A succulent Sunday roast recipe

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As you all know Easter is fast approaching. And with less than a week to go, we thought that we’d share with you a recipe for a succulent roast dinner that can be enjoyed on Easter Sunday; Hay-baked Leg of lamb. So, gather your ingredients, follow the preparation guidelines and get cooking to enjoy a tasty roast this weekend.

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Image source: BBC Good Food

Ingredients
Before you start licking your lips in anticipation of the feast ahead, you’ll need to have all your ingredients ready to go.

  • 250g Kale
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped.
  • 4 Anchovies, finely chopped
  • 1 Lemon, zested
  • 70g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1½ Kg leg of lamb, part tunnel-boned, shank still attached (you can ask butcher to do this for you)
  • 2 bunches of fresh rosemary
  • 1 bunch of fresh thyme
  • 100g hay, toasted (for 8-10 minutes at gas mark 3/ 160C/ 140C for fan assisted ovens)
  • 500ml lamb/chicken stock cube
  • 2 table spoons olive oil
  • Butchers string to tie the lamb together.

And what roast dinner would be complete without some roast potatoes and fresh vegetables? So, whether it’s carrots and green beans, or broccoli and spring greens, don’t forget to load your basket with your favourite veggies and potatoes. If you’re not a lamb fan, try the recipe with chicken instead!

Preparing the stuffing

  • Boil the kale in a pan on the stove until wilted.
  • Transfer the kale directly into iced water to refresh.
  • Drain all excess water from the kale, then roughly chop.
  • Add the chopped kale into a mixing bowl and stir with the breadcrumbs, garlic, anchovies, lemon zest and season with black pepper.
  • Once mixed, pack the stuffing into the lamb’s cavity and tie with string – making sure it is secure so it doesn’t fall apart whilst cooking.

Cooking Instructions

  • Heat oven to Gas Mark 5/ 190C or 170C for fan assisted ovens
  • Mix the hay with the rosemary and thyme, and spread in a deep roasting tin.
  • Dissolve 1 stock cube in 500ml of boiling water then poor over the hay.
  • Place your stuffed lamb on top of the hay, sprinkle some salt on top and drizzle 2 table spoons of olive oil over your lamb.

Cooking times will vary depending how you like your lamb to be cooked, see suggested cooking times below:

  • Well done – 1 hour 40 minutes in the oven
  • Medium to well – 1 hour 30 minutes in the oven
  • Rare to Medium – 1 hour 20 minutes in the oven

Once cooked to your desired taste, remove the lamb from the oven and let it rest for 20 minutes before carving. Then, dig-in and enjoy your seasonal hay-baked stuffed leg of lamb!

For more tasty Easter recipes, see here

3 simple and healthy pancake recipes

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Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or as a small snack in between lectures, pancakes are quick and easy to make and taste great too. While pancakes smothered in chocolate spread, topped with ice cream and sprinkled in sugar aren’t the healthiest option, there are some alternative pancake recipes which are much healthier for you. And with Pancake Day next week, there’s never been a better time to get out your frying pan and put your pancake flipping skills to the test.

Banana pancakes
With only 3 ingredients in this recipe, these pancakes are quick and easy to make.  They’re also gluten-free, low-calorie and definitely guilt-free!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ large bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp baking powder

Method:

  1. Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl and whisk together with the baking powder.
  2. In another bowl, add in the bananas and mash them with a fork. But not too much – ensure there are still chunks of bananas.
  3. Add the egg mixture with the mashed bananas and stir to combine.
  4. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of batter to a frying pan for each pancake and cook over a medium heat, flipping it over and cooking on both sides until golden brown. Serve hot and with your choice of toppings (if any).

Chocolate protein pancakes
Get your chocolate fix without reaching for the jar of chocolate spread with these delicious choc-tastic pancakes.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup quick oats
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ scoop chocolate protein powder
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Add all ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of batter to a frying pan for each pancake and cook over a medium heat, flipping it over and cooking on both sides until brown. Serve hot and with your choice of toppings (if any).

Sweet potato pancakes
If you’re more of a savoury person, combine sweet potato with savoury cottage cheese, for a hearty and protein packed breakfast or snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup oats
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp maple syrup

Method:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Add ¼ of batter to a frying pan for each pancake and cook over a medium heat, flipping it over and cooking on both sides until golden brown. Serve hot and with your choice of toppings (if any).
  3. Repeat until all batter has been used.

Winter warmer recipes

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Now that the clocks have gone back, the days are becoming shorter and the nights are darker. Winter is on its way. And as the temperatures drop, the refreshing salads and light bites of summer aren’t quite as appealing as they were a few months ago. Instead, after a busy day out at uni, you probably want to come home to a hot, hearty meal to warm you up. But if you’re stuck for ideas of what to cook, look no further. Here are some of our favourite winter warmer recipes…

Soup

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Image: GoodtoKnow

If there’s one recipe that is sure to warm you right through to the core it’s one for soup. Quick, easy and cheap to make, soup is a winter favourite for most people. And a recipe such as this one for a tasty broccoli soup is packed with nutrients, making it a great choice if you’re looking for a healthy meal.

Baked chilli & jacket potatoes

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Image: BBC Good Food

As winter approaches, it’s not just us reaching for our jackets. Even the potatoes are too! Jacket potatoes are a timeless classic for students and for the winter months. They’re quick and require little effort to make, and the choice of toppings they can be combined with are endless. One of our favourites are these baked jacket potatoes with chilli.

Beef stew

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Image: Jamie Oliver

Nothing says winter’s here more than a classic beef stew. It might take a few hours to cook, but once it’s prepped there’s not much work involved; you just have to sit back and let the oven do its thing. So, if you’re in for the day working on an assignment or revising for an exam, chuck it in the oven and when you’re done for the day, your stew will be ready, waiting for you to enjoy.

Mac ‘n’ cheese

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Image: BBC Food

A hearty meal that’s quick and easy to make, this mac ‘n’ cheese recipe is the ultimate comfort food and there’s enough to share with your flat mates too. If you’re after a vegetarian recipe, simply swap the cheese for a vegetarian cheese and you’re onto a winner.

Apple crumble

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Image: BBC Food

Winter warmer recipes aren’t limited to just main meals. When it’s cold outside, it’s a great excuse to indulge in a hot dessert too. And we think you’ll agree, you can’t beat the taste and nostalgia of the all-time classic, apple crumble. The question is will you serve it with hot or cold custard?