When I first started this blog one of the things Katie and I talked about was recipes and cooking for college students. We tossed this idea around, I flirted with it but I could never find a good time to start. Then Katie and her friends got together and started a blog about IB and how to cope with all of the demands of high school and before long... MOM got involved. I'm not writing for their blog but I told them I will start posting recipes once a week that will feature easy and cheap recipes that hopefully will be healthy. Then I decided to do cobbler. Oops.
For full disclosure: I have never been to college but I have to feed 6 people on a limited budget so I think I can help. Also, I am assuming a couple of things...
1. There will be a communal dorm kitchen or apartment kitchen or maybe just a hot plate. There will be some recipes that you might not be able to do. I know you guys are scary smart but DO NOT think about doing something stupid. Use your common sense. Also... DO NOT rig/make/or even think about making an indoor grill like this guy did (he's a grad student at Berkeley! Make sure if you see him you point and say, 'Ha ha' like Nelson from The Simpsons.)
2. That you will have a few staples on hand. Butter, eggs, flour, sugar, oil (olive and vegetable), salt, pepper and water. Have your parents buy them or better yet, buy your own!
*Guys, want to impress that girl of your dreams? Cook for her! Even if it turns out bad she'll be thankful and happy you tried. She'll think it's cute. I hope.
Homework Assignment because you IB'ers live for homework!: When you get to college... take a day, an hour even and find the local farmers market or a good but cheap grocery store. Yes, you'll be busy... going to freshman orientation, eating pizza, doing homework, missing your parents but just go. (Hey! I hear you snickering. Stop it. Let's just pretend you'll miss your parents.)
One last thing, repeat after me....
"Cooking is fun. I can experiment and I can change a recipe to suite my tastes, no matter what someone tells me."
Blackberry Cobbler: (Adapted from several recipes)
2 tablespoons of cornstarch (flour will work)
1/4 cup cold water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice, a couple good squirts
4 cups blackberries, rinsed and drained... make sure to get any little leaves or debris out.
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into pieces
1/4 cup hot or boiling water
In a good sized bowl, stir together cornstarch and 1/4 cold water and stir until cornstarch is dissolved. This will thicken the juices that the blackberries will release turing baking and will create that yummy syrup you see in the picture.
Add 1 cup of sugar, lemon juice, and blackberries: mix gently.
In a bowl, combine the flour, remaining sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in the butter until the mixture is like a coarse meal. Add water and stir the mixture just until a soft dough is formed.
Place the blackberry mixture in a 8x8 baking dish. If you don't have a baking dish a skillet will do, so would a smaller type oven proof bowl. Be MacGuyver, just don't make a homemade indoor grill! Drop spoonfuls of the dough on top of the blackberry mixture. It will not cover all of the berries. Bake in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. Want to get fancy? Put some whip cream on top or better yet, vanilla ice cream. Shhhh, don't tell your parents I told you this, but it's really good for breakfast.
Also, if you want more cheap eats go to Thursday Night Smackdown. Every Monday, Michelle does Cheap Ass Monday. C.A.M. features dishes that are under 5 dollars that feed two hungry adults.
*Adults that read my blog... help me out here. If you have any ideas, recipes, suggestions, or tales of college life... let's hear them!