Cooking for 1 or 2

A little over a year has passed since we started out on this venture, a wonderful journey :). Over this year we have learnt and shared a lot along the way about the world of blogging. Over this time we have spoken to many people  with regards to the blog and what we are trying to achieve, and the one thing that keeps on coming back is, are there any recipes for single people or students? So we got thinking and decided to add a section where there will be a list of store cupboard ingredients and some simple meal ideas on how to prepare in advance so that you can have a wide variety of world cuisines.

Like me, the majority of us who start off on our careers, university is the first steps to looking after our own health and well being. Along the way we have many cooking disasters and find new tastes.

As I have grown have grown up, my eating & cooking habits have changed a great deal. However one thing that has remained is a need to ensure the food is healthy or tweaked to have, say, wholemeal flour instead of plain flour. As I have become a mother I am more aware of this need to ensure a healthy balanced diet which is good for the mind  & body. There are so many things which are inter-related and connected. We forget what an important part food plays in our life, to keep us fit, healthy & well. So with all of that in mind I am adding another dimension to our blog, please feel free to send me your recipes to try out and add to this or any other section of our blog. Our main aim is to share our passion and love for good vegetarian food for all to enjoy 🙂

In recent years there have been many studies looking at how food improves our intelligence and well being. I myself borrowed a book from the library on this very subject, because I want to give my son the best possible start in life. Also being vegetarian I wanted him to have all the necessary nutrients and vitamins needed to grow and develop in life. Actually it does not matter how old we are – all age groups should try and maintain a well balanced diet, one which incorporates all the food groups in every meal. It is vital that, from children to when we become young adults (students), we take the responsibility of  looking after our own well being and food is a very important part of it.

Now that I think about it and look back, when I was away at university, I just cringe at the thought of what I used to eat  as my dinners (a packet of jaffa cakes) and my cooking disasters !!! I remember one time I really fancied having an Indian snack called pawa bateta (flattened rice & potatoes), so I made the correct portion for 1 person but then added the spices for 5 people. That is how I learnt to cook for the family, so … we live & learn. So bearing that in mind and a conversation I had with my cousin, thanks to her ground work, I thought of adding a basic store cupboard list as well to help students, single or couples along the way to make a multitude of cuisines, from these standard ingredients. For example, I use kidney beans for my traditional curry, Mexican, soup, salad, Italian, and Jambalaya rice, so the one ingredient can be used to make 6 different types of meals. So the correct store cupboard ingredients are not only good value for money, but at the same time the ingredients should provide meals filled with vitamins and foods which nourish physically and mentally. Below is a list of what I feel would be good to have from which as mentioned you can make many different vegetarian meals.

Cupboard Perishables
Freezer Masala
Pasta & Rice

Canned Chick Peas

Canned Kidney Beans

Canned green lentils

Baked Beans

Tomato puree tube

Sun dried Tomatoes


Red lentils Dry

Cereal of your choice & Oats

Wholemeal Flour

Self raising flour

baking powder

Tortilla wraps

Snacks like

Nuts, crisps, cereal bars,

savoury (Indian) snacks

Nan/Pitta Bread







Vegetables like,






Onions / garlic / ginger

Butternut squash

Fresh Juice



Seasonal Fruit



Sweet corn


Waffles or chips

Puff pastry

Ice cream

Pre made curry pastes

& pasta sauce

Oil – sunflower & olive



Chilli Powder

Turmeric powder

Jeeru Powder

Dhana Jeeru

Rai / Jeeru / Hing

Garam masala

Soy sauce


Oregano or mixed herbs

Chilli flakes

Peanut butter

Chilli sauce

Below is a list of some sites that are good to use as a resource for some quick ideas or good recipes to try out. Feel free to forward links if I have missed out on any sites that you would recommend.

Chef in You

Student Cook

Beyond Baked Beans

BBC Student Survival Kit

Student Recipes

6 thoughts on “Cooking for 1 or 2

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  1. Kiran, we’ve all had those cooking disasters at some point in our life, I agree, that’s how we learn 🙂
    A healthy diet is paramount to good health, and you are right, it doesn’t matter what age you are. No matter your age, it’s never to late to make healthy changes. Great post!


  2. Thanks for passing from my blog. Although I am not a vegetarian there are some periods in Orthodox religion that we restrain from eating animal products, so I enjoy that period as much as I can.


  3. I was delighted to discover your website via a Facebook friend and look forward to many happy hours reading your entries! I am writing a vegetarian cookbook and am looking for information, tips and recipes so this is great!


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