2 weeks ago General

September was a month that for most of us is pretty non-descript. No Bank Holidays (boooo), no sun, no Game of Thrones. The only thing it does have is the Great British Bake Off, but that partly belongs to October and we’re still not sold on life without Mary Berry. BUT ANYWAY, for a certain group of people, this month isn’t quite as lacklustre as it is for us civilians. For some it signals the beginning of a new way of life. A life of boozing, ring of fire (or ‘kings cup’ depending on your upbringing), supermarket trolley exploitation and most importantly student food. That’s right, we’re talking about you, Freshers; and whilst we can’t really offer any advice on the first three points, we can help you out a little on the last. Here’s the Too Good To Be guide to student cooking…

 

 

  1. Right, let’s start with the most obvious – you’re going to want a boat load of gluten-free pasta. And we’re not talking about one or two packets, we’re talking kilos of the stuff. When you’ve blown your loan in the first week on 2 for 1 VKs at your local Walkabout and have nowhere else to turn, pasta will have your back. Throw a little pesto on it, sprinkle with parmesan, or if times are really hard (*really* hard), drizzle with ketchup – the possibilities are endless. What’s more, if you want to make your pasta go even further, we’d suggest sticking it in a big ol’ tuna pasta bake

 

 

  1. Student delicacy number two is something you may already be familiar with and that’s Haricots Sur Pain Grillé A.K.A Beans on Toast. Even the least kitchen savvy could rustle up a relatively edible version of this classic dish, and with more varieties of Baked Beans then ever before, there’s room for a little experimentation should you be feeling particularly adventurous. We’re sure by now you all have a go-to gluten free bread for the toast, but do check the label on the beans for any potential wheat contamination warnings…

 

  1. Our third and final student delicacy is beer – A true staple of the Fresher’s diet. As a coeliac beer drinker, fresher’s parties can be a minefield and must be navigated as such. Always make sure that bartender is pouring the right beer into that plastic cup, and under no circumstances must you gluten yourself in a drinking contest for the sake of winning a free t-shirt. Those house parties are unlikely to provide a gluten-free alternative, but luckily for you, gluten-free beer is now readily available in most good supermarkets. P.S Do not, under any circumstances, drink the punch…

 

So that’s about all there is to it – Pasta, Beans on Toast and Beer. There are a few other little things like education, the journey into adulthood, adapting to independence, managing finances, but we felt it was best to offer you guidance on the more important aspects of student life…


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