A diet of canned goods and good ol’ Smash, everyone’s favourite instant mash, is typical for most struggling students. But there are times when even the staples are out, and you’re forced to use your creative genius to concoct a desperate dinner out of whatever is at the back of the cupboard, combined with what’s available in the nearest vending machine. Doritos + Parmesan Cheese Powder + microwave = Food fail!
If you can imagine the smell of microwaved powdered Parmesan with already highly seasoned cheese Doritos, then you can understand how my university roommate was woken from her sleep, only to race down the stairs to the bathroom to relieve her unsettled stomach. True story… and she didn’t even eat the unnerving nachos!
You can’t blame me for wanting to get a bit adventurous, as it becomes very easy to fall into bad student food habits of oven pizzas, pasta, pasta and more pasta.
Sometimes a poor man food craze catches on and you get a bit of variety – avocado and Marmite on toast was big in 2010. You can even survive for a while being the ‘can I have a bite of that?’ guy, or by waiting around halls to retrieve the remnants of soggy tea bags. There’s no rule saying you can’t use them twice, right?
Usually we’re stuck for better or worse with the usual suspects (below). But, perhaps you’ve come up with something better, something that makes pungent pot noodles and my gag reflex, makeshift Mexican look like five star cuisine. Tell us in the Comments section about your best or worst desperate student dinner for the chance to win one of two £25 hungryhouse vouchers – do yourself a favour and get someone else to do the cooking!
Spaghetti with ketchup
A disgrace to the Italian culture
I should have about 100 sets of wings by now
Bearable once you discover the best brand
Add it to anything (usually melted) and you have a meal.
Have you done better??? Tell us about your scary student food fails for a chance to win one of two £25 hungryhouse vouchers