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Restaurant review: Wagamama

Considering that I always found the canteen at school extremely unappetizing, I’m pleasantly surprised to find that Wagamama, although similar in layout, is cozy, welcoming, and smells amazing. After a short wait in the cold, during which our appetites are excited by the enticing aromas wafting through the door each time it opened, we were taken inside and seated at a long table amidst the clatter of plates, chatter, and delicious looking dishes being served up all around us.» >

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Review: Paul Hollywood’s Bread

As a Food Science student with a real passion for the subject, I spend a lot of my free time researching new recipes, books, flavour combinations, and, of course, trying them out! I have inevitably been sucked in to the whole ‘Great British Bake Off’ phenomenon whereby tea and cake have become a social norm, along with drooling at visions of pies, cakes, biscuits and tarts being presented to the infamous judges, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, on the television.» >

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Your Valentine’s Day menu, sorted

Lewis Kaye, Katy Richardson and Sarah Lienard

Trying to impress that guy or girl you’ve been flirting with since that fateful Wednesday at the Union? Want something quick, simple and delicious that will ensure they’ll be back for seconds?

Don’t stay up all night (cooking) to get lucky, our student recipes will win you the heart of even the toughest critics (and if that fails, have some decent wine on hand).» >

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Review: Sam Stern’s student cookbook

I am sure I am not alone in saying that before starting university many freshers, like myself, received a few presents to wish them good luck. Many of these ‘presents’ seemed to arrive in an awkward abundance of plastic shopping bags and I soon began to expect the loving donations of food. All of which seemed to resemble the ones people collect in late autumn time in cardboard boxes to give to churches for charity organisations in preparation for the winter months.» >

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Graze: the solution to snacking

Graze is an online company that allows you to pick and choose from a variety of snacks that will be sent straight to your door.  Four snacks will arrive in each Graze box that you order, all based on how high you rate them on their website.  It’s an extremely easy and practical way of controlling your bad snacking habits, helping you to swap a packet of crisps for a portion of healthy dried fruit and nuts!» >

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’Tis the season to be jolly… and bake

Nothing says ‘Christmas’ more than the smell of festive baking wafting deliciously through the house. Here’s two recipes to get you started this winter. Whether you fancy making gingerbread men from scratch, or would rather cheat your way to freshly baked mince pies, there’s a recipe to suit any ability in the kitchen.

Gingerbread men

If you don’t have a ‘man’ shaped cookie cutter, try out different festive shapes, such as Christmas trees, or if you’re feeling ambitious, you could even try a gingerbread house (just eat the evidence if it doesn’t go as planned).» >

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Go slow to save time

Slow cooking is perhaps not the most exciting part of cooking, but it is an easy, cheap and brilliant way to prepare your food. You can leave the food to cook for up to 6 hours and come home to a ready-made dinner, what’s not to love?

There are a lot of slow cookers out there, all from different makes, varying sizes and prices ranging from £15 to £1000. I find it best to invest a bit of money (mine cost £25) but there is also no use in buying a pot that feeds 10 people if you only plan to cook for yourself.» >

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