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Cooking: a work in progress

So, in the interest of something a little less polarizing (there was a premed 101 discussion that just got me all fired up – the rant has passed, I promise!), I’ve also been trying to actually learn how to cook this last month.  Because yeah, I’ll admit it, I managed to make it to the age of 25 without accumulating any real cooking skills.

I guess that’s what 5 years of Res will do to you.

But yeah, after I got my diagnosis of Crohn’s, I figured that I should probably stop eating so much processed food and actually try preparing food on my own, and honestly, I’ve actually been really enjoying it so far! I have basically had to google everything, from “how do you pan fry steak,” to “how to make scrambled eggs” (told you I was working on it!) but I find cooking really satisfying, and a bit relaxing.  I’m no expert yet, but I’ve managed to make a few respectable attempts, I think, like:

20150913_124159 Homemade sausage and egg breakfast sandwich.

20150919_134043Pancakes and bacon.

20150915_151601Turkey, spinach and bacon on a ciabatta bun.

20150914_193507 Linguine with shrimp and tomato and veggie sauce.

20150913_210806 Butter chicken with basmati rice and naan.

20150823_194007 Tacos 🙂

20150824_184142Steak (first attempt, future ones were prettier!) and a twice baked potato.

Everything has tasted pretty good so far, at least, and my gut has been well settled, so that is definitely a bonus 🙂 My grocery bill has certainly gone up not buying frozen food, and I definitely spend more time preparing meals now, but I think both of those things are trade offs I’m willing to make.  I do worry a bit about sliding back into old habits once school really gets into the swing of things and I’m stressed about assignments and exams (OMG the OSCE is in a week panic and freak out!) but I am really going to try and keep it up, and try new and more complicated things.

Next step – figuring out how to cook with vegetables 😉


  1. Good luck with the OSCEs. Haven’t done anything like that yet, but they’re not so far in the future for me!

    Cooking is fabulous fun and can be a great stress reliever once you get into it. There’s quite the bit of satisfaction that comes from tasting the delicious results of an evening’s efforts. Looking good so far!

    • Thanks, I think the studying is going well, but I guess I’ll see tomorrow when me and d few classmates do a day of full prep on each other 🙂 And yes, I’m really enjoying cooking so far – makes you feel accomplished! 🙂

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