First Year: The Highs and The Lows

The thing about university is that no matter how much you convince yourself that you are prepared to start this whole new life in a new place, meeting new people and doing new things, you’re never really fully prepared (or at least I wasn’t anyway).

I made countless to-do lists, read an abundance of blog posts and watched too many YouTube videos on people’s experiences of moving to university and their first year in general. What I should have realised from that, is that everyone’s experience is different.

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Review: The Galley Restaurant in Topsham

Located on Fore Street in the heart of Topsham, your first impression of The Galley may be of a small, unassuming restaurant. Facing a boat yard, the restaurant has a charming view across the river, with a newly refurbished cobalt blue exterior. The Galley looks like a quaint, local business. In fact, it is exactly…

In My Good Books: ‘The Muse’ by Jessie Burton

‘The Muse’ is a novel packed with mystery, thwarted love and artistry. Following her captivating novel ‘The Miniaturist’, Jessie Burton’s next novel depicts an equally in-depth fictionalisation of contemporary cultural anxieties. Thus while ‘The Miniaturist’ explores the historic damning of sodomy, ‘The Muse’ depicts racial prejudice in the 1960s, as well as the social tension…

Unimumma’s Exam-Time Meals: Spatchcock Chicken Traybake

Ingredients: 1 medium chicken 2 red peppers 1 red onion ½ butternut squash 2 courgettes 1 aubergine 3 garlic cloves (chopped) 4 tsp smoked paprika 2 tsp paprika 2 tsp tumeric 2 tsp dried oregano 500g Quinoa mix 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint 1 lemon 3 tbsp 0% fat yogurt 1 tbsp olive oil 1…

Uninumma’s Lunch Recipe: Tuna and Cannellini Bean Salad

As exams are now amongst us, and we are fighting for space in the Forum, lunch needs to be quick, healthy, and cheap (of course). So this week is all about meal prepping, bringing you three meals that will keep for a few days and are perfect to take to campus! Tuna and Cannellini Bean…

In My Good Books: ‘Birdsong’ by Sebastian Faulks

Heart-warming and heart-breaking, Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong combines epic romance with harrowing warfare. Written in 1993, Faulks brings the horrors of the First World War to the modern reader in this vivid novel. Birdsong follows the life of Stephen Wraysford as he begins as an apprentice in Amiens, France. Stephen lives with his employer Rene and…

Unimumma’s Week 4 Recipes: Ham and Beetroot Salad Lunchbox

Makes 1-2 servings (but can be easily double although you may want to make fresh that morning or night before so ingredients don’t go soggy in the fridge) Ingredients 1 raw beetroot 1 tsp wholegrain mustard Ham trimmings (do not be put off by buying ham trimmings, they are significantly cheaper, and are lot more…

Unimumma’s Weekly Meal Plan: Week 4

This week heavily features a great root vegetable which is commonly underappreciated and feared: the beetroot! I know many people don’t like beetroot, but I have discovered new ways to make it delicious. It is a great source of calcium, iron, vitamins A and C, manganese, potassium, and folic acid! So give these recipes a…

In My Good Books: ‘Nutshell’ by Ian McEwan

Acclaimed as the modern Hamlet, Ian McEwan reaches Shakespearean levels of genius in his recent novel, Nutshell. The first McEwan novel I read was Atonement, a timeless war-time romance that entranced me. Yet, McEwan has proved that he is unlimited in his ability to master every genre of literature. It is therefore unsurprising that The…

Unimumma’s Week 3 Recipes: Prawn Curry and Cauli Rice

(Serves 2) Ingredients 1x Pepper 1x Onion 200g Frozen Prawns 200g Tinned Tomatoes 2 Tbsp Low Fat Crème fraîche 4 Tsp Curry Powder 2 Tsp Lazy Garlic ¼ Caulifower 3 Tsp Olive oil Method Fry off the peppers and onion in 2 tsp of olive oil, once softened add in the garlic and curry powder…