8 Bighearted Foods to Butter up Your Lecturer

Ah, college years… The golden years of youth, where the days of successfully muttering tongue twisters are the highlight of our day. I mean, try saying, “if I bake this bitter butter, It would make my batter bitter. But a bit of better butter, that would make my batter better.” Not that easy right? Memories of those moments bring a smile to my face and make me feel slightly more positive about the day. If you can survive the whole drama of college and university, adult life will probably seem boring!

In the name of nostalgia, let’s talk about the people who helped us the most. They are the main reason you graduated or will be able to graduate after 4 years. They spend their days drilling all the knowledge into your brain; everything that you need to know (just enough to ‘goreng’) for finals.

Dear professors and lecturers, we have always been a terrible challenge to you. We owe you big because you taught us the art of time management (8am classes, you are the devil), to be resourceful (Wikipedia style goreng), and most importantly, to be the person we are today. Thank you.

Even though Teacher’s Day is a couple of months away, let’s do a little something to thank teachers (for those who have left college) or show your appreciation. Hey, if you’re still studying it always helps to maybe butter up your beloved professors and lecturers. Food is always a great go to way to show appreciation. Here are 8 simple recipes. For those who are still in college and have been ditching classes and sending assignments late, this might be a chance for you to butter up and win your lecturers’ approval through the magic of food.


Breakfast of Champions

What better way to start the day than with a wholesome, delicious breakfast? WE all have that ONE lecturer who loves to start his or her day with an 8 am class. Most of us students then have to be awake as early as 6.30 am to make it on time (waiting for the campus bus takes forever). So, why not show your appreciation to your overly-enthusiastic lecturer as thank-you for waking up early and ALWAYS looking chirpy. Amp up their positive attitude  with these two delicious and easy to make breakfast treats.

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French toast

Ah, bread. The staple food of students. When I was studying in college, I could never finish a loaf of bread on time since I am more of a rice kind of gal. If you want to make sure your loaf finishes before it starts growing mold, why not make a kind gesture and prepare a surprise breakfast for your lecturer. That one little kindness leads to wonders (extra credit or no sharp stares when you reach your class 5 minutes late). Try these amazing French toast recipes here. Best served with honey or butter, but definitely with a little bit of love. It’s cheap and finger licking delicious!


Grilled cheese

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If you are a little creative and good at taking advantage of the “mix and match” idea, this is the go-to bread recipe you should try making. You could try impressing your lecturer with a wonderful combo of delectable melty cheese and a secret ingredient that will knock the socks off him or her. Have no ideas? Try these and tell us what the verdict is.


Lunch Quickies

After a long day of classes, lunch is the most-awaited time for college students. Your mind is so exhausted that you can literally hear the brain farts in your head. If you feel like the walking dead just sitting and listening, imagine how your lecturers feel? Be a sport and do something nice for that one lecturer you know is always rushing and never has time to even grab a bite.

5-minute pizza

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Nothing screams more wholesome than pizza. Right?! Well, you can get all the goodness of a well-balanced meal (as recommended by the food pyramid) on a slice of hot-steaming pizza. Pizza is a one-for-two food. You can prepare it for yourself and at the same time, prepare some for your lecturer. It doesn’t take much of your time to prepare, it keeps you healthy (you may be too stuffed to eat more junk food) and puts you into your lecturer’s good books for being considerate and thoughtful. Aspire to be a teacher’s pet? Check this pizza recipes out. They are yummy and cheap!



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If you are more into Hispanic rather than Italian, you can make the Mexican version of pizza; a wrap. For you lazy, messy eaters, wraps are just the thing for you. Throw all your ingredients in a flat bread and fold it up. And don’t forget to lather butter within the insides of the fold to add smoothness and flavour. If you love wraps, your lecturers may love a wrap too.


Gourmet Snacks

Everyone loves to snack especially if you are still studying. This is when even one milligram of food makes a whole lot of difference. Whip up these delicious two snack recipe that are appropriate to eat in class and could even be a hit with your lecturers.

Fruit salad parfait

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I’m not a big fan of store-bought yogurt. There’s always SO MUCH yogurt but SO LITTLE fruit. Instead of complaining, I thought, why not make my own yogurt but make it a little classy and fancy. Maybe even use I make it in a mason jar? The best thing is, you don’t have to choose between a mango or kiwi to put in your yogurt, you can put in both of them! Get all the healthy goodness here.



Easy-baked potato

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It’s already in the name. What’s not to understand about baked potatoes? If you are a potato lover and love your Pringles etc. Try this baked potato recipe and see it change your life. Don’t know what I mean? Ask the Irish or ask your history lecturer all about the humble potato.


Chocolatey Desserts

Who can resist chocolate? Even the scariest, uptight lecturers will crack under the influence of chocolate. Try these recipes below and see how chocolates aren’t just for Valentine’s Day (or sad Saturday nights).

No-Bake Peanut Butter & Oats Bars

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Peanut Butter is the best ingredient right? You can eat it the whole day and you can put it in anything. If you hear that annoying voice telling you, “But, it’s fatty,” well, include healthy ingredients-  oats, muesli, nuts – and you have yourself a delicious power bar that will energise you and your busy lecturers throughout the day.


No-bake Chocolate Bites

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Photo: Love and Bellinis

Chocolate spread like Nutella may not be the healthiest thing at the grocery store, but it is what dreams are made of. Nutella is a bit pricey but you can replace it with cheaper options like Gardenia chocolate spread to have the same indulgent taste you crave. College and university can be challenging especially when your day is filled with class after class and crazy deadlines. Follow this simple recipe and bring a few to class to share and spread some happiness.

So, there you are guys, 8 simple recipes that you can make even with meagre cooking utensils. I hope the recipes come in handy when you need to impress your lecturers and escape their wrath. Do try them and see if it works!

Azrene Jasmine

A true blue Penangite, Azrene Jasmine favourite thing to do is, well, eating. Though currently in a love/hate relationship with the weighing scale, she truly believes that every woman should choose a hunk of juicy steak over a bowl of salad on the first date because steaks are awesome and what man can resist a woman with a healthy appetite?

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