UC take out University Challenge!

Click to see my interview with team captain Gerald Pfeifer
Click to see my interview with team captain Gerald Pfeifer

You may have seen on Prime last Saturday the final episode of the 2015 University Challenge series…which we won!

The show had not run in New Zealand since 1989, so after a 25-year hiatus it’s pretty awesome to have UC take out the win.

Our team featured Gerald Pfeifer as the captain as well as Daniel Redmond, Rachael Harris, Stewart Alexander and Liam Boardman.

Together they travelled to Invercargill last winter break to film the series over a week. They were sworn to secrecy about the result of the show for nine months until screening!

The UC team faced a real challenge against Victoria University in the semi-final, but used their speed on the buzzers to knock them out. When it came to the final against Auckland University we were on a roll, and in the final minutes secured the crucial points to win the series.

I caught up with Gerald to see what it was like being on TV, and what was involved behind the scenes. Make sure you click on the video above to hear what it felt like to win the series!

If you didn’t catch the series on TV, you can watch online here with your Sky Go login.

Click here to read more about the win and Canterbury’s history on the show.

Chicken, noodle and sweet corn soup recipe

With the change in season a good hearty chicken noodle soup is a real winner!

Here is a recipe that I tried last weekend that I was really pleased with.

chicken, noodle and sweet corn soupMy delicious soup!

Chicken, noodle and sweet corn soup


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 10 pepercorns
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 140 grams of angel hair pasta, broken into 5 cm lots
  • 1 cup of frozen corn


  1. Start with placing the whole chicken in a large pot along with the celery, onion, carrots and pepercorns. Fill the pot with water till the chicken is just covered. Place on the heat and bring to the boil, once boiling reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.
  2. After an hour, carefully lift the chicken from the simmering stock and place aside. Keep the stock simmering for another 30 minutes.
  3. Once the chicken is slightly cooled remove the skin and shred the meat from the bones.
  4. After 30 minutes, strain the stock liquid and discard the carrots, onions etc.
  5. In the same pot as you cooked the chicken add the leek and cook for a few minutes. Add back in the strained stock, chicken, angel hair and corn and cook till the pasta is cook (around 5 minutes).

Serve and enjoy!  (it makes heaps and is easy to freeze for another time)

What’s the haps?! 13th-19th April

I hope that you’re having an awesome break away from uni! Here’s some cool ideas of events that you can go to, to fill in the time…

Tuesday 14th:

  • Comedy Open Mic Night: Head along to Alvarado’s Mexican Cantina on 77 Stevens St, in the CBD. 8.00-10.00pm. FREE entry! Go along for a laugh, or if you’re brave you can even perform yourself!

Wednesday 15th:

Thursday 16th:

Friday 17th:

  • Graduation for Science: 10.00am, Horncastle Arena
  • Graduation for Law and Commerce: 2.00pm, Horncastle Arena
  • ‘Grad Ball’: Come along and celebrate your graduation with all your friends! 7.30pm at a Mystery Location (meet in UCSA carpark to get buses to venue). Cocktails and Canapes on arrival, and 12 food stations serving delicious options throughout the night!

Saturday 18th:

  • The Great Pretenders: Showcasing impersonators of some of the greatest performers this world has ever seen….
    Doors open at 6.30pm, dinner served at 7pm, entertainment begins at 8pm. $46 for tickets. Held at Addington Raceway.

Sunday 19th:

  • Frocks on Bikes April Bike Ride: St Albans Park to Redwood Springs (and back). Meet at St. Albans park on Barbados St – opposite Ris’tretto cafe – at 12.45pm for a 1pm sharp departure. Go along for abit of fun!
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