1st BBQ of the summer!

Beef, Pork

Nothing fancy, just a good old British BBQ! 

Hot sun, a few tipples and meat! ūüėÉ


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Altrincham market house

Restaurant

Once again I have frequented Altrincham Market House and loved it! It’s quirky, cute, reasonably priced and super tasty!

This time I ate from “honest crust” the pizza place and without a doubt it was the best pizza I have recently had!

If you like variety and relaxed eating this is the place for you!

Guilty pleasure too terrible to tell….but I will!

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Lambrini for those of you who don’t know, is a cheap, fizzy, low alcohol content wine which is sadly associated with underage teens trying to get tiddly!

However, it’s light, refreshing and easy to drink and every now and again, me and Gav treat ourselves! 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

  

Bella Italia: Not too crappy

Restaurant

   
About to see Deadpool!!! ūüėÉ 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!

Lamb pasta???

Lamb, Pasta, Uncategorized

I have often bypassed this recipe for no other reason that lamb seems weird with pasta….right?
I know it shouldn’t. We have meat with pasta in many dishes but I’ve just never had a lamb pasta dish and I couldn’t quite get my imagined taste buds around it!
However, I took the plunge and I finally cooked this dish and much to my delight and surprise, it was spectacular!
The sauce was savory and rich, oozing a meaty depth after simmering with the lamb for 45 minutes. The lamb was tender and buttery and this combination paired with a fresh pasta base was throughly enjoyable.
The added bonus was that the recipe calls for wine which meant we had an open bottle that needed drinking!
Worried about eating lamb and pasta? Worry no more.
  
  

Kitchen surprise: Breaded chicken wraps

chicken, Food, Foodie

I raided the kitchen and whipped up this tasty, slightly naughty dinner last night. I’d treat myself to a tipple of wine and so didn’t want to be in the kitchen an age, but I was hungry and needed substance!

Breaded chicken wraps with rocket and sundried tomato salad

 

Super easy:

  • Cut a chicken breast in to slices, coat in flour, egg and breadcrumbs (I mixed paprika in with my bread crumbs) then gently fry
  • Fry onions and peppers 
  • Place the chicken, onions and peppers in your wraps and pop under the grill to toast
  • Mix up your salad: I used rocket, sundried tomatoes, olive oil, lemon and seasoning
  • Serve!

Really easy. Relatively quick. A taste of slight guilt food for a Friday night!

A rare night of not cooking..

italian

Last night I rang Gav…. I said “can’t be bothered to cook, go get some wine, pick up some food too” (with maybe a few pleasantries slotted in also)

He came home with wine (2 bottles) and a pizza and garlic bread combo from the Co op. Normally I’m not a fan of ready made pizza but the Kashmiri pizza from the co op is my guilty pleasure. Nom! Only problem was, I had to share!!

  

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.

I wouldn’t recommend it!! ūüėē

Cook book, Food, Foodie, Kitchen, Pasta, Pasta: 100 every day recipes, Vegetarian

Last night I made this pasta dish.

To be honest I wasn’t really looking forward to it and I had hoped that we would go to the cinema and therefore avoid it. However we had to much to do (packing for our weekend trip) and so stayed home.

(Incase your wondering why I would make a dish I don’t really want to? I have a “thing” we’re I need to try EVERY recipe from my books…don’t ask ūüėŹ)

So I made it, and it was bland and boring and everything I expected.

I couldn’t bring myself to serve it to Gav and so I added some passata, cream cheese and Parmesan and it was transformed!

Still not amazing but at least it had flavor. (And I cracked open a bottle of wine so it wasn’t all bad!!)

Needless to say, I don’t recommend this one but below is the recipe should you wish to be strange! ūüėĮ

* recipe book – <strong>Pasta: 100 every day recipes

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