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

By Jodie Bailey

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

I cooked for myself at home since I was 16, so I would say alright I guess.

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

No change, although I probably cook less as the hobs are shit and we don’t have a real oven.

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

I don’t eat meat or fish by choice and I’m lactose intolerant, so I’m 95% vegan most of the time and I rarely eat eggs. I eat a lot of alpro soya EVERYTHING, and a lot of substitutes e.g. cheese, bacon, ice cream, custard

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

£20 on a tesco shop and £5 in the SU shop

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

£10 maybe, sometimes none

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

I put lentils in everything. Alpro custard is my life, I eat it out of the mug, I’m obsessed with it.

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

At least 5, I have a fruit bowl, I love my fruit bowl

  1. What is a typical breakfast for you?

Weetabix and a banana with oat milk

  1. What do you normally have for lunch?

Humus, crackers or a cheese toastie

  1. What do you typically have for dinner?

Soup quite regularly but I have something different everyday, or a bean burger with veg

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

It varies

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

Go vegetarian cause it’s cheaper and saves animals lives

 

 

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

Good

  1. How would you say you’re cooking has changed since arriving at UEA, if they have at all?

No, not changed, don’t cook for yourself when you don’t eat

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

No

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

£30-40

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

About a tenner

  1. What are your cupboard staples/ the one food that you could not live without? Don’t have one, my habits change
  2. How many fruit and veg would you say you eat each day?

2-3

  1. What is a typical breakfast for you?

Cereal or nothing

  1. What do you normally have for lunch?

Sometimes breakfast is my lunch

  1. What do you typically have for dinner?

Don’t like having the same thing, made roasts, lasagnes, pasta bakes

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

£100…at least

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

Eating’s cheating. Everything is optional…including eating.

 

 

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

HA, non-existent (followed by nervous laughter)

  1. How would you say you’re cooking has changed since arriving at UEA, if they have at all?

Well, I’ve actually had to start cooking. I’m also getting a bit experimental because I get bored of the same things.

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

Vegetarian, and allergic to nuts. Just eat a lot of vegetables especially in traditionally meat-based meals, also it is cheaper.

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

£24

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

£7

  1. What are your cupboard staples/ the one food that you could not live without? Pasta, cereal, eggs (scrambled egg is a regular dish) – otherwise I’ll die of starvation!
  2. How many fruit and veg would you say you eat each day?

At least 5

  1. What is a typical breakfast for you?

Cereal, especially when you have a 9am.

  1. What do you normally have for lunch?

Scrambled egg or humus

  1. What do you typically have for dinner?

Pasta or rice on occasion

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

£25

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

Learn how to cook before you get here, and bring herbs so your food doesn’t taste bland.

 

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