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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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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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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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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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V-Day Special: Minty Pea and Hummus Bruschetta

Valentine’s Day is almost here and what better way to impress you S.O. than to cook a homemade dinner for him/her. Not only does it save you money, but you also get to enjoy some home comforts, such as not having to dress up exceptionally well like you would had you gone out and the both of you are already home to get down and…dare I say…dirty right after dinner.

So, over the next few weeks leading up to V-day, I will be releasing my easy-to-make 3-Course Menu which is cheap, easy and most of all tasty so you can earn those extra brownie points on your special day.

I’m gonna kick off with an incredibly tasty (and actually quite a healthy) starter this week. As usual, very simple and this is something you can whip up 30 minutes before dinner, so no need for any long ass prep way in advance.

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

(Suitable for Vegetarians)

Ingredients:

  • Crusty Bread (Ciabatta, Crusty Roll, etc.)
  • Frozen or Fresh Peas
  • Hummus (Homemade or Shop Bought)
  • Eggs
  • Mint Sauce
  • Onion (Finely Diced)
  • Garlic (Finely Diced)
  • Vinegar

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Festive Rum and Cinnamon infused Crème Caramel

Winter holiday festivities are in full swing and what better way to celebrate it and put on the usual holiday weight by enjoying something sweet and delightful!

This simple, yet elegant dessert is very easy to make and serve this up to your friends and family and they’ll be mighty impressed with you.

So, using the basic crème caramel recipe I added my own personal twist to it to make it a more festive dessert which you and everyone else can enjoy! And yes, the time it takes to make it as seen below may seem daunting, but don’t worry cos most of this time is spent cooking in the oven. Have fun!IMG-20141230-WA0001

(Preparation/Cooking time: 1Hr 15-20 Minutes, Difficulty Level: 3 – S’Alright)

(Suitable for Vegetarians)

Ingredients (Serves about 4-5):

  • 4 Large eggs/5 Medium Eggs
  • White Caster Sugar
  • Semi-Skimmed/Whole Milk
  • Crème Fraiche
  • Rum
  • Cinnamon Powder
  • Butter/Margerine/Spray Oil
  • (Optional) Berries (Frozen or Fresh)

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Warm and gooey Choccy Fondants XP

Everyone loves a bit of chocolate for dessert, so why not make something incredibly luxurious, yet simple. You can also make this to impress that special lady or guy friend of yours.

You can also make this as a valentines treat when the two or you are snuggled up with each other. Dark chocolate is a well know aphrodisiac so I’m sure the evening will get hot after this. ;D

If it isn’t valentines, just make it and enjoy it and savour the luxurious, delicious, warm and gooey chocolate with every spoonful!

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(Preparation/Cooking time: 1 Hour – 1:30 Hours, Difficulty Level: 3 – S’Alright)

(Suitable for Vegetarians)

Ingredients (Makes about 2-3 dependent on size of ramekins):

  • Melted butter (About 1 inch slice off a block or enough to coat your ramekins twice in step 1)
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Dark chocolate (About 2.5 Bars or 250g, Up to you)
  • Solid butter (Small cubelets from 1.5 inch slice off a block)
  • White Sugar (Quarter to a third amount of the chocolate mixture)
  • 3 eggs
  • Sieved Plain Flour (Half the amount of the chocolate mixture)
  • Icing Sugar
  • Vanilla Ice-Cream (Optional)
  • Blueberries (Optional)

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