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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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Gourmet Minty Lamb Steaks. Time to eat like Kings!

Empty fridges are never a great sight, but when parents come and visit you, you’re bound to get them to do all your shopping for you and somewhere on that list is some quality meat. For me, I managed to persuade my rents to get me some lamb rump steaks. So I decided, why not make something a little bit more gourmet and go for the classic minty lamb steaks? Simple, easy and as always tasty.

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(Preparation/Cooking time: 45-60 minutes, Difficulty Level: 3 – S’Alright)

Ingredients:

  • Lamb Steaks (Can be any cut really with a nice mix between lean and fat, all up to you).
  • Sweet Potato/Normal Potatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Mint Sauce
  • Mustard
  • Honey/Syrup
  • Garlic (Finely Chopped)
  • Onions (Finely Sliced)
  • Chicken Stock (1 cube of oxo or equivalent)
  • Red Wine (Optional)
  • Corn Flour (Optional)
  • Coriander (Optional)

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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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