I blooming love this time of year and it wouldn’t feel festive if I couldn’t go along to a Christmas market on a chilly night! Wrapping up warm, drinking mulled wine and noshing on a sausage….bliss!
Well we were a little boring this year and decided we couldn’t be bothered to face going out for New Years Eve…..so I cooked!
I spent a great afternoon in the kitchen, dancing around and singing along to my live lounge albums and then a great night eating!!!!! 😄
I wasn’t alone though, I had Gray assisting in cleaning any bits that I dropped on the floor….
We decided rather than a full sit down meal we wanted “picky bits” and so I made a selection of tasty treats.
I started with a syllabub (which we didn’t get round to eating so I will have it today! ☺️). This was from my new tapas cook book and was an easy short cut version.
Then I continued with the tapas book and put together this Spanish meet ball dish. This was quite a long process but time wasn’t an issue and so I made my way through it and the end result was great. The sauce was thick and spicy and the meet balls were juicy and flavorful!
Then on to the hallumi kebabs! I love this cheese, salty and squeaky. They were marinated in an aromatic spice mix which really raised the taste to another level, delish! Plus I also made the tapenade accompaniment.
Alongside all this I added a prawn, mango and acacias salad plus a traditional caviar and salmon Bellini, yum.
Lots of drink. Lots of food. Unsurprisingly, fell asleep before 12!
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!
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!!!!
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.
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!
(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 😊
In an attempt to visit family around this festive season, me and Gav have driven from Cheshire to bridlington, to sunderland and we will be heading back to Cheshire tomorrow.
As you may expect, family gatherings have centered around food and this has resulted in 3 restaurant visits in 24 hours….. Christmas really has begun! Here’s my super quick round up!
1. Bridlington, RAGS: quite a nice place, right on the seafront with beautiful views of the harbor. I shared a starter with Gav of mixed bruschetta and enjoyed a main of smoked haddock. Due to the fact that there were 22 of us we had to engage in the dreaded pre order which meant by the time I got there I didn’t actually want fish but it was delicious. 7/10… Only marked down for some grumpy staff and vegetables that could be improved upon.
2. Bridlington, The lobster pot: Here we gave a typical chain style pub, very regular appearance and typical menu. No, strike that, the menu was more than typical, it featured a “build your own burger” section (Gav had chorizo and boar) and a rotisserie chicken type Nandos section….so quite good. I had a salmon tart with sweet potato fries, it was quite basic but what you would expect for this type of pub. The only problem here was that my meal came 5 minutes before anyone else’s, can’t stand that! 6/10 for error in service.
3. Sunderland: ARABESQUE. An Egyptian place, never eaten Egyptian apart from in Egypt! I had what should of been a spicy chicken kebab, it was nice, authentic tasting but alas, not spicy. Also, my appetite was non existence and so my enjoyment was probably diminished. Nice place though, well decorated, reasonable prices and very friendly staff. 8/10.
Phew…..pub tonight with friends……oh dear 😁