20 things university has taught me & 1 thing I’m grateful for

Here are 20 things I learnt at university (other than what I actually went there for) and out of everything, the one thing I am most grateful for:

1) The friends you make within the first month of university most likely won’t be the same friends you’ll hang out with in final year.

2) Laundry can be heavy if not done regularly.

3) It is absolutely acceptable to drink cheap wine as a student.

4) When sharing a cab with five people, paying anything more than ยฃ1.50 each is unacceptable.

5) If you can’t sleep in your friend’s rooms whilst they are not there, if you can’t steal their food and if you can’t wear their clothes and not return it for months – they’re not true friends.

6) Give everything you absolutely do not need to charityโ€ฆbringing everything back home is a pain in the baguette.

7) Four years can go by fast. Don’t waste time.

8) Never buy textbooks. If you have a good library, they will have everything you need.

9) Saving money for a rainy day is an absolute must.

10) It is possible to make a meal out of anything!

11) Don’t trust people too easily. It may backfire on you.

12) Use the “but I’m a student” card a lot! It will save you a lot of money.

13) Four pints of milk will only last a day and a half, in a flat with five girlsโ€ฆespecially if they are avid tea drinkers and one of them likes their tea with lots of milk and sugar (wonder who that could be).

14) Family and your best friends will give you the best advice and will always love you unconditionally.

15) Take pictures of everything.

16) Christelle hates hugs and may punch/tickle you if you hug her out of nowhere.ย 

17) Charleen is the only person who will put on an Indian accent and pretend to be an old Tamil lady with you. “Ah, you know that Kamala son? He always with those nasty girls, that too in his mother’s car! Chiiii.”

18) Holly is an English rose, a proper lady, who can now make an authentic curry – wife material!

19) Shavel will offer everyone tea and when you say you would like one, she will say she “didn’t hear you.”

20) If you randomly make animal noises, crawl on the floor, dress up like a vagabond, put on strange accents and you still have good friends – you’re very lucky. If you find friends who do the same – you are blessed.

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The one thing I am most grateful for and something I will always remember university for, is how it taught me that my passion and talents lie in cooking. I should have done a food-related degree or gone to culinary school, but if I didn’t go to university, I may have never found my true calling.

Nowโ€ฆI officially miss uni!

Bubble tea – the alternative person’s drink

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Two years ago, I tried bubble tea for the first time. I ordered the mango fruit tea with tapioca, which I thought would taste nice but I didn’t like it. I think the tapioca put me off. It was squidgy and rubber-like. I then decided to give it another shot, but at a different vendor. Moocha gives you the option of having popping bubbles with your bubble tea, in an assortment of flavours; mango, passion fruit, cherry and lychee. So then I ordered the mango fruit tea with these popping bubbles – life changing!

When I first heard of popping bubbles, I thought it was going to be fizzy, and I’m not very keen on fizzy drinks. As apprehensive as I was, I decided to try it out anyway and I’m so glad I did. When you bite into a popping bubble, it’s like a burst of juice on your taste buds! So refreshing, especially on a summer’s day. If you ever want to try out bubble tea, definitely try it with popping bubbles if you have the option.

I introduced my friend to bubble tea over the weekend. The picture above is what we ordered; I always get the mango, but she tried the lychee. She agrees with me – bubble tea is life changing!

Breakfast for dinner – Nutella banana pancakes

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I had three very ripe bananas but didn’t know what to do with them. I was going to use one as part of my DIY hair conditioning recipe, but then my stomach rumbled so pancakes happened.

I added oats to the mixture as well, for extra goodness and fibre…don’t forget to love your colon! The pancakes turned out really soft, and there were no lumpy bits because the bananas had softened the oats in the mixture.

And then Nutella happened. Everything ends up being amazing after Nutella.

Breakfast for dinner is the way forward!

Get the flavour balance right and you may see a glimpse of food heaven!

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I had a lamb steak in the freezer, but I didn’t want to grill it because it was so small! So instead, I thinly sliced it and made a lamb shawarma with couscous.

Aesthetically, it wasn’t the most beautiful meal I had ever made but that first mouthful. My flatmates were asking me why my eyes lit up. The flavours were so well balanced, I was patting myself on the back.

I don’t want to blow my own trumpet, but seriously, if you want to try this, I’ll give you the recipe! I have one more lamb steak in the freezer, woop woop!

Fusion food. Never complain.

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Lemon rice and salmon sambal. What? Lemon rice is literally that, with dried red chillies and spices. It’s a rice dish from South India. Salmon sambal is not typically made in Malaysia (where the dish is from); you find chicken and shrimp usually. Salmon sambal is a family recipe, made with tomatoes, onions and a particular type of red chilli, and I adore it! No one ever mixes the two together…except me. Student life – students never complain! And why would I complain when I have this deliciousness in front of me?