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.

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LOVE to the humble Yorkshire 

Food, Vegetarian

When your home and in need of comfort food is there anything easier and more pleasing than a good old Yorkshire Pudding?

Just a sprinkle of flour, a smidgen of milk and crack of an egg and just like magic you have what you need.

I dare you to offer me something more homely!

(I like mine with dousing of my granddads homemade sweet vinegar but I’m partial to a bit of gravy too!)

  

The Botanist: Chester

Restaurant, Uncategorized

I have been to the Botanist before in Alderly Edge and it has always been great.

I have been to the one in Chester twice now and both times I have to say that the service has been slow, slow, slow! We went yesterday, it was quite empty and so slow, was not excusable!

However the food did not let me down. This time I had the chicken and chorizo pie. It was creamy, a tad spicy and throughly enjoyable. I would certainly revommend!

It also has a nice atmosphere in here, relaxed and comfortable plus slightly quirky.

  

Mediterranean chicken in November?

chicken, Toms Table, Uncategorized

This time of the year typically inspires hearty food to warm our proverbial cockles and so this dish was a bit of a shock to my kitchen last night. Yet despite the name, it actually is a filling, hugging dish…it’s basically just a roast with a couple of slightly more exotic ingredients!

Overall I did enjoy it but I have to be honest in that I felt it was a little on the bland side. This recipie came from Tom Kerrdge courtesy of his new book “Toms table”. Whenever I cook from his selection I really expect something to wow me and previously he hasn’t disappointed but this one left me feeling lack luster. Probably not a dish to add to my “to make again” list.

   
    
     

Chops for a choppy night

Pork, Uncategorized

The wind was blasting last night and I enjoyed the cosyness of my PJs and slippers whilst listening to the howling gales!

It seemed rather appropriate on this blustery night that a hearty, body warming dinner should be on the menu and so that’s precisely what I did!

This dish of roast vegetables and a pork chop is humble, simply, hearty and tasty (not to mention easy)

Simply take your veg (I went for parsnips and Butternut squash) and roast for 15 minutes in olive oil and seasoning (I added oregano). Then depending on the size of your chops, place the pork chops on top of the veg, sprinkle in some chopped apple slices, and toast for a further 15 minutes. Done! (Add Gravy if you like) 

   
 
Yummy winter warming dish!

Movie night: slight fail

Food, Foodie, Pork

Movie night came round again and last night we watched “what strangers do in the night” (great film) and had very stereotypical “movie” food.

I went with hotdogs, Chilli dogs to be exact. They are cheap, easy and fitting.

However the last couple of times I have had them I wasn’t keen and sadly last night affirmed these feelings of displeadment. Yuk! Not keen at all, hotdigs shall not be making an appearance in my kitchen for a while!

  
And erm yes, lambrini played its part! It’s a bit of a guilty pleasure! 😉

Meatball Monday

Beef, Food

After a mammoth weekend (the good kind) today I feel about as energetic as a sloth may feel after a long walk and the consumption of a Sunday dinner…. Not energetic at all!

For that reason I nipped to Marks and Spencers and bought some meatballs and mini roasties. A simple 25 minutes roast and dinner was served. OK so this lacked afford on my side but come on, everyone needs a break once in a while?

As it happens, I didn’t love it. I’ll stick to cooking from fresh next time…

  

Cooking Veal for the first time

Beef, Food

I accidentally bought Veal, I thought I was buying venison but when it arrived it my house, it was veal! So last night was my first time cooking with veal!

I treat it just like I would a steak really, they were quite thick in portion and so I seared them on a high heat for 3 mins each side and set to rest.

To accompany the Veal I made a port and red currant reduction (400ml port, 100ml grape juice, 2tbsp red currant jam left to simmer for an hour, or until thick), roast parsnips and a black pudding and garlic potato hash.

A filling hearty meal. However, don’t freeze garlic mash potato, when it defrosts the consistency is not pleasant!!!!

  

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 ☺️ Low cal, low fat to boot!!

  

Spicy Italian Crescent Ring: Its a Feast!

Food, Foodie, italian

Last night we had a naughty night indeed (well I say that, but half of this is actually still in the fridge so we weren’t all that bad!)

This large gem is a recipe courtesy of our little friend Pintrest     

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Despite its rather awe inspiring appearance this dish is actually very simplistic and requires only a little “building” before popping in the oven for 20-30 minutes.

Its also a dish which could be very easily modified in regards to the filling. On this instance I stayed true to the recipe requirements but in the future I quite fancy the idea of a Mexican version…..oh NOM!

This resulted in being a terribly indulgent meal, meaty, cheesy and lovingly spicy! The only critiques I have is that it was a tad dry, but that’s no real issue as it was an excuse to get out the dips! It was also really rather stodgy and portion restriction was quite seriously required!

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It requires: Puff pastry, mixed continental meats, a light cheese such as Gouda and some hot chillies.

Simply: Cut the pastry sheets in to rectangles, layer as the picture displays, add the ingredients, wrap and cook for 20 – 30 minutes at 180 degrees.