Monday, 31 March 2014


Brightening up a rather grey spring day! It's just not spring without a sunny bunch of these and nothing cheers up my little flat like some lovely fresh flowers!

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Beer and a Burger!

Mm I love lazy Sunday afternoons! Mine involved a sunny stroll through West Didsbury, discovering a wonderful new beer shop, Epicurean, and a vintage stall! After purchasing a few tasty beers and some lovely 1970s beer glasses I headed home. Burgers for dinner paired perfectly with my pickled red onions and a delicious bottle of Summer Wine's Diablo. Heavenly!

Hope you've all had good weekends!

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Pickled Red Onions and Goats Cheese

Earlier this week I made these delicious pickled red onions and ever since I have been dying to try them. Finally at lunchtime today, I gave in...

I decided to pair them with the rest of the goats cheese, and some lovely fresh rocket, I also added a sprinkling of spring onions, plus a splash of olive oil and balsamic. Perfection! The creamy goats cheese, and the sour, sweet, salty onions, it was an awesome salad. Happy Saturday!!!

Thursday, 27 March 2014

A Spring Salad...

Well, the climate hasn't improved very much here in rainy Manchester, but in my little flat spring has well and truly sprung. I popped to my nearest market after work in search of a little dinner inspiration on was absolutely thrilled to find fresh peas! I know I need to get out more, but it did give me an idea...

Fresh peas, radishes, a bit of mint and some delicious soft, creamy goats cheese, that's one heavenly, fresh salad. I dished it up with some grilled chicken, drizzled with lime juice and sprinkled with mint. It's even good for you!
Clearly the healthiness of dinner needed to be counterbalanced somehow! Luckily, I had leftover mint and half a lime at my disposal. With the help of a bottle of pear cider I've managed to faithfully recreate the Pear Cider Mojito of Friday night! I'm in spring time heaven!

Pea, Radish and Goats Cheese Salad
Serves 2 as a side
Approx 250g freshly shelled peas
Bunch of radishes (sliced)
Handful of finely chopped mint
50g crumbled soft goats cheese
Drizzle of olive oil
- Briefly boil the peas, two minutes should be plenty
- Combine peas, radishes, mint and olive oil
- Plate up and top with crumbled goats cheese
- Voila! You didn't even need the recipe!!!

Monday, 24 March 2014

Monday Night Comfort Food: Cheesy Garlic Bruschetta


Comfort food, it's the best thing about Mondays isn't it? That weekly excuse of 'Eugh! Monday! I'll have to something to cheer myself up...' Or is that just me?
Regardless, a huge bowl of pasta and some cheesy bruschetta was top of my agenda for this evening. I was lucky enough to find a three cheese sourdough loaf in my local supermarket and it was perfect for this! It's really simple, ten minutes is all that stands between you and garlicky deliciousness.
Cheesy Garlic Bruschetta
Makes 1 loaf
1 Crusty White Loaf (sliced)
5 Cloves of Garlic
Handful of Parsley (finely chopped)
- Halve one of the garlic cloves, and finely chop the other four. You can use less garlic, I'm a bit of a garlic fiend!
- Lightly toast the sliced bread under the grill on both sides.
- Rub half a garlic clove over one side of each of the slices.
- Spread butter very thickly on the slices and top with the chopped garlic.
- Return to the grill for 3-5 minutes.
- When going golden around the edges and all the butter has melted, remove and sprinkle with parsley.
- It's ready to nom!!!
If all this thinking about bread is making you want to read more about bread, this is an amazing article about food obsessions! I'm not quite there. Yet.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Food Fight!!!

Ok, so all I can say is yum! If you are Manchester based you have a couple of weeks to go to Food Fight, it's on for the next few Fridays in Castlefield. It's full of amazing street food, think delicious pizzas and amazing hot dogs plus ice cream in all kinds of crazy flavours. Add to that a bit of booze (I can heartily recommend the pear cider mojito, it's summer in a pint glass) and some fun djs and you have the recipe for a perfect Friday night! Find them on Facebook and twitter @beatstreetmcr and for the awesome pizza try @HonestCrust... Happy nomming!

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Spring Forward...

Well, it seems that today is being classed as the beginning of spring. Despite it being terribly cold and grey where I am, what better time could there be for new endeavours?

And by new endeavours I do not mean changing my contact lens direct debit. In fact, I really mean the start of a lovely shiny new blog. Seriously, check out how shiny and new it is, must be, hmm, ten minutes old?

But, what is a shiny new blog without a purpose, or at least an intention of what it will include. I mean you probably want to know what you can expect to be reading about if you persevere. Ok, I'll tell you... A bit of cooking, possibly some baking, a lot of cocktails, some crafty endeavours and pretty stuff for the house (mini flat). Sounds good, yeh?

I can tell you're already excited, me too. Here we go!