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Exam Stress Cocktails

By Matt Dowse It’s getting to that time again: deadlines and exams are fast approaching, but it’s important not to let yourself get too stressed. You know what really helps reduce stress? Cocktails! Here are some fab drinks that are simple enough for you to mix on a student budget. Vodka Sunset [Credit: Tim Savage, Pexels] A nice simple one to get you started, and probably the cheapest to make! You will need: Vodka (we recommend 50ml) Orange juice Raspberry cordial (squash) W

Recipes for the everyday vegan

Image: Pixabay [Bryony Wharfe | Contributing Writer] Originally meaty favourites, these two recipes are now available to vegan superstars, and make you realise there’s more to our food than sadness. Shepherd’s pie Image: Sodanie Chea, Flickr, CC BY 4.0 A recipe I created on my own with help from various online recipe guides. Serves 6-8. Ingredients Filling 1 medium onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 500g uncooked brown or green lentils, rinsed and drained Any amount of mixe

The easiest vegan pancakes ever

[Catie Allwright | Contributing Writer] Three ingredients, no fuss. It couldn’t be simpler to win at Pancake Day this year! Ingredients 1 mug self raising flour 1½ mugs plant milk (I’ve used soya, almond and oat, they all turned out perfectly) 1 generous teaspoon baking powder Whichever toppings you fancy! Method No special skills required here, just mix all of the ingredients (excluding the toppings) up with a fork or hand whisk and you’ll be good to go. I tend to mix them t

Student Stir Fry

Georgia Porter | Contributing Writer It’s time to put down those take away menus and ready meals! This student stir fry is a quick, delicious and nutritious main meal; just what you need after a long day of lectures! Some of the ingredients will keep well in your cupboard for a long length of time, so not only does this save you the regular long trek to Aldi or Asda, it saves you money too. Portion control is an issue when students start to cook for themselves; this recipe gi

Easy & Healthy Banana Pancakes Recipe

[Laura Noakes | Deputy Editor] It’s summer, and exam stress has FINALLY gone. Many people (myself included) are using this stress-free time to eat a little healthier, and this really easy pancake recipe is my go-to snack at the moment. Not only is it so simple to make that even I can do it (and I once burnt salad – long story), but it’s also delicious – I actually LIKE bananas again! Ingredients 2 bananas (the riper the better) 2 eggs 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder 1/2 teaspoo

Recipe: BlueMoon’s Chocolate Mug Cake

[Kealie Mardell | Print Editor] 5 steps, 5 minutes, and a tasty treat for the perfect revision break! Ingredients 1 mug 4 tbsp. self-rising flour 4 tbsp. caster sugar 2 tbsp. cocoa powder 1 egg 3 tbsp. milk 3 tbsp. oil Optional Extras: Why not add chocolate chips, a splash of vanilla or a dollop of peanut butter? Method 1) Grab your mug and mix together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar and cocoa) 2) Add the milk and egg, mix well to form a big chocolatey glob 3) Finish with

Food for a Fiver: Hot Dog Spaghetti

[Shelby Loasby | News Sub Editor] (£2.50 or £4.84 = 63p or £1.21 per serving) Serves 4 Ingredients 500g Pasta – 50p 12 jumbo hot dogs (2 tins) – £2.00 Pinch of salt Optional toppings and sides 500g Tomato and Garlic Pasta Sauce – 84p Grated Hard Cheese – £1.18 Garlic Baguette – 32p Method Follow the instructions on the packaging to cook the garlic baguette. Cut the hot dogs into small, even chucks, and then poke 4-5 pieces of uncooked spaghetti through each piece of hot dog.