Living without a fridge. As a vegetarian. In Paris. Also, how to find fermentation starters...
For the next two and a half months, I'm living in a chabre d'etudients at Paris-Sud university. We have a shared, fridge-less kitchen area with just a stove top and a microwave and a spot to do some dishes. Being a vegetarian in Paris already makes me feel like some kind of Jainist
monk, going without a fridge and having only a minimal (and pretty dirty) kitchen area just makes it worse.
(I think a lot of the other students just eat at the university cafeterias, but these are very spotty for me since the vegetarian options consist mainly of MASSIVE QUANTITIES OF CHEESE piled onto a bit of bread. And I love cheese and all, but there's something nice about a varied diet. Like not feeling like my intestines are going to explode every three days. It also seems that the existence of these cafeterias has destroyed the market for prepared food in the area, so there don't seem to be any decent cheap restaurants in the area.)
Question 1: Any suggestions for good and nourishing foods requiring a minimum of preparation and no refridgeration?
Question 2: Can rice-milk survive without a fridge for more than a couple days? I was trying soy milk, but this morning went to pour some on my musli and found it had turned into a block.
So I want to get a bunch of short-term fermentation projects going, including kefir. (If you ferment your milk, it will not rot.) Unfortunately, I haven't a clue as to where to find kefir grains in Paris, as I don't speak much French at all. (I've emailed the French people on the international kefir grain exchange site, but to no avail.)
Question 3: Where can I find kefir grains (or other interesting fermentation starters) in Paris?