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Now, I know mushrooms aren't for everyone....I think they're a bit like marmite, you love em or you hate em. Personally I love them and this is one of my favourite ways to eat them. This risotto is bursting with flavour and is pretty easy to cook. You can part cook it earlier in the day if you have a bit of time, and then finish it off 10 minutes before dinner time, which makes it nice and versatile :)
Serves about 4 people
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
150g mushrooms, chopped - use lots of different kinds of mushrooms to add lots more flavour
2 garlic cloves, chopped
800g risotto rice
1 litre veg stock
1 glass white wine
50g parmesan cheese
knob of butter
-Fry the onion and mushrooms in the olive oil until onions are golden
-Add the garlic and fry for another 30 seconds
-Add the wine and the rice and stir
-Add the stock bit by bit (if you have a ladle, its a good idea to add one ladle-ful at a time), allowing it to be absorbed into the rice before adding the next bit.
-The rice should be creamy and not hard anymore after about 30 mins. If you want to finish preparing this later, don't add all the stock, save some till later, and start where you left off.
-Add the butter and parmesan at the end, then serve.
This is really tasty, and is a meal you can play with as well. Add some bacon if you want some meat in there, or try a different type of cheese. Experiment with types of mushrooms (I really like wild mushrooms when I have the money!) or add some herbs/spices that you like.
Hope you like this recipe. Happy cooking (and eating)!
Disaronno is possibly the tastiest alcoholic beverage in the world, its sweet, strong, tasty and incredibly versatile.
This drink was first made in 1525, in Saronno, Italy. Its quite obvious to see where the name of the drink came from! The story goes that Bernadino Luini, who attended the Leonardo da Vinci School of art was commissioned to paint a fresco of the Madonna by the Santa Maria delle Grazie in Saronno. Apparantly, he spend ages finding the perfect model, patient, poised and beautiful. Finally he found her, an innkeeper whos name no-one knows. Anyways, they worked together for months, fell in love, and she created this tasty, almond flavoured beverage as a token of that love. The first ever bottle of Disaronno!
Although Disaronno tastes a lot like almonds its not actually made from almonds, its actually made from pure distilled alcohol, burnt sugar, herbs and fruits soaked in apricot kernel oil. I find the flavour of Disaronno is reminiscent of marzipan and Bakewell tart (both actually made with almonds!) though is remarkably fruity and sweet.
This alcholic drink is 29% abv, and will set you back about £16 for a 70cl bottle.
And to finish off this review I thought I'd include 2 very different recipes for enjoying this marvellous drink
-1 shot Disarrono
-3 shots of strong black coffee
-1 shot cream to put on top
-1 teaspoon of sugar
~ Italian Breeze~
-1 shot Disaronno
-1 shot white rum
-1/2 shot Pineapple juice
-1/2 shot cranberry juice
For both cocktails, just mix it all together and drink up!
This here is one of my favourite desserts. Its got two of my favourite things in it...Strawberries and white chocolate. Its heaven on a plate! Its creamy and dreamy, and not too difficult to make......here goes
Serves 4 or 5
-2 tbsp lemon juice
-225g grated white chocolate
-7g powdered gelatine
-450g double cream
-30g icing sugar
-some sprigs of fresh mint
You can skip the to serve bit if you like, but if you are entertaining, or just fancy something a bit fancy, then it really makes a difference!
-Place half the stawberries in a blender and blend until smooth
-Pass pureed strawberries through a sieve into a bowl
-add the lemon juice and the rest of the strawberries (sliced) into the bowl
-Melt the chocolate by placing in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water
-In a separate bowl, add 50ml water to the gelatine and leave for 5 mins
-Add all the sugar with a quarter of the cream and simmer till warm, then add the geletine water. Don't let this mixture boil!
-Add the cream mix to the chocolate, and stir till smooth, then add 3 quaters of the strawberry puree mix
-Pour the rest of the cream into a bowl and whisk until it forms soft peaks when whisk is removed
-fold the whipped cream into the chocolate and strawberry mix
-Pour into small serving dishes and leave in the fridge to cool (preferably overnight, but at least for 4 or 5 hours)
-to serve pour the remaining puree over the mousses and place a strawberry and a sprig of mint on the top.
This does take a little effort to make, and its pure torture waiting for it to cool and set, but its worth it all when eating time finally arrives!!
These beans are waaaay better than normal baked beans. They taste delicious. Great as a side dish (serves 6), a starter or as part of a mezze/tapas (serves 12).
500g butter beans (soaked overnight)
abou 250ml (ish) olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves
2 cans chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon paprika
pinch of allspice
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon dill
2 tablespoons parsley
salt an pepper
-Drain and rinse beans
-Put in saucepan and cover with cold water (cover by about 5cm), then bring to the boil and simmer for 45 mins
-fry the onion and garlic in 150ml olive oil till soft but not brown
-add the tomatoes, tomato paste, paprika, allspice and bay leaves and simmer for 25 mins
-discard bay leaves and blend to a smooth sauce
-add some salt and pepper if you wish
-drain beans and add to th sauce with 150ml of the cooking fluid
-simmer for 30 mins
-stir in remaining olive oil, dill and parsley
-let cool and serve at room temperature
Hope you all enjoy this. Its one of my favourites.
I love middle eastern food, and this lebanese chickpea and aubergine casserole is absolutely delicious. Its also really good for you. he chickpeas provide a decent amount of protein in this dish, while the aubergine and tomatoe provide 2 of your 1 a day! Its a pretty well balanced vegetarian meal.
Here's the recipe, give it a go, its wonderful! This recipe will serve about 4 people.
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 large aubergines
1 can chickpeas
1 can chopped tomatoes
salt and pepper
Fry the garlic and onion in the oil until brown
Cut off the ends of the aubergines and peel the skin off
Fry the aubergine for a few minutes with the onion and garlic
Add the chickpeas and tomatoes
Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes
And there you have it, a tasty vegetarian casserole! I like to serve this with some crusty bread or some cous cous. I have found that it also tastes really good cold the next day. It makes the perfect healthy lunch. Just stick it in a tuppaware box and take it to work!
Hope you enjoy. x
This recipe is for the easiest tastiest chicken soup in the world. Its great for those miserable rainy days (like today!) and for when you are feeling a little under the weather. give it a go!
1 medium onion
1 stick celery (all those celery haters can leave this out!)
120g sliced carrots
1600 ml chicken stock
400 ml vegetable stock (see end for a note on these!)
about 225g cooked chicken (great for leftovers!)
55g egg noodles
1tsp dried basil
2tsp dried oregano
a bit of salt and pepper
- Melt the butter in a large pan over a medium heat
- Cook the onion and celery in the butter for about 5 minutes , until just tender
-chuck everything else in the pan and simmer for about 20 mins
-Hey Presto! you have yourself one easy peasy chicken soup :)
I love this clear chicken soup just the way it is. But there is plenty of room for experimentation. You could add some different vegetables, maybe some lentils or other pulses etc. Have a play with it.
NB - real stocks are best, but if you can't be bothered to make it, you can buy them ready made at the supermarket. Just whatever you do, don't use stock cubes, otherwise your soup will just taste of salt)
Nearly four years ago I arrived at Derby Hall at Nottingham University and was pleasantly surprised. You walk into the hall through big stone arches into a green courtyard surrounded by the hall buildings (which look pretty old and have lots of character).
I was in block B room 109, and was well pleased. It was a huge room. The biggest room i've ever had to myself. I don't think all the rooms were this big in other blocks, but in B block they were all like this. I had a desk, a wardrobe, some drawers and a single bed in my room. Everything you need really. I shared a bathroom with my next door neighbour, but if you don't want to pay for that, the other blocks were cheaper and you shared a bathroom with about 10 people. I had no trouble with damp or anything like that.
The halls on campus at nottingham are catered. So you do't have to worry about cooking food, as long as you are at dinner on time! The food is average. Nothing spectacular, but enough choice is available that there is bound to be something that you like. You can go up for seconds at the end as well. Its also really nice eating in the big dining hall, as you get to socialise with everybody else in the hall, and it helps you get to know people really quickly.
There is a room with a TV and a pool table, a room with a table tennis table and also their very own hall bar (which is pretty cheap), so plenty of thigs to do when you can't be bothered to study. Clean sheets are provided every week, you have a cleaner clean your room once a week, and there is a large laundry room where for £1 you can shove all of your clothes into a huge washing machine. There are also tumble dryers.
When you get post, it goes to the mainpost room, and all the letters are arranged in alphabetical order. Parcels go to the parcel room and you have to get the porter to open it for you. He usually did this straight after dinner.
Right behind the hall is the downs, a large green space, there people play frisbee, football, sunbathe, etc. Its just a nice place to hang around. The sports centre is a 2 min walk away, and you are no more that 10 min walk away from lectures.
For the room I had you would end up paying about £4533.75 for the year, but this includes food, bills, rent, your own bathroom etc. The following website gives all th prices for other types of rooms and even a sample menu!
The only bad thing about moving into halls in nottingham is that you have to move out every holiday. You can'tleave your stuff there, you have to take it all home with you. As the East Midlands Conference Centre is located on campuses, they let your rooms out to people attending conferences.
Hope that helped. Halls are great for first year, you get to know people much better and its a nice transition from being at home, to having to look after yourself completely!
My lovely mother bought me up a whole load of groceries last time she came to visit me at uni (Mums are great!). In it was loads of great stuff, that i wouldn't usually buy as I'm on a bit of a budget. One of these items was uncle bens express golden rice! At about £1.80 per packet I tend to stick to regular rice, but as I had it in my cupboard i thought I'd give it a go.
It come in a bright orange packet, that you open a little and microwave for two minutes. once cooked and emptied on my plate it was one big lump of rice piled high, but after attacking it with my fork it looked a bit more like normal rice. It was kind of pale orange in colour, with bits of peas and peppers and herbs in it. It looked a bit greasy and I was a little apprehensive.
But it tasted ok. I had it as part of a main meal (stirfy) so i couldnt really taste anything but the sauce I'd cooked my food in. It definitely doesn't taste bad, but the oily texture did put me off a bit.
I'd say they are great if you are a bit stuck for time, but if you've got 10 mins, I'd boil some rice of your own up and add a few peas to it!
I absolutely love these soups, they sel them at the canteen at uni and i adore them all, but especially the tomato soup one. You can't go wrong with tomato soup, its a classic. Add the fact that the covent garden isn't abnormally smooth (like the dodgy heinz version) and also add some basil, rosemary and oregano (keeps in interesting, not just tomatoes) you have yourself a really tasty soup.
Per half a pint serving you'll find 6g of fat (0.9g of that being saturated), 14.7g of sugar (daily recommended amount is 90g, so not bad) and 0.9g of salt. All of these values are pretty low, so can indulge in thistasty soup for lunch guilt free, in the knowledge that it is actually good for you.
This also makes a great base for pasta sauces, as its thick and already has the right taste. Just chop up some mediteranean veg, fry them up and add the soup. It tastes great.
Anyway, as you can tell I love this soup. It tastes great on its own, can be used to cheat at other meals and its really good for you!
Being of Cypriot descent, this wonderful cheese is a staple in my diet. I tend to buy it from the local turkish supermarket, but they do also sell it in the big supermarkets. Its usually made of goats milk or sheeps milk, but the ones in supermarkets are made with cows milk (which is why i don't buy it there, as I'm lactose intolerant).
I can imagine it tasting very strange to someone who hasn't been brought up eating the stuff, but once you've tried it, i'd be surprised if you didn't like it. The cheese is white and 'rubbery' for want of a better word. Its not hard to chew but is a bit springy like rubber. You can hear it squeaking against your teeth when you eat it, which I imagine can be surprising at first. It comes stored in a small amount of brine so I'd advise you to open the packet with some scissors over the sink.
The cheese tastes divine. Its a mild cheese and can be quite salty. If you want it to be less salty you can always rinse it in clean water before you eat it. It has a slightly tangy taste, which makes it really refreshing and great to eat in the summer.
My favourite way to eat it is to grill it untill its golden brown on top and stringy in the middle and eat with fresh crusty bread, humus and olives. Its also great over the barbecue with fresh salads and big chunks of lamb. It is really versatile.
Eat in moderation if you are watching salt or calorie intake.
Personally I think that Nottingham University is great. Here is why:
Campus: The campus is gorgeous! It spans abour 300 acres, has large areas of open green space (where they hold a music festical every summer after exams), botanical gardens and a large park complete with boating lake. Its a great place to live in your first year and a great place to study for the entire length of your course. There is none of the dreariness found in city campuses and its great having everything in one place. If you have lectures in one of the other campuses then there are free buses put on so there is no problem getting there. The campus is only a ten minute bus ride from town, so you are still close enough to everything to have a good time!
Student Housing: There is an abundance of student housing in Nottingham. Rent ranges from £50 to £80 a week depending on where you live and how big your house is.
There are 3 main areas that students usually choose to live in. The first is Lenton. About halfway between uni and the city centre (about 20 mins walk) its the perfect place to live. The place is full of students so there are lots of bars, talkeaways, gyms, and there is even a small cinema! Its quite lively, but if you are after a 'work hard party hard' lifestyle then this is the place to go. Its fairly expensive to live here (about £70 per week is average) but its prime location.
The next place in Dunkirk. This is right next to uni, so if you have issues getting out of bed in the morning this is the place for you! The average rent is around £55-60 per week so its cheaper than lenton, but there isn't really much to do. There are no supermarkets, bars etc. so you will spend a lot more money on t axis and buses into town.
The last place in Beeston. This is where to live if you want a quiet life. Its a small suburb on nottingham with its own little town cente. Its got more charity shops per person than any other part of the country! There are loads of nice pubs and plenty of shops to do your shopping. Its on the whole a lot more chilled out than lenton.
Crime: this may put some people off coming to uni. Stats say there is the highest level of burglary here. You can't really argue with that. I hd my room broken into while I was in halls, but as your rent in the first year covers insurance, I got a new computer straight away and the campus security fixed my window and all was fine. I've not had any trouble since moving into private accomodation and I'm in my fourth year now!
The Students Union: This is mainly all situtated in the Portland building on campus. There are two main student bars here, Mooch and The Venue. The Venue is where club nights, live music and stand up comedy all take place. Its where the Ark used to be for all those who knew Nottingham well a few years ago! Mooch is a chilled out bar with comfy sofas, pool tables and cheap tasty food. Also situated in the portland building is an Endsleigh Insurance Shop, Student Radio, Print Shop, Hairdressers, Chapel, Record Library, and most of the societies have a base here.
The Sports Centre: The sports centre is great while you are living on campus as its so close and the facilities are great. The only downside is that it can be quite expensive. Once you have moved away from campus, its quite easy to find local sports centre that cost a lot less money to use.
I can't really think of anything else to talk about now! I really like it here. Its got a really nice atmosphere, the study facilities are great for my chemical engineering (can't really comment on other courses), and the town inself is great. If you get the chance to attend an open day I would really recommend it, that way you can make up our own mind. :)
And as Hillcrestan has commented, Nottingham has a great music scene. Rock City is one of the best 'non arena' venues I've been to and there are a whole host of smaller venues that cater for small and local bands. Check out Captain Dangerous (an up and coming local band) on www.myspace.com/captaindangerous. :) Great Stuff
This here is one of the best musical films I have ever seen. Based on a play (which itself was based on a non-musical version of the film), this film gives you fantastic music, great acting (with a whole host of famous actors taking part) and a talking, singing, human eating plant from outer space.
The film starts the 'little shop of horrors' song on skid row. While the three singers (one of which now plays the wife in my wife and kids) the scene is being set. Other songs in the film include: the Prologue, Downtown, Grow for Me, Ya Never Know, Somewhere That's Green, Dentist!, Feed Me (Git It), Suddenly Seymour, Some Fun Now, Mean Green Mother From Outer Space etc etc etc! They all fantastic!
The story goes like this: The music shop isn't doing business, and Mushnik is about to shut it down, but shop assistant Audrey persuades Seymour to put his 'new and interesting plant' in the shop window and what do you know?! suddenly they are in business. Little do they know that this plant feeds on human blood and as it gets bigger Seymour gets weaker and weaker as he continues to feed it. As his fame grows Seymour feels obliged to look after the plant as its his only way of winning over Audrey. So he kills Audreys maniac boyfriend (The dentist) and feeds it to the plant. Then to Seymours shock, the plant tried to eat Audrey, there is a showdown between the plant and Seymour and Seymour and Audrey move into a lovely house far away from skid row. And they live happily ever after (or do they?)
The cast are fantastic. Put simply, this is the perfect cast. Rick Moranis and Ellen Green make for the archetypal Seymour and Audrey. Crystal, Ronette and Chiffon excel in the Prologue and all other numbers they appear in, getting the movie up and running and the audience energisedfrom the begining, while Steve Martin is the only actor to who could have perfected the role of the sadistic biker dentist. Levi Stubbs makes an appearance as the voice of Audrey II (the plant) - he's quite simply the best yet, no discussion about it.
This is a fantastic film with a wierd but funny storyline and a great cast. I'd advise youto give it a go. cos its fab :
I don't usually buy the basics stuff if I can help it. I like to eat as well as I can afford to, and can usually stretch to the normal sainsbury's stuff. However, at the end of term, just before christmas, I was feeling a little strapped for cash as I had spent all of my student loan, and decided to invest in some sainsburys basics crips.
My advice is this: DONT BUY THEM
The packaging is the usual sainsburys basics packaging. Orange and white and unimaginative.
For every single flavour packet I tried there didnt seem to be much flavour. You could just tell what flavour you were eating, but it was eating diluted crips. Not nice. And they tasted a bit cardboard like.
Overall, I'd say if you can spare an extra 50p, its well worth buying another brand, because these are really gross. Really really gross. x
If you're looking for heaven on earth, look no further!
These little clusters of godliness are what christmas, birthdays and valentines day are about (hint hint, Miles).
Out of all the chocolates I have ever tasted, these are most definitely my favourite. The only bad thing I can think of is that they are so blummin' expensive and I can't help thinking that its all because of the packaging. Yes its pretty but you can't eat it.
I'd rather get them 20 in a plastic wrapper than 4 in golden foil. Having said that, if they are being bought for me it doesn't matter. I don't actually think I know anyone that does not like these drops of divinity except for my anaphylactically challenged friends... shame.
There is nothing more to say except I cannot wait for my DooyooMILES to be cashed in because I'm going to buy a MASSIVE box and eat them all by myself. Yummy!!
Like all the adverts say: You either love it or you hate it. And guess what, I HATE IT! Its disgusting. It looks like chocolate spread but smells and tastes like bum.
My mum was a big fan and constantly tried to tempt me with its crude oil like charms but I was never won over. Recently I attempted to try it again, maybe If I did it out of choice i would change my mind especially now my taste buds are a lot older and somewhat mature.
I was almost excited to see what i'd think. My boyfriend (who was never a fan either) and I put some toast on and over a thin layer of butter we spread the oil slick slime. It went into our mouths and then came straight back out again, right in to the bin.
Maybe i'll try it again in a few years, but for now Marmite won't be getting any more of my hard earned pennies.