Hello lovely people! Exciting news!! Like, super exciting news 😀
For the next three weeks, once a week, I shall be posting up a themed post talking all about the different parts of being a university student! Through lovely Liz @That Skinny Chick Can Bake, I met Ala @Wallflour Girl, who was organising a little blogger link up party for those experiencing the roller coaster that is uni life!
From different themes for a range recipes, I totally promise you guys, my blog, and all the other fabulous blogs part of this link up, are literally going to be giving you all a magnifying glass to peer into the world of uni students today! 😀
And what a world it is… #undergradstudentbloggers
But look at the time, I don’t have time for an ellipsis! Let us begin then no? 😀
‘Please Sir, I want some more.’
Oh Oliver Twist, how I relate with thee! I didn’t use to, I just use to feel pity and sympathy like your average reader would. But now, after experiencing uni life, I think I have finally realised what true hunger is.
Not true hunger like when I did the 40 hour famine – pish, that was simple because I had a worthy goal in mind. Oh no, university students go through a lot of different, worse kinds of hunger. Because you KNOW food is available to you, but you have limited resources to getting it.
The result? A starving, slightly bedraggled uni student. 😛
Now, if you want to go all Bear Grylls or David Attenborough and observe the starving uni student, these are the key qualities you have got to be on the lookout for:
- A zombie-like trudge step – books clutched tightly to chest, drool sticking to the side of their chin and blanked out eyes dulling every second they walk away from the food court
- A heightened sense of smell – You could be 50m away, pulling out a fresh slice of pizza, and their heads would turn all exorcist style, trying to find you
- Aggressive Tendencies – In the case that they hunt you down as you are about to eat said slice of pizza, David suggests you place it on a plate and gently slide it towards them. Their snarling will gradually subside as the food comes closer, and when their eyes are glued on the hot meal, that is your cue to run.
You think I am kidding? I actually dare you to go to a university with a box of cupcakes. You will walk out of their clothes half-ripped, hair like a witch (or my mum… JOKES OMG MUM PLEASE FEED ME :P) and cuts and bruises from sharp nails, teeth and flailing limbs.
But you have to wonder – not all uni kids are living in a dorm, so many uni kids have jobs. Why would we be starving right? Ah. Ahahahahaha. My naive little readers. How innocent your questions. How dark the answers.
Do you know what it is like to be in the presence of heaven, but not be able to touch it?
That is a daily occurrence for uni students. Heaven in this case being food. Allow me to put my arm around your shoulder amiably, and use my other hand to sweep across the skies, clear the air and paint you a vivid picture.
Imagine you have just finished a two hour lecture (a medieval occurrence ongoing till this day!). Your stomach has growled louder than the dragon that was your lecturer, and people are smirking at you as they walk out. Your blood sugar is low, and truly, you are wondering how you arms and legs can even move.
Mechanically, you get up. You haven’t been paid from your job, so eating on campus isn’t an option. In your backpack, now hidden under textbooks that weigh more than the Macbook Air, and assortments of pieces of paper, lies the sad little sandwich you made in the morning, before an 8am start.
As you go to salvage the sandwich, you feel something warm on your hand. Slick and a little juicy, mixed with something… rubbery? Of course. The wrapping has come undone. And now, instead of the squished sandwich you hoped to shove down your throat, all that is left on the bottom of your bag are damp pieces of bread just asking for mold, soggy tomatoes adding red marks to your papers and a slice of cheese stuck to the zipper, enticing the rats.
You. Want. To. Cry.
Trudging along, your stomach now starting to digest your own intestines (yeah, you can feel it.), you suddenly pass by a sign. FREE BBQ FREE BBQ, it screams out! You want to cry with relief. But you save your tears and almost sprint with the adrenalin rush passing through you.
You get in the line, rubbing your fingers with glee, as the blessed smell of chargrilled onions and slightly questionable sausage meat sizzling away in the sunlight, reaches your nostrils. You finally reach the beginning of the line, beyond excited with ‘hallelujah’ on the tip of your tongue. But just as you have been bathed in the light of food, it is snatched away from you, a platform wrenched out from under your quivering feet.
And you fall into a swirling abyss of hunger, as the sausage sizzler chirpily asks you ‘Can I see your society card please?’
The sausage sizzle is for engineering students.
You are studying psychology. Oh son-of-a-b….
Apparently, you don’t even have the strength to think anymore. Out of the corner of your eye, you see a ‘cupcakes for sale’ booth. All. $1. Scrambling through your pockets, you find that shiny stud of a coin and begin to walk over, till out of the other corner, you see the time.
You stood in the sausage sizzle line for 30 minutes. You are late for your tutorial, in which, OF COURSE, you have an exam.
Hence, the underfed, starving university student.
Now, I am not lying. Exaggerating a little, oui, bien sur, but not lying. Either you have no money, or no time, or both but STILL a lack of food. It happens. That’s why all starving uni students need a good, solid recipe that will delight the taste buds, fill them up AND be quick to whip up.
Because living off adrenalin will last that long.
With spring just around the corner, I thought the perfect recipe (as you have been seeing throughout this post), was my salad. A side of toasted bread with butter, this salad is super refreshing, and the easy little drizzle of dressing is ALL you will need. Crunchy and then you get this delicious juicy strawberry, you can eat like a king after your zombie-fied day.
All uni students deserve a good salad recipe. This is THE one. 😀
Enjoy mes cheris!
Strawberry Greens Salad
This is for #undergradstudentbloggers, but also for anyone who wants a good-looking salad 😀
A Choc Chip Uru Original Recipe
Makes: Just enough for one!
- 200g fresh strawberries
- 350 packet fresh salad greens (includes rocket, spinach leaves)
- 75g walnuts, chopped
- 40g crumbled danish feta (optional) – I would have loved them in the salad, but I forgot we had none at home!
- 1 tsp white vinegar
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 tsp white sugar
- In a small bowl, mix together the vinegar, salt and pepper, lemon juice and white sugar
- Wash, hull and cut the strawberries in half (1/4 if extra large)
- In a large bowl, toss together the strawberry halves, walnuts and greens. Crumble feta on top if desired.
- Drizzle the dressing all over the salad and toss again.
- The strawberries may be glistening and delicious from this dressing, but the beauty is, you can use seasonal fruit, so easier to afford and still super simple to make – try it with watermelon or mango!
- You can add in flaked, toasted almonds for an earthy feel – this salad is easy to adapt since the dressing does all the flavouring work
- Try using balsamic vinegar instead of white if desired
Show our #gradstudentbloggers and #undergradstudentbloggers your support! Check out the whole list of featured Starving Student recipes now:
Brussel Sprouts and Sausage Pizza via Bacon Egg Cheese(cake)
Chicken and Jalapeno Quesadillas via PicNic
Chocolate Sea Salt Date “Caramel” Bars (GF, V, Raw) via Wallflour Girl
Homemade Spaghetti with Garlic, Chili, and Herbs via Daisy and the Fox
Orange Zucchini Bread via Blahnik Baker
SAY WHAT? As a fun bonus to this roundup, we asked today’s student bloggers some fun, wacky questions about their (im)balanced school/blogger lives: read their answers now on our hostess’s blog, Wallflour Girl!
Want to join, or know a university food blogger who would? We would love to have you: email Ala at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
The #gradstudentblogger and #undergradstudentblogger series showcases the lives and talent of insanely busy food bloggers from across all stages of their higher education pathway. Thank you for joining us, and we hope to see you again in two weeks!
Now I know, you are loving a look into uni student’s life 😀
Surely by next segment’s time, it will be you all, who will be protesting ‘I want some more!’ 😛
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