I’m gonna be honest, I’m no Jamie Oliver, but in my first year I’ve learnt that being at uni doesn’t mean you have to cook badly. A lot of the time, cooking and baking is somewhat limited by lack of time because there’s so much other stuff going on, but sometimes it’s great to make time and put a bit of extra effort in. I thought I’d share this delicious homemade pizza recipe that I made with my friends at uni after exams had finished.


  • 3oog flour
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • tomato puree
  • cheese
  • your choice of pizza toppings (we opted for pepper and sweetcorn)

Preheat the oven to 200c (if you’re using a university combi-oven, press the ‘conv’ button until 200 is displayed and then press start, the oven will beep when it’s preheated)

Step one: Make the pizza base

Mix the flour, yeast and salt in a bowl. Make a well in the centre of the mixture and pour in 200ml of warm water and the olive oil.

img_5737Bring the mixture together until it forms a smooth dough. img_5744

Roll out the dough on a floured surface and transfer to an oiled baking tray. img_5778

Step two: Toppings and cooking



Cover the dough with tomato puree and cheese and then add any toppings of your choice

Put in the oven for around 15 minutes (careful the edges don’t burn like ours did!)

Cut up your pizza and enjoy!!!


Home for summer

So I’m officially home for summer and that means my first year of university is done. That’s a pretty terrifying sentence to write because it means I’m now a third of the way through my degree, and first year has flown by! It’s been an amazing year and I’ve learnt so much – I’m really excited for the next two years now!

Packing up my room was not fun – both because I really hate packing, and also I’m really sad to be leaving my uni room, I’ve loved having my own little space on campus. Taking down everything on my noticeboard and walls was a sad moment, but it was also nice to be reminded of loads of memories from first year as I packed away cards and photos.

I arrived back home last Friday morning and have been taking it really easy since then. I wasn’t very well in the last week of uni, so it was nice to be home – it’s rubbish being ill when you’re alone at uni away from family.


One last lake walk

I have some exciting things planned in summer – trips to Edinburgh, Durham, Brighton and even a bit of camping. But for these first two weeks of summer my diary is pretty empty, and I have to say I’m really enjoying it! The whole of first year, especially since Christmas, has been ridiculously busy and there’s been so much going on. It’s been great, and I’ve loved having so many opportunities and things to get involved in, but now I’m home it’s so nice to be able to relax and have lazy days. For now I’m enjoying the rarity of having no plans before September swings around and the madness begins again!

I hope you’re all having a lovely end to the uni/school year 🙂

Great Yarmouth

This week is my last week at UEA before the summer break (so sad!) and it’s brought some beautiful weather. So what better way to spend a day than another trip to the beach? This time we opted for Great Yarmouth as our seaside town of choice. Like Cromer, Great Yarmouth is also easily accessible from Norwich by train so makes for a fab day out.

The beach at Great Yarmouth is lovely – it’s really big and sandy, giving the opportunity for some hardcore sandcastle construction. The town itself also has plenty to explore, with a big market in the centre and loads of strange touristy shops which stocked gems like garlic bread flavoured rock.

Next to the pier is a small free-entry amusement park called Joyland which is home to the apparently ‘famous’ snail ride (it’s on Wikipedia and everything, I swear). I can confirm that the snail ride was amazing – despite their creepy facial expressions, it was definitely £1 well spent!

I would definitely recommend Great Yarmouth as a day trip, the town may not be as quaint as Cromer, but if you want a beautiful sandy beach and strange amusement park rides it’s the place to be!