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5 Things you Should Know About Living in a Student House

It Gets Messy Real Quick Living in halls means that you become immune to mess. Although living in a house may not be as messy as living in student halls, it certainly makes you more aware of the mess that is there. Indeed, gone are the days of weekly cleaning visits, for now you are …

A Fool’s Experience of Self Catering

‘Dangerous’ would be the chief adjective I’d use in describing my harrowing entry into the realm of self catering. My body has rejected two separate meals that I have concocted in the space of a fortnight – a statistic that even I, in all my culinary incompetence, could never have foreseen. Upon my mother’s insistence, …

5 Things you Should Know About Living in Self-Catered Accommodation

You Probably Won’t Set Fire to the Kitchen When I started university, I was certain that I was going to set fire to the kitchen and burn the whole block down. Despite not being a bad cook, irrationally I believed that in a moment of lost concentration that I would turn away from the oven, …

Baby Steps: Cooking for One

In keeping with this series, today I’ll be talking about my journey towards achieving peak ‘Master-chef’ status. Before moving to university, I rarely cooked for myself, let alone anyone else. When I did, it was to make my “signature” wrap which took about 15 minutes and honestly, tasted like a soggy £3 post night-out mess. …

Cake for everyone!

I live with an odd bunch of people. One housemate is vegan, another is dairy intolerant and then there’s me with a nut allergy and a whole host of other things. It makes cooking together a challenge. I love baking though, and it’s even better if it’s inclusive of everyone’s requirements. So here’s two recipes …

How to Host a Student Christmas Dinner

One of my favourite things about Christmas is the food, so I love arranging big festive meals with my friends. It’s a little more challenging to cook a big roast in a student kitchen than at home, but the challenge makes it more fun! Here’s my guide on how to hold the best student Christmas …

Two Easy Student ‘Recipes’

A reoccurring theme in my most frequently cooked meals is that they don’t involve specific ingredients or measurements. That’s because I hate cooking from recipes.  I prefer just to assess what I have in or what I’m in the mood for and then just chuck it all in the pan. I buy a lot of …

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 …