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That’s right, we’re back!

I have very big news for all of you! The fourth episode of my university television programme has finally come out for everyone’s enjoyment. The Sweat Room team have been working hard to create this lightly entertaining and not at all informative show. Enjoy, and don’t forget to give it a like!

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Fish Pie for Pi day!

I love the excuse, cook a pie for pi day. A cheap play on words and its more motivation in the kitchen! My pie was a fish one (Sorry for the title being so misleading), and it was good.

I swear Tescos (English supermarket) wants you to make fish pie, they have special salmon, cod and haddock packages and there’s even a recipe on the back of a parsley sauce packet (yes i cheated on that front..)

I took a cheesy picture on my laptop but photobooth was a right pain in the arse and i couldn’t work out how to turn flash off, as a result here’s the finished glaring product (that is a love heart in the middle not an upside down pair of testicles)

i'm sorry my shy pie isn't very photogenic..

The recipe was fairly straight forward, and I’m sure there are loads of great ones out there, but the one i went for was:

Ingredients:


Fish (of your choice)

Milk – 300ml (I know, a measurement!)

Parsley powdered sauce (from any supermarket)

Potatoes

Leeks

Mushrooms

Parmesan/ Cheddar

Any other veg you want!

Method:

1. Heat up a little milk in a pan and add the fish to it.

2. When the fish looks cooked then take it out of the milk, add the rest of the milk and the parsley powered sauce to the heated milk and turn down the heat a little.

3. In the mean time, fry you veg and boil your potatoes.

4.Once the veg and sauce is cooked, wack the fish, the sauce and the veg all in a cooking pot.

5. Once the potatoes are boiled drain them and add some butter and mash!

6. Cover the potatoes on top of the fish and veg.

7. Grate some cheddar/ parmesan/ cheese fo your choice on top.

8. Put in the oven for 20-25 minutes.

Get involved with your knife and fork, it’s ready!

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The Artist

The Artist Poster

I know I’m a bit late on this fron but I saw The Artist last night. Maybe it’s just me but i love clever intricacies of plot, especially when it is in view of a bigger picture as it is in the artist: the transition from silent movies to the talkies. Jean Dujardin played George Valentin, the crowd-warmer and his emotions portrayed entirely through his actions are still incrediblymoving.

If you are a fan of clever movies, i hope you’re not too put off by the fact the only voices that can be heard come at the very end. It is worth your time, and deserved every little golden man at the Oscars!

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It’s Baking time!

I enjoy being a student who can cook. The traditional student is obviously one that just shoves beans in the microwave but i like to get away from that stereotype. Most recently, and for a while now, I have been making bread. First off I tried my hand at nice and simple plain bread, next stop was rye bread (I tried it once, the first I was happy with, the second taste like halitosis), I am currently on my brown bread phase and am loving it.

I think whilst there hasn’t been much diversity in my baking I have managed to perfect it by slotting into my routine. Wake up, put the dough in the oven, make the dough for the next loaf (takes 5 minutes max.), and then voila my bread is made, perfect for my ham sandwiches.. or when i was feeling good about myself for some homemade burgers.

burger time at chez-moi!

The recipe:

However much flour you want (be adventurous see where it takes you) – plain loaf obviously plain flour, brown for brown, etc.

Sprinkling of yeast

Sprinkling of sugar (caster will do)

water

1. Put everything but the water in a bowl and mix together.

2. Add the water and mix until it all comes together into a doughy ball.

3. Put a lid on it and put to one side.

4. The longer you leave it the more mature the taste, I like to leave it for a day or so so its smells nice and sour when i put it n the oven..

5. Put it in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees centigrade for about 30 minutes.

6. Enjoy!

The point is to have fun in your kitchen and create something simple that is satisfying, go out and experiement with flavours as well by adding stuff to the dough before you put it in the oven. E.g. walnuts/ tomato puree/ herbs…

Tell me what you think/ If you have any ideas for my baker’s hands…

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Nujabes my King!

I swear there is no better music on earth than the stuff that Nujabes produces. If you look at his comments then all you feel is the love from people round the world focussed into his beats (I’m glad i’m writing this down because I definitely couldn’t pull off these sentences with my posh accent)!

If you are looking for a chill out and need some background music, about the only music i can work to, this is the stuff, there is an epic playlist on youtube, I’m not personally a fan of the ones which feature rappers because they distract from the overall relaxation of it but try it out for yourself…

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Kony 2012: Can Facebook Spark A War?

I get it I really do, we need to help others around us with the privileges that we have. The advantages through being born in rich areas that live in peace and have sleepy suburbs, and because of this we should give all our pennies and concern to the rest of the world:

“If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven”

(Matthew 19:16-30)

This is a philosophy that has holds us in our society. We give and we will be rewarded in heaven. Admittedly with the advancement of atheism, the acknowledgement turns to the short term happiness and a feeling of self-worth. However, just as a voter feels hard done by by a party that they use their valuable vote for, and that party does not follow through, I feel this same disappointment. I see no difference in Africa, I see no difference in India, all I see is that on Comic relief they show how much good our money could do one year only for the next for it to be in the same situation. One school is built, few families are saved, but more importantly more money is needed along but it can only be achieved with a lot more emotional investment and it does not take much for a person with a little bit of intelligence and a good sense of making a film to know how to manipulate the world into putty in their hands. The video that is freshest, and is actually the inspiration for this blog piece is of course Kony 2012…

The reactions have been right to the information that people have been given, and i want to make it clear that I do not condone in any way the suffering that happens as mentioned in this video or otherwise. The aim of this post is to try to get people to think for themselves, be skeptical. When I sat down to educate myself of the newest viral that had sparked outrage around the social media world I could not help but feel manipulated. His cute blonde son helps tell the story of how “bad men” hurt others, and it is clear that I am not the only one who feels this way:

http://jezebel.com/5891269/think-twice-before-donating-to-kony-2012-the-meme-du-jour

Yes we see it on a personal level, but if we saw the facts in front of us I am sure it would not sparka  viral wildfire like it has done.

To show exactly how we, as the public can be manipulated, I will use this example:

http://www.dhmo.org/facts.html

This is the experiment where, upon given the right information, the public would want to ban water (or dihydrogen monoxide) as we are only given the negatives of what it can do.

As for the Kony video it does not take much research into the youtube comments to find people calling for war. I am sure if you look at what people were saying before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, you will find similar comments in the press of how we must go to war as a retaliation. We must get Saddam out as he is a monster, it is our duty as the West. Now it seems as though Iraq was an oil field and the war was a process of the West asserting its influence over the East.

We all are clever, we can all deduce what we wish and what we want out of a situation, but before we just hear what a cute blonde child has to say, it would be nice if we could question why we are being told this by a child and not an adult. Whether we are watching something telling us dihydrogen monoxide is dangerous, or whether we are reading between the lines and seeing that we are really reading about water.

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More Sport and Banter for your tastebuds

Thats right the third episode of ‘The Sweat Room’ straight from essex uni and SX:TV, is online for your enjoyment.

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