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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Duck with melon? Yes

Cook book, Duck

Last night I pulled out the old Matt Dawson cook book (rugby pro turned mssterchef contestant) and through s process of picking one of the few recipes I hadn’t yet tried, chose this!

Duck and melon I thought? Hmmm. I mean I like fruit with meat but this seemed odd. Also, I don’t love rocket….overall one would wonder why I even bothered with it!

Well, I loved it and that is why I try new things! Turns out there is a time and a place for Rockett and the duck/melon combo worked well.

A delightful tasty, different salad for a Monday night. Go for it.

   
   

Eat your veg!

Five-a-Day, Food, Vegetarian

In an effort to eat more vegetables this week (I’m being a little slack whilst Gavs away!) I dove into the “Five-a-Day” cook book and cooked up these tasty little patties.

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These were a simple matter of cooking through the veg, blending, shaping and grilling. A very easy dish to make mid week.

I did find them slightly bland despite adding my own seasoning and topping with parmesan but I think these are easily adaptable and I’m going to try them again with some different ingredients, possibly courgette and asparagus (oh and topped with a poached egg, nom). I think these would be a really great summer dish served with a salad and a crisp glass of wine of course!

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“Mope” mentality? Try this Chilli lamb with cous cous

Cook book, Food, Food general, Good food: 101 hot and spicy dishes, Lamb, Spicy

Wednesday nights are notorious. It’s midway through our working week, just two more days left. Do we celebrate? Or do we mope?

Well, I try to prevent the “mope” mentality by cooking up something scrumptious, which although is healthy, isn’t rabbit food.

Last night the meal was chili lamb!
Now I haven’t purposely picked super quick meals this week, but yes, you’ve guessed it……it was super quick!

The cous cous simply required chopping up a few bits, mixing and leaving to rest in boiling water. The lamb steaks took two minutes on either side in a griddle pan (although the longer you marinade, the better!)

The cous cous gave it that nice stodgy feel whilst still being light, and the lamb was moist and juice with just enough spice.

This recipe was courtesy of the * good food:101 hot and spicy dishes.

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Sweet an sour pork “not kebabs” πŸ’🍑

Cook book, Food, Foodie, Kitchen

For those of you who have read any of my recent post, you will note that I seem to have an aversion to the kebab format.

This really isn’t the case. I enjoy food on a stick as much as any one else but each time a recipe calls for “kebbabing” I just can’t bring my self to do it. What the point of sticking it on a stick only to then take it off again?

So last night, yet again I made a “kabab” but didn’t “kebab-it”!!!

This recipe was from the griddling cook book.

It called for a one hour marinade but I left it in longer and I have to say, the pork was super juicy and had distinct orange flavored.

The actual cooking itself was minimal, just chopping and griddling.

The overall taste was full on! Loads of flavor, big punchy doses of ginger, soy and sweet pepper. A really healthy but hearty dish for these dark winter nights.

I served this off the kebab and with brown rice so I guess you can just call it a sweet and sour!

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Coriander salmon….stupendous 🐟

Cook book, Fish, Food, Food general, Foodie, Kitchen

Monday nights dinner.

It needs to be healthy enough to start the week well but also needs to be tasty enough to satisfy my guttural feeding needs.

I motivated my self into a gym session after work yesterday which meant that by the time I was in the kitchen I was starving but didn’t want to destroy my calorie busting efforts!

On the menu…… Coriander salmon from Matt Dawson’s cookbook. The question however was do I add potatoes? The answer….no! I stuck with just the salmon and veg and although it was a terribly light meal, it was truly delicious and left me feeling good!

I also happened to cook the salmon with a crispy skin. Result!

Genuinely, this dish took less than 20 minutes to make and so if you are after a light, healthy week night tea. This should be on your menu!!!!

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Sole florentine Thursday πŸŸ

Cook book, Fish, Food, Food general, Foodie, Kitchen

I absolutely didn’t want this.
I absolutely loved this.

I fancied dirty, grubby food tonight but as I hit the gym (hard) this morning, I stayed motivated and made the sole florentine.

It took 20 minutes and was very easy to prepare. The fish was delicate and light but the cheesy top added a creamy deep element which turned the dish from healthy and bland to healthy and warming.

As it happens, I have now almost completed every recipe from this book. Love it when that happens!

*weight watchers around the world

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Tuna Nicoise pasta salad lunch

Cook book, Food, Food general, Foodie, Kitchen, Lunch

With the aim of keeping healthy and not forking out for lunch at work I made a whole batch of this pasta salad last night.

The verdict: a little dry, I normally prefer a saucy pasta but I think with a dash of extra seasoning it won’t be a bad lunch for the rest of the week.

As you might expect it was rather easy to prepare, it really just took a little boiling and chopping, then hey presto, complete!

This recipe is courtesy of the 101 pasta dishes by good food.

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Oh dear, Aubergine pate πŸ˜ž

Cook book, Food, Food general, Foodie, Kitchen

It’s Sunday evening, normally on a Sunday I would cook something homely and hearty. Something to soak up the weekends alcohol and set me up for the week ahead.

Not tonight however. Tonight I made an Aubergine pate, a recipe from my griddling cook book.

It was truly awful! I actually like Aubergine but certainly not in this format. I ate the cruditΓ©s but binned the dip.

I’m still hungry and feeling completely dissatisfied πŸ˜’

Here’s the recipe just in case you don’t trust me and want to try it your self!

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Chicken and Aubergine melt

Cook book, Food, Food general, Foodie, Kitchen

Any of you lovers who have been following my blog will know that my other half Gavin is currently in China. πŸ˜“

This is bad enough but what’s worse is that Friday night is usually a fun food night!

Now I’m currently on a super health kick and it doesn’t feel so fun cooking for one on a Friday so I at least tried to make an effort tonight with this chicken and Aubergine melt!

Yes it was nice. I love a nice crispy ciabatta and melted mozzarella is just dreamy.

I sound kind of despondent about It I know. Really, on a Thursday night I may gush a little more about this dish but It just didn’t feel naughty enough for a Friday (for a start I’m sated but not stuffed, that’s great, but feels boring) CONFUSED!

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