Posts Tagged ‘Northumbria’

Fairtrade: A Students Perspective

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Richard: I had a really great day filming with Studentcooking.tv and, most importantly, learnt a great deal from it. Since doing the segment I have made much more of an effort to buy Fairtrade than I did before – partly because of the things we did in the film and partly because Zöe now knows she’s converted me!

A mis-conception I had about Fairtrade was that the taste wasn’t as good as non-fairtrade products. I’ve found with the Fairtrade food that I’ve been cooking that you really can’t tell the difference! I don’t actually know where I even got the idea from that it wouldn’t taste as nice. In fact I think it might taste a little better, because you can eat it with a clear conscience, and know your helping others.  Something else I’ve found about Fairtrade is that once you know the stuff is out there you see it everywhere!  It’s really easy to build it into your shopping and some items, such as tea, actually work out cheaper.

There are far more FT products than I thought there was and you can also find them in much more places than you’d imagine. I know Co-op are the biggest provider of FT things but it can be easily found elsewhere. I really would urge people to make that step into buying Fairtrade, there’s no compromise on the taste and only a minimal effect on the price of your shopping. An extra cost I would say was worth it for what the farmers and producers get out of it.  If more people bought Fairtrade it would urge manufactures to make more selection and become more standard practice. We really can make a huge difference by changing our shopping habits in small ways.

Fairtrade Vs Normal…PRICE WAR!!

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Beer 500ml

FAIRTRADE £1.85  NORMAL £1.85

Biscuits 125g

FAIRTRADE £1.23   NORMAL £1.15

Tea Bags (80bags)

FAIRTRADE £2.62    NORMAL £2.05

Instant coffee 100g

FAIRTRADE £1.79    NORMAL £2.98

Sugar Granulated Sugar 1kg

FAIRTRADE 97p   NORMAL £1.59*

Honey 340g

FAIRTRADE £2.39  NORMAL £1.95

Bananas

FAIRTRADE £1.25 per kg   NORMAL £1.09 per kg

TOTALS**

Fairtrade £12.10

Normal £12.66

*only non Fairtrade alternative

**based on buying 1 kg of bananas

From the front line with a loser.

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

United we stand divided we fall has become very prevalent in the light of mine and Steve’s performance in King of the Kitchen. I whole heartedly blame Steve for our miserable defeat – how hard could it have been to pick the right ingredients!

It’s true enough that it was the food I cooked that didn’t win however I have to say that I didn’t really have anything to work with. With no meat and some peanut butter I think it would be fair to say that the food didn’t even bear a slight resemblance to chilli con carne.

It was all a lot of fun though and that’s what it’s all about, I wouldn’t be saying that had there been a good prize however! In the end I think Patrick was simply choosing the lesser of two evils as Mark and Lauren’s chilli didn’t look great either. Very glad we did it though, loads of fun and something to remember!

Country Cooks at Northumbria: Harrys Blog…

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Well…not sure what to write really. I was very taken back during the filming by the twist – in honesty I really wasn’t ready to cook Eniko’s omelet and I was feeling good about the Toad in the Hole as it’s like my signature dish. I wouldn’t say I was nervous about cooking the Basque omelet because I was at least familiar with all the ingredients whereas Eniko had to make some batter, which is something he’d never heard of.
Overall I did enjoy it, me and Eniko had a good laugh and to be fair I think we both did okay. I haven’t tried my hand at cooking and Basque food since but I would certainly consider it.

Basque-ing in British Cooking: Country Cooks at Northumbria

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Eniko: The omelet that Harry had to make from my home country is a meal that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or for dinner time. It is a very popular dish in the Basque Country and one of my favorites so I was reluctant to hand over my ingredients for Harry to ruin.

I joke of course and I feel that Harry did very well. There are something that I would have done different such as the size he chopped things but in the end the taste was still good. I think it goes to show, you know that there is no right or wrong in cooking – you just need to try and see what happens.

I had never cooked much British food before and certainly never any batter. I had actually never even heard of this Toad in the Hole. Considering the way in which I prepared the food I was surprised it worked. I say it worked but I didn’t feel like the taste was great! I think I will try again sometime and maybe another dish although I am pleased with my batter that I could get it up.