Flapjack recipe

I thought I’d give you guys an easy recipe this week. Flapjack is quite high in sugar so do be careful of the portion size, but it’s a cheap and quick bake (the whole thing took me only 30 minutes) – perfect if you’re a student or short on time!


The following recipe would make enough to fill a 20x20cm tin, which I then cut into roughly 16 squares.


4oz margarine, plus extra for greasing tin.

4oz brown sugar

3tbps golden syrup

8oz oats

Optional: mixed nuts, seeds, dried fruit


Preheat the oven to 180̊C/350̊F/Gas Mark 4.

Grease the tin.

Heat the margarine, brown sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan over a medium heat, stirring until they form a smooth mixture.

Remove from the heat and add the oats stirring thoroughly. If you’re adding nuts, seeds of dried fruit, stir them in now.

Spread the mixture into the tin evenly and bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

Once done, allow to cool in the tin before cutting into squares.

Keeping my head during revision

This one’s coming from my dining table as I look out at the beautiful weather wishing I could be outside instead of revising. In the past, I’ve tended to be a bit all or nothing with my revision – either go crazy and work myself into the ground, or do nothing at all and pretend I don’t have any to do. I’m trying to keep more of a routine with my work this time, but sometimes we need a little help to get through it!

Here is a list of my favourite things that are helping me stay on more of an even keel.



I make sure I have breakfast every morning as it fuels me up for the day. Some breakfast inspiration from an earlier blog post can be found here.

Herbal tea

I love coffee and breakfast tea but the thing I seem to drink excessively during revision and exam time is green tea and herbal teas. I have a plethora of different flavours in my cupboard – mainly to alleviate the boredom and monotony of revision, rather than anything else. I also take a few into uni with me if I’m studying in the library as hot water is free.

The Little Paris Bookshop – Nina George

Having a novel to read before bed that is completely unrelated to uni work helps me switch off in the evening. I don’t get through books very quickly, probably only reading a few pages each evening, but I find it helps. This book is such a favourite – this is the second time I’ve read it. It’s like holidaying in the south of France so provides some lovely bedtime escapism.

Running (aka jogging)

I can’t say that I’m a very fast runner or that I run very far – I think I actually go at more of a jogging pace, but it’s the getting out there and doing it that counts. Listening to music is a must for me and at the moment I love Say It Again by KINGDM. I’ve got it on repeat so I’ll probably be sick of it by the end of next week!


Another good idea to keep you fuelled up whilst revising, another post from the archives!

Enough sleep

I now know that I function best when I have 7-8 hours’ sleep each night. How much you need will be personal to you but getting enough makes it much easier to function during exam time.

Colouring book

I guess this trend is a little bit old but I haven’t given up on my colouring book just yet!

Treating myself to flowers

My local Lidl have tulips for £1.50 a bunch at the moment so I’m treating myself. They brighten up my flat and cost less than a coffee at uni!


Good luck to everyone revising, taking exams and getting coursework done. It’ll be over soon!


The Nutrient Series – VITAMIN C

I hope you’ve all been enjoying the sunny weather recently! I’m sorry for the silence – I’ve been rushing to get coursework in and have now dived headfirst into revision period so I apologise if the posts are a bit few and far between.

This one’s a short post about vitamin C, sometimes called ascorbic acid.

We can’t make vitamin C in our bodies so it must come from our diet, making it an essential nutrient. It is well known as the vitamin lacking in sailors’ diets causing them to develop scurvy.


Why do we need vitamin C? (1)

Vitamin C is used by various enzymes in our bodies to help carry out day to day functions, such as the production of energy from fats and the synthesis of bone tissue.

It also helps with the absorption of iron from our food. This is why it is sometimes recommended to drink a glass of orange juice with your breakfast.

You may have also heard of vitamin C being referred to as an antioxidant, but there is currently not enough evidence done in humans to support this idea.


How much should we be consuming?

According to the UK Dietary Reference Values, adults should be consuming at least 40mg vitamin C per day (2).

To put this into context, one orange tends to contain about 50mg of vitamin C. If you are meeting the ‘5 fruit and veg a day’ target you will definitely be getting enough vitamin C.

Another tip for cooking vegetables – if you steam them instead of boiling them you lose less vitamins during the cooking process.



  1. Essentials of Human Nutrition, Jim Mann & A. Stewart Truswell, 2012.
  2. Dietary Reference Values for Food Energy and Nutrients for the United Kingdom, DoH, 1991