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When people talk about bachelor cooking (Bachelor Chow: Now comes in flavors!) most people probably think of Top Ramen, KRAFT Mac and Cheese, frozen pizzas… toast maybe. There’s a reason for that. Several, actually. Tight budgets, busy schedules, lack of cooking skill or because it’s just me and I can get away with it. That last one may seem thrown in for comic effect (it was) but it may very well be the most compelling.
Grab a fork, before it spoils!
The greatest challenges (for me, anyway) of bachelor cooking would have to be portion sizes, grocery shopping, access to cutlery and lack of ingredients. That seems vague, so let’s break it down. 1) Portion Sizes: Cooking for one means one good sized batch of spaghetti sauce and I’ll be having things that contain spaghetti sauce for the next week. I have to eat it all before it turns because on my budget, spoiled food is NOT an option. 2) Grocery Shopping: akin to challenge number 1, buying something seemingly simple may mean tweaking some recipes in unholy ways just to eat it all. Eating an entire loaf of bread by yourself is surprisingly difficult. 3) Cutlery: I find that I don’t have things on hand that are really pretty important. Life without a can opener might as well be lived in a cave. 4) Ingredients: When it gets close to payday I find myself playing the ingredient game. It goes like this: I want a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Bread: Check. Peanut Butter: Check. Jelly: Nope. French toast then! Bread: Check. Cinamon: Check. Powdered Sugar: Check. Maple Syrup: Check. Butter: Check. Eggs: …[Insert Irritated Sigh].
Looks better than mine usually do!
The Amused Muse is a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none bachelor, cook, writer, parent and full-time (and possibly slightly mad) night owl who writes for Muse’s Mixed Nuts. You can also find him on Google+ or hiding in the pantry waiting to scare the pants off of someone.