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.

 

 

 

Hey pals,

Just thought I’d kick off my first post on this page with one of the prettiest meals I have ever made (this wasn’t difficult, I live off scrambled eggs).

I am a very recent member of Slimming World, there’s a wide variety of options for meals but sometimes I feel stunted by not eating meat. 90% of the frozen meals contain meat so I’ve been cooking creations such a bulgur wheat with a tomato sauce and kale, riveting I know. I felt like I needed a bit more inspiration in the kitchen, so that’s why I thought I’d give HelloFresh a go!

I know HelloFresh is not suited to everyone’s budget, but I found an offer on Groupon for 3 meals at £13.50! So I just had to try it. Who doesn’t want amazing recipes and every single ingredient you need for them delivered to your door?

So tada!! This is my “tandoori spiced aubergine with tomato and coriander rice and nigella yoghurt”

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(the rice is burnt I know but not a bad first attempt!)

I opted for the Vegetarian box, but it’s the same price for a meat option too!

I honestly felt like a boss ass bitch when I made this, I’m not going to lie. It also fed two other piggies (soz gals), so the ingredients they give you is more than enough!

Click here for the recipe, let me know how yours turns out!