Posts Tagged ‘guest blog’

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!

Surviving the cold weather – the Xing way

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Simon Long, co-founder of Xing, wrote us a Guest Blog about student food perfect for the colder weather. As someone who runs a business working with students (Xing is all about student-run smoothie bars and enterprise days in schools and colleges), he’s in a good position to share his advice, and offer a cheeky recipe too!

The new uni term unfortunately signals the end of summer. But the cold days and darker nights are the perfect opportunity to make some really simple but impressive grub for you and your housemates – if you want to score some brownie points!

Firstly, you’ll need a slow cooker. You can pick one up from Argos for about £30. It’s a big-ish one-off cost but you’ll save lots of money on ingredients. When you slow cook for hours you can use much cheaper cuts of meat such as shin of beef in this case, which would ordinarily be too tough to use. The result is a hot and hearty stew with rich deep flavours and perfectly tender meat. You don’t even have to stand over the stove whilst the magic happens.

Try this recipe…