November, November. Here we go!

Halloween was a blast, I honestly had such a good time at the two fundraisers we organised for Z Theatre Company to help us raise enough money to go to and be able to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

My Halloween Makeup

I really enjoyed my costume as well! (I was ‘half-dead’!)

Myself and a handful of the first year drama students have chosen to take part in this project which has been running at Hull University for over 35 years. The company is completely student lead, with the managers in 2nd year and the performers in 1st year, like myself. We will be taking 2 performances to Edinburgh this August if we can raise enough money for transport and accommodation for the 2 weeks we need to be there. We have been and will continue to put on exciting events, twice a week throughout the year to raise this money – the next being a Vine themed Party taking place on the 22nd November – everyone welcome to join – check on the Hull University Facebook groups for more information in the form of posters (which I have included below)! But we also rely on the donations of the generous public. If you would like to donate to support us getting to Edinburgh, click this link to our GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/get-z-theatre-company-to-fringe

This time, cooked what my mother calls Ham and Pea pasta, which is deliciously cheap, incredibly easy to make and not all that unhealthy!

You will need:

  • Pasta (a few handfuls)
  • 2 cloves of garlic or more if you like a stronger garlic taste
  • Ham cut into small squares
  • Mushrooms diced
  • Frozen peas (about 3 small mugs full)
  • Half a carton of Elmlea double cream
  • 2 tablespoons of finely grated parmesan
  • 4 eggs (2 eggs per person)

This recipe feeds 2-3 people, or just you for a couple of nights!

  1. Fry the ham and mushrooms with garlic in a frying pan.
  2. While that’s cooking, boil the kettle and add the pasta to a large saucepan.
  3. Combine the eggs, parmesan and cream in a jug.
  4. Add the boiling water to the pasta and cook for about 8 minutes.
  5. After this time, add the peas (don’t be shy to add more than you think!) to the ham and mushroom mixture and remove the garlic. Fry until the peas have softened.
  6. Drain the pasta and place it back into the saucepan.
  7. Add the fried peas, ham and mushrooms to the pasta, mix, and add the sauce, and heat until the sauce begins to create small lumps of scrambled egg on the bottom. (Hint: it will look a little odd, but as long as it’s hot all the way through, the sauce is ready and completely safe to eat!)
  8. Enjoy this delicious meal!

This is honestly one of my favourites – I used to ask for this for my ‘birthday meal’ when I was growing up!

I also made a version of ‘Toad In the Hole’ from a student cook book for myself and my boyfriend when he came over for the weekend. Date night doesn’t always have to be expensive, and it means there’s only a short walk from your evening meal to the sofa for a film and a snuggle. #couplegoals

I have discovered a new technique when it comes to saving money on your weekly shop. It is called ‘Having a nosey around other shops and comparing prices to see if Lidl really is the cheapest option’ #catchytitleiknow.

And the answer my friends is no, Lidl is not the cheapest – SHOCK HORROR!!!

No, in fact the other day I bought 3 courgettes in a packfor £1.15 from Tesco, when Lidl sells individual courgettes for £1.70 – these are the hard facts people! I do these experiments so you don’t have to. I’ve got your backs.

It is true that vegetables are actually cheaper in most cases in brand names like Tesco, ASDA and Sainsbury’s. The next mission is to locate and zone in on a green grocer. Any recommendations or suggestions in Hull?

Another tip I have to save money is to try and buy some tins of things to have on nights when you’re busy or not in the mood to cook – ravioli, baked beans, spaghetti hoops, soup, etc. whatever you fancy. I recommend Tesco multibuy deals for things like this too – I got 3 for £2 instead of 85p each. That’s 3 meals sorted for the week. What a bargain?!

Of course, for the basics like pasta and dilute squash, Lidl and Aldi are great. But I urge students not to fear brand supermarkets as much as there are little ways you can save money lurking behind the big posh ‘Extra Special’ ranges, which are just ridiculously expensive. Have a look around and I bet you won’t be disappointed.

That’s all I have to say this time. Thank you for following my blog so far, I’ve enjoyed writing and hope to keep this up throughout my university career.

Until next time, thanks for reading!

By Sophie Clarkson