NOODLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chinese, Cook book, Food, Food general, Foodie, Kitchen, Lunch

Noodles at home never fills me with excitement and after Gavs many recent trips to China in not sure why he would want them either. Yet they are healthy and easy and that’s what I made for tea last night!!

Despite my reluctance they were BLOODY DEVINE!!! 😃 This was another recipe from my fast and easy book and you have to try it out.

Very simple to do, really fast and with beautiful taste. The mint wouldn’t have been an obvious addition to me but the taste was outstanding, a little sticky, a little sweet and completely moorish….. A definite one to re do and perfect for a mid week meal.

I also served these with the chop sticks Gav brought me from China, why is it noddles taste better with chop sticks??

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Cafe Rouge (UK) ” shopping lunch”

Food, Food general, Foodie, Lunch

Me and Gavin risked a trip to the Trafford centre (Manchester) yesterday, a brave thing to do during these post Christmas sales, and like any trip to a large shopping domain you become posed with the question “where should I eat?”

The Trafford centre boasts a large food hall with the basic fast food options and a host of chain restaurants, after narrowing our choice down to giraffe, cafe rouge and TGBK I opted for cafe rouge as by this point I coveted a nice glass of red!

Service: no real complaints, they took our drink order and despite me seeing our carafe sat on the bar for 10 minutes before being brought over, I won’t hold it against them as our food was speedy indeed.

Menu: A really good choice. Lots of options from small tapas type dishes to main meals with a pretty even selection of meat, fish and Vegtable options.

Our food: Gav had the classic Moules Mariner and Frits. It was very nicely presented, there were a lot of mussels and the sauce was deliciously garlicky. The only problem was a lack of yummy crusty bread to soak up the sauce.

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I chose the haddock fish cakes, a panic choice as I hadn’t totally made up my mind, but a choice I did not regret! They were smokey and a good size, plus I loved the aioli they were served with.

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I would easily eat here again, it has a nice atmosphere and for two meals and a carafe of wine, £40 isn’t a bad lunch expense.

9/10 for an easy going, laid back lunch

Tarragon chicken, a healthy mid weeker!

Cook book, Food, Food general, Foodie, Kitchen, Lunch

Sorry for the delay food lovers, doing nothing over this festive period us surprisingly time consuming 😉

Monday night I forced a healthy tea down me and the Jones, it was the only good thing to do after such indulgence.

I cooked from a little recipe book I have which boasts fast and easy meals and this one fit its description of being both!

It was a nice meal, very comforting but with the knowledge of it not stretching the waist line further!

I loved the tarragon flavor, it’s a herb I’m crushing on right now, and I substituted the creme fre for a low fat alternative.

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(Oh I did also make garlic bread, just a baguette fried in butter and garlic, 😁 ok, that bit wasn’t sooo healthy!)

Jamie’s BIG balls!

Cook book, Food, Food general, Foodie, Jamie Oliver, Kitchen

By “Jamie” I mean OLIVER and by “balls” I mean BALLS, meatballs that is. 😄

Last night I wanted some wholesome Sunday grub and so delved in to Jamie Oliver’s new comfort food recipe book. I think this is the second recipe I’ve cooked from this book and it was as beautiful as the last.

It’s a relatively easy recipe to cook, although like the last I found it a little over complicated for what the food was (meatballs) however the end result was defiantly worth it!

As usual, I made too much and went to bed still stuffed but I would defiantly recommend this, even for the gravy alone!!!!

Happy cooking!

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Light and tasty during these “food heavy” festivities

Cook book, Fondu, Food, Food general, Kitchen, Salad

Last nights tea consisted of this tapas style salad. I have to admit, as the day drew on I though “salad? Why???” But damn it was delicious!

After days of copious food and alcohol this was just what I needed and it was utterly gorgeous. Featuring an additional oil and balsamic dip with ciabatta it made for a full meal, the buffalo mozzarella had to be the star!

Also, it takes but a few minutes to prepare….winner.

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Boxing Day sandwich to behold

Duck, Food, Food general, Foodie, Kitchen, Lunch

There’s one great thing that I particularly enjoy about Boxing Day and that’s leftovers!

I have just enjoyed this festive delight:

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Made up of:
– ciabatta
– Gouda
– duck
– black pudding
– bacon crumb
– tomato chutney (handmade by grandad)

A delicious way to kick off my Boxing Day fun!!! 🎄😀

Christmas breakfast

Breakfast, Christmas, Food, Food general, Foodie, Kitchen, Pancakes

After a fresh dog walk to start the day we cracked open the Bucks Fizz, ripped open our presents and then cooked up a Christmas Brekky treat.

Yes, I am wearing a christmas onesie!
😋

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Christmas morning this year consisted of Eggnogg pancakes (a pancake mix enhanced with Bourbon, cinnamon and nutmeg) topped with crispy bacon and maple syrup. Blooming YuM!!!!

Christmas lunch with extra “POSH”

Cheesecake, Christmas, Duck, Food, Foodie, Kitchen, Lunch, Starters

Merry Christmas!!!

Yesterday I was simply too indulged to even pick up my phone but here’s a quick insight in to the Christmas lunch I made me and Mr Jones.

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Starter: Scallops fried with black pudding, resting on a caramelized apple slice with a crushed pea purée, a a bacon crumb and a balsamic fig reduction. Very proud to say all my own recipe and it was BEAUTIFUL!!

Main: Whole duck stuffed with citrus fruit and all the accompanying trimmings (sorry no pic, I dived into it before taking a snap!!)

Desert: (Eaten another 3 hours later due to fullness!) a Christmas pudding cheesecake with a sour Christmas berry syrup and sweet caramel sauce…all from my own imagination and all home made!

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(The cheesecake is basically a NewYork cheesecake recipe but I made the base out of Christmas pudding and added cinnamon and nutmeg to the cheesecake mix…..festively delicious)

Feel free to ask for any of had recipes 😊