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.

 

 

 

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!

 

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”

hellofresh

(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!