t happens all the time. You get home after a hard day’s procrastination, sit down to the Netflix that’s set up over that essay due on Thursday, and then realise that you’re hungrier than a dead pig at a Piers Gaveston social (#satire).
Not to worry, right? You’ve got all those student cookbooks you carefully hunted down on Amazon – hours went into selecting those bad boys, ensuring you’d have the perfect mix to cook up any grub you could possibly want to introduce to your gullet. But, you’ve been working hard at doing nothing all day. You don’t want to get up and shovel through all those recipes, or for that matter, get up at all.
The truly lazy might want to check out our review of Deliveroo. For the rest of us, there’s Uni Grub, a brand new catalogue of cooking resources set up by Exeter student Alex Hooper, which is here to help save your bacon (perhaps quite literally).
The Food on display is rather stomach-rumblingly handsome
Sporting such essential clichés as “by students, for students”, the site promises to offer “a wide range of recipes and tutorials for a ‘chef’ of any level.” The idea is, you have all the recipes that are ultra-easy right at your fingertips, and can knock something out in a couple of minutes, regardless of whether you know your spatulas from your spaghetti.
For those who’ve never touched a pan in their life (there are more of you than you’d think!), getting your own place as a second year or moving into self-catered accommodation in your first year can be a tough step (if you’re moving into catered, you’re only delaying the inevitable!).
Uni Grub does offer a lot of assistance in this regard: you could be completely stumped on the simple process of cooking pasta, and I tell you no lie, there is a page specifically devoted to teaching just this skill on the site.
When you’re ready to move on to the daunting world of (shocker) actually having more than one ingredient in your meals, you might even check out the full recipes list, which is handily sorted by main ingredients. Only got drumsticks and a few other gubbins in your fridge? Click the “chicken” link and you’ll be pumping out pimpin’ platters of poultry in no time.
The Site (WHile Looking Very Sexy) Is Slightly Lacking in Recipe Quantity
The actual interface of the website is easy to use, with all options being obvious, well-presented and in a colour palette almost as sexy as your campus newspaper’s. The food on show is also rather stomach-rumblingly handsome, once you’ve grasped the basics, which the site is happy to hold your hand through, you can get to some seriously tasty cookery.
However, once you break out of the easier stuff, you will be craving more. The site (while looking very sexy) is slightly lacking in sheer number of recipes at the moment. Until it’s expanded a little, you probably shouldn’t be throwing out those super-cool cookbooks you bought just yet.
All the same, experienced cooks probably shouldn’t give up on it altogether. The site has a lot of potential, looking very professional with only a few goofs (broken links, that kinda thing). There’s definitely room for expansion here.
There’s no better time to learn than at uni, where most of what you do doesn’t really matter anyway (especially in your first year!). Uni Grub is definitely a good start – check it out in the link below: