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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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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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