Student recipes competition: Send us the recipes and culinary tips you would pass on to new students and win a copy of The Ultimate Student Cookbook

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 12-Sep-13 12:04:25

To tie in with the launch of The Ultimate Student Cookbook from, we're running a comp to find out the best tips and recipes we can pass on to young adults as they head off for the first time to university.

Whether it's the perfect recipe, a skill or tip we want your suggestions. The 10 winning tips and recipes will be published and the winners will each get a copy of The Ultimate Student Cookbook.

We'll also be putting up some great recipes from the book that you can print off and pass on to the young students as they head off to start a new life (we're going to start welling up...)

Post your tips and recipes before midday on Tuesday 17 September and we'll posting up the carousel of winners and recipes on Thursday 19 Sept.

SilverApples Thu 12-Sep-13 12:21:43

Like obtain the biggest chopping board you can and keep it in your room, so that when you want to cook something, you can ensure that one section of the skanky student kitchen is clean enough to prepare food on?
That sort of thing? grin

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 12-Sep-13 12:48:16


Like obtain the biggest chopping board you can and keep it in your room, so that when you want to cook something, you can ensure that one section of the skanky student kitchen is clean enough to prepare food on?
That sort of thing? grin

Exactly - you're spot on smile

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Thu 12-Sep-13 13:36:31

Learn to cook a homely meal that feeds a small group really well. eg a roast dinner or lasagne. Cooking for a group of students who miss home cooking is a great way to make friends.

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Thu 12-Sep-13 13:38:24

Follow SilverApples' advice! Also keep your own sharp knife & can opener in your room.

SilverApples Thu 12-Sep-13 14:16:35

Have a decent selection of condiments that you like, including spices. It is surprising what can be made interesting and edible if you jazz it up with chili, ginger or soy sauce.
Yes to knowing how to cook at least three basic meals that don't use a lot of kit.
Here's one of DD's:
Whatever vegetables you have available, don't worry if they are looking a bit weary, chopped up into
Knorr stockpot
Either noodles or rice.
Deep frying pan or wok.

Chop the chicken into chunks and fry them in a little oil.
Add diced vegetables: courgette, carrot, green beans, mushrooms, onions, whatever.
Stirfry for 5 minutes
Add the stockpot to a pint of water and pour it into the pan.
Add the rice now, if you are using rice.
Simmer for around 20/30 minutes
If you are using noodles, add them 5 minutes before the end of cooking and make sure they are submerged in the bubbling stock. Add more boiling water if you need to.

Dee140157 Thu 12-Sep-13 17:26:56

Buy a large wok.
Cook everything from stews to home made pasta sauce.
Home made pasta sauce: Chop onions and fry them, throw in 1/2 bag frozen mixed vegetables with 2 tins chopped tomatoes, 2 tsps of lazy garlic, tsp mixed herbs, 1/2 glass left over red wine (if you have any left over.......). put lid on and simmer for 1/2 hour. Serve with lots of pasta. Healthy cheap and far nicer than jars. You can fry mince with the onions if you want to make it more of a bolognese.
Now feed your flat mates to become very popular.

gretagrape Thu 12-Sep-13 17:33:24

Bulk out meals to make them go further - 1 pack of mince (approx 400g) can make 6 portions of chilli or spag bol if you add 2 tins of tomatoes, a couple of grated carrots, a grated courgette, a couple of chopped peppers and a cup of green lentils. Cook it on a low heat for an hour to allow the lentils to soften.

Cheats Chilli

Minced Beef
Tinned kidney beans in Chilli Sauce
Hot Chilli Powder
Tin of Chopped Tomatoes or a jar of Passata

Chop up onion and cook until softened. Add mince and cook until browned. Drain off excess fat. Add tomatoes or passata, kidney beans and sauce and spices. I use 1 teaspoon of chilli powder and 2 or 3 of paprika. Use more if you want it spicier. Simmer until the sauce is reduced (about 45 minutes). Serve with rice or jacket potatoes. Add tortilla chips, salsa and guacamole if feeling flush. grin

This can also be made in a slow cooker on low for about 6 hours.

elizaco Thu 12-Sep-13 18:01:53

Take turns to cook for your flat. Cheaper to cook a main meal for 5/6 people once every 5/6 days, than cook for yourself every day. And it's good to all sit together and chat :-)

DD1 is off next week!

Easy peasy cheapo pizza -

Basics pitta bread / spread it with red or green pesto / shove Basics mozerella over it, plus bits of onion, pepper, whatever. Cook. Eat with salad if available.

Cook pasta. A few minutes before it's done, shove in a handful frozen peas. Drain. Mix with pesto plus rocket/chopped pepper/halved cherry tomatoes/whatever. Cheese it and eat.

Fry an onion. Add curry paste. Add a tin of chickpeas and a carton coconut cream. Add lots of chopped spinach/anything else you want.

Rice noodles - pour boiling water over until soft. Zap soya beans and/or peas/broadbeans in the microwave. Mix with the rice and add soy sauce/honey/chilli. Meanwhile cook an omelette and cut it into strips or dry fry some cashews. Use to top the rice noodles and vege.

JosephineB Thu 12-Sep-13 18:15:13

Get a slow cooker. This will enable you to cook cheap cuts of meat and make them taste delicious.

For meat eaters, streaky bacon, ox cheeks, chicken thighs and mince (pork, beef and lamb) are all cheap and can taste amazing if cooked right.

Invest in a slew of tupperware - including small containers (nuts are a good source of protein but are expensive if you have to open a new packet each time). Where possible, always cook at least double quantities and freeze what you don't eat.

Use mushrooms and pulses to bulk out meals. If you soak and cook your own pulses, they are miles cheaper than tins.

As a student I ate the following a lot:

cauliflower cheese with added bacon and mushrooms
potato rosti with added bacon and onions
baked potatoes with various fillings
beans on toast (add cheese / mushrooms / chopped bacon)

petalsandstars Thu 12-Sep-13 19:23:12

Figure out what basics all of your flatmates eat/ use ie bread, milk, tea bags, loo roll and each put in £5/10 per week/month as appropriate to a kitty to cover these to share. Its generally cheaper to buy the larger packs or multipacks so you should save money this way.

Keep your crockery, pans and utensils separate so you don't have to wash up your bits from other people's cooking before you can start.

StainlessSteelCat Thu 12-Sep-13 19:27:13

Learn how to make a white sauce (traditional pan method or the microwave way I've seen on here). You can use it to make lasagna, moussaka, pasta bake (with cheap veg) or add a chicken stock cube, then stir in cooked rice (and a couple of rashers of crispy fried chopped up bacon if the budget allows).

If you can't make white sauce, use cottage cheese in the layers for lasagna.

If you can't find any plates, look under your flatmates bed (surely not just me that worked for?)

muser31 Thu 12-Sep-13 19:51:46

fantastic tips so far.

for those who don't like spending the time but still want tasty and healthy meals, green pesto will be your best friend. add a spoonful of green pesto to scrambled egg, or omelette for a tasty breakfast. spread pesto onto chicken breasts and put straight into the oven. steam frozen veg and then add green pesto and grated cheese and mix, for fantastic flavourable dishes, with all the goodness but minus the effort.

lostlenore Thu 12-Sep-13 19:59:59

I lived off potatoes at uni. You could buy a huge bag with the mud still on for a few quid (this is what sinks are for, not being sick in). Less than perfect veg is way cheaper and tastes the same, once it's washed and peeled. Make rosti by boiling whole washed but unpeeled potatoes for 10mins. Let them get cold and grate (the skins will just slide off against the grater). Mush into little flat cakes in a pan and fry or brush with oil and bung in oven at about 200degrees for 15 mins or so. Chips are cheaper home made. There is nothing wrong with value tinned tomatoes in chilli/spag bol. Make your parents teach you at least three meals before you go so you don't have to live off beans on toast.

MisForMumNotMaid Thu 12-Sep-13 20:58:02

If you're going out drinking buy a value loaf of sliced bread and toast it to share when you get in rather than buying kebabs etc. Save your overdraft for when you really need it.

We used to take it in turns to man the toaster in our final year. Saved a fortune.

kateandme Thu 12-Sep-13 21:18:05

make a big batch of mince.fry down the mince with saome onions and carrots.pour in jar/s of dolmio tomato sauce.seperate into can then be brought out for spaghetti bolognase,you can top it with pastry,top it with mash,add chilli and serve with rice.simple jacket potato.have it on toast.
it makes a great base for so many meals and having it in batches i nthe freezer make the hard work done and you just choose what you want with it.

sharond101 Thu 12-Sep-13 21:27:01

1. It's cheaper to cook in bulk so team up with some other (clean and able) students and cook for each other or batch cook for yourself and freeze individual portions.
2. Find your local Aldi/Lidl.
3. Visit the supermarket at mark down time (varies so needs investigating). YOu can get amazing deals on produce near it's sell by date.
4. Get to know your local butcher and ask them to keep aside any cheap cuts getting near the use by date you can buy at discount. They sometimes offer free bones which can be boiled down to make stock for soup.
5. Invest in a rice cooker to avoid the temptation to buy carry out - perfect rice every time.
6. Never refuse the offer of a cooked meal from a relative or friend. They wouldn't ask if they didn't want you to come.
7. Look out for new restaurants opening in your area. They often have preview nights which they offer free food or discounted dining.
8. Sign up fr mystery shopping. You can get lots of free food this way.

sharond101 Thu 12-Sep-13 21:51:32

9. Use money saving expert site for special offers and more tips and hints. I look at grabbit, food and shopping and freebies forums everyday and have saved a fortune.

JosephineB Fri 13-Sep-13 06:41:57

Super easy super tasty one pot chicken thighs:

This recipe takes about 20 minutes to prepare, an hour to cook (during which you don't have to do anything) and then about another 10 minutes of cooking at the end.

1 tablespoon of oil
1-2 chicken thighs per person (skin on)
4-6 mushrooms per person, cleaned and sliced.
1 garlic clove per person (crushed or chopped finely)
½ mug of balsamic vinegar or red/white wine or cider
50g butter
Large handful of spinach per person
1 chicken stock cube made into approximately ¾ pint stock
1 casserole dish with a lid (you want one big enough to hold all the thighs snuggly in a single layer)

Heat the oil in the casserole dish. Fry the chicken thighs (skin side down) on a medium high heat until crispy. Take your time and you’ll be rewarded later with extra taste! When crispy golden brown, turn the chicken and cook for a couple of minutes more – just until the chicken meat has turned white (This is called sealing and locks the moisture into the meat). When you’re done, remove the chicken and set aside on a plate. If there's a lot of oil in the pan at this point, remove all but approximately a tablespoon.

Add the butter and sliced mushrooms and fry until they start to soften and brown. Season with salt (approx ½ a teaspoon). Make sure you scrape any yummy bits off the bottom of the pan as you cook them.

Add the garlic and cook for another minute then add the vinegar / wine / cider and boil for a few minutes until the liquid has reduced by half. Again, make sure you use the liquid to scrape any yummy bits off the bottom of the pan - these add lots of flavour to the dish.

Return the chicken to the pan and add the stock until the liquid covers about ¾ of the chicken - you want to cover the meat but to leave the crispy skin exposed. Bring to a simmer, then put the lid on and put the dish into the oven at 200 degrees for 45 – 60 minutes.

Take the dish out of the oven, remove the chicken and set aside on a clean plate. Put the dish back on the stove on a medium high heat and reduce the liquid until it’s thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Add the spinach, a handful at a time and cook until wilted. If the chicken has cooled down a lot by this point, add it back into the pan for a couple of minutes to warm up again.

Serve with mashed potato or rice.

webster147 Fri 13-Sep-13 07:53:05

If you are ever stuck on how to prepare or cook something a quick search on YouTube will bring up fantastic tutorial videos, the videos are made by real people and super easy to follow.

AnotherDesperateDad Fri 13-Sep-13 08:08:57

And another way of eating cheaply: find out when your local supermarket starts dropping prices on food that's nearly out of date - often after 7pm - and start shopping then. If you can be creative with what you buy, then you can eat well for less.

HorseyGirl1 Fri 13-Sep-13 09:47:55

Keep your saucepan in your room... so your skanky flatmates won't leave it covered in cold congealed porridge or burnt whatever. Your own clean saucepan when you want to cook is one of the best way to keep friendships.

Skint but yummy pizza alike can be made from putting tomato ketchup on your toast and then cover in cheese and grill. Just cheese on toast but with tomato sauce. If you're really keen rub the toast with a garlic clove first before the tomato sauce.

helen1903 Fri 13-Sep-13 09:51:48

Use supermarkets own brands will save a fortune ...look out for deals bogof and 3 for 2 ...look out for vouchers and codes on the net when shopping and don't forget to sign up for your clubcard in stores....they tend to send you money off coupons and you'll get vouchers and promos where you can quadruple your money and treat yourself to a meal out, cinema etc all whilst just getting your weekly shopping.

somanymiles Fri 13-Sep-13 12:28:13

Don't eat out - learn how to make your favourite takeaways instead. Also, learn how to bake something yummy like chocolate brownies and everyone will be your friend.

When you go home for the weekend offer to be your Mum or Dad's helper in the kitchen. You make the meal while they give you directions. This is a great way to learn how to cook.

CMOTDibbler Fri 13-Sep-13 12:34:31

I never had access to a freezer as a student, and this meant that bulk cooking and buying was hard. Soy mince and chunks was an absolute life saver as they are v cheap, nutritious, but stored dry and portionable.

Lilymaid Fri 13-Sep-13 12:49:50

Get yourself one decent knife and, when you aren't using it yourself, keep it in your room!

lookoveryourshouldernow Fri 13-Sep-13 13:01:43

Nutella Cookies - Super Easy Cookies

1 cup Nutella
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup of Self Raising Flour
1 Egg

Mix everything together thoroughly - making sure that all the flour is well mixed. Press together to make a large dough ball and then dividide into individual 2.5 cm/1 inch round balls.

Place on baking sheet and flatten slightly - making sure that each cookie has room to spread...

Cook in a pre-heated oven 175 degrees C for approx. 8 - 10 minutes.

Eat... before your room rates get them ....

lookoveryourshouldernow Fri 13-Sep-13 13:02:27

...ooops that should have said - Room Mates !!!

totallynaive Fri 13-Sep-13 15:07:49

Establish a kitty early and require double for the first shop. Then, by agreement, use this to go to big cheap Indian and Chinese grocery shops on the outskirts of your university town and bulk-buy spices, noodles, lentils, rice, and dried fruit in large bags. This will save you a lot of money over the next year. Recommended: 500g sesame seeds, at least 250g paprika, cumin seeds, ground coriander, turmeric, garam masala, salt; 50g chili powder, cinnamon, fenugreek, mustard seeds, black pepper. Also soy sauce, coconut milk and a couple of concentrated sauces that you don't have to chuck after a week (read the label carefully to make sure they're the longlife kind) for those of you who find cooking quite challenging. Black bean, plum sauce and tikka paste are my suggestions.

Find out when and where the best streetmarkets are for fruit and veg and use these over supermarkets.

Agree with your housemates that, on top of the usual kitchen stuff which you may already have, each of you will provide at least one of the following: cheap hand blender, wok, kitchen scales. The slow cooker idea given above is also very good if you think you'll be in the house for the early afternoon to do the legwork for the evening meal, and you are up for it. It won't work if your college and library are a bus ride away.

Be aware that what is cheap in supermarkets is not always likely to be the best nutritionally. Real cheap "superfood" exceptions include: chicken (every chicken should make you a meal one night and chicken soup the next), carrots, lentils and beans cooked from scratch, porridge oats, free range eggs from Iceland (£1 for 6), brown rice, barley for soups.

To avoid wasting money on tasty lunchtime sandwiches, keep pittas in the house. These can be quickly filled with fingerfuls of tomatoes, onion, tinned beans, bits of cheese and leftovers, tinned tuna, etc., slathered in homemade Italian dressing (just 3:1 olive oil and balsamic mix), wrapped in clingfilm and popped in your bag in the mornings.

If any of you eat tons of carbs, it is definitely cheaper to cook a lot of porridge (delicious with bananas/dates added during cooking) than to eat bought cereals, and homemade rice pudding is also cheap and yummy. Artisan bread with proper peanut butter is really filling; so maybe one of you might try learning breadmaking...

Don't put nuts on the kitty. They are brilliant, but expensive so need to be bought in bulk (Holland and Barrett offers are best), and one of you will munch the lot and cause bad feeling. BUT they won't go off if you buy a pack of wooden clothes pegs and use them to seal opened bags, so no need for tupperware. Ditto the other storecupboard groceries.

Spaghetti is about 25p in the Asda basics range and about 3 times that in most other standard supermarket ranges. Real feta is about 2.5 times as expensive as virtually identical "salad cheese" (but I would only buy real parmesan, ungrated). I could go on... but now I have another life...

MollyBerry Fri 13-Sep-13 15:55:58

A flask is a lifesaver in the winter. It means you can take in hot food ie soup or stew or something and not stray over to the coffee shop/cafe for something hot when it's freezing outside!

RabbitsarenotHares Fri 13-Sep-13 16:21:23

If you're in halls and your only fridge is in a communal kitchen, get some food colouring to put in your milk. No one else will touch it!

Ruby6918 Fri 13-Sep-13 18:05:59

go to a large supermarket just before it closes on a saturday is probably the best and then you will get all the stuff going out of date soon at bargain prices, freeze it, you will save loads, and go to a local market for veg and fruit and only buy what you need

bucylen Sat 14-Sep-13 05:28:30

Lurk in the local supermarket about an hour before they close. As the fresh stuff is reduced, swoop.
Don't forget to eat fruit. Apples, grapes, easy peel satsumas etc.
Wards off Freshers' Flu.
Jar of peanut butter, good on toast and nutritious.
All of other threads, especially potatoes.

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DwellsUndertheSink Sat 14-Sep-13 21:45:24

Tube of garlic puree - or fresh garlic
Tube of ginger puree - or fresh
Tube of chilli puree - or fresh
cheap dry noodles
tinned sweetcorn
couple of Mushrooms
stock cube
1 chicken breast (or leftover chicken from roast).
SOme spring onions, chopped.
Soy Sauce.

Make a broth from a squeeze of garlic, ginger, chilli (i use about 1.5inches worth) plus stock cube and water - chilli to taste. But be generous with garlic and ginger. simmer.

Chop the chicken and poach.

Add onions, noodles, mushrooms (chopped) and some sweetcorn. simmer until noodles done.

Add a tablespoon of soy sauce. and serve.

cheap, filling, quick and easy.

You can add a handful of coriander leaves if you can get them cheap

You can also add a couple of Kafir lime leaves at the broth stage, and substitute fish sauce for soy sauce for a thai taste. You might also need a half tsp or so of sugar.

Pawprint Sun 15-Sep-13 14:04:57

I had a great book by Delia Smith called One Is Fun. Yummy recipes and not expensive meals.

My advice to any student is cook from scratch. It is much tastier and better for you. Student life can be tough and sometimes depressing and having nice food helps a lot.

hatsybatsy Mon 16-Sep-13 11:21:59

not sure where you all went to university but none of the places I stayed in had decent ovens or freezers? baking anything (let alone brownies) would never have occurred to any of us! (let alone been feasible)

best think to learn to make would be curry sauce. then you can add whatever you like to that.

fry 2 onions (and 2 cloves of garlic of you have any) - until soft and golden.
Add 1-3 tablespoons curry powder (depending on your taste) and 1 table spoon plain flour. fry for one more minute.
Add one pint chicken or veggie stock and stir until thickened.
Simmer for ten minutes.

For chicken curry, add cooked chicken and a tin of peaches before you simmer.
For veggie curry, add mushrooms/peppers/cauliflower to the softerned onions.
For lentil or chick pea curry, cook dried pulses in stock separately and add wet mixture in place of stock, topping up where necessary.

SilverApples Mon 16-Sep-13 11:33:46

How long ago were you at uni though?
I was shock at the quality and resources in most of the accommodations I saw. very different to my digs back in the dark ages.

milk Mon 16-Sep-13 14:02:18

Smoked Salmon Spaghetti

•250g Spaghetti
•1 large onion
•around 150g trimmings/cut up strips of smoked salmon (My 93 year old Nana says you should use "Sainsbury's Smoked Salmon Trimmings, Basics 120g" for £1.50)
•25g chopped dill
•150ml single cream
•1 table spoon of mayonnaise
•salt, pepper, lemon juice.

1.Boil spaghetti until it is soft enough to eat.
2.While the spaghetti is cooking, chop and fry the onion.
3.When the spaghetti is ready to eat, drain the water and put it back in the pan on a low heat.
4. Add the onions, smoked salmon, dill, single cream, mayonnaise and give it a good stir.
5.Season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice to taste.

milk Mon 16-Sep-13 14:04:17

Cinnamon and Syrup American Style Pancakes

•One packet of Scottish pancakes
•Cinnamon powder
•Icing sugar
•Canadian Maple Syrup/ golden syrup

1. Toast the pancakes under the grill or in a toaster until golden brown.
2. Place two teaspoons of cinnamon powder with two tablespoons of icing sugar and mix together.
3. Coat the pancakes in the "cinnamon sugar" mixture, then shake excess off, then put on a plate.
4. Cover the pancakes with the syrup of your choice.

I personally like to turn this into a "meal" by adding scrambled eggs.

milk Mon 16-Sep-13 14:04:44

Chocolate, Cinnamon, and Walnut Strudel

•Readymade puff pastry
•Cinnamon powder
•1 egg, beaten

1.Get a rectangular chopping board, and roll out the dough until it fits the shape
2.spread Nutella over the dough
3.Sprinkle cinnamon powder over the dough and spread
4.Place the walnuts in a food bag, then roll over using the rolling pin to crush them
5.Sprinkle the walnuts over the dough, spread, and cinnamon
6.Roll the dough up into a long sausage shape
7.Press fork over edges to seal
8.Brush egg over strudel
9.Cook as pastry packaging says so (Sainsburys says Gas mark 7 for 20 minutes)

milk Mon 16-Sep-13 14:07:41

5.Sprinkle the walnuts over the dough.
6.Roll the dough up into a long sausage shape
7.Press fork over edges to seal
8.Brush egg over strudel
9.Cook as pastry packaging says so (Sainsburys says Gas mark 7 for 20 minutes)

milk Mon 16-Sep-13 14:10:15

Easy Spanish Omelette

•Peppers (your choice which colour, I prefer orange and yellow as I have a sweet tooth)
•A beaten egg

1.Wash the potato and prick holes in it with a fork.
2.Cut a carrot into three pieces.
3.Put the whole potato and carrot pieces in the microwave for 6 minutes.
4.While you are waiting for the microwave to finish, let out some anger by chopping up some onion and peppers separately. I like to put them on a chopping board and go at them with a large knife- great at the end of the day when many people may not have lived up to your standards, or for that matter any standards.
5.When the microwave has finished, take out the potato and carrot, and slice them.
6.Put some oil in a frying pan, and heat on a low light.
7.Put the onion in the pan for a few minutes to brown.
8.Place in the frying pan a few carrot and potato pieces, as well as some crazy cut up peppers, then cover with a beaten egg.
9.Fry on one side, then turn it over to cook the other side. If you are unable to turn it over, just stick it under the grill.
I like to garnish the dish with a sliced up tomato.

milk Mon 16-Sep-13 14:11:05

If any of my recipes get put into the book, please message me for my real name smile It ain't milk :P

milk Mon 16-Sep-13 14:41:23

Baking fun for 6 friends- Rainbow fairy cakes

Each person must have their own bowl. They mix together 100g soft butter and 100g caster sugar. They then mix in 100g self raising flour and 2 eggs. They then add a drop of vanilla extract. Each friend then adds the food colouring. Each friend has either: yellow, orange, red, green, blue, or purple.

The colours are then added separately to the fairy cake cases, forming layers of colour.

They are then baked on gas mark 4 for 20-25 minutes.

Nadienoo Mon 16-Sep-13 18:59:04

Probably not the healthiest, but there are a few things I used to live on...

Pasta and cheese
Chips, cheese and beans (makes everything better!!)
Sometimes I'd mix it up and have a jacket potato
Oh and I used to make a batch of coronation chicken every now and then when I had time, this is the recipe I use now..

Easy Coronation Chicken

But I'd have it in sandwiches, baked potatos- pretty much anything...

And Spag Bol

Sherryfortea Mon 16-Sep-13 20:29:33

Tuna rice and sweetcorn. Cook basmati with a veg stock cube. Add drained tuna and sweetcorn and serve. I can't stand it. Teenagers seem to love it.

DrCoconut Mon 16-Sep-13 21:18:56

Cook a couple of potatoes and mash. Meanwhile fry up some chopped bacon, onion and optionally mushrooms. Mix with the mash, top with grated cheese and brown under a grill (or not if you don't have one. Serve with beans.

DrCoconut Mon 16-Sep-13 21:22:56

Pizza toasties. Use tomato sauce, cheese and whatever bits you have eg ham, chicken, tuna to make toasted sandwiches. Cook under a grill if you have no sandwich toaster.

SilverApples Mon 16-Sep-13 21:23:58

Dr C, we have a vegetarian version of that called Smoosh.

Cold boiled potatoes, fried in a frying pan.
Add turmeric, paprika, 1/2 tsp of dry mustard.
Keep stirring and flipping the mixture over
Add a couple of handfuls of grated cheddar and a splosh of lemon juice.
Turn down the heat and add sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and sesame. but watch them carefully because they burn quickly
Turn it onto a plate and scoff.

17leftfeet Mon 16-Sep-13 21:34:15

Never order in from domino's Pizza Hut etc

The local independent pizza/curry/kebab house is your friend where you can pick up a pizza to feed 30 for a fiver that may or may not be a slight exaggeration

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 19-Sep-13 15:51:28

Thanks all so much for your fabulous suggestions. We've put together a gallery of our top ten tips and recipes for hapless students. Please do share with all your student friends and family, particularly those setting off to Uni for the first time this weekend.

Congratulations to those whose tips made it to our top ten, you've each won a copy of The Ultimate Student Cookbook. We'll pm you later to get your details. For those who didn't make it, Orion books have kindly allowed us to reproduce two recipes from the book to give you a taster.

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