Oxford10 Masterchefs

Bon appetit!

This week, we welcomed Oxford10 members from around the world – London, Toronto, Florida, and LA – for a virtual cooking masterclass led by our Vice-President, Maggie Ewen!

Despite being miles apart, we did our shopping for ingredients beforehand, and came prepared to cook up a storm. On the menu this evening was a summer salad, salmon for the main course, and no-bake cookies for dessert.

Freed from the terrifying prospect of Gordon Ramsay chucking our food in the bin or demanding our white apron, this was a much more pleasant cooking session than the typical Masterchef experience.

Good food demands good company, and it was a great chance to meet up, chat, and enjoy some home-cooked food, maybe with some wine on the side.

Have a look at some photos below, and do join us for our next virtual events, wherever in the world you may be!

Virtual Summer Cooking Class – 9 Jul 2020

A cooking masterclass from your kitchen

Join our virtual cooking masterclass here.

With the height of summer upon us, we hope everyone’s staying suitably cool and hydrated (and socially distanced, of course). Next in our series of virtual Oxford10 events is a cooking masterclass led by none other than our Vice-President, Maggie Ewen!

How does it work? Before the event, we’ll share the recipes on our website (see below), and you’ll get all the listed ingredients prior to the event. 

On the day itself, we’ll cook the meal together and see how similar or different the end results are! 

For this episode of ‘Masterchef Ox10’, we’ll be having a delicious summer salad to start, followed by baked salmon, and finally no-bake cookies to top the meal off with dessert. 

Do join us on the 9th of July – register here!

List of ingredients:

Summer salad:
1 red pepper (yellow pepper is fine too), a handful of watercress, 1 avocado, 1 teaspoon of mustard (preferably grainy mustard but dijon is ok too), 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, a small bowl to make the dressing, a bowl to mix everything together

Baked salmon:
Salmon fillet (1-2 slices), a frying pan, some olive oil

No-bake cookies:
1/2 cup butter (unsalted) (~113.5g), 1/2 cup milk (dairy or non dairy milk) (~122g), 2 cups of sugar (~ 320g), 1/4 cup cacao powder (~ 21.5g), 1/2 cup almond butter (also works with peanut butter) (~ 125 g), 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional), 3 cups of rolled oats (243g) (if you are gluten free, please make sure to use gluten free oats!), a stove, a saucepan, baking sheet, and some parchment paper

A Double Dose: Cocktail Making and Pub Quiz – 31 July 2020

Disclaimer: images used to publicise this event are not reflective of the level of skill required.

Want to enjoy the best of summer but the local pub’s 5 available seats have all been taken?

Desperate to show off all your newfound knowledge after 3 months of hibernation?

Look no further to Oxford10’s next event of the summer, a 2-for-1 bill of cocktail making and pub quiz on the evening of 31 July!

Event details here!

We’ll be showing you how to shake that mixer, and you’ll have a chance to flex your mental muscles and make new friends in several thrilling rounds of quizzes! We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

List of ingredients:

Singapore Sling
2 parts gin, 1 part cherry brandy, Juice of one lime, ½ part Cointreau, ½ part D.O.M. Benedictine, 1 part Angostura bitters, optional garnish of pineapple slice, maraschino cherry

Mojito
4 parts white rum, 10 fresh mint leaves, several slices of lime (optional), sugar (caster sugar is ideal, but any type is fine), Angostura bitters

Equipment
If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, a large jam jar or a coffee flask (with lid screwed tight) work just as well. Optional extras: straws, drinks stirrers, flamboyantly coloured cocktail umbrellas.

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Get your tickets here!

Oxford10 goes to the cinema

The only cinema in the world that encourages you to talk during the movie!

Earlier this month, Oxford10 held a virtual movie night using the Netflix Party plug-in. We spent an evening watching ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ together, an American spy thriller starring the likes of Henry Cavill and Alicia Vikander.

For some, this was their first joint-viewing experience, while for other veterans of the new COVID-19 normal, they knew exactly what to expect. Either way, we all had a roaring time, chatting about the plot as it unfolded.

If you missed it, do join us for our next event, which is a joint cook-along session. We’ll all attempt to cook the same dish at the same time (think Masterchef, but without the threat of elimination!) Event details to follow shortly.

A message to the Oxford alumni community

We’re sharing a message to the broader Oxford alumni community, penned by Christine Fairchild, Director of Alumni Relations, addressing recent social events in the US and worldwide.


17 June 2020

Dear Oxford alumni,

We have all been deeply moved by the shocking truth of George Floyd’s recent killing. The protests associated with the events in Minneapolis have echoed across the world and filled our TV screens, whilst the streets of London, Bristol, Manchester, Oxford and beyond have been occupied with the voices of people demanding change.

The University’s leaders have been acknowledging the impact of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests and has reaffirmed its commitments to anti-racism, but more importantly they have been engaging with, and listening to, students and staff. I write to you today to share the University’s statement on anti-racism published on Monday, which contains links to various open and detailed letters back to students about their concerns, demonstrating our commitment as an institution to shine a bright light for a more just and tolerant society, and laying out a number of actions, including:

  • Launching a University fundraising initiative for scholarships for black students.
  • Using a University-wide consultation on our Racial Equality Charter to review our progress and targets, whilst also undertaking a review of all our Equality and Diversity training.
  • Setting up an access track to meet the specific needs of BAME students wishing to apply to Oxford.
  • Supporting targeted initiatives led by individual colleges and departments.
Over the coming months, we will do our best to keep you informed of the progress made on these; we know that there is a great deal of work to do.

This comes with our best wishes and more importantly, our commitment to supporting a culture of acceptance and respect.

Sincerely,

Christine Fairchild
Director of Alumni Relations