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Always in my Cupboard

Now I know there are a million and one of these kind of articles, but I am super nosey so love reading them! Here the basics mean I can always good a tasty, nutritious dinner even if I have nothing in the fridge.. So here goes, along with a few recipe ideas!

Tinned Produce:

  • Tomatoes
  • Kidney Beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Anchovies
  • Sweetcorn
  • Tuna (I hate it, but my boyfriend eats like a horse so tuna pasta will keep him happy for a wee bit)
  • Gin and tonic (self explanatory, when the going gets tough)

Packets:

  • Walnuts
  • Dried Figs/Rasins
  • Dark Cooking Chocolate (can be useful in times of need)
  • Veg OXO Cubes
  • Pasta
  • Rice

Jars:

  • Honey
  • Black olives
  • Red wine (maybe a bottle, not a jar…)

Herbs and Spices: (I share these with my flatmates, but I think these are the essential!)

  • Chilli flakes
  • Cumin seeds
  • Paprika
  • Italian Herbs
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Perishable Produce:

  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Oil

 

Here are a few recipe ideas, need nothing more than the contents of the cupboard:

  • Pasta all Puttanesca (a classic tomato sauce with anchovies and black olives)
  • Honeyed Legumes Salad
  • Olive Omelette
  • Spicy Tuna Tomato Pasta
  • Chickpea and Sweetcorn Salad
  • Spicy Egg Fried Rice with Sweetcorn
  • Scotch Woodcock (Creamy Scrambled Eggs and Anchovies)

Let me know if you have any more ideas!

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Mexicorn

MEXICORN

Apologize for the awful pun.. Made me chuckle! My sister bought me these sweetcorn holders for my birthday as rumour has it I have a slight fondness of the yellow stuff.

10 mins

Boil the sweetcorn in salted water for 10 minutes. Serve with a sprinkle of sugar, salt, pepper and a knob of butter. Who said vegetables were healthy?!

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7 reasons why I won’t be detoxing

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Happy new year all! I hope you all had a great time celebrating and getting back into normality isn’t too tricky.

Every year we all wish for happiness and health, pretty good wishes in my opinion. However, the start of a new year also sees the well promoted start of new lifestyles, be it wheat free, detoxing, spinning, juice cleanse, 5:2, the list could go on and on. Now here, let me quickly establish that I have no issues with people trying to make 2015 a healthier year. But here are 7 reasons why I won’t be instagramming my new sugar free breakfasts, becoming friends with you on myfitnesspal or stepping anywhere near a juicer. Life is for people to enjoy, can we all not just do that normally and stop with the January guilt tripping?

1. Detoxing from ‘bad foods’ is a total myth. It is not how the body works, even I know this and I failed biology. Here the lovely people at the guardian explain much better than I could why the only thing you can detox from are drugs and booze, not chocolate: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/dec/05/detox-myth-health-diet-science-ignorance

2. The obsession with food and fitness for a very concentrated amount of time suggests that being healthy is something that can be picked up and put down. Being healthy is constant and enjoying things in moderation.

3. People already have enough pressures their lives, without feeling that they are somehow failing if they’re not starting a new January health regime.

4. I refuse to buy a juicer and spend money on kale and almond water.

5. January is bloody miserable as it is. Why on earth would you stop eating carbs in the most rubbish month of the year?!

6. I like to look at social media because there are pictures of funny cats, drunk people and interesting political debates. Not to see how great someone I went to primary school with is now feeling because they are sugar free.

7. I’m quite happy with my body. If I do feel like I need to lose a few pounds from the excess turkey I will try to eat a bit less and move a bit more. A mantra that would probably benefit a few people that struggle with maintaining a healthy body, mind or weight. If this simple idea was promoted over detoxing- the perfect antidote to our fast-food, heavy boozing lifestyles people might actually be a little healthier.

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Meat Free Mondays

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As you are reading this you might be tucking into a yummy, juicy bacon buttie and being meat free may be a long way from your mind. However, this clever initiative is starting to catch on. Meat Free Monday is a campaign started and funded by Paul Mccartney along with his daughter Stella. Together, they promote giving up eating meat for the whole of Monday (would you believe?!) for a wide range of reasons. Because when you really start to think about it, eating meat has a bigger impact than just thinking of the cute little animals.

As a Geography student a large proportion of the things we learn are linked to how the world is changing, more often than not for the worse. Yes, this is along with our busy colouring in schedule.. For example, greenhouse gas emissions are globally showing a constant rate of increase. What does this have to do with meat I hear you cry?!  A UN study in 2006 showed that the livestock industry was responsible for an astonishing 18% of man’s global greenhouse gas emissions, on top of this factor you have the impact of deforestation for cattle ranches, cattles extraordinary methane emissions and the extra food needed to feed livestock. This is all without even looking at the issue of animal rights and welfare.

Meat Free Monday may appeal to you from a financial point of view as a cash strapped student. The average UK family spends £13.10 on meat and fish and just £6.70 on fresh fruit and veg every week. Imagine how much extra dosh you would have if you spent a bit more on veg or those tasty lentils rather than meat.

Not all vegetarians choose to be so for animal rights and environmental issues, health is also an important factor. We all know vegetarians have a healthy reputation, but does this claim actually stack up? Eating meat less than 3 times a week prevents 31,000 deaths from heart disease every year in the UK. If everyone was able to eat meat less than 3 times a week it is estimated the NHS would save over £1.2 billion a year. Although Meat Free Monday is only one day a week, everyone has to start somewhere!

McCartney’s meat-free mission is being supported by several high-profile celebrities and chefs. The Meat Free Monday website also has lots of great recipes and more information, linked here: http://www.meatfreemondays.com/. So why not give Meat Free Mondays a go and feel totally self-satisfied all Monday long!

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Aubergine, Bacon and Spinach Pasta

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I’m back! First couple of weeks have been very hectic as I’m sure all university students will know. To get us out of the blocks a quick, healthy, tasty supper.

aubergine, can of chopped tomatoes, spinach, bacon, oil, garlic, chilli, pasta

30 mins

Start by cutting the aubergine into small chunks and fry over a medium heat for about 5-10 minutes until soft. Add sliced bacon and when cooked add 2 cloves of chopped garlic and a sliced chilli. After another 2 minutes add a can of chopped tomatoes and bring the boil and simmer for another 10 minutes, adding water if necessary. At this stage put the pasta onto boil. Stir through spinach to the sauce at the very end, season and enjoy.

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Holidays

Now it is the summer I have decided to give blogging a bit of a rest until going back to university in September, hopefully for some great food then! (My mother is also cooking so lovely food and I don’t want to claim it as mine!) Thank you for all the support, Josephine x