Posts Tagged ‘Loughbrough’

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:

Hani’s Paneer Masala Recipe

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Loughborough Second To Naan

Paneer Masala Recipe

Serves: 4-6

Vegetarian: Yes

Vegan: No


- 2 blocks of Paneer (227g x2) cut into small cubes (found in cheese aisle

in supermarket)

- 3 Peppers- large diced (green, red & yellow)

- 2 fairly large onions- finely chopped

- 3 tomatoes- finely chopped

- 8 cloves of garlic- grated

- 2 to 3 small green chillies- finely chopped

- 2 teaspoons salt

- 2 teaspoons paprika powder

- 2 teaspoons garam masala

- 1 teaspoon ground cumin

- 1 teaspoon ground coriander

- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

- Cooking oil

- Spring onions to garnish


1. Shallow fry the pieces of paneer until golden brown. Place cooked paneer

pieces into water and leave to one side.

2. In a new pan heat 6/7 tablespoons of oil. Add the grated garlic and

chillies. Cook until garlic is slightly golden.

3. Add in chopped onions. Keep mixing and cook until onions are golden brown.

4. Add in chopped tomatoes, salt, paprika, garam masala, ground cumin, ground

coriander and turmeric powder.  Stir well.

5. Add in peppers. Stir well. Place lid on pan to help cook peppers quicker

and keep moisture in. Keep stirring in between to prevent sticking.

6. Once peppers are cooked, drain the paneer and add it to the  mixture. Stir

well and until paneer pieces are heated through.

7. Garnish with chopped spring onions. Serve hot with naan bread.  Enjoy!

Jon’s Malaysian Tea

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Jon kindly found the time to show us how to make a traditional Malaysian Tea. To see the video click the link below:

Jon’s Malaysian Tea

A Guide to Your Fridge

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

When you’re an all round athlete, training for the London Marathon, you need to be at the peak of your health.  You need a dedicated mindset, training every day and taking care of your diet, repeating the wise words of Gillian McKeith-’you are what you eat.’  Or take skier Joe Munroe’s more relaxed approach.  When your fridge contains nothing more than toothpaste, a loaf of mouldy bread and a skidmark, we think Joe’s taking the piste.

With the marathon approaching faster than a visit from Loughborough council’s health and hygiene department, stepped in and did the only thing best for Joe’s fridge.  Pimped it out.

So here’s our guide as to what Debbie put in there and why.

Full of protein and so easy to cook.  Just whack it in the oven at 200°C for about an hour and half.  No other preparation needed (other than removing the packaging…)  To check if it’s cooked, push your knife into the thickest part of the chicken.  If the juices run clear, it’s cooked.  If not, keep it in for another 15 minutes.  We got our chicken from Loughborough Market.  The butcher there will know exactly where the chicken’s come from, the farmer who reared them and the conditions in which they were reared.  If you’re concerned about battery farmed chickens or eggs, go to your local butcher.

One of the healthiest foods you can eat,  fish is amazing for you.  Most people don’t buy fish because they don’t know how to cook it though.  An easy way is to squeeze some lemon juice, salt and pepper over it then grill it.  If you want to know more, go to your local fishmonger, they’re the experts and they’re dead friendly.  They’ll be able to tell you the best way on how to cook any type of fish and if you ask nicely, will probably give you a student discount.

Fresh vegetables
Again, all from the local market.  We went there at the end of the day and got some real bargains.  The last thing traders want to do is take loads of produce back home with them, so they’ll sell it at a really low price, just to get rid of it.  You can use vegetables in loads of dishes, but possibly the easiest is a stir fry.  Simply chop everything up, a drop of oil in the pan, get the pan hot and then just stir and fry.  Serve with rice or noodles, it’ll taste great.

Have you got a fridge that’s in need of a pimpin?  Then let us know, get in touch by hitting the Feedback button on the Contact Us page.

The Carnivore and the Carrot

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

When I first took on the vegan challenge I thought I was just not allowed to eat meat and fish, but when I found out that I couldn’t eat any type of food from an animal source, I realised it was going to be even tougher to go three days following a strict vegan diet. Even for foods you would assume to be vegan, like a bag of crisps, often contained some sort of animal product, and so I found myself having to check every food label. During the challenge I started having to eat foods I would not normally consider, such as soya milk, which I think would take a bit of getting used to! Being a footballer for Loughborough University and keen sportsman, I try to take in plenty of protein and carbohydrate in my diet and so have always thought that vegetarian and vegan diets were unhealthy because they lacked meat, which is high in protein. I realised from doing the challenge just how limiting a vegan diet is in what you can eat, but at the same time, although it is maybe more difficult and time consuming, it is still possible to eat a varied and balanced diet by making up for the vitamins and protein in meat and eggs by eating plenty of vegetables, nuts and soya. Although I can safely say that I won’t be becoming a vegan soon and am going to carry on eating meat!

Vegans Ahoy!

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Veganism is a lifestyle choice by which a person decides to live without the use of ANY animal products. Like vegetarians, vegans obviously don’t eat meat but in addition to that they also don’t consume anything else that has come from an animal such as eggs, cheese or milk. It doesn’t just stop at food products however as there are lots of clothing items that a true vegan can’t wear because the way it’s made. Most commonly shoes and trainers are an issue due to them often been bound using glue made from horses hoofs.

Every individual has different reasonings for why they became vegan with many having issue with the morals surrounding animal rights. There is however a strong environmental argument in favour of people eating vegan. This argument is based around several points one of which being that the energy and supplies used to rear livestock heavily outweighs the resources it would take to simple grow the food we feed to the animals to feed us…if that makes sense?
Basically we grow corn to feed animals – the animals get fat – we transport them – kill them – transport them – eat them. The more environmentally and vegan solution is for us to simply eat the corn.

The other environmental issues is methane. Cow’s produce lots and lots of CO2 that does have a huge effect on climate change. And yes – we can’t stop cow’s farting however if there was less demand for livestock there would be less cow’s and therefore less smelly CO2 ridden cow farts.
A study in 2006 by the University of Chicago showed that on average an individual changing from a regular diet to that of a vegan would reduce their CO2 emission by 1, 485kg per year. Which is quite a lot.

Veganism does however have it’s drawbacks. Through eating plant products exclusively vegans do miss out on certain important nutrients. Studies show that vegan diets are  lacking in Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, calcium and iodine, all of which is severe can cause serious health problems. A distinct lack in vitamin B12 can result in anemia and neurodegenerative disease although it is rare for a B12 deficiency to become clinical in most vegans.

There are plenty supplements around for vegans to take on these vitamins in other ways such as vitamin tablets and fortified foods such as soymilk fortified with calcium. It’s highly recommended that anyone wishing to lead a vegan lifestyle regularly take on supplements.

Veganism is a lifestyle choice that is growing and becoming more popular with supermarkets catering for the needs of a vegan diet more and even lots of vegan specific clothes retailers producing clothes without the use of any animal products.

What do you think of veganism? We want to know! Maybe you’re thinking of becoming vegan or perhaps you think it’s a load of tosh either way we want to know why!

Food shopping in Loughborough?

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Check this out!

There are loads of other markets and great shopping areas all around Loughborough as well as the ones Lucy showed us on her tour. It’s fun to get out there and find them for yourself but just to point you in the right direction, we’d say check out these websites for more useful info – Charnwood Council (markets in general) and again, Charnwood Council but especially Farmers Markets.