Arguably one of the biggest changes for most university freshers is the cooking.
Not just cooking occasionally at home or helping with meals: now you’re in charge of budget, meal plan, expiry dates, left alone using multiple hobs at once.
As a result, some questionable concoctions occur as freshers and returners alike experiment with finding quick budget friendly options. I reached out to Stirling students and here are some of the highlights.
Best of a bad bunch: Uncle Ben’s Mexican rice with Nando’s Perinaise
It’s hard to argue with packaged Mexican rice as a student and the use of the Perinaise straight into the package would defo elevate this into a cheap Nando’s option.
The cult classic: Beans pasta
A favourite for many, this is slowly but surely making its way to being a legitimate meal. Says it on the tin (the bean tin that is) for how to make this. Some people have been known to add cheese if they’re feeling fancy.
A fire waiting to happen: Chicken nugget and spaghetti hoops omelette
I do not quite understand how anyone thought this was feasible. The variety in textures and density is a disaster in of itself, let alone the concept of the final piece.
Just no: Super noodles on toast
This meal (if you can call it that) was in fact the inspiration for this article, as I listened in horror as a fresher informed me this was her favourite go-to meal. The texture combination alone is terrifying, let alone the sheer lack of nutrients.
What scared me more was another friend informing me that they had an extension of this, grilling it with cheese on top for a super noodle toastie. Five seconds away from calling Gordon Ramsay over this one.
The innovator: Tortellini and honey
Pasta boiling and you’ve realised you haven’t got a sauce? No worries: just use honey. The original pasta of choice for this was ham and cheese filled pasta which sounds like it would not be the most offensive flavour combination.
Honourable mentions: Gravy pasta, spuds, beetroot and cream cheese on toast, an entire lettuce eaten like an apple, boiled mushrooms, tuna mayo with nothing else, peas on toast, cucumbers and salt.
Feature image credit: Emily Barnard