Chocolate biscuit cake

Hey guys, so I’m here to brighten up your week with everyone’s favourite CHOCOLATE. More specifically the recipe for an amazing super simple chocolate biscuit cake. All you need is…..
250g chocolate
225g butter
150g golden syrup
1 pack of rich tea biscuits (300g)
optional
buttons
marshmallows
maltesers
almonds

 

 

 

 

1. In a large glass bowl melt the chocolate, golden syrup and butter over a pot of boiling water. Alternatively if like me you don’t have a suitable bowl, just melt them in the microwave I would recommend using a low heat setting and checking every 10 seconds to make sure it doesn’t burn. I would also suggest melting the butter separately to the golden syrup and chocolate as it melts quicker than the others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Break up biscuits into small pieces like shown below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Add the all ingredients together. If using malterers, marshmallows or nuts add now

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Spread mixture into a baking tray lined with parchment paper top with buttons and refrigerate for 2 hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Scrape the remaining chocolate off the sides of the bowl and eat while you wait for the cake to set.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pros: chocolate biscuit cake.
Cons: lots of washing up if you have to use a microwave to melt your ingredients.
Silver lining: you can bribe someone to do the washing up for you by offering them chocolate biscuit cake.

adapted from https://www.connachtgold.ie/recipes/chocolate-biscuit-cake/

-Claire

Upcoming Events Week 11:

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Welcome back to what’s happening in college this week! As always we’re here to keep you informed about whats happening and where. Lets run through some of the highlights this week has to offer. As always for a full list of everything that’s going on be sure to check out the socs calendar https://socs.nuigalway.ie/calendar.php

Monday:

  • Archaeology Soc Social Night – Whether your the next Richard Hammond, or Mary Anning, all are welcome to come down and mix with other like minded diggers in AC204 on the Concourse @ 19:00

 

  • Cumann de Barra Debate Night – If you prefer digging into facts more than digging dirt, then this debate night is for you. Find interesting discussions and new points of view in AC201 on the Concourse @ 20:00

 

Tuesday:

  • Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security EGM – If your passion lies in saving the planet for all to come then be sure to do your part and make it to the EGM for CCAFS. Its never too late to make a difference, so find out more in the Seminar Room in Aras de Brún behind the Hardiman Library @ 18:00

 

  • DRUMS Collaboration musical “in The Heights”- Witness the combined synergy of Dramsoc and GUMS in a collaboration musical running from Tuesday to Friday in the Bank of Ireland Theater beside Sult. Shows start @ 20:00

 

Wednesday:

  • Filmsoc Surprise Screening – Does the intrigue of discovering a new film interest you? No? How about free pizza then? Either way be sure to drop in to the Darcy Thompson Lecture Hall @ 19:00

 

  • French Soc conversation night – Are you a fan of croissants, Eiffel towers and all things French? Well why not improve you foreign language skills while you’re embracing the french culture? Learn a language and have fun doing it in the Skeff Bar on Eyre Square @ 19:30

 

Thursday

  • Christmas Window Cookie Baking Class – Are you in the Christmas Spirit yet? Come on down and learn how to improve your baking skills , make biscuits and sugar glass along with some decorating, get a ribbon to hang on your tree! Don’t forget to leave some for Santa and his reindeer’s!Tickets €2 in the Socsbox, available Monday 12th – Friday 16th November ONLY
  • Writing for Games- Game soc collaborating to hold  a workshop where the will examine the writing of the game world and learn a bit about what writing for games is all about. Thursday 19.00 @AC215

 

Friday

  • TGI Friday at the Hub- Head down to our very own Hub where we start off the weekend with a bang! , there will be snacks, games and great tunes! Including our Freestyle Fridays where you’re able to request songs, so come on down and socialize!

 

Saturday

  • Global Lounge- Head down to the Hub for a nice relaxed Saturday where there will be food fun and conversation and a great opportunity to interact with others!!

 

Finbar & Daria 🙂

Debunking Fitness Myths

Guys, fitness isn’t all it is cracked up to be. There are so many incorrect perceptions of being healthy which honestly hurts my heart. Whether it’s through social media or through word of mouth, rumours and gossip spreads. Lying in relationships and friendships is obviously uncalled for, everybody wants to know where they stand and who exactly they are surrounded by. If we expect people to fall in love with each other through honesty and trust, how do we expect people to fall in love with themselves and fitness if all we know is deception and myths?

Being aware of these myths and how you need to not worry about them will give you that extra step ahead when approaching your own fitness journey. Knowing exactly the why’s and how’s of each healthy action contributes to a more well rounded and informed lifestyle. Let me tell you everything that you should not be believing!

  1. You can’t target one area in which you want to lose fat – you need to lose overall body fat and then tone up that specific area. For example, you can’t lose fat in just your core.
  2. Doing weights will not make females bulky – the testosterone levels in a female body are way too low to even allow us to look only vaguely bulky so get lifting those weights, girl!
  3. Solely eating healthily won’t help you achieve your desired results – you need to make sure that you’re eating the right foods AND the right amount of food. For example, when trying to lose weight, your body needs to be in a calorie deficit, which may not occur if you’re eating egg after avocado after egg after avocado (if you get my gist!)
  4. Your BMI is a figure you should never ever listen to! – It does not take into account your muscle mass, or bone density or anything.
  5. You do not have to consume protein almost instantly after your workout in order to gain muscle – as long as you have enough protein in your daily calorie intake, it does not matter what time of day you have it at.
  6. You do not need to workout every single day to see results – rest should be a part of your workout, not an alternative to exercise.
  7. You do not have to only workout in the morning in order to see results – picking a time that you can stick to and enjoy on a consistent basis is the true secret to being healthy.
  8. You should not be following the ‘no pain, no gain’ motto in regards to exercise – yes, you may feel a little uncomfortable but you should never ever be in pain. You should always feel good after a workout, that’s how you know it was an effective one.
  9. Calories eaten at night are not more fattening than calories eaten during the day – calories are calories, it does not have any effect on the composition of our bodies. However, it may affect our sleep and/digestion as we try to catch some zzz’s.
  10. This last one, as much as I hate to admit it, is a sore topic for me, but don’t trust the calories lost counters on gym equipment – they are not entirely accurate, they don’t know how much effort you’re putting in or whether you have the proper form.

 

I hope your eyes have been opened to all the things you may have believed before. I know I was a common believer of working out when in pain, and often got to the stage of my body being physically sick. I believed that this was a true sign I was trying my hardest but alas, your hardest is not always the healthiest.

Big change is made up of small, healthy habits that add up over time.

Stay beautiful, stay smiling,

Anna.

Blueberry breakfast bars

 

 

Hey guys,
So today I’m going to share with you a recipe for the most delicious breakfasts bars you will ever try. These bars are great for making ahead of time and having for breakfast all week long…… although they taste so good mine never seem to last more than two days. all you need is

250g oats
150ml milk
150g mashed banana
2 tbsp of melted butter
2 tbsp of maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla essence
a dash of cinnamon
150g blueberries
3 tbsp lemon zest
juice of half a lemon

Simply mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and bake at 180 degrees in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.

Notes:
I would recommend using fresh blueberries when possible as I think it tastes nicer.
To make this recipe vegan I would recommend oat milk as a milk alternative and coconut yoghurt or coconut oil as a butter alternative.

Adapted from https://thefoodmedic.co.uk/2018/07/blueberry-breakfast-bars/

Upcoming Events Week 10:

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Curious about what’s happening in college this week? Well you’ve come to the right place. Lets run through some of the highlights this week has to offer. For a full list of everything that’s going on be sure to check out the socs calendar https://socs.nuigalway.ie/calendar.php

 

Monday:

  • Baking Soc London Trip Info Night – Baking Society are going to London Feb 8th -10th for a premium pastry workshop. Interested? Got questions? come to the info night and find out more in the O’Flaherty @ 18:00

 

  • Potter Soc Screening of Philosophers Stone – Whether you’re a seasoned Potterhead or want you to see how the boy who lived started it all, pop on down to a screening of the first Harry Potter Film in the O’Flaherty @ 19:00

 

  • Time Lord Game Night – All manner of beings are welcome (except Daleks!) to try join in on the Time Lords weekly game night! For good games and even better company be at the Small Acoustic Room in Aras Na Mac Leinn @ 19:00

Tuesday:

  • Film soc trip to Palas – Are you a fan of fine films? Then come along to Film socs weekly trip to Palas Arthouse Cinema to see indie films at only €3 per ticket! Email filmsoc@socs.nuigalway.ie for more info or meet them at Palas @ 19:00

 

  • DJ Soc Tutorials – Fancy yourself the next deadmau5 or daft punk duo? Pop down to Dj socs tutorials to get your start mixing tapes and dropping tunes in the large acoustic room in Aras na Mac Leinn @ 19:00

 

  • Dramsoc ‘The Devils Ceili’ and mixer – Starting Tuesday and going until Friday Dramsoc will be performing the devilish tale of a Cavan Ceili gone mad! Showings start @ 20:00 each night in the BOI Theatre near Sult. BUT on Tuesday only meet the thespian crew at their mixer also starting @ 20:00 in the Cube

Wednesday:

  • LinkedIn Workshop – Interested in getting an insight on improving your profile for job searching? Pop down to this seminar and learn how to set up a profile and how to use social networking in your job search! It will be held on campus, THB GO10 Hardiman @ 13:00

Dont forget to Click use this link to register!! https://nuig.gradireland.com/leap/event.htmlid=2257&service=Careers+Service

  • St Vincent de Paul- Passion for charity work and volunteering? Head down to AM108 @ 18:00 for their meeting where you can meet with others with the same interest!

 

  • French Soc- Aimez-vous le français? Then why don’t you head down to The Skeff in Galway City @ 19:30! You can learn about the language , the culture, meet new friends and more!

Thursday:

  • Bake soc sale- Bake soc will be teaming up with Movember Foundation and Slainte Soc to hold a bake sale on between 11:00 – 15:00 to raise funds for mens health so come on down to Smokeys Cafe and get some of the good stuff! Its for a great cause 🙂

 

  • Journalism soc- Have a passion for writing and want to pursue a career in the journalism field? Head over down to the weekly meetings held in Friars in he Cairnes Building @15.00, where they discuss upcoming projects and assign work to contributors  ( writers, journalists, photographers, and social media influencers etc) Free tea and coffee’s supplied!

 

  • Circus soc- Head down to the Cube, Aras na Mac Leinn @18.00 , where workshops are held and a place for you to socialize and share your new skills with each other!

 

  • Voluntary Service abroad soc- VSA will be holding an Annual Christmas Concert in the O’Flaherty theatre @19.30, So come on down and get into the Christmas spirit!

 

  • Comp soc- Head down to DISC Room in IT 205 @ 14:00 for a chance to get to know computer science students from all years!, You also get the great opportunity to practice for technical interview question practice and do problem solving and programming sessions!

 

  • TGI Friday at the Hub- Head down to our very own Hub where we start off the weekend with a bang! , there will be snacks, games and great tunes! Including our Freestyle Fridays where you’re able to request songs, so come on down and socialize!

 

Saturday

  • Cliff’s of Moher- International Student Society are having their annual trip to the Cliffs of Moher. The tickets are 18 euros pp,you can purchase them from the online link below and Socs Box. They’ll be meeting at the Kingfisher at 7am and will be back in Galway around 4pm.  limited amount of online tickets so please get them before they sell out!!

https://socsbox.nuigalway.ie/index.php?route=product%2Fproduct&path=60&product_id=293&fbclid=IwAR3ZZ9yz487k1pQpJkD7FnZqGToWYoZRTm1M1yU9HYYahzlTbNSJebhXFIg

 

  • Global Lounge- Head down to the Hub for a nice relaxed Saturday where there will be food fun and conversation and a great opportunity to interact with others!!

 

Finbar & Daria 🙂

 

 

Fitness Intimidation

Let me start by saying, everybody, and I mean every single athlete, dancer, sports competitor and the like have been intimidated by the whole concept of fitness in one way or the other. So, never feel like you are alone if the topic of ‘health’ scares you!

I’m going to be honest, I was always petrified of sports and fitness. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be as fast as the other kids in athletics, that I would miss the hoop too often in basketball or that I wouldn’t be as strong as my crew mates when rowing. The worst intimidation I have ever felt was when I approached the weights section in the gym for the first time. I assumed everyone questioned my presence and why I stood among the dumbbells and squat racks instead of sprinting on the treadmills. My heart would literally start to pound erratically in the irrational fear that I was doing something wrong or that someone was watching me.

Getting out of this mindset, this warped, distorted perception that some of us don’t belong in the ‘fitness world’, is the only way to truly fall in love with being healthy. Health is for everyone. Everyone has a heart, everyone has a brain, everyone can fall in love, everyone can cry, so who is to say that some people are not welcome into the world of health. We all have our own bodies to look after, to care for, and to love, and being fit and healthy is one of the best ways to achieve that.

Yes, it is a lot easier said than done, but nobody is judging you when you exercise or watch what you are eating. Embrace the multitude of sweat and red faces. Allow those muscles to dance and swing. Let your heart sing the music of exertion to the beat of your pulse.  Try to forget where you are, what and who is surrounding and fall in love with the way you feel. There are may tangible tips I can provide in order to help you get over this premise of intimidation such as

  • Fall into a habitual practice – following a normality in your own life will make you question why you were ever self-conscious
  • Find an exercise partner – having someone to laugh and spur you on makes you feel a lot more comfortable than being on your own
  • Acknowledge your habits and assess whether they need to be altered – for example, increasing your water intake to more than 2 litres a day (rather than relying on tea, like myself…)
  • Focus on the fact that people are too preoccupied with their own training and wellbeing to notice whether or not you’re doing an exercise wrong or not
  • Realise your worth – everyone is entitled to be healthy and love the way they look, so nothing and no one should stand in your way

 

One of the most empowering things in life is recognizing that your body can do something that it could not do two weeks ago.

Stay beautiful, stay smiling,

Anna.

Free-Style Fridays

Introducing _Free-Style Fridays_ in addition to TGI-Fridays, which offers you a jumpstart to your weekend with some snacks and foods we will now let you be the DJ. From 5-8 you control the music, all you have to do is walk to the desk, type in your song request then sing along, with no limitations to the amount of songs you can request.

Hope to see you thereeee !

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Shoro..

 

delicious chocolate brownies

Hey guys, if you are like me and you love chocolate, you will love this post. Today I’m going to share with you guys a great recipe for some super easy, and delicious chocolate brownies. All you need is

125g butter
200g caster sugar
2 eggs
a dash of vanilla extract
6 tablespoons of cocoa powder
60g of self-raisin flour
a pinch of salt
100g of chocolate chips
75g dark chocolate

method
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and grease the baking tin.
2. Melt the butter and dark chocolate. (this is easier to do in a saucepan as it is less likely to burn)
3. Stir in sugar and eggs and vanilla extract.
4. Beat in flour, salt and cocoa powder.
5. Stir in chocolate chips.
6. Spread batter into the tin and bake for 25-30 minutes.
7. Enjoy!!

Adapted from http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/4561/best-brownies.aspx

-Claire

 

Sexual Health and Awareness Week

Hi all!

As you may already know from the surplus of free condoms floating around campus this week, the SU kicked off their annual SHAG week yesterday! The presidents and officers put a lot of work in to create a fun, welcoming week for students to further their education on their own and other’s sexual well beings; so it is important to take full advantage of all the opportunities presented to us this week! I’ve attached below the schedule of events for the duration of the rest of the week so don’t hesitate to get involved. 🙂

Tuesday 6th of November/Dé Máirt, an 6 Samhain

10am-1.30pm Disclosure Training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre in The Space. €10 Register in advance in SU. POSTPONED DUE TO ILLNESS

11am-4pm- Share your most embarrassing sex story with Journos Media Soc at Smokey’s Café for their radio show Illuminaughty

4pm-5pm Consent Movie Screening in AM250 Colm O’Heocha Theatre

Wednesday 7th of November/ Dé Céadaoin, an 7 Samhain

2pm-5pm Free Rapid HIV Testing with AIDS West in The Space

7pm-9pm “How Well Do You Know Your Hun?” with GIG Soc in IT202

8pm Sex Toy Bingo at Sult

Thursday 8th of November/Déardaoin, an 8 Samhain

5pm-8pm “Peaches, Pears or Bananas – Loving Your Sexual Body” with Anna Keogh in SC200A

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic in the Student Health Unit. Phone 091 492 604 for appointment.

 

Have a great week and if you do attend Sex Toy Bingo, win big! (LOL)

Michaela

Whats New News November 5th 2018

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Welcome to the first ‘Whats New News’! Here you can keep up to date on what current events are happening in the world, along with tips and tricks on how to stay informed. It’s always difficult to keep your ear to the ground in college so today we’ll be doling out a few tips on how to stay current, and avoid fake news (I know, its very exciting stuff).

 

First off, what is fake news? Well you’ve probably heard by now that its any story that is reported to be true but is in fact, well, fake. According to google trends this phenomena was relatively unheard of until it exploded in November 2016. This can largely be attributed to Donald Trump, who at the time attacked the American media regarding any negative coverage as ‘Fake News’ during his presidential campaign. This trend reached its peak interest in January of this year due to the controversy between American President Trump and Robert Mueller, who was leading the investigation for ties between Russia and Trump.

 

Since then fake news has been a topic of much debate. But today I’m going to give a few tips on how to stay informed and how to avoid fake news.

  1. Trustworthy News Outlets Get your news from a variety of established and respected news sources. A handy way to check if an organisations website is more secure and legitimate is if their URL has a https rather than just http. The S stands for secure, and is only awarded to websites that have achieved the standards for a SSL certificate.
  2. Opinions vs Facts – While most respected organisations strive to maintain unbiased news reporting, learn to notice the different language used when news is presented. Furthermore be aware of when the reporting has gone from stating clear facts and statements, and when opinions and thoughts are being expressed
  3. Vary Your News Sources – Public outlets such as RTE and BBC are held to a higher standard of unbiased news, however private sources such as CNN and Fox News, don’t have these same restrictions. Bias is unavoidable but use it as  a chance to hear opinions you wouldn’t normally be exposed to. Listen to the reporting of story from a right-wing organisation such as Fox, and then a left-wing organisation such as CNN, and then make your own opinion.
  4. Check Your Sources Sources – It may seem like a lot of work, but its always worth it to check out what sources news outlets use. Ensure your news outlet at least lists their sources, and then decide if you trust these sources.
  5. Right Medium for Your Media  – Pick a medium that suits you best to get your news. Find something convenient that you know your going to check regularly. For example if you watch TV then the 6 o’clock news on RTE will be perfect for you. If you prefer to watch YouTube then check out large outlets channels, as well as independent reporters such as Phillip DeFranco. If you like to read check out different websites such as the Irish Independent or New York times.

I know it takes a lot to stay informed nowadays, but its always worth it to know whats going on in the world. Stay tuned to find out whats new in the news.

Finbar

 

sources-

Google trends – https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=today%205-y&geo=US&q=%2Fg%2F1210rwkh

Https  – https://www.instantssl.com/ssl-certificate-products/https.html

Mueller vs Trump – https://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/robert-mueller-mdash-fbi-director

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Mueller