Monday, January 25, 2010

Inspirations and Hesitations

From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online:
undergrad, eg. undergraduate
    : (noun) a student at a college or university who has not received a first and especially a bachelor's degree
    : (noun) a connoisseur of food and drink (also an adjective)

Fordham University academic administrators must have chuckled to themselves when they picked the most common night class time slot, which inconveniently takes place during the entire period that a student would reasonably consider "dinnertime."  It is no surprise, therefore, that when I had to choose the over-arching theme for a blog as part of my night class, food immediately came to mind.  But I can't just write about food, can I?  It is not particularly original; everyone eats, after all.  And although the turkey-and-mustard sandwich on whole wheat bread that is sitting just feet away in my bag seems incredibly appetizing to me right now, in a more sensible (and less hungry) state of mind, it is probably not what one would consider "gourmet."

However, compared to a school cafeteria, even the simplest of home-cooked meals can seem like five-star dinners.  And who doesn't love the feeling of finding the most delicious hole-in-the-wall restaurant and walking out with most of your cash still in your pocket?  Perhaps I don't need to be a restaurant chef to have a blog about food...

So, I begin my mission: to find simple cooking techniques and inexpensive meals that I, being a representative of the general undergraduate population, can cook.  This includes cooking experiments that go awry as well!  A failed experiment, of course, is a learning experience, and perhaps some readers can kindly teach me a thing or two about what I can change.  Meanwhile, anytime I find a great restaurant that is friendly to the college or an interesting and helpful cooking-related article, I'll share it here because secrets should not remain secret if they are delicious!

Thus is the beginning of a (hopefully) delicious journey towards becoming a true undergrad gourmet!

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