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Frugal Finals Food

Today is the last day of classes, finals are coming up very soon, and you know what this means: the time you have to enjoy the luxury of food will be dwindling due to studying. In these trying times, while most may turn to simple choices such as instant noodles or macaroni and cheese, we know that there are creative (see: desperate) chefs out there with… alternative solutions.

So Bwog wants to know: What do you do in these difficult times? Share your best and worst final foods recipes or stories! We’re looking for quick items cramming students can prepare, ideally without having to close a textbook, and that are vaguely “wholesome,” in the most liberal sense of the word. You can share them in the comments or email them to us at, preferably with pictures. Look for a roundup towards the end of the week!

To get us started, Lecture Hop Editor Mark Hay guides us through one of his crudest concoctions, pictured to the right and detailed after the jump.

The Sandwich of Hades


  • Bread
  • Jalapeno pepper slices
  • Special sauce (Thai dragon pepper and habanero)
    • Can be substituted with green pepper sauce or chipotle for a “zip” rather than a “zap”


  1. Spread sauce on bread
  2. Liberally cover with Jalapeno peppers (“if you can still see bread underneath all the peppers … it doesn’t count.”)
  3. Squash together
  4. Enjoy?

Bwog recommends everyone proceed with caution when dealing with this extraordinary amount of spices.

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  • Sweet Potato Fries says:

    @Sweet Potato Fries Ingredients:
    1 sweet potato
    1 pinch paprika
    1 pinch cayenne pepper
    1 pinch salt
    1 tablespoon olive oil

    Preheat oven to 450 F. Wash and slice the sweet potato into thick fry-shaped wedges). Toss with olive oil, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Put on a tin-foil-covered cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes, then take the sheet out and mix the fries around a bit, and bake for another 5-10 minutes. Tin-foil –> basically no clean up.

  • Best finals study food says:

    @Best finals study food Diet Coke and Reese’s Pieces.

  • Men, says:

    @Men, especially, should eat avocados. They are good for your prostate (clinically proven to reduce the risk of prostate cancer) and for getting the good monosaturated fats that your heart needs (proven to lower bad cholesterol, raise the good), plus they are high in fiber (without tasting like it), potassium, and vitamin K (if you are not a big salad/green vegetable person, you could use that). Toast two slices of multi-grain bread, while its toasting cut up the avocado, which you will then spread all over those toasted slices. Add just a bit of sea salt. Maybe even some hot pepper flakes which you can discreetly steal from numerous places nearby. Fast, delicious, filling, healthy, and really not expensive. Perhaps you say, oh aren’t avocados so calorific? They are not that calorific (they only seem so when compared to other fruits) and, again, this is quite filling. Perhaps you say, can I just buy guacamole? No, like most horribly addictive substances, prepared guacamole is often cut with nasty things. Since this post already sounds a bit hippy-dippy (like it was written by someone who’s appeared on the cover of a Kashi Good Friends cereal box ), why don’t I just hit it out of the park and also note that from the pit you can so damn easily make an avocado plant (yes, really second grade, kindergarten if you went to private school; no, it won’t bear fruit up here, but it’s a pretty plant–and only terrorists hate pretty plants) to keep you company when you are lonely and cruising the internet, alone and prone to posting way too long comments that won’t impact anyone. Thank you, dearest avocado plant, dearest friend.

    1. wow says:

      @wow you must have a paper to write or something

  • Lili says:

    @Lili Gu’s food calendar.

  • I think says:

    @I think This sandwich would give me hot and frothy diarrhea that would send me running to the Butler toilets every ten minutes or so, completely impeding my study sessions

  • A Non-Ymous says:

    @A Non-Ymous a) best brats–>buy brats. poke holes in them. soak them overnight in a large roasting pan filled with beer (e.g. bud, or whatevers cheap). broil in the roasting pan still filled with beer on a grill. then take them out and grill to taste. and you have grilled, broiled, beer-basted brats. yes.

    b) lake burger–> buy ground chuck. mix in a pinch of worchester sauce, chopped onion, chopped chedder cheese, lots of salt and pepper. mould into patty. grill patty. put (more) cheese on burger. yes.

    1. A Non-Ymous says:

      @A Non-Ymous i forget egg. egg goes into the patty mix first. its the cohesion agent.

  • Eliza says:

    @Eliza Easy, tigers; we’ll be posting one senior wisdom a day from now on. On days when we publish campus characters, we won’t post a senior wisdom. There’s only one more campus character. Expect senior wisdoms daily from now until after finals.


    @SENIOR WISDOM i guess they only did one this year.

  • Surfin' UWS says:

    @Surfin' UWS Now that wouldn’t be very eclectic and unique, would it?

    Hell, it might not even make it on the bwogs!

  • what's up says:

    @what's up with posting only ONE senior wisdom and then nothing more?

  • what ever happened says:

    @what ever happened …to milk and cereal?

  • Egg drop Ramen says:

    @Egg drop Ramen Ingredients:
    – 1 egg
    – 1 pack ramen (chicken is best)
    – 2 cups water
    – salt, soy sauce to taste

    1) Make ramen
    2) beat egg in bowl
    3) when you throw in the flavor packet, turn off the stove and slowly pour in the beaten egg, stirring consistently.
    4) add salt/soy sauce if you want.

  • ummm says:

    @ummm did bwog just get like AND dislike buttons?!?!?! HOLY SHIT!!!!! I’m so excited!!!

    1. Hans says:

      @Hans Please vote responsibly.

      1. Puff Daddy says:

        @Puff Daddy VOTE OR DIE

    1. agreed says:

      @agreed making a pb&j while listening to the peanut butter jelly time song is a necessity.

  • Beans on toast 2 says:

    @Beans on toast 2 best food ever. no need to eat anything else

    1. ... says:

      @... agree!

      although i like the variation of vegetarian chili on sourdough toast with a bit of cheddar mixed in…

  • Uh... says:

    @Uh... I think you’d spend more time on the toilet, regretfully pooping out that jalapeno/thai hot sauce sandwich, especially since the 2 slices of sandwich bread has very little fiber. But hey, it’s still better than (or comparable to) sitting next to some one of you in Butler.

  • Beans on Toast says:

    @Beans on Toast For real.

  • seriously says:

    @seriously it takes the same amount of time and costs roughly the same amount of money to make a normal sandwich with some semblance of nutritional value

    if you like eating jalepenos and bread, fine, but don’t try to justify your perverse tastes as being a necessary evil during finals week

  • hungry says:

    @hungry My drunken semester in Ireland taught me many things. If you can find flavored potato chips (UK import aisle?), get a bag of the chicken-flavored ones. Make a sandwich out of the chips with a good dollop of mayonnaise. It’s like the most delicious, crunchy chicken sandwich ever. Or buy a can of Heinz baked beans, heat in microwave, and serve on toast (or just plain bread if you’re desperate). Delicious. Life changing.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous beans on toast seconded…and yes, it is best with Heinz beans. add scrambled eggs if you have 5-7 minutes to spare.

  • hmmm says:

    @hmmm am i the only person whose mouth immediately watered upon seeing the photo? i’m a whore for jalapenos.

    1. nahhhhh says:

      @nahhhhh i started scrounging the fridge for jalapenos…then remembered that students have no money.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous screw you for making such offensive comments about a girl you a) don’t know and b) expect to be a size 2 to please your conception of attractiveness. also, let’s do a quick cost comparison: jalapeno sandwich vs. chipotle burrito. agreed that there are less revolting ways to eat cheaply, but you are being a sexist, presumptuous asshole

    1. UFC says:

      @UFC Haha…this is exactly the kind of fat chick we’re talking about.

      Hey fattie, go lick that peanut butter from your face.

      1. Hah: says:

        @Hah: I’m a girl, and I approve of this comment. I LOL’d.

    2. 420raider says:

      @420raider LOL so which fat girl are we talking about here?

    3. guy says:

      @guy “and expect to be a size 2 to please your conception of attractiveness.” Dudes got no idea what a size 2 is. That whole system doesn’t make any sense anyway – like isn’t there a size 16 that could fit reasonably sized people, but really it should be eight times the size of a size 2, at least by volume, twice the size in every dimension. Size 16 women should be like ten feet tall.

      But for real it’s women and a smaller proportion of particularly horrible stylish men who fuel this whole thing.

      For the rest of us, just don’t have folds of fat hangin off ye it ain’t good for health anyway.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I make these kinds of sandwiches all the time. They’re cheap, convenient, and sometimes delicious. I have no idea why some of the posters above are complaining…these are pretty good, helpful recipes

  • two words says:

    @two words sabra hummus. an entire tub. solid choice at 3 am, washed down by starbucks doubleshot.

    and the recaptcha: become posisoned.

    1. YES says:

      @YES this comment is full of win. Hummus with Stacy’s Pita Chips and coffee are my finals go-to. You and I should be studious together.

      1. alas says:

        @alas graduated May ’09. maybe in law school?

  • Surfin' UWS says:

    @Surfin' UWS Oh for God’s sake; the drama.

    We’re surrounded by no less than 27 restaurants, at least 14 of which deliver to your door. Anyone who pretends to eat virtually nothing during finals is clearly putting on a show.

    “Oh dear- My studies are so strenuous that I simply must make a jalapeno sandwich and send pictures of it to BWOG. Aren’t I studious?” You’re full of soft-serve crap, you goddamn poser.

    Now that chubby chick with the overcooked muffin top spilling over her sweats and the faint aroma of Chipotle chips; she knows true stress.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous douche

      1. he may says:

        @he may be offensive, but he’s right.

        this and staying in butler are so overdone and not needed. it’s all just people who want attention or feel like it’s a college experience.

        sorry, but i’d rather sleep than cram.

        1. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous douche nozzle

    2. poor college student says:

      @poor college student dude, not everyone can afford to order from these so-called 27 restaurants everyday. If I had a goddamn job, I probably would, but not now. I’ll stick to my meal plan and ramen, thank you.

    3. Amen says:

      @Amen Such people are of the same ilk as those who spend the night walking around Butler, telling everyone they know, “OMG, I have sooooo much work to do, it’s unbelievable!” After a few hours of this, they return to their seat and promptly update their Facebook status: “OMGGGG, all-nighterrrrr, distractions welcome!!!”

      News Flash: We are not impressed.

    4. 420raider says:

      @420raider like

    5. lol says:

      @lol LOL stfu brat

      most restaurants charge 10$ for a meal/delivery has a 10$ minimum charge. plus tax and tip, and thats about 10-15$ per meal, or 20-30$ a day. not everyone can afford that

  • BC '13 says:

    @BC '13 Give the man some credit: that sandwich is bound to keep you buzzed for at least an hour. Good, albeit grody, study weapon.

  • poor college student says:

    @poor college student I had two-day old chicken and rice. Ketchup and ramen is muy bueno. btw, that Jalapeno sandwich looks horrifying.

    1. AGH says:

      @AGH YOU TOO?




      recaptcha: stigma offensive <–seriously guys stooooop nooooo

      1. Cheese: says:

        @Cheese: add it to create some extra noms

  • Mmmm.... says:

    @Mmmm.... Ramen with BBQ sauce and salt. Instant coffee – french vanilla creamer, lots of sugar. Adrenaline.

    1. what says:

      @what Who are you, and why have you done this horrible thing to my delicate constitution?

  • Stephen D'Alessio says:

    @Stephen D'Alessio half toast an english muffin in your toaster oven. take it out and put your favorite tomato sauce on and slices of cheese. slide back in until you have two bubbling pizzas. add anchovies, ham or pineapple chunks if you’re frisky.

    1. Ummm says:

      @Ummm I’m pretty sure anyone eating anchovies will not be getting frisky

    2. a slice says:

      @a slice of fresh tomato instead of the sauce makes this so, so much better imho.

  • WTF? says:

    @WTF? That… thing pictured is horrifying.

    Suggestion: dress up the traditional mac and cheese with Gruyere cheese and truffle oil.

    1. truffle oil says:

      @truffle oil is for tools. piles of shaved black truffle or bust

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous HAHAHA. WIN. only at columbia people.

    2. Yup says:

      @Yup Mac and cheese with the Amish man at the Greenmarket’s cheddar, and truffle oil. Kept me sane last finals.

  • Suggestion says:

    @Suggestion Go fire up the grill, slap on some pork chops, barbecue sauce, pineapple and brown sugar. Beer-can chicken, asparagus with brown butter caper dressing, watermelon and chili salt. Vanilla ice cream with caramel.

    1. lol yeah... says:

      @lol yeah... nbd I’ll do that in my spare time between the first final at 12 and the second at 4…

      1. you says:

        @you have to have priorities in life

    2. ew says:

      @ew that sounds disgusting. brown butter caper dressing? on asparagus? wtf? beer can chicken? nasty

      1. Your knowledge of food says:

        @Your knowledge of food is embarrassingly poor @ew.

        Have you ever had beer can chicken? I’m pretty sure you fail at life.



        Asparagus meuniere is pretty common, so why not add capers for a bit of salt, some brine.

        1. wow says:

          @wow just because someone has different tastes than you doesn’t mean their “knowledge of food is embarrassingly poor”

          in fact, i’d say anyone who quotes FOOD NETWORK recipes has a poor knowledge of food. and is a tool. :D

  • bwog says:

    @bwog that’s fucking disgusting.

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