So, it’s September. Your family have driven off, abandoning you in the luxury of Holland Hall or in your prisonlike Old Lafrowda cell. The alcohol’s all been drank, your student loan’s gone on takeaways, the work’s piling up and the realisation hits you – it’s time to fend for yourself. By that, I don’t mean a Bear Grylls style hunting mission. Instead, that Sainsbury’s basics aisle (or if you’re feeling Exetah, Essential Waitrose). Stroll past the champagne, caviar and smoked salmon – there’s no place for them in your new frugal student lifestyle.
Cooking for yourself isn’t hard. Open up a cookbook, check out the recipes on the Exeposé website and dust off that set of Wilko’s finest pans. Food is a great icebreaker- knocking up a batch of biscuits for your new flatmates will make them love you for at least a day, whilst taking it in turns to make a flat meal is a great way to get to know one another. Even if you’re in catered halls, you still have to rely on your inner Jamie Oliver a few evenings a week. And, of course, that sophisticated microwave. Or just order Domino’s.
– 250g turkey mince
– 1 onion, diced
– 1 can chopped tomatoes
– 1 tbsp cumin, 1 tbsp chilli powder
– 1 tsp paprika
– 2 red peppers
– 1 can sweetcorn, drained
– 1 can kidney beans
– 1 square dark chocolate
- Heat your pan to a medium heat, pour in 1 tablespoon of oil. Lightly brown the mince, breaking it up with a spoon. Add the onion and the chilli powder.
2. Add the peppers, sweetcorn and beans to the mix and stir.
3. Stir in the tomatoes, add the cumin and paprika, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
4. Let the chilli bubble for half an hour, tasting for spice. Five minutes before serving, add the dark chocolate. It adds a richness to the sauce.
5. Eat! Leftovers can be frozen or served on a jacket potato the next day.