Microtrek (my’ kro trek) – n. Any nervous trip to the microwave oven to make sure the food hasn’t incinerated.
Summer vacation means the kids are home, and with that comes lots of simple cooking and microwaved meals. That also means many kids making microtreks to the kitchen to make sure their ramen, mac n cheese, sandwiches, and whatever else takes less than 5 minutes to cook hasn’t turned into nuclear waste. It isn’t only kids that tend to make microtreks, but nervous teens, college students, and some singles who just don’t want to deal with real cooking. It is a shame when we can’t take the time to learn such basic things as making old-fashioned meals in creative new ways, but that seems to be a trend that won’t be going away. Microtrekking is here to stay, so just be careful of what you might put in that machine. To some, it is merely something to heat water for instant coffee and make popcorn, and to others, it is a way of life, and they most likely will not even touch an oven or range if they can help it. Sometimes those old ways might seem hot and dangerous, but they are worth the results in the efforts one takes in using them correctly, and there are no microtreks involved.