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New Years Carb-Free Cauliflower Pizza

Happy 2016 everyone!

New Year, New Me, New You!

New Years usually means resolutions and obviously the most common one of all is to ‘Get fit and eat healthy’. But how can we do that when there’s so much food, which isn’t necessarily good for you, all around us, like…PIZZA!

Everyone loves, pizza. You’ll be hardpressed to find someone who says they don’t like pizza. However, we also know it’s unhealthy as s**t! So, if you care about your diet but still want pizza, substitute it instead with “Cauliflower Pizza”!

Gluten free, carb free, great for vegetarians and still hella tasty! Oh and did I mention it’s incredibly cheap to make as well? Check out my recipe and give it a go! Enjoy!

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(Prep/Cooking time: 1hr, Difficulty Level: 2 – Easy, Cost: £ – Super Cheap)

(Suitable for Vegetarians dependant on toppings of choice)

Ingredients (Makes a large pizza. Serves 4-5):

  • Cauliflower
  • Cheddar (Grated)
  • Mozzarella
  • Tomatoe Marinara/Salsa/Pizza Sauce
  • Eggs (Beaten) (1-2 per head of cauliflower)
  • Bacon
  • Rocket
  • Garlic (Crushed/Finely Chopped)
  • Olive Oil
  • Seasoning/Salt ‘n’ Pepper

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Festive Sweet Potato Spiced Latte

MERRY CHRISTMAS Y’ALL!!!!

All you coffee lovers and the non-coffee lovers out there, I’m sure you’re all familiar with Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte. Very nice, warming and festive with all the flavours of winter spice seeping through it. Now I’m sure most of us love it, but how can we enjoy it this Christmas in the comforts of our own home all snuggled up on the sofa?

So, I decided to experiment and concoct one of my own versions of the drink using more available ingredients. Pumpkin isn’t readily available all year round aaannndd it’s pretty hard to find special pumpkin spice. Even if you did, it’ll most likely cost more than you’re willing to pay for it. So, true to the form of what I usually do and what I offer you as the primary aim of this blog, I substituted most of the main ingredients with easier to find and cheaper ones for your benefit and enjoyment.

Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

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(Preparation/Cooking time: 20-30 Minutes, Difficulty Level: 1 – Super Easy, Cost: £ – Super Cheap)

(Suitable for Vegetarians)

Ingredients (Measurements are approximate ratios to  stated portion of sweet potato):

  • Sweet Potato (≈150-200g)
  • Ground Cinnamon Powder (≈1 tbsp)
  • 5 Spice (≈ 1 tbsp)
  • Ground Black Pepper (≈ 1 tbsp)
  • Vanilla Extract (≈ 1-2 tbsp)
  • Sugar (≈ 2 tbsp)
  • Coffee Granules
  • Milk/Soya Milk
  • (Optional) Ginger (Finely grated)
  • (Optional) Double Cream to whip/Already Whipped Cream
  • (Optional) Ginger Biscuits

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Sweet and Sticky Braised Ribs

Hello everyone and welcome back to My Uni Kitchen! I’ve been away for so long and it just tore me apart that I couldn’t give you guys anything. But with starting a new job and studying at the same time I haven’t had anytime to do anything.

However, I’m back and with something quite scrumptious you can make for Christmas this year instead of that crap and boring old roast turkey or chicken. Put this up at the centre of your table and everyone will be loving you. I used beef ribs here as they are actually relative cheap, no more than an extra pound per kilo compared to chicken, and they’re super meaty. But, if you want to use pork ribs instead, don’t worry it still works.

This is truly incredible, tasty and just melts in your mouth if you cook it right. The timing is a little long, but that’s the only way to get it so juicy, yet tender and soft at the same time. So be patient and it’ll all be worth it. Enjoy!

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(Preparation/Cooking time: 2-3Hrs, Difficulty Level: 2 – Easy, Cost: ££ – Cheap)

Ingredients:

  • Beef/Pork Ribs
  • Beer/Lager
  • Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Light and Dark Soya Sauce
  • Brown Sugar
  • Onions (Roughly Chopped)
  • Garlic (Whole/Roughly Chopped)
  • Ginger (Peeled and roughly chopped)

~ Spices (If you don’t have any of these raw ingredients you can substitute it with some all/5 spice powder):

  • Cinnamon
  • Whole peppercorn
  • Star Anise

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Quick and Easy Garlic and Paprika Hummus

Alright everyone, here is another one of my recipes for you to enjoy. I’ve been super busy these past two weeks and haven’t really had time to make much, but I was asked to make some lunch on the weekend and decided to throw this simple and delicious hummus recipe together in 10 minutes.

It’s simple, quick, cheap, delicious and incredibly versatile. Hope you guys enjoy!

This is also a great dish to make for any picnics you guys may have now that the sun has come out! Have fun!

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(Prep/Cooking time: 10 Mins, Difficulty Level: 1 – Super Easy, Cost: £ – Super Cheap)

(Suitable for Vegetarians)

Ingredients:

  • Tinned chick peas
  • Garlic (Roughly Diced)
  • Tahini/Sesame Oil (1 tsp per tin of chick peas)
  • Olive Oil
  • Lime/Lemon Juice
  • Paprika

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Posh Fish Finger Sandwich

So right now, I’m guessing most of you guys in uni or studying are in the middle of exams. If not, congrats on finishing this year, so go out and have some fun this summer and try out some of my other recipes now you have time! ;D

Now if you are living away from home by yourself, I’m pretty sure you don’t really have time to make a fancy shmancy dinner or even spend more than 1 hour to cook something. With that in mind, here is something which is classically a fast and simple meal, a fish finger sandwich. But, because I like to add my usual twists and fazzaz with recipes I present to you a ‘Posh Fish Finger Sandwich’.

Don’t let the name fool you, this is as simple as any normal fish finger sandwich, only difference here is the ingredients. So…enjoy!

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(Prep/Cooking time: 30 Mins, Difficulty Level: 1 – Super Easy, Cost: £ – Super Cheap)

(Suitable for Vegetarians)

Ingredients:

  • Oven-style Battered Fish
  • Bread Roll
  • Mushy Peas
  • Pickles/Gherkin
  • Mayonnaise/Salad Cream
  • Tomatoe
  • (Optional) BBQ Sauce/Ketchup
  • (Optional) Mint Sauce

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Chunky Crunchy Guac

So after doing my previous post on HOW TO: Peel Avocadoes, I had a few peeled and sad-looking avocadoes just sitting around waiting to be made into something and eaten. Therefore, what better to do with them than making my own version of the super easy, super quick and well-known Guacamole!

Pretty much all the guacs you get when you eat out or buy from the shops are mostly always in some sort of sludge form and doesn’t really have much bite or texture to it, apart from something reminiscent of slime?!? So, why not make a chunky and crunchy guac with extra ingredients in it to turn a simple and boring old guac into something amazing. Great to be enjoyed at parties, get togethers or even by yourself. Hope you guys enjoy!

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(Prep/Cooking time: 15 Mins, Difficulty Level: 1 – Super Easy, Cost: £ – Super Cheap)

(Suitable for Vegetarians)

Ingredients:

  • Ripe Avocadoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Beetroot
  • Lemon/Lime
  • Onions (Finely Chopped)
  • Garlic (Finely Chopped)
  • Olive Oil
  • (Optional if you suffer from allergies) Nuts

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Marvellous Easter Rocky Road Creation

Happy Easter everybody! Hope you’re all enjoying the Easter weekend break, though I reckon many of you are revising for your summer exams so probably no time to relax. However, I highly doubt you aren’t stuffing your faces with chocolate right now.

So since its time for chocolates, I’m gonna give you some of mine as well. They’re like Rocky Roads, but with as usual I like to add a little something extra and they taste almost like the Cadbury’s Marvellous Creations so I’m gonna call my ones “Marvellous Rocky Road Creations”! Enjoy!

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(Prep/Cooking time: 30 Mins, Difficulty Level: 1 – Super Easy, Cost: £ – Super Cheap)

(Suitable for Vegetarians)

Ingredients:

  • Dark Chocolate (400g)
  • Double Cream (150g)
  • Unsalted Butter (50g)
  • Marshmallows
  • Biscuits
  • Jelly Sweets

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Vietnamese inspired Mince and Almond Stuffed Lettuce Rolls

So, I was recently approached by Nuts.com to help them write a blog using Almonds or some sort of almond based product and to also outline the benefits of adding almonds and almond based products into your diet.

Of course, I agreed to do it, I mean what a great opportunity it is. So, here I present to you my ‘Vietnamese inspired Mince and Almond Stuffed Lettuce Rolls’. As always, my personal recipes give the classic recipes a little twist and snazzaroo. And, in this case I took the usual Vietnamese rolls, which uses rice sheets, rice noodles and peanuts, and changed it up a bit for you guys and instead used lettuce, cooked rice and most importantly ‘Almonds’.

So, here is my recipe and also don’t forget to check out the benefits of eating almond and almond-based products and also a great little infographic at the end.

Enjoy! Oh! And for any of you health-a-holics out there, this can be super healthy for you so give it a go!

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(Prep/Cooking time: 1 Hour, Difficulty Level: 2 – Easy, Cost: ££ – Cheap)

 (Suitable for Vegetarians if using certain ingredients)

 Ingredients:

~ For the rolls:

  • Almonds (Can be salted or plain)
  • Pork/Beef/Chicken/Quorn Mince
  • Cooked Rice
  • Onion (Roughly Diced)
  • Carrots (Roughly Diced)
  • Iceberg Lettuce/Cabbage
  • Garlic (Finely Chopped)
  • Spring Onions (Roughly Chopped)
  • 1 Egg
  • Soya Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Sesame Oil
  • (Optional) Fresh Parsley/Coriander
  • (Optional) Chilli (Roughly Chopped)

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Pancake Day: Grilled Pancake Sandwiches or Grilled Pandwiches!?! XP

Wowee! Busy week this week! First its Valentines Day, now its Shrove Tuesday or Pancake day…whatever you want to call it and then its gonna be Chinese New Year! I can’t keep up O.o

Anyhoo, pancakes! The one time of the year where we British get very British and dedicate a whole day to eating pretty much nothing but pancakes. So, why not give you guys a pancake recipe?

So, we all know the usual pancakes, light fluffy ones with loads of syrup and butter or the more delicate French style crepes with toppings and other scrummy whatnots. But, I wanted something different. Something more interesting and fun. So why not put my own usual personal twist to pancakes?

Thus, I present to you my ‘Grilled Pancake Sandwiches’ or ‘Grilled Pandwiches’!?! Basically, an American grilled cheese sandwich, but with pancakes instead and my own choice of 3 types of fillings for your enjoyment. XD

Yes, I know I said Pancake day was a British tradition and my recipe is technically American inspired…but oh well, who cares really. They are cheap to make, sooper easy to do and sooper tasty and that’s all I really care about! So give it a go and Enjoy!

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(Prep/Cooking time: 30mins – 1 Hour , Difficulty Level: 2 – Easy, Cost: ££ – Cheap)

Ingredients:

~ Pancakes (Yields about 6-8 pancake sandwiches):

  • Plain Flour/Self Raising Flour (2 Cups)
  • Eggs (3-5)
  • Milk ( 1½-2 Cups)
  • Baking Powder ( 1½ tsps)
  • Unsalted Butter/Sunflower Oil/Spray Oil
  • Pinch of Salt

~ Breakfast Pancake Sandwich:

  • Bacon
  • Eggs
  • Cream Cheese
  • (Optional) Syrup

~ Vegetarian Option Sandwich:

(Suitable for Vegetarians)

  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms (Roughly sliced/chopped)
  • Garlic (Finely Diced)
  • Grated/Sliced/Crumbled Cheese (Any kind/Your favourite kind)

~ Classic Nutella & Banana Sandwich:

(Suitable for Vegetarians)

  • Bananas (Sliced)
  • Nutella
  • Peanut Butter

If you are allergic to nuts or peanuts at all, you can substitute the Nutella with some normal chocolate spread and the Peanut Butter with some Jam or you could try using mini marshmallows/cut up marshmallows and basically making a pancake s’more!!!

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V-Day Special: Lime and Berry Posset

Finally, time for dessert. Something sweet and delicious to finish the evening off.

So this dessert is something I tried with my girlfriend when we went out for dinner one time and it was such a great and refreshing dessert, I had to try it out myself. But I wanted to jazz it up a bit, so I took the classic Posset (Pos-It), a cream based dessert, and added my own twist and extra snazzaroos to it which I will share with you guys below.

This one needs a little prep beforehand as the cream needs to be set in the fridge, so I recommend you do this ahead of time during the day.

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(Prep/Cooking time: 1Hr 30 Minutes, Difficulty Level: 2 – Easy, Cost: ££ – Cheap)

(Suitable for Vegetarians)

Ingredients (Serves 4-5):

  • Double Cream (300ml)
  • Caster Sugar (75g)
  • Fresh Lime
  • Frozen Berries (1 cup)
  • (Optional) Assorted Fresh Fruit

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