Risotto Allo Zafferano

Cook book, Food, Foodie, Jamie Oliver, Jamie's comfort food, Vegetarian

Gavin requested I make a Risotto as he has become quite taken with them as of late.

So I “eeny meeny miny moed” my way through my recipe book collection and landed on one of my most recent additions – Jamie’s comfort foods.

He didn’t fail me and I found this recipe for a risotto, all be it a rather simplistic one.

Now I wasn’t sure if this would hit Gav’s culinary craving as it lacked his most desired ingredient….meat!!

However, he blooming loved it!

I enjoyed it but not quite as much as Gavin, I found it too have an almost synthetic taste, not sure why but it didn’t take me enough to put this on my “to do again” list.





Salmon and watercress sandwich

Fish, Lunch, Toast-it

Last night I delved in to the “toast-it” cookbook and came out with this little beauty.

As I didn’t want something too overwhelming, a sandwich seemed to be a good call and add some fishy protein to the mix, it resulted in a pretty good “after gym” dish.

The cooking process was really simplistic, just a matter of popping it all under the grill really. And, as you would expect with bread and fish, it took but a few minutes!

The result was a crusty thick sandwich with a moist tasty filling which left my fully satisfied. It tasted extra delicious with a glass of Chardonnay! 😊








A Friday (fun) flop.

Food, Food general, Foodie, Lunch

It’s only bloody Friday!!!!!

Yey, today I hit the gym hard before work! I completed a body combat class is a spinning class and then I went an ruined it by visiting Costa!!!

I didn’t take lunch and as it’s Friday, the start of a very fun weekend ahead, I treat myself.

This is the 1st shop bought coffee of the new year, a fact I am very proud of, but I paired it with a bacon and Brie panini. So unhealthy. 😕so yummy

Cafe Rouge (UK) ” shopping lunch”

Food, Food general, Foodie, Lunch

Me and Gavin risked a trip to the Trafford centre (Manchester) yesterday, a brave thing to do during these post Christmas sales, and like any trip to a large shopping domain you become posed with the question “where should I eat?”

The Trafford centre boasts a large food hall with the basic fast food options and a host of chain restaurants, after narrowing our choice down to giraffe, cafe rouge and TGBK I opted for cafe rouge as by this point I coveted a nice glass of red!

Service: no real complaints, they took our drink order and despite me seeing our carafe sat on the bar for 10 minutes before being brought over, I won’t hold it against them as our food was speedy indeed.

Menu: A really good choice. Lots of options from small tapas type dishes to main meals with a pretty even selection of meat, fish and Vegtable options.

Our food: Gav had the classic Moules Mariner and Frits. It was very nicely presented, there were a lot of mussels and the sauce was deliciously garlicky. The only problem was a lack of yummy crusty bread to soak up the sauce.


I chose the haddock fish cakes, a panic choice as I hadn’t totally made up my mind, but a choice I did not regret! They were smokey and a good size, plus I loved the aioli they were served with.


I would easily eat here again, it has a nice atmosphere and for two meals and a carafe of wine, £40 isn’t a bad lunch expense.

9/10 for an easy going, laid back lunch