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Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Pancakes

I am a third year; I am not a fresher. But, somehow, I’ve still caught the dreaded “freshers’ flu”. Or the “freshers’ quite bad and inconvenient because I have a tonne of work to do cold”. That doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, though…

Either way, I’m feeling under the weather (which isn’t fantastic today) and didn’t really want to finish my reading for a mini presentation I have to give on primate mating behaviour, nor did I feel like or typing up my identification of a fossil Sharks tooth. They needed to be done though, so cracked on with them.

After breakfast in bed, that was.

Fruity, oatmeal packed breakfast pancakes. Served with a dusting of cinnamon and a nice drizzle of honey, because everyone always tells me that honey good for a sore throat. And the best part? These were still really light and fluffy despite being packed full of oats.

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It’s life, Jim!

Just a little update from me, and an apology at the lack of food/recipe related posts… a lack that may sadly continue for a while whilst I focus my attention on my university studies.

I’ve just entered my third year as an undergraduate Palaeobiologist, which is a nice mix of Geology, Biology and Zoology for those of you who are curious as to what that entails. I’ve only had one week of lectures so far, but it looks like it’s going to be a fantastic year! Though I already have a lot of work, it’s all based on topics I personally find interesting so I’m finding it fun. (No more crying over statistics and chemistry!) It’s also looking like they’ve been hiding all the best lecturers until now; I didn’t think I’d find myself wishing we had more timetabled hours. With all the studying, minds, it’s probably a good thing that we don’t.

I went for a mini-escape with my boyfriend to Lyme Regis last weekend; just three days, but it was nice catching up after two months of not seeing him. We hiked 12km, went fossil hunting in Charmouth, and I got my shoes wet and fell over in the sea… Oops.

So here’s hoping things stay up, and that I can find the time to cook again once I get back into the swing of studying. I’ve been invited to a Hallowe’en/Housewarming party at the end of the month, so if that’s not an excuse to put my books down and make several batches of biscuits, I don’t know what is.

A late night walk to celebrate surviving the first week of term, and taking pictures of Big Ben and Parliament from the Riverbank.

 

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Someone has a new toy!

And by toy I mean something that children shouldn’t be allowed near. Food loving college students should probably be kept well away from said something too, especially when they’re clumsy and have a tendency to burn themselves, but it’s too late for that.

After mulling over the idea for a few days, I finally caved today and went bought a slow cooker. Technically, seeing as I paid with nectar points, it only cost me 49p in all! That makes me a very happy bunny birdy right now. I couldn’t wait to give it go, so swung past Lidl on the way home to grab some meat and onions to throw in with the vegetables I already had in the fridge. As I type, my vegetable & pork stew/casserole is cooking away nicely, and I really can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Still 3 hours left, but it smells amazing!

This was 3 hours before done (only 1 hour left now!) but it was already smelling amazing. It reminds me so much of food from home…

So far I’ve managed to stick to my vow of ‘I will eat more home-cooked food and more veggies, less sugar, and I will eat out less and I shall stop eating cereal for dinner’.  Okay, I did have pizza yesterday, but I was helping a friend move into their new flat and we had a catch-up before watching a movie. That aside, since I’ve started eating more healthily, I’ve been feeling a lot healthier and less lethargic. You are what you eat, I guess.

But, with classes starting up again in a week and with the days getting shorter and colder, I can see myself wavering a little. After a day of lectures, lab practicals, tutorials and/or grumbling over essays I usually can’t be bothered cooking up the something nutritious I’d told myself I would make that morning. In the past, I’ve usually gone with the easy option and grabbed the bran-flakes. Now I won’t have an excuse. I can throw everything into the pot in the morning and come home to tasty food, or I can make my meals on the weekend and freeze them for later in the week.

There are so many recipes I’m looking forwards to trying, and I’m also hoping I can convert some of the tasty dishes I miss from home into slow-cooker recipes. If there’s anything this year I’m really happy that I bought (other than my DSLR and a really cozy sweater I got from the thrift store last week) it’s my baby slow cooker.

(If any of you have any super tasty slow-cooker/crock-pot recipes you love, please do share them!)

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Mocha Cheesecake Oatmeal

I always want type ‘porridge‘ instead of ‘oatmeal‘. Porridge was what I was brought up to call this super-oaty breakfast-y goodness, but with the majority of the world referring to it as oatmeal I’ve started going with the latter name. After all, porridge could refer to rice porridge… which has led to me confusing a friends on a few occasions until I explained that I meant oatmeal.

It still doesn’t stop them looking at me funny when I explain I throw half the contents of the fridge into my oatmeal, though…
Oh well, they’re the ones missing out.

Mocha Cheesecake Oatmeal

Creamy, chocolatey, coffee flavoured goodness in a bowl!

With the weather not making its mind up whether to be sunny or drizzle, it put me in the mood for breakfast-for-lunch. Oatmeal always hits the spot, and after spotting a recipe for Dark Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake Baked Oatmeal, I decided to make my own twist with a shot of instant coffee. I’m too impatient to give baked oatmeal a go (maybe some other time, when I don’t have 100-and-something episodes of Supernatural to get through) but I compromised with myself and didn’t use the microwave for once.

Chocolate counts as one of my five-a-day, right?

Chocolate counts as one of my five-a-day, right?

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Spicy Pumpkin Soup with Quinoa

I really wanted to make this yesterday, but it was raining. No matter how much I wanted soup, I wasn’t venturing outside for the sake of buying a single onion, so I stayed inside all snuggled up with a cup of tea watching Supernatural (I’ve only began watching the series, but better late than never, right?). The sun poked it’s face through the clouds this morning, however, so I braved the big-bad world and scurried to the supermarket. It didn’t rain or drizzle, which was good; at least not until a few hours later, but by then I was chopping onions in the kitchen with tears running down my face. I hate chopping onions. But for this, the pain was worth it.

Nice, tasty, hot and spicy soup, with quinoa to make it extra-filling. It’s the perfect recipe to warm you through and clear your sinuses. In other words, it’s perfect for the coming season of thick sweaters and the dreaded freshers’ flu.

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