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Fridge Raid for Go Green Week!

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I was doing a cookery demonstration for Go Green Week at the University of Worcester, where I work. The cookery demonstration went really well and the students loved it :-)

The video above shows a few snippets from the demonstration and some photos are below. There is a Recipe leaflet with everything I cooked and a few tips for basic store cupboard essentials and using up leftovers too. I really enjoyed doing it and am already looking forward to next year! :-)

Me Cooking

Me Cooking

Me Cooking - wide angle

Me Cooking – wide angle

The audience view

The audience view

Student Tasters and I

Student Tasters and I

Fridge Raid for Go Green Week 2013!

Go Green Week Logo 2013 transparent

You may remember that a couple of years ago, I did a cookery demonstration for Go Green Week. You can see the video of what I got up to here. Well this year, I am doing another one for the students where I work at the University of Worcester.


This year, the theme of my cookery demonstration is how to use up leftovers. A video is going to be made of it again so you can see it on the blog soon. I am still trying to decide what to cook for the students and I really need your help with the following questions:

What did you have leftover in your fridge when you were a student?

What kind of things did you or would you cook with them?

I only have two gas rings to cook with so please keep this is mind. I am producing a recipe leaflet for the students so will add in any recipes that need a grill or an oven there.

Your help in this is greatly appreciated as always.

Thanks everyone! :-)

PS: You can follow all the action on Twitter using the hashag #fridgeraid

Meeting Gino D’Acampo

Last Saturday, Italian flair came to Birmingham in the form of a visit from     Gino D’Acampo who was in the Bullring promoting his latest cookbook ‘Gino’s Pasta: Everything You Need to Cook the Italian Way‘. While he was there, Gino did cookery demonstrations and signed copies of his latest cookbook. I was lucky enough to meet him backstage and get a signed cookbook.  Thanks to the Bullring PR team for arranging this. It is much appreciated. :-)

When I got home, I felt inspired to cook a quick and simple dish from his cookbook. As I was home alone at the time, I decided to cook a dish that Gino cooks when he is only cooking for one: Penne al’Arrabiata. My adapted recipe of the dish is below. I reduced the quantities as the recipe in the book serves 4.

Penne al’Arrabiata

Ingredients (Serves 1)

  • Olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, finely diced
  • 1 chilli,  finely diced and de-seeded if preferred
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 100g Penne pasta, cooked to the packet instructions
  • 1 small bunch of parsley, chopped
  • Handful of grated Parmesan cheese, for putting on top of the finished dish (optional)


  1. Put olive oil in a frying pan, and allow to heat up. Put in the garlic and chilli and allow to fry for a minute or two until softened.
  2. Add in the tin of chopped tomatoes in and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add in the parsley at the last minute and turn off the heat. Mix the pasta with the sauce and serve in a big bowl with grated Parmesan on top. Enjoy with a glass of wine!

I will be back with another post over the weekend. I hope you all enjoy the lovely weather we are having.

Happy Cooking! :-)

PS: Sorry for lack of posts this week. I have been busy with work and not been feeling 100%. Normal service will be resumed ASAP. Thanks for your patience.

PPS: I am featured in the University of Worcester’s Staff Magazine this month. You can see the magazine here.

Jo Cooks: Go Green Week Cookery Demonstration

This is the second in my occasional series of video posts of me cooking in my kitchen. However, this time I am not in my kitchen. I am cooking in the food technology room at the University of Worcester. This was a special event for Go Green Week, a student action week to raise awareness of climate change. I told you about my then impending cookery demonstration here.  I made:

  • Local Vegetable Curry and Naan Bread
  • Roman style Vegetable Pizzas
  • Caramel Apple Meringues

The vegetables were kindly donated by Paul from Worcester Produce. The demonstration was filmed and edited by the wonderful Martin Duke. Thanks  to both of you for your help. It is much apperciated :-) You can download a PDF with my recipes on here: Cookery Demo Recipes Please note, you will need Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat to read and download the file.  I really enjoyed doing the demonstration and I hope the people who attended enjoyed it too. I hope you enjoy watching the video. Please let me know what you think. Below is a small selection of photos from the event.

Photo by Martin Duke

Happy Cooking! :-)

Go Green Week Cookery Demonstration

Next week is Go Green Week (7-14th February) which  is a student action week set up by People and Planet to raise awareness of climate change. This year’s theme is ‘Love Your Future, Love Your Climate’, as it falls so close to Valentine’s Day.  What does this have to do with food I hear you ask?

Well, it is estimated that halving your meat and dairy consumption could take 10% off each person’s Carbon footprint. (Source: People and Planet) To encourage  students to eat more local fruit and vegetables, I have been asked by the University of Worcester (where I work) to do a cookery demonstration to students and staff showing them what they cook with our fantastic local fruit and vegetables.

This has made me quite nervous as it is my first ever live solo cookery demonstration.  I do not have other people around me, like when I did the Masterchef Experience at the BBC Good Food Show here and here, and I do not have the ability to edit, like I did when I made my first cookery video a couple of weeks ago.  However, I have decided to give it ago and I will be making (with fruit and vegetables kindly supplied by Worcester Produce) the following:

  • Vegetable Curry and Naan Bread
  • Roman style Vegetable Pizzas
  • Caramel Apple Meringues

I am hoping that someone will be able to video the event for me so that you can all see the demonstration too.  I will be putting my recipes and pictures up as soon as I can after the event. If you would like to more information about what else the University of Worcester is doing to celebrate Go Green Week, please see here. If anyone has any tips for doing cookery demonstrations that would help a complete novice, it would be greatly apperciated.

Please do not forget that I am having a give-away of a Forman and Field hamper, which you can receive in time for Valentine’s Day. More information is here.

Happy Cooking! :-)

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