Eat your veg!

Five-a-Day, Food, Vegetarian

In an effort to eat more vegetables this week (I’m being a little slack whilst Gavs away!) I dove into the “Five-a-Day” cook book and cooked up these tasty little patties.

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These were a simple matter of cooking through the veg, blending, shaping and grilling. A very easy dish to make mid week.

I did find them slightly bland despite adding my own seasoning and topping with parmesan but I think these are easily adaptable and I’m going to try them again with some different ingredients, possibly courgette and asparagus (oh and topped with a poached egg, nom). I think these would be a really great summer dish served with a salad and a crisp glass of wine of course!

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Easy prep breakfast pot!

Breakfast, Foodie, Pinterest

This week I have been enjoying these darling little breakfast pots, the idea is courtesy of a lovely Pinterest pinner!

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Basically the core recipe is:

  • Porridge oats
  • Almond Milk
  • Greek Yoghurt

Then you can mix up the flavours……………………A couple of my favourites to date is honey, blueberry and of course, peanut butter!

All you need to do is mix everything together, pop it in the fridge overnight and in the morning you have a creamy, tasty delight!

Healthy, easy, quick and delish!

I suppose the mason jar is optional but I think to cute not to do.

Pistachio nut crusted halibut

Cook book, Fish, Food, Foodie, Gridling

I haven’t cooked with halibut much before but last-night I gave it ago with this recipe from the Griddling cook book.

I found the fish so meaty and tasty, it was an absolute joy. The nut crust only enhanced the fish’s almost creamy taste and served on a bed on roasted vegetables ensured the halibut really was the main feature.

A beautiful dish which not only made for a great meal but sparked my delight for halibut!

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Brandy? Pork? Cream? All good for a Tuesday!

Cook book, Food, Foodie, Pork, Toast-it

I LOVE the Toast-it cookbook!!! πŸ’—

This is a little gem of a recipe book. They are all meals which can fill the need of a light dinner (providing you don’t use a whole loaf of course!!!) but are tasty and creative!

Tuesday night I made this creamy pork dish on walnut bread.

It was incredibly tasty but I’m glad I only made two slices each as the sauce was very rich indeed. The cream and the brandy held the overriding taste. This was a slightly naughty midweek dinner as it involved a tub of cream, but a little naughtiness is a necessity!!

I’d defiantly recommend this, it takes but a few minutes to make and doesn’t require many ingredients!

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Green thai curry turmoil

Cook book, Fish, Food, Foodie, Jamie Oliver, Jamie's ministry of food, prawn, Thai

I rarely make thai food. In the past I’ve found the signature lemongrass flavor unappealing but these days my pallet has adjusted and I’ve grown to like it.

So on Monday night when I delved into Jamie’s ministry of food and opted for this prawn green thai curry I was truly excited for the powerful flavor bursts and perfumed delight that surely it would result in right?

Wrong!

I was soooo disappointed. The meal tasted nice, don’t get me wrong but it defiantly lacked the umph I had hoped. Basically it was a tad on the bland side and although I won’t be making this again, I am going on the hunt for a better green Thai recipe!

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Valentine’s at the knutsford wine bar

Food, Restaurant

A little late but is like to tell you about the beautiful meal we had on Valentine’s at the knutsford wine bar.

Me and Gav have drank in here on many occasions but have never eaten there as it’s often booked up (Hint: book in advance!), I’ve always wanted to try dining here and so I booked us in well in advance.

We spent a few hours drinking and then made our way to the wine bar at 9pm.

The atmosphere inside is lively but cosy. It’s a very warm present place to be and although busy, the acoustics make it so it isn’t too loud.

But let’s talk about the food…….

For starters I had a wood pigeon dish which was utterly faultless and Gav chose the scallop and beetroot risotto.

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For the mains I had fish cakes and Gav chose a mushroom stroganoff (apologies about the pics, I started before I remembered to take a snap!! ☺️)

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I can’t actually tell you too much about the food as honestly, I was a little tipsy, however I know it was beautiful and reasonably priced.

I would very much recommend a visit.

10/10 all round

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Ah, good old Carbonara

Cook book, Food, Foodie, italian, Pasta, Pasta: 100 every day recipes

A Friday night fast fix was required last night and so I opted for a spaghetti carbonara.

Gavin happens to love creamy pasta dishes and so I was on to a winner before I even started!

As you would expect from a carbonara it took very little time to prepare and cook. The only slight problem I had was that I added the eggy cream mix whilst the pan was too hot and so the eggs scrambled slightly, regardless of this it was a tasty, creamy, sweet dish.

Easy peasy.

*Taken from the pasta cook book.

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The Merlin

Desert, Pork, Restaurant

This Wednesday I met my beautiful (and newly pregnant friend) Loveday for dinner at the Merlin, Alderly Edge.

The venue itself is quirky manner style and I have to say I felt throughly comfortable and rather cool in the atmosphere created.

The menu, although small, beheld a variety of gorgeous dishes and I could of happily been given any. I had to choose however and so I opted for pigs cheeks with black pudding, a red wine jus and mashed potatoes. I chose this as I’ve never eaten pig cheeks before and I love black pudding at the moment.

It was great! The sauce was rich and sweet, beautifully complimenting the slightly salty cheeks and adding further depth to the black pudding.

We then had a naughty little desert, I opted for a traditional treacle sponge but they were all out 😧 and so I compensated with a treacle tart (the next best thing). I had asked for this hot but it disappointingly came cold, non the less it was sweet, the pastry was soft and melt in the mouth and the vanilla ice cream was clearly top notch quality. A lovely end to the meal although very indulgent.

We had a Β£10 voucher and so the meal resulted in being Β£15 each, an unbelievably cheap night considering the venue and food quality.

I would recommend the Merlin and will be going back.

Food: 9/10 (points lost on the cold desert)
Service: 10/10 (can’t fault)
Venue: 10/10 (quirky, cool, sophisticated)

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Puerto Rican chicken and Rice

Caribbean food made easy: with Levi Roots, chicken, Cook book, Food, Foodie, Spicy

After 3 alcohol free nights, yes 3!!!! (Well done me, I know), I treat myself and Gav last-night to a spicy dish out of the Levi Roots cookbook…..along with a bottle of Chardonnay.

This recipe has minimal preparation but requires a good hour cooking time (not 40 minutes as the book suggests).

Regardless of the slowish cook, defiantly try this dish!

The rice resulted in a almost risotto like texture and held so much fiery flavor, it was just stunning. The chicken thighs, despite the hour cook, were supremely moist and just soaked up so much juice, the whole dish was a true flavor sensation. A great, great dinner!

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HAPPY VALENTINES sinless TRUFFLES

Chocolate, Food, Foodie, Pinterest

Happy (early) valentines everyone!!

In preparation for tomorrow I’ve made some reasonably healthy chocolate truffles courtesy of Pinterest:

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Now the content of these truffles is high in saturated fat and so you will want to eat these in moderation (WARNING: you will find that hard to do) but they are actually quite good for you and much better than reaching for conventional chocolate.

Really easy and quick to make and I can not tell you how dreamy they taste!!!!!! πŸ˜ˆπŸ˜‡πŸ˜ˆπŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜ˆπŸ˜ˆπŸ˜‡πŸ˜ˆ

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