Sunday, 13 February 2011

Butternut Squash Soup

Very easy to make and super tasty! I used an onion, a bag of ready chopped squash, a jug of vegetable stock, a small amount of milk and lots of cracked black pepper. Served with watercress garnish. Delish!

Next on my list is green soup. It will include every green vegetable I can get my hands on to give it a real vitamin punch. I love making soup its such a good way of using up all the veg left in the fridge at the end of the week.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Truffle Tagliatelle at Jamie's Italian Covent Garden

I went to Jamie's Italian in Covent Garden recently with six of my girlfriends and we enjoyed a really lovely meal. We had the planks of meat to start along with white bait, mozzarella and Italian breads. For my main I had the Truffle Tagliatelle which was nice but maybe a little bit plain. Two of my friends had Rabbit Pasta which looked fabulous so I definitely had a case of food envy. The atmosphere in the restaurant was great; very relaxed and nice and noisy to drown out the rather loud girl talk fuelled by three bottles of Jamie's Prosecco....

Disappointed in the Dragon

Every time I go to the supermarket I peruse the exotic fruit section and read the names of the different items in stock partly to educate myself but also because I love the colours. I've been looking at the dragon fruit for a while now and it was only after watching Lorraine Pascale cutting up a dragon fruit on Baking Made Easy that I decided to take the plunge.

I was planning on eating it with a kiwi and strawberry fruit salad. Unfortunately the dragon fruit did not make the cut as it tasted so plain. I was expecting something really exotic tasting...but there was no kick. Disappointing. And it looked so pretty on the inside!

Naughty but Nice

So it's Sunday morning, you're on the settee with four of your best girlfriends drinking cups of tea watching Keeping up with the Kardashians on E! whilst flicking through celebrity gossip magazines. Life is pretty chilled and uber girlie. What can make it better? Sweet treats of course. Cue the gorgeous chocolate doughnuts. Naughty but nice.

Thinking about Jlo

My friend Jodie and her boyfriend Beautiful Tom are travelling the world at the moment (as you do). They are currently in Laos and are off to Thailand next to meet up with a few of my other friends (jealous). It was when I was in one of my favourite Manchester restaurants Tampopo recently that I really started to miss her. The place mats (pictured) set me thinking about her and how much fun she is having whilst we're in good old rainy England. Just wanted to say love you Jode xxx

Celebrating The Year Of The Rabbit

Here's a photo of the vegetarian stir fry meal I made to celebrate Chinese New Year. It was very simple and packed full of veg in an attempt to ward off all the flu germs that have been going around.

I used:

1 x broccoli
2 x red pepper
1 x pack mange tout
3 x noodle nests
1 x Chinese Szechuan sauce..ready made ;-)

All served and eaten with chopsticks!

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Kung Hei Fat Choi

The wok will be coming out tonight in honour of Chinese New Year. I'm planning on making a vegetarian stir fry with a Szechuan sauce served with chopsticks my friend brought back from her travels.

There are plenty of Chinese recipe ideas on the BBC Food website to get your taste buds going. And if you're in the North West there's a website dedicated to celebrating the year of the rabbit in Manchester. Have a look on the Symbols page to read about the Chinese zodiac and which year you were born in.