Young And Foodish: Your First Flat Feast

Now you’ve gotten to know your flatmates and settled in, why not suggest that you all get together and have your first sit down meal? Here are 3 cheap-and-easy courses to share out between you all…


Caramelised Chicken Wings

Prep: 15min  Cook: 1 hr  Serves: 6


1.5kg (3 lb) chicken wings

2 tablespoons olive oil

7 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons ketchup

225ml (8 fl oz) honey

1 clove garlic, minced

salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 190 C / Gas mark 5.
  2. Place chicken in one layer in a baking dish. Mix together the oil, soy sauce, ketchup, honey, garlic, salt and pepper. Pour over the chicken.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for one hour, or until sauce is caramelised.


Super smoky bacon & tomato spaghetti


400g spaghetti

1 tbsp olive oil

120g smoked streaky bacon, sliced into matchsticks

1 onion, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

2 tsp sweet smoked paprika

2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes

grated parmesan, to serve (optional)


  1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the spaghetti following pack instructions. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and cook the bacon for 3-4 mins until just starting to crisp. Stir in the onion and cook for another 3-4 mins, then add the garlic and smoked paprika, and cook for 1 min more.
  2. Pour in the chopped tomatoes, bring to the boil and bubble for about 5 mins until thickened, stirring every so often to stop it catching on the bottom. Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce. Serve with Parmesan, if you like.


Caramel apple crumble


8 eating apples, peeled, cored and cubed

6 tbsp Carnation caramel cream (this comes in a can or a squeezy tube)

50g plain flour

50g porridge oat

50g cold butter, diced


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Put the apples into a saucepan with a splash of water, cover, then cook over a high heat for 4-5 mins, stirring now and then until just soft. Stir in 3 tbsp of the caramel, then tip into small ovenproof dishes. Dot small spoonful’s of caramel cream over the apples until only 1 tbsp is left.
  2. Mix the flour and oats together, then rub in the butter with your fingers until you have a crumbly mixture. Stir in the remaining caramel, then scatter over the apples. Bake for 18-20 mins until golden and crisp on top.


For more cheap and cheerful, simple-to-make student recipes, check out BBC Good Food student recipes.

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