Survival Lessons 101: FOOD
Being a fresher implies becoming responsible, organised, independent and ultimately able to take care of yourself whether it is cleaning, ironing, washing or cooking. In this blog post, I will try to give all my readers an insight into food prepping/ eating out at Warwick.
When it comes to breakfast, the easy way to go is granola, yoghurt, cereal, milk, omelettes, or a combination of all: parfait- a rich cold dessert made with whipped cream, eggs, and fruit. Moreover, you can never go wrong with french toast, smoothies, oatmeal, sandwiches, quinoa, acai bowls, chia pudding, scrambled eggs and so on. If you are on the go then you can also stop on the way to lectures at Curiositea, Costa or Rootes Grocery Store for paninis, meal deals, coffees and tea.
It gets a little complicated when lunch time comes since you usually have only an hour or two to spare between lectures and seminars. I and my friends go either to the Bread oven or Dirty Duck since the meals are very affordable and filling. However, if you do want to save some £ then a great way is to prep your meals from home; some delicious ideas can be: tuna sandwiches, salads, wraps, vegetable rolls, lasagna, pasta bake, burgers and fries, salmon, rice or my absolute faves: green beans, brussels sprouts and peas.
Dinner is probably the most awaited meal for me because it marks the end of the work/leisure day and it feels like the time to celebrate whatever it is you accomplished during that day, even if that was only the act of getting out of bed haha. Some amazing dinner dishes include greek salad flatbreads, noodle soup, salads, spicy chicken, lasagna, fish and chips, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, roast chicken, enchiladas, couscous, baked potatoes, fajitas, quesadillas.
The best places to eat on campus are Dirty Duck, Le Gusta, Xananas or pretty much any other cafe in any building on campus. Also, among the best restaurants to eat in Leam are Nando’s, GBK, Las Iguanas, and if you want to be fancy for the night: Restaurant 23- Morgan’s Bar or La Coppola. On the other side, in Coventry, the best places to eat at are Nando’s(yet again), Bella Italia, Pizza Express, Papa John’s, Frankie & Benny’s, Etna, Noodle Bar, Cosmo, Rising Cafe and The Greyhound Inn.
Since I finished with the list of advice, and best/ most affordable places to eat at around Warwick Uni, I suggest I leave you with my favourite recipe: roasted brussels sprouts with garlic.
Directions (credits to foodnetwork.com)
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat; add 2 chopped garlic cloves and 1/2 teaspoon each cumin seeds and kosher salt and cook 2 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon brown sugar, the juice of 1/2 lemon and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Toss with 1 1/4 pounds halved Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet. Roast at 450 degrees F until tender, 18 to 24 minutes. Toss with torn cilantro.