Pro: I have eaten more vegetables here than ever before (side options of each meal).
Con: That means I eat half of the main dish, half of the time.
Pro: You can't mess up toast and it is available at breakfast and lunch.
Con: There is no toast at dinner.
Pro: I love kiwifruits...and there are lots of kiwifruits.
Con: You can't take any food out of the cafeteria except one piece of fruit at lunch or dinner (I prefer apples or kiwis...especially since I have my very own kiwi spoon/spife now!).
Pro: If you get hungry late at night, there is biscuit time, aka supper, (biscuit cookies + milk or hot drinks) from 9 -9:45pm. My favorites taste like coconut. My least favorites taste like ginger and are called Gingernuts (ha).
Pro: There are two NesCafe automatic hot drink makers that make coffee, tea, mochas, cappuccinos, or hot cocoa.
Con: So much for my giving up coffee idea... (and there is no decaf), AND I have had WAY too much hot cocoa in the past 2.5 weeks (remember it's winter here...)
I've started to notice some patterns...
Monday lunch: BUN DAY (haha it rhymes)
aka a sandwich bun with some sort of deli meat to make a sandwich.
Friday dinner: FATTY FRIDAY
aka Fish 'n Chips (or spring rolls for the "Vegos" - vegetarians)
Wednesday/Mid-week lunch and/or dinner: Some random casserole-type thing combining all leftover food from the weekend/previous few days.
i.e.) Today we had a "Pumpkin & Spinach Stack" which consisted of tortilla on top and bottom with a middle of pumpkin, potatoes, kumara (native sweet potato), spinach, and cheese/ham, all baked together.
The break down:
Pumpkin and kumara from earlier in the week.
Cheese bake (the ham/cheese mix) from last night's dinner.
Tortilla (from "wraps" at yesterday's lunch).
* They're good at recycling food here (not just bottles, cans, and cardboard)! Good thing I like leftovers and am eco-friendly.
Typically seen as part of NZ meal (or at least Bryant):
- Marmite (PS I have switched alliances! After much consideration, I am a Marmite fan.)
- Red plum jam
- Muesli (imagine cereal that's a bit flakier than cornflakes made into a bar shape, disintegrates in milk, or is awkward dry because not sweet, or as hard as a granola bar)
- Baked beans
- Spaghetti (picture long noodles in spaghetti-Os sauce - for bfast!) -> Timmy: You would love this, they put it on toast.
- Bacon = Canadian bacon-like.
- Sausages = more like hot dogs.
- Beet root (beets)
- Carrot shavings
Good meals so far:
- Meatball subs!
- Roast chicken breast
- Chicken curry
- Plain white rice + gravy
- Plain rice + mayo + hot chili sauce
- Carrots as a condiment on ham & egg sandwich
- Chips (french fries) on buttered toast, folded to make a sandwich
- The whole spaghetti for breakfast thing