How to brunch: Dorm style

By Elizabeth Hansen

A piece of toast — whole grain — with flakes of oatmeal barely hanging on sits in front of me. On top sits a generous heap of avocado, slightly mashed and still chunky. Specks of black pepper float in the tiny pools of lemon juice between the avocado chunks. A tomato slice sits in the middle of the toast with heaps of arugula piled over.

Perched on top of everything is the main event: The egg.

Perfectly cooked eggs on top of avocado toast. Photo by Elizabeth Hansen

The egg is fried over easy, just so that the white is cooked, and the gooey yolk waits to be freed by a fork and knife. Specks of freshly cracked sea salt and black pepper dot the delicate egg.

And then, it begins. First slowly, with just a drop of yellow peeking through the egg white and then comes more.

And more. And more.

The runny yolk dribbles down the arugula and tomato and spreads its wealth throughout the avocado spread. Soon it reaches the oatmeal, taking it down in a tasty avalanche.

One word comes to mind: Sexy.


As a college student living in a dorm, there is one thing that I miss more than anything: Brunch. Yes, the dining halls offer some sort of stiff, flour-ey scrambled egg, but nothing compares to the smell of a freshly cracked egg sizzling in coconut oil.

Sophomore Kate Beeh has lived in a dorm for two years now, and she can’t wait to live in a place of her own next year. When she returns home to Arizona, she no longer takes for granted having a car and family around. But what she really misses while at school is her own kitchen.

“Cooking in a dorm sucks,” she says. “I mean, the kitchen’s gross, there’s hardly any utensils and the ingredients that MacCracken [Market] sells aren’t that fresh.”

Although it requires a bit more effort and creativity to cook in a dorm, it’s not impossible. Here is a step by step process to make your own tasty brunch in a dorm kitchen.

What you need:

  • Half an avocado
  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 slices of Beefsteak tomatoes
  • 3 lemon slices (or lemon juice)
  • 1 cup of arugula
  • 3 tsps of olive oil
  • 2 tsps of coconut oil (or however much is necessary to thinly coat the pan)
  • Sea salt and black pepper (to taste)

Step 1: Ask the RA to unlock the supply cabinet

Yep, you read that right. They lock up the pots and pans. Why? I don’t know. Maybe they’re afraid of stressed out college students creating their own Hell’s Kitchen scenario. Regardless of the reason, ask and you shall receive.

*Pro tip: Wash the pan before using; college dorms are a grimy place.

Step 2: Mash the avocado

I like to do this one first just because it takes the longest and it’s nice to just plop it once the toast pops and the egg is fried.

How to make toast worthy ‘cado:

  • Mash half an avocado in your dish of choice (I used a red solo cup because that was all I had, so college.)
  • Squeeze one slice of lemon and stir
  • Crack sea salt and black pepper into the mixture to taste
  • Mix again and set aside

Step 3: Toss the arugula

Using a mixing bowl (or whatever plastic dish you have available if you’re deprived of cooking utensils like me), toss the arugula with the olive oil and two squeezed lemons. Add black pepper and sea salt to taste. Set aside.

Step 4: Slice tomatoes

I like to fill the entire piece of bread with a layer of tomato, but depending on the size of your bread and tomato, the amount is up to you. Set aside.

Step 5: Toss the toast in the toaster

This one’s pretty self-explanatory. But just in case you don’t know how to make toast, let me walk you through it:

  • Take two slices of bread out of the bag
  • Put in toaster
  • Push the toaster lever down
  • Wait.

Step 6: Cook the egg

Photo from Pixabay

The fun part! I like to use coconut oil, but any oil works. Once the pan is heated up, crack the two eggs in the pan and flip when the majority of the white is no longer soupy.

Step 7: The assembly

At about the time your eggs are cooked, your toast should (hopefully) be popping. Take the toast out and put them on a plate. Spread the avocado evenly on the two slices. Place the tomato slices on top of the avocado and pile on the arugula.

Next, lifting one egg out at a time out of the pan, place the egg gently on top of the two slices.

Step 8: The Photoshoot

Take your knife and crack the yolk. Take lots of pictures, post them all over social media and make all your friends jealous of your gourmet college brunch.

Avocado toast before tomatoes, arugula and egg. Photo by Christina Hansen
The egg may have been overcooked a bit on this one, but it’s still mighty delicious! Photo by Christina Hansen

Step 9: EAT.

FINALLY! By now your mouth is watering and if you don’t eat it soon, you’re going to be late to that 10 o’clock class.


Edited by Brennen Kauffman


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