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

Confused pork

Pork

This is one of those dishes which you defiantly would not serve to a food critic! Yes it tasted great, in fact Gav was really impressed, but it was quite a confused dish featuring elements of cuisine originating from all over the world. I suppose you could call it fusion but I think I’d be stretching it on this dish.

So what was in it? 

Well I used pork medallions and cooked them in a Mediterranean sauce which then started to verge towards a bbq sauce…don’t ask. I made some potato and onion rosties which were deep fried and defiantly felt American and I added some coleslaw just for the hell if it. Nice but unusual.

   

Chili con tuna?

Fish, Spicy

This has been my dinner for the last two nights, it has very honestly been the result of a cupboard raid based on my lack of shopping!

It’s a typical chili dip with homemade tortillas but I lacked mince 

  and so opted for Tuna. Why not right?

Why not indeed. It was utterly delicious and presented a big punch of Protien!

Next time you do a chili, try the tuna!!!! 

Tapenade on rye

Lunch, Vegetarian

Lunch today was simplicity made heavenly. An olive and pepper tapenade on rye crisp reads. A salty, moorish treat.

Really simple to do, simply roast some sweet peppers and then blitz with mixed olives. Any one can make this and for my blending needs, I used the nutribullet.

A great lunch which I throughly looked forward to.

  

Tikka pork noodles

Pork

Hungry (as usual), I pull open the fridge to see what I can create for dinner tonight. I failed to plan a week of meals and so it’s a matter of luck and vision!

I opted for a pork chop as my core ingredient and as I had some tikka paste which needed using I rested on tikka pork noodles.

I cooked the noodles in water and tikka paste and left to soak up all the flavours. I griddles the tikka covered pork for 3 minutes each side and I boiled up some mixed veg to pad it out and inject some extra nutrition. Finally a dollop of natural yoghurt and a sprinkle of coriander.

A 10 minute lean meal which was not only filling, but gosh darn tasty!

 

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……

The return of MOVIE NIGHT!

Food

For anyone who has read my blog before you may have seen that mid week I have a Movie Night. For me, Movie Night is an excuse to stray away from healthy eating and to have a little splurge on the dark side!

Last night however, the meal wasn’t too unhealthy but it still felt naughty enough to be indulgent.

  

Chilli and home made nacho chips

This was a hodge podge recipe really, made up of things I had to hand.

  • I fried some onion, Chilli and Tomato. 
  • Made a base using beef stock, chili powder and paprika and let this summer for 30 minutes
  • Added the onion mix to the stock along with kidney beans, a dash of ketchup, bbq sauce, worstershire sauce and Quarn mince. I let this simmer for 40 minutes to infuse
  • Boiled some rice
  • Cut plain white wraps into triangles, coated in olive oil and Paprika and baked on 180 for 10 minutes
  • Served! (With sour cream)

Firstly, this could have been made quicker but depth of flavor may not have been as strong.

Secondly, Quarn mince is great! Gav didn’t even know it wasn’t beef.

Third, these home made chips are amazing. Crisp, flavor full and lower cals/fat than bag bought.

A tasty night indeed!

A smoothie a day keeps the chub away

Breakfast

My thing right now is breakfast smoothies, in fact it’s been my “thing” for a few months now.

I make myself a beast of a shake and consume it after the gym, normally over the duration of a couple of hours. They are so filling they keep me hungerless until way after lunch time and they taste great to boot!

  
The mixture changes daily but basically consists of:

  • A flavored low fat yoghurt
  • Almond milk
  • Banana/avocado to thicken
  • Whey powder (currently cookies and cream)
  • Fruit/peanut butter/coffee/green leaves/anything really

They are honestly wonderful and the peanut butter ones really keep you going! Today I had mango and Passion fruit and it was a winner!

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.