Sunday, 17 September 2017

Hangover Cures & Easy Foodie Ideas


If you're already a student or a fresher then you'll already know that hangovers from freshers week or ANY night out at uni are from absolute hell and there is no point trying to glorify it and make it easy as it ain't. I always want super good tasting food when hungover but never have the effort to try put anything together that's quick and easy and ordering takeaway costs TOO much. However, my aim recently has been to try experiment and find the best cheap quick and easy recipes and foods to get rid of those hangover blues.


Brunch with BAE!

The reinvented BLT toastie... bacon, avocado egg sandwich. Super quick and even better when it's tasty and I guess you could say healthy too.

To make two sandwiches: 
4 slices thick cut bacon
oil, or butter for the pan
4 eggs, lightly whisked
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 slice American cheese
2 brioche buns
1 avocado, slightly mashed

Cook the bacon to your liking over medium heat. Drain on paper towels, wipe down the pan and lightly toast your bun in the slight residual bacon fat. Lightly beat the eggs with salt and pepper and add to the pan, swirling so the entirety of the pan is covered. When most of the egg is cooked, add a slice of American cheese in the middle and fold into a square.

Scoop up the cheesy egg square and place on the toasted bun, topped with bacon and smashed avocado. Season with salt and pepper if desired, squish together and enjoy immediately. This one is pretty self-explanatory and you can take things out like the bacon and substitute it with sundried tomatoes or whatever takes your fancy.

Hangover-busting dinner!

Forget ordering some greasy dish from your local Chinese, gather a few fridge essentials and... whip up creamy tomato chicken pasta bake, mmmm!

A meal for two:
Fusilli or penne pasta
1 breast of chicken
Chopped up fresh tomato 
Half a diced onion
Salt and pepper for that added extra taste
Lotsa cheese
A jar of pasta bake sauce 

Fry the cut up chicken in a frying pan and then drain off on paper towel. Add the diced onion and chopped tomatoes to the frying pan and cook that off in the excess oil from the chicken. In a separate pan boil the pasta with salt and pepper until its cooked and no longer al dente. 

In an oven-proof dish add the pasta, chicken, onion and tomatoes to the pasta sauce and add a sprinkling of cheese on top and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and melted. Again another simple yet quick recipe which is healthy but will cure those hangover cravings!

Both these recipes are simple and taste so delicious when you're hungover and in serious need of a pick-me-up feel-good foodie feeling. If you do want to see more recipes like these make sure to comment below and share for more!!

(images via Pinterest)


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

A Guide to Surviving Freshers Week


Freshers week can come across like a scary time when you've got to make friends whilst learning to live on your own. But it is also essential to work out how many J├Ągerbombs you can buy on a shoestring budget, work out the best night clubs to the challenge of learning how to book a taxi for a group of 10 without it cancelling on you, freshers' week is the start of a steep learning curve. I have come up with some tips to help you survive...

There’s a lot laid on for you during freshers and the weeks following, don’t waste it and enjoy the fresher's experience!

Be yourself:
Best way to break the ice with new friends is telling stories about your life, but try to stick to what's actually true (or this will come back to bite you). Plus, it's never a good idea to try to reinvent yourself at uni; people see straight through it and you'll feel much more comfortable if you aren't trying to be someone you're not. 

Students' Unions and events:
Your uni will offer SOOOo many different nights to suit everyone's tastes, you'll get info packs from your student union about freshers the week before you arrive or make sure you check out their website. For the most reliable ticket for events make sure you buy them early from the students' union to avoid the disappointment of it being a fake event. 

Have fun and don't worry:
It is evident everyone is going to be a little nervous about going out- it can be a scary time for any fresher in a new city but as long as you all stick together it's MUCH better to be in trust company than being on your own.

Stay responsible:
I don't want to sound like your mum but let's be real here, there’s a fair deal of ‘experimentation’ going on at university but make sure you know what you’re getting involved in? If in doubt, steer well clear.

Don't be that person:
Getting so drunk that you end up getting kicked out of the club from being sick all over yourself will haunt you, so just don't overdo it. And just give yourself a chance to get to know people first, before jumping ahead into any relationships that could ruin friendships by making it EXTREMELY awkward between you and them.
Finally, do remember that freshers' week isn't your average week at university – you are likely to feel a bit broken, poor and full of freshers flu afterwards, but you'll get back on track.... eventually!

Friday, 8 September 2017

SOS: Living On A Student Budget


No doubt this will hopefully be a saviour to anyone needing budgeting tips and bringing back down to reality about living and coping on a student budget. Here's the obvious... Student life= tight budget, we all get it.

Those who don't go to uni and think we can manage on just our student maintenance loan are well and truly wrong. And even I was in that mindset before I moved away as trust me when you're initially set off to uni whilst money is certainly not a priority. Personally, my brain was more focused that I was about to go move to a city, and into a building with hundreds of people I'd never met. It soon hit me I needed to get my spending under control (I love shopping what can I say)but once I did, I noticed a huge decrease unnecessary stress.

I'd decided that in the first year I needed to settle into a new city, make friends and focus on my studies and the last thing I wanted was to be stressing about a new job. I figured I could survive off of my student loan and savings... Which I successfully managed on a budget, however, the second year is here and I am already job hunting and applying to help see me through the year and means I can save for little luxuries and even the odd festival or holiday.

If I had advice for any first year it's to not blow all your money in freshers and actually attempt to budget, it may be difficult but it all pays off when you're not maxing out your overdraft or begging parents for money for food. 

These are the things that helped me get on track with money and will hopefully help you all too:

Set a budget and be strict. Find out what works for you- work out how much you'll get each semester and then how many weeks it has to last. Many have two accounts and transfer the weekly amount each Monday and then once that money was gone that week, it was gone. Always have an emergency stash you can access for spontaneous adventures or purchases, but try and keep as close to your budget as possible.

Cook at home! Which means not being able to order takeaways or eating out because it is easier and you don't have to make any effort cooking or doing the dishes. BUT it gets expensive. Find fun recipes and try new things at home. The worst is when you're hungover and all you want is a Dominos but your bank account just won't let you - I am doing a cook/foodie uni post soon so keep your eyes peeled!

Use coupons and discount cards! There are so many student-friendly deals, take advantage of them (ahem, the NUS card or Unidays). Trust me 10% off here, 25% off there- makes all the savings add up! If you're anywhere and you're unsure if they do student discount just ask and always carry your uni ID as you never know when that can get you 10% off in TopShop when you fall in love with a cute top or pair of heels you can't resist. 

Use your what your uni has to offer. Most universities or colleges offer things like cheaper gym memberships, societies, fun activities and discounts on various night club deals or restaurants. These can dramatically cut your costs- take all the free/ discounted stuff you can!

Sharing is caring! For myself, I know this is a common thing but make the most of your flat mates if they have a similar style. Say you want to borrow a dress of theirs for a night out or date you've got coming up. Simply trade off, do swaps and share clothes plus no one needs to know it was your best gal friend from your flat who's skirt or fur coat you're wearing.

I know this was very detailed and you may be wanting to pull your eyes out of their sockets or it may have helped either way. I love uni and whilst I would love a lot more money, I really wouldn't change it for anything. I guess they say it is all about the experience.

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