A dish too darn good not to share!

Vegetarian

I always like to produce at one vegetarian dish each week, its good for our Eco system, my body and my purse!And generally, I like a good veggi dish but this was out of this world!

Its a Exotic butter bean and butternut squash stew and it offers sweet creamy tastes which are so good, I was actually disappointed to have finished.

Simply sweat a chopped onion in a large pan then add a tbsp of demarera sugar and the butter nut squash (I used spiralised squash). Then add a 400ml can of coconut milk, some chopped chili flakes and about 300ml of vegetable stock. Simmer for 20 minutes and then add the butter beans and cook for a further 10 minutes.

To serve, dish the stew up with some rice and lay on a sprinkling of chili flakes, coriander and pistachios.

Sweet, creamy and with a delicate heat smoldering in the back ground.

Chorizo pate perfection!

Pork

Movie night food this week was AMAZING!

I made a chorizo pate and served it with some thick crunchy bread and a sweet tangy beetroot relish.

The chorizo was definitely the star of the dish and it was super simple to prepare, simply whiz all of the following together and chill:

  • Chorizo
  • Cream cheese
  • Cream
  • Basil
  • Tomato purée 

It was thick, creamy and meaty! Nom city.

  

Friday Treat loaded with dissapointment

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Brilliant news guys, its Friday!

And because its Friday I thought I would treat my self to a little delight. I hopped along to Patisserie Valerie and delved right in. Yes they do a splendid looking selection of cakes but I am a real dairy fiend and so Ice cream was my weapon of choice.

I honestly can not tell you how disappointed I was. (It looks nice….It was not!)

 The ice cream, both flavors (Pistachio and Rum Raisin) had this weird and unpleasant texture. I can only describe if as being filled with chewy (really chewy) and slightly fluffy bits, it was as though the ice cream may have developed a kind of crust and had then been mixed into itself. It certainly was not an ice cream with added bits, such as choc chip, it was very much like ice cream gone wrong and in my 30 years of ice cream eating, iv’e never experienced this.

What was far more annoying however is when we questioned the waitress about it she was clueless. When I said is it supposed to be like this? She answered “I don’t know, I don’t eat Ice Cream”….What?!?!?!?! Surely she has at some point eaten ice cream, or at least knows the basics of how ice cream should be! What a muppet. Terrible customer service, no offer of apology or even even the courtesy of checking on the issue. I will not be going back Patisserie Valerie (Chester).

Guilty pleasure too terrible to tell….but I will!

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Lambrini for those of you who don’t know, is a cheap, fizzy, low alcohol content wine which is sadly associated with underage teens trying to get tiddly!

However, it’s light, refreshing and easy to drink and every now and again, me and Gav treat ourselves! 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

  

The YEY! More CrayFish!!!!!!

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Marks and Sparks do my absolute favorite lunch time salad treat, a CrayFish and Mango salad. Its a completely divine mix of Crayfish, Mango, Rocket, mixed rice and a sweet tangy dressing.

The only problem is that it is not in the meal deal and its about £4.50. OK, that’s not a huge expense but when I see that for less than £4 I can get a different salad, snack and a drink, the bad value of my chosen salad makes me slightly peeved.

So imagine my absolute joy when I stepped in to Tesco only to find that the have started to do the exact same salad, but cheaper! Amazing.

Honestly guys, try this salad. If you like sweet and savory together, this is the dish for you! Plus the mixed rice element makes it seriously filling. 

  

Homemade fresh Pasta on a Monday night….step it up people!

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It’s Monday and so I will forgive those who just want an easy night after their return back to work after the weekend.

I however, pulled out the stops and made fresh pasta (plus the sauce) from scratch!

Actually, if you haven’t made pasta before, it’s really easy and not that time consuming. It’s simply 1 egg for every 100g of “00 flour” used (you can split the flour to combine semolina if you want to rack it up a level), you mix it, knead it until smooth and chill for 30 minutes. Then, roll, shake and cook in boiling water for about 3 minutes.

   
   
Tonight I made a creamy tomato pasta sauce to go with it. Really tasty and completely worth the effort.

  
As an additional bonus, work sucks a little right now and so this offered some great therapy to relax me after a bit of a pants day. 

   
 

Confused pork

Pork

This is one of those dishes which you defiantly would not serve to a food critic! Yes it tasted great, in fact Gav was really impressed, but it was quite a confused dish featuring elements of cuisine originating from all over the world. I suppose you could call it fusion but I think I’d be stretching it on this dish.

So what was in it? 

Well I used pork medallions and cooked them in a Mediterranean sauce which then started to verge towards a bbq sauce…don’t ask. I made some potato and onion rosties which were deep fried and defiantly felt American and I added some coleslaw just for the hell if it. Nice but unusual.

   

CREO Burger (Crab-a-licious)

Cook book, Fish, Hamburger gourmet, Vegetarian

I take great pleasure in delving into the many burger recipe books I have but I always tend to lean towards the Beef variety (knowing that Gav likes these bad boys best!). So, now and again I force myself to pick a recipe which offers a little more adventure!

Last week I plucked out this little nipper (Crab….Do you get it? Ha) and it was a great pick indeed, adventure paid off!
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After looking at the recipe initially I wondered how substantial this burger was going to be? I’m not greedy and I mainly have a balanced healthy diet but when I have a burger, I’ not really thinking “Health”…..I’m more along the lines of “Give me food!!!”

The actual burger ingredients didn’t look like they would produce anything more than a slither but how wrong I was. The pattie  turned out to be a huge chunk of a thing  which I was most pleased about! I popped it in a brioche bun and made some onion rings as a side.

It was filling, tasty and offered something a little different. A great Saturday night dish!

 

Burger

 

Cawfee

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I have fallen in to the coffee trap at age 30.

For years in the office a faced questions of disbelief such as “what? You don’t drink hot drinks???” and I took a small level of enjoyment in saying “No, just water for me thanks” but it has not securely locked me in its grasp and I am now a fully fledged caffeine addict.

So, happy Friday peeps, enjoy coffee, get through your day and be ready for the weekend!