A baking challenge of lurrrrve <3

BAKING MAD VALENTINE’S BLOGGER COMPETITION- by our @SpamellaB

CHALLENGE: As 1 of the 15 selected food bloggers, to use at least 3 of the yummy Silver Spoon Cakecraft ingredients (and also Nielsen-Massey extracts) sent to us to make something we’d want to receive on Valentine’s Day. After spotting this competition advertised by Baking Mad via Twitter and Facebook, I knew I HAD to be part of it; being a keen baker, food blogger and a romantic at heart I was pretty chuffed to be chosen!

Here’s my box of goodies that arrived a few days after finding out I was part of this exciting challenge…

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A blog full of LOVE <3

V-Day (aka Valentines’ Day): you either love it or hate it, depending on your ‘romantic’ situation. Well, we thought we’d get into the spirit of things either way, so here’s some fruity food suggestionss, a nice little dinner menu if you’re loving enough to cook for your other half, and some cheeky gift ideas!

Foods to get you in the mood!

• Chocolate
Pure chocolate contains a chemical that gives the consumer a natural psychoactive good, excitable feeling, stimulating both attraction and euphoria. This is top of the list of aphrodisiac foods!

• Basil
Basil has many positive effects on your body and the smell of it alone is believed to be an aphrodisiac. The taste is also known to stimulate sexual desire and increase the heart rate – add it to your dishes!

• Bananas
Of course there is the obvious shape that associates the banana with…but it is also fact that bananas are filled with B vitamins, potassium and magnesium which help the male sexual libido!
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Seb’s Posh Burgers & Chutney

Another Guest Blog from young student chef/food blogger Seb Holmes!

‘Here is another great recipe straight from the kitchen with Head Chef Brian Arnold. After the beef has been cooked it can last in the fridge for about 3-4 days safely; it also freezes well so why not save a few for future meals. The red onion chutney also keeps for months in the fridge and tastes great with cheese so is well worth the investment; there’ll be loads of it spare so keep some in the fridge and eat it whenever you need a quick meal – sorted!’

CORIANDER BURGERS WITH CARAMELISED RED ONION CHUTNEY

Serves 4 | Makes 8 burgers
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Secret Cheese beefburgers

Ok so you’ve watched the ‘Home-made Burgers and Wedges’ video – and you’re probably desperate to get cooking and try making yourself! This is a secret recipe but we’re kind so have decided to share it with you – here it is! Keep it quiet though, you don’t want everyone to know how to make the best burgers ever!

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A (students’) guide to Leeds Market!

Thanks to the power of Twitter, the lovely Sophie Devonshire (aka @poppylovering), food blogger for Leeds Student, offered to write us a Guest Blog about something she is quite passionate about: Leeds Market!

Living life as a student in Leeds
There’s a long list of places to visit and things to do during your time in the Leeds student bubble: the Otley run, the Yorkshire Dales, breakfast at Popina’s, Hyde Park Picture house, Shaky Jake’s, Lucky’s pizza, Akmal’s curry, lazy afternoons in the Oak’s beer garden and the Leeds Kirkgate market to name but a few.

Sadly for students the latter is a bit like 1st year lectures: the novelty wears off after a few of weeks then no-one bothers going. But it really is an absolute gem that students should get well-acquainted with. It is steeped in history and in a roundabout-way it spawned the global giant that is Marks and Spencer: Mr Marks set up his ‘Penny Bazaar’ there in 1884 which led to the founding of M&S in 1890…humble beginnings!
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Orange Cranachan – the taste test!

A few days ago on Burns’ Night we spotted this recipe on Facebook from Focus on Food and liked the sound of it – quick, easy, traditional…It sounded tasty so we gave it a go! Here’s the recipe again and photos from when we made it – plus a little verdict :) Love for the Scottish dessert!

ORANGE CRANACHAN
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A student’s guide to food, from a student’s point of view!

I’m Bethan Lewis and am doing a work placement for my degree at studentcooking.tv/Campus Life. I thought that I could give you all some simple tips for keeping your diet varied and how to shop effectively, from one student to another. Being in a house of 6 girls, the percentage of us who cook ‘proper’ meals is very small. You’ll find empty noodle and pasta packets, frozen chips and pizza boxes around the kitchen and very little fresh fruit and vegetables.

So what can you do to change this?

Sometimes it can be very difficult to shop in large amounts and you find yourself doing smaller shops too often, or when you’ve run out of food completely. Not only does this cost you a lot more than one large shop, because you’re shopping when you’re hungry (it’s proven that it encourages you to buy foods you don’t necessarily want on a whim) but you are more likely to buy foods that won’t make up meals or last… So my advice is:
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Guest Blog from @JellyTotDealer

Here’s a Guest Blog and recipe from one of our fabulous foodie fans on Twitter (follow us yourself @studentcooking)!

Hi I’m Natalie, a graduate from University of Leeds. I first started cooking when I became a veggie in my teens after my mum refused to indulge what she saw as a fad protest. 6 years later I’m still going strong and so’s the cooking! I love making carnivore-converting tasty veggie treats. I also enjoy baking pretty cakes. I tweet most of what I make so follow me on Twitter @JellyTotDealer.

CHEESE & ONION PASTIES

Makes about 10 pasties.
Ready in an hour (worth it!)
Best eaten warm straight out the oven.

Ingredients:
• 2 small potatoes (200g), peeled and cubed
• 1 and a half onions, finely chopped
• 50g butter, cubed
• 50g mature cheddar cheese, grated
• 75g gruyere cheese, grated
• 450g of ready-made short crust pastry sheets (1 pack of Justrol)
• 1 egg, beaten
• Some flour for dusting
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BURN’S NIGHT – A Scottish Celebration!

What’s Burns’ Night all about?

It’s a celebration of the life of poet Robert Burns and Scottish culture in general on or around 25th January every year. You’ll probably know the song ‘Auld Lang Syne’ – that’s Burns’ best-known work!

CELEBRATIONS

• Events
Many people and organisations hold a Burns’ Supper on/around Burns’ Night of all different kinds – formal or casual, just men or women or both. Many men wear kilts and women may wear shawls, skirts or dresses made from (family) tartan.

• Food
‘Haggis’ (a type of sausage prepared in a sheep’s stomach) is famous thanks to Burns’ Night, which is what the evening centres on – it’s entrance of it and being placed on the table. The host reads the ‘Address to a Haggis’ – an ode that Burns wrote to the Scottish dish – then at the end the haggis is ceremonially sliced into 2 pieces…then the meal begins!

Other foods (see recipes!) associated with Burns’ Night:
- Haggis
- Cock-a-Leekie soup (chicken and leek soup)
- Neeps (mashed turnips or Swedes)
- Tatties (mashed potatoes)
- Cranchan (whipped cream mixed with raspberries served with sweet oat wafers)
- Bannocks (a kind of bread cooked on a griddle)
- Whiskey – the traditional drink!

Farmhouse Breakfast Week – get on it!

WHAT’S FOR BREAKFAST?
Whether it’s the Full English or a simple cereal and toast, you can’t beat a good breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day and shouldn’t be skipped – you’re missing out on vital nutrients and energy otherwise!

So we thought, in celebration of National Farmhouse Breakfast Week (22nd – 29th January 2012), we’d help spread the word of why EVERYONE should be eating breakfast and a few tips and ideas to get you eating first thing – inspired by the awesome Shake Up Your Wake Up website!

BREAKFAST IDEAS:
• Full English (sausages, bacon, baked beans, toast, eggs, mushrooms and tomatoes)
• Scrambled/boiled/poached eggs and toast
• Porridge
• Continental (croissants, cheeses, ham…)
• Toast and jam/marmalade
• Cereal
• Bacon butty
• Fruit (and yogurt)
• Pancakes or waffles
• Fruit smoothie

TELL US!
Answer our POLL on our Facebook page to let us know – we’re curious about your breakfast habits!
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