Food

what kind of millennial would I be if I didn’t share my food with you?

It’s almost the most commercialised, tacky day of the year!

I kid…

What I mean to say was… Soon it shall be the 14th February, the day St Valentine (supposedly) shot you in the ass and you found some love.

Whether you’re spending it with the one you love, your mum or your best girl friends, Veeno is definitely the place to spend it!

Veeno was brought to us by Nino and Andrea, lovers of football, quality wine and authentic food. They only opened their first wine bar in 2013 and have taken the UK by storm, opening 10 bars since then! I was ecstatic to hear that one was opening in Leicester as I love the Nottingham one so much! 

I was kindly invited along to their Selezione Wine Tasting back in November, and it was amazing! It consisted of two white wines, one rose and two reds, accompanied by a platter of appetisers that were specifically chosen to compliment each of the wines. All of this was finished off with a dessert wine and their homemade tiramisu (WHICH WAS TO DIE FOR). All of Veeno’s wines come from their family vineyard in Sicily, Italy, ensuring only the best quality wines make it from their vines to your glass!

It was such a great experience to meet other bloggers, bring my love along and try so many different wines, I never knew I liked rosé until I went Veeno! But I am a red girl at heart ngl.

Anywho, back to the point!

Get booked in as soon as you can, even if it’s not for Valentine’s day. It’s great for all social situations, I even went after work to catch up with my gal pal! (hey Izzy) where we tucked in on a mini cheese board and talked the night away at a little instagrammable table decorated with corks! Such a beautiful place I tell ya.

Veeno really is the perfect setting for a Valentine’s date – for only £26.90pp you and your significant other can partake in this incredible Selezione experience, I am definitely going to book in again. They also cater for vegans & vegetarians too so you wont feel like you’re missing out!

Also, if anyone wants to join me on the Blind Wine Tasting they have on offer, let me know! I’m desperate to try it!

Are you feeling Christmassy? I’m feeling DAMN Christmassy.

We’ve finally touched down in December and now it’s all about mulled wine, blankets and endless amounts of food.

So what’s better than trying out all the new Christmas menus our favourite food retailers have to offer? Nothing I tell you, nothing. Especially when you get to meet some of this lovely lot…

I was invited by the lovely PizzaExpress to check out their newly renovated digs and to try their new Christmas menu. What’s really cool about PizzaExpress is that each of their restaurants are individually designed, and are usually based on well known places, people or historical events from the area. I couldn’t wait to check out what they had done with the place and get my hands on some new fancy food!


Starter: 
Terrina Festa: “A soft terrine of salmon, crab and prawn, served with rocket, house dressing, a wedge of lemon, fresh parsley and flat bread”

Fresh and fishy… in a good way! The nicest starter i’ve had in a while. This was incredibly refreshing and you get a good portion of terrine to use with PizzaExpress’ amazing bread. I would definitely recommend this to fish lovers, ridiculously tasty!


Main Course: 

Cauliflower Cheese Romana: “Roasted cauliflower florets, Pecorino cheese and garlic oil on a creamy cheese & mustard sauce base with pink Tropea onions and pine kernels, finished with fresh parsley and shaved Gran Milano cheese”

I had the Cauliflower Cheese Romana (within minimal cheese hello lactose intolerance) and it was INCREDIBLE! For my fellow lactose intolerant sufferers, you know when you sometimes play the risky game of eat the dairy if you think the food is worth it? This is worth it. I will say I wasn’t fully convinced with cauliflower on a pizza to begin with, but I am never looking back. The mustard in the base was probably my favourite part, it gave the pizza a warming spicy kick… now I’m drooling. Yummy.

Dessert: 

Snowball Dough Balls: “Our famous Dough Balls with cinnamon and icing sugar, served with a vanilla cream dip and a chocolate straw”

Due to stuffing my face with the starter and main there wasn’t much room left for dessert, but did I let that stop me? HELL NO! I absolutely love the famous dough balls at PizzaExpress, so this was a good choice for me. This is great as a sharer as I feel I couldn’t eat al the cream dip to myself (though I did try).

Now I know you’re all frantically putting your shoes and coat on to get down to PizzaExpress as soon as you possibly can, but wait! PizzaExpress have given me a 30% off voucher (now expired) for my readers! Enjoy your little Christmas treat! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂

 

 

 

 

*A huge thank you to PizzaExpress for inviting me along for a complimentary meal. All words are spoken from the heart and accurate.

 

 

 

Are you from Leicester?

Do you know Queens road?

Have you been to Salvador Deli?

If your answers aren’t YES YES YES then GTFO! I’m joking, but please do visit if you can.

Salvador Deli is my home away from home, seriously, they feed me and give me laughter and comfort. I wish I could sleep in their toilets and be there always, because I am so well fed it makes my heart swell.

I bloody love it there, and not because my friends work here (I loved it before them) but because the food and atmosphere is incredible to say the least. I drive here every lunch time on a Friday, sometimes Thursdays too if I’m feeling saucy; which happens more often than not!

It’s a beautifully quaint delicatessen with a family orientated vibe AND the widest variety of breads in the land.  But don’t just take my word for it, take a look at their menu! P.S CLICK AND COLLECT WOOOO!

Once you’ve stuffed yourself to the brim with a prawn and avocado ciabatta with chilli jam (my fav) or chickpea casserole with hot sauce and bread (also my fav) with a hazelnut soya latte (you guessed it, my fav), you can take a leisurely stroll around Victoria Park which is a mere stone throw away. I know. What dreams are made of right?

Also every time I have gone there has always been an adorable dog outside, and if that doesn’t sell it to you as well as the AMAZING food, I don’t know what will, we probably shouldn’t be friends.

If you do decide to go to one of my favourite places on the planet, please do tell them I sent you. You might get a freebie* and major deli cred!

 

 

 

*It’s all lies, you will not get a freebie.

 

 

 

IT’S FRIYAY WHADDUP WORLD!

I’ve been a bit crappy with getting my blog going, mainly due to everything going on in the world of Frost at the minute, but TOMORROW IS MY BIRTHDAY SO I’M AS HAPPY AS A PIG IN POOP!

But anyway, this blog isn’t to talk about everything I’ve got coming up, you’ll see that soon enough. Todays blog is about food, I know, typical me.

So I’ve told you that I’ve started Slimming World, and I want to start documenting some of my recipes. Well, this one knocked my fookin’ socks off and I can’t wait to eat it again.

 

This, is roasted haddock and potato bake. This, is also SYN FREE!

Now I know you’re all super excited on how to make this, and I tell you it’s as easy as taking a piss. So here’s a list of the ingredients you need. Please bare in mind that this is 4 portions!

  • Low calorie cooking spray
  • 600g floury potatoes such as Maris Piper, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped (stinky)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 500g ripe tomatoes, you guessed it, finely chopped
  • 4 skinless and boneless haddock fillets
  • 2 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1.5 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tsp finely chopped fresh oregano, plus a couple of sprigs to garnish
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
  • finely grated zest and juice from an unwaxed lemon
  • 150ml boiling veggie stock
  • 1tbsp capers, drained

Now I know this looks like a bucket load of stuff, but for the size and amount of portions it’s a budget friendly dish, except capers, them bitches be expensive.

What you gotta do?

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees, Fan 180 degrees, Gas 6.
  2. Spray a medium-sized ovenproof dish with your spray and add two layers of the potatoes and onions, sprinkle each later with garlic, salt and pepper
  3. Use more spray oil and scatter three quarters of the tomatoes.
  4. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 45 mins to an hour (trust me the wait is worth it!)
  5. Season the fish fillets on both sides and place them on top of the potatoes
  6. Lightly spray the fish with low calorie cooking spray and sprinkle the herbs, remaining tomatoes and lemon zest and juice over the fish and potatoes
  7. Pour in the veggie stock and add capers!
  8. Cook for a further 15 minutes until the fish is just cooked thorough, then garnish with oregano sprigs
  9. Finally, SERVE WITH SOME TOP CLASS VEG!

Now normally the meals I make tend to take less than half an hour, mainly due to impatience and skill, but this one I just had to dry. This is my favourite Slimming World dish to date.

Enjoy!

 

My vice is quiche. I love it so much, but all that pastry and cheese aren’t a great pairing for a girl that it trying to shed a few pounds readi4summah, especially when she’s lactose intolerant… oops.

Thankfully, Slimming World have found an incredible substitute. The crustless quiche is super easy, ridiculously delicious and it’s bloody SYN FREE!

It takes around 5-10 minutes to prepare and 15-20 minutes to bake, I tend to leave mine a little longer to help it crisp up. What’s even better is that you can add in pretty much anything you want. I’ve made quiches for my parents with bacon and mushrooms and mine are vegetarian friendly with courgettes, onions and tomatoes.

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My very own crustless quiche! Excuse my messy oven…

Here’s what you will need (core ingredients for the quiche):

  • Low calorie cooking spray
  • 3-4 cherry tomatos halved
  • 100g low fat natural cottage cheese
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 80g reduced fat cheddar
  • 1 small onion (or more, depending how stinky you want to be!)

Some lovely little extras:

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp of freshly chopped parsley
  • 110g mushrooms sliced
  • 220g bacon cut into 1cm pieces (meat lovers only!)

Now here’s what to do, it’s so simple!

  1. Preheat your oven to 190 degrees, 170 fan
  2. Pan fry any of your toppings that need cooking (bacon, courgette, mushrooms etc)
  3. Mix the eggs, cottage cheese, parsley  and cheddar cheese into a bowl
  4. If you have them, top your quiche with halved cherry tomatoes and bake for 15-20 minutes

This recipe is so versatile. As long as you have the core ingredients you are ready to go in making your crustless quiche, although an oven would help too. This is my all time favourite Slimming World recipe, what’s yours?