Exam Eats

Wow. April has been quite a month. What’s being going on in your ends of the neighborhood? I haven’t been here for a while.

It’s been that exam-y time of year again, all books and no fun. The end of this term was rough, I was feeling stupendously stressed out about the looming graduation. I’m not sure if I’m ready to be done school yet. I’m not sure if I’m ready to grow up yet. Having a degree sure feels like a grown up sort of thing to have, as does having a house, but so much of me is balking at the grown-up-ness of it all.

Being all stressed out, my tummy has been giving me issues. Having a nervous tummy really takes a lot of the fun out of being a culinarily inclined person like myself. While I was avoiding eating to avoid feeling sick, or attempting stop from throwing up, my normal exam time diet fell through: no hint-of-lime tostitos with salsa, none of these lovely roasted chickpeas. On a normal year I live off of that tasty snack-y food, but no such luck for a Dana with a sore tummy.

I did find a new, tasty and quick to prepare exam snack, though, one that covers three food groups, and takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish. When you’re elbow deep in notes and textbooks it’s just the perfect thing.

Cheddar Apple English Toasts

(makes 2 servings)

2 English muffins

1/2 Cup sliced or grated cheddar cheese

1 apple, cut into slices.

  • Set the broiler to high.
  • Sprinkle the cheddar cheese evenly over the English muffins.
  • Put the English muffins under the broiler until the cheese melts and begins to bubble.
  • Arrange the apple slices over top of the unctuous melted cheese.

Sweet, salty, gooey and crunchy, they’re a little bit of everything and you can eat them with one hand while you read.

Mister, who is normally the one with the nervous tummy but was fine because he wasn’t the one writing the exams, suggests that these toasts be made with sharp or old cheddar rather than medium, so that they would have more flavor contrast. Frankly, I couldn’t agree more.