Flatmate Diet Interviews -How Has Arriving at University Affected You? Part One

By Jodie Bailey

  1. Before arriving at UEA how would you have described your cooking skills?

Pretty good, I follow recipes pretty well and I grew up watching a lot of cooking shows. Also I worked in the food industry for 3 years since I was 17 years old.

  1. How would you say your cooking has changed since arriving at UEA, if it has at all?

I cook dishes more often as my parents used to cook a lot and I cook bigger portions so I can reheat leftovers. I eat more convenient and easy foods, and a lot of cheaper foods as well as food is more expensive here.

  1. Do you have any special dietary requirements, if yes, then how does this affect your cooking style and the food you eat?

I am Muslim so I only eat Halal foods, and I’m partially vegetarian as Halal foods are more expensive here than back home in Canada.

  1. How much do you spend on food each week roughly?

£17

  1. How much do you spend on food out (including takeaways)?

£15

  1. What are your cupboard staples/ the one food that you could not live without?

Tea, bread with butter and jam, bananas

  1. How many fruit and veg would you say you eat each day?

5

  1. What is a typical breakfast for you?

Scrambled eggs and toast or fried egg, or yoghurt with fruit

  1. What do you normally have for lunch?

I don’t usually eat lunch, I tend to have a few little snacks throughout the day

  1. What do you typically have for dinner?

A rice dish like curry or a pasta

  1. How much alcohol do you drink each week and how much would you say you spend on alcohol?

Hardly drink at all, so £0

  1. Care to share any advice for future students regarding cooking or food at university?

Budgeting is really important, try to make a lot of food at one time so you can eat it throughout the week, and try to limit your intake of alcohol as it will be cheaper and healthier for you. Also, try to make brand swaps to save money. Get stuff high in nutrition but low on cost e.g. eggs and bananas. Buying produce is cheaper than take out.

 

  1. Before arriving at UEA how would you have described your cooking skills?

I didn’t cook, I didn’t think I had any cooking skills

  1. How would you say your cooking has changed since arriving at UEA, if it has at all?

Well I’m pleasantly surprised by the stuff I come up with, if you don’t cook you don’t eat and I get hungry a lot

  1. Do you have any special dietary requirements, if yes, then how does this affect your cooking style and the food you eat?

Nope

  1. How much do you spend on food each week roughly?

£30-40

  1. How much do you spend on food out (including takeaways)?

No more than a tenner a week

  1. What are your cupboard staples/ the one food that you could not live without?

Sweet potato

  1. How many fruit and veg would you say you eat each day?

3 portions of fruit, 3 portions of veg

  1. What is a typical breakfast for you?

Peanut butter porridge or yogurt with granola

  1. What do you normally have for lunch?

Sweet potato, tuna and sweetcorn

  1. What do you typically have for dinner?

Chicken and mixed veg

  1. How much alcohol do you drink each week and how much would you say you spend on alcohol? I don’t know …A lot …a lot, about £30
  2. Care to share any advice for future students regarding cooking or food at university?

Relax, it’s not as hard as you think it’s going to be.

 

Image: A student cupboard from one of the University flats. Independently sourced.

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