Archive for November, 2011

Seb Holmes: Live Like a Student – Eat Like a King!

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Hooray, another Guest Blog post! This time it’s from an inspiring young man – take it away, Seb!


‘Hi, my name is Seb Holmes and I am currently a third year Journalism student at Kingston University. Prior to becoming an undergraduate I worked as a chef in kitchens around Oxfordshire, where I grew up. Cheffing aside, I have just loved food since I can remember; I have always wanted to know how things are made before they get put on my plate.

In this blog I aim to share my story with fellow students, to show them how my flat mates and I manage to eat amazing food every day, for less than the price of a pint!

With this background in cooking I was shocked to see what some students are willing to spend their money on for dinner. I’ve heard people complain about the price of food, when they are spending £40 a week on microwave meals. It just didn’t make sense to me how this is possible. How can such an educated sector of society waste so much money unnecessarily? In an effort to stop this madness, and to save my flat mates some money I offered to cook for us all if we chipped in the money. Since then, we’ve continued to do this and a microwave meal has not been seen in our house for a few years now!

Tim Anderson’s Winning Recipes

Friday, November 25th, 2011

As you’ve seen in the ‘Masterchef Comes to Salford‘ video, 2011 winner Tim Anderson shows how to make two student classics (but a more classy version!) of beans on toast and a kebab. Here’s the recipes so you can make them yourself!


Serves 6
• 1 can butter beans
• 1 can chickpeas
• 1 can canneliini or borlotti beans
• 1 can peeled plum tomatoes
• handful fresh cherry tomatoes
• 1 onion
• 1 clove garlic
• a few leaves fresh basil
• salt
• pepper
• 20g very hard cheese
• ½ loaf very good bread
• olive oil

A GLORIOUS! Guest Blog

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

The brains behind GLORIOUS! Foods’ delicious range of soups, sauces, dips and stews, senior development chef Simon Gamble knows a thing or two about cooking. Classically trained in London, Simon has worked in some of London’s top hotels including the Piccadilly and the Chesterfield in Berkeley Square, Mayfair, where he became top sauce maker. He helped launch GLORIOUS! in 2008 and has been cooking up some of the most delicious recipes on the supermarket shelves ever since. Here he shares his advice on student cooking…


I didn’t go to university myself but my daughter is currently studying at Northumbria so I am very familiar with the difficulty that students can experience fending for themselves for the first time. She shares with six other people and they all tend to cook for each other which is a good thing when it comes to sharing the workload and not wasting ingredients.

My advice has always been – don’t be too over ambitious when you are just starting out and just have fun. Learn and practice three or four key recipes. If your friends and housemates do the same, before you know it you’ve got a whole repertoire of dishes that you can all make and share with each other.

Meal Ticket to Syria – the recipes!

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

As you’ll have seen in the ‘Meal Ticket to Syria’ video, international student at Leeds Met Khaled showed presenter Lewis what Syrian food is all about. Not only did he take Lewis food shopping with him, giving him hints and tips about this Middle Eastern cuisine, but he also cooked him up two traditional dishes too! Here’s how he made them!


For the Mosakhan:
• Chicken breast, sliced
• 1 onion, sliced
• Pomegranate molasses
• Sumac spices
• Oil
• Tortilla wraps

The Brakes Student Chef Guide to Student Cooking

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Have you heard of the Brakes Student Chef Team Challenge? Well, it’s a leading culinary competition open to teams of full-time hospitality or catering college students – so they know their stuff about food and young people. We invited them to write a Blog post about students and cooking, offering their view and advice which we hope you find helpful! So, what are you waiting for – be inspired to get in the kitchen!


Students have traditionally gained something of a reputation for their lack of culinary prowess. Stories of burnt fish finger sandwiches, Pot Noodles and boil-in-the-bag suppers are as bountiful as the kebabs eaten on a Friday night.

However there are a growing number of young gourmands who are realising that taking an interest in food is not only good for the taste buds, but can help improve sustainability, keep individuals healthy – and improve their love lives!

In celebration of British Sausage Week…

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

It’s British Sausage Week and we thought we should acknowledge this, since we’re all about food, cooking – and students, of course! Who doesn’t like a good old sausage – they’re cheap, versatile and tasty, and CAN be healthy, believe it or not! Great student food.

Pam, our Web & Social Media Guru, is wheat-intolerant and unfortunately can’t eat average sausages since they have wheat in…BUT she has recently discovered ones out there she can eat – hooray! To go a step further, she’s mastered the ultimate (‘normal’-tasting wheat-free) Toad in the Hole – basically sausages surrounded by a nice, crisp light batter.

She’d like to share it so here’s her recipe!