You’ve just moved to university, and away from the joy that was your mum’s cooking. You thought you’d be fine on your own, but it’s a matter of days – maybe hours – before you find yourself looking into an empty cupboard and contemplating whether dry rice and a flapjack is an acceptable meal. First of all, it isn’t. Second of all, put down the takeaway menu and take a look at these great websites for the best advice on how to cook as a student:
Are you one of those people who likes taking pictures of a really great meal? So are the people behind cooklet.com. This little site is just like looking at your friends’ Instagram, but instead of just salivating over their many pictures of massive roast beef dinners and overly complicated cupcakes, here you can click on the picture to find out how the photographer actually made such a gloriously photogenic dish. You can also network with other cooks and, if you’re feeling confident, you can share your own recipes. Just remember to actually eat the food when you’re done with the photo-shoot.
2. BBC Good Food Student recipes
The BBC are looking out for student welfare with their collection of ‘cheap and cheerful’ student recipes, and the site is full of classics from chicken curry to Margherita pizza. Like your mum calling to just make sure that you’re eating well, each recipe comes with nutritional advice, so you can make sure you’re getting all your vitamins.
Taking time out from school dinners and restaurant chains, Jamie Oliver turns his attention to the kitchen novice; that is those of us who barely own a wooden spoon, let alone a processor or a griddle pan. Recipes on the site are handily ordered by level of experience, starting with absolute beginners, to let you ease your way into the world of cookery. It even has instructions on the very basics, like how to cook rice, so you never have to make that shameful phone call home to admit that you don’t really know how to boil water in a pan.
Inviting a date round for dinner at a student flat comes with a whole variety of hurdles, but if your love interest can get over the dirty dishes you will be able to cook up a storm with the help of this website. Some of the recipes on here might involve a little more expense and a lot more effort, but for the nights when you’ve got someone to impress, this queen of the kitchen is your best bet.
Providing for yourself and becoming self-reliant is a hugely rewarding part of your time at university and at Enterprise, we look for students with the motivation to learn new skills and take on new challenges. If you think that might be you, look at how Enterprise careers can help you build skills for the future.