Going to university can be quite a daunting thought, particularly if you are moving away from home for the first time. If you’re like me – a food lover, but your friends don’t call you Jamie Oliver – you may be especially worried. Here are some tips to make sure you don’t starve or poison yourself.
Make the most of your time at home before you leave for university. Get the recipes for those dishes that you’re really going to miss when you’re away! Mum’s roast dinner, Nan’s apple pie, or Uncle John’s homemade stew.
It’s also important that you make sure you understand the basic nutritional requirements for a healthy, balanced diet. It is common for students to become ill in the first few months they move away because they don’t include enough of the right nutrients in their diet.
This is crucial. Try out some recipes at home so you can be confident in the kitchen, even if it is only with a handful of dishes. Practise cooking some basic meals under the supervision of someone with a lot of patience, maybe a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle. Your friends and family shouldn’t mind sitting through a few tasteless, over/undercooked meals!
Learn to cook in bulk
It is so much easier and cheaper to cook in bulk. For example, go and buy all the ingredients to make a Bolognese sauce for four people. Even if it is just you eating, you can serve it with pasta for one meal, have it on a jacket potato the next day, and the other two portions can be stored in the freezer for those days when you haven’t got the time or energy to cook.
Take it in turns
It really is a lot less hassle to take it in turns to cook in your flat/house. Although it may sound a bit daunting (especially if you are the type of person that classes ‘making toast’ as cooking) it will get easier in time. Think of it like this… If you are cooking dinner on Monday evening for you and your 4 flatmates – you haven’t got to cook dinner again until Saturday!
Try not to think of cooking as a chore. If you make your food flavourful and interesting, mealtime can be a really enjoyable experience, I promise!