Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Student recipe - spinach and ricotta cannelloni

Cooking at university can often be a challenge, especially if you find yourself on a tight budget or have deemed it far too much effort to cook properly just for one. It is possible however, to make food that is both healthy and tasty, without breaking the bank so here is a recipe for one of my favourite things to cook/dribble over/devour... It cost me just over £5 to make and is enough to last for 4 meals, perfect for any savvy students out there, enjoy!

What you need -
16 canneloni tubes - 95p
1 bag of spinach - £1
1 tub of ricotta cheese - £1
1 tub of creme fraiche -90p
2 tins of chopped tomatoes - 34p each
1 egg
Mozzarella - 49p
1 pinch of basil
1 pinch of salt
1 clove of garlic - 25p for 1
Tomato puree (optional)

1. Pre heat the oven to 180 degress  then, along with the chopped clove of garlic, add a handful of spinach to the pan and continue to do so until it has all wilted. Drain the spinach and slice into bits.

2. Empty the ricotta cheese into a bowl, along with the beaten egg and a pinch of salt and mix together. Add the chopped up spinach into the bowl and once it has been mixed together, fill the cannelloni tubes. Once the tube has been filled, place onto a lightly greased tray.

Tip - make sure to place the cannelloni tubes very closely together on the tray...

3. Whilst filling the pasta tubes, empty the chopped tomatoes into a pan and simmer until the the consistency thickens.

4. Layer the thickened chopped tomatoes on top of the cannelloni tubes, then add the creme fraiche on top of this.

5. Place the sliced mozzarella evenly on top of the creme fraiche, along with a pinch of basil and put in the oven for 30 minutes.

Tip - cannelloni is perfect to go alongside salad or literally any vegetable you have in your fridge!

Great for a hearty meal with housemates, or you can even freeze the leftovers and save for meals over the next few weeks - cheap, tasty and doesn't leave you feeling guilty after devouring your entire plate, perfect!

What are your favourite things to cook?

Charlotte x

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

what kind of student are you?

Moving to university enables you to become your own person as you begin a journey to find out who you truly are. It can take weeks, months, even years to figure it out, to decide who it is you want to be known as and who you are content with. Some people never find it but some won't stop until they do.

Going to university, becoming a student - it changes you - even if you don't feel it. It enables you to dip your toe very slightly, into the world of adulthood, and whilst some embrace the lack of structure and the choice of attending lectures being completely their own, many throw themselves in completely, to everything university has to offer.

From sport to charity work, writing to dance - there couldn't possibly be a student out there who is unable to find something that appeals to them. It may be one of the only times in your life, where you are subject to such a vast array of groups and activities, of which are all chomping at the bit for you to become involved.

When Banana Moon contacted me, regarding the competition they are running, 'Study of the Student Species', I thought it was a really fun thing to be involved in. As I looked down through the list of different characters you may find at university, it was difficult to choose just one, as it became apparent that there were elements of myself in many of them.

I think, as many of the posts on this blog may suggest, I related most to the 'student activist' (although I would like to point out I have slightly less facial hair than the photo suggests...) species. It could maybe be said that I have quite a strong opinion about things, I love to talk and debate and discuss different viewpoints on topics. I think it's important to be passionate about things, to believe that your opinion could genuinely make a difference - because why wouldn't it?

Ideally, I'm the 'eat a lot of chocolate, pretend I'm mature enough to go for a couple of drinks yet end up hammered, wailing to Destiny's Child and in bed by 12' species of student, but for some reason, that didn't seem to be on the list...

This competition is open to all bloggers. To get involved and be in with a chance of winning a tablet and t-shirts from Banana Moon, simply write a post, stating which student you are most like and tweet the link, along with the #studentspecies tagline. For more information, click here

What kind of student are/were you?

Charlotte x

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Problems of a 11yr old in the noughties

1. Falling out with your mate after reshuffling your Bebo friend list and having to break it to them that they didn't make the cut...

2. Loving every single piece of clothing in Tammy but your mum only allowing you to choose 2 things.

3. Genuinely not knowing how you are meant to survive after hearing the news that Busted have split up and hating Charlie with every fibre in your being.

4. Not being able to find that perfect angle on your web cam for your MSN profile picture.

5. Getting so stressed when you just don't know who to share the love with on Bebo...

6. Crying in despair when your Claire's Accessories necklace snaps after only buying it 2 days ago.

8. Finally getting a brand new phone but losing your highest ever score on Snake in the process...

9. Losing your page in your new Jacqueline Wilson book...

10. Going through a state of depression after watching the music video for Hero by Enrique Iglesias and feeling all dem feeeeels

11. Considering disowning your mum and leaving home when your mum wouldn't buy you a Jane Norman bag for school...

12. Not knowing what to do when your glitter eyeliner has dried up and you're already 3 minutes late for your best friend's rave at her house, in the living room, playing twister...

13. Being so jealous of the year 11's because they were so cool and grown up and just wishing you could be them...

What were your biggest life problems when you were 11?

Charlotte x

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

read and reviewed #9

As Autumn rolls in, with cooler winds and darker nights, there is nothing better than snuggling up with a book and a cup of tea, a candle flickering in the background and the worries of the day being slowly forgotten about as you become engrossed in a whole different world...

Virgin - Radhika Sanghani | WOW. This book is like nothing I've ever read before - one of, if not the, most refreshing and honest account of a young girl's life that I've come across, which I'm sure every single person who reads this can relate too, in some way or other. Ellie is a twenty one year old virgin and is beyond desperate to lose her 'v plates' by the time her final year at university comes to an end. From dodgy waxes to mortifyingly embarrassing experiences,  this book is frank, honest and absolutely hilarious - I bloody loved it.

Chasing Daisy - Paige Toon | Another fabulous book from Paige Toon - I have recommended every single book of hers that I have read(all but 1) to my friends, family and anyone that will listen! I love how Paige includes characters from previous novels, entwining them into each story - it just makes you feel so much closer to the characters - as if you're going on a journey, with 'people' you genuinely know. A charming, funny and easy read that is perfect to relax with and have a giggle at.

Paper Aeroplanes - Dawn O'Porter | Ohhh this is so GOOD! The characters, Renee and Flo are just so real - they have dysfunctional families and they have personal issues and you know that, they're just like actual high school girls, they aren't perfect! Like Virgin, Paper Aeroplanes addresses real issues, some that, wrongly or rightly, are slightly taboo - it even includes *periods* SHOCK. I feel like whether you left your teenage years a long time ago, whether you've just entered them or whether  you're right smack bang in the middle of them, you just have to read this book. 

What books have you been enjoying recently?

Charlotte x

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