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Fresher’s Week is an opportunity to network and integrate with a whole range of students from different fields and backgrounds, and can be a ton of fun with the occasional night of booze-filled laughs. Many students during this period will be going out, binging on alcohol and fast food, coupled with bedtimes after sunrise and waking up to start the day after sunset. As students are occupied with these exciting activities, their health and wellbeing tends to go on the back-burner – Relying on “boss man” to fuel their grease-filled cravings morning, noon and night.

As fun as Fresher’s week is, we must remember the importance of our health and place emphasis upon our first meal of the day- breakfast. Without a half-decent breakfast it is difficult for your body to recover from the night before and can leave you feeling sluggish and lethargic for the rest of the day. From a Caribbean decent, I have had a range of different breakfast dishes that are simple, tasty and nutritious. One of my favourites is Calaloo and Saltfish with fried dumplings and plantain and I will be sharing the recipe of how to make it!

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What you will need:

Calaloo & Saltfish

  • Tin of calaloo
  • 1 diced brown onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ of a red and yellow sweet pepper
  • Saltfish
  • Fish seasoning

Fried Dumplings

  • 11 oz self raising flour
  • ½ tbsp. baking powder
  • 275ml milk
  • Pinch of salt

Oil

1 Plantain

Method:

Fried Dumplings

  1. Into a large bowl, add self-raising flour and salt. Mix well and create a well in the middle of the bowl adding half of the milk.
  2. Using your hands begin to combine the flour and milk until it creates a dough, add more of the milk.
  3. Now it’s time for kneading! If you find that the mix is too sticky, add some more self raising flour. Shape the dough into medium sized discs and leave to rest on a plate ready for frying. Preheat a pan of oil on a medium to high heat.

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4. Fry the dumplings 3-4 at a time depending on the size of your pan until golden brown on both sides.
IMG_4592[1]5. Deep fry the plantain until golden brown.

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Calaloo & Saltfish

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  1. Boil the saltfish in hot water for 10 to 15 minutes and set aside.
  2. Drain the fish from the water and flake the fish into pieces with two forks.
  3. Preheat a pan on medium heat with oil and then add the diced onions and garlic- regularly stirring.
  4. Add the tomatoes and sweet peppers and then the saltfish. Mix well.
  5. Drain a tin of calaloo and add it into the pan, cook for 5-7 minutes until piping hot.
  6. The dish is ready to be served!

Without a doubt, majority of students in fresher’s week will experience a bout of “fresher’s flu“. This is mainly caused by a high population of individuals from different areas assembling in the same area sharing common interests as well as germs that can be inhaled in the air. This is very common and you should not be too worried about it. If you do end up stumbling across fresher’s flu however, there are many ways that you can go about dealing with it. A typical remedy is using honey and lemon juice, with a little hot water and a shot of White Rum. This opens up your airways and can assist with sore throats and coughs.

For hangovers, milk thistle which is a herbal remedy used for detoxing the liver, is a great way to help recover.

So remember, have fun whilst eating well and looking after yourself during fresher’s week, or it could turn out be one of the worst weeks at university- excluding the studying part of course!

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