Food busker recipes


1.5 cups buckwheat flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

Pinch salt

Pinch cinnamon

2 eggs separated, plus 2 additional egg whites for extra lightness

2 Tbsp sugar

1 cup milk

¼ cup water

1 cup plain yogurt

½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted

Extra pats of butter for serving

Heated maple syrup for serving


Bee pollen

Cocoa nibs




Whisk together the buckwheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon

In a separate bowl beat the egg whites in a bowl, adding the sugar as you go

Whisk the egg yolks, melted butter, yogurt, milk and water, then pour this into the buckwheat flour mixture and stir. Fold in the beaten egg whites, a third at a time.

Pour batter into a hot waffle maker in batches, after greasing with a little butter.

Serve with warmed maple syrup and mix in the coffee, beef pollen, cocoa nibs, blueberries and serve with some sliced banana.


Duck Burger

3 brioche buns

3 eggs

Oil for toasted buns and cooking eggs in

Mayo to dress

Bunch of corriander to dress

Crispy shallots to dress

He’s used some leftover duck, so maybe half a duck, already cooked



Tbsp runny honey

Teaspoon dark soy sauce

Teaspoon rice wine vinegar

1 ½ Tbsp toasted sesame oil

Teaspoon mustard seeds

2 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds

½ teaspoon ground garlic

½ teaspoon ground ginger


Put a little oil on the brioche buns and toast on a griddle until lightly toasted.

In a bowl mix together the honey, soy, rice wine, and sesame oil, toasted sesame seeds, ground garlic and ground ginger and mix together.

In a dry pan lightly toast the mustard seeds until they pop.

As soon as they start popping add the sauce to this pan and immediately take off the heat

Add your duck into the sauce and mix together

Put the pan in a medium-hot oven for five minutes to crisp-up the duck

In a frying pan fry your eggs in a good glug of olive oil, enough to cover surface of the pan. Once cooked, put on greaseproof paper and sprinkle a little salt over.

Now it’s time to build your burger, firstly put a small dollop of mayo on the bun, add the duck, top with the egg and sprinkle some coriander and crispy shallots on the top.


The World Of Oral STIs

This week on Sex Pod, Joyce had a question that you won’t often hear and one that a lot of people won’t have even thought about; can you get an STI from oral sex?

It’s a common misconception in sex that you can only get STI’s from penetrative sex, a lot of people will perform unprotected oral sex without even realising that there’s a risk of STIs but, dun dun dunnnn, there deffo is!

STI’s thrive in mucus membranes; that means the lips, inside the mouth, over the genitals and anus and, of course, inside them. Also, all STIs can be transmitted through contact alone, although there is a higher risk of infection with ejaculation, that’s not the only time you can get an STI. So weather the man ejaculates or not, you can get STIs through both giving and receiving oral in all its forms.

What’s the risk?

Forms of chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, herpes, HPV and even HIV (though the risk is lower) can be transmitted through oral sex and the results can often be pretty nasty with symptoms including but not limited to painful sores, tonsillitis and whitish or yellow discharge. As with most STIs though, they can also often be symptomless and can spread throughout the body without your knowledge.

What can you do about it?

The best sure-fire way to avoid getting an STI from oral sex is to make sure both you and your partner have regular check-ups and are STI free; no STIs, no transition! Realistically though you can’t always be sure that your partner has been recently tested so using condoms (male or female) and dental dams are essential so you’re certain you’re staying safe. Oh and while we’re at it, brushing your teeth after oral won’t prevent STI’s, much like brushing your penis or vagina after sex will do nothing other than probably hurt quite a bit.

What actually is a dental dam?

A dental dam is basically just a square of latex or polyurethane (soft plastic) that you can use to cover the vagina or anus when performing oral sex to act as a barrier to STIs. Since the plastic is very thin and flexible this won’t reduce the amount of pleasure you can get from oral sex but will ensure you’re being safe. You can get dental dams online or from your local sexual health clinic and, failing that, you can actually just make them by cutting open a condom into a flat square (but be careful doing this, it’s best to get a proper one if you can).

What do you do if you think you might have an STI?

If you’ve had unprotected oral (or otherwise) sex with someone and you’re not sure if they were STI free then you should get checked right away. Your local sexual health clinic is completely free, they won’t judge you and it’s actually a pretty straightforward process, so don’t be afraid! Even if you think you’re being safe, regular testing is a must, just to be sure ya know.

How To Own Your Embarrassing Sex Moments

Movies, TV, magazines and, of course, porn are constantly presenting us with what sex should be like and how we should behave. However, the reality of sex is that it’s different for everyone and quite often, things happen that maybe aren’t quite so flattering. We’re here to tell you that if it’s happened to you, it’s happened to somebody else and you should just own every aspect of your sex life, embrace the embarrassing stuff and don’t be afraid to have a little fun! Here are a few of the embarrassing things this week’s Sex Pod-ers wanted to know about and what to do about them:


This week on Sex Pod, Lucia and Alex wanted to know all about the ultimate atmosphere killer, the queef. For those of you who don’t know what a queef is, get ready to giggle like a schoolchild because, that’s right, it’s a fanny-fart. If you’re thrusting a penis, sex toy or whatever else you happen to be doing into a vagina over and over again, you’re bound to force some air in there with it too right? That’s all a queef is, a build-up of air being pushed into the vagina which has to eventually release itself through nature’s funniest sound.

Unlike real farts, it’s just air (real farts contain bacteria and, let’s face it, smell) and queefing is nothing to be ashamed of, it happens to everyone. Best to just have a little giggle and then get right back too it.

Premature ejaculation

Premature ejaculation is often a lot less amusing than the good old queef. Finishing too early can be demoralising for a guy and disappointing for their partner but, it happens. Whether it’s because it’s been a while or just because you’re were having too much of a great time, most men will experience this at some point in their lives and if it’s not dealt with properly, it can lead to further worrying and lack of confidence in the bedroom. The best thing to do is to just apologise, chalk this up as a bad one and come (no pun intended) back to it later. As Sex Pod advised, maybe just have a quick snack then try again.

If it keeps happening though this might be an indication of a bigger problem and you should talk to your doctor, who’ll be happy to advise!

Faking orgasm

Another not-so-hot topic from this week’s show, 55% of Pod-ers said that at some point they had faked an orgasm. Virtually the exact opposite of premature ejaculation, this can be just as frustrating in the bedroom, especially for women who can’t always achieve orgasm (men almost always can, lucky buggers). If you’re not enjoying the sex, it can be embarrassing for both people to say so, so often women (and sometimes men, but this is a bit trickier) will fake it just to end the sex.

We know it can be embarrassing, but if your partner isn’t doing it for you, let them know what you’d prefer. If there’s something you like, be confident and tell them what it is! There’s nothing sexier than confidence in the bedroom and if you tell them, you’ll probably both have a way better time!

Talking about safe-sex

If you’re about to get down to it and the guy hasn’t mentioned condoms yet, don’t be afraid to bring it up! It’s not just down to dudes to provide the condom, it takes two to tango. You should never just go through with it anyway, as you’ll be putting yourself at risk of all manner of nasty STIs.

If you’re worried about what they might think if you demand a condom, never fear. If they’re not willing to be safe then they don’t deserve to have sex with you anyway! Plus, they’ll probably be fine with it, because safe sex is good sex!

Getting tested

While we’re at it, this isn’t really an embarrassment in the bedroom, more after. If you’re worried you might have contracted an STI, going to the clinic can be embarrassing. You might be worried that people will see you and judge you, or just that the whole experience will be super-awks.

Getting tested doesn’t mean you’ve been sleeping around (plus who cares if you have!?) it just means that you’re being sensible and looking after your health, nothing wrong with that! As for the testing itself, we guarantee that the people at the clinic will be lovely and make sure the whole thing runs smoothly. Plus, the alternative to not going is way worse than anything that can happen if you go!

Hope that helps! Just remember, no matter what happens, just be confident and proud of your body and you’ll never be embarrassed again.

Series 12 suppliers

The Hotel Inspector wishes to thank all the companies who have supplied goods and services for the show.

Episode 1: Blue Inn

Direct Fabrics
Curtains for all the rooms

Episode 2: Harrogate Motel

John Hanly

Out of Eden
Bedding, bedlinen

Guppy Graphics
Logo, stationery, signage and website
Hotel photography

Signs Express (Harrogate)
Signage and labour

Episode 4: The Black Bear Hotel

Richard Burbidge
Beading for walls

Sekers Fabrics Ltd
Fabric for curtains

Lighting Styles
Pendant lights

Bancroft Linings
Curtain lining fabric

Episode 5: The Gyreum

Bancroft Linings
Curtain lining fabric


Fat Media
Created new Gyreum website


Episode 6: The Richmoor


JB Commercial Furniture

Coastline Covers
Reupholstering seating

Skopos Fabrics
Fabric for Reupholstery

Direct Fabrics


Episode 7: Atlantic House

Hill Interiors
Furniture, bedside lamps

Melin Tregwynt

Menu Shop
Guest Info folders

Alpha Cards
Printed cards and design service

Ordnance Survey
OS Explorer Maps

Explore in Cornwall
Expert talk on walking & wildlife in North Cornwall

Bude Geo-Walks
Guided 2-hour geological walks for the general public


Episode 8: The Bulstone Hotel


2 sets of hanging cutlery


Fishers Catering Supplies Ltd

2 toasters and 2 kettles

Big Game Hunters
Limbo and giant snakes & ladders garden games, garden croquet

The Southern Timber Company Ltd
Picnic benches

Big Green Egg
EGG cooker 

Welly Warehouse
Adult welly boots

Icon Wallstickers
Wall sticker

Josie Gibson’s courgette vegetable lasagna

Serves 6

2 large courgettes
70g cashew nuts soaked in water for 24 hours
120 ml almond milk
½ tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely diced
2 cloves garlic crushed
2 pepper, diced
½ aubergine, finely diced
1 can chopped tomatoes
salt and pepper, to taste


  • Preheat oven to 175C/fan 155/gas 4
  • Slice the courgette into 5mm-thick pieces using a mandolin food slicer
  • Salt both sides of the courgette and lay them out on a large baking tray, taking care not to layer them.
  • Leave the courgettes out for 20 minutes. Courgettes contain a lot of water and this process removes moisture before cooking.
  • In the meantime, place the cashews in a heavy-duty food processor with the almond milk, salt, pepper and garlic powder, and process until smooth. Set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan over a medium heat and add the onions and carrots, cooking for 3-4 minutes until softened.
  • Add the crushed garlic cloves and cook for a further 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the peppers ad aubergine and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Pour in the tomatoes and mix in salt and pepper.
  • Leave to simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Gently run two fingers down either side of the dried courgette slices to remove excess water and lay pieces on a paper towel.
  • Return the courgettes to the baking tray. Add salt and place in the oven for 5 minutes to dry out further.
  • In a 24cm square glass ovenproof dish, add a few tablespoons of the vegetable sauce, followed by a single layer of the courgette. Cover the courgette layer with sauce and top with another courgette layer. Repeat until all the sauce is used. Finish with a final layer of courgette.
  • Top the lasagna with the cashew mixture, ensuring that the top layer of courgettes is covered.
  • Cook for 30-40 minutes until the top has browned slightly.
  • Garnish with basil and serve.

Jason Vales’ summer smoothies

Summer Lovin’ – Taken from ‘The Funky Fresh Juice Book’

1 x apple
1 x pear
1 x small parsnip
1 x handful of fresh mint
1 x small banana (peeled)
1 x small handful of ice

Put the banana and Ice in to a blender. Juice all the other ingredients, pour into the blender and blend until smooth.

Spring Green

½ x medium cucumber
1 x pear
1 x lime
2 x cm chunk of ginger
1 x large handful of spinach
½ x ripe avocado
1 x small handful of ice

Peel the lime, leaving as much of the white pith as you can. Juice the cucumber, pear, lime, ginger and spinach. Pour the juice into a blender; add the avocado flesh and ice and blend until smooth.

Tahini Choco Cooler – Taken from ‘The Funky Fresh Juice Book’

1 x tablespoon of fairtrade raw cocoa powder
1 x tablespoon of tahini
2 x teaspoons of manuka honey
½ x banana (peeled)
250ml of almond milk
1 x small handful of ice

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend for 30 seconds

Berry Beautiful

1 x handful of fresh mixed berries (i.e. raspberries, blueberries, blackberries)
1 x small banana (peeled)
250ml of coconut water
1 x small handful of ice

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend.

The Ginger Shot… with a twist! (The Natural Espresso)

½ x apple
2 cm x fresh ginger
2 cm x fresh fennel (1 whole bulb)

Juice the ingredients and enjoy as a shot!

Porn: how much is too much

There are as many as 30 million people watching porn RIGHT NOW. But before you go and make it 30 million + one, let’s talk.

Porn is a huge, multi-billion dollar industry – out of everyone who came to visit us in the Sex Pod, 70% admitted to watching porn (and those are just the ones who admitted it). So it’s pretty common. But there’s still a certain amount of taboo around porn; some of us are ashamed, some of us are scared we’re watching too much and some of us are just downright confused. But we’re here to help with the answers to a few questions you might have about porn.

How much should I be watching?

This week on Sex Pod  we met Zak, who watched porn around three times a day, and Naman, who often found himself sneaking off to the toilet when out with friends to watch porn. Is this a bit much? Well, there’s actually no definite answer to this question. It comes down to you personally but, as with almost everything, watching porn in moderation is okay. If you find that porn is beginning to affect the way you live your life, your relationships, or your sex life, then it might be time to cut down. Oh and if you’re watching it in public toilets, you might want to try and cut that out.

Is it real?

Usually, no. Most porn is like any other TV show or movie; it’s made to look as good as possible using a set, actors and editing. In reality what you see on screen is a final edit of what really happened, they probably stopped and started a lot, certain noises will have been exaggerated and the stars will have been chosen specifically for the way the look. It often looks nothing like what happens in most real life relationships.

As long as you realise its exaggerated then there’s nothing really wrong with this. Just like there’s nothing wrong with watching an action movie, just don’t expect yourself to be abseiling from burning building with a knife between your teeth anytime soon.

It’s important to remember that when you have sex yourself, it probably won’t be like it is in porn, and that’s fine. Porn is all about what is looks like to people watching it – not what actually works for the two people doing it. Sex is different for everyone and as long as you understand that, you’ll do great. It’s also important not to compare yourself – or your partner – to how porn-stars look or the things they do . As we discovered this week on Sex Pod things like frequent anal sex, or porn star moves, aren’t necessities. Just do what you feel comfortable with.

Is there anything wrong with it?

Too much porn can have negative effects. If you’re watching it in moderation and understand that it’s not real then it’s basically fine. But living vicariously through porn can make it even harder to have real relationships, as expectations won’t be met in real life. For those who have an active sex life, too much porn can lead to erectile dysfunction and a disappointing sex-life as the extremes and heightened reality of porn can make real life less arousing. But only you can know if it’s having a negative effect on your life, so if you’re watching it, enjoying it and it’s not impacting on your life away from the screen, then don’t worry. If you’re beginning to feel like it’s having a negative impact, then there are things you can do. First find someone you trust to talk to about it and if the problem persists, there’s lots of handy advice, people you can talk to and numbers you can call over at Net Doctor or, if in doubt, there’s always your real doctor.

Is it ethical?

Not always. There’s a lot of nasty stuff out there. One Sex-Podder talked about watching celebrity sex tapes – this is less than ethical. Leaked sex-tapes and “revenge porn” in which private videos are posted as a form of revenge on a previous partner are a huge problem in porn. Celebrity or otherwise, if it seems like what you’re watching has been put online without consent, you shouldn’t be watching it.

As for the rest, if it’s shot in a studio the actors will have consented to it, it’s usually pretty safe. It’s tough to know what’s ethical and what isn’t though – because even if actors have consented to being filmed, you can’t always know why that is, or even how old they are, and they are still often depicted in submissive, demeaning and objectifying roles.

If you’re worried about what you’re watching there are options. Erika Lust is the female director behind (this is obviously a NSFW link!), which focuses on giving women roles beyond the usual stereotypes and presenting sex in a realistic and empowering way. There’s also sites like Make Love Not Porn  (again, NSFW!) which simply feature real couples, having real sex. This kind of porn is on the rise and it is out there, you just have to do some crafty Googling beforehand (maybe in incognito mode though).

How do I stop?

If all this sounds a bit scary and you think you’re watching a bit too much porn, it can be hard to cut down. As before if you’re looking for help first find someone you trust to talk to about it and if the problem persists, try heading here or simply talk to your doctor. If porn is affecting your relationships or your sex life, try talking to your partner about it and explaining what’s wrong, otherwise this will only add pressure and make it that much harder to stop.

The TVChoice Awards 2016: Channel 5 nominees revealed


This year’s TVChoice Awards nominations are in and we’re thrilled to reveal that they include a number of Channel 5 shows.

Rylan Clark-Neal’s new star-studded entertainment programme, Up Late With Rylan, is nominated in the Best Entertainment category, while reality TV favourites Celebrity Big Brother and 10,000 BC: Two Tribes are both up for the Best Reality Show gong.

Other key Channel 5 nominees include Gotham (Best International Show), Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild (Best Lifestyle Show), Eamonn and Ruth: How The Other Half Lives (Best Lifestyle Show) and Lip Sync Battle UK (Best Entertainment Show.)

To vote for your favourite Channel 5 shows, head to Voting closes on Friday 3rd June and you can see the full list of Channel 5 nominees below.

Celebrity Big Brother (Best Reality Show)

10,000 BC: Two Tribes (Best Reality Show)

Wentworth Prison (Best International Show)

Gotham (Best International Show)

Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild (Best Lifestyle Show)

Eamonn & Ruth: How The Other Half Lives (Best Lifestyle Show)

The Gadget Show (Best Lifestyle Show)

The Hotel Inspector Returns (Best Lifestyle Show)

The Saturday Show (Best Daytime Show)

Up Late With Rylan (Best Entertainment Show)

Lip Sync Battle UK (Best Entertainment Show)

Home and Away (Best Soap)

Neighbours (Best Soap)

The X-Files (Best International Show)

Suspects (Best Drama Series)

The Wright Stuff (Best Daytime Show)

NCIS /NCIS: LA/NCIS: New Orleans (Best International Show)



Chocolate knots

A fresh take on the Swedish cinnamon bun, without the cinnamon.

The Scandi Kitchen – Bronte Aurell

Makes 16

13 g dried yeast or 25 g fresh yeast *(see below)
250 ml whole milk, heated to 36–37°C
80 g butter, melted and cooled slightly
40 g caster sugar
400–500 g white strong flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
flaked almonds, to decorate

50g butter (softened)
75g light brown sugar
4 large heaped tbsp hazelnut spread
1 tsp plain flour

3 tablespoons golden syrup and 6 tablespoons water, heated in a saucepan
2 baking sheets, greased and lined with baking parchment


*If using fresh yeast, add the warm milk to a mixing bowl and add the yeast; stir until dissolved, then pour into the bowl of the food mixer.


Pour the warm milk into a bowl, sprinkle in the yeast and whisk together. Cover with clingfilm and leave in a warm place for about 15 minutes to become bubbly. Pour into the bowl of a food mixer fitted with a dough hook. Start the machine and add the cooled, melted butter. Allow to combine with the yeast for 1 minute or so, then add the sugar. Allow to combine for 1 minute.

In a separate bowl, weigh out 400 g of the flour, add the salt and mix together. Start adding the flour into the milk mixture, bit by bit. Add half the beaten egg.

Keep kneading for 5 minutes. You may need to add more flour – you want the mixture to end up a bit sticky, but not so much that it sticks to your finger if you poke it. It is better not to add too much flour as this will result in dry buns. You can always add more later.

Once mixed, leave the dough in a bowl and cover with a dish towel or clingfilm. Allow to rise for around 30 minutes or until it has doubled in size.

Dust a table top with flour and turn out the dough. Using your hands, knead the dough and work in more flour if needed. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to a 40 x 50 cm rectangle.

To make the filling, place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Using a spatula, spread the butter evenly over the rolled-out dough.

Fold half the dough on top of the other, lengthways (you will end up with a 20 x 50-cm rectangle). Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut 16 widthways strips of dough. Carefully take one strip and twist it a few times, then roll into a ‘knot’, carefully ensuring both ends are under or inside the bun so they do not spring open during baking. Place each bun on the baking sheet and leave to prove under a dish towel for another 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 200°C Gas 6.

Brush each bun lightly with the remaining beaten egg and bake in the preheated oven for 10–12 minutes. Watch the buns as they bake: they can go dark very quickly and you may also need to move the buns around in the oven if they are not baking evenly. When golden, remove from the oven and immediately place a damp clean dish towel on top for a few minutes to prevent the buns from going dry. Brush the warm syrup lightly over the buns and decorate with flaked almonds.