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    Monday, 5 September 2016

    MY TIPS FOR STUDENTS COOKING AT UNI [GIVEAWAY CLOSED]

    It was eight years ago this week that I headed off to Bournemouth for University...which makes me feel VERY old thinking about.

    I decided to clear the cobwebs from my memory and put together my tips for cooking, eating and generally surviving in the kitchen when you're at uni.
    DITCH THE BIG CHAINS AND SHOP LOCAL
    In the first week of university, I headed to the nearest Waitrose for my first shop. How naive was I. Instead of going to the nearest supermarket, try going to your local green grocer to stock up on fresh vegetables - you'll be able to pick up a whole bag full of veggies at a quarter of the price you'll pay at the supermarket. I was lucky to live right next to a weekly farmers market in Bournemouth so it's worth investigating if you have one near you as this is another great place to pick up fresh produce at a much cheaper charge!

    INVEST IN DECENT COOKING EQUIPMENT
    It's worth investing in some decent kit which will see you through your three year stint. A reputable cookware shop such as Steamer Trading is a good place to start. You don't need to go mad and start buying KitchenAids (chances are someone will break it) but having the right tools will set you up nicely for your time ahead.

    COOK WITH YOUR HOUSEMATES
    Some of my best memories at uni revolve around being in the kitchen with my house-mates. Take it in turns to cook for each other, you'll pick up tips from the people you're living with and it's also a great way to experiment with cooking - better still if you're with people from other countries and cultures. I still have my Canadian housemates to thank for introducing me to Poutine!

    ARM YOURSELF WITH SOME BASIC SKILLS BEFORE YOU GO
    No-one is expecting you to rock up to your halls and start roasting beef joints and baking souffles but having some basic kitchen skills under your belt before you arrive is beneficial. Spend some time in the kitchen with your parents before you go (quality time as you won't be seeing them for a while) and learn how to chop garlic and onions, boil eggs and grill chicken. These are invaluable skills when it comes to cooking for yourself for the first time.
    STOCK UP ON SPICES
    One can never have too many spices. The majority of the dishes we made at uni, we stumbled upon by accident by throwing a load of spices into a saucepan with a tin of chopped tomatoes and whatever meat we had going. Cupboard staples for me are chilli flakes which will liven up any dish but other essentials include basil, paprika and cumin.

    AVOID THE TEMPTATION TO OVER-INDULGE
    I found out the hard way that a life of excess at uni has it's downsides for your waist-line. It's all too easy to be tempted by late night takeaways and monster blow out meals using ALL THE CHEESE and carbs but do try and eat in moderation.

    You will have a lot of free time so sign up to the local gym and make sure your not just lounging around watching Netflix all day. As I said before veggies can be picked up fairly cheap at your green grocers so stock up and batch cook soups or stews so you're getting those nutrients into your body!

    JUST ENJOY YOURSELF
    The most important tips of all! Your time at uni goes SO quickly so remember to enjoy it. You'll never have as much free time again so make the most of it, put in the hard work you need (the whole reason your there) and have fun!

    IF you're looking to kit out your kitchen for the first time, here's a snap-shot of the essentials you might need:
    (L-R) Spiralizer, Sandwich Maker, Crockery Set, Zyliss Knife Set, WokPasta BowlWater Infusion Bottle, MugSmoothie Maker, Popcorn Maker

    I have a lovely set of products from Steamer Trading to pass on to you my lovely readers, perfect for a student heading to uni or anyone who enjoys spending time in the kitchen. You'll win a new wok, popcorn maker, spiralizer and water infusion bottle. To enter simply fill in the Rafflecopter details below:
    a Rafflecopter giveaway
    *This was post was written in collaboration with Steamer Trading
    Giveaway hosted on U,Me and The Kids,  The Prize Finder


    9 comments:

    1. These gadgets would have been amazing at Uni! :)

      CLARE Munden

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    2. A really useful set to have .
      Fingers crossed x

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    3. A really useful set to have .
      Fingers crossed x

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    4. How perfect is this set up is this for a student! The popcorn maker will go nicely with nights in with Netflix!

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    5. Great post! Some really good tips there for anyone starting uni :) I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and would love to win these fab goodies, fingers crossed x

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    6. Great prizes, all things anyone would love in their kitchen!

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    7. Fab set which would help out in my new flat. I currently have nothing!

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    8. This would give my kitchen the upgrade it desperately needs. Fingers crossed

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