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Easy Freshers Recipes: Paella

by Luke Farnish

I sometimes refer to this as a ‘notella’ as unlike many other  recipes for paella, it does not contain chicken. This is a recipe that is adaptable to a vegetarian diet if required. Equally, any hard vegetables can be used in exchange of the vegetables listed below. Please note, if you wish to include chicken or uncooked seafood in this you will need to precook these. Put half in the fridge and it should be fine for around one to two days (but no longer as you’ll be reheating something that’s been frozen).

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Easy Freshers’ Recipes: Easy Chicken Pot Pies

By Elizabeth Pratt

I love to make these homemade pies. It’s a very simple recipe which produces multiple meals and can be altered with your choice of either a white or gravy sauce. You can also freeze the pies for a convenient meal that can be bunged in the oven at a later date.

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The Vegetarian Guide to Eating Out in Norwich

By Emily Vause

So, you’ve just started at UEA, living in a brand-new city maybe, or maybe you’re a returner who hasn’t explored the Norwich food scene as much as you want to. Restaurants can be a daunting place for those on a Vegetarian (or Vegan) diet.

What if there’s nothing on the menu you can eat?

What if you just don’t want to order a superfood salad for the billionth time?

Why does everything have mushrooms in it?

These questions probably occur to all people on a meatless diet at some point in their lives but, luckily, Norwich is a great place for those of us more restricted students and they won’t break the bank!

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

By Jodie Bailey

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

Competent.

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

It’s got worse, the cooking equipment here is really bad.

  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?

£25

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

£0

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

Spaghetti, gouda cheese or edam

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

Not enough, 2-3

  1. What is a typical breakfast for you?

Cornflakes and coffee.

  1. What do you normally have for lunch?

Cheese toastie and apple.

  1. What do you typically have for dinner?

Pasta pesto, try to squeeze some veg in there.

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

40 units, £40

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

Get catered, save so much time! Eat oranges – great for vitamin C.

 

 

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

Good, I like cooking,

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

I have more free time to cook, so I enjoy it more now

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

I avoid dairy for moral reasons, sort of pescatarian – I eat a lot of veg instead of substitutes to cut costs

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

£15

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

Never

  1. What are your cupboard staples/ the one food that you could not live without? Mayonnaise, garlic, honey
  2. How many fruit and veg would you say you eat each day?

3-4 a day

  1. What is a typical breakfast for you?

Scrambled eggs on toast

  1. What do you normally have for lunch?

Leftovers

  1. What do you typically have for dinner?

Fried/ grilled veg with either a wrap/sweet potatoes/rice

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

£5-10, cocktail weeks cost a bit more (up to £20)

  1. Care to share any advice for future students regarding cooking or food at university? Better to make food in bulk, so you don’t have to buy ready meals, it’s all home-cooked

 

 

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

Average for an undergraduate, but not good, definitely not good

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

The skill itself has not changed, but I’ve gained a lot of experience by cooking each day – particularly the skills of thinking ahead and buying what is needed

  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?

£20

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

£20

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

Crumpets and tea

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

2-3

  1. What is a typical breakfast for you?

Cereal, or crumpet with egg, or scones

  1. What do you normally have for lunch?

Same as breakfast, noodles, pasta or leftovers

  1. What do you typically have for dinner?

Rice or potato with other vegetables and some other meats

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

2 pints of beer, £10 max.

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

Buy what you need and calculate the amount you will need so you don’t over buy. Also as an international student, I would say buy ingredients that you’d have at home because you may not be able to make British food.

 

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

By Jodie Bailey

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

Adequate

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

I cook easier and quicker things

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

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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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INTO Restaurant Review

By Mitchel Chan

An ever-present issue facing both UEA students and staff alike is deciding where to have lunch on campus. Whilst there may be some who are dedicated enough to bring food from home, the rest of us weak-willed souls must face tough decisions on where to fill our stomachs.

For those that do not know, INTO is a subsection of UEA that allows students to do their A-levels or foundation-level courses here on campus. It also contains a restaurant that serves hot food throughout the day, and everyone is welcome to eat there.

The INTO building is to the left of the UEA Medical Centre and the restaurant itself is located on the first floor of this impressively modern building. Upon first glance, the INTO restaurant evokes memories of a school canteen, with its heavy emphasis on self-service. However, rest assured that the food served here is much better than the dry fish fingers and soggy chips of days gone past.

There is a wide variety of food and drinks available, from cold sandwiches to a well-stocked salad bar. Without a doubt the main stars of the show, however are the lunch and dinner dishes that draw in large crowds. You are guaranteed to never be bored of the food, as the chefs rotate their menu every day. Each “menu of the day” follows the same format, with four main dishes consisting of three meat dishes and a vegetarian option. This is accompanied by the choice of four sides, which are rice, noodles, potatoes and vegetables. The cooking methods of these differ by the day, so you may be getting herb rice and roast potatoes on one day, to jungle friend rice and Lyonnaise potatoes on the next.

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One of the menus seen at INTO, with allergy advice.

Perhaps one of the main draws of having lunch or dinner at INTO is its attractive pricing. One main and two sides will set you back £4. If you fancy some juice and some dessert with your meal, you can add them to your meal for an additional £1. Furthermore, the restaurant provides Sriracha sauce and soy sauce. For those of you who haven’t tried these before, you should do so immediately. The Sriracha sauce, in particular is very popular with many customers, as it adds a tangy yet spicy kick to any meal.

On the day that I was there, I had the option to choose between Chicken with Mushroom and Tarragon Sauce, Steak and Kidney Pie, Roasted Pork Loin and Wok Fried Vegetables for my main course. I chose the first option, and had two portions of steamed rice as my side. The chicken was quite tender, and I was quite satisfied with the flavour of the sauce. It was rich and creamy, with the mushrooms adding a nice bite. There is not much to say about the rice, except that it was fluffy and filling.

As I was having lunch with my friend, I found his meal to be quite attractive, and as such asked if I could use it for the purpose of my article. He chose the same chicken as me, with the potatoes and rice. He also tried the broccoli and blue cheese soup, and took some extra broccoli from the salad bar. He found the soup to be quite “tasty”, and felt that the chicken was “delicious.”

The overall experience of having a meal at INTO is very pleasant. The vibe is very relaxed, and one can even watch live news broadcast on the multiple TVs available. The seating area is plentiful, and there is never a problem finding a table even during peak mealtimes.

Following our meal, we placed our trays on a trolley, before bidding farewell to this homely restaurant. I will definitely return to this place, and I hope that you too will try the delicious food at INTO.

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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.

Gonzo’s – Burgers and Cocktails

By Cassie Waters

Anyone who knows my flat from first year knows how much we loved Gonzo’s Tea Room. Being a flat who frequently turned our noses up at the idea of a club night (unless it was our beloved Damn Good LCR), we had some truly brilliant bar crawls and our favourite place to end up was always Gonzo’s. We now know all the bar staff by name. But Gonzo’s isn’t just the place to go for drinks, during the day it turns from a trippy hipster bar, complete with a disco ball and subtitled films projected on the walls (the only time I have ever got round to watching Pulp Fiction was sprawled across the bed style seats, cocktail in hand), into an eccentric and eclectic tea room that serves possibly the best chicken burgers and wings in Norwich.

A huge draw of Gonzo’s is its amazing interior. Don’t be fooled by the tiny bleak entrance, once you walk down that hall and enter the main bar/tearoom you are met with an artfully decorated hoarder’s paradise. Any knickknack or curiosity you could imagine can be found in that small space; from board games to Chucky figurines to a modern image of the last supper to a picture of Heisenberg in military uniform. The decor of Gonzo’s has the same fascinating effect whether you go night or day, there’s always something new to look at and talk about.

The main reason why we would go was that as well as being occasional club snobs, my flatmates were cocktail snobs. Two of them knew how to make cocktails, having previously worked in bars and we all begrudged paying such a lot of money for a drink that wasn’t that good. As many bars as we have tried we have not yet been able to find a match for Gonzo’s cocktails. They truly are the best. They do everything from classics like the Negroni to their own creations like my personal favourite, the Queen and Country which comes served in a mug. If you’re a coffee drinker, I’m told they do a really fantastic Espresso Martini. Make no mistake, Gonzo’s cocktails aren’t cheap, usually costing between £8 and £9, but if you want a well made cocktail that’s different to the bog standard ones you can get almost anywhere else then this is your place.

After we’d been a few times at night, we expanded into trying the food in the day, adding a new dimension to our favourite place. If you’re on a health kick, Gonzo’s is probably not the best place but for burgers, chips and chicken wings you just can’t beat it. All interestingly named (the “Dead Elvis” anyone?), the burgers come in a wide variety that’s bound to appeal to everyone. My favourite is quite tame, “The Camilla” is a house fried chicken burger with Cajun chips but you could be a bit more adventurous and go for the “3 Little Pigs”, a pulled pork burger with pork scratching, cola soaked bacon and apple sauce. If you go between 3 and 6pm you can get chicken wings for 25p each and there are over 20 flavours to choose. The bacon and maple syrup wings are to die for!

But be warned, Gonzo’s can have an addictive effect. My flat and I realised we had a problem when we were in there 4 days in a row. And if I haven’t been able to persuade you to try it out then perhaps their tag line can: “Saving Norwich from Prince of Wales Road since 2008”.

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