Pizza Without Cheese (oh and it’s VEGAN)

Hello!

So my first Youtube video has gone live now and this is just a follow up to it. Though the video highlights the method of how the “pizza” was made, I did not put up the recipe so here it is (along with the video).

Ingredients for the sauce –

  • 1 tea spoon
  • 1 onions
  • 1 tea spoon of salt
  • 1 table spoon of mixed spices
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • Handful of chopped coriander

Ingredients for topping –

  • 1 onion
  • Handful of mushrooms
  • 2 tomatoes
  • Handful of olives
  • Can of sweetcorn

* Pastry was ready made – it was the “Jus-Rol” tend to be really good because it’s easy to roll out and is vegan friendly.

Method – 

  1. Add the tea spoon of oil, onion and salt in a pan
  2. Stir it, wait for the onions to go brown
  3. Add the spices (whatever you want)
  4. Add the can of chopped tomatoes
  5. Stir until it is all throughly mixed
  6. Add the handful of coriander
  7. Leave to cook for about 5-7 minutes
  8. Roll the dough out on a clean surface
  9. Add the cooked sauce on the dough (ensure it covers it all!)
  10. Begin adding all the toppings, you can add whatever topping you like!
  11. Put the pizza on a tray, then into the oven for about 17-20 minutes
  12. EAT UP!!

Though I call it vegan pizza, most of the recipe were veggies anyway so it isn’t really a vegan pizza. However, there isn’t actually any cheese added to this recipe (only because we forgot about the cheese). You can add whatever other things you want but be careful with liquid toppings because it might just end up making the pizza taste funny.

Also, if you’re a vegan you can find really good vegan cheese from Sainsbury’s, good quality cheese that does not actually smell.

If you have any questions about it feel free to drop me an email on:

shafiabegumvlogs@gmail.com

or contact me through other social media below:

twitter – https://twitter.com/begumshafia01

instagram – https://www.instagram.com/shaaafiiaa/

Thanks!

Shafia

Hello Youtube!

Hello all,

I have finally decided to begin video logging as well as blogging. It’s taken me a while to decide whether or not to join the whole Youtube thing but I’ve finally convinced myself that it’s better to try out something new than never trying at all.

My first Youtube video will be going up tonight, it’s uploading as I type this actually. I’m hoping to take you all along with me through my summer video logging anything exciting I do. Hopefully it all goes well and you all like the content I post but who knows?

Here’s to a new adventure!

Shafia

Sunday Morning Spotify Playlist.

We all love a bit of music on a Sunday morning especially on those sunny mornings when you’re making breakfast and the windows are open with the wind coming in. (We don’t get many of those sunny Sunday mornings though do we?).

I have created a Spotify playlist which includes some of my favourite tunes which I think would kick start a Sunday off. From Shawn Mendes to Usher, it’s got 50 songs which are worth a listen whilst frying those eggs and toasting that brown bread.

Though Ed Sheeran’s new album is sort of old news now, I am still caught up in the hype. I have included 4 of his new songs including Galway Girl and Castle on the Hill. (The album dominated the charts the week it came out and it still is).

I am also currently loving some of those old tunes from the 90s so I have added these into the Sunday Morning playlist. This includes “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas, “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis and even “No Diggity” by Blackstreet.

The link to my playlist for Sunday Morning is:

Speaking of good music, here are my top 15 songs for this week. Though most are probably not in the charts, they have still pretty good tunes to sort of end the week and begin the week.

1) Olly Murs – Grow Up

2) I Want It That Way – Backstreet Boys

3) Shape of You – Ed Sheeran

4) Love Me – The 1975

5) Genghis Khan – Miiike Snow

6) Hazey – Glass Animals

7) Honey Sweet – Blossoms

8) This is Me – Demi Lovato (Yes, it’s from Camp Rock)

9) Lush Life – Zara Larrson

10) High Hopes – Kodaline

11) Superheroes – The Script

12) No One Will Ever Replace Us – The Courteeners

13) Party Girl – McFly

14) City of Stars – Gavin James (LA LA LAND!!)

15) Broken – Jake Bugg

Most of them will probably change by next week when I’ve been exposed to new music or old music which just makes me feel good.

But that is it, until next Sunday keep your ears open for good music and give me a shout if you have any recommendations on what to listen to.

Happy Sunday all!!

Shafia

Beauty and the Beast: My Thoughts.

SPOILER ALLERT

Movie director: Bill Condon.

Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellan.

If I could sum up the film in one word, I think it would be something along the lines of abso-fruit-ly-fabulous.

Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast puts you through a rollercoaster of emotions (mostly happy though). The amount of colour, the music and the fairytale remains similar to the 1991 animated musical but with minor tweaks.

The film begins with a great scene of the handsome, young Prince (Dan Stevens) in his castle at a party celebrating all that is beautiful. Though he’s celebrating all his fortune, he remains selfish. The Prince is soon turned into a Beast by an enchantress. The magic transforms him and all in the castle. If the Prince does not learn to love another, he will remain the beast forever and never become a human again.

The film then moves on to introduce us to lovely Belle (Emma Watson). Belle is a literate, independent young woman. She’s seen as odd in the town for her love of books and her lack of interest in the most “handsome” chap who lives in town, Gaston (Luke Evans).

Gaston is vain, all the women want to marry him yet he has his eyes set for Belle and only for Belle. In a shot at the beginning of the film we see Gaston saying something along the lines of “your kids are going to be wonderful, nobody deserves such a human”. The following scene is his reflection in the mirror so he was talking to himself. If that doesn’t tell you he’s vain, what will?

Gaston’s sidekick (well sorta – less of the Batman, Robin thing) is LeFou played by Josh Gad and I genuinely think he was one of the best actors on screen in the movie.

As the movie goes on, we see that it sticks to the original tale, Belle learning to love the Beast along with the relationship between Belle and the household objects. The music like the original remains entertaining and catchy. The objects were actually brought to life in the film therefore the use of CGI was brilliant.

Furthermore, the dialogue in the film was actually pretty good. I really liked the light humour. From the little things – LeFou copying Gaston’s actions in the mirror to the sleeping wardrobe giving Belle a failed makeover.

We have all probably heard about the “gay scene” in the film. It actually appears near the end of the film when LeFou, who has a buddy like man-crush on his friend Gaston, is dancing with a male partner. So if you’re reading all these comments about how the film is not suitable for kids, don’t believe that rubbish.

I believe that Watson made the perfect Belle. I have read so much content online commenting on her musical ability but I thought that she was actually pretty good at singing. She conveyed the character of Belle really well; it seems that many people agree on Twitter.

If I was being very critical of the film, I think I would only change one thing. Some of the scenes seemed to drag. Though there weren’t many (when I say that, I mean it, probably 5 scenes) you do get a little like “this scene has been on for a bit long” but that is out weighed by the amount of good content in the film.

Overall, I would definitely recommend the film to anyone who would like a break from life. It really does put you in the mood for a Disney movie marathon and is suitable for all ages. I would definitely watch it again in the cinema.

Students living away from home more likely to be affected by increase in tuition fees.

 

All students studying in 2017/18 academic year in England and Wales will have fees increased by 2.8%.

Students that start studying at university in September 2017 and continuing students will see their tuition fees rise from £9,000 to £9,250.

For part time students these prices will go from £6,750 to £6,935.

Save the Student have said: “The government have indicated that a second wave of fee increases is on the cards for 2018.

They said: “In what they’re calling a second ‘trial year’, universities will be allowed to charge £9,500 regardless of teaching standards.”

Click here to listen to the tapewrite:

https://tapewrite.com/tapes/play/58d4f72aedf79d0b43a60f70/

These increases have occurred due to so called ‘forecast inflation’, which predicts student loans will continue to rise alongside inflation in England and Wales.

We conducted a twitter poll earlier today with a total of 21 students expressing their opinions about the increase in fees.

Despite the increase being relatively higher, the students that took part in the poll have shown that around 50% feel affected while the other 50% don’t.

 

https://twitter.com/al_wragg/status/845217795512111105

 

 

Our findings suggest that students who live on campus feel that they will be affected more by the changes than those who live at home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earth Hour: Saturday 24th March

The poll results above highlight that most people who completed the poll do actually take part in Earth Hour. However there are many of those who completed the poll who didn’t even know what Earth Hour was.

(Course there are so many external factors which would make this poll not entirely reliable such as the exposure to the post, not many people would have seen it to complete it, but from what the data shows, it’s good to know that many do actually take part).

Earth Hour is a one hour event that takes place almost every year for climate change. It involves businesses and landmarks to set aside an hour to focus on making noise for climate change action. This year, Earth Hour takes place on the 25th March at 8:30pm (UK time).

Those who take part in Earth Hour should turn off all their non-essential electricity, as a sign that they support the project to protect the planet and to raise an awareness of climate change.

Working alongside WWF, Earth Hour raises awareness of the rising sea levels, melting glaciers and major changes with the weather.

Climate change has a huge impact on communities and ecosystems. There are forests burning, crop fields reducing along with water supplies and every day more and more animals are becoming extinct.

Earth Hour is important because with people all around the world facing extreme weather conditions and changes, we can do our own little bit. There are now more dangerous floods and storms, along with droughts and heatwaves. These aren’t just natural disasters but manmade ones.

Climate change is affecting the United Kingdom, so where we live, in different ways. This includes the sudden changes in the weather, the rising sea levels, threats to wildlife and more. Already in 2017, the UK has faced all sorts of weather patterns including Storm Dorris hitting the U.K in February.

Earth Hour allows millions around the world to take time to ponder on sustainability and the importance of taking care of the world we live in.

To take part in Earth Day you can donate your Facebook feed and join the movement to change Climate Change. Donating your Facebook feed means keeping friends and family updated on the cause and getting more people involved. It also allows you to have your say in what you think about Climate Change!

Last year, Earth Hour was celebrated in 178 countries and the International Space Station. Thanks to social media, millions donated their feed and social power to tackle and bring about change. However, this needs to continue because with the increase of carbon emissions and the melting ice caps, there needs to be an increase in raising awareness and actually working towards reducing our own carbon footprints and creating a more sustainable environment for future generations.

To get involved and to find out more information about Earth Hour head to: https://www.earthhour.org

RAG WEEK: The Overview.

Hello humans. 

As you’re probably aware RAG (Raising and Giving) week begins tomorrow! We’ve organised an entire week of events for anyone and everyone to come join in with. From a fashion show to a mini food festival. 

RAG week begins on Monday 13th March with a fashion show at the Students Union in Salford. Originally we wanted to keep the theme as a cultural fashion show but due to unforeseen circumstances, it’s been changed a little. We’re hoping to also have music and just a little bit of fun really with this.

On Tuesday, we’ve got a movie lined up with pizza and popcorn for only £3! RAG will be raising money for MediEquip4Kids. This is such a great cause and a great way to meet new people so do join us for a right good laugh (not really, it’ll need to be quiet! Hahah).

On Wednesday we’ve got our Food Festival! Who doesn’t love food??? This will take place outside the Students Union with a variety of different food stalls and treats. If you want free food then you know where to come to students 😉.

Thursday is going to be jam packed with fun with our Interfaith event. RAG have tried to get different societies to come together and talk about different beliefs. This event will also have food. 

Last but not least, Friday 17th March RAG have organised a charity quiz. Bring your friends along for some competition because the quiz winners receive a great prize 😉. 

This week is meant to be about raising awareness for different causes. At RAG we want to bring together different people, make new connections and meet more students. We want to reach out to students and with their help, we can help charities. So join us for a week of food and fun and help us make RAG week one to remember. 
I’ll be posting everyday with RAG updates so keep your eyes open! #RAGWeek2017