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THE BIG FREEZE the best things to do this winter

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nights out in Birmingham

HOT IN THE CITY

keep out the chill with offers on Birmingham food, beauty and entertainment

WINTER WARMERS

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ALL WRAPPED UP a Christmas gift

wishlist from Bullring

BE ON THE COVER! enter our ‘FACE OF GRIT’ competition


Well, here we are - another year over! Grit will finish off 2010 with a bang and take you through to 2011 with all the best things to do, nights out and shopping in Birmingham. Our fashion section features the latest trends and what ‘the cool kids’ are wearing. The ‘things to do’ section will keep you busy on the run up to Christmas, with articles on the IMAX, Cineworld and Thinktank, and the cheapest nights out from a quick drink to a great club. The food & drink section has everything from recipes to try at home, to cheap bites to eat out. We also have some great offers from Birmingham establishments. We really hope you enjoy this issue and have a great Christmas!

Tim CREDITS & CONTRIBUTORS EDITOR: Tim Faultless SALES MANAGER: Clare Faultless DESIGN: Mix Eyland ARTICLE PHOTOGRAPHY: PRshots, Jamie Simpson COVER PHOTOGRAPHY: Steve E, Model: Mix Kitten SALES EXECUTIVES: Jake Crow, Tim Gaylard, Karen Jones, Lisa Driscoll

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CONTENTS FASHION & BEAUTY 6 THINGS TO DO 23 FOOD & DRINK 40 ACCOMODATION 46 USEFUL INFORMATION 49

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ancy yourself as a cover model? Can you picture your face on Grit Magazine? If so, get out the camera and enter our bi-monthly competition in the search for fantastic Birmingham faces to grace our front cover! Each issue, we’ll pick the best of the bunch - boy or girl - to be our ‘Face of Grit Magazine’. Please send in high-resolution, minimum A5 size images, showing face and shoulders only. If it’s not a high-quality pic, it can’t be used!

Send images via email to: tim@gritmag.co.uk Including your name, age, email and address (email and address will not be published)

By submitting a photograph into this competition, you are certifying that you are 18 or over and own the image and the rights to publishing. Entry automatically gives Grit Magazine the rights to use any submitted images, whether winning or not, both digitally and in print. Entry on behalf of another individual is not permitted.The competition is open to Birmingham residents aged 18 and over only.

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Boot Camp Fall in line with this winter’s military-inspired look for men There will be no excuse for anything less than a perfectly polished look this winter, as menswear gets its marching orders. Which means it’s time for fellas to wave goodbye to scruffy chic and salute a smart new military look. Last time this trend made an appearance it was all about top brass tailoring in red and black. However, this season’s spin on the look is much more rank and file. So, lets get down to the essential bits of kit. First sign up for your military inspired jacket, then team this up with jeans, or for the full effect try some of this winter’s cargo pants. Other must haves include khaki jumpers, gilets and army boots.

all photography courtesy PR Shots

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1 1 Burton Military coat £75, long-sleeve waffle grandad £15, washed five-pocket jean £36, fingerless gloves £6, grey leather holdall £80, high-top leather boots £90 2 George at Asda Men’s khaki gilet £10 3 Superdry Superscout shirt £54.99 4 Matalan Waffle button-neck sweater £22 5 Marks & Spencer Camouflage hat £10 6 Matalan Lee Cooper belted cargo trousers £20 7 TK Maxx Green coat £49.99 8 Matalan High-leg military boots £30 9 Brantano Zinc Incite boots £50 10 River Island Bombhead parker, Military smart shirt, Overdye skinny jeans, Cambridge shopper, Buller boots 11 New Look Grey retro cable crew £30, Khaki wool jacket £50, Jeans £28 12 River Island Maverick jacket, Raymond cardigan, Indie Rock tee, Ralph chino, Hank backpack


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Rain, rain, go away... In Britain, moaning about the weather is practically a national sport. Especially when it rains. This autumn add another, more uplifting, dimension to your meteorological discussions - what items you can buy to deal with the downpours. Shopping can cure most things, after all. What you need are some bright brollies and chic macs. You’ll be begging the gods to let it rain after buying that haul. On the coat side of things macs are a perennial favourite of the fashionistas, and it’s easy to see why. They look equally smart with

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1 Marks & Spencer Trench coat, £39.50, shoe boot, £49, umbrella, £9.50 2 Shudoo Vivienne Westwood and Melissa bootie stud, £90 3 Brantano Elementz floral welly, £20 4 Jane Norman Full-skirted satin mac, £55 5 Debenhams Betty Jackson Pleated mac £75 6 Own The Runway Hooded Mac Duffle £39.99 7 Marisota Mac from £30 8 Oli Glamourous rouched sleeve mac, £50 9 Apricot Short Red mac £42 10 Primark Limited Edition Jacquard coat £35 11 Own The Runway Leopard printed belted mac coat £38.99 12 F&F at Tesco Mac £30 13 British Heart Foundation Vintage umbrella £8.50

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Beautifully wrapped and ready to give, Lush has a whole selection of festive gifts to suit everybody you know. There’s everything you could possibly want, ranging from stocking fillers and secret Santa gifts, to luxurious hatboxes and tins with more than enough bath and body products to see you through to the New Year. This year’s gifts are much more traditional in appearance with hand painted gift-wrap akin to oldfashioned Christmas cards, paying particular homage to wintery wonderland scenes.

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1 Secret Santa - snowcake star soap & Satsumo Santa Bath Ballistic £5 2 Satsumo Santa Bath Ballistic - Scented with oranges, mandarin oil, bergamot oil & orange blossom £2.90 each 3 Snow Fairy - Snow Fairy shower gel, Angel’s Delight soap star, Shimmy Shimmy massage bar £9.95 4 Glogg Shower gel - scented with orange & lemon juices, red wine, brandy, cinnamon & clove £3.90 100g / £7.75 250g 5 Matryoshka - the outer shell is made up of limited edition So White soap and inside are So White and Cinders Bath Ballistics shaped like russian dolls £9.95 6 All The Best - Each Peach massage bar, Dream Cream body lotion, Karma and Snowcake soaps, The Olive Branch shower gel, Christmas Eve bubble bar, Cinders & Avobath Bath Ballistics £29.95 7 Gingerbread House bubble bar - scented with ginger powder, buchu oil & lime £2.45 each 8 Gingerbread House Gingerbread House bubble bar, Cinders Bath Ballistic, Candy Cane bubble bar and Lil’ Lush Pud Bath Ballistic £13.95

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Christmas is just around the corner and as the big day gets closer you may be searching for the perfect gift for someone special. We’ve done the hard work for you and chosen some of our favourite must-have gifts available at Bullring this Christmas

Gifts for Him Buying for the man in your life can always be a tricky one especially if you want to get something that will dissuade him from spending the whole of Christmas in front of the Playstation. This jacket from Duck and Cover £70, located on Bullring’s Upper Mall West, is a great investment for the winter months and offers an excellent excuse to get him up off the sofa and on some romantic winter walks.

If you’re buying for a massive music fan but don’t want to risk buying the wrong CD or vinyl then why not opt for a pair of headphones? River Island has a great pair (£39.99), which will ensure that the receiver will be looking super-stylish too.

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Gifts for Her For those lovely ladies you’re looking to impress, shoes are always a great option. This season is all about the aviator - the jacket, glasses and of course the boots. Many of the top high street brands have fully embraced the trend and offer their own version of this season’s must-have shoe but one of our favourites is Red or Dead’s ‘Heidi’ £99.99 available at Schuh.

When shopping for the fashion-forward stylista you should head to the UK’s first and only Forever 21. Located on Bullring’s Upper West Mall the store offers affordable fast-fashion. This studded faux leather jacket is just £39.80 and will make a great addition to any fashionista’s wardrobe.

Gifts for Both If you think pampering is the best gift you could give this Christmas, then try Umberto Giannini located on Selfridges Level 4. The prestigious loftinspired salon offers a wide range of treatments for both men and women, which is sure to leave them feeling pampered and refreshed. And if you’ve still not found the perfect gift for the one that’s hard to please then simply head to Bullring’s Customer Service Desk to purchase a gift card. The Bullring Gift Card offers the full Bullring experience and can be spent at most of the centre’s 160 shops and 25 restaurants. Load it with up to £1,000 to spend to offer that special someone the chance to explore the centre’s shops, top restaurants, salons and spas. To keep up to date with all the latest news from Bullring please visit www.browsebullring.co.uk GRIT

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Office’s Christmas collection has just landed and stores are gleaming with glittery courts, metallic stilettos and shoes with more bejeweling than Kanye’s new smile. But don’t think this is just for the ladies, as Office’s new autumn/winter collection has a great selection of potent patents and seriously edgy footwear for the fellas too. Office’s key trends this season include Country Heritage, Military Vintage, Minimal Luxe and Glam Rock so you’ll definately find some looks you’ll love in store. 1

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Christmas Frosting If you’re the kind of girl who calls her jewellery “frosting”, you’d better get ready for a blizzard of bling this Christmas. Statement necklaces, bold brooches, chandelier earrings and stacks of rings all worn at once – more is definitely more this winter. It’s all about the vintage too, as high street stores showcase stunning period-inspired pieces. Really, you can’t go wrong if you look like you’ve been rummaging around in your grandma’s jewellery box – and put it all on at once. If you’re piling it on, you may want to stick to costume jewellery pieces (leaving enough pennies for pressies). Accessorize has got some seriously sexy vintage ranges, and for a statement necklace on a shoestring pick up Primark’s black lacestyle choker (£4). For delicious Art Deco style brooches try Talullah Tu or Glitzysecrets.com.

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For stunning chunky rings try Martine Wester’s crystal cocktail beauties available in a variety of colours, Mosiac’s stunning red Eva ring (£24) or Bags of Sparkle for their more fun take on bling. River Island have a great range of antique style pieces, however, if you are planning to blow all the budget this year House of Fraser have some more extravagent ranges. For simple modern pieces try Kit Heath for a range of sterling silver, super long chains and gobstopper style rings starting from just £16.95. Finally we love Marks & Spencers take on the vintage theme with this gorgeous necklace - and at a bargain £18, this is going straight on our christmas list! all photography courtesy of PRshots


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GET THE ROCK LOOK WITH ALLSAINTS SPITALFIELDS There are many different styles and looks out this winter, but one of Grit’s favourites is the Rock Vintage look, which seems to be happening everywhere. This season it’s all about stonewashed jeans, skulls, chunky jewellery and beanie hats. A lot of the high street stores are ‘rocking out’ this trend, but All Saints seem to be doing it really well. Here are some of our favourite pieces and a few ideas on how to create this look.

hooded crew £45

halden beanie £30

cropped military boot £155 hunter mac £180

white dark matters tee £35

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Praxis Dress £65

Overkill Backless Vest £35

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Jess Beanie £30

Floral Brand Vest £35

Jocasta Ring £20

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A Pinch of Pizaz This timepiece is arm candy at its finest. Set against a see-through case back are floating crystals that glitter and move with every motion of your wrist. The five single Swarovski crystals are subtle yet stunning and give just enough sparkle to add a touch of Pizaz. RRP: Purple, Hot Pink, Black £109.99 Gold/Aqua, Gold/White £129.99 Punctuate with the Plex The Plex for STORM is a fun sporty watch available in a range of stand out colours. Its plastic case is chunky and durable, whilst its silicon band is silky soft for the snuggest of fits. Available at a wallet friendly £69.99, it’s the perfect purchase for the fashion conscious individual with an active lifestyle. RRP: Blue, Orange, Black, White £69.99 A Watch with the X Factor Like nothing you’ve ever seen before, the Pop X takes time keeping into a new dimention. The face of this watch pops out of place and can be inserted into one of two additional coloured straps. Have fun varying straps to suit your style and enjoy the luxury of having three watches for the price of one! Six sets available RRP £59.99 Variety of colours available

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Rebel with STORM This futuristic style throws time-keeping norms out of the window. Forget the tick tock of hands and read the time via rotating discs with this funky, ergonomic watch. A disc for hours, minutes and seconds rotates behind a plastic face whilst the chunky rubber band provides a punch of attitude. RRP: White, Black, Yellow, Blue, Hot Pink, Purple, Green, Orange £59.99


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Millennium Point is home to Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum and the region’s only IMAX Cinema. Based in the eastside of Birmingham, Millennium Point is just 10 minutes walk from Moor Street Station.

Thinktank is a fun and fascinating museum of science and discovery, with more than 200 hands-on exhibits over four floors and a state-of-the-art Planetarium. The museum also holds evening discussion events for adults. For more information visit www.thinktank.ac/adult

IMAX Cinema offers a cinematic experience like no other. See films explode into life on the largest cinema screen in the Midlands and be blown away by the state-of-the-art surround sound system. IMAX Cinema is open 7 days a week and shows a range of 2D and 3D documentaries and the latest Hollywood blockbusters. Both Thinktank and IMAX Cinema offer a discounted ticket for students. Simply show your NUS card at the Box Office. For more information and to book tickets visit www.thinktank.ac or call 0121 202 2222

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Tickets fo 2-for-1 Christmas Comedy

We’ve joined forces with highlight- the UK’s biggest comedy club chain and Comedy Central- the UK’s biggest comedy network, to bring you a night of top-class live comedy that’s guaranteed to have you cracking up this Christmas! We’re offering every reader the chance to get their hands on two-for-one tickets to highlight’s Christmas Party shows- ‘Comedy Central Live at highlight.’ This brilliant offer is valid from today until the New Years Eve shows on 31st December 2010. Throughout the Christmas party season, Comedy Central will be partnering with highlight in Birmingham to bring you a combination of their favorite acts on the circuit today. Each ‘Comedy Central Live at highlight’ show will see three of the best live stand-up comics the UK has to offer, plus a compere extraordinaire, entertaining lucky guests. Ticket prices start from £19.95 for shows that include the cream of UK live stand-up. highlight will also be serving up its comedy with a festive twist, with shows accompanied by a traditional roast (or vegetarian option), drinks and an after-show Christmas party.

To make sure you don’t miss out on this great offer, book your 2-for-1 tickets online at www.thehighlight.co.uk or by calling the highlight box office on 0844 844 0044 quoting code: GRIX24110 and add a little Comedy Central magic to your Christmas Party! Terms & Conditions 1. Offer valid until 31st December 2010. 2. Maximum party size of 18 people. 3. Offer can be redeemed at www.thehighlight.co.uk or via the box office on 0844 844 0044. 4. Offer tickets subject to availability and must be booked in advance. 5. Full-price tickets may be available to purchase when all the tickets under the offer have been sold. 6. A non-refundable booking fee of £1 applies to all tickets booked online, and £1.50 per ticket when booked via the box office. 7. 2-for-1 offer applies to tickets only and does not include food and drink. 8. No cash alternative. 9. Over 18s only (ID may be required). 10. Management discretion for admission applies. 11. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. 12. Promoter: iNTERTAIN, Rowley House, South Herts Campus, Borehamwood, WD6 1SH. See the website for full terms and conditions and comedy listings.


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OUT IN BRUM MONDAYS Venue - Gatecrasher Music - Chart, pop, indie, electro, garage, dubstep, RnB, drum & bass and urban Admission - £4 online / £5 on door *strictly term time only & valid student ID needed

Venue - Oceana Music - Dance, party, chart, RnB and cheese Admission - £3.50 online / £5 on door *valid student ID needed

TUESDAYS Venue - HMV Institute Music - Chart, dance, hiphop, rock and indie Admission - £4

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Looking for a decent cheap night out, but not sure where to go? Problem solved! Grit has found some of the best club nights available in Brum, no matter what your taste in music, or the day of the week. THURSDAYS Venue - Mechu Music - Motown, soul and funk Admission - £5 *2 course meal deal with VIP entry available for just £15

FRIDAYS Venue - O2 Academy Music - Indie, pop, dance, RnB, electro, house, dubstep and nu disco Admission - £3 NUS before 10.30pm £4 NUS after and £5 for others

Venue - Walkabout Broad Street Music - 70’s-90’s, dance, disco, chart and pop Admission - Free before 10pm, £2 after 10pm *student offers available

SATURDAYS Venue - O2 Academy Music - Rock, metal, ska, punk, grunge, and drum & bass Admission - £5 on door, £3 / £4 with a flyer or membership card

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Faithless

Friday 10th December- The NIA After a summer full of acclaimed festival appearances Faithless have announced a nine date arena tour. Tickets priced at ÂŁ29.50 available from www.theticketfactory.com

Rock with Laughter- Hosted by Lenny Henry

Friday 10th & Saturday 11th December- LG Arena Performances by Rolf Harris, Beverley Knight, Slade and Ed Burne

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Diversity

Saturday 11th December The NIA Diversity bring their critically acclaimed Diversitoys tour to The NIA. Tickets available from www.theticketfactory.com

Gleemania

Sunday 19th December- The NIA A spectacular concert of songs and stunning choreographed mash-ups inspired by the smash hit TV phenomenon Glee

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Thanks to Visit Birmingham we have some of the best events happening all over the Christmas period. For more events and details visit the special Christmas version of www.visitbirmingham.com

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Birmingham Royal Ballet - Cinderella at Birmingham Hippodrome Ballet lovers will enjoy a new version of a fairytale classic created for the City of Birmingham in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 20th anniversary year. Director David Bintley choreographs this spellbinding new production which receives its world premiere at Birmingham’s Hippodrome Theatre.

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Frankfurt Christmas Market Winter in Birmingham brings the familiar sight of craft and confectionary stalls lining the streets, as well as the mouth watering smell of roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and gingerbread in the air. All this is at the largest authentic Christmas market outside Germany.


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The Secret Garden at Birmingham REP Visitors to the REP this Christmas will marvel at the inspirational musical adaption of everyone’s favourite children’s novel The Secret Garden - a beautiful story of adventure and discovery.

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Spamalot at Alexandra Theatre The Alexandra Theatre brings audiences the Tony Award winning production of Monty Pythons Spamalot. Visitors are invited to enter the eccentric and bizarre world of Monty Python, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table with the most infectiously funny musical of the millennium.

Brilliantly Birmingham Brilliantly Birmingham - International Contemporary Jewellery Festival will this year be starting a new decade of activity, in the newly built gallery space at MAC. Since 1999, Brilliantly Birmingham has grown from an informal group of local designer makers, who gathered together to market themselves under a single brand, to an international contempory jewellery festival attracting designer makers from across the globe.

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Interview with Robert Dickens

If any of you regularly attend the rock nights of Birmingham then this guy should be a familiar face. DJing most venues in Birmingham from one time to another, from O2 Academy to Bambu, he has made quite a name for himself on the rock scene. Rob came into the Grit ofďŹ ce bouncing off the walls, still full of excitement about DJing. He told us even with a full time job, family and hectic schedule he still loves to don his headphones and wind up a crowd. GRIT: So Rob, do you

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ROB: (Smirks) Yeah its a bit unoriginal, its DJ Rob. GRIT: And where do you DJ?

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ROB: Well Subs has Subs Girls (Half naked ladies that dance on stage), regular theme nights like Beach Party, Halloween, Ann Summers, St Trinians, Burlesque and of course great music. any of them? fancied your luck with er Ev ls? gir d ke na lf GRIT: Ha ROB: (Laughs) Well actually yeah, I suppose you could say that as I settled down with one. n DJing? GRIT: So how long have you bee ROB: Uhm, about 10 years now.

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ROB: Well I actually started at Bar Academy doing a pre club for Ramshackle. I used to get paid 6 beers for a 2 hour set. I am happy to say I get paid cash now! g? thing about DJin say was the best u yo ld ou w t ha GRIT: W ROB: Definately seeing the crow ds reaction when you do a good job.

GRIT: What’s the hardest thing? e ryones requests, sometimes ther ROB: Not being able to play eve occasion you know it wouldn’t go isn’t enough time, or on the rare . down too well with everyone else

GRIT: How do you know what music to play? Do you have to sit and listen to endless amounts of new music? have aware of new music and then you ROB: (Laughs) No, you have to be and ts The main thing is going off reques a set of songs you want to play. peoples reactions. GRIT: What is your favourite music to play? ROB: I love mixing, especially music that you may not think goes well together. There is something about the mix of Metal and Drum & Bass that I really enjoy. GRIT: Well thanks Rob, its been a pleasure!

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Every visitor to the Christmas Evening will receive a free return ticket valid until 30th January 2011 The Museum takes on a festive flavour as cottages are illuminated by gas and candlelight, giving off a distinctly magical glow. Carol singing, festive food and craft fair, street entertainers, musical entertainment and brass bands infuse the evening with the spirit of Christmas.

Adults £13.20 Seniors £10.70 Young People (age 5-16) £7.00 Black Country Living Museum Trust, Tipton Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4SQ Major credit cards accepted. All tickets are non-refundable. All tickets must be pre-booked. The Museum reserves the right to change without notice the information and prices contained in this poster and vary the programme. The Black Country Living Museum is a registered charity. Charity no: 504481

Pre-book only event Book online at

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KENTUCKY BAKED CHICKEN

FACTS 3hrs marinating time Serves 4 people 77p per serving 1. Mix the buttermilk with the lemon rind, garlic, celery salt, pepper, paprika, mustard and herbs. Mix well, pour over chicken. Marinate for 3 hours or overnight. 2. Preheat the oven to Gas 7, 220C, fan 200C. 3. Place the flour on a plate, remove the chicken from the marinade and roll the pieces in the flour. Place the drumsticks on a lightly oiled baking tray and spray with a little oil. Roast for 15 minutes in the oven and spray again with more oil. 4. Cook for a further 15-20 minutes until the chicken is golden and no longer pink in the centre. Serve with oven chips and ketchup.

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INGREDIENTS 150ml (5fl oz) buttermilk grated rind of 1 lemon 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1/2tsp celery salt 1tsp ground black pepper 1/2tsp wholegrain mustard 1tsp dried herbes de Provence 8 small chicken drumsticks 50g (2oz) plain flour a little spray-oil - about 6 squirts (3tbsp)


Above all, this website is about making cooking and eating great food as relaxed, easy and enjoyable as possible. You can choose your recipes by cuisine type or even by cooking time. Grit loves this website so much we have picked out a few yummy, winter warmer recipes for you to try out at home.

PASTA WITH CREAMY GARLICKY GREENS

FACTS 5 mins + 15 mins cooking time Serves 4 people 75p per serving INGREDIENTS 2tbsp olive oil 3 cloves garlic, sliced 2 leeks, finely sliced 1 x 200g pack sliced spring greens 150ml (5oz) half-fat creme fraiche 50g (2oz) Gorgonzola cheese (crumbled) 400g (13oz) short pasta such as fusilli or penne

1. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the garlic and leeks and saute gently for 8-10 minutes until softened without colouring. 2. Blanch the spring greens in boiling salted water for 2-3 mins until just wilted, drain well and add to pan. 3. Continue cooking for 2 mins and stir through the creme fraiche. Scatter over the blue cheese and turn off the heat. 4. Meanwhile cook the pasta in boiling salted water until al dente, drain, then tip into the pan with the sauce. Stir well and serve.

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CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE

FACTS 20 mins Serves 4 people 46p per serving

INGREDIENTS 100g (3 1/2oz) chocolate digestives 25g (1oz) butter, melted 150ml (1/4pt) double cream, softly whipped 25g (1oz) luxury plain chocolate

1tsp caster sugar 250g (8oz) soft cheese 2 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder 4 tbsp icing sugar

1. Place the biscuits in a freezer bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Tip into a bowl and mix with the sugar and melted butter. 2. Divide evenly between 4 glass bowls or wine glasses and pat down gently. Chill in the fridge while you make the filling. 3. Beat the soft cheese and whipped cream together until smooth. Sift in the icing sugar and cocoa powder and beat until just combined. 4. Remove the glasses from the fridge and fill with the cheesecake mixture. Use a vegetable peeler to shave the chocolate into curls and sprinkle on top of the cheesecakes. 5. Cover and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes or until ready to serve.

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HAM, CHEESE AND PINEAPPLE TWIRLS

FACTS 45 mins Makes 10 twirls 29p per serving INGREDIENTS 300g (10oz) plain flour, plus extra for dusting 2 tsp baking powder 250ml (8floz) buttermilk 1/2 tsp salt

1tsp mixed dried herbs 5 tbsp tomato puree 150g (5oz) grated mozzarella 150g (5oz) thinly sliced ham 220g (7 1/2oz) tin sliced pineapple in natural juice, drained well

1. Heat the oven to gas 6, 220C, fan 180C. Lightly oil a baking tray approx 20 x 30cm and line with baking paper. Sieve the flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the buttermilk, salt and dried herbs. Using a knife, bring the mixture together to form soft dough. 2. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead lightly until smooth. Roll out to a rough 30cm square. Spread the tomato puree over the surface of the dough and scatter the cheese on top. 3. Roll the dough to form a large sausage shape and slice into 10 pieces. Place on the prepared baking tray and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the oven, cool slightly, then remove the twists from the tin.

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USEFUL INFORMATION MONEY MATTERS Financial Ombudsman

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DON’T GET CAUGHT OUT Our list of must-know contacts and phone numbers

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Money matters - Especially if it’s yours Living city life to the max can sometimes take a toll on your finances. Making the most of everything Birmingham has to offer might mean that keeping an eye on your finances takes a back seat. However, it’s important to know where to turn if something goes wrong. The Financial Ombudsman Service is a free service, set up by a law with the power to sort out problems between consumers and financial businesses. They can look at complaints about a wide range of banking, insurance and other fiancial matters - from problems with a credit card or loan to a disputed motor insurance claim. Your first step should always be to get in touch with the business involved. If you remain unhappy with the outcome you may be able to refer the problem to the Financial Ombudsman Service. The Financial Ombudsman Service is an independent body that doesn’t take sides. It looks at the circumstances of the problem and aims to reach a fair and reasonable outcome. CASE STUDY: MOBILE PHONE INSURANCE Simon accidentally left his mobile phone in a shop. When he returned to collect it, it was missing. The phone was insured, but his insurer rejected the claim saying the phone had been left ‘unattended’ and that the claim would not be paid. The Ombudsman agreed there was an exclusion in the policy for items left ‘unattended’. However, as this severely restricted the cover, we said this should have been brought to Simon’s attention when he took out the policy. As the insurer could not prove they had done this - or that the consumer had acted carelessly - the ombudsman told the insurer to pay Simon’s claim. TIPS TO AVOID GETTING CAUGHT OUT 1 Keep track of your spending - set yourself a weekly budget and stick to it. 2 As tempting as it is to get a friend to withdraw cash for you, never give your PIN to anyone else. Never write your PIN number on your card or leave a copy of your PIN near your card. 3 If you think you are going to go overdrawn talk to your bank as soon as possible. Be honest with the bank, they may be able to help. 4 Check your statements regularly, while it may not be the most interesting thing to do, it’s important to check that you made all the transactions listed. 5 Keep on track with your credit card, try to pay off more than the minimun payment each month to limit the interest payable. 6 While it may be tempting to have a parent insured as the ‘main driver’ on your car to save money, if you have to make a claim and the car is mainly for your use, the insurance company is unlikely to pay out if you claim.

CONTACT US www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk Tel: 0300 123 9 123 Email: complaint.info@financial-onbudsman.org.uk


Birmingham can be a daunting place so GRIT have put together a few useful contacts and numbers that you may need.

WEST MIDLANDS POLICE For reporting non-emergency incidents or info on policing in your area www.west-midlands.police.uk 0845 113 5000 BIRMINGHAM DRUG & ALCOHOL ACTION TEAM www.bdaat.co.uk 0800 073 0817 BIRMINGHAM A & E Queen Elizabeth Hospital TRAVEL WEST MIDLANDS/ NATIONAL EXPRESS www.nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands BIRMINGHAM CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU www.bcabs.org.uk 08444 11444 A2B TAXIS www.a2b-taxiservice.co.uk 0121 371 0735 BIRMINGHAM SAMARITANS www.birminghamsamaritans.org.uk 08457 909090 NATIONAL GRID www.nationalgrid.com/uk If you smell gas then call free on 0800 111 999

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Grit Magazine December 2010 - January 2011