Salmon and watercress sandwich

Fish, Lunch, Toast-it

Last night I delved in to the “toast-it” cookbook and came out with this little beauty.

As I didn’t want something too overwhelming, a sandwich seemed to be a good call and add some fishy protein to the mix, it resulted in a pretty good “after gym” dish.

The cooking process was really simplistic, just a matter of popping it all under the grill really. And, as you would expect with bread and fish, it took but a few minutes!

The result was a crusty thick sandwich with a moist tasty filling which left my fully satisfied. It tasted extra delicious with a glass of Chardonnay! 😊

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A seemingly salad solution

Food, Foodie, Lunch, Salad, Vegetarian

Due to a hugely, epically, busy weekend I failed to order my food shopping on time. As a result I didn’t have any lunch planned for this week.

So I pondered through my fridge shelfs and found the following ingredients which all tossed together, turned out to be a pretty spiffing salad indeed!

Iceberg lettuce
– tomato
– sweet pepper
– pickled (by my very own grandad!!) sweet green beans
– pineapple
– avocado
– almond and date cous cous (leftovers)

Agreeably, it may sound an unlikely mix of ingredients but if like me you like fruit with savory, this salad will hit the spot.

Crunchy and sweet, I throughly enjoyed this lunch! Needless to say, it was easy and quick to prepare.

Comfort food cop out

Beef, Food, Kitchen, Pie

Last night we returned home at about 6pm after a weekend of 2 christenings, 1 wedding and a total of over 9 hours driving! Needless to say I was super tired and so rather than cook, I bought a pie from our local co op and put my feet up!

It was a steak pie and I accompanied it with some mini roast potatoes and sweetcorn. It was deliciously naughty but just what I needed after a busy weekend. Comfort food at its best!!!!!

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A Friday (fun) flop.

Food, Food general, Foodie, Lunch

It’s only bloody Friday!!!!!

Yey, today I hit the gym hard before work! I completed a body combat class is a spinning class and then I went an ruined it by visiting Costa!!!

I didn’t take lunch and as it’s Friday, the start of a very fun weekend ahead, I treat myself.

This is the 1st shop bought coffee of the new year, a fact I am very proud of, but I paired it with a bacon and Brie panini. So unhealthy. πŸ˜•so yummy

I wouldn’t recommend it!! πŸ˜•

Cook book, Food, Foodie, Kitchen, Pasta, Pasta: 100 every day recipes, Vegetarian

Last night I made this pasta dish.

To be honest I wasn’t really looking forward to it and I had hoped that we would go to the cinema and therefore avoid it. However we had to much to do (packing for our weekend trip) and so stayed home.

(Incase your wondering why I would make a dish I don’t really want to? I have a “thing” we’re I need to try EVERY recipe from my books…don’t ask 😏)

So I made it, and it was bland and boring and everything I expected.

I couldn’t bring myself to serve it to Gav and so I added some passata, cream cheese and Parmesan and it was transformed!

Still not amazing but at least it had flavor. (And I cracked open a bottle of wine so it wasn’t all bad!!)

Needless to say, I don’t recommend this one but below is the recipe should you wish to be strange! 😯

* recipe book – <strong>Pasta: 100 every day recipes

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“Mope” mentality? Try this Chilli lamb with cous cous

Cook book, Food, Food general, Good food: 101 hot and spicy dishes, Lamb, Spicy

Wednesday nights are notorious. It’s midway through our working week, just two more days left. Do we celebrate? Or do we mope?

Well, I try to prevent the “mope” mentality by cooking up something scrumptious, which although is healthy, isn’t rabbit food.

Last night the meal was chili lamb!
Now I haven’t purposely picked super quick meals this week, but yes, you’ve guessed it……it was super quick!

The cous cous simply required chopping up a few bits, mixing and leaving to rest in boiling water. The lamb steaks took two minutes on either side in a griddle pan (although the longer you marinade, the better!)

The cous cous gave it that nice stodgy feel whilst still being light, and the lamb was moist and juice with just enough spice.

This recipe was courtesy of the * good food:101 hot and spicy dishes.

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Sweet an sour pork “not kebabs” πŸ’🍑

Cook book, Food, Foodie, Kitchen

For those of you who have read any of my recent post, you will note that I seem to have an aversion to the kebab format.

This really isn’t the case. I enjoy food on a stick as much as any one else but each time a recipe calls for “kebbabing” I just can’t bring my self to do it. What the point of sticking it on a stick only to then take it off again?

So last night, yet again I made a “kabab” but didn’t “kebab-it”!!!

This recipe was from the griddling cook book.

It called for a one hour marinade but I left it in longer and I have to say, the pork was super juicy and had distinct orange flavored.

The actual cooking itself was minimal, just chopping and griddling.

The overall taste was full on! Loads of flavor, big punchy doses of ginger, soy and sweet pepper. A really healthy but hearty dish for these dark winter nights.

I served this off the kebab and with brown rice so I guess you can just call it a sweet and sour!

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Coriander salmon….stupendous 🐟

Cook book, Fish, Food, Food general, Foodie, Kitchen

Monday nights dinner.

It needs to be healthy enough to start the week well but also needs to be tasty enough to satisfy my guttural feeding needs.

I motivated my self into a gym session after work yesterday which meant that by the time I was in the kitchen I was starving but didn’t want to destroy my calorie busting efforts!

On the menu…… Coriander salmon from Matt Dawson’s cookbook. The question however was do I add potatoes? The answer….no! I stuck with just the salmon and veg and although it was a terribly light meal, it was truly delicious and left me feeling good!

I also happened to cook the salmon with a crispy skin. Result!

Genuinely, this dish took less than 20 minutes to make and so if you are after a light, healthy week night tea. This should be on your menu!!!!

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A weekend of terrible attention to detail

Cook book, Food, Food general, Foodie, Kitchen

I was on top culinary form this weekend but failed miserably in the documentation department 😟

I think this was possibly due tho the fact that Gavin was home from China and so I was a tad preoccupied ☺️

Regardless, here’s an update of my antics:

Saturday night: A light dinner of bruschetta and tequila prawns. (Bruschetta: raw red tomato, red onion and garlic, all mixed up with a tossing of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper. Tequila prawns: prawns soaked in tequila, girdled with sweet peppers)

Sunday night: base burgers from the gourmet burger book. These were just a plain ham burger with all the trimmings.

Off the hook: I had some carrots and tofu which needed using or disposing of. So, I found a recipe for a tofu carrot cake! The tofu made the cake super moist!!!!

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Chicken, sweetcorn an noodle soup….it better be good because I have it for lunch all week!!!!

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

As per usual I try and make a batch of healthy lunches to carry me through my working week. I find this prevents me from:

A. Going out and making bad, hungry choices and,

B. Going out and SHOPPING!!! πŸ‘›

This week I used the “YUMMLY” food app that I’ve previously mentioned (it’s great) and made a chicken, sweetcorn and noodle soup.

As with most soups it was pretty much a one pot job. Chuck everything in a pot and leave it to work its magic.

A very simple recipe with a good outcome. The soup is tasty, perhaps a little salty, but offers me a good dose of protein and carbs to see me through my gym session.

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Despite my best intentions, I ate the soup today but still went out shopping!!!!! 😯