Grandad gives! (The result? RHUBARB CRUMBLE!)

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I LOVE visiting my Grandparents, aside from the fact I love them very much, they load me up with allotment goods!

On my recent visit I came home with Rhubarb and so of course, I made a crumble.


Really simple:

1.Stew 450g chopped rhubarb with 2tbsp of jam (I used my grandparents home made mixed fruit jam), 1tsb ginger, 2 TSB sugar, juice of an orange for 15 minutes


2. Meanwhile, mix 2 tbsp honey, 400g oats, 50g sugar…. Squish between your fingers for a crumbly mixture
3. Pour the rhubarb mixture in a baking dish and cover with the crumble. Bake for 20 minutes or until the crumble is golden

4. Serve (with vanilla ice cream!) ☺️

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Just little old chicken Kiev 

chicken, Jamie's comfort food

Chicken Kiev conjures up memories of frozen hunks of processed meat with a watery garlic mixture oozing out. I don’t know about you, by history with chicken kiev’s isn’t good.

But I don’t live in the past and when I came across this recipe in Jamie’s comfort food back I though “Yes, let’s make some good Kiev memories!”

This is one of the less complex recipes in this book, it was pretty straight forward to undertake and it did not require much prep work.

  
The result was marvellous! Soft tender chicken, oozing with a thick creamy butter and coated in a light crisp shell. Matched with a broccoli laden mash potatoe and sprinkled with fresh spinach, I found the whole thigh a hearty and comforting plate. A good Sunday dish id say.

  
Happy eating!

Cawfee

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I have fallen in to the coffee trap at age 30.

For years in the office a faced questions of disbelief such as “what? You don’t drink hot drinks???” and I took a small level of enjoyment in saying “No, just water for me thanks” but it has not securely locked me in its grasp and I am now a fully fledged caffeine addict.

So, happy Friday peeps, enjoy coffee, get through your day and be ready for the weekend!

   

Bella Italia: Not too crappy

Restaurant

   
About to see Deadpool!!! 😃 And as per our typical pre cinema routine we rock up at a local eatery, eat, drink and then watch! Today we went for Bella Italia!

  
We started with some seriously nommy cheesy garlic bread. This one was a  caramelized onion option and it was fought over by us both! It’s was super sweet, but super amazeballs! 

  Gav followed the starter with a beef and red wine pasta dish, I didn’t try it but have it on good authority that it was “nice”.

   

We of course shared some wine!!

   

I opted for pasta with shredded duck and a sweet Chinese sauce. It’s an odd combo I know, but I really enjoyed it.

 
And we shared some deep fried Courgette. I’ve never had these before but I sure as will again!

Overall, a decent meal and for £40….no complaints!

Angostura and lime chicken

Caribbean food made easy: with Levi Roots, chicken

Friday night comes and I just want yummy, slightly naughty, fast food. But, I don’t want a takeaway as quite frankly, those available to me are less than satisfying. So, I ponder through my recipe collection for something that ticks all the boxes.

I tell you ladies and gents, this dish does tick all the boxes!!

This requires the minimal prep of mixing up the marinade and leaving the coated chicken for 40 minutes to soak up all of the flavors. Then it’s simply a matter of baking, cooking some rice and chopping up a quick salad. Easy and no requirement for me to be stood in the kitchen for hours.

As far as levels of yummyness go, I really can not explain what a taste sensation this turned out to be. The chicken was sweet, sticky and wonderfully moist and the salad offered a sweet and zingy side.

This dish would be brilliant in a summer bbq.

   
    
 

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!!

  

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!

Pasta a la Monday!

Food, Pasta

After a 5.45 am start, a 90 minute gym session, a long day in the office and a pitch black dog walk…tonight my body craved carbs!

I whipped up this simple yet tasty tomato and chicken pasta (it would have been 100% healthy too if not for the cheeky addition of creme fraiche) 

  

  • Boil some Whole wheat pasta
  • Whilst it boiling fry Shallots and Courgette in Olive oil
  • Add a tin of chopped Tomatoes
  • Season
  • Stir in cooked chicken breast pieces and the Creme Fraiche
  • Mix into the pasta and sprinkle with Parmesan to taste.

Easy peasy and done in under 20 minutes. It doesn’t lack on flavor either however if I was dining alone I would have been tempted to slip in a full chili!! 

Happy Monday!