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Living with allergies at university

  The title of this blog post won’t come as a surprise to anybody who knows me in real life, as sadly/humorously my defining character trait is ‘nut allergy’. Countless times over the years, when asked to give an unusual fact about myself, I’ve gone with the line ‘I’m allergic to everything’, which isn’t quite …

Easy Vegetarian Recipes

ROASTED VEGETABLES Any veg of your choice (I used onion, pepper, carrots and broccoli) METHOD Cover a tray with oil and place on the veg evenly before covering with more oil and seasoning with oregano (or any herb). Cook for 45-55 minutes at 180C (fan oven) or 200C (electric). CURRY (Serves 4) Oil (I used …

University: Expectations vs Reality

COOKING – Expectation: despite having no culinary experience, you will be quite the magician in the kitchen. Lasagne? Pips. Soufflé? Easy. A flame grilled chicken breast in a garlic crumb coating, accompanied by homemade Cajun sweet potato fries and a lemon zested guacamole relish? Completed it, mate. Everything you touch will turn into something worthy …

The Quest: Making Brown Rice Interesting

Since being at uni, I can imagine that for the majority of us, myself included, found it quite a shock at first, when we realised just how independent we needed to be. For me, cooking and just food in general was one of the most difficult ‘independent things’ I had to do. it seems simple; …

The Student Dinner Party (is the best kind of dinner party)

When living with over-30s, dinner parties are often a melodramatic affair involving stuffing all mess out of sight, pretending to be an accomplished chef and acting generally grown-up and suave. The student dinner party, however, is a completely different ball-game. Embrace the clutter, don the apron without expectation, and enjoy an evening of unashamed eating …

Full Fat

In the past fifteen minutes a terrible event has occurred. A moment of such heartache that the world has stopped turning and the very saints have fallen into heavy, ill-advised and yet unavoidable sobs. Matthew Stephen Boucher of 78 Rothesay Avenue has just finished baking an apple pie, and he has run out of cream. …

The Food Diaries (Part II)

I think I had a little too much fun last week with all the celebrations going on.. It was my friend’s birthday on Monday, then my flatmate’s birthday on Tuesday and then Valentine’s Day on Friday. There was some drinking involved, but the worst BEST part of it was all the food. Mostly dessert. There were …

The Food Diaries

WARNING: This post may make you hungry. So I’ve been living off my own cooking  for a little over 3 weeks now. I have to say, I am amazed that I got this far. Before I moved into self-catered accommodation the only food I knew how to “cook” was microwaveable. Think pot noodles, Cup a …

Bristol Times

Hello everyone! I hope you are all enjoying being exam-free (anyone with exams left…stay strong), I am and I have been trying to make the most of being home. This week I went to a friends house and had takeaway and played games. We also watched League of Gentleman which is so wrong but so …

Bare Grills

For many, cooking for themselves is a scary prospect. But it needn’t be! It’s not like you have to rear your own cattle, grow your own vegetables, and make your own pasta. You don’t need to enter the kitchen looking like this: Nor do you need to spend hours each evening making an extravagant meal. …