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Just Wings, Aigburth Road Liverpool

Since moving to South Liverpool we’ve enjoyed exploring the many different areas on our doorstep – Wooton Village is just a stones throw away, Otterspool prom is perfect for dog walks and Aigburth Road is home to Space Coffe, our new breakfast haunt and further up you’ll find Just Wings… As the name suggests, this place specialises in all things Chicken. Burgers, wings and a boat load of sides – all available in 12 different rubs or sauces for both the weaklings amongst us (hi!) and those who love to indulge in mouth-watering spicy food every now and again. We popped along on a Saturday evening before heading to LIMF in Sefton Park. Handily located, towards the top of Aigburth Road, it’s easy to get too by either bus or train. We rocked up with rumbling bellies and with a few menu recommendations in our arsenal, we got to grips with the menu. The menu may be small, but it’s certainly might. Just WingsJust Wings is part of a Merseyside chain or takeaways and the …

Recipe // Vegetable Satay Noodles

Whilst we’re not out of the woods yet with the festive period continuing till we welcome in the new year, I don’t know about you but I’m so ready for a change at mealtimes. Out goes the meats, generous helpings of gravy and various types of potatoes and I’m ready for vegetables! My fridge is looking rather sparse at the minute, if you don’t include the various types of cheese and pate (I’ve always got room for you camembert!) except for a couple of veggies knocking around in the chiller drawer. So in a bid to make a tasty yet super speedy meal for 2, I’m rustled up this – a veggie satay noodles dish! Ingredients Noodles – I use dried, egg noodles but it’s up to you 1 courgette 1 red pepper & 1 yellow pepper Half a punnet of chestnut mushrooms Peanut butter – smooth and crunchy Garlic & paprika to season Coconut oil to fry the veggies What’s the method? Well, like I said earlier, it’s really easy. Using up the last …

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 …

Review // Roja Pinchos, Berry Street, Liverpool

If you’ve been out to the eat in the city recently or had a scroll through Twitter looking for someplace new to try you’ll notice that Liverpool is on the cusp of something great. With so many new restaurants and bars popping up, plus old haunts continuously reinventing their menus, now is a great time to dine. So when an invite to Roja Pinchos dropped in my inbox I couldn’t resist. After a quick snoop on the website I was sold – pinchos with a strictly Spanish theme and bottles of red & white wine to try. Located on Berry Street, which its very self is the place to be, Roja Pinchos is neatly tucked away near the Chinese arches and opposite Red Door. Inviting to the eye thanks to its clean white exterior I was kindly greeted and ushered downstairs to join the party! From what I could gather Roja Pinchos has two levels – enjoy a glass of white over a plate of manchego cheese pinchos in the afternoon. Or  head downstairs for a …

Food // Sausage & Spinach Pasta Bake

Everyone loves a pasta bake – stodgy, carb-heavy yet so, so yummy. This week is one of those ‘using up the contents of the cupboards’ weeks so what could I rustle up with 1 leek, 1 courgette, 1 jar of tomato & bacon pasta sauce and a pack of sausages? Obvs I went with a pasta bake. And I tell you what, I’m so glad I did! It was really delicious and just the sorta meal I was craving after a day in work and a long-dog walk when I got home. Yeah, pasta bakes can take a little bit longer than usual pasta dishes to prep, but it was so worth the wait. And anything topped with cheese is a winner in my book!    So what do ya need? Half a bag of penne pasta – I made enough for 2 people to eat over 2 week-days. Yep, easy dinners is my jam 6 pack of sausages – quorn or meat, whatever your preference, both work a-ok 300g baby spinach 1 red onion …

Food // Butternut Squash, Spinach & Feta Lasagne

I’m trying to incorporate more veggie-based recipes into our diet and this weekend I gave this lasagne recipe a go – but added my own twist onto it! I love lasagne but never really attempted to make my own till recently. Spinach is now a staple in my fridge and I wanted to try cooking with butternut squash so this lasagne recipe, adapted from Essbeevee, was perfect! I made a couple of adaptions and in hindsight I think it’s needs a bit more flavour so next time I’m gong to add chorizo too. Ingredients  1 punnet of chestnut mushrooms 1 bag of baby spinach 1 red onion 1 butternut squash 2 courgettes 1 yellow pepper 1 leek 6 lasagne pasta sheets Tin of mushroom soup Feta Cheddar cheese It’s really easy to make too! Chop up your veggies and gently fry in a large frying pan. I added garlic powder, black pepper and dried mixed herbs to season. I popped my squash in the microwave for 5 mins to soften so it was easier to …

Food // Beef Lasagne 

So I have a little confession to make…prior to this weekend I had never made a lasagne before. I know, for a girl who loves cooking I had strayed away. I love my mums lasagne and my boyfriends aunties lasagne that I didn’t think I could do it justice.  But on Sunday I fancied giving it a go. So I stocked up on the ingredients, googled a few different recipes and set about making my first ever lasagne…         So what did I use? Beef mince – we try to use less than 10% fat Red onion Red pepper Mushrooms Courgette Spinach  Carrots  Lasagne sheets Passata  Creamy lasagne sauce Red wine Salt / pepper / garlic / mixed herbs to season I cooked up the veggies and meat in a large frying pan. Then I layered the sauce with the pasta sheets and the white sauce. Top with your favourite kinda cheese and bake in the oven for 30 mins!     

Food // Chicken & Chorizo Tray Bake

I think I’ve touched on this before but I’m not really a traditional roast dinner kinda gal. I’m not huge on going to a carvery and I don’t enjoy loads of plain veg smothered in gravy. There I said it. I prefer a mix of roasted Mediterranean veggies with a chicken breast, maybe some stuffing on the side and roasted parsnips. So this weekend I made just that! It was my second attempt at a kind of roast dinner and it’s another one that went down well in my household! I stole the recipe from Plates and Places and it was all kinds of amazing. Chicken and chorizo in an olive oil dressing – oh wow.           It’s really easy which is just what you want on a Sunday evening. Chop your veggies; chuck in a roasting tin with the chicken breasts, chorizo and a healthy dollop of olive oil. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes, or till the chicken is cooked throughout and then serve. If you’re looking for an easy weekend …

Food // Speedy Dinner Ideas on a Budget

Lately I feel like I’ve slipped in old habits and been eating out rather than making meals at home that cost half the price. So to get back into cooking, I took a trip to Aldi and filled the fridge with loads of fresh veggies to give me a much needed kick up the bum to make meals from scratch again! Since we got Molly, our French bulldog puppy, when I get in from work I want to play and enjoy puppy cuddles so I’ve been enjoying tried and tested recipes that don’t need hours spent in the kitchen! I cook for the two of us and I hate spending loads on random ingredients when I can rustle up a few tasty meals using the same range of ingredients throughout the week. Chicken, Leek & Mushroom Pasta Bake         Everyone loves a pasta bake and you can’t go wrong with a chicken, leek and mushroom combo plus a cheesy sauce! It’s dead easy and requires minimal effort. Chop up and gently fry your chicken …

Food // Federal Cafe, NQ Manchester

Federal cafe is the latest firm blogger fave if you wanna get your avo and eggs fix. So naturally, I thought I better get on the hype and see what the fuss is about! As soon as I arrived, I got it. Cute, kitsch interior with a rustic feel thanks to wooden tables and an open kitchen.         Once I found my spot I set about taking my pick from the menu. There was lots of choice but as I was there at half 9 in the morning I went for my old faithful – poached eggs on sourdough with avocado on the side. Just what I fancied with a pot of lemon and ginger tea to boot!  The NQ is a little out of my way these days but the next time I fancy a spot of brunch in Manchester I know where I’m headed! 

Food // Revs De Cuba New Menu Review

Earlier this week my mum and I headed into Manchester to spend the afternoon having a nosey around the shops and taking a pit stop at Revolucion De Cuba for lunch. They’ve recently launched a new menu complete with a range of tasty tapas style dishes to share, lots of different mains, including burgers, rissoto and salads and mouth-watering desserts. Oh and let’s not forget the cocktails. The delicious rum filled cocktails that had a true taste of summer. I could *almost* have imagined I was lay on a tropical island somewhere…..not sheltering from Manchester’s delightful 2 degree temperatures!  The bar/restaurant is so pretty, cute tables with cute detail on each wall. And when our food arrived, we weren’t disappointed! A trio of tapas plates to start- pork and chorizo quasadillas, meatballs and lightly fries cauliflower with sour cream. Just, amazing. Each dish was full of flavour and quite filling too.   Then we moved onto the main dish. Chicken thighs skewer to share with sweet potato wedges. The dressing this was in complimented the …

Food // Chilli & Sweet Potato Chips

Chilli is one of my go-to meals. I just love cooking a big batch up filled with loads of veggies and mince meat.  It’s one of those one pot dishes that’s so simple to do and requires little effort – bar the chopping of veggies and the washing up afterwards!  It’s great to make at the weekend for friends with a mound of cheesy nachos and homemade guacamole….mmmm avocado.  But it’s great mid-week too, which is how I rustled it up on Thursday with a batch of chilli and garlic topped sweet potato chips on the side.     Chilli Recipe 2 red onions Mushrooms 1 courgette 1 red pepper 250g mince meat (serves 2) Chilli powder!  Garlic and chilli granules to season  Chop your sweet potatoes up, season and whack into the oven for 30 mins till soft and crispy.  Plate up and enjoy!   

Food // Peppers, Celery and Bacon Pasta 

I try and cook fresh homemade meals as many nights of the week as I can. But sometimes, as the fridge starts to empty out, you need to get inventive with your lack of ingredients. And that’s how this dish came to life!  I discovered one red pepper, a stick of celery, 4 rashers of bacon and half a tub of double pouring cream….I know, right? The best kind of cream.    I chucked all of the above into a pan with some rapeseed oil and gently fried away.  In a second pan I boiled wholemeal pasta and once it was cooked, stirred through some sundried tomato pesto.  Serve with bread and a mixed leaf salad, it was delicious. The perfect, using up the contents of the fridge, meal! Dead quick on a Monday night after work too!       

Food // Giving up for Lent

I never really do anything for Lent. I always tell myself I’ll attempt to give something up but after a couple of days I give in and carry on as before. But after indulging a little too much lately, I thought it would be the much needed kick up the butt I need to give up unnecessary snacking until Easter. So, with this in mind I’ve decided to stop eating the oh so good but naughty stuff – aka chocolate, crisps and fizzy drinks. They’ve become an every other day occurrence so I’m gonna see if I can actually stick to it and stop for 40 days, 40 nights till Easter.    I’m also using my new so Instagrammable diary from My Little Box as a food diary to keep track of my meals. Home cooking each night is back on the agenda and I’m finding I really look forward to each meal more. I stocked up on healthy snacks during my Aldi shop so my work desk is now full of mini packs of …

Food // The best places to buy fresh food

I’ve mentioned before how I’ve recently moved house and I’m still discovering my new stomping ground. And one thing is rather important – where I do my food shop! I love a weekly trip to the supermarket. Deciding what meals to plan that week, picking up the ingredients I’ll need. I love to make fresh meals from scratch, packed with veggies. As I’ve said before, Aldi is my favourite supermarket, as it’s cheap yet the food is fresh and the veg lasts. But I discovered a Booths has opened a mere 5 minutes from my house, so on Bank Holiday Monday I paid a visit. Booths is the holy grail of ‘nice’ supermarket. Fresh, homegrown fruit and delicious cuts of meats and cheese. Booths supermarkets can only be found up North, but if you’re ever passing one, it’s worth a visit.    I picked up a couple of slabs of cheese whilst I was in – a delicious mango and ginger stilton and a cut of cranberry wensleydale. All washed down with a couple of …