Archive for August, 2011

Bustard’s Custard (obsession)

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Our Web & Social Media Guru, Pam Bustard (no puns related to the topic, please) has a rather strange and random food obsession: custard.

Not just the shop-bought, pre-made, packet stuff – but the home-made real deal.

It’s become a bit of an addiction, to the point where she has to eat it every day.

Pam’s so passionate about it, she wishes to share how to make the perfect jug of the thick stuff (runny is just not an option).

An innocent approach to life

Monday, August 29th, 2011

‘Stay Healthy. Be Lazy’

Want to know an honest, easy, and amusing way to stay healthy but still have a life?

This little book is like a mini healthy living Bible – but a lot less intense.

It gives you some simple tips and ideas of what you can do to eat better and move more (including tasty recipes and easy exercises) in a 7-day plan – with lots of cartoon pictures!

Great for you students starting – or returning! – to uni who want to look after themselves (while still having time to have fun)!

Check out the fabulous innocent website for more amusing foodie goodness!

A book for design/food geeks

Monday, August 29th, 2011

‘Shelf Life: A celebration of the world’s quirkiest brands.’

Skum (marshmellow sweets). Faggs (coffee). Kocky (power food). Sugar Daddy (lollipop). Squirt (can of pop). Gross (water).

This random, colourful and humorous book brings together a bizarre collection of products from all over the world.

All are genuine, but you would question it.

Read it, explore it, buy it – even if it’s just for the pictures and the laughs.

Canned food, can do!

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Canned food can get a bad name: Processed. Full of additives. Dog food…

Basically, not that appealing or healthy.

However, the brilliant Canned Food UK website fights to show just how good, fast, and even fun using and cooking with canned food can be!

As well as loads of great recipes you can download, you can also get the FREE ‘u.can Cook!’ iPhone app – a great way to try out some of the dishes in the kitchen yourself.

So if you want to eat well but fast and on a budget, check out the Canned Food UK website now!

Rainbow cuisine – an eclectic mix!

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Bursting with colours, flavours and variety – no wonder traditional South African food is also known as ‘rainbow cuisine’.

What’s interesting about this type of fare is its eclectic mixture of influences: Portugese, Dutch, French, Moroccan, Indian…they’ll all feature in menus, with all sorts of different herbs and spices, giving South African food a very unique and tasty twist!

Maize and meat (especially of goat, cattle and sheep) are the staples in most of the traditional food menus – if you’re a meat lover this is the place to be!

As well as ‘bobotie’ (a more exciting version of Shepherd’s Pie), some other common meat delicacies include ‘biltong’ (dried, salted meat), and ‘boerewors’ (hand-made spicy farm sausages made up of minced beef) – which is enjoyed best on a braai (barbeque), and served usually served with ‘pap’ (rice).

So, if you like your flavours, colours and different cuisines, South African food is where it’s at!

Get in touch with Bath’s sports expert

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

If you’ve just watched our fantastic ‘Eating Fit’ video, you’ll have seen Renee McGregor challenge the University of Bath hockey team to cook up a healthy, balanced post-match meal. We don’t want to spoil anything if you’ve not seen the video, but the lads seem to know their stuff in the kitchen!

You might also want to know yourself how you can book an appointment with our on-screen expert Renee. So here’s how: Renee is based at the University of Bath Sports Injury Clinic and Human Performance Centre and is available for appointments every Wednesday; some weekend and evening appointments may also be available on request.

Get in touch! Simply contact her to arrange your appointment.

T: 01225 383636

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Alex and Liam do Walmart

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

We came across this YouTube video and thought it was amusing enough to share with you.

Alex and Liam, as you will see, are astounded at the American superstore that is Walmart – and are amazed that you can buy everything under one roof (not like our Tesco and Asda then, eh?).

Have a watch of it yourselves for some food/supermarket-related entertainment!

Microwaves are happy things!

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Look – it’s a happy microwave!

We spotted this. It made us smile.

So clearly microwaves, used for cooking and heating up a number of food-related things, are your friend in the kitchen :)

Have YOU got a happy microwave? Give it a go.

(Note: cannot be held responsible for broken microwaves or any accidents involved in turning it on its side. It’s just a bit of random fun.)

Veggie chilli for two!

Monday, August 22nd, 2011


  • Pack of veggie mince (Quorn)
  • 3 onions, sliced
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1 red or green chilli, chopped
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • Handful of fresh coriander
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 peppers, sliced
  • 5 mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 small bar chocolate (yes, really!)
  • Pinch curry powder
  • Cooked rice, to serve!

Serves: 2


  1. Head the oil in a large pan, then add the onions, peppers, garlic and chillies. Stir thoroughly, then add the chilli powder, curry powder and chillies.
  2. When the onions are golden, add the mushrooms and cook for a further few minutes.
  3. Add the mince, tomatoes, kidney beans, a cup of water, lime zest and juice, broken up chocolate and chopped coriander.  Simmer for 20 mins.
  4. Serve with rice and enjoy!

Aloo Tamatar (spiced potatoes and tomatoes)

Monday, August 22nd, 2011


  • 1 ½ tsp cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • Olive oil
  • 3 onions, sliced
  • 2 spoons garlic and ginger paste
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 5-6 tomatoes, chopped
  • 5 potatoes, boiled and chopped
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala

Serves: 4


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Once heated, add the cumin seeds and onions and sauté until brown.
  2. Add the garlic and ginger paste and green chilli – mix well. Add chopped tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Mix all the remaining spices (coriander, chilli powder, Garam masala) into a small glass of water (this prevents burning in the pan).
  4. Add the cooked potatoes and salt to taste, and leave to simmer for a further 10 minutes.
  5. Serve hot and enjoy!