Noodles return….with Prawns!

Chinese, Food, Food general, Foodie, prawn

Despite my love affair with noodles it’s a while since I’ve made up a batch, but tonight changed that.

Prawn Noodles was the dinner choice for tonight, with a Chinese influence:

   

  1. Place the Noodles in boiling water and add 1tbsp Soy sauce, 1tsp Chinese five spice and leave to soften.
  2. Meanwhile fry thinly sliced carrot, onion and chili in a wok
  3. When softened slightly add some chopped kale and the prawns
  4. Finally season and mix the prawn mixture into the noodles 



In total this dish took 20 minutes max and was ram packed full of full of taste. Tuesday night I challenge you to give me better food! Not likely! ūüėČ

Let me know your thoughts……

Manchester Deaf Institute

Food, Foodie, Restaurant, Starters

Hail the almighty SLUG! 

Last night we went to my friends gig (SLUG) at the Manchester Deaf Institute and it was a brilliant night. Aside from the fact that the band were truly brilliant, the venue was pretty darn good too!

The building its self is a visual delight both outside and in, extremely quirky, and the menu (although limited) wasn’t half bad!

Frozen cocktails: ¬£4! This is bonkers. So cheap for Manchester and they didn’t taste watered down either!

Food: I just wanted a nibble so went for the nachos. They were yummy, they came with a grilled pineapple salsa which really differentiated them. My friends had burgers and wings and rated them highly.

I would defiantly go back here and in fact I plan to go to the wednesday taco and tequila night!!

  

Kitchen surprise: Breaded chicken wraps

chicken, Food, Foodie

I raided the kitchen and whipped up this tasty, slightly naughty dinner last night. I’d treat myself to a tipple of wine and so didn’t want to be in the kitchen an age, but I was hungry and needed substance!

Breaded chicken wraps with rocket and sundried tomato salad

 

Super easy:

  • Cut a chicken breast in to slices, coat in flour, egg and breadcrumbs (I mixed paprika in with my bread crumbs) then gently fry
  • Fry onions and peppers 
  • Place the chicken, onions and peppers in your wraps and pop under the grill to toast
  • Mix up your salad: I used rocket, sundried tomatoes, olive oil, lemon and seasoning
  • Serve!

Really easy. Relatively quick. A taste of slight guilt food for a Friday night!

Tatton park gardeners cottage 

Cake, Food, Food general, Foodie

As a belated birthday treat I met a friend at the Gardeners cottage at Tatton Park, Knutsford.

We enjoyed a scrummy afternoon tea and a much needed catch up.

For the second time now we each had the Gardeners tea: £10 for a choice of two bloomers, cake/scone and tea/coffee. For the second time, neither of us finished it due to the portion size. This place really is great value and top notch quality.

If ever you are around the area you should treat yourself to to a visit, not only is it great value and tasty, but the surroundings are truly beautiful.

  

Tom Kerridge: The Hand and Flowers, Marlow

Duck, Food, Food general, Foodie

Two days ago it was my 30th birthday and I was lucky enough to visit Tom Kerridge’s 2 Mitchillin star restaurant,¬†The Hand and Flowers in Marlow.

For the starter I opted for the Duck liver parfait with orange chutney and toasted brioche and Gav went for the Salt bake swede and haggis tart with crispy lamb, chantilly de cherve and wiltshire truffle.

The duck was without a doubt the bast starter I have ever had! It was amazingly creamy with such a delicate taste, I could have eaten it all night and left amazingly satisfied.

Mains

I enjoyed the Essex lamb bun with sweet breads and salsa verde and Gav went for the Half beer roasted chicken with caramelized cauliflower, sweet garlic puree, oak gravy and a mushroom crunch.

We ordered chips also….big mistake, we had no room for chips!

To wash it all down we drank a bottle of Pheasants tears with was dry and unfiltered. It has a light amber, pink color and a deep smokey taste, I will certainly be looking for this to add to my stock.

A great night with a relaxed atmosphere.

Spicy salmon hodgepodge 

Fish, Food, Foodie, Spicy, Uncategorized

I’ve had a mammoth day today and tonight my dinner needed to be healthy but comforting. I had no meal planned as such and so went with what available ingredients I had in the fridge.

The result was a chili Salmon fillet laid on a bed of crushed potatoes, a sprinkle of sweetcorn and a drizzle of sweet chili sauce (which Gav brought me from Utah!)

It was just what I needed. A seriously flavorful salmon, a sweet hot kick from the sauce and a slight essence of “stodge” to wrap me in the comfort I desired ‚ėļÔłŹ Low cal, low fat to boot!!

  

Blooming love noodles!!!!

chicken, Chinese, Cook book, Foodie, Good food: 101 hot and spicy dishes

Monday night equated to noodles. Chicken and veg Chinese style to be specific.

Such an easy recipe ( I know I always say that but it was!) but with such a flavor some outcome! I actually made a change to the recipie, I had some Chinese plum sauce that needed using and so instead of teriyak, I used that. A great sweet flavor resulted!

Once upon a time I thought the only way to add flavor to noodles was by the sauce that you slather on them. I now thank the day I discovered you could boil them in stock!!!

I halved the recipe but I still got a good three portions from it meaning I’m having super tasty lunches this week!

I would really recommend this dish to my fellow noodle lovers. 

   
 

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!!! ūüíó

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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