The Quesadilla

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A tasty, easy alternative to sandwiches, the only things that stay constant are the tortillas and the cheese. Whatever else goes in there is up to you!

You will need:

  • 1 tortilla wrap
  • 30g grated cheese
  • Any extra fillings of your choice
  • A little bit of olive oil for frying

The steps:

  1. Have your wrap open and sprinkle the cheese on top.
  2. Add anything extra you fancy on the cheese and make sure you cover the whole thing to get an even spread.
  3. Fold your tortilla in half ready to cook.
  4. Add the oil to a frying pan at a medium heat (definitely nothing high) and put your quesadilla in once the pan is hot enough.
  5. Give it about two minutes on each side, until the cheese is melting. Be careful you don’t burn the tortilla, try for a golden brown colour.
  6. Once it’s done, take the quesadilla out of the pan and cut into triangles.
  7. Enjoy!

The Jacket Potato

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There’s nothing like a jacket potato to keep you going through tough study periods, plus they’re cheap and super easy to do. Here’s how to do it right:

You will need:

  • Just one baking potato (usually come in packs of 4, bigger than your average)
  • Butter and/or your topping of choice, to serve.

The steps:

  1. Take a fork to your potato and give it a good pricking.
  2. Pop your potato on a microwave safe dish and microwave for about 10 minutes. Turn your oven on and up to 200C.
  3. Take the potato out of the microwave, off the dish and into the oven on the rack. Leave it in for about 45 minutes.
  4. Once your potato is cooked, plate it up and cut a cross into the top. Using something to cover your hands, squeeze the bottom in to pop the top open.
  5. Add your choice of topping, maybe some beans, maybe some cheese or maybe some beans and cheese?

Jackets are super versatile and go with basically anything, our bolognese is a particularly good addition!

Words by Simon Whitlock

 

Spaghetti Bolognese

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This is a great easy meal to make in big quantities to last you days, maybe even longer if you freeze some of it too. It’s also a sure fire hit with flatmates if trying to get a quick fix group meal done.

This recipe should cover 4 servings, so feel free to do more or less depending on what you’re down for.

You will need:

  • A drop of oil
  • 500g beef mince (Quorn mince works well for a meat free option)
  • 1 onion, chopped (you can buy this chopped up already if you’re not yet confident with a knife)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and cut up
  • 1 red pepper, middle taken out and the rest cut up
  • 4 big mushrooms sliced (again, you can find these pre-sliced in supermarkets)
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • Grated cheese to serve
  • 100g of spaghetti per portion, but it’s best to do this on the day you’re eating it for best results.

The steps:

  1. Get a little splash of oil in a big frying pan or a wok.
  2. Add your mince and cook until brown. For Quorn, about 5 minutes should do. If you get a lot of fat in the pan then tip it away carefully.
  3. Add the onion and the garlic and stir it all together.
  4. Throw in the pepper and mushrooms and cook for a couple of minutes
  5. Pour the tomatoes in and leave on a low heat to come together.
  6. Get some boiling water in a decent sized saucepan and add a pinch of salt.
  7. Put your spaghetti in the boiling water and cook for about 10 minutes.
  8. Drain the spaghetti and plate up with a serving of the bolognese sauce. Sprinkle the cheese on top.

If you feel like taking it up a notch, throw in some paprika, worcestershire sauce, maybe some mixed herbs to make it that little bit more fancy. If you’re making this to freeze, leave it to cool COMPLETELY before freezing it and it should last in a freezer proof container for a couple of months.

Words by Simon Whitlock

The Classic Bacon Sandwich

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An absolute must for any hungry carnivore, this is the all-round classic bacon sandwich done properly. Be warned – once the smell of bacon gets around there’s nowhere to hide and you’re going to be everyone’s best mate for a quick fix…

 You will need:

  •  2 rashers of smoked or unsmoked bacon (3 if you’re feeling hungry)
  • 2 slices of thick white bread
  • Butter
  • Sauce of your choice (or not, it’s your call)

Top tip: grill the bacon rather than fry it. It’s quicker, healthier (no oil) and no big frying pan to clean after! You will need to be able to turn on the grill on your oven though.

The steps:

  1. Turn the grill on to full, leaving the oven door open at all times.
  2. Place some tin foil on the bottom of the grill pan, then put your bacon on the tray.
  3. Pop the bacon under the grill for a couple of minutes, and turn it over once the top gets dark pink and the fat starts getting crispy.
  4. Get your bread buttered while the bacon is cooking (don’t forget to check the bacon regularly unless you want to smoke your housemates out)
  5. Once the bacon is done, get it in between your buttered bread and slather it in whatever sauce you prefer.

Words by Simon Whitlock