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

By Jodie Bailey

1. Before arriving at UEA how would you have described your cooking skills?
I never really cooked much, but when I did it was like ‘HOLY F***’ – imagine Gordan Ramsay and Jamie Oliver had a kid together, it was incredible.
2. How would you say your cooking has changed since arriving at UEA, if it has at all? Basically I eat canned food and I don’t cook from scratch. Due to a lack of money I can’t afford fresh ingredients, also cooking is time intensive and you have to share kitchen space and wash up.
3. Do you have any special dietary requirements, if yes, then how does this affect your cooking style and the food you eat?                                                                                                N/A but I don’t like vegetables
4. How much do you spend on food each week roughly? £37
5. How much do you spend on food out (including takeaways)? £10-12
6. What are your cupboard staples/ the one food that you could not live without? Sausages and baked beans
7. How many fruit and veg would you say you eat each day? 0.1
8. What is a typical breakfast for you?                                                                                              Skip breakfast
9. What do you normally have for lunch?                                                                                      Cereal and then a can of soup or sausages/baked beans
10. What do you typically have for dinner?                                                                                  Super noodles or tuna straight out of a can, I eat a lot of burgers from the SU shop
11. How much alcohol do you drink each week and how much would you say you spend on alcohol?                                                                                                                                                      60 units, I don’t always remember, £20-30
12. Care to share any advice for future students regarding cooking or food at university? Buy paper plates plastic cups, plastic cutlery to save on washing up

1. Before arriving at UEA how would you have described your cooking skills?                       I had very little experience of cooking so they were very minimal
2. How would you say your cooking has changed since arriving at UEA, if it has at all? I have learnt how to cook independently for the first time, I eat more fresh fruit and veg as I find it’s cheaper to make my own sauces (which are healthier) for pasta dishes. I also eat less meat as it’s too expensive to eat each day.
3. Do you have any special dietary requirements, if yes, then how does this affect your cooking style and the food you eat?                                                                                                  N/A, but I am teetotal
4. How much do you spend on food each week roughly? £14
5. How much do you spend on food out (including takeaways)? £5-15
6. What are your cupboard staples/ the one food that you could not live without? Pasatta, chopped tomatoes, an onion, tomato/garlic/chilli puree, dried mixed herbs– with these they are the basis of a pasta or chilli sauce – add whatever veg you have or meat and you’re away.
7. How many fruit and veg would you say you eat each day?                                                Probably all five
8. What is a typical breakfast for you?                                                                                                    2 crumpets, sometimes cheesy scrambled egg done in the microwave alongside it or with toast
9. What do you normally have for lunch?                                                                                              If I’m out I will have made a lunchbox up in advance with a sandwich or crisps, some fruit and a cereal bar. Or if I’m at home I’ll make cheese on toast or pizza toast.
10. What do you typically have for dinner?                                                                                   Pasta with a homemade sauce or jacket potatoes with the classic combination of cheese and beans, what else could you need?
11. How much alcohol do you drink each week and how much would you say you spend on alcohol?                                                                                                                                                    I’m teetotal so I don’t drink any alcohol. If I go out I’ll order a J2O or mocktails/softails, at home I really like a glass of Shloer.
12. Care to share any advice for future students regarding cooking or food at university? Having frozen vegetables and tinned foods are great for emergencies when there’s nothing fresh to eat, but sometimes it is worth buying a nice loaf of bread or fresh veg if it’s something you really like and appreciate, plus fresh veg isn’t really that expensive. Also definitely invest in a student cookbook, you don’t have to stick to the recipes, be inventive and innovate.

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