Posts Tagged ‘bath’

Waste not, want not

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Every year students across the UK throw out thousands of tons of perfectly edible food when they leave their halls of residence. This creates something of a considerable environmental problem as much of this food waste gets dumped into the landfill sights across the UK placing further strain on Britain’s’ emissions.

With this in mind, the very green University of Bath got in touch with us to see how we could help their students improve their waste habits. The studentcooking team has seen some sights in the past, but this summer we saw some sights at Bath which made us think that students needed to know what to do with their end of term leftovers.

With the help of chef Chris we created three fantastic meals: Parmesan Beef Patties; an Open Tuna Lasagna and Caramelised Bananas. Considering all the food was going to be thrown out, Chris really showed our students that with a little creativity, they could create some spectacular food!

Energy Efficiency In The Kitchen

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Here are some of our own tips to help you save pennies and electricity!

  • Use a microwave instead of the oven as much as possible.
  • Use a pressure cooker, which saves loads of heat.
  • Simmer instead of boiling – less steam means less need to ventilate the room.
  • Cut food into smaller pieces in order to speed up cooking time.
  • Make one-pot meals, stir fries and stews save energy on cooking and washing up.
  • Always use the right size of pan for your cooking ring.
  • Take any shelves you don’t use out of the oven, and don’t keep opening the oven door while you’re cooking.
  • Use a kettle to boil water for cooking instead of boiling water on the hob.
  • Turn the oven off ten minutes before you serve the meal – it will retain plenty of heat for that time.
  • If you’re saving food in the fridge or freezer, let it cool down to room temperature first to save energy cooling it.
  • Cook plenty at once and freeze what you don’t need that day.
  • Cooking to Conserve

    Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

    We all make an effort to minimise our carbon footprint, be it re-using bags, flying less or turning off every plug known to man; however we use considerable amounts of energy in cooking alone without realising. With this in mind, our good friends at the University of Bath set us a challenge to create 3 meals all using limited/no energy. Initially we thought this would be quite difficult as everyone knows microwave food is for weirdos, but we were in for a bit of a surprise.

    As Rachel discovered, there are lots of ways in which we can save electricity in the kitchen without compromising the taste of our food. Chris cooked us up 3 fantastic dishes using a few simple ingredients that required little to no energy. I personally never knew you could create such amazing foods in the microwave as Chris managed to knock up. The Tagine tasted absolutely fantastic and barely used any energy, while Chris’s microwave Sponge Pudding was out of this world. I think my absolute favourite, however, was the salsa Chris made using a few simple ingredients, orange juice and absolutely no energy at all.

    The University of Bath is something of a beacon uni when it comes to leading the way on energy efficiency. The Switch-Off Challenge, which takes place every year, gives students a fantastic opportunity to take a good look at their energy usage and how they can minimise their carbon footprint. Cooking with care is one way we can look after the environment – check out the video and our top tips for making sure you keep your energy emissions down.

    International Shopping in Bath

    Monday, September 13th, 2010

    CO OP

    Shaftesbury Rd,
    Oldfield Park,
    Scala,
    Bath,
    Avon
    BA2 3LH

    Tel: 01225 429123

    The supermarket can be a great place to get your hands on everyday essential items such as eggs, bread and milk.  For international students, you can usually find a decent selection of international ingredients from around the world so its always worth checking the shelves.

    Twerton Market

    Twerton Football ground Car Park
    Bath
    BA2 1EE

    Tel: 01225 47 7101

    A fantastic local farmers market open every Thursday from around 9:00 am until around 1:00pm.  With stalls ranging from butchers, fishmongers and greengrocers all selling a fantastic range of local Somerset foods.

    Many of the market stall holders have experience with dealing with overseas students and are always willing to help.  You should recognise many of the ingredients on the stalls but if not always ask.

    The market is easily reached by the number 18 bus, taken to Twerton parade.

    International supermarket

    Wai Yee Hong
    Eastgate Oriental City
    Eastgate Road,
    Bristol,
    Avon
    BS5 6XY

    Tel: 0845 873 3388

    Open 7 days a week. 10:30AM-5:30PM

    Wai Yee Hong is a fantastic place for UK students and overseas students to come along to and find themselves a vast range of authentic ingredients from all around the world such as India, Thailand, China and Japan.

    To reach Bristol from Bath, take either the 339, 649 and the x39

    There are regular trains from Bristol Temple Meads stations.

    Shops In Bath

    Monday, September 13th, 2010

    CO OP

    Shaftesbury Rd,
    Oldfield Park,
    Scala,
    Bath,
    Avon
    BA2 3LH

    Tel: 01225 429 123

    The supermarket can be a great place to get your hands on everyday essential items such as eggs, bread and milk.  For international students, you can usually find a decent selection of international ingredients

    Twerton Market

    Twerton Football ground Car Park
    Bath
    BA2 1EE

    Tel: 01225 47 7101

    A fantastic local farmers market open every Thursday from around 9:00 am until around 1:00pm.  With stalls ranging from butchers, fishmongers and greengrocers all selling a fantastic range of local Somerset foods.

    Many of the market stall holders have experience with dealing with overseas students and are always willing to help

    The market is easily reached by the number 18 bus, taken to Twerton parade.

    International supermarket

    Wai Yee Hong
    Eastgate Oriental City
    Eastgate Road,
    Bristol,
    Avon
    BS5 6XY

    Tel: 0845 873 3388

    Wai Yee Hong is a fantastic place for UK students and overseas students to come along to and find themselves a vast range of authentic ingredients from all around the world.

    To reach Bristol from Bath, take either the 339, 649 and the x39

    There are regular trains from Bristol Temple Meads stations.