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Guest Post: Introducing… Ang

24 Mar

As a child, playing games was all about hide and seek, snakes and ladders and making dens. Then you grew up, started university, lost all innocence and discovered drinking games!

Here are my top 5 for your enjoyment and intoxication needs:

5. Beer pong

This game will test your bouncing ball skills and your alcohol endurance. No chundering now! It is the perfect game when there’s a big group.

Tip: Vary the strength of the drinks in the game, so some terrible Lambrini, shots of vodka, whiskey, maybe some Smirnoff ice? (You get where I’m going…).

How to play: 

  1. Divide yourself into 2 teams and stand at opposite ends of a table, each group with 6 -10
  2. The first person throws a ping pong ball at the other team’s cups. If it lands in one, a person from the other team must down the contents-simples.
  3. As the cups get emptied, the remaining ones can be moved closer together.
  4. The losing team is the first one to finish all their beverages. As a punishment, they must then drink everything left in the winning team’s cups as well.

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4.Never have I ever …

This is one of the easiest drinking games around, and is also a great way of finding out all your friends best kept secrets! (Although you’ll probably expose your own in the process…)

How to play: 

  1. Going round in a circle, each person takes it in turn to say “Never have I ever…” followed by something they haven’t done (the more shameful the better).
  2. Anyone who has done whatever activity is named has to consume their drink. That’s pretty much it – the fun of this game is what you learn about your friends!

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3. 21’s

How hard can it be to count to 21, right?

How to play: 

  1. First player chooses the direction e.g. “1 to my left…”
  2. Players then continue counting. If anyone says two numbers e.g. “3, 4” the game changes direction, if someone says three “5, 6, 7” then it carries on in the same direction but skips a player.
  3. Anyone who screws up drinks.
  4. Whoever ends up as “21” also has to drink (It rarely gets that far!).

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2. G’day Bruce

The game gets pretty complicated as everyone’s name changes and you have to remember who you’re introducing!  Aussie accents must be used at all times.

How to play: 

  1. Sit in a circle. The first person says ‘G’day Bruce’ to the person on their left, who replies ‘G’day Bruce’. The first person then gestures to the third person along, saying ‘Say g’day to Bruce, Bruce’.
  2.  The second person then turns to the third and says ‘G’day Bruce’. The third player replies ‘G’day Bruce’, and then, as before, the second person points to the fourth saying ‘Say g’day to Bruce, Bruce’.
  3. This goes on around the circle until someone makes a mistake, at which point they must drink and their name will change (start with Sheila, then Kylie, Jason, Lou, Harold, Madge and Dingbat etc. etc.)

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6. Ring of Fire

There are plenty of variations on these rules (same results), but this is how I tend to play:

How to play: 

  1. Arrange a pack of cards in a small circle around a pint glass, all face down.
  2. Sit in a circle around the cards. Take it in turns to pick a card, making sure you don’t break the circle (if you do, you must immediately down your drink).
  3. For each card, there is an action:

2: You – Pick somebody to drink

3: Me – You have to drink

4: Whore (girls) – All girls in the group drink

5: Thumb master – The person with the card can wait as long as they like before performing the action. They just put their thumbs up, last person to do this has to consume.

6: Dicks (men) – All guys in the group drink

7: Heaven –  The person with the card can wait as long as they like before performing the action. They just point up to the ceiling, last person to do so has to consume.

8: Mate- Have a gulp of your drink, whilst making a friend do the same!

9: Rhyme – Whoever picks the card must say a phrase. The next person then says a phrase that rhymes and so on until someone screws up (they have to drink).

10: Categories – Similar to 9, although this time the first person names a category (e.g. cars, U.K. cities, types of beer) and everyone has to name something that fits into it. Again, whoever messes up first drinks.

Jack: Rule – The picker gets to think of a new rule for the game.

Queen: Question Master – Picking this card means you become Question Master. Ask people questions, and if they don’t answer back with a question, they have to drink. The Question Master title passes on as soon as someone else gets the Queen.

King: Drink in the cup – The first three people to pick up a King add some of their drink (whatever it is) to the pint glass in the middle – the fourth person drinks the dirty pint.

Ace: Waterfall – Fill your drinks up, then everyone in the circle starts drinking at the same time. The person who picked the Ace can continue drinking for as long as they want, but the second person cannot stop drinking until they have, the third person cannot stop until the second has and so on. Whoever picks the Ace chooses which direction the waterfall goes in.

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So there you have it, 5 of what I believe to be the best drinking games around! Enjoy…

-Ang

Veggie pasta broth recipe!

2 Mar

Chopstick here!

I recently made a vegetable soup out of all the things vegetables that were due to go off this week – bizarrely, it tasted awesome. I started off this blog with the intention of giving some healthy advice and recipes and so forth, but university got in the way. For students, however, this would be an excellent idea – it’s cheap, and you get a bunch of servings out of it. To keep, simply cling-film in a bowl or put it in an airtight box and leave in the fridge. Here’s my recipe below!

Ingredients:

You can use whatever ingredients you like, but these are the ones I used:

Vegetables:

  • 1 cabbage
  • 5 small carrots
  • 175g of pasta
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 whole broccoli
  • 2 small onions

Soup:

  • 2 stock cubes and 500ml boiling water
  • 2 tsp of dried coriander
  • 2 tsp of garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp of dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp of cranberry sauce
  • 2 tbsp of flour
  • 2 tbsp of cooking sherry (optional)
  • Pepper

Implements:

  • 2 x pans (preferably one large pan and an average-sized one)
  • Wooden spoon
  • Whisk
  • Peeler or knife

 

Method:

1. Prepare all your vegetables. If you’re not sure how to, then continue reading here. If you are, jump to step 2. For cabbage, peel all the leave off and cut out the stalks in the middle of each leaf. Once you’ve done that, cut your cabbage into thin strips. The carrots can be either peeled or left with the skins on and sliced into big (around 1.5cm) chunks. Peel your potatoes with the peeler or knife and cut it in half and then half again. If you’ve got big potatoes, you might want to cut your half-halves in half again. For broccoli, cut all the little heads off and remove the enormous stalk. Dice your onions. Don’t know how? Watch this video.

2. Fill your larger pan to half-way with water and put it on to boil. By doing this, the vegetables you put in as it’s boiling will make the water level rise, so you don’t need loads. Whilst the big pan is on to boil, take the other and start making your sauce mix. Obviously if you wish, you can make pre-made gravy, but my version was banging. Melt your cranberry sauce in the pan and mix it with your stock, add the sherry and then the boiling water. Stir with a whisk, and add the flour.

When it’s all mixed in, turn your heat down to a simmer, and add the flavourings – coriander, garlic salt and pepper. Taste it – you never know what it’s going to taste like until you try it! Finally, add the soy. not only will it add a salty dimension to your recipe, but it’ll also darken your soup to a gravy-like colour. When finished, it won’t be an overly thick mixture, and will thin out once you add it to your other pan. Now, however, turn off the heat and return to your boiling water.

3. Add vegetables to the water. You should add them in the order that they’re going to cook first – potatos and carrots should go in for ten minutes, then add your pasta and broccoli to the mix and wait another five minutes, then add your onions and your cabbage. Once you add your onions and your cabbage, also add the previously-made flavouring from your other pan and stir with the big spoon.

Soup, glorious soup!

Soup, glorious soup! All rights to cookingwithsugar.com

4. Let it stew. Let it simmer for another 5-10 minutes, allowing your flavours to be soaked into the vegetables and everything to be nicely soft and tasty. You’ll know it’s cooked if you test your pasta – if the pasta isn’t crunchy and is at an edible state, then your vegetables will be cooked too!

5. Serve! I’d personally recommend eating it a warm, buttery baguette – butter may sound like a fatty product, but you have just made yourself a healthy vegetable soup and you need to balance it out.

Enjoy! CS. x

I’ve got a confession to make…

9 Feb

Chopstick here!

I feel complete and utter guilt. There are no excuses. I got quite ill at the beginning of the week, and all of a sudden, salads and healthy foods were exchanged for sweets and fizzy pop. I want to drown myself, I feel so bad about it. However – NO MORE.

I refuse it! I was looking at photographs of myself this morning with Chunks, and I noticed that I was excessively slimmer a few years ago in comparison to what I am now. I’m not happy about that fact. So, I’ve decided that I’m going to do the following two things:

  1. I’m going to do a crash diet experiment. See the article I’m mentioning here: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/advice/health/drop-5-pounds-in-a-week-0509-4. I’m going to follow this regime for one week in two weeks’ time. Why in two weeks, I hear you ask? Because I’m going to need to next two weeks to re-acclimatise to my diet. Pretty tragic.
  2. I’m going to force myself to count ALL my calories. It’s the most depressing thing in the world, but I drink sugary stuff way more than I eat bad foods and you don’t notice how much it really contains, calorie-wise. Not only will I stop that, I’ll track that.

NO MORE GUILTY SHAME. Those 3 pounds I lost have come back again.

Depressed. Cs. x

Looking for advice? Stay safe online!

16 Jan

Chopstick here!

There’s something creepy about the Internet’s obsession with weight loss. I know I’m not one to toot, since that’s precisely what I’m doing, but I’m trying to give genuine advice that works for me. No, what I’m talking about here is the seemingly endless array of pop-up ads for things such as ‘Single mum freaks out dietitians but discovering 2-minute workout that works in 4 seconds”. It’s obviously complete bollocks, but still – there has to be people clicking for there to be so many types of this ad.

It's a scam! There are reasons people have health insurance...

It’s a scam! There are reasons people have health insurance…

People need to be aware that misleading adverts like this will not only not work, but may even cause malicious harm to your computer. There is no master cure to being overweight; you can’t get your teeth super-white using a mix of herbs and bleach, and you certainly should not be entering your card details on websites that tell you you only have to pay £650 in order to unlock the secret to everlasting life.

Here’s a little guide on what not to do when searching for advice on the Internet:

  1. Do NOT 100% believe anything you read. At the end of the day, the Internet is filled with people who search for advice and reassurance – we all want to know that we’re normal, right? However, one must bear in mind that a large number of the places one reads information on certain issues – like Yahoo! answers and Wikipedia – are editable by the public. I’m not saying that you should be paranoid about what you read on the Internet; simply be aware of the dangers. The web has opened up the opportunity for a vast number of fraudsters and scammers to take advantage of people who are off their guard because they’re browsing from the comfort of their own home. Be careful.
  2. Do NOT buy weight loss pills from the Internet unless they come from a verified source. Pills may be cheaper to purchase online, but that doesn’t mean they are what you think they are. You wouldn’t purchase tablets from a stranger in the street – think about this when you’re shopping online.
  3. Do NOT panic. Once, I had a pain in the back of my tooth, so I searched online to see if I could find a remedy. The results that flooded back were enormous. I sat reading for half an hour, with the pain intensifying because I was winding myself up in panic. According to my symptoms, I had developed tooth cancer and was only going to live for 4 more days. Don’t stress! The Internet is not a professionally-qualified doctor – if you want real advice, see your GP. I saw mine, and it turned out that I had an abscess and tonsillitis. Painful, but less scary than a cancer that would’ve killed me in four days!

Above all, be careful. Any advice we give here comes from a good place in our hearts, but nobody is suggesting that we’re entirely right – Chunks and I are simply divulging information that works for us. Stay safe, and remember: don’t get caught out in the WWWeb of deceit!

Take care! CS. x

Cheaters always prosper

10 Jan

This is a bit different to my previous posts, but as I was unpacking all of my clothes and things, I noticed that I hadn’t brought back as much as I thought even though my suitcase was full. I realised too late that it’s probably due to packing, what I’d done is just lay everything flat, which turned out to be pretty bulky. I don’t know why I did this when I know for a fact rolling clothing up uses far less space. So here’s a list of Student Life Hacks that I’ve gathered from here and there.

  • Tightly roll up clothing to fit more in the case.
  • Store bedding [Duvet sheets and the like] inside out inside one of the pillowcases, more compact, and it’s already inside of for when you attempt to make the bed.
  • Use frozen grapes instead of ice cubes in drinks. This is a great one for pre-drinking, all that chilled goodness without the watering down

  • If you have some food left over from the night before and want to reheat it, if you leave a gap in the middle it will heat more evenly.
  • If you don’t have anything other than a mobile phone and want to play music, take a glass, insert phone, badabing! homemade speaker.
  • Bad eggs float, good eggs don’t.

  • Vinegar’s a great cleaning liquid if you can’t afford the posh stuff.
  • As is lemon and also Bicarbonate of Soda
  • Get chewing gum on your clothes, put them in the freezer for an hour or so then just scrape off.
  • Need to unscrew a screw and don’t know which way? Righty tighty, lefty loosy.

And a couple of academic ones?

  • Use Wikipedia sources. Don’t quote the actual Wikipedia articles, but down at the bottom theirs a Resources section, take some of those and look them up.
  • Try Google Books before you buy core texts, sometimes Google Books has an online copy and as long as it’s referenced correctly use that.
  • Use Google Scholar when looking for Scholarly Articles, it’s rather good, and even if they don’t have the whole thing, there could be the odd page or two that’s helpful.

Rich? Me? Yeah right!

7 Jan

Well shit. My loan has just come through and once rent is paid off I will only have around £240 left to see me until the next loan payment in April. I am really going to have to scrimp this semester. I’ve come up with a few vague ideas for this, whilst trying to ignore my blind panic.

  1. Get a sodding job! I’m working on this one, I think previously I’ve been to picky, so it’s my own fault. I have heard of a job caring for disabled children which I’d quite like to do, but I’m going to have to apply for anything else that’s going. With little to no job experience this is going to be hard.
  2. Aim for a cheaper shopping list. I’m going to have to buy all own brands, which I don’t really mind to be honest, and I’m not really going to be able to treat myself to the odd expensive item any more. Plus I was thinking of going back to being vegetarian (I was for three years at one point) which will cut costs quite dramatically as I won’t be shelling out for meat. Plus if I could probably find cheap vegetables at the market.
  3. Shop from Approved Foods is possible. This is a great site for cheap food. There is nothing fresh on there, so I can’t be buying vegetables, but dried foods are excellent. The food may be after its sell-by date, but with most things on here, it matters very little. Energy drinks are really cheap on here too, so that’ll be good when exams come around.
  4. Have a look for other student hints and tricks. The one I have on tap at the minute is Student Money Tips which usually has deals on both food and other odds and ends. Very useful.
  5. Get an overdraft. I’ve managed so far without an overdraft and I’d really like to keep it that way, I don’t want to get into the habit of using an overdraft. Apart from the student loan, I don’t like spending what I don’t have. But at the moment it seems necessary.

Good luck to me huh?

-C.

Day 1, and I have a whole new face.

6 Jan

Chopstick here!

Well, not a whole face, exactly, but at the very least, my hair is different. I’ve dyed the entire top of my extremely thick black hair a pinky-ginger colour accidentally – it was supposed to be pink, but I ran out of dye and there wasn’t enough to manage a full head of hair. Not good. Anyway, I have changed my hair colour in a bid to motivate myself on Day 1 of my diet to change my appearance.

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Ignore the wonky face – I’m particularly self-conscious about how fat my cheeks are since getting new passport photos…

It seems to have worked fairly well. Today, I’ve consumed approximately 1000 calories, and have just enough left to eat my leftover chilli from yesterday. You’d be surprised where most of your calories go, to be honest. I calculated my tea, and it worked out at approximately 400 calories (I had a small steak and stir fry – I used a tiny drop of oil). Most of my calorie count (CC) has in fact gone on drinks. I went to Costa earlier today and had a medio latte – apparently it’s got three hundred cal. in it! In the future, I will be drinking skinny – I’ll sound all hipster, but that’s the price to pay for being able to use my CC for actual food.

Maybe it’s not food I should really be worrying about. I got some new passport photos taken today, and I compared them to when I got them taken just over a year ago – the size of my face has almost doubled. It’s actually horrific, so this is really important to me! However, I’ve decided that I can’t actually do exercise until I have bought myself some proper running trainers. I recall – in my previous bout of fitness – being in absolute agony because my shins exploded plodding aruond the block at 1mph. However, I’m doing a fair whack of walking at the minute, which is more than I can say I’ve done over Christmas; I essentially sat on my arse from the 10th December right up until a couple of days ago. Horrifying laziness, really.

What’s also awful is the fact that my last semester of university trained me to order takeaway when I’m hungry. Right now, I’m really hungry. My fingers are itching to dial for Chinese, but I refuse to do it; I’ve been so well behaved today! Instead, here’s a little tip for you – I’ve learned today that, if you’re struck by cravings for eating, you should try having a drink and waiting fifteen minutes instead. Chances are you’re actually after a drink because you’re dehydrated (but used to replacing it with food), or you’ll forget in fifteen minutes that you’re hungry. If you’re still hungry afterwards, get a light snack of something that takes effort to make – don’t just go and eat a bunch of biscuits. Make a healthy sandwich; you can’t keep going to make sandwiches without getting fed up of it. That way, you’ll not be nibbling away without noticing, you’ll be constructively eyeing your dietary intake.

Speak soon, CS. x