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Since it’s the sex edition of Seren, why not try these aphrodisiac filled Dark Chocolate Brownies. Whether you’re making them for your partner, your date or if you’re just going to do what I’m going to do (eat them all, alone in your room while binge watching Netflix and stalking celebrities on Instagram) these indulgent, gooey delights are simply perfection. The recipe is fairly easy and quick to make. In addition to this the recipe called for copious amounts of dark chocolate which is not only an aphrodisiac but a natural source of endorphins so who needs exercise when you…

I am loving this lovely sunshine we have had for the last two weeks, and if there’s anything I like more than relaxing outside in the sun, it’s relaxing outside in the sun with a drink in my hand. Because of this gorgeous weather and the fact that this is, in case you haven’t noticed, Sexy Seren this editions cocktail section has been inspired on the dirtiest, sexiest named drinks. Despite their namesakes all of these drinks are delicious, refreshing and perfect for sharing with friends while we have this amazing weather. Sex on the beach Come on everybody, to…

If you’re anything like me, or indeed the majority of people at Bangor one would imagine, the majority of your pocket money in the 90’s was quickly drained by the pick and mix aisle. Now that I’m in my twenties the majority of my pocket money (a.k.a. my Student Loan) is quickly drained by more grown up things, like bills, but mostly by alcohol. For this 90’s edition of Seren we’ve incorporated the best of both worlds by creating three, easy to make, cocktails based on childhood sweets. An Imperial Mojito 1 shot white Rum 3 tsp lime juice 1.5…

1815 – ££ HOW about a lovely Valentine’s lunch over a fresh tapas platter? This place has great quality food including jacket potatoes, burgers and big portions of salad, served by friendly staff. Located just off Bangor high street. You may need to book a place as it tends to get busy, call 01248 355969. Noodle One – ££ A long-standing favorite amongst the student community. A lovely atmosphere, great food and generous portions make this the place to spice up your Valentine’s night! Who needs a special Valentine’s menu when you can just pick and choose your…

It’s that special time of year again, a very happy time. That time when everyone comes together, over not spring, not daffodils, but crème eggs! That’s right guys, crème egg season has arrived, they are popping up in every shop, on every till screaming ‘goo’ on you know you want me…. In celebration we thought we would transform the humble hot chocolate into something that will have you breaking that Lent chocolate ban in no time, so we introduce to you the one, the only, the heavenly, the sumptuous, the mouthwatering, the heart stopping….. Crème Egg Hot Chocolate The…

This month we are introducing you to a recipe coming all the way from the shores of South Korea, the Kimbap. A perfect sandwich alternative that will have you looking super trendy on those dull library days. Kimbap is a very common food in Korea and is enjoyed when we go on picnics with family and friends. When I was a child, my mum woke up early and made special Kimbap for me. It is also often especially made by Girlfriends to take their boyfriends on picnics, the perfect date food! How to make Kimbap Serves 2 Ingredients Sushi Rice…

Tucked away at the top of the high street is a place where you can leave the stresses and strains of Uni life for a while and relax. It’s a little place called Kyffin, which will have you dreaming of far-off lands in no time as you sample their world-inspired menu and breathe in the scents of over 40 different teas and coffees. We are here to give you the mouth-watering Kyffin story. Kyffin café has been in the heart of Bangor for over 6 years, but has been in the making for many more. If you wander up the…

Alsacian Mulled Wine – A little bit of Christmas from abroad I picked this up whilst working abroad; I prefer this to the English equivalent because it’s fruitier, sweeter and generally just tastes like nice, hot, alcoholic fruit juice. Ingredients (for 6-8 people): 1.5 litres of red wine (2 75cl bottles) – 250g brown sugar –  1 unwaxed lemon –  2 unwaxed oranges (If you can’t find unwaxed oranges and lemons, buy waxed and give them a good scrub with a scourer.) – 2 cinnamon sticks – 2 star anise – 2 cloves -1 pinch of grated nutmeg Method: 1.   …

With the Great British Bake Off coming to an end this month we have 3 inventive bakes to help fill the void and inspire you to create your very own weird and wonderful creations. Who knows, you could be the creator of the new baking sensation! Cronuts For all those of you that struggle to choose between all those mouth-watering pastry goods in the morning we have the perfect solution; Cronuts. Taking the US by storm earlier this year, the Cronut combines all the buttery goodness of a doughnut and a croissant with thin layers of croissant dough being deep…

Something’s a ‘bubblin’ in Bangor A brand new business, like no other in Bangor is well and truly settling itself into the Bangor way of life. Over the last month locals and students alike have been delving into the craze, which has swept over the whole of Asia and is now beginning its journey into North Wales: the bubble tea craze. Bubble tea was born all the way back in the 1980s in Taiwan on a tiny tea stand and has now spread across the whole of Asia. It has even made it on to the menu of McDonalds’ restaurants in…

Are you bready for Halloween? As we all know, Halloween is just around the corner, and this can only mean one thing – pumpkin recipes! Despite their popular uses, pumpkins aren’t just scary ornaments or princess carriages, they’re real vegetables too! So join us in our mission to get Bangor baking, here’s some ideas for what to create from our favourite flamboyantly coloured vegetable… Pumpkin bread This is my favourite pumpkin discovered recipe so far, just remember to be patient when making bread, it kneads time to rise properly. Ingredients ·         Small pumpkin (£1 –…

It was an unusual event if you were invited to dinner to my house in the first 6 months of the year and were not served tartiflette. After the first mouthful, a worrying addiction quickly took hold (though I am a man of whom addiction has an easy relationship), that resulted in me quite quickly putting on a lot more weight than normal. A dish from the Alps, this is not one for those who want to be conscious of calories, but it is cheap and remarkably tasty, and has entirely replaced potatoes dauphinoise in my kitchen. 1kg/2lb 4oz…

This month Seren decided to find out a little bit more about the winner of Seren’s Local Business Awards: Best Restaurant and met up with co-owner Mary Phillips.  How long has Noodle One been around? I think it’s been around for about five or six years now. It was quite well established which was nice. It made it easier for us. How long have you been in Bangor as a business? Well, we bought Noodle One in October last year but my partner, Iwan and I have both been previous employees here. We’ve had a good ten months so…

The Welsh larder is phenomenal. Quintessentially Welsh ingredients such as lamb and leeks define its farming landscape, while its shores (especially those surrounding Anglesey) are pregnant with salty water fit for the production of arguably the world’s most revered sea salt – Halen Môn – and sea bass. The Menai Strait is home to plump mussels and the glowing hue of rapeseed buds now lights up the fields of Conwy. The list of amazing produce doesn’t stop there. Glamorgan sausages are rich with Caerphilly cheese and its history; each time you eat a sausage, its sour tang resonates its past.…

It’s a wee bit nippy outside and the walk home from lectures and seminars can be a wearisome exercise of tired steps accompanied by tasking sniffs. At times like this, being greeted by a pallid bowl of noodles isn’t an attractive proposition. Instead, inspire your nose by the scent of these hot, spicy dishes. This is an inexpensive and wholesome meal. Be resourceful and use whatever spices you have and think will work; the ones listed are a guideline, though I would recommend getting some turmeric and mustard seeds for the Tarka dal. Tarka dal is made up of two…

We’ve all been in a situation where skelping an infuriatingly loud eater seems like the only option. But despite its endemic frequency, there may be hope for an end to excess saliva. Exasperated, Joe’s tether has finally been broken…   You and I have met before. We’ve watched films together and sat in the same library; we’ve shared the same carriage on a cross-country train, you with your inexhaustible supplies and I with my tired ears. You feel happy when we’re together; I can see it in your mouth and hear it in my head at night. But without exception, each time…