Archive for December, 2009

Simon Woods’ Xmas Tips

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Well let me be the first to wish you all a very Happy Christmas!!! Because the University term ends soon, I wanted to get in early to help you with your Christmas food preparations before you go.

This is such a fantastic time of year, with some amazing fresh produce available. It’s a time of year when we all do a lot of cooking for friends and family so these seasonal hints will help you out:

-       Buy the best quality you can afford, use seasonal produce and support local growers.

-       Root vegetables are fab; try red cabbage for a change with some sweet apple also bang in season.

-       Why not buy some fresh cranberries and make your own relish? Really simple and so much better than that rubbish you buy in a jar.

-       Try piercing some fresh chestnuts with a knife, roasting them through the oven, peel and eat whilst still hot. Amazing.

That’s all from me I’m off to stuff a big turkey!!!!

Have a good one

Simon

More Info On Leeds Food Shopping!

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Leeds International Shopping Guide Additional Content

Wondering how to get to the market?  Or what time the Co-op closes?  Look no further as below is all the info you need on the shops and supermarkets featured in Sofia’s guide:

The Co-operative Food Store

Where: 132 Cardigan Rd, Leeds

How to get there: Take either the no. 56 bus from the university, or walk down St. Michael’s Lane, then onto Cardigan Rd from Headingley.

Opening Times: open 24 hours (apart from Sunday, 10:00-16:00)

Phone no: 0113 278 5575

Sainsbury’s

Where: 12-16 Arndale Centre, Headingley

How to get there: Take either the 1, 28, 95, 96 or 97A.  There’s a bus stop directly opposite the store.

Opening Times: Mon-Sat 08:00-22:00 / Sun 11:00-17:00

Phone no: 0113 214 2200

ASDA

Where: Holt Rd, Holt Park, Leeds

How to get there: Take either the no. 1 or 96 straight to the store.

Opening Times: Mon-Sat 08:00-22:00 / Sun 10:00-16:00

Phone no: 0844 894 1234

Wing Lee Hong Oriental Supermarket

Where: 117 Vicar Lane, Leeds

How to get there: Take either the no. 1, 28, 95 or 96 into town, then walk to Vicar Lane.

Opening Times: Mon-Sun 10:00-18:00

Phone no: 0113 2430500

Abu Bakar International Supermarket

Where: 37 Queen’s Rd, Hyde Park

How to get there: Take the no. 56 to Hyde Park, then walk.

Opening Times: Mon-Sat 09:00-21:00

For more information, check out the University of Leeds’ International Student Handbook. It’s full of useful advice all about making your stay in Leeds (and the U.K.) even better!

http://www.leeds.ac.uk/international/studenthandbook.pdf

Hani’s Paneer Masala Recipe

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Loughborough Second To Naan

Paneer Masala Recipe

Serves: 4-6

Vegetarian: Yes

Vegan: No

Ingredients:

- 2 blocks of Paneer (227g x2) cut into small cubes (found in cheese aisle

in supermarket)

- 3 Peppers- large diced (green, red & yellow)

- 2 fairly large onions- finely chopped

- 3 tomatoes- finely chopped

- 8 cloves of garlic- grated

- 2 to 3 small green chillies- finely chopped

- 2 teaspoons salt

- 2 teaspoons paprika powder

- 2 teaspoons garam masala

- 1 teaspoon ground cumin

- 1 teaspoon ground coriander

- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

- Cooking oil

- Spring onions to garnish

Method:

1. Shallow fry the pieces of paneer until golden brown. Place cooked paneer

pieces into water and leave to one side.

2. In a new pan heat 6/7 tablespoons of oil. Add the grated garlic and

chillies. Cook until garlic is slightly golden.

3. Add in chopped onions. Keep mixing and cook until onions are golden brown.

4. Add in chopped tomatoes, salt, paprika, garam masala, ground cumin, ground

coriander and turmeric powder.  Stir well.

5. Add in peppers. Stir well. Place lid on pan to help cook peppers quicker

and keep moisture in. Keep stirring in between to prevent sticking.

6. Once peppers are cooked, drain the paneer and add it to the  mixture. Stir

well and until paneer pieces are heated through.

7. Garnish with chopped spring onions. Serve hot with naan bread.  Enjoy!