We have had hostel guests cooking pizza and pasta, our creative volunteers making delicious toasties or even a cake.. in our microwave! In today’s blog we share the secrets of simple microwave cooking, just to make your travels cheaper, easier and more comfortable.
We are a small hostel with a lovely bar, however we are aware that our kitchen facilities are a bit limited. You are always welcome to store food in our fridge behind reception. We make sure it’s clean and there is no possibility of stealing with us watching over your food! We are happy to provide boiled water and you can always use our microwave. Now winter has brought us cold and dark days, you’d probably want some warm and comforting meals and leave the salads for later. We know you like things cheap and simple while travelling, so we provide you with some tips and tricks for yummy microwave cooking – talk to any student in town and they will happily reveal you their tips too!!
Pizza & pasta
Besides just microwaving a pizza -it comes out bit soggy but it does taste like pizza, you could make a fresh one from tortillas! Place one on a plate and spread pizza sauce (tomato sauce with some herbs if you have any) over it. Top with a layer of spinach and you could put some cheese on top. Microwave for about 45 seconds until the cheese is melted. Roll up the tortilla and let it cool for 10 minutes before slicing into pieces. Now you have pizza rolls that are easy to store in our fridge and are take away friendly as well! You could replace the tortilla with pita bread too.
Mac and cheese is an all-time favourite. Mix macaroni, water and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Microwave for 2-3 minutes, then stir. Add some milk, cheese, salt and pepper, then stir again. Microwave for another 30 seconds, stir and if you want to be fancy: garnish with a sprinkle of chives.
Mix two eggs, some ham, spinach, capsicum and salt in a bowl. Cook for 2-3 minutes, and make sure the egg doesn’t bubble over. Stir halfway through. Your ‘Omelette du fromage!’ is done.
You need just eggs and milk to make easy scrambled eggs (we have salt and pepper for you at reception). Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a bowl. Microwave for 45 seconds. Stir and microwave until the eggs are almost set, 30 to 45 seconds longer. Serve immediately.
Beans & potatoes
Loaded sweet potatoes are a treat if you are hungry. You can make them with almost any leftovers! Punch holes in a couple of sweet potatoes with a fork. Microwave on high for about 13 minutes, until tender. Mix beans, tomatoes, oil, cumin and salt in a bowl; microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes. We know you travel safely, but don’t burn yourself while cutting each sweet potato lengthwise! Press open to make a well in the center and spoon the bean mixture into the well. Top each with some sour cream and, if it’s not your most hated herb: add some coriander.
Any leftover beans? Have them for (late hangover) lunch: spread on toast, top with salsa if you have some left, and some cheese. Microwave on high for +/- 45 seconds until the cheese is melted and the beans are hot.. enjoy your Mexican toasty! Leftover potatoes make a great mash too: just add some coconut milk, salt and ginger if you like; stir well/ mash it up and voila, another dish done!
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