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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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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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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: Spinach, Walnut and Feta Stuffed Chicken

Okay guys and gals, here’s the second and the main course to my Valentine Day menu. Simple ingredients, easy to make and verily tasty…and it can look somewhat fancy as well, even when it is cheap and easy! ;D

Again, like the starter there is no need for any prep way beforehand and can be done about an hour before din dins. Have fun!

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

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Thighs/Breasts
  • Bacon
  • Spinach
  • Feta Cheese/Any other form of soft crumbly cheese
  • Walnuts
  • Garlic (Finely Chopped)
  • 1 Egg
  • Potatoes
  • (Optional) Rocket
  • (Optional) Double Cream
  • (Optional) White Wine

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Cool Coconut Chicken Curry

We all love a bit of curry sometimes. Maybe a cheeky one when you cba to cook or a dirty and greasy one from your local curry stop after a night out. Most of you probably even buy expensive ready-made curry in a jar, which is usually either overly sweet or spicy or just doesn’t taste very good in general.

Well, my coconut curry chicken is not only sooper tasty (as always) but because of my different take on it, it takes less time and you can cater to whatever taste you like. So check it out below for a quick and effortless meal.

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(Preparation/Cooking time: 30 Minutes, Difficulty Level: 2 – Easy)

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Thighs(De-boned)/Breasts
  • Tinned Coconut Milk
  • Curry Powder (Can be Chinese/Indian/Thai/etc, whatever you like the taste of the best)
  • Garlic (Finely Chopped)
  • Ginger (Finely Chopped)
  • Lemon Juice
  • Rice Wine/White Wine
  • (Optional) Chilli Powder (if you like that extra kick in your food)

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Piggy Pork Katsu Curry!

Deep-fried Pork Katsu Curry!

So for any of you who have been to Wagamama’s Chain Restaurant or been to some Oriental Cafe/Restaurant you may have come across this dish and I reckon 99% of you loved it.

What more could you ask for? Deep-fried pork and Curry! Two of the best foods, combined into one dish, just for you! How nice is that?!?!?!

So, below is my own take on how to make this wonderful and golden coloured dish so you don’t have to go out and spend your student loan on something like this when instead it could be used to buy more booze! ;D

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(Preparation/Cooking time: 30-45 Minutes, Difficulty Level: 3 – S’Alright)

Ingredients:

  • Pork Steaks (About 1 inch thick steaks if you cut them yourself like I did)
  • Curry Paste (If you can’t get authentic Chinese style curry, you can use other cheap ones from your local shop, i.e. Indian Curry. Basically, use whatever curry paste you love)
  • (Optional) Coconut Milk (Works best if using Chinese Curry Paste)
  • Garlic (Finely Chopped)
  • Onion (Diced)
  • Breadcrumbs/Japanese Panko Breadcrumbs
  • Eggs
  • Plain flour
  • Sunflower/Frying Oil
  • (Optional) Corn Flour

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Cluck! Cluck! Homemade Chicken Goujons!

Chicken Goujons or ‘Gooo-Johns’! Basically a glorified name for the humble Chicken Dipper! But, whatever the case they are ruddylicious and I could kill for some right now O.o

You may ask me, why can’t I just go out and buy them? Well, you could but you’re gonna be paying about triple the price compared to if you were to make them at home. And they’re guaranteed to be tastier cos they’re gonna be fresh for starters, you’ll know what kind of meat you’re sticking in your mouth and what kind of other stuff you used to make it….annnndddd as always, you get to save some of your cash to get some booze to go along with it 😀

Simple, Tasty and Cheap! If you don’t believe me, check out my recipe! ;D

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(Preparation/Cooking time: 15-20 Minutes, Difficulty Level: 2 – Easy)

(NB: This recipe also works with fish and vegetables too as a subsititute for a vegetarian option.)

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breast/Thigh

(I recommend getting thigh as it’s more succulent and cheaper, just remember to remove the skin)

(You can get the thighs with the bone in and de-bone to get a thigh steak. Check out my ‘How To’ guide for deboning chicken thighs).

  • Plain Flour
  • Corn Flour
  • Eggs (Whisked)
  • Salt, Pepper and Sugar
  • Frying Oil/Sunflower Oil
  • (Optional) Dried Mixed Herbs, Paprika, Cayenne Pepper, etc

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Boozy Beer Marinated Chicken

We students love our beer and alcohol, but have you ever tried cooking with it? I mean we all have plenty of it lying around our kitchen so why not spare one to cook with, you won’t miss it…much ;D

It’s very simple, has very easy ingredients and is very tasty and you can serve it up with rice, pasta, potatoes or anything you fancy, it goes with pretty much everything.

This was a dish I made up at home on the spot cos I was asked to do the cooking one night and it was actually scrummy, so I thought why not share it with you guys. 😀

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(Preparation/Cooking time: 30-45 Minutes, Difficulty Level: 2 – Easy)

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Thighs/Legs/Drumsticks/Wings
  • Beer/Ale/Lager
  • Worcester Sauce
  • Mustard
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Syrup/Honey
  • Garlic (Roughly Chopped)
  • Ginger (Roughly Sliced)
  • Spring Onions (Roughly Chopped)

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My Soooper Scrummy Deep-Fried Chicken Balls

Time for a cheeky deep fried dish, cos everyone loves deep fried dishes, who doesn’t?

These are soooper simple to make and soooper tasty as well. You can make it as a snack to watch the footy World Cup! Better than boring old popcorn and crisps.

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(Preparation/Cooking time: 30 minutes, Difficulty Level: 3 – S’Alright)

Ingredients:

Yields about 7-8 balls, depending on how big you make them.

  • 2 Large Chicken Thighs
  • Onion
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • Coriander
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Plain Flour
  • 1 Egg (Whisked)
  • Crème Fraiche/Plain Thick Yoghurt
  • Frying Oil
  • Turmeric (Optional)
  • Cumin (Optional)

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