Cooking as a Student

Students have this bad reputation of being terrible cooks and living off tins of beans. Whilst I love beans and ready meals as much as the next person, I’d also consider myself as a student who loves to cook. The stereotype of students living off beans comes from two places: Firstly, beans are quick/easy and students are busy/lazy and secondly because beans are cheap and students have to learn to live economically. I always try to find time to cook and also consider myself a bit of a bargain hunter. I also often cook with other people to keep costs down. Below are my meals over the past few days:

Vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognese 

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Pretty quick to cook once you’ve got the hang of it. I also always cook a few portions, so that I don’t have to cook for the next few days!

Veggie Korma and Homemade Naan Bread

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My first attempt at making naan! This took quite a while, but was really nice and there was leftovers for the next night.

Pizza

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I really enjoy making pizza and it’s a quick (although not particularly healthy) option.

Kale Chips

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Kale chips are my new favourite healthy snack! I simply cut up kale, put it on a tray, brush it with oil and then season with salt, paprika and chili. Then I stick it in the oven for seven minutes and it’s perfect and crispy!

Oreo Cheesecake 

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After deciding that the amount that I spend on cheesecake was just too high I thought that I better take matters into my own hands. Cue lots of oreo-eating. I did eventually make this though, and it couldn’t have turned out better.

So, who said that students don’t cook?

Being a self-catered student.

One thing that’s been new for me this year is making my own meals for myself.Last year I had my mid-day and evening meals made for me by the Edge Hill University catering staff (I did my own thing at breakfast time), but this year all of my daily meals have been down to me and it’s something I’ve enjoyed getting used to. Some of the things I like to cook for myself (and have gotten good at) include

  • Chili Con Carnie
  • Spaghetti Bolognaise (although I tend to serve it with penne pasta rather than spaghetti)
  • Jacket potato
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Poached Eggs
  • Spicy tomato chicken (this is a recipe I’ve modified from a cook book I own)
  • Stir Fry (something I started learning to cook before the Easter break)

Whilst it can be tempting and easier to opt for takeaways and/or ready meals, it is far healthier for me to do my own thing and this is a skill which will be useful throughout the rest of my life. If anyone would like any cooking tips or recipes then feel free to comment below 🙂