Cooking Up A Storm in the Dorm

During uni, we all unfortunately will need to cook at some time! Here are some easy recipes that you can make using simple ingredients and utensils. As long as you have a simple fry-pan, potato masher, pot and oven tray (I got mine all from Kmart and they are great!) then you can make these three recipes. 

Beef Stroganoff

An easy hearty mid-week meal that is great to freeze

Credit-Wikimedia Commons


  • 1 brown onion, finely diced
  • 500 grams of beef stir fry strips (found at Woolworths in the meat section)
  • 8 mushrooms
  • 1 bottle of Masterfoods Beef Stroganoff sauce
  • 2 white potatoes or 1 small sweet potato 
  • ¼ of milk (60ml)
  • 2 tablespoons of butter

Method for the Sauce

  1. Place deep frypan on a medium heat on the stove and add 1 of your tablespoons of butter into the hot pan with the onion
  2. Cook onion until browned and fragrant 
  3. Add beef strips and mushrooms to the onions and cook until beef is tender and browned 
  4. Pour in the bottle of Masterfoods Beef Stroganoff sauce and reduce the heat to a low heat setting  
  5. Let the sauce simmer for 15 minutes stirring it every few minutes so that it doesn’t burn 
  6. Turn the heat off after 15 minutes and allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving 

Method for the Potato Mash

  1. For the mashed potato, fill a pot and boil the water with a pinch of salt until it is at a heavy boil
  2. Whilst waiting for the water to boil cut your potato of choice into quarters to make it easier to cook
  3. Place the potatoes into the boiling water and cook until tender, strain the water and leave them in the pot off the heat
  4. Add the other tablespoon of butter to the pot with the milk and mash the potatoes
  5. Serve underneath your sauce and freeze any remaining sauce and mash together for extra meals

Easy Frittata

An easy staple that I make one a week that is great for a light dinner or lunch Credit: Steven Depolo


  • 125g ham or bacon, chopped (leave out for a vegetarian option)
  • 1 cup of spinach 
  • 6 mushrooms
  • ½ a red capsicum, finely diced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups (180g) grated tasty cheese
  • 1/3 cup (50g) self-raising flour
  • Salt & ground pepper, to season
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) milk


  1. Preheat an oven to 200°C. Grease a Kmart slice tray ($3).
  2. Combine ham, onion, mushrooms, spinach, capcicum in a frying pan with the olive oil and cook for 3 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant  
  3. Cool the ham mixture for 5 minutes
  4. Add the cooled ham mixture in a bowl with the cheese, flour, salt and pepper in a Scatter over the base of the tray
  5. Whisk eggs and milk together in a jug or bowl and pour over the ham mixture. Cook for about 40 minutes or until puffed and golden
  6. Allow it to cool slightly before serving  

Rocket and Feta Salad

This has been my favourite salad for year!! Credit: Pxfuel


  • Enough rocket to half fill a bowl of your choice
  • ¼ red onion, finely chopped
  • ½ an avocado 
  • 8 cherry tomatoes halved 
  • Small handful of crumpled danish feta
  • ¼ cup of cooked chicken, seafood mix (my favorite) or meat of your choice 
  • The juice of half a lemon
  • ½ tablespoon of whole egg mayonnaise 
  • Salt & ground pepper, to season


  1. Add all your ingredients to your bowl 
  2. In a separate small bowl mix your lemon juice, mayonnaise (can leave out for a non-creamy dressing and add the same amount of olive oil instead) and salt & pepper
  3. Pour dressing over your salad and enjoy!

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