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

Roly Pavlova…..it’s only blooming healthy!!!!

desserts, Fruit

Board? Yes.

What do I do when I’m bored? Get in the kitchen! 😄

I pulled out an old weight watchers recipe book and decided on a beautiful summer dessert in homage to the glorious weather we are having here in Cheshire, U.K.


This is such a satisfying recipe to undertake, watching the egg whites transform into a heavenly, shiny, marshmallowy mix is just such a great thing to experience. 


It’s slightly time consuming but really requires little effort….just some waiting. Once you have mixed the meringue you can take 60minutes for yourself (I watched some “4 in a bed”!) whilst you wait for it too cook and cool. Then it’s simply a matter of filling and rolling.


Now I’m normally quite good at weighting but I had to dive right in and cut a slice. Heaven!!!

It’s a really versatile recipe too, I think next time I plan to make this for friends but I’m going to fall to the darks side and use cream and caramel! 😈

Whisky burger

Beef, Hamburger gourmet

Last night I made a whisky burger and there was no mistaking the whisky. Boy did it pack a punch!

I used the Hamburger gourmet book and it stated to use bourbon but as Gav isn’t too fond of that type of whisky I used a really peaty Scottish whisky called Smokehead. It was flipping amazing, really powerful and smoky.

It’s a really straightforward pattie, literally just 125g mince, doused in whisky and shaped. Griddle it for 2 minutes each side and it’s done. It was served in a brioche bun with rocket and a simple cheese sauce (chedder, water, chopped pepper)

A great Saturday night plate of food.

Gyoza virgin no longer

Jamie's comfort food, Pork

I love weekends which give you the time to experiment in the kitchen and that’s exactly how I used my time this weekend.

Yesterday I decided to try making Gyoza for the first time. I wasn’t alone, alas Mr Oliver helped me through the media of his comfort foods book.

  
I found it a really straight forward recipe to follow but you defiantly need a good hour or two for the prep.

I enjoyed making the Gyoza dough but found it a real workout session trying to get it nice and thin.

  
But it was all totally worth it!

   
   
The Gyoza were perfectly formed and perfect in taste. They were nice and light (which meant I ate about 15!) and they were fantastic in the dipping sauces (although they were equally tasty without!). The ginger and spice really fired through, a taste sensation!   

   

Alderley edge bar and grill review

Restaurant

Date night last night involved a meal at the Bar and Grill restaurant in Alderley Edge, Cheshire. 

This is my 2nd visit now and I would quite happily keep on going.

Food: I had the prawn tempura starter. The dish was presented very prettily and consisted of 4 monster prawns with a delicate batter and a sweet, lime laced Chilli sauce. For the main I had spilled pork burger which was juicy and moist and was so large I barely touched the chips. Alongside this we were given bread and dipping oil and overall I really couldn’t complain about any part. Delicious (Gav had the beef carpaccio which was melt in the mouth, followed by a risotto)

   
 Price: 2 starters, 2 mains, a bottle of Chardonnay, a espresso martini and a vodka for just under £100. Very reasonable.

Ambiance: A modern clean cut venue, white and fresh. We had the added benefit of being sat by the window so had the enjoyment of watching the night pass and the fancy cars too! (When you go out I this area you have to be aware it’s full of money and so be prepared for: fast cars / botoxed women / old men pretending to be young / dapper outfits)

   
 Negative: the only complaint is that as soon as we declined pudding we were ignored. When we wanted another drink Gav had to hail down a waitress who seemed annoyed at our request. Despite repeating the order twice the waitress for some reason didn’t understand and a second person then came over (how hard is it to understand “vodka pleas”?)

Score: 9/10 It would have been a 10 if it wasn’t for the slight waitress complaint

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!

Singapore street food: Fruitful! 

Fish

It’s been about a month since my break in Singapore and I’m not yet tired of looking at my snaps! I found these pics of us enjoying the street food from the outer edge of the marina…

   
    
 
I can’t recal exactly what we had now but I’m readonably sure mine was pineapple fried rice (the pineapple bowl is a giveaway right?), we were at a fish counter where they killed and cooked the seafood of your choice in front of you. I could quite stomach that and so opted for fish less! Gav however braved the prawns!