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Goldsmiths' Official Student Magazine

Hangry? Here’s the answer

12 March 2016
Hangry (han-gree) adj. Bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger.


While a portmanteau word, combining hungry and angry, the existence of the hangry sensation is all too real – especially for the college student. Running from class to class, drowning in a reading abyss, swamped in meetings or inadvertently caught in a herd of fellow classmates, desperate for social interaction, the time one is able to eat lunch can be dubious. Suddenly it’s 3pm and you find that you can’t concentrate; anything your friend says irritates you, anything your lecturer articulates blurs into a nonsensical sea of words – you snap at innocent questions and all the while only a frenzy of food thoughts swirl in your mind: sound familiar?

The hangry phenomena can plague abruptly and swiftly – think Hulk-transformation style. But luckily, I’m here to give you the solution: eat a solid breakfast. Microwaved oats or hard-boiled eggs aren’t always the best thing to wet your appetite first thing in the morning, so here are some simple and scrumptious recipes that will help make the rest of day more bearable.


Quinoa Goji Porridge


+ 1/4 cup Goji berries

+ 1/4 cup oats

+ 1/4 cup dried quinoa

+ 1/4 cup raisins

+ A dash of cinnamon and cardamon

+ Splash of milk

+ Honey


  • Place dried fruit, grains and spices in a saucepan with two cups of water.
  • Bring to boil, reduce heat and let it simmer for roughly 25 minutes.
  • To eat, just splash some milk and drizzle some honey.


Avocado Smash Toast

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+ 1 slice of wholemeal bread

+ 1/4 avocado

+ lemon juice

+ olive oil

+ sea salt, pepper and red pepper flakes

+ 1 poached egg



  • Toast your slice of bread. Meanwhile, scoop the flesh of the avocado.
  • When your toast is done, crush the avocado on top with a fork.
  • Add a squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Now sprinkle with salt, black pepper and red chilli flakes.
  • Add a poached or fried egg on top for an extra protein punch.


Sriracha (Hot Sauce) Maple Bacon

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  • 1/2 pound thick-cut bacon
  • 1.5 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon (or more) of sriracha hot sauce
  • Heat oven to 400° F.
  • Mix together the maple syrup with the sriracha and brush both sides of the bacon slices with the mixture.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil and lay the bacon down.
  • Place the pan of bacon in the oven for about 18 or 20 minutes (depending on the thickness of the bacon and how crispy you like it).
  • While baking, check up on the bacon and take the pan out a few times to re-brush the bacon with the sauce.
  • Once done, pair with a sunny side up egg or enjoy it as it is.  


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Words by Serena Hovnanian

  • 13 March 2016 at 11:21 am
    Gemma Pecorini Goodall

    The avocado toast is also amazing with a squirt of Sriracha or your other favourite hot sauce if you don’t have chili flakes on hand.