How to Cook: Moroccan Cous Cous

I have recently become obsessed with cous cous – it’s easy, ready in 5 minutes, and requires minimal clean up. Not only that but it’s a filling and healthy lunch that will see you through to dinner.

What’s even better it is so versatile that you can interchange flavours so that you will never get bored.

I like to add a variety of nuts, fruits, vegetables, and meats to create a well-balanced meal which is ready for me to defrost and eat when needed.

If you like this simple dish, then I have many a cous cous creation for you to try so check back soon for more and let me know how it goes.


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How to Cook: Gumbo

This simple 5-step Gumbo recipe was inspired by: Cotter Crunch and it has fast become one of my favourite go to¬†dinners/lunches. It’s blend of spice enriched tomato base paired with a tonne of vegetables makes it as satisfying as it is delightful. It has the ability to transport you to a thousand different places with each spoonful, and the paprika really gives it the kick every dish needs.

If you’re looking for an easy re-heatable lunch – or just fancy something different for you dinner – then this is a must try! Plus it makes approximately 8 servings so what are you waiting for?!


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How to Bake: Eggless Pancakes

I love pancakes! They are a versatile and easy snack ,or breakfast, when you feel like treating yourself after a hard week.. However, sometimes the sugar content makes me feel very guilty, especially if I’ve “treated” myself a lot during the week. But this little recipe is a healthier alternative, only using 1 teaspoon of sugar, it gives all the flavour of a regular pancake without the diabetes! Hallelujah!


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How to Cook: Shepherds Pie

Shepherds Pie is the ultimate casserole; only requiring a few cheap ingredients which can be either be left in a slow cooker all day, or cooked for 20 minutes in a pan. I must admit it is one of my home favourites. Add a French baguette, some green beans and a few mushrooms, and you’ve got yourself a hearty meal the whole family will enjoy.

Serves: 6-8 people

Suitable for freezing.


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How to Cook: Chicken Pie

I always crave pie. I think it is something that is inherent in us Northern Brits, but for a food craving, it isn’t the worst. So one winters night last week when the craving hit again, I decided this time was the time I was going to take action. Armed with small ramekins (because my pie dish was left in Manchester) I began to create this signature classic.


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How to Bake: Chocolate Brownie Mousse Cake

The holiday period always brings with it a new baking challenge. This year I set myself the task of a Cheesecake and a Mousse Cake, but these weren’t any ordinary cakes, these were 5* dining individual cakes. Those that are set in the middle of a big plate and garnished. Oh yes, it was that sort of holiday season. Want to see if I was successful? Well, look no further.


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How to Bake: White Chocolate and Strawberry Cheesecake

For Christmas dessert this year I decided to do something a little different. Instead of one big, whipped cream monster of a cake, I decided to do small individual cheesecakes for the family to enjoy. This recipe created 11 small cheesecakes and requires some day before preparation but they were delicious so definitely worth the added effort!


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How to Cook: an Alternative Christmas

This year we decided to put a special twist on tradition and do our very own alternative Christmas. As I made a quick exit from Glasgow the second lectures finished, we decided to invite everyone round to ours for a wee “pre-Christmas” Christmas.

We put on our thinking caps and thought about what us students really love apart from free food. We came up with what Maddie and I are now calling our “alternative Christmas” and comprises of an all you can eat buffet, complete with finger food and a gravy fountain!

Yes you heard us right, gravy…in a fountain!!!

This commitment needed a day of preparation and well let’s say a lot of editing. Maddie and I had thought of at least 20 different recipes which consisted in vegetable skewers, samosas and spring rolls, filled Yorkshire puddings, Christmas dinner tacos, and all sorts of sweet treats consisting largely of cake, cake and yes you guessed it more cake! It took us a while to restrain ourselves so not to induce a mental food coma.


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How to Cook: Sticky Pork

Can’t successfully cook rice? We’ve got your back! This incredibly easy recipe can be made with any meat of your choosing – beef, pork, chicken? Mmmm (hope you all get the Mulan reference).
Prepped, cooked and ready to serve in 20 mins with minimal washing up, this gem of a recipe is a winner for sure.


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How to Cook: Tomato Chicken Cous Cous

For this recipe, I decided to do a bit more experimenting. We’ve had about 10,000g of cous cous sitting in our cupboard for a year now and I thought it was about time to get rid.


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