Just stumbled onto this forum and I love it! Thought it would be a great place to try and find a little help for my current living situation:
I'm a music student living in Poland, and in my new apartment I have only one small pot, one large soup pot, two frying pans, and a stove top. No oven, nothing fancy as far as hardware goes (grills, griddles, slow cookers, blenders, etc. etc.).
For the last 6 months I feel like I've been relatively creative with my meal-planning. You can get almost any normal groceries here in Poland (except for peanut butter, oddly enough...
), so I've been making a nice but small variety of soups, pasta dishes, and the like. Here's been my normal repetoire:
-potato and leek
-potato and kielbasa
-beef, barley, and mushrooms
-chicken broccoli and ziti
-breaded chicken and a honey-mustard sauce over pasta
-chicken and sauteed mushrooms w/cream over pasta
-breaded chicken breasts, mashed potatoes, and a veggie
-any variation of the pasta dishes, but over rice
-chicken curry salad
-and my favorite don't-feel-like-cooking-meal, rice, tuna, kidney beans, and corn, all mixed up together with a little soy sauce and mayo. tastes much better than it sounds...and perfect poor-man/music student food :)
The problem is...after 6 months of rotating through the same eight or so meals, (since chicken + mushrooms over pasta is strikingly similar to chicken + broccoli over pasta after half a year...), I've burnt out on these meals and can't think of anything else to cook! My limited hardware makes it worse - I feel like if I had my trusty crockpot from the states, or an oven to bake/broil with, I'd have less of a problem.
So, any suggestions? Is there a realm of cooking and foods that I've just totally forgotten? I love to cook and have plenty of time to do it, it's just that I have no more drive to make the same type of meals over and over again.
Looking forward to all your help!