Archive for September, 2011

Food Shopping in Oxford

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Hope you found the Shopping Guide video useful!

We wanted to get you thinking about the different places around Oxford where you can go for your food shopping – there’s so much more out there than just your average supermarket!

For inspiration check out the Oxford Brookes Shopping Map here showing you exactly where everything is, as well as giving you lots of useful info about each place.

Liked what you saw in the video? Read on for more info about the places we went!

Food shopping in Bristol

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Bristol is a food lovers’ paradise, especially if you’re into buying locally – there’s so much on offer!

HIDDEN TREASURES (from a local Bristolian!)

Situated on St Marks Road, this specialist food company is legendary – selling all sorts of amazing Asian and Ethnic products.

St Marks Road
This whole street is generally amazing – offering a truly international flavour with great Indian sweet shops, vegetarian and curry type restaurants – here are a couple of favourites.

Tommy’s Basic Bolognaise and Simple Spag

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Thanks to the University of Strathclyde student Tommy, here’s his recipe from the video so you can make the yummy Italian-inspired recipe yourself – voila!


Serves: 4
Ready in an hour.
Full of goodness!
Moderately easy to cook.

• 500g pack lean steak mince
• 1 tbsp oil
• 1 onion, chopped
• Garlic, crushed
• Peppers, sliced
• Mushrooms, sliced
• 2 can chopped tomatoes
• Tomato puree
• Spaghetti
• Italian herbs (oregano, basil), paprika and seasoning

1. Heat oil in a large pan. Add onion and cook for a few minutes, then add the mince and stir well, browning it off. Once it’s fully browned, add all the other veg and cook for about 5 minutes.
2. Add all the herbs, paprika and seasoning, then stir in the pesto, chopped tomatoes and a good squeeze of tomato puree. Bring to the boil then simmer for 20 minutes.
3. Meanwhile cook your spaghetti in a pan of boiling water – drain, then serve with your bolognaise sauce. Hey presto: Basic bolognaise with spag!

Steve’s Italian Chicken

Friday, September 9th, 2011

You saw Steve, from the University of Strathclyde, cook up a nice Italian chicken dish in the video – here’s how he made it so you try it yourself!


It’s quick, cheap and easy!
Serves: 1
Ready in 45 mins.

• 2 chicken steaks
• Bag of rocket
• Pack of Parma ham
• Tub of Philadephia (soft cheese)
• Cherry tomatoes
• Italian herbs, fennel seeds
• Pesto
• Seasoning

1) Preheat the oven to 180 – 200 degrees. Mix the Philadelphia cheese with the Italian herbs, fennel seeds, seasoning and a bit of pesto.
2) Trim the fat off the chicken if you need to! (This keeps the dish nice and healthy.) Stuff the chicken with the cheese mix and fold over. Wrap each one with 2 pieces of Parma ham.
3) Heat some olive oil in a frying pan. Fry the breasts off on both sides on a medium heat – apply some pressure to lock in the flavour. The Parma ham will go nice and crispy while the chicken will stay tender.
4) Grease a baking dish and pop the chicken on – add extra herbs over the top. Cook for 15 mins.
5) Meanwhile make a quick salad with your rocket, cherry tomatoes, olive oil and herbs – simple!
6) If you fancy a bit of extra cheese, add some more to your chicken and continue cooking for 15 mins – then plate up!

International Shopping Guide in Cardiff

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Being a student at Glamorgan you’re spoilt for choice – hilly countryside, great coastline, city entertainment and plenty of sporting activities. And of course, food! As well as all the traditional Welsh fare on offer, international food  is also a popular choice – and we’re showing you where to find it.

We’ve put together a list – a ‘Shopping Guide’, if you like, to some international shops in Cardiff – hope you enjoy shopping for ingredients from abroad so you can create imaginative dishes!

Sophie’s Aubergine & Coconut Curry

Friday, September 9th, 2011

If you liked the look of Strathclyde student Sophie’s curry in the video, here’s the recipe so you can re-create it yourself and see how tasty (and quick and easy!) it really is!


Take five ingredients and whip up this quick, healthy, vegetarian curry!
Ready in half an hour
Serves: 2 (but easily doubled)

• 2 tbsp Madras curry paste
• 2 large aubergines, cubed
• 1 red pepper, halved, deseeded and roughly chopped into chunks
• 400g reduced-fat coconut milk
• Small bunch coriander, roughly chopped

1) Heat a large frying pan or wok, tip in the curry paste and fry for 1 min. Add the aubergine and red pepper, then toss well in the paste.
2) Pour in the coconut milk with 200ml water and bring to a simmer. COOK FOR 15-20 mins or until the aubergine is tender and the sauce has thickened.
3) Season to taste, then serve scattered with chopped coriander and Nann bread or rice.

Welsh food: the low-down

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

What’s the first thing you think about when you say ‘welsh food’?

‘Welsh rarebit’?

‘Bara Brith’?

‘Welsh cakes’?



You may be of Welsh descent and know you’re stuff and what the above things are, but for those of you who don’t, here’s a bit of a breakdown of the most popular traditional dishes…

Fat lot of good?

Monday, September 5th, 2011

The world is getting fatter. Convenience food has never been so popular. Obesity rates are spiralling out of control.

So what is the Government doing about it? Getting fast-food outlets to provide calorie labelling on menu boards in-store so we can make healthier choices.

It’s just been announced today that McDonalds and Starbucks have joined KFC, Pret A Manger, JD Wetherspoon and Pizza Hut in signing up to this ‘responsibility deal’…

Where we went on Tremough Campus

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

So, the lovely Melanie from University College Falmouth showed us around the Tremough and Woodlane campuses in the Falmouth Campus Guide video so you know where to find the hotspots for food, drink, music and looking after yourself. Here’s where she went so you can yourselves!

Tremough Shop

Located between the Stannary and Media Centre – many promotions on lots of different products, all to make the students life easier.
Opening Hours – Term Time: Monday to Friday: 8.00am – 8.00pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10.00am – 6.00pm.
Opening Hours – Out of Term Time: Monday to Friday: 8.00am – 6.00pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10.00am – 2.00pm.

- Newspapers and magazines
- Cigarettes
- Stamps and stationery, art and course materials
- Mobile phone top-up
- Confectionery and snacks (including healthy options)
- Groceries and fresh products (sandwiches etc)
- Body care
- Household products

Where we went in Glasgow

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

Steve took you around Glasgow for the Strathclyde Student Shopping Guide to show you the best places to go to find the best, cheapest food (always a good thing for you students!). We thought we’d compile a list so you can go and find them yourselves if you’re at Strathclyde!


Where: 132-140 High Street, Glasgow, G1 1QF

Aldi sells a wide range of groceries, fresh fruit and vegetables, chilled and frozen foods, alcohol and household goods – all at a very good price!