Spicy bean and cheese wraps

Honestly, a decent packed lunch is what gets me through long days of studying. As much as I love a Tesco meal deal, it's a lot cheaper (and nicer) to make your own lunch. This recipe is pretty quick and easy and involves no cooking and very little washing up - yay! If you'd like … Continue reading Spicy bean and cheese wraps

Butter bean, squash and tomato salad

I'm a big fan of packed lunches you only have to make once. I'll make a salad like this one on a Sunday night and not have to think about making a packed lunch for the next 5 days - dreamy! There's a nice combination of summer and autumn in this recipe too - fresh … Continue reading Butter bean, squash and tomato salad

Library Lunches

Recently I've been really enjoying making tasty lunches to take to the library. It makes such a difference to my lunch break (and my finances...) when I have a delicious pasta salad or homemade soup to look forward to, instead of heading to the nearest Pret. These recipes are easy to make in batches for … Continue reading Library Lunches

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Orzo Pasta with Feta

Sometimes there's nothing better than a big bowl of pasta after a long day. As a student, however, eating pasta and tomato sauce day after day can get a little bit dull. Orzo pasta is great for making a more interesting, but comfortingly familiar, dinner. Its a little bit like risotto rice ( orzo means … Continue reading Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Orzo Pasta with Feta

Ratatouille

It's March! Spring is finally starting to arrive, and with it the return of delicious courgettes to the supermarket shelves. This simple ratatouille makes the most of this summery veg, and only takes half an hour. Its a perfect simple supper, you can use whatever leftover veg you have in the fridge, if you like, … Continue reading Ratatouille

Nectarine, Blueberry and Mascarpone Pancakes

It's nearly pancake day! I really enjoy pancake day, its a nice way to brighten up a gloomy February and use up a few things lying around in your cupboards. These pancakes are a departure from my usual crepe style pancake with lemon and sugar, but they are delicious, colourful and good fun to make. … Continue reading Nectarine, Blueberry and Mascarpone Pancakes

Ras el Hanout Roasted Cauliflower and Cous Cous Salad

This month I've been particularly enjoying cooking with cauliflower, it's meaty in texture and really versatile. Back in July whilst on my River Cottage veg course I made some pan fried muergez cauliflower that I absolutely loved, but since then I've somewhat neglected this tasty veg in favour of pumpkins, squash and courgettes. However, I've … Continue reading Ras el Hanout Roasted Cauliflower and Cous Cous Salad

Dinner Parties and Cooking for Friends: Tips for Students

I absolutely love cooking for my friends and family, there's nothing quite like sitting down to a tasty meal with plenty to drink and some  of your favourite people around you. Cooking for others is such a satisfying and enjoyable thing to do, one that your friends too will appreciate (I hope) and may even … Continue reading Dinner Parties and Cooking for Friends: Tips for Students

Lemon, Basil and Courgette Tagliatelle

This recipe is really quick and easy, perfect for a midweek dinner. I love the courgette and lemon combination, although you may have trouble getting the courgettes needed for this recipe due to the Spanish vegetable crisis! This is also a really easy recipe to make for one, a whole courgette seems like a lot … Continue reading Lemon, Basil and Courgette Tagliatelle

Cheddar and Leek Risotto

Risotto is a lovely, comforting dish to cook in colder months. This one is a little bit 'Nigel Slater' inspired, using mostly traditionally British ingredients such as onions, leeks, cheddar and chives for a lovely creamy risotto. You can use the basic recipe of butter, oil, rice, celery, onion and cheese as a base for … Continue reading Cheddar and Leek Risotto