Posts Tagged ‘Students’

Basque-ing in British Cooking: Country Cooks at Northumbria

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Eniko: The omelet that Harry had to make from my home country is a meal that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or for dinner time. It is a very popular dish in the Basque Country and one of my favorites so I was reluctant to hand over my ingredients for Harry to ruin.

I joke of course and I feel that Harry did very well. There are something that I would have done different such as the size he chopped things but in the end the taste was still good. I think it goes to show, you know that there is no right or wrong in cooking – you just need to try and see what happens.

I had never cooked much British food before and certainly never any batter. I had actually never even heard of this Toad in the Hole. Considering the way in which I prepared the food I was surprised it worked. I say it worked but I didn’t feel like the taste was great! I think I will try again sometime and maybe another dish although I am pleased with my batter that I could get it up.

Country Cooks Comes To Sheffield: Sams Blog…

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

I had a great experience cooking with Ravish. I am hugely passionate about cooking and love to challenging myself and trying out new cuisines. It was actually really nice to see Ravish getting stuck in learning to cook some British food.

I had never cooked Mauritian food before – through my course I’d had a lot of experience of cooking curries from other cultures like Indian and Chinese curries but I found the Mauritian curry completely different. There was less emphasis on spice and much more focus on deep aromatic flavours. I have cooked the dish since the filming and had some amazing results – I found that you can leave the chicken to marinate in the herbs and spices before cooking it really soaks up all the flavours and its amazing.

I was pleased with the results I got from the recipe. I probably didn’t do it exactly how Ravish may have done himself but then I think that’s what cooking is all about. You only ever learn by experimenting and finding a way you’re comfortable doing it.

I run SHUcooking at Hallam and would urge anyone who is interested in cooking to come along. We really do have something for everyone whether you need to learn how to boil an egg or want to show us how to cook your specialality so please do come along. If you follow the link below it’ll take you to a page all about SHUcooking.

A Ravish-ing Report From Country Cooks

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Ravish: Thinking back on doing the cooking film with feels like a blur. It was very close to the time of filming when I confirmed to take part and then I had to rush to the shops to buy ingredients. When I got back from the shop the team had already arrived with their cameras and Sam who was very nice to meet.

No sooner had I got ready to cook and then we were filming and we were given the twist! My first feeling was joy as food from the Mauritius is not too well recognised here in the UK so I felt good that Sam would be learning more about the cuisine. At the same time however I felt very worried about cooking the British food as this was something I not done before.

I did enjoy myself greatly though and was pleased that Sam did well with cooking the curry I had planned. I also got to cook something I never had before when I prepared the gravy – this is something I will be doing again! In fact I would like to cook the whole meal again, the sausages were amazing.

Top Tips for saving the pennies!

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Whether you’ve just got your loan through and have money to burn, or you’re at the end of term and are struggling to pay for a pint, the one thing you’ll have to spend money on throughout your whole time at uni is…food. So it makes sense to work out how to get the most for your money and how to waste as little of it as possible!

Here’s a few hints and tips to help you save those pennies:

• Try planning your weeks’ meals
You don’t have to do this every week, but it definitely helps you save! Work out what you’ll be eating throughout the week and the ingredients you’ll need, then draw up a shopping list. When you go shopping – stick to it! This should mean you won’t spend money on stuff you don’t need, saving your cash for that all important pint at the union.

• Look out for special offers
Keep your eye out in the supermarket for any special offers such as Buy One Get One Frees or Half Price offers. These are great ways to save money.

• Try shopping at the market
Although you may think it’s the place where your gran goes to buy her pound of mince, the market is a great place to shop when you’re a student. Unlike the supermarket, you can buy things in much smaller quantities, meaning it’s loads cheaper. Market traders will also knock off a couple of quid or give you a student discount; something most supermarkets won’t do! One last thing-people at the market will be able to tell you how to cook what you’ve bought. So if you’re not quite sure how to cook that piece of cod you’ve just bought, ask and they’ll be able to help you!

• Remember to freeze!
If you buy more meat or fish than you need, then remember you can always freeze it and have it for another night. Whatever you buy, split it up once you’ve bought it and separate it out into freezer bags. Label it up then pop it in the freezer and defrost it the day before you want to use it.

• Buy supermarket-own brand
Supermarket own-brand products taste pretty much the same and are usually cheaper than any big name products. When you’re cooking at uni, you won’t be able to taste much difference between the two, but you’ll save a lot of cash.

Top Tips for shopping in Liverpool

Friday, October 10th, 2008

There are loads of other markets and great shopping areas all around Liverpool as well as the ones Georgia 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, it’s worth checking out the Liverpool City Council website for more info about markets, as well as Liverpool’s Heritage Market website – great for more info!