All posts tagged: food

Food // Koop, Bold Street 

Recently I had half an hour to kill before I attended an event and I found myself on Bold Street with a slightly rumbling tummy. If you’re local to the city you’ll know Bold St is the place to find the latest eateries and the most tried and tested options too.  I noticed Koop is available as an option on Colu, accepting the Liverpool Pound and seeing as my app is still loaded up, I thought why not give it a whirl! Firstly I was struck by the interiors. Quite a small, narrow restaurant with tables either side but neon signs on the wall – chicken themed obvs and an exposed kitchen so you can see the chefs cooking. The menu has a few different options – burgers, wraps, salads and sides. I went for the chicken thigh burger and a side of sweet potato wedges.  And here’s where it went downhill. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t wowed by the food. The wedges I could have made at home. Quite easily. They weren’t crispy at …

Gousto Meal Box Recipe Review

Review // Gousto Spiced Tenderloin Pork & Peanut Sauce

I’m all for trying new recipes and expanding my cooking repoitoire. Sometimes, eating the same 5/6 meals on repeat can get pretty boring. So, when Gousto, the subscription meal service got in touch, I defo wanted to see what it’s all about! As I’m sure you’re aware, I love cooking. Getting in the kitchen after a day at work with a classic 90’s playlist on in the background is my way to unwind and relax after a day at work. But like I’ve already mentioned, finding new food inspo can be a struggle and we often eat variations of the same meals. The box appealed to me as we got to try a couple of new recipes, but didn’t have to buy lots of new ingredients that we wouldn’t use up. With 22 different recipes to choose from each on the site and a choice of vegetarian, quick and easy & low calorie recipes, Gousto can be tailored to your lifestyle. So, if you want to eat fresh but don’t want to spend the evening …

Food // Pizza East, Shoreditch 

Last weekend my mum and I made our annual trip down to London so naturally I had a little stalk on London food blogs that find somewhere new to eat. We had an afternoon reservation at the Sky Garden so a morning spent exploring Shoreditch was the plan and Pizza East was our pit stop! Pizza’s always a great shout and after a nosey at their website and Instagram I made a Saturday lunchtime reservation.  I loved the interior, very industrial yet cool. I especially like it when a restaurant has cloth napkins on the table and a water glass so I could tell we were in good hands. Once we’ ordered drinks, mimosa for me and a half carrafe of red for Mum, we checked out the menu.  Normally when I see a place has mac and cheese, it’s usually my go to but surrounding tables had already ordered pizza and it looked incredible! I went with the olive croquettes as a side, and the squash and pesto pizza for my main. Cooked on …

Recipe // Sweet Potato Dauphinoise  

The start of a new year often signals detox and diets for most by around these parts I’m all about moderation.   Whilst I may have indulged a tad over the last month I haven’t gone overboard as I try to make sure every meal I cook is packed with veg, so the naughty treats balance out!  But back to today’s recipe. It’s not that healthy but it’s a yummy addition to a meat and veg dinner – dauphinoise sweet potatoes.   Creamy, peppery baked potatoes- the ideal accompaniment to a lamb chop or a veggie bake. This was much first attempt and whilst it turned out really nicely, I’d make some amends time it, which I’ll share with you.   Ingredients  Sweet potatoes  Double cream Spinach  Milk  1 leek  Grated cheddar cheese  Salt, pepper and nutmeg to season  Coconut oil I followed a Lucy B tcoconut oil recipe I actually saw on Instagram, and it worked a treat!  You can find the full recipe here –  https://www.lucybee.co/coconut-oil-recipes/index/sweet-potato-dauphinois-with-rosemary/

Recipe // Lime Chicken & Cheesy Leeks

Sometimes I find that I make the same recipes on repeat but since I picked up a copy of the Lean in 15 cook book from Joe Wicks a few weeks ago I’ve been given fresh inspiration and want to create yummy, healthy meals again. Grilled chicken and veg is the oldest ‘healthy meal’ in the book…but sometimes it gets boring so I decided to mix it up with the introduction of spicy, marinated chicken that’s full of flavour and cheesy leeks on the side. I don’t like bland food so anything that combines lots of flavours and a hint of spice is a winner in my book! In my last post I mentioned that I recently went on a shopping trip to the Aintree Retail Park and whilst I was in The Range, I picked up this amazing grill pan. I’m not a fan of the oven in our rented house, so this is a great way to grill meat and veggies together on the hob. I just added a spritz of frylite and …

Recipe // Chicken & Chorizo Noodles

This week I’m working my way through the Lean in 15 cookery book and the latest offering was the chicken and chorizo recipe.  It’s meant to be eaten alone but after a busy day in work I wanted to pad it out a bit so I decided to add noodles. It truly is a 15 minute meal as it didn’t take long at all to prep and I had all the ingredients too – winning!  Ingredients  Chicken breast x 2 Chorizo Red onion Spinach  Mozzarella  Dried noodles  Cherry tomatoes Salt, pepper & paprika to season Optional – I added Greek yoghurt to thicken and create a sauce for our noodles  It’s essentially a one pot dish as you add each ingredient during the 15 minute cooking time.  I found this really easy to make and it was delicious and full of flavour. But I defo think adding the yogurt to make it saucey was a great shout! 

Recipe // Dippy Eggs and Feta

Brunch is one of my favourite meals yet I very rarely take the time to prepare it. But as we enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend I decided to take full advantage and make an old fave – dippy eggs. Dippy eggs is the ultimate sharing dish – throw in a handful of ingredients, expertly poach your eggs in the tomato sauce and get dipping! So what do you need?  Eggs – one of two per person should suffice Chorizo Feta cheese Chopped tomatoes Basil, salt & pepper to season Paprika / chilli flakes to add a kick! It’s a super simple recipe that requires zero prep – Add your tomatoes to a pan along with the chorizo. Once the tomatoes begin to bubble, create two ‘holes’ and this is where you will crack your eggs! Throw in the feta cheese and season. Serve straight from the pan once your eggs are cooked and enjoy with a few slices of your favourite bread or better still, a tear and share ciabatta to really mop up the …

Review // The Cricketers, Ormskirk

Living in Ormskirk more often that not, food-wise, I’m spoilt for choice. With a variety of cute cafes in the town centre specialising in brunch, pubs dotted around the surrounding postal code areas that offer light bites and dinner options and those places in the middle. Which essentially is how I’d categorise The Cricketers. My Mum and I decided to visit for a spot of lunch at the weekend and despite us not having a reservation, we were squeezed in and seated in the conservatory. Light, airy and the perfect spot for a Sunday afternoon, we set about perusing the 3-course menu. Packed with a variety of starters and mains – dependent on how hungry you are of course, we settled on the goats cheese salad for me and a sharing breads, olives and feta slate for Mum to start. Both dishes were the perfect side – tasty and full of flavour, yet too filling, leaving us ready for our main course. The goats cheese salad included pesto and pine nuts making such a beautiful …

Recipe // Goats Cheese & Red Pepper Pasta

I’m gonna put it out there before I even start this post…I’m totally aware that the only recipes I seem to be posting lately are pasta-based. I think I’ve got a problem. But pasta is amazing. It’s speedy to cook, involves cheese (which is always a winner in my book) and provides lots of variation. Penne, spaghetti, cannelloni, the list goes on. But this time I’m talkin’ about something a bit sexier – and it involves goats cheese! Goats cheese is the holy grail and anything that combines it with roasted pepper is a winner in my book – which incidentally was the combo I had in mind when creating this dish! Now I was supposed to make it with risotto rice, however I forgot to check if I had any left, which of course I didn’t, so I substituted penne instead! Ingredients 1 jar of roasted peppers 1 slab of goats cheese (yes, I do mean a slab…I like cheese!) Pasta or risotto rice – it’s completely up to you 1 leek 2 courgettes …

Food // Do you enjoy home cooking?

Following a catch-up with the girls earlier this week over a delicious Italian takeaway, (no that doesn’t mean just pizza, we had pasta too!) and a discussion around home cooking and preparing meals, it occurred to me that everyone had a different take on this. For me, it’s how I relax. During the week I love to rustle up a healthy-ish yet scrummy tea that stays within Slimming World guidelines. And at the weekend, I love to prepare a feast, set the table like I did last weekend in these pictures and enjoy chopping and stirring in the kitchen whilst Spotify plays and I enjoy a glass of merlot. Happiness personified! But some prefer the convenience side of cooking. Throwing together the ingredients to prepare a family meal yet without the prolonged time spent standing too close to the hob. To me, this is madness but I can appreciate it for sure. A lot goes into planning a meal – choosing what to cook, ensuring the ingredients are in the fridge, cooking, eating and then …