Anybody who has spent some time in meatspace with me in the last few years has probably heard me talk about my food. Cuisine is, after all, one of the more popular topics of small-talk, probably just behind the weather. I often eat "Bachelor Chow" (now with flavour!), and I'm quite happy with it. So I decided to share some of my culinary delights with the readers of this blog.
The essence of bachelor chow lies in its extreme ease-of-preparation while still providing a more-or-less balanced meal (complex carbohydrates, protein, a variety of lipids, trace minerals and co-enzymes). Ideally, bachelor chow can be prepared from basic, store-bought ingredients in 20 minutes or less, from opening the freezer to turning on the TV. Consumption time should be similarly short - around 10 minutes or less barring conversation, or indeed any interaction with another human being. Additionally, bachelor chow should always provide sufficient leftovers for at least one more meal - typically, this would be lunch for the next day.
Note that these rules are a little flexible, in that certain components normally considered part of preparation time may be discounted by some factor (such as 0.3) if constant or frequent attention is not required, for example baking or steaming times.
I'll come back and update this list with links as I eat these things. I may also come up with new versions, so this list could expand.Big List of Bachelor Chow
1.0 Beef Noodle
1.1 Hamburger Stroganof
2.0 Pasta and Tomato Sauce and Sausage
2.1 Pasta and Tomato Sauce and Bird
2.2 Pasta and Tomato Sauce and Mammal
3.0 Rice, Mammal, Corn
3.1 Rice, Bird, Corn
4.0 Stir Fry!
4.1 Stir Fry! on noodles
4.2 Stir Fry! of invertebrate doom
Bachelor Chow 1.0: Beef Noodle
"Hamburger Helper" or equivalent generic noodles-and-sauce package, "Beef Noodle" flavour
Spices (crushed chillies, Tabasco sauce)
One sentence review: This predates the "now with flavour!" tagline, as evidenced by the general lack of anything not bland.
One word review: edible.