Everyone loves a bowl of plain pasta and a pot noodle butty, but a few decent meals here and there can make a huge difference to your life, let alone your ability to study. There’s tons of food advice for students around, but can you use the books on your reading list as a cooking aids? Yes: yes you can. How much fun would it be to eat along with your favourite characters? (The answer is: SO MUCH FUN!) Here’s what culinary delights some of your first year texts have to offer, along with helpful links to simple recipes from the World Wide Web:

Wuthering Heights fans can treat themselves to ‘boiled milk or tea’ and a delicious ‘basin of milk porridge’. If you’re feeling very hungry try ‘a plateful of cakes’.

Hopefully your accommodation doesn’t make you feel like you’re living on the set of A Taste of Honey, but some ‘biscuits and a flask of coffee’ may brighten your early mornings.

Treat Yo’self Lolita style, with ‘an elaborate ice cream concoction topped with synthetic syrup’. However, beware of strange men offering to provide you with sweet treats…



shutterstock_107372255Absolute Beginners thinks you should treat yourself and eat ‘chocolates and ices in a state of rapture’, so take a break from cooking, you deserve it.

If you’re hosting a dinner party, take some tips from Bev in Abigail’s Party and force your guests to eat ‘platefuls of home-made cheese-and-pineapple savouries, each consisting of one cube of cheese and one chunk of pineapple on a cocktail stick’. You can also offer to make your guests ‘a little sandwich’ if they’d prefer, and learn to make the perfect ‘little gin-and-tonic’ with ice and lemon.

For a hearty, warming feast in the winter months, on those days when you just don’t feel like cooking, just steal some ‘brandy, mincemeat, meatbone, bread, cheese and [a] pork pie’ from your sister’s pantry like Pip in Great Expectations.

Hopefully you are starting to feel inspired to get cooking (and reading of course, do you see what I’ve done here? Mwahahaaaaaaaa). It can be an effort to eat well on a budget, and you may sometimes feel like Frank O’Hara in Lunch Poems and dramatically exclaim that ‘it’s so meaningless to eat!’, but stay calm. Try cooking in bulk for the week ahead, you’ll thank yourself for the effort you made when you get in from seminars and don’t have to cook. The easy options are always tempting, but limit your pot noodle intake, and whatever you do, try not to go all Cap in The Lonely Londoners-the seagull population of Liverpool are an unforgiving bunch.

Also look out for easy recipes from T.E.A and our recommendations for places to eat in Liverpool-all coming online next week!

-Katie and T.E.A

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