Posts Tagged ‘Cheap’

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!

Food shopping in Dundee

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

So, student Natasha took us round the city of Dundee for the Dundee Student Shopping Guide, to show us where to shop for cheap but tasty, good quality and good food – from supermarkets to a butchers, to an organic delivery truck to an international food store! Here’s some more info about where we went.

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).

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!

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!

More Info on Food Shopping in Loughborough

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Even though it has a small town centre, Loughborough has got loads to offer when it comes to food shopping, especially when you’re looking for international ingredients.  Here’s a run down of what Pawel and Tas featured in the film:


Where: 21 Market St, Loughborough

Opening times:

Mon-Sat 09:00-18:00

Sun 10:00-16:00

Phone no: 01509 237 103


Where: 8 Market St, Loughborough

Opening Times:

Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat 07:00-19:00

Thu & Sun 10:00-16:00

Phone no: 01509 230 484


Where: Ashby Rd, Loughborough

Opening Times:

Mon-Sat 08:00-22:00

Sun 10:00-16:00

Phone no: 01509 237 724

Oriental Food Shop

Where: Ashby Square

Opening Times:

Mon-Sat 10:00-18:00


Phone no: 01509 219 625

Loughborough Market

Where: Loughborough town centre

Opening Times:

Thu & Sat 07:00-17:00

More info:

Loughborough Student Union Shop

Where: Student union

Opening Times:

Mon-Fri: 08:30-22:30

Sat: 08:30-17:30

Sun: 10:30-17:30

Phone no: 01509 635 000 (Student union switchboard)

More info on the Sprint Bus

The Sprint Bus stops at the following bus stops on Loughborough University campus:

1. Outside the Student Union

2. Outside the Mechanical Engineering building

3. Outside the Pilkington Library

Buses run every 10 minutes Monday to Friday, but less frequently on the weekend.  It costs £1.20 to get into town and £1.50 to get to the train station.  Return tickets are not available.

The journey should take 10 minutes from campus to town and 20 minutes from campus to the train station, however this is depending on traffic and can take longer.  To find out more, visit:

A Guide to Yorkshire

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Fancy visiting one of the towns and places featured in the film?  Check out the quick guide below:


Leeds is one of Yorkshire’s many modern cities, with a great shopping scene and buzzing nightlife.  The city centre is quite compact, meaning it’s easy to walk around and see all the sights.


31 Brudenell Rd,

Hyde Park,




Harrogate is a very upmarket town, with lots of cool art galleries and cafés to browse around on a sunny day.  The Valley Gardens is beautiful to walk around if the weather is nice.  Harrogate is a short train ride away from Leeds.

Lancaster Bakery

38 Cold Bath Rd,




York is one of England’s oldest cities, with strong links to both Viking and Roman times.  Another short train ride away from Leeds makes York an essential destination to visit.

Ebor Fisheries

1 Ebor St,


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Simon Woods’ Xmas Tips

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Well let me be the first to wish you all a very Happy Christmas!!! Because the University term ends soon, I wanted to get in early to help you with your Christmas food preparations before you go.

This is such a fantastic time of year, with some amazing fresh produce available. It’s a time of year when we all do a lot of cooking for friends and family so these seasonal hints will help you out:

-       Buy the best quality you can afford, use seasonal produce and support local growers.

-       Root vegetables are fab; try red cabbage for a change with some sweet apple also bang in season.

-       Why not buy some fresh cranberries and make your own relish? Really simple and so much better than that rubbish you buy in a jar.

-       Try piercing some fresh chestnuts with a knife, roasting them through the oven, peel and eat whilst still hot. Amazing.

That’s all from me I’m off to stuff a big turkey!!!!

Have a good one


Remember Remember the Food for November

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Well with Bonfire Night fast approaching what’s good to take with us to the firework display?

How about a nice flask of hot pumpkin soup? If they are still in good condition, peel dice and cook the ones left from Halloween, they will be fine and just follow the root vegetable recipe already on the site.

We have also been baking some fantastic Parkin in the Refectory kitchens. Substitute some of the flour for rolled oats to give it a much chewier consistency. Also it just gets better with age so keep in an airtight container and enjoy weeks later.

I advise you to buy your toffee apples from the shop as playing with hot caramel is not advised to the untrained. Have a safe bonfire night and always remember “it’s all about flavour!”

Guide to Market Shopping

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

The market is your best friend when it comes to food shopping. Markets have got much more flexible pricing than supermarkets and can offer discounts and round down prices where supermarkets can’t. Supermarkets are ruled by a nationwide company pricing structure, but independent shops and stalls are their own bosses-they can decide what to sell and what price to sell it at.
A lot of market stalls and independent shops do student discounts, but often don’t advertise them-don’t be afraid to ask them!
Independent butchers, fishmongers and other market traders are also likely to have more knowledge about cooking and be better trained than most staff in supermarkets. So, when you want to have fish for dinner, but have no idea how to cook it, or if you’re not sure how to make perfect roast potatoes, ask the traders and shopkeepers for their expert advice.