.
4.) Packaged Cheese: Those yellow slices must be what they eat in hell.
5.) White Bread: Flavorless and filled with sugar. No thanks.