Chocolate Mango Madness

Chocolate, desserts, Fruit, Toast-it

So This happened.

Brioche! Nutella! Mango! Chocolate Ice Cream!

Literally toasted Brioche, slathered in Nutella and then loaded with sliced Mango and Chocolate Ice Cream!

Om.

choc

Roly Pavlova…..it’s only blooming healthy!!!!

desserts, Fruit

Board? Yes.

What do I do when I’m bored? Get in the kitchen! 😄

I pulled out an old weight watchers recipe book and decided on a beautiful summer dessert in homage to the glorious weather we are having here in Cheshire, U.K.


This is such a satisfying recipe to undertake, watching the egg whites transform into a heavenly, shiny, marshmallowy mix is just such a great thing to experience. 


It’s slightly time consuming but really requires little effort….just some waiting. Once you have mixed the meringue you can take 60minutes for yourself (I watched some “4 in a bed”!) whilst you wait for it too cook and cool. Then it’s simply a matter of filling and rolling.


Now I’m normally quite good at weighting but I had to dive right in and cut a slice. Heaven!!!

It’s a really versatile recipe too, I think next time I plan to make this for friends but I’m going to fall to the darks side and use cream and caramel! 😈

The Botanist, Chester. Again!

Restaurant, Vegetarian

Yes, I’ve blogged sbout this place before, but you know, it’s really worth highlighting. 

It’s a chain, there’s one closer to me in Alderley Edge and there is one soon to open in Knutsford, whoop! Unlike other chains however, the food is really rather good!

Food: I enjoyed the halloumi Kebab with the giant cous cous and chips. Totally tasty and a decent size portion

  
Price: No complaints. £12 for a main course is cheap in my book

Drink: Damn good cocktails. I had the passion fruit cocktail which could have kept me say there all day. 

   
 Ambiance: Here lies the winning element. This place has a great vibe, the decor is relaxed but utterly cool and the music, typically live and acoustic, is a perfect background buzz.

  
10/10

Knutsford makers market

Food

Sunday was a joyous day, I took my mother, sister and friends to the Knutsford makers market!

It’s great….loads of tasty stalls offering everything from baked bread to sweet scotch eggs. Not only that, but there are stacks of artisanal goods stalls too!

Whilst there we decided to get our nosh on and I treat my self to some delightful Turkish street food. 

  

Treat night: Gustos

Restaurant

Friday night was treat night with my beautiful new mummy friend, Loveday!

We went to Alderley Edge and as we failed to book anywhere, ended up in the Italian chain Gustos. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind Gustos but I prefer non chains.

Anyway, we shared a cheesy garlic bread (delicious), I had the pork gnocchi main (too oily) and I ended on a brownie with pistachio ice cream (delightful). All helped down with champagne and cocktails.

Great night, there are better places to go here but I couldn’t complain too much. Good service and cheap!

  

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 😉) 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)

  
 

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

EARLE by Simon Rimmer (Hale)

chicken, Duck, Foodie, Restaurant, Uncategorized

I recently had the immense pleasure of eating at one of Simon Rimmers restaurants, Earle in Hale, Cheshire.

I had never been before but had heard good things and as it’s right on my door stop I thought it was about time!

  
First impressions: It looks really small from the outside but actually it’s like a Tardis, when you get in it actually has a decent seating capacity.

Ambiance: I really liked the atmosphere in this restaurant, the decor was a quirky mix of wood and color and the lighting set a pleasant mood to relax in.

Food: I can say nothing bad! I had a chicken liver parfait to start which was creamy and delicious. The best bit about it however was that they got the proportions of parfait, bread and chutney spot on. Sometimes you find the bread portion is less than adequate, but not at Earle. For the main I had the duck which was divine. The meat was cooked to perfection and the sweet sticky sauce was so moorish, I wished I had bread left from my starter to mop up every drop! Finally I ended on a sticky toffee pudding which was out of this world. A soft sponge which was so light and airy that it seemed to dissolve in the mouth and a toffee sauce which actually makes me want to cry knowing I don’t have a gallon of it to drink right now.

Staff: They were quite busy when we went and I must say, a little disorganized. They couldn’t find our booking to start with but then realized they were looking on the wrong screen and despite confirming our pre orders, brought us menus. Really not huge problems but a little less than perfect.

Price: I wasn’t paying so I can’t say I actually looked at the price but whatever it was, I would have paid!

Overall: 9/10. It would have been 10 if not for the slight staffing issues. A nice place to be and really great food, a definite place to go.

Spanish style pasta

Good food: 101 hot and spicy dishes, Pasta, Uncategorized

Chorizo is delicious isn’t it? 

I wanted a tasty dinner to end my working week but by the time Friday hits me I need a dinner which quite frankly doesn’t take too much effort. So, I found this easy and fast pasta recipie which has chorizo in and thought, perfect!

Cooking this simply entailed frying and boiling, it could not have been more simple but the outcome was deceptive! A spicy, moorish hug in a bowl. 

   
   

Vitello Tonnato burger

Burger book, Cook book, Food, Food general

Probably the most “real” cooking I’ve done all week!

I’m not sure why my kitchen activities have been so lazy this week but they have. Yesterday however normal service resumed and I whipped up this little bad boy!

Homemade focaccia? Yes

Homemade veal burgers? Yes

Homemade sauces? You get the picture!!

  
I did have questions over the Tuna and caper sauce. It seems a little odd right? Especially with the veal? I even told the Jones that I would put the sauce on the side just in case it wasn’t palatable but actually it tasted so delicious that I made an exec decision and put it straight I the burgers!

  
The focaccia bread base was a nice break from the usual top and bottom bun. The burger itself was moist and tasty and the addition of the salad and sauce made it a rather grown up burger.

I would highly recommend you try this dish. If you didn’t make the bread it would also be a very fast dish to prepare…very little cooking involved!