Student recipe; Easy Chicken Curry

Posted on February 14, 2017 by Sarah Price

The perfect recipe for rainy wet season nights or when friends pop over for an evening study session.


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil ( you can also use olive or peanut oil )
  • ¼ cup onion, minced
  • 12-2teaspoons curry powder
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • ¾ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp shredded ginger ( fresh is best)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1cup chicken stock
  • 1cup milk
  • ½ kg  chicken, diced, 
  • I cup of mixed vegetables (capsicum/broccoli/snow peas/Chinese cabbage/mushroom/bok choy – whatever you have in the fridge)
  • 12teaspoon lemon juice
  • Chopped coriander for garnish
  • 3- 4 cups cooked rice


  1. Heat oil over low heat in a heavy bottomed saucepan or wok
  2. Sauté onion ,curry power and garlic in oil for 2-3 minutes
  3. Blend in flour, salt, sugar and ground ginger. Cook over low heat until mixture is smooth and bubbles
  4. Add chicken and lightly brown.
  5. Remove saucepan from heat and whisk in chicken stock and milk
  6. Return to heat, bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute until mixture thickens.
  7. Add lemon juice.
  8. Add vegetables
  9. Allow to simmer on low heat for 20 minutes

10.Spoon Chicken Curry over the cooked rice and serve with accompaniments on the side so everyone can top as desired.

NB: You can also replace the chicken with prawn or fish or just add tofu and more veggies for a vegetarian option.

 Serve with::(optional)

These are up to you but any of these will add another dimension to your curry.
Chutney, tomato wedges, raisins, slivered almonds, chopped salted peanuts, sautéed onion rings, pineapple, chopped hard cooked eggs, crispy bacon bits, pickles (sweet or sour), flaked coconut, sliced avocado, natural yogurt

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How to Make the Most of Your First Week

Posted on February 14, 2017 by Sarah Price

Your first week of study is always going to be somewhat daunting, whether you've studied before, or have never studied at university in your life. But not to worry, this week, we've got some great ideas to egt the most out of your first week, and set you up for a fantastic Semester 1.

1. Viva la difference
Whether you’re studying full time or part time, on campus or externally , studying can add a different element to your already busy daily routine. If you’re coming fresh from secondary education you will find the flexible learning structure associated with higher education study to be very different  to that which you experienced in high school. Or if you studying while working, you may find it a bit of a challenge juggling work, family, social and study commitments. Just be prepared, be organised , prioritise your time and you’ll be fine.

2. Use your breaks wisely
Depending on your study load, your timetable will no doubt allow for breaks on both a weekly and daily basis, whether you’re studying full time or part time. Hopefully this will give you flexibility but use your first week to work out how best to maximise the breaks in your time. Use them judiciously for rest, relaxation and study. This will ensure the rest of semester runs smoothly.

3. Go to O week. 
At CDU, O week runs from the 20 – 24 February with lots of great events happening on campus and online. O week is a great opportunity to suss out your campus, make new friends and really get a taste of what university life can offer you before you start. Plus it’s also a great way to figure out the what, the where and the who before your first week starts. Check out the program.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are lots of people you can hit up if you’re unsure about where to be or what to do. Your lecturers, student central and library are all here to help you so if you’re not sure. Just ask!

5. Discover the library
The friendly team at the library are an absolute fount of  information on research, study and where to found key resources. So get to know them at o week,  sign up for one of the regular tours, or ask a staff member. That’s what they are there for.
6. Do Plan. Use your first week to plan the next 12 or so weeks of study and exams. If you’re studying multiple units, you may find that you will have assignments and/or other key tasks due at around the same time, so having a plan for completing everything in a timely manner will help reduce the stress of managing multiple deadlines. There are no prizes for leaving things for the last minute so if you plan out your semester you can allocate time for study, research and completing any key projects.

7. Visit your friendly cdu bokshoop. CDU bookshop is your one stop shop for texts, study guides, and other key resources you will need to get your through. So add us to your list. Our friendly staff will help you get through and help you find exactly what you need,.

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Book review: Hope Farm

Posted on January 31, 2017 by Sarah Price

Hope Farm is the second novel from Melbourne based author Peggy Frew.  Set in the winter of 1985, on a bleak, yet beautiful rural Victorian landscape, Hope Farm  provides a detailed look at mothers, daughters and the  inevitable  compromises that both have to  make. We follow the journey of 13 year old Silver, and her mother Ishtar, who relocate to a ramshackle, weatherboard house in rural Victoria after Ishtar  falls for the charismatic Miller.  Aptly named Hope Farm, the move represents a new start for mother and daughter, a chance to find stability and set down roots.

Here, Silver finds both friendship and foes. After being thrust into a confounding, gritty and unrelenting adult world, her innocence and indeed the very world around her slowly starts to crumble.

Despite the apparent bleakness of both the  landscape and life that the novel represents, the narrative is underscored with a richness and beauty and overall a prevailing sense of hope. And yet, there  remains a delicate sense  of tension as we follow Silver’s journey into adulthood. This is especially pronounced as we experience adult Silver’s retrospective towards her childhood and the inevitable life lessons that such a journey brings.

Frew shines a brutally stark light on the pain and pitfalls of parenting. In exploring the love between parent and child and what transpires when the lines of that relationship are crossed and blurred, we discover the raw tenderness of loving but not having that love returned.

With a carefully crafted and deftly woven narrative, Frew brings the reader on a journey across time, across landscapes and across the great and often shaky divide between childhood and adulthood. Thrilling and beguiling, it is a smashingly good read.

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10 Ways to Kickstart your Motivation

Posted on January 19, 2017 by Sarah Price

With Semester 1, just over a month away, now's the time to flick your motivation switch and get your head around the year ahead. But if you're finding that a bit challenging, not to worry. Here's some great ideas to help you get into the swing of 2017. 
  1. Do something new
    Doing something new, no matter how big or small can be a great motivator. It opens your mind to new experiences and can potentially challenge you in ways that will encourage growth and personal development.  And it needn’t be too difficult. Try a new sport, take up a new hobby or just go somewhere you’ve never been before.

  2. The goldilocks rule and goal setting
    Setting goals have been often lauded by pundits as a key motivator when starting a new project activity or even a new year. While goal setting can certainly be beneficial for kick-starting your motivation drive, always apply the “ goldilocks rule” to your goal setting. Make them not too hard, but not too easy. Just right. Set goals that will challenge you but that you feel confident are within your capabilities. 

  3. Higher purpose. 
    Find something beyond the day to day that drives you. More than just a specific goal, this could be something that you find fulfillment in both striving for and achieving. It could be anything from achieving financial security for you your family to helping your community or creating something you love. It could even be spending more time on a favourite hobby. Whatever it is, it will be unique to you.

  4. Make a commitment. 
    Commit to doing something. It doesn’t really matter what, just commit and do. This could be anything from cleaning out your back shed, to saving money or losing weight. Commit to a course of action and then take real steps toward achieving that action. Start a savings plan, join a gym or just make plans to exercise with a friend, or hit the shed on a Sunday afternoon.

  5. Seek mindfulness. 
    Mindfulness is a much bandied around term, but it is really quite simple and is more about awareness and focus than yoga and philosophy. It really is about noticing the what, when, where of any given moment and being fully present in that moment. Be aware of what you’re doing throughout the day. Note how things feel, note your own mental and physical reactions to what your doing and how they feel. Mindfulness can reduce anxiety, stress and keep you open to opportunities which is an intrinsic motivator.
  6. One a day. 
    Create a “ do this one thing every day” task. Make it simple, make it meaningful and make it something you’ll enjoy. It could be as simple as make one person smile a day. Or learn something new every day. Or if you’ve got a big project you need to undertake it could be make a start on that and do a little bit of it every day. Whatever it is, the achievement will keep you motivated to do more. 

  7. Friends and family. Make time to connect with those nearest and dearest to you. If need be, schedule in regular skype calls with friends and family far away or set up regular lunch/drink dinner dates. Maintaining contact with people you love will remind you of the importance of connection and keep you motivated to maintain that connection.

  8. Remove labels. 
    Avoid labelling people, things or experiences as good/bad or positive negative. Anything that challenges you, helps you to grow just is. The universe is a crazy and uncertain place and what seemed to be a good thing could turn out to be not so good. Avoiding labels will motivate you to just see things for what they are: opportunities and challenges that are there to be optimised or overcome and help strengthen you.

  9. Disregard opinions 
    Avoid focusing too much on the opinions of others. They are after just opinions. Focus rather, on drives you onward. Other’s opinions are often subject to bias or their own value system which may be at odds with yours. 

  10. Find A Mentor
    Seek out people that you trust to act as mentors and guides in your professional and personal life. Choose people that will give you that much needed “ kick up the rear” when you really need it.


What else will you be doing to motivate yourself in 2017?

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Don't You know Who We Are?! (And what we do..)

Posted on January 13, 2017 by CDU Bookshop

Want to get to know us? Now’s your chance! To give you an intro, you may not know but CDU Bookshop is so much more than just a bookshop. We have books (of course) in text, literary, kids, reference and other formats. But did you realise, we also have stationery, diaries, essentials like toiletries, trade equipment, CDU merchandise, graduation gifts, corporate gifts, dictionaries, plush toys, stethoscopes, calculators, gift cards, travel things and a whole heap of other cool stuff. Here’s some other things you might like to know about us……

The Basics

We’re open Monday – Friday 8.30- 4pm. We’re located just across from the Café in red building 1 at Casuarina Campus


The Team

The folks that make up the magic that is CDU Bookshop are ragtag bunch of really interesting  peeps...

Margaret Waterson- James
Our fearless leader, manager extraordinaire and mighty wielder of the cheque books, She can balance budgets, pack orders and prepare a strategic plan all before lunchtime. Margaret is your go to gal for textbook orders, for that hard to find title or even just for a chat. She’s in everyday and then some, so pop in and say hi.

Dee Hona
Customer Service
Dee is the queen of customer service. It is her dulcet tones you will hear if you give us a call, it is her who will track down your lost order with zeal and determination and it is Dee who will go above and beyond to find you exactly what you need to get you through the  semester.  

Rory Jeffs
Stock Control
Master of stock and occasional frequenter of the front counter, Rory is the guy who(among other things) sits out the back and enters, orders and looks after all our stuff. He’s also the guy who posts and packages your orders, and does it with so much love, you WILL feel it when you open your package. Seriously.  Order something now and get ready for the feels.

Sarah Price
Communications Officer

Weaver of webs and captain of communications Sarah, is the one who wrote this post and many of our others on our website. ( check it yo!). She does some other stuff as well, in the interest of telling the world how great CDU Bookshop is.

Zeeda Yasid
Bright, bubbly and bookkeeper extraordinaire, Zeeda is a dab hand with a spreadsheet and the fastest data entry gun in the north. She can rustle up a receipt, play Xero like a xylophone and audit an account like a boss!

The Refunds..( if you must)

Books.We love ‘em. No seriously, we REEALLY love ‘em, and so should you but we get that sometimes you can choose the wrong one, or change your mind. It’s Ok. We love our books so much we’ll happily take them back. But there are a few things you need to know when you return them.

  1. You gotta fill in a form. The admin gods must be appeased! Also it helps us with stock control and other boring but very important things. Download. Fill in. send. Easy!
  2. You must have loved your book as much as we do in the short time you had it so it must be in great shape, including the packaging which should be intact.
  3. You’ll need a receipt. ‘Nuff said
  4. If it’s a textbook you can return it before Census date of the current semester or within 14 days if bought instore or 28 days if bought online for other items. Don’t miss the deadline or all will be lost. Well, not really just get it back to us quickly. Please!!
If you want to get to know us even better, make sure you sign up for our newsletter, like us on facebook or follow us on instagram. Or just pop in and say hi. We'd love to meet you!


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    Welcome to 2017

    Posted on January 10, 2017 by Sarah Price

    Welcome to the New Year. In numerology 2017 represents a “ 1” year –  the start of a new energetic cycle, and a year that can often signify new beginnings. Perhaps you’ve got some new beginnings of your own planned, such as new study, new career or just a new outlook on life. We're all about the new too,- we've just opened for 2017 and our team is excited and ready to kick off the New Year with a bang. We’re open for all your stationery, CDU merchandise, resource books, trade equipment, literature and much more.

     Our textbook list for Semester 1, 2017 won’t be available until February 2, 8.30am, so hold off until then to get your text book orders in. We are still making our list and checking it twice, so don’t be naughty, be nice, breathe and wait.. While it’s tempting to get a head start, the text books we have in-store now might not be the right ones for your particular units – they might be old editions, or the lecturer may even decide to change  the prescribed text at the last minute. So, do be patient and wait until the February 2nd.

      In the meantime,  why not enjoy this time before Semester 1 starts. Soak up some sun, read some books or pop in and see us and get a head start on your other needs for Semester 1, 2017. The future will still be there – let it download properly! See you in the shop.





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    Student Christmas recipe: Easy As Apricot Balls

    Posted on November 25, 2016 by Sarah Price


    Apricot balls are a super simple sweet treat to make for Christmas and make a lovely gift if you put them in a pretty jar with a ribbon.. You can make them a little bit fancier if you want by simply adding dried fruit.


    • 500g dried apricots, chopped
    • 395g can sweetened condensed milk
    • 2 ½ cups of shredded coconut
    • Extra dessicated coconut for rolling

    Simply combine all the ingredients except the extra coconut. Wet hands and roll into small balls, then coat in extra coconut. Refrigerate. Et Voila!

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