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Billy the Chef’s Top 3 Stir Fry tips

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

1.  Don’t overload the pan with ingredients.  You’ll need space in the pan to toss everything and let it cook.  Also, lots of small groups of ingredients means more variation and more flavour in your meal.

2.  Slice your meat and vegetables finely so they cook quicker.  The idea of a stir fry is to flash fry the ingredients.  If they take too long to cook, they’ll stew.

3.  Use a flavoured oil if you can, as the flavour will transfer to the ingredients.

Top 10 Essential Student Ingredients

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

With all the great choice of stuff you can get at the market, it’s easy to get carried away and just concentrate on the main thing you need for your dish. There are, however, some essential things you will need to be the base for most meals that you should ALWAYS have in your cupboard!

Here’s out top 10:

Pasta – whether it’s spaghetti, pasta, fusilli, macaroni…it doesn’t matter. Takes about 15 minutes to boil and has the carbs you need in a balanced diet.
Garlic – Break off the cloves as and when you need them, and if it’s kept in your cupboard where it’s cool and dark, it will last around 6 weeks.
Onions – You’ll use them a lot, so make sure you’ve got two or three in your cupboard. They’ll last about two weeks.
Herbs – You can really get into herbs (legal ones!!) as they each add their own flavour to your dishes, and can really boost an ordinary meal. But, as we’re on a budget, we’ve just got a packet of mixed dried herbs. Because they’re dried, they’ll last ages.
Tin of chopped tomatoes – always useful to have. A quick fix for spag bol and lasagne.
Stock cubes – Whether they’re veg, chicken or beef, these are useful. Just crumble them into a bowl, add boiling water and stir. They’ll add flavour to your dishes and soups.
Olive oil – one thing you should try and spend a bit of money on, as a good one will make a lot of difference to your cooking. You’ll only use a small bit at a time so it’ll keep.
Salt and pepper – Whenever you boil rice, pasta or potatoes, you’ll need a pinch of salt in there and you can season your food when you eat.

Football Vs. Netball

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

Guest Blog by Sarah

‘I was really sure we were going to win Pat over with our entertainment and quality food. I’ve always felt that I’m a fairly decent cook although I did struggle with the pumpkin – it was so hard to cut! I’ve done a really similar sweet mash with swede and carrot, which is really nice. I think I prefer that to the pumpkin mash plus it’s available all year whereas pumpkin is seasonal.

I couldn’t really say why we didn’t win, Pat seemed really pleased with the food and the other girls did a great job of keeping Pat entertained while I was cooking – I guess he must have just had a thing for the boys!’