So you may all remember that I posted up a lovely little salad recipe a little while back and introduced you all to the very essence of what it is to be a uni student. In terms, of course, of the fact that we are perpetually starving 24 hours a day (or however long we actually are at uni :P)
Well, since this is part of Ala @Wallflour Girl‘s fantastic link up part for all #undergradstudentbloggers and #gradstudentbloggers, we also have a new theme for each time we post up!
I am guessing the title is giveaway enough so let’s see if you can indeed keep up with this part of the student blogger series 😀
Professor evaluations? Check.
Multiple RSVPs? Check.
Lecture notes? OH holy… wait… no.. Check.
Fake Identity? Check.
WAIT. HOLD UP. WHO SAID THAT? NOT ME! IN FACT, I AM INSULTED YOU THINK I WOULD EVEN GO ABOUT THAT WAY OF THINKING…
And you know why? Because I am in Australia and don’t need a fake ID 😉
But just the idea of fake IDs aside, a uni student’s life does basically mirror that of an illegal, very fantastic looking, intelligent con artist extraordinary, Frank Abagnale.
Let’s go through the small stuff first:
- Us uni students are very fantastic looking (the lack of uniforms really shows) – although… I am yet to come across a Leo at my uni.. just saying!
- We are very intelligent – we made it to uni didn’t we? 😛
- Illegal… well… um… touchy touchy stuff here, let’s leave it at that shall we?
But more so than ANYTHING, with grad or undergrad students, is that truly, you can never, ever catch them. We are con artists – we have multiple ‘disguises’ for multiple situations, you need to be sneaky to find some time with us, you need to go to extraordinary lengths to find us.
We are just that busy.
Tom Hanks eat your heart out. You thought catching one was bad? Try millions.
I mentioned something about multiple identities, so I bet you are dying to hear about it! As we all know, because we ALL have seen the movie (hint, if you haven’t, this is your cue to drop everything and get the movie!), Leo plays Frank Abagnale, who has at least 6 different personas to avoid being caught.
This was of course, over the entire criminal time period of Mr Abagnale genius man.
If you take your typical uni student, their lives can get so busy, that they have 6 different identity changes in ONE DAY. Yes. ONE DAY. You think I am lying? I find it so cute that you do.
Morning Persona #1: Typical Uni Student: When I get up in the morning feeling like P Diddy…. Sorry, Ke$ha’s song is your alarm, thank GOD you did not wake up feeling like P Diddy. Unless you are a big fan, then good for you? 😛 – ANYWAYS, you get up, you are groggy and you have eyes crossing over by themselves from lack of sleep. But you know first up in the morning, you have a tute so you stumble into a baggy t-shirt and thongs, and head off.
Mid-Morning Persona #2: The Business Woman: Tute is over, you are free? JOKES, you have a meeting for a potential internship in twenty minutes. So you hog up the girls bathroom, forcing people to use alternate floors to wash their hands while you straighten hair, conceal your bags, put on stiff slight elderly-people heels and a pencil skirt. Honestly how are you even walking?
Noon Persona #3: Personal Trainer: Ain’t nobody got time to go home and jog, honestly, the idea of home brings one word to mind. Bed. So when are you going to fit in some exercise time? When you should be eating of course! As we established before, uni students have too much of a commitment to everything else than to eat anyways.
Mid Afternoon Persona #4: Working Girl: Uni’s over, but you don’t get to lounge. What is going to put money on your table? So on blistered feet, you are waitressing around and pretending you are not sipping little sneaks from people’s drinks to keep you awake. Pretending really badly since you are so tired. You aren’t even moonlighting as a waitress, you are just plain jobbing it up.
Evening Persona #5: Daddy/Mummy’s Girl: Family dinner tonight, with cheek pinching uncles and aunties, babies throwing up all over the shop and polite, brittle laughter of those you met once when you were a child. You wear a frock like you were 5 years old and you let your parents know just how much you appreciate special times with them. Ugh, check!
Late Night Persona #6: Party Animal: You now, of course, have to head back into the city because your best friend’s mate’s brothers birthday is on and basically, not going would be social suicide. So scrunched feet back into stiletto heels while a bit of a drink takes the edge of the pain, you sway to the music and pretend there are pillows on either side of your face.
BAM. WHAM. DONE. Didn’t believe me, huh? Nope, this is very possible. Which is why if someone went into the human-locker business, I would be hiring by the minute. Can we just take a minute to appreciate how crazy busy uni life is? And I know I am only mentioning a girl’s life (considering I am one :P) but boys, to be honest, you have it easy.
Boys: Wear a suit. Take of coat and tie to be casual. Put on coat only to be blazer friendly. Look neat therefore parents happy. The only thing you would really need is a gym outfit. Ugh. Boys.
But regardless, they are just as busy. Sigh…
Between all the high heel changes, the make up smudges, the giant handbags that leave shoulders dislocated, uni students don’t really care whether people can find them or not in the end. You can try to make it your goal and follow a uni kid for kicks, but I assure you, it will be more tiresome to you than them.
Between our assignments, our test study, our applications and our daily schedules that are bursting right to the brim, you have to wonder how anyone ever catches some time with us at all!
Ever heard of the triangle of doom for students? We either only two of the trifecta that makes a perfect life:
You also have to wonder, at the same time, how uni students eat on the run then. As previously established, sometimes we don’t at all. When we do however, we don’t really eat heavy foods, that is THE secret. Imagine, hypothetically, running to your internship in a suit (female or male), and seeing smears of tomato sauce and relish flecking your tie, your white shirt. Imagine trying to scoff a pizza with a slice of pepperoni being caught in the wind, and smacking you in the eye!
No. The right procedure is something light, portable, easy to eat on the go and something that does not leave a strong smell after it. And here, right here, is the perfect solution. Crumby, wrappable and soft lemon bars. Slip one in your pocket, go ahead. Eat it in one bite? Go ahead.
Now that is where this recipe comes in 😀 Sweetened condensed milk, being its usual intelligent fatty self, binds the coconut and the biscuits crumbs beautifully. A swish of lemon icing on top, that hardens so it won’t coat the inside of your pocket with a washing disaster these lemon bars are definitely, the only way to go when you as busy as a uni student!
No-Bake Coconut Lemon Bars
Barely adapted from: Exclusively Food
- 80g butter
- 250g Scotch finger (or a buttery biscuit equivalent)
- 90g desiccated coconut
- 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbs lemon finely grated lemon rind
- 250g icing mixture
- 3 tbs lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- Extra desiccated coconut, for sprinkling on top
- Line a 20x25cm baking tin with baking paper
- Stir butter and sweetened condensed milk over a medium heat till mixture smooth and fully combined.
- Finely crush the 250g of biscuits in a food processor.
- Mix the biscuits with the desiccated coconut.
- Stir the lemon juice (2 tbs) into the milk and butter mixture.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix till well combined.
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and use slightly greased hands to press down the mixture down firmly. You could also use a spoon or flat bottomed glass.
- Refrigerate, covered in plastic wrap.
- Lemon Icing: Combine icing mixture and lemon juice over low heat and stir till smooth and melted.
- Spread icing over refrigerated crust and sprinkle with extra desiccated coconut.
- Refrigerate till hardened, slice and pack away for the busy uni day!
So you can understand how busy we are from all sorts of perspectives on a worldwide scale, check out these other incredible recipes by #undergradstudentbloggers and #gradstudentbloggers!
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Blackberry Slice via PicNic
Choc Chip Caramel Popcorn Bars via Daisy and the Fox
Easy Lemon Bars via Go Bake Yourself
Healthy Tropical Bars (Raw, Vegan) via Wallflour Girl
Omelette Sandwich via Bacon Egg Cheese(cake)
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Till the final segments mes cheris, catch me if you can 😉
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