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 …

Life // Down On Cedar Farm

Last weekend a friend and I decided to take advantage of the lovely weather we’re being treated to and pay a visit to Cedar Farm. Located in-between Ormskirk & Preston, it’s tucked away in the countryside surrounded by fields. Perfect when you want to escape the hustle and bustle! We both enjoyed a delicious goats cheese bagel with wedges. The food was simply delicious and sitting outside in the courtyward was a lovely way to spend a Sunday. Cedar Farm has an assortment of attractions – a petting farm complete with goats and sheep, an art gallery, cutesy style shops and the cafe where we ate. I would definitely recommend a visit if you’re in the area!

Food // Chicken & Leek Risotto

Lately I’ve got stuck in a rut of making the same meals so earlier this week i decided to mix it up and try a chicken  risotto. After a quick gander on the Good Food website I found relatively easy recipe. So what did I need? Ingredients Arborio rice  2 chicken breasts Red onion 1 leek Chestnut mushrooms Veg stock Salt and pepper to flavour Real Vitality coconut oil  So what do you need to do?  In one pan add your rice and a medium amount of water. Add to the heat and allow the rice to begin to cook. In a second smaller, frying pan add your chopped up veggies and chicken breast. Gently simmer in the coconut oil and allow the ingredients to brown. I absolutely adore the Real Vitality coconut oil. I picked up a huge jar and I use it every time I’m cooking. It’s so soft and perfect for both frying and roasting. I’m an official convert! Make a cup of veg stock and add to the frying pan after 7-10 …

Food // Homemade Beetroot Houmous

Since I changed jobs last month I’ve had to take my breakfast and lunch to work each day, and sometimes I get bored of my options. I love beetroot houmous but we’re nowhere near a large supermarket, so I decided to attempt to make my own! I purchased all the ingredients in Aldi, so in total a weeks portion cost less than £3.50 to make! So what do you need? 2 tins of chickpeas Garlic cloves Olive oil 2 beetroot Lemon juice to flavour I chucked all my ingredients in a food processor, added a healthy glug of olive oil and blend till smooth. Serve with pitta bread – delicious!

Food // La Tasca, Liverpool Review

Last week I was invited to visit the newly refurbished La Tasca based just off Queen Square in Liverpool. To be completely honest I hadn’t been to a La Tasca in quite some years, but I’m loving attending blogger events in the city so I headed down with my boyfriend in tow. We arrived at the restaurant at 6pm and I was impressed by the large outside dining space they have. It was a warm evening and with many of the outside tables occupied, it looked really lovely.Once greeted by the helpful PR team we were shown to our table, handily located in front of the kitchen so we could watch the chefs at work. The staff were lovely and so knowledgeable about the food, drinks and the history of the restaurant. It was really interesting to hear that the chain cater to two types of clientele – those who want to grab a quick bite but also they’ve began to turn their hand to fine dining. We were treated to a variation of the …

Food // Wahaca, Liverpool

Yesterday I had my first works social in my new job. The sun was shining and after a long 4 day week, as soon as the clock hit 4.30 we downed tools and headed to Wahaca.  I’d heard good things about the chain and I’m a huge fan of Mexican food so it already got a thumbs up from me. Plus we were ready for a cocktail or 3!          The Liverpool branch is deceptively big, spanning three floors plus a roof terrace. When we arrived around 5.30 a couple of tables were taken, but they had space for our party of 6.  The menu was a lot bigger than I expected too with a choice of smaller, tapas-style dishes or big ears – meals for one basically.  I opted for 2 of the smaller dishes plus a side. I settled on the chicken tacos, a sweet potato and feta dish and a side of green rice and black beans. It was delicious and the perfect amount – meaning i had space for pina …