HDL COOKS: Thick and Fluffy American-Style Pancakes

You know you’re starting to reach adulthood when your friends start moving away. It doesn’t hit you until people start graduating from university, and you realise that the temporary exit they made from your life is becoming permanent. Last week, one of my good friends moved out of Southampton and into the capital, and I…

The 5 Things That Helped Me Survive My Degree

So, yesterday I graduated. It has been a tough few years for me, but I am pleased to be able to look back with pride over my journey, difficult as it may have been. University is not easy for anyone, and although sometimes I felt disappointed in my experience, I am glad I’ve gotten through…

HDL COOKS: Pasta Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

Oh pasta. Mender of broken hearts, filler of empty tummies, staple of many a student kitchen. I was an unfortunate latecomer to the pasta fanatic club (all thanks to my mother, who refused to have it in the house because she associates it with poverty…), but now I am here, sat with a dish of…

Date night through the seasons

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I am in the mood for romance! But I love my boyfriend all year round, so this year I am granting him 20 dates for the whole year that he can cash in anytime. It’s a great way of reminding each other that we matter, and that there is no…

HDL TIPS FOR WRITING ESSAYS

I always feel a bit anxious about writing things like this, because it assumes that I a) know what I’m doing and b) feel that my expertise is necessary enough to be shared. The truth is, I have written probably around 30 essays at university so far, and every time I write a new one…

HDL COOKS: Strawberry Avocado Babyleaf Salad

Something not many people know about me is how much I love a good salad. They range from refreshing to hearty and can combine almost any ingredients to make a healthy lunch or side dish. Something I’ve found, though, is that eating substantial salads on a student budget can prove to be pretty lacklustre –…