University Survival Guide

Teenagers and the University Survival Guide

Student cooking doesn’t have to stop at spag bol or fish fingers with chips.

A few key tools will ensure the most basic student digs can produce a decent dinner.

I find that sadly, nowadays young people can’t cook. To my dismay that included my eldest daughter (she has never shown any interest in cooking whatsoever). She left for Uni last September without any skills. I gave her and several of her friends a crash course before they went.

I guess parents nowadays have busy lives and can’t spend time with them in the kitchen, unlike years ago when parents and grandparents used to have time to teach their children. Teenagers are preparing themselves for adult life in the big wide world. Cooking It can get them ready for
University life. After all, they can’t eat takeaways every night!

We can prepare your teenager for leaving home, and equip them with a great set of skills to cook healthy, quick and easy meals. They will get a
recipe card from each meal that they have cooked, and they’ll sit with others and eat what they’ve cooked. Moreover, they will get plenty of tips on cooking techniques and recipe preparation and alteration.

As adults we recognise that food it is about much more than fuel for our bodies – our diet can have a huge impact in our sense of wellbeing, happiness and personal appearance. Learning to cook can be a really empowering skill, and can build young people’s confidence as they move towards being independent and sociable adults. You never know, they may want to impress somebody! We work with small evening and Saturday classes which cater for their needs in groups of no more than 10 people.

How to kit a student’s kitchen

When it comes to cooking, students don’t always get the best press. Aren’t they all munching on toasties in front of Made in Chelsea? But let’s face it, a cupboard full of broken pots and pans and a couple of electric rings would leave the most experienced of cooks feeling uninspired. Being packed off to Uni with the right kit is bound to raise spirits as well as keeping the scurvy at bay.

Communal cooking is a great way of finding a sense of home, as well as saving money. The wok, a small non sticking pan, a small slow cooker and a good knife are all important tools to have in the kitchen. I will give your young person a really detailed and comprehensive list of items that are needed in the kitchen to create simple meals from scratch. Most importantly, I’ll give them the confidence to start cooking cheaply and healthily in their days as tudents, far from the family home.

What will we cook?

  • Quiche
  • Healthy Thai and Indian Curries
  • Fajitas, Burritos, Enchiladas and lovely Mexican food
  • Pasta Bakes and Italian dishes
  • One pan rice dishes
  • Small meat and fish casseroles
  • Easy Chicken dishes
  • Granola and Muesli recipes
  • Vegetable biriyanis
  • Pulled Pork with almond mole sauce
  • Summer vegetable curry
  • Vegetable soups
  • Easy and healthy Omelettes

…and much, much more!