Sunday, June 25

Columnist Andrew Warner used preprepared ingredients such as pre-grilled chicken and mirepoix to make a simple chicken noodle soup dish in his rice cooker.  Since the ingredients did not require much preparation, the soup only took around 15 minutes to cook.  (Rachel Lee/Daily Bruin)

Dorm Dining: Rice cooker to the rescue with chicken noodle soup on a rainy day

Life on the Hill doesn’t exactly allow ample opportunity for experimentation with cooking, leading to a routine diet at the dining halls. Over the course of the quarter, columnist Andrew Warner sets out to break the culinary monotony of dorm life, armed with a rice cooker and a few pantry staples. Read more...

Photo: Columnist Andrew Warner used preprepared ingredients such as pre-grilled chicken and mirepoix to make a simple chicken noodle soup dish in his rice cooker. Since the ingredients did not require much preparation, the soup only took around 15 minutes to cook. (Rachel Lee/Daily Bruin)

Columnist Andrew Warner used preprepared ingredients such as pre-grilled chicken and mirepoix to make a simple chicken noodle soup dish in his rice cooker.  Since the ingredients did not require much preparation, the soup only took around 15 minutes to cook.  (Rachel Lee/Daily Bruin)

UCLA columnist Andrew Warner challenged himself with one of Julia Child's French recipes.  While the dish required over an hour of cooking, the beef saute developed exceptional flavors and    a creamy texture. (Rachel Lee/Daily Bruin)

Dorm Dining: Rice-cooker Parisian beef saute, a tribute to Julia Child

Life on the Hill doesn’t exactly allow ample opportunity for experimentation with cooking, leading to a routine diet at the dining halls. Over the course of the quarter, columnist Andrew Warner sets out to break the culinary monotony of dorm life, armed with a rice cooker and a few pantry staples. Read more...

Photo: UCLA columnist Andrew Warner challenged himself with one of Julia Child's French recipes. While the dish required over an hour of cooking, the beef saute developed exceptional flavors and a creamy texture. (Rachel Lee/Daily Bruin)

UCLA columnist Andrew Warner challenged himself with one of Julia Child's French recipes.  While the dish required over an hour of cooking, the beef saute developed exceptional flavors and    a creamy texture. (Rachel Lee/Daily Bruin)

Columnist Andrew Warner made bread pudding in his rice cooker and topped it off with peanut butter ice cream.  Warner used stale bread soaked in cream, eggs, sugar and cinnamon as the dessert’s base, resulting in a satisfying bread pudding that is tastier than The Study’s own rendition.  (Rachel Lee/Daily Bruin)

Dorm Dining: Rice cooker bread pudding surpasses The Study at Hedrick’s rendition

Life on the Hill doesn’t exactly allow ample opportunity for experimentation with cooking, leading to a routine diet at the dining halls. Over the course of the quarter, columnist Andrew Warner sets out to break the culinary monotony of dorm life, armed with a rice cooker and a few pantry staples. Read more...

Photo: Columnist Andrew Warner made bread pudding in his rice cooker and topped it off with peanut butter ice cream. Warner used stale bread soaked in cream, eggs, sugar and cinnamon as the dessert’s base, resulting in a satisfying bread pudding that is tastier than The Study’s own rendition. (Rachel Lee/Daily Bruin)

Columnist Andrew Warner made bread pudding in his rice cooker and topped it off with peanut butter ice cream.  Warner used stale bread soaked in cream, eggs, sugar and cinnamon as the dessert’s base, resulting in a satisfying bread pudding that is tastier than The Study’s own rendition.  (Rachel Lee/Daily Bruin)

First-year undeclared student Daniel Miller played guitar with his brother in school talent shows in Spain and he strummed the instrument at metro stations for hours because people would listen. At UCLA, he has played for the College Talent Tour and teaches kids the basics of percussion through the club SLAM! at UCLA. (Dayoung Lee/Daily Bruin)

Student singer-songwriter Daniel Miller finds rhythm in LA music scene

Daniel Miller’s first stint with music was singing the children’s song “Speckled Frog” in front of his music class at 7 years old. “I was the center of attention, so that’s why I found (music) so awesome,” Miller said. Read more...

Photo: First-year undeclared student Daniel Miller played guitar with his brother in school talent shows in Spain and he strummed the instrument at metro stations for hours because people would listen. At UCLA, he has played for the College Talent Tour and teaches kids the basics of percussion through the club SLAM! at UCLA. (Dayoung Lee/Daily Bruin)

First-year undeclared student Daniel Miller played guitar with his brother in school talent shows in Spain and he strummed the instrument at metro stations for hours because people would listen. At UCLA, he has played for the College Talent Tour and teaches kids the basics of percussion through the club SLAM! at UCLA. (Dayoung Lee/Daily Bruin)

The rice cooker mac and cheese came out a little bland on the first try, but cheddar cheese cured its deficiencies on the second round. (Rachel Lee/Daily Bruin)

Dorm Dining: Rice cooker mac and cheese, simple yet savory

Life on the Hill doesn’t exactly allow ample opportunity for experimentation with cooking, leading to a routine diet at the dining halls. Over the course of the quarter, columnist Andrew Warner sets out to break the culinary monotony of dorm life, armed with a rice cooker and a few pantry staples. Read more...

Photo: The rice cooker mac and cheese came out a little bland on the first try, but cheddar cheese cured its deficiencies on the second round. (Rachel Lee/Daily Bruin)

The rice cooker mac and cheese came out a little bland on the first try, but cheddar cheese cured its deficiencies on the second round. (Rachel Lee/Daily Bruin)

Though the crumble's presentation is hidered by the limitations of a rice cooker, it still tastes delicious. (Rachel Lee/Daily Bruin)

Dorm Dining: Mixed berry crumble, unsightly but undeniably delicious

Life on the Hill doesn’t exactly allow ample opportunity for experimentation with cooking, leading to a routine diet at the dining halls. Over the course of the quarter, columnist Andrew Warner sets out to break the culinary monotony of dorm life, armed with a rice cooker and a few pantry staples. Read more...

Photo: Though the crumble's presentation is hidered by the limitations of a rice cooker, it still tastes delicious. (Rachel Lee/Daily Bruin)

Though the crumble's presentation is hidered by the limitations of a rice cooker, it still tastes delicious. (Rachel Lee/Daily Bruin)

Club members of Dig work on maintaining the student garden, located at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. They improve the soil quality, weed the garden and harvest herbs and vegetables at Sunday meetings. (Alyssa Dorn/Daily Bruin staff)

Student garden blossoms with hands-on help from UCLA’s gardening club

At the top of a grassy hill at UCLA’s Sunset Canyon Recreation Center, students will find a student garden – a small, fenced-off corner where fruits, veggies and herbs flourish. Read more...

Photo: Club members of Dig work on maintaining the student garden, located at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. They improve the soil quality, weed the garden and harvest herbs and vegetables at Sunday meetings. (Alyssa Dorn/Daily Bruin staff)

Club members of Dig work on maintaining the student garden, located at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. They improve the soil quality, weed the garden and harvest herbs and vegetables at Sunday meetings. (Alyssa Dorn/Daily Bruin staff)