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    Food!

    While I have for the past nine months or so eaten the food that is served up by the school canteen for lunch, what I got today has made me reconsider. I got a chicken salad baguette where the tomatoes were warm and soggy, the chicken was grey & the baguette was dry and then a muffin which smelled vaguely of meat. Yep. Call me crazy, but I don't think cakes aren't supposed to have a meaty aroma. Clearly they've been storing things where they shouldn't.

    The point of this ranting is this: can you recommend me any decent microwave/just-add-water type meals that I can keep in the office? Think Pot Noodle but actually edible.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FishCustard View Post
    can you recommend me any decent microwave/just-add-water type meals that I can keep in the office?
    You could get sachets of miso soup - the paste-based ones, not powder (Itsu do nice ones). Henz now do paste-based tomato soup, too. You can get vacum-packed noodles these days, ready to eat - mix the two together and you have a high-end Pot Noodle. I'm sure there'll be somewhere that does dehydrated vegetables that you can just add boiling water too, or if you have a bit of time in the morning you could stick some chopped vegetables in a pot to take to work with you and add boiling water later. Peperami might come in handy, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    You could get sachets of miso soup - the paste-based ones, not powder (Itsu do nice ones). Henz now do paste-based tomato soup, too. You can get vacum-packed noodles these days, ready to eat - mix the two together and you have a high-end Pot Noodle. I'm sure there'll be somewhere that does dehydrated vegetables that you can just add boiling water too, or if you have a bit of time in the morning you could stick some chopped vegetables in a pot to take to work with you and add boiling water later. Peperami might come in handy, too.
    What a fantastic idea - I do rather like miso soup (and most Japanese food to be honest); I shall pop into Itsu and see what they've got. I could also have a look on Amazon I suppose, they seem to do everything these days...

    Thanks!

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    Here you go - eben includes a DIY Pot Noodle recipe and several other things

    The 10 best lunchbox fillers | Life and style | The Guardian

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    Careful with Miso though, I personally find it to be great straight out the pot but rather nasty if it cools even slightly. Soon as it arrives at the table I down it!

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    Asda's own "pot snacks" are pretty good, kind of like pasta-n-sauce but in pot form, Chicken and Mushroom pasta, tomato and basil pasta, chow mein noodles, sweet and sour noodles etc etc....they are normally on 4 for 2 as well. Online Food Shopping - ASDA Groceries

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    Rarmen!

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    I get the tins of chunky soaps from Aldi at 69p. They do a larger selection now, adding lamb with mint and chunky veg. A tin of that and a banana less than 1.00. Can't be bad. On Fridays, I have Aldi Herring in mustard or mango spice sauce. I put it on crispbread. Slightly more expensive at 89p but we all deserve the occasional treat

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    I get the tins of chunky soaps from Aldi at 69p.
    Wash your mouth out ;-)

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    Soaps? I'm confused. I thought we were talking about food?

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    I mean the canteen food is bad, but it's not so bad I'll contemplate eating soap as an alternative!

    Thanks for all the suggestions!

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    Pasta sachets for cups or even the larger sachets, they take 10 mins to cook in microwave but are quite substantial compared to the cup version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpuffMonkey View Post
    Wash your mouth out ;-)
    I hate soaps

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    Naked Noodle Ramen Noodle Soups are quite nice, as are the flavoured Uncle Bens Rices (The mushroom one is my favourite).

    I think the bigger issue here is the quality and storage of canteen food being served to students - have you reported your experiences to SLT?

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    I have a food flask,

    Prepare something at home and it's still hot at lunchtime.

    Never used the canteen in 5 years.

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