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As UEA unveils new student cookbook, we’re asking for your kitchen horror stories

PUBLISHED: 12:05 12 March 2014 | UPDATED: 16:58 12 March 2014

'A Taste of UEA Residences' is the new cookbook for UEA students.

'A Taste of UEA Residences' is the new cookbook for UEA students.


As the University of East Anglia unveils a new cookbook for students, we’re asking readers for their kitchen horror stories.

Students past and present have had their culinary top tips immortalised in the new 65-page book, aimed at those getting used to life away from home.

Produced by the Dean of Students’ division, ‘A Taste of UEA Residences’ brings together the best in affordable, tasty and healthy meals to give a helping hand to those who may not have lived independently before, or shared a kitchen.

Now we’re asking readers for their own amusing memories of student kitchens or learning to cook for the first time after moving away from home.

UEA’s executive chef Giuseppe Longordo worked with head of university accommodation Paul Bailey to select 45 of the best recipes submitted. Designer Emma Bailey turned them into a colourful, stylish book, one of which will be placed in each on-campus kitchen for housemates to use as inspiration.

UEA’s head of accommodation Paul Bailey said: “Our aim was to provide a student cookbook for students that would enhance the culinary abilities and enjoyment of all our student residents and promote healthy eating and the use of local products. It was also important that all the meals could be made using the equipment we provide in UEA accommodation.

“The book has exceeded even our own expectations and provides a testament to the creativity and commitment of UEA’s diverse student population.”

‘A Taste of UEA Residences’ includes recipes for meals from across the globe, ranging from pasta, pizza and pies to curries and celebration cakes. There are recipe ideas for a wide range of dietary needs and budgets, from basic meals for students in a hurry to spreads that could grace a table in the most sophisticated of settings. Each recipe is introduced by the student who provided it and tells where and when they were in living in our accommodation.

As well as hard copies in each flat, every student will receive an electronic version of the book to make sure they don’t miss out on the recipes. For those students who need a little extra encouragement to test their skills, there is further cooking information and demonstrations on UEA’s Student Cooking online TV site, provided with partners Campus Life.

“We hope that this book will inspire students with a love of food and cooking and make it central to everyday life,” said Guiseppe Longordo.

To support the project, the book is available to the public to buy on campus.

To add your own kitchen horror stories, comment below, or email


  • Another quick note to students moving off-campus in their second year - be careful to take notice of agency reviews and report useless landlords. At our place you couldn't turn the microwave off without the lights going out...

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    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • In my first year at UEA I existed on pasta with cheese grated on top, and Angel Delight, apart from once when the cupboards were so bare and we were so broke we had a revolting meal of plain pasta and celery. Third year (back on campus) was better although memories of the smell generated by the misplacing of two defrosted chicken breasts in our shared kitchen still haunt me. Once they were located we realised binning them wasn't enough, they needed to be as far away from our residence as possible, resulting in a midnight run carrying our bin through the building to the wheelies, scarves wrapped around our faces to try to block out the outrageous smell. I would like to apologise to fellow citizens of Nelson Court in 2000 - the smell was like nothing on earth!!

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    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • My wife's first attempt at roast beef! Would pass for shoe leather! Mind after 40+ yrs., she's got the hang of it!

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    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Forty years ago, one of the girls I shared student digs with, bought half a pig's head. She knew that her mother made something nice with one but didnt have a clue what or how! Another, faced with a stuck lid on a pyrex dish full of hot casserole ran it under the cold tap before we could stop her. Made a good crack and big mess. Dont think most of us did much cooking, consumed a fair number of chocolate digestives ( no hob nobs in those days...)

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Vesta Beef Risotto sandwiches, on burned blue-brown bread, born in and on a Baby Belling. Such fun. No wonder I`m ill! It was 48 years ago.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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