Monday, 27 August 2012

Goodness gracious, great balls of dough

Hey folks,

Hows it going? Hope you are well and still having epic cooking adventures.

I know, I know.... it's been a while.  I've been busy at times and lazy the rest of time but I'm here to make it up to you with this awesome little recipe for dough balls.

Grab your bag for life, a pen and some paper and lets get started!

Oven tray
Mixing bowel
Baking paper

250g Strong white bread flour
1tsp Fast action dried yeast
1tsp Salt
1tsp Sugar
150ml Warm water
12g Lard
Garlic/garlic granules (optional)
Butter/spread (optional)


1) Mix the salt, sugar, and yeast with the flour in a bowl
2) Make a well and add the lard
3) Gradually add water and mix in the flour as you go to make a soft dough ball
4) Knead the dough until springy and smooth. Do dust with flour if sticky
5) Break bits of dough off and form little balls
6) Melt small amount of butter/spread with crushed garlic/ garlic granules (optional)
7) Roll dough balls in butter garlic mixture (optional)
8) Place dough balls on a baking paper lined tray
9) Leave to rest for around 30 minutes in a warm dry place
10) Bake dough balls in a preheated oven 200c until slightly browned

There you have it. This recipe made 12 dough balls. I made 6 plain and 6 garlic to mix it up a bit and have a few more options if needed.

Hope you enjoyed today's post. Keep checking for new posts. Comments, suggestions and questions are always welcome.

Enjoy your eats 

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Chicken Pie...but I dont like gravy

Hey folks,

Welcome back to Student Eats. Today we are going to discuss pie. First I need to set the scene so sit back, relax and get ready for this mini story.

I was feeling adventurous, I wanted to challenge myself, then it came to me. PIE! That's it I'll make a pie from scratch. Cue a googling session for ingredients. Turns out a didn't have everything so I waited until that awesome day when your food delivery arrives from Tesco (I recommend online grocery shopping, especially if you live up a hill) So now my lovely readers I'm going to share the magic of pie with you.

mmm home made pie

Excited yet? I am!

To pull this off you will need a few key things

Ramekins or Muffin tray
Rolling pin
Mixing bowl
Frying pan
Cheese grater
Cling Film/Foil

Chicken (3 pieces made 4 pies)
110g Lard/Butter
175g Plain Flour
Carrot (Optional)
Gravy granules
Chicken stock cube
All Purpose Seasoning
*Any seasoning of choice will do, this is what I used*


1) Weigh lard/butter, wrap it in foil or cling film and put it in the freezer for 30-45 minutes
2) Put flour and a pinch of salt into a bowl
3) Take the butter/lard out the freezer, unwrap it and grate into bowl with flour
4) With a knife/spoon spread the shavings covering them with flour
5) Sprinkle 2 tbsp of water over the mixture and stir
6) Gradually add spoons of water and stir. Use as little water as possible to make a dough ball
7) Once it starts to come together use your hands to incorporate all the flour. Don't worry if it tries to fall apart. Just push it back together
8) Wrap the dough ball in foil/cling film and put it in the freezer for 30 minutes

1) Season both sides of the chicken
2) Chop small amount of onion and fry. Don't brown it
3) Put chicken in the frying pan on medium heat. Cook for a few minutes and flip

4) Add water to prevent burning every once in a while
5) Add chopped carrots if you want
6) After 10 -20 minutes add chicken stock. Don't forget to flip the chicken
7) Once chicken is cooked remove from frying pan, leaving the cooking liquid and veg
8) Add gravy granules to liquid and stir over heat to thicken it. Turn off heat once thickened
10) Shred the chicken on a plate

1) Take dough out freezer and roll it out
2) Arrange dough in ramekins/tray making sure it comes just over the sides
3) Fill half the cup with chicken, add a layer of gravy mixture and top with more chicken
4) Cut out circles from dough for pie tops
5) Press tops onto the top of the pies and seal the sides by pressing the dough together
6) Pierce the tops to allow steam to escape
7) Cook pies in the oven on 200°C until browned

There you have it. Home made chicken pie. Hope you enjoyed todays post. Come back soon for more recipes. Comments, suggestions and questions are always welcome.

Enjoy your eats

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Onion Bhaji

Why hello there,

Long time, no see. Hope all is well. I've been quite busy recently but boy do I have a treat for you today.

Ever been in a cooking situation where you end up with left over onion? Pain in the butt right? Well today I'm going to tell you how to solve this little problem in the form of Onion Bhaji.

Today I was sitting in bed thinking snack, snack, I need a snack. Quick google search for the basic ingredients for onion bhaji. Well I dont have most of that but I do have half an onion! How hard can it be? So ignore all those fancy recipes and try this out. Onion bhaji student style.

Onion (1/4 made 6 bhajis)
Plain flour
Ground coriander
Lemon juice
All purpose seasoning
*I used random seasoning I had* Have fun with this

Ok got everything ready? Good lets get started.

1) Put some flour into a mixing bowl, you dont need a lot (This was an experiment so I didnt measure anything, sorry about that)
2) Add a decent amount seasoning of choice and a few squirts of lemon juice
3) Gradually add water and stir each time until you get a batter like consistency
4) Chop left over onion into strands/half rings
5) Add onion to batter and stir, making sure to cover the onion in the mixture
6) Heat some oil in a frying pan
7) Add small groups of onion/mixture into pan
8) Turn over after a few minutes
9) Cook until slight brown

There you have it. This works well as a snack or an addition to a meal. Also goes nicely with tomato ketchup.

Stay tuned for more recipes.  Comments, suggestions and questions always welcome

Enjoy your eats