Create your #awesometoastie with the Cuisinart Awesome Toastie Challenge



We all love a toastie… but sometimes we can get a bit stuck in our ways, think ham, cheese, or ham and cheese toasties – not very exciting is it?

Cuisinart is asking you to create your awesome toastie by launching their Awesome Toastie Challenge! They want to know what combination of fillings you think makes the most awesome toastie ever. Need some inspiration..?

How about tomato, mozzarella & rocket focaccia, or spiced apricot French toastie with vanilla and jersey ice cream, or even broad bean, pea and prosciutto frittata?! The possibilities are endless. But those are our ideas, and we want yours!

The Cusinart Sandwich Maker is the perfect machine for quick and easy omelettes, calzones, quesadillas, pastries and much more (yes you can cook an omelette in it!).

Designed with extra deep pockets for all your favourite fillings, simply prepare your recipe and pop it in the Sandwich Maker. When you’re finished, the removable, non-stick plates can be placed in the dishwasher for easy cleaning. To find out more about the Cuisinart Sandwich Maker visit where you’ll find loads of delicious recipes and how to videos.

We’re giving you the chance to win a Cuisinart Sandwich Maker and have your awesome toastie featured on the website. We have FIVE Cuisinart Sandwich Makers to give away!

To enter simply follow @cuisinartUK + @studentrecipes + tweet us both your #awesometoastie filling!



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The rise of Craft Beer clubs

So there has been a shift in recent times, a shift that is no more visible than down at your local boozer. Amongst all the unrelenting negative press surrounding binge drinking, cheep supermarket alcohol deals and the like, there is a new trend forming surrounding ‘Craft Beer’.

Craft Beer; noun; A beer made in a traditional or non-mechanised way by a small brewery.

As popularity has grown, respective Craft Beer clubs are cropping up. Where upon a subscription, they will send you a selection of small batch beers each month. Its a great solution for those of us who like to try new beers frequently and get tired of drinking the same old Stella/Carlsberg/Guinness/etc.

One of which, Beer52 sent us a crate of their finest expertly selected Craft Beers to try out. We thought, well, why not?

For £10 off your first box, use the discount code: STUDENT10

Our expertly selected craft beers.


First impressions 🙂
Pouring guide, for that perfect head!
Pouring guide, for that perfect head!
Well packaged!
Nicely packaged. No breakages to report.

On to the beers. Whilst I’m a keen drinker, I’m no connoisseur. I like light, refreshing beers that you can enjoy without feeling like you’ve had enough after your first pint. Some of the below fit the bill perfectly, others, less so. A few nice surprises too.

6° North

6° North

6.6% Belgian IPA. Brewed in Scotland (6 degrees north of Brussels).

Layman’s thoughts: Strong, full, heavy beer. Type that after a pint would want to go home. Drink slowly to enjoy to fullest.



4.7% Large Lager. Spanish.

Layman’s thoughts: A lighter, more enjoyable beer. Almost sweet. Again one to drink slowly to fully enjoy.



5.5% Mead. Brewed in London.

Layman’s thoughts: This one came as a bit of a surprise. Not had a mead before. Brewed with honey and water. Sweet like a dessert wine but more drinkable. Lovely taste for those with a sweet tooth.




Layman’s thoughts: Light, refreshing, summertime beer. My favourite amongst the selection. Very ‘drinkable’. Would recommend and will definitely be having again.

Dark Sister

Dark Sister


Layman’s thoughts: Strong but sweet after taste. Despite what the name suggests, I found it much more drinkable than typical strong ale. One to try again if I can find it!

Caterpillar Pale Ale

Caterpillar Pale Ale


Layman’s thoughts: Strong and but more enjoyable than 6°n. Would recommend and will enjoy this again.

Lucky Jack

Lucky Jack


Layman’s thoughts: American pale ale. Nothing too spectacular about this one I found. Whilst enjoyable, it wasn’t memorable.

Heart & Soul

Heart & Soul


Layman’s thoughts: Very enjoyable.


The essential student kit list – Win a £50 Currys voucher

Fancy getting your hands on a £50 Currys voucher to help cover the cost of a new iPad, those headphones or that essential cooking gadget you need before the new uni year kicks off?

Currys are compiling a free student kit guidebook made up of suggestions from across the tech and student blogger community and would like you to recommend your favourite kitchen gadget via their Twitter competition.

To get involved in the competition:

  • Tweet your recommended piece of student kit to @CurrysPCWorld, including the hashtag #currysstudentessentials to confirm your entry.
  • The person with the wittiest or most original answer will win.
  • The competition closes at midnight on 04/09/2015. Currys will announce the winner at midday on 04/09/2015.

Full details can be found on the Currys Tech Talk blog.

Creative Ideas to Personalise Your Java


Do you find yourself hopeless in lecture halls without a cup of coffee inside you? Can you not kick-start your morning without a caffeine fix? If you’re the type of student who needs to fine-tune their focus and elongate their attention span with the help of a cup of steaming coffee, you probably spend your fair share on takeaway lattes and cappuccinos.

However, you don’t need to siphon all of your student loan into the pockets of your local barista to drink a gourmet cup of coffee. Indeed, you can even personalise your own home brew to achieve the flavour you want and the style you crave, without denting the weekly budget. Here are a handful of great economical and creative tips to help you jive up your Java, which demonstrate there are plenty of ways to brighten up your morning brew.

Percolate to perfection

Make sure your student digs are equipped with the right sort of machine to whip up a stimulating batch of coffee every morning (or perhaps afternoon, evening and night-time, in some cases). Old school chrome percolators can add a touch of class to any kitchen, while espresso machines offer easy options for those low on energy or time, but still produce fantastic coffee.

Get the blend right

The key ingredient in any coffee are the nuts and bolts which go into it, which not only involves the beans themselves but also creamers, sweeteners and flavourings. Fortunately, you don’t have to venture outdoors to recreate your favourite blend, but simply home brew via the extensive array of niche bevvies you can now purchase. Perhaps you want a chai latte with lemongrass undertones and a subtle hint of mint?

Customised caffeination

You can even make your blend further personalised by choosing a completely unique concoction of flavours. For a little more moolah, custom roasters such as Custom Coffees will tailor-make a blend of up to three different strains of coffee from around the world to achieve a truly personal caffeinated experience. You can even design the label on the container!

Choose your receptacle wisely

There’s little point in having a unique blend of your own making if you aren’t showing it off in a customised receptacle in your lecture, is there? Of course, taste is paramount but image is a consideration, too. Make your coffee cup stand out from the crowd by custom-designing it yourself using the simple templates from Personalisation Mall, which allow you to plaster your mug all over your mug… if you understand the expression.

Sharpen up with a Sharpie

Of course, you might want to reel in the spending and hold back on the customised cuppage – no problem! You can create your own design without having to fork out for postage and packing, simply with the help of a plain white receptacle and a selection of Sharpies. For best results, use an oil-based pen and seal the design using an adhesive spray – other great inspirational ideas for such artsy projects can be found at Lifehacker.

If you’re going to stumble through the world attached to a coffee drip, you might as well make it fun, right?