Ski season accommodation isn't exactly known for being well-equipped in the kitchen department.
If you're living in a shared flat with a bunch of other seasonaires, we can pretty much guarantee your hob will look (like the photo above) - with two settings: scalding and cold. If you're lucky you might have an oven, but chances are you'll have a shit hob - or a hot plate - and maybe a microwave.
If you're living in a shared flat, chances are you'll have a shit hob, just like this one
It doesn't mean you will have to eat beans on toast four times a week. There are plenty of super simple, cheap meals than you can make even on the world's shittest hob.
These are tried-and-tested recipes from seasonaire life. They taste a lot better than brie baguettes. Again.
N.B. Meat can be expensive, so we've left it out of most the recipes, but feel free to substitute it in.
1) SALMON, PEA & MINT RISOTTO
Risotto is my go-to recipe when I want something filling but healthy after a hard day shredding. It's also really cheap to make for big groups of people.
Make your basic risotto using Jamie Oliver's recipe (tip: include lots of white wine) and then you can add any ingredients you like. If you want to go simple, just stick to mushrooms.
We are big fans of cooking a salmon fillet or two in a separate pan, plus some frozen peas then adding it to the risotto at the end - with some chopped mint and a squeeze of lemon.
2) LEEK AND POTATO SOUP
Soup. I know, I know - it sounds straight forward but when you are sick of Pot Noodles and packet soups, you will really appreciate a homemade version like this. It's cheap and very easy to make.
Good old Delia Smith has a great leek and potato soup recipe. It freezes really well too, so you can keep it for another day if you make too much, and your flatmate hates soup.
3) FISHY NAAN
It doesn't sound very appetising, does it? But this is one of the quickest tastiest meals you can make on a hob. Plus it will definitely get your protein in.
The full recipe can be found on Jamie Oliver's website under its official name, Salmon Tikka Naan.
We've adapted the recipe because it's tricky to find naan bread in the Alps - so you can use toasted pitta bread instead, stuffed with lettuce and tomatoes. Bring some Patak's paste from the UK and it will last you a good while.
4) BREAKFAST BURRITOS
When it's snowing outside and you're getting ready to face the elements, you need a big breakfast to get you through the day.
I love breakfast burritos. There are so many different things you can put in a breakfast burrito. Plus it makes a great lunch or dinner, if you're in the mood.
Start off by making a tomato sauce with butter, tinned tomatoes, salt, pepper and a bit of chilli powder. Then make a pan of scrambled eggs - two per person.
Next, slice up your avocado and grate some cheese. Pile it up with eggs and tomato sauce first, followed by avo and cheese. Then eat!
If you've got some time, put the grill on to melt your cheese before eating. YUM.
5) ROSIE'S DAD'S PASTA
When I'm hungover, all I want is Rosie's Dad's pasta. It's a recipe passed down to my friend Rosie from her dad's cooking knowledge sourced in rural Devon. It's creamy, pesto, bacon-filled sauce with pasta. And it is delicious.
You can find the recipe here. Vegetarians, you can still have this dish - just leave the bacon out and add salt.
6) VEGETABLE CHILLI
Fancy chilli con carne but don't eat meat? Or can't be arsed to fork out for minced beef?
Vegetable chilli con carne is super easy and packed with beans, which are full of protein to stoke up your muscles after a day on the hill.
We like this recipe from health guru Madeleine Shaw - serve with rice. Skip the cacao powder if you haven't got any in your area (which knowing the mountains, is highly likely!)
It's also great dolloped in a tortilla wrap with some grilled cheese. Mmmmm.
Shak-what-sa? This is super simple meal that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It's basically a Middle Eastern baked eggs recipe, which sounds like you'd need lots of fancy ingredients - but you don't.
We use this recipe from the New York Times but feel free to experiment. If you can find feta, add it in because it tastes great. Don't have an oven? You can just leave the eggs to cook a little longer on the hob.
It might sound bleeding obvious, but fondue is such an easy meal to make on a single hob.
If you are in the Alps, there is guaranteed to be awesome ready-mixed cheese packets in the supermarket so you can make your own fondue at home. If you want a recipe, check out this one from BBC Food.
OK, it's not the healthiest meal you make but it is quick and it tastes damn good.