Welcome to Cook by Degrees!

Hi, I’m Lucy! I am a 19-year old Londoner and currently a History student at Cambridge University. After blogging for six years over at Teen Baker, and graduating from a year at Leiths School of Food and Wine with a Professional Diploma, I have upped and moved to Cambridge to start my degree.
Student life means a uni kitchen. Which means I don’t have an oven, the hob has a health and safety function that makes it automatically shut off every seven minutes, the door automatically locks behind me and the high out of reach window overlooks the car park. There is just about room for two people inside, but it helps if you know each other pretty well. Nevertheless, I am determined to keep cooking! Being without an oven is a struggle for my baking obsessed, unrivalled sweet tooth self, but it is just going to push me to stretch outside my comfort zone. Plus, the lack of an oven means that student staples of pizza and garlic bread are not an option (although pasta is here to stay) so I have no choice but to use my cooking experience to try out new, oven-free recipes. Quite the challenge when my baking mind automatically scans to any recipe that starts ‘Preheat the oven to 180’C’ and those are now out of my repertoire.
Also, whilst I get over excited planning my meals and can read Nigella endlessly,  I get that not all students feel this way. Having recently taught my best friend here how to make cornflake cakes, I know that we need simple, easy but still delicious food. So I am hoping that Cook by Degrees can inspire other kitchen-strapped students to get cooking!

I hope you enjoy reading and find something that makes you hungry!