And this is before you get to negotiating the kitchen space with your flatmates, family or partner. If you're living in a city, chances are you're dealing with a kitchen which is barely adequate for one person to prepare a meal in, let alone you plus the several flatmates you're forced to live with in order to pay the rent.
Which is a shame – cooking is soothing, and it's something you need to do a lot of if you're going to batch prep your lunches in order to save money. But what's a girl to do? It's hardly fair to restrict anyone's time in the kitchen and, unlike watching TV and socialising, cooking isn't really an activity that can be outsourced to your bedroom.
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