Last Thursday I went to eat at my favourite local restaurant – we sort of befriended the owners – to introduce my mother to their menu as she had yet to enjoy it.
After much deliberation we made a selection:
A very cheesy vegetarian pasta dish for me (pasta shells stuffed with more cheese and eggplant) and a wonderful roast beef salad with beets, hazelnuts and crunchy cheese for my mother.
All I can say is nom nom nom 😀
Following the advice of a co-worker we settled for Crispy Duck in Gerrard Street and what great advice it was!
Hot and Sour chicken soup to start with (I think I was given tourist spicy because it wasn’t doing anything but leave a tingle on my lips), followed by Peking Duck as it should be! I’ve tried many restaurants but somehow in Europe a lot of places struggle to do Peking Duck the “traditional way” – with these sort of pancakes. The main course was a collection of several dishes (this amount of food was for 7 people!) accompanied by the usual rice.
A clear must visit address when in London and feeling like proper Chinese food!
During our day trip to Oxford (May 6) we ended up at the Crown for a sunny lunch. This fried brie with rocket salad and cranberry jelly hit the spot though it could have done with some slices of hearty bread to make it into a more complete meal – I not sufficed by stealing some chips from my dinner mates 😀
Number 9 of the crockpot challenge is my absolute favourite so far! I found the recipe via Pinterest on Better Home and Gardens.
Even when getting all the ingredients together for freezing it was the dish that had the best scent and it wasn’t even cooked yet! About three quart in the cooking time the aromas secretly crept from the pot to fill my nostrils and it was like a slice of heaven.
The hubby took the first bite – he does tend to run to the crockpot a lot lately – and made some sort of grunting noise. My heart skipped a beat, worried I messed up another full batch of food as with the Mac & Cheese mishap, had the delicious scent been too good to be true? After a moment he turned his back and I saw a big fat smile plastered over his face.
The chicken was extremely tender and the flavours had infused into the chunky sauce. Even though it is called hot and spicy I must admit it was neither really – but not in a bad way. If you wanted to spice it up, I am going to add a red pepper to it next time – or maybe increase the amount of red curry paste. An absolute winner, this dish, and one to be made in our home for many years to come I am sure of it!
The Crockpot challenge is still going and in the past couple of days I enjoyed two dishes. Only problem was I forgot to make pictures of one of these dishes (twice!) which is a real shame because it is an absolute winner! First of all we had Teriyaki Chicken, secondly Sausage with Peppers – both dishes were done according to the recipes of Ring around the rosies, who has inspired some more of my recipes.
Above you can see the slightly moved image (sorry!) of Teriyaki Chicken. The dish was tasty enough but it lacked a certain bite. The pineapple and carrot combined really well with the teriyaki sauce and well… chicken goes with everything, don’t you think?
The Sausages and Peppers however is an amazing dish! I am definitely going to make it again some day soon and will tell you all about it then!
Doesn’t this look wonderfully cheesy? The colour palette is radiant with the yellow, pink and green, it makes my taste-buds pull out the balloons and garlands in anticipation of a party in my mouth! My effort to recreate Today’s Creative Blog’s Mac and Cheese looks absolutely delicious, but that is about as positive I can be.
Pinterest is my number two boredom killer – hubby being number one. I love Pinterest but it can also lead to procrastination, so I set myself a challenge. It is nice to just keep pinning and liking for your imaginary life that will happen when you hit the jackpot, but why wait?
I decided that I should try more of what I like and pin on Pinterest so I can call a night of pinning a useful exercise. The crockpot challenge is already part of this, but I should crank it up. And so I did!
I must admit I am loving my crockpot more and more each time I use it, and the hubby is not far behind in appreciation. As I mentioned earlier the only problem sometimes is finding the right ingredients for the mostly American style of cooking. A good example is today’s dish: Cool Ranch Chicken by Family Fresh Meals (wonderful source of inspiration!). I was afraid it would have to turn into taco-seasoning chicken because Ranch dressing is hard to come by over here, not to mention the Ranch dressing mix!
Lunchtime at our place in the weekend usually means I feel like making something more than a sandwich. This time I took all the left over veggies lying around the kitchen (zucchini, leek, sweet bellpepper and red bellpepper) chopped them up, stirfried them, added vegetable stock and some flour to make this easy peasy soup. Just a spoon of sour cream, a dash of pepper and some chives and a bit of olive oil and lunchtime could commence!
What are you having today?
I am currently minding my calorie intake and I found out that this cup of soup filled me up for a mere 130 kcal! So not just healthy but diet proof too!