Recipes for the Office

For roughly a year, I worked an office with a very well-stocked kitchen. After a few cooking experiments in the kitchen, my former colleagues would ask me, “What are you making today? Is that another creation?” Not always, but usually it was. I tried a lot of recipes in that kitchen. In the process, I only exploded poached eggs twice and never started a fire. Dwight Shrute would be proud.


One slow day in the summer, I decided to put my usual recipes down in an “office cookbook” and shared Google Doc with everyone. I’m not sure if anyone ever used it and no one ever added to it, but hey, these are my recipes and I think they sure as hell belong here. They also belong here each separated by gifs from the ultimate office comedy The Office.

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Avocado Toast
Avocado on toast. I mean, duh.
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  1. Avocado (1 whole avocado will cover up to 2 slices of bread)
  2. Slice of bread or two (wheat or white, up to you)
  3. Red pepper flakes or sriracha
  4. Olive oil
  5. Sea salt
  1. Toast the bread in the toaster.
  2. Slice up the avocado. Leave it in slices or mash up.
  3. Spread avocado onto bread.
  4. Add sea salt, olive oil, and red pepper flakes/sriracha.
  5. Eat!
  1. Sriracha works just as well as red pepper flakes.
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AKA Egg-in-a-Basket, One-Eyed Jack
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  1. Slice of Bread
  2. 1 egg
  3. Butter
  4. Something round
  5. Griddle
  1. Plug in and turn on griddle. Butter up the surface.
  2. Cut a hole in the piece of bread with something round.
  3. Put the bread onto the griddle, then crack the egg into the hole in the bread.
  4. Once the egg is cooked on one side, flip the bread over.
  5. When the egg is fully cooked, plate and enjoy!
  1. We had a griddle in the office. Yours will need one, too.
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Desperation Noodles: Ramen in Peanut Sauce (Kinda)
Look, this can either turn out moderately okay or really awful. I'm not proud of it.
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  1. Ramen
  2. Soy sauce (packets)
  3. Peanut butter
  4. Chicken “Flavor” packet from Ramen package
  5. Cashews (or other nuts)
  1. Prepare the ramen with hot water or in the microwave.
  2. Mix together peanut butter and soy sauce (and maybe even some of that Chicken “Flavor” packet) until it resembles peanut sauce. Be patient, it will eventually look appetizing!
  3. Mix sauce and noodles together. Add nuts or green onions if you’d like.
  1. The more soy sauce you use, the more salty it’ll be. I’ve read that three packets should be the limit, but it’s up to you.
  2. I don't think this is the best dish or idea in the world, but desperate times call for desperate noodles. I'm also beginning to think "Desperation Noodles" would've been a better blog name. Oh well.
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Gluten-Free Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana “Mug Cake”
Mug "cake," or as I like to call them, "lazy cakes."
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  1. Mug
  2. Peanut Butter
  3. 2 packets of Hot Chocolate Mix
  4. 1 Banana
  5. 1 egg
  1. Cut up banana and mash it up in the mug.
  2. Add ¼ cup peanut butter and the hot chocolate mix.
  3. Add in egg.
  4. Mix.
  5. Microwave for 2 minutes.
  6. Eat and enjoy!
Adapted from BuzzFeed
Adapted from BuzzFeed
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