So you’re all booked up to go skiing, you’ve sorted out your roommates and excitement levels are through the roof. What’s the one last thing you know you absolutely have to sort out before you go? Dinner of course!
Ok, so that probably wasn’t top of your to do list, but you’ll be thankful when you’re not on day five of super noodles. Or worse still, finding €100 of valuable après funds splashed on the world’s most underwhelming and overpriced frites on the mountain.
The quality of chalet dinners definitely comes on a sliding scale, depending on your kitchen expertise. However, you don’t have to have Michelin star culinary prowess to keep yourself fed and happy... and inviting the keen cook to your room never hurts!
First thing's first, you’re going to have to agree on some group meals and buy accordingly. You’ll be there for six nights, assuming one will be mountain meal (you’d be silly to miss it) so that’s five dinners to cook.
Prepare yourself for very basic cooking facilities. It’s likely to be so small that it’ll make your cramped uni halls feels like luxury by comparison. You are unlikely to have an oven, more than two hobs and a knife capable of cutting through, well, anything. But worry not, these meals are simple to cook, filling enough to line your stomach for a night out and actually include some vegetables!
Add tomato sauce and plenty of veg to a big pot of pasta, or go down the carbonara route for those who get bacon cravings after only 48 hours. Leftovers make perfect drunk food when you stumble back from the club.
For when you need some vitamin C to balance out 5 days of hangovers: chop up any veg you have left, chuck in some noodles, chicken (or tofu if your veganuary phase is going strong) and use the leftover sauce from the pasta.
An easy meal which takes mere minutes to prepare: bang your tots in the microwave for a simple and healthy dinner. Tuna mayo always works, but check you have a tin opener first. If you’re prepared enough to pack in advance, beans and cheese are great toppings. Best to buy fresh fromage from the local Sherpa though, because cheese doesn’t travel well.
To really fill your boots, opt for a hearty meal of gnocchi which is basically pasta but made of potato or flour. All you need to do is add some sauce to the dish, and we'd recommend pesto.
A student dinner party classic which works just as well in the Alps. Sure, your fresh gauc may not be quite as readily available but salsa and sour cream will do the job.
It's easy enough to find fast food in resort, but a week of burgers and pizzas will not set you up for peak performance on the slopes. A little bit of planning goes a long way, and it'll save you a stack of cash too. Aprés anyone?