Гречка (breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner)

I’m on a diet that excludes anything involving sugar or flour or bought as more than one ingredient—that is, excludes almost all dorm food. In preparation for the far, far future 18 days from now when I’ll inevitably be stuck cooking my own meals, my parents have stopped feeding me. Here’s the diet-friendly food I’ve learned to cook so far, which will likely constitute the bulk of my meals as it does for many a Russian: гречка (buckwheat).

(I managed to cripple my blogger self by losing my camera’s USB cord. (All my pretty pictures, so close yet so far.) Until I get a new one on August 13-30, the picture of гречка that would normally go here will be replaced by a facepalm.)

If you’ve used your microwave to blow up iPods, don’t use it to prepare food.


  • 1 cup гречка
  • water
  • 1/3 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Milk (optional)

Additional materials

  • 1 microwave
  • 1 large microwave-friendly coverable glass bowl
  • 1 sieve
  • 1 cup
  • 1 plate
  • 1 blanket
  • 1 something that boils water


  1. Boil at least 2.5 cups water.
  2. Pour a few tablespoons of гречка onto the plate. Shake the plate to spread it out, and pick out anything that is not гречка. Here is an example of things that are not гречка:

    (Again, facepalm. But a facepalm that is indeed an example of something that is not гречка.)
    Double facepalm.
    Pour the remaining things that hopefully are гречка into the bowl. Repeat for all гречка.

  3. Pour cold water over the гречка, and then into the sink. Catch any stray гречка in the sieve and return it to the bowl. Repeat until the run-off water is as free of dirt, dust, etc. as you want your food to be.
  4. Add 2.5 cups boiling water to the гречка. Add the salt.
  5. Immediately cover the гречка and put it in the microwave on high for five minutes, or until it starts simmering.
  6. Leave it in the microwave for another 15-20 minutes, this time at 30% power.
  7. Remove the гречка from the microwave. (There should be no more water.) Wrap it in the blanket and let it cool down.
  8. Eat as is, or pour milk over each portion.

~ by science cow on August 9, 2010.

One Response to “Гречка (breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner)”

  1. dear lydia, your diet is kinda gross. just so you know.
    i have a blog now so i am following you/can leave mean comments on your blog. hooray.
    love matt

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