The Essential Student Cookbook – Free E-book Download

Student food – beans on toast, pot noodles or cheap takeaways – quick and cheerful but not necessarily healthy nor nutritional. Lack of time, money and in most cases willingness to cook sits at the center of some students’ bad eating habits. So what if you could eat well with proper food prepared from scratch which doesn’t take an expert to cook, will not break your bank (socialising) balance and most importantly, doesn’t take a long time to prepare?

The Student Housing Company has put together the Better than Beans on Toast: The Essential Student Cookbook filled with easy creations which can be enjoyed by anyone, even busy students during mad studying times.

The cookbook contains 17 recipes covering breakfast, lunch, dinner and even yummy puddings for all you sweet lovers out there. The recipes were submitted by food blogs; they are tried and tested and once followed will deliver a delicious dining experience.

In this e-book, everyone should find something they like, or at least I would hope so. The recipes vary and some of them even cater to the vegan crowd out there. Ranging from Egg, Bacon and Cream Cheese Bagels, which actually look divine and I would strongly suggest checking them out to Chicken and Halloumi Stir-Fry or even our own favourite Triple Chocolate Almond Brownies, which are simply loved by everyone who tries them, the cookbook ticks all the boxes and should keep you well fed and going for weeks to come.

I was planning to share with you some of the recipes out here but in the end, I decided not to. Go on and check the cookbook out for yourselves, for now, all I will give you is the recipe list you can find in the book:

Egg, Bacon and Cream Cheese Bagel

Pasta Carbonara with a Twist

Italian Chicken Parmigiana

Swedish Meatballs-Inspired Vegan-Balls

Chicken and Halloumi Stir-Fry

Sweet Potato with Avocado and Goats’ Cheese

Do-It-Yourself Mexican Burrito

Chicken and Chorizo Paella

20-Minute Chicken and Egg Ramen

Meatball Marinara

Contemporary Corned Beef Sandwich

Triple Chocolate Almond Brownies

Tempting American Pancakes

Strawberry Flapjacks

Banana Bread

Melt-in-the-Mouth Cookie Dough and Cookies

Simple Vegan Donuts

 

You can download the cookbook for free and check it out for yourself; maybe something will take your fancy.

Enjoy!

 

Parragon Book Buddy – Natural

Natural – Wholesome Recipes for Pure Nourishment – 320 pages of wonderful recipes that use fresh, natural and simple ingredients to help provide a healthier and cleaner approach to everyday eating.

Natural – Wholesome Recipes for Pure Nourishment – 320 pages of wonderful recipes that use fresh, natural and simple ingredients to help provide a healthier and cleaner approach to everyday eating.I have to admit, this is by far the biggest cook book I’ve ever had the pleasure to review from Parragon Books. Not only is it large in presence but it also has a solid feel with over 300 pages stuffed with ideas and inspiration. The picture above doesn’t do its justice as in reality the cover of the book is embossed but as much as I wanted to show it, I simply couldn’t photograph it in any way that it would be visible.

Natural – Wholesome Recipes for Pure Nourishment contains eight main chapters:

  1. Wake Up!
  2. Energy-Fuelling Lunches
  3. Super-Charged Snacks & Sides
  4. Dressings, Sauces & Dips
  5. A Feast of Vegetables
  6. Power-Packed Protein
  7. The Sweet Stuff
  8. Healthy Nectars

The titles are pretty self-explanatory so they give you a very good idea what type of dishes you might find inside this cook book.

Natural – Wholesome Recipes for Pure Nourishment – 320 pages of wonderful recipes that use fresh, natural and simple ingredients to help provide a healthier and cleaner approach to everyday eating.In addition, as with most books from the Love Food series, this cookbook provides tons of information about naturally good ingredients. You can find in there all the knowledge you could seek about food superheroes like chia seeds, wheatgrass, coconut oil or water and well as many more.

Natural – Wholesome Recipes for Pure Nourishment – 320 pages of wonderful recipes that use fresh, natural and simple ingredients to help provide a healthier and cleaner approach to everyday eating.All the recipes in the book come providing the number of servings, preparation and cook time as well as a lovely clear picture of the final dish ready for serving. I love cookbooks that come with nice photography as it makes me more inspired to actually recreate the dish. Plain text might be good for some but I like to see what to aim for and how close I can get my copy cat dish to its desired form and plating.

To add to this, Natural – Wholesome Recipes for Pure Nourishment also gives you the expected nutritional value for each dish being calories, fat, saturated fat, sugar, carbs, fibre, protein and salt.

Natural – Wholesome Recipes for Pure Nourishment – 320 pages of wonderful recipes that use fresh, natural and simple ingredients to help provide a healthier and cleaner approach to everyday eating.Natural – Wholesome Recipes for Pure Nourishment – 320 pages of wonderful recipes that use fresh, natural and simple ingredients to help provide a healthier and cleaner approach to everyday eating.For us 2016 is a back to basics year; we have big changes coming and one of them is to go back to our roots when it comes to food… eat natural, eat clean and most of all eat healthy, so this cook book was a wonderful gift which I am sure will get a lot of use and you will most likely see a lot of recipes on the blog which were inspired by it.

Do you have any food related plans and resolution for 2016?

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Natural – Wholesome Recipes for Pure Nourishment
ISBN 978-1-4723-9243-5
Published by Parragon Books Ltd in 2015
Part of Love Food
Number of pages: 320
RRP: £20
Hardcover

*I received this book for free from Parragon as a part of my Book Buddy pack.
**All pictures in this post are from “Natural – Wholesome Recipes for Pure Nourishment” cookbook.

Parragon Book Buddy – Christmas Recipes & Crafts

Christmas Recipes & Crafts” from Parragon Books offers a wonderful selection of ideas for the perfect homemade Christmas.

"Christmas Recipes & Crafts" from Parragon Books offers a wonderful selection of ideas for the perfect homemade Christmas.Christmas is a truly magical time of the year. There’s the crisp, cool bite of winter, the smell of pine needles, twinkling lights and, if you are lucky, even a few jingle bells jingling, too. And that’s just outside. Inside cosy homes everywhere, the smell of fresh baked mince pies and biscuits mingle with the scent of the freshly cut Christmas tree… this is the beginning to the introduction… isn’t it a wonderful way to put you in the festive spirit?

The cookbook is stuffed with everything you might need for a perfect Christmas feast. Starting with the morning meal like rich orange crepes or pain au chocolate cinnamon rolls, via starters, main meal, sides and sauces and of course a selection of desserts and baked goodies; there is even a chapter on Christmas drinks like eggnog, mulled wine or a hot brandy chocolate. And if you don’t fancy a rummage through the entire cookbook, simply open up to the Christmas favourites section where you will find 14 recipes which will keep you, your family and friends well fed through the entire day.

Christmas Recipes & Crafts from Parragon Books offers a wonderful selection of ideas for the perfect homemade Christmas. Each and every recipe is clearly presented, providing you with an estimated cook time, number of servings and of course the ever essential ingredients list and method; and you can see the final dish just to give you a rough idea what to aim for.

The last chapter of the book features crafts; there are 10 projects to pick from and they vary from stockings, snowflake cards to a Christmas wreath. There are even templates, which you can use to make your crafting project easier.

Christmas Recipes & Crafts from Parragon Books offers a wonderful selection of ideas for the perfect homemade Christmas. The book itself is beautiful. The pages are smooth and shiny and they feel very luxurious. Each recipe has a clear pictures and the food photography is lovely, it really makes you want to recreate it and devour as soon as it is ready.

Christmas Recipes & Crafts from Parragon Books offers a wonderful selection of ideas for the perfect homemade Christmas. I know that most of us like to stick to the old favourites when it comes to Christmas but if you are open to something new or in need of some festive inspiration, I can truly recommend this book.

Do you like to experiment and try new dishes this festive season?

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Christmas Recipes & Crafts
ISBN 978-1-4723-9253-4
Published by Parragon Books Ltd in 2015
Part of Love Food
Number of pages: 224
RRP: £15
Hardcover

*I received this book for free from Parragon as a part of my Book Buddy pack.
**All pictures in this post are from “Christmas Recipes & Crafts” cookbook.

The Alternative Healthy Christmas Cookbook

Most of us when thinking about Christmas envision it complete with family, friends, good times and of course a lot of gorgeous food… Christmas breakfast, Christmas brunches with mates but best of all our traditional Christmas dinner. Though it turns out that same self “best” bit is also causing some of us a lot of discomfort. Some of us treat Christmas holidays as an excuse to eat what they want and are prepared to deal with the consequences later on… but what about the rest of us?

What about the idea of a healthy Christmas?

You can still have your giant roast and pudding and sweets and treats but all of those dishes are just a little bit healthier, all of them provide something more, something your body actually needs…

I am proud to be a part of The Alternative Healthy Christmas Cookbook.

The Alternative Healthy Christmas CookbookThe cookbook contains a lovely selection of recipes which will keep your tummy full this Christmas without any hint of feeling guilty. There is a coconut Glazed Turkey which can be served with Coconut and Rosemary Roast Potatoes, lovely Vegan Maple, turnip and Carrot Mask and a Low Carb Gravy… and if dinner doesn’t take your fancy what about some High Protein, Low Sugar Yule Log or a Gluten Free Gingerbread Men? Still not convinced? Well, maybe Protein Eggnog is the one for you?

The recipe which I am looking forward to trying the most is Dairy and Grain Free Chocolate Pecan Pie… yummm… the ground almonds make the crust and the pie is stuffed with organic cocoa and pecans; there is no sugar in the pie and it really sounds to me as a truly guilt free treat.

Would you ever consider creating an alternative healthy Christmas menu?

Are you open to new dishes or you prefer to stick to traditional menu?

Just how big a family meltdown do you think it would cause if you were to even suggest it?

The Alternative Healthy Christmas Cookbook was created by Discount Supplements Ltd and it is now available to buy on Amazon and Blurb.

‘What’s Cookin’ Reole – Cook Music Cook Food – Review & Giveaway

‘What’s Cookin’ Reole – Cook Music Cook Food – Review & Giveaway“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold,
it would be a merrier world.”
J.R.R. Tolkien

Isn’t it true?

Everything seems to be better with a little bit of music and some good food!

So why not put these two desirables together?

Well, Reole have done just that.

Funkmaster general Reole is following up his dazzling album ‘Hear Come The Drums’ with an equally incredible offering ‘What’s Cookin.’ The album is a warm homely feeling album that is honest and not over spiced. The cooking music part is equally influenced by cooking food.

‘What’s Cookin’ is sure to set ears twitching and tummy’s rumbling everywhere with its blend of instrumental funk, jazz and classic rock. It’s an album with subtle touches and fantastic production.

The album contains 13 music tracks and 7 recipes including jambalaya fire, gris-gris jerk chicken with beans and coconut rice and some mean muffuletta to name but a few.

It’s a great addition for any eager cook. It would make a great little gift and I am sure it would put a smile on any cooks face.

What’s Cookin’ album is set for release on December 4th but I have two advanced copies to giveaway to a couple of my Bark Time readers… so if you fancy some new tunes to put you in the cooking mood just enter my giveaway below.

Win 1 of 2 CDs ‘What’s Cookin’ by Reole

Good Luck!

T&C:
1. Open to UK readers only.
2. This giveaway is sponsored by Bark Time in connection with Reole.
3. There will be 2 winners chosen at random from all valid entries. Winners will be chosen by Gleam.
4. Each winner will receive one copy of What’s Cookin’ by Reole.The prize will only be fulfilled by Bark Time.
5. The winners will have 7 working days to claim the prize, after this time, a new winner will be selected.
6. Closing date for the giveaway is Sunday 08/11/2015 at 23:59pm.

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