Naughty train treat

Foodie

I had a long day yesterday. I took the train to London (to speak at the public policy exchange) starting at 5.50 am and by the time my return train arrived at 7.20pmi just wanted naughty, yummy food!

And so in the train station I called at delice de France and bought a cheesy treat and a sweet delight. 

Om. Naughty.

    
 

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And that’s a (breakfast) wrap!

Breakfast, Vegetarian

Oh I love a good Sunday breakfast. It’s an opportunity to actually to take time and appreciate the food we eat, rather than a quick shoveled down snack before we run out of the house.

Today I had no plans and so I rummaged through the kitchen to see what I could utilize. I resulted with a spicy breakfast wrap!

  
It’s easy. Just:

  • Scramble some eggs with butter, seasoning and chopped black olives
  • Fill a tortilla wrap with the eggy mix and layer on some hot sauce and cheese (if you want a naughty twist)
  • Grill the wrap to make it nice and crispy

See. Easy! Also delicious.

   
 

Altrincham market house

chicken, Foodie, Restaurant

A friend, long time unseen, visited me at work today for a lunch date. We went to the Altrincham Market House fort he first time and what a little gem it was!

 
Think, upper class food hall.  

It’s a reasonably sized room with a collection of tables in the middle, around the outer edge there must be about 10 different mini food outlets (and a bar ūüėČ) serving a collection from pizza to tapas to cakes!

The food seemed to average around ¬£10 per meal and the atmosphere was just so cool and relaxed. I full on loved this place!! I’ll be back!

(I had the pie today, chicken, yum)

  
 

Vegetarian samosas 

Vegetarian, Weight watchers: Around the world

As I am alone this week I look on the opportunity to eat meat free, healthy dishes with out complaint from the Jones over the lack of meat.

I’ve looked over this recipe for samosas for some time now, passing it off as a starter and trying to keep it in mind for when the need for an Indian stater arises. But as I looked over it at the weekend I thought why not make it as a main with salad? And do that’s what I did!

It’s a rather hearty dish really, lots of veg with a dose of seasoning. I halved the recipe but still ended up with mixture to freeze…no bad thing.

It was great tasting and really nice, different lunch to take to work. Easy, cheap, different, what’s not  to like?

  


 

Alderley edge bar and grill review

Restaurant

Date night last night involved a meal at the Bar and Grill restaurant in Alderley Edge, Cheshire. 

This is my 2nd visit now and I would quite happily keep on going.

Food: I had the prawn tempura starter. The dish was presented very prettily and consisted of 4 monster prawns with a delicate batter and a sweet, lime laced Chilli sauce. For the main I had spilled pork burger which was juicy and moist and was so large I barely touched the chips. Alongside this we were given bread and dipping oil and overall I really couldn’t complain about any part. Delicious (Gav had the beef carpaccio which was melt in the mouth, followed by a risotto)

   
 Price: 2 starters, 2 mains, a bottle of Chardonnay, a espresso martini and a vodka for just under ¬£100. Very reasonable.

Ambiance: A modern clean cut venue, white and fresh. We had the added benefit of being sat by the window so had the enjoyment of watching the night pass and the fancy cars too! (When you go out I this area you have to be aware it’s full of money and so be prepared for: fast cars / botoxed women / old men pretending to be young / dapper outfits)

   
 Negative: the only complaint is that as soon as we declined pudding we were ignored. When we wanted another drink Gav had to hail down a waitress who seemed annoyed at our request. Despite repeating the order twice the waitress for some reason didn’t understand and a second person then came over (how hard is it to understand “vodka pleas”?)

Score: 9/10 It would have been a 10 if it wasn’t for the slight waitress complaint

Curry batter Seabass spectacular 

Fish

I’m not really one for the fish and chip shop, I would say it’s been over 5 years since I stepped foot inside one but every now and again I’m partial to cooking up a home made version.

I’ve never battered a Seabass before but I will again! The fish cooked very quickly and remained moist and flaky.

The curry really pushed through the batter and overcame the oily taste that sometimes occurs and paired with the curried yoghurt, it really brought a freshness to an other wise heavy dish.

A great treat for a cold night!

  
   

Smoked haddock and Parma ham risotto

Cook book, Easy Everyday Fast recipe book, Fish, Food

A perfect Sunday afternoon dinner.

Picture this. It’s brisk and bright outside and after sprightly, nippy dog walk, we come home to a toasty house. We crack open a bottle of Chardonnay (of course) and I whip up this scrumptious dish.

This is a great recipe for s number of reasons, it’s pretty fast for a risotto, it’s creamy and it has huge depths of flavor from the fish and ham. I highly recommend this dish, it’s wonderfully satisfying and rather filling.

  
    
 

Key lime pie

Baking, Cook book, Uncategorized, Weight watchers: Around the world

Desserts are sometimes a necessity, you can be super healthy, super motivated but we all need a treat now and again don’t we?

Contrary to our obvious correlation of dessert = fattening, we can do tasty, low fat puddings which don’t plump the podge!

I made this recently from the weight watchers cook book and my oh my was it one tasty treat! Made even better with the knowledge that it hadn’t ruined my gym workouts. (Please ignor the less than perfect piping)

   
    
   

Midweek movie night BURGER

Beef, Cook book, Food, Weight watchers: Around the world

It’s a late post folks but fear not, we did not miss movie night this past week!

This time around I opted for a burger from the weight watchers book to try and keep a little healthy but I really couldn’t see the difference between this burger and many others I have made. This leads me to believe all burgers are healthy! ( I wish. As you can see I added chips too so really, there was nothing healthy about this)

Healthy or not, it was blooming good and it stirred the claim from Gav of “best home made burger to date”.