Potato Rings

September 27, 2011

Holy Moly, don’t freak out peeps but check out these beauties…

 

Oh my.

Do they not just look ridiculous. I want to make these so badly.

You can find details here

Just had to share! Also thought it would be a good opportunity to say Hi and Bye! As I am off to stay with family for a few days and wave my Husband goodbye as he is off to Nepal… Yep.

So I won’t be around but hopefully after that you’ll have a month of lots of recipes shares. Maybe even including my own version of those… seriously I am drooling just thinking about it.

Have a great week!

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Chilli Basil Chicken

September 23, 2011

This is a go-to dinner in our house, one of the Husband’s specialities and it is so simple, delicious and healthy that I couldn’t keep it from you any longer.

You need, for two;
big bunch fresh basil
2-3 red chillies (or as much heat as you like)
2 chicken breasts, chopped into bite size chunks
1 large onion
2 garlic cloves
soy sauce

I use a large frying pan or wok

1. Fry off the onion and garlic for 3-5 minutes until caramelising, then add the chilli and soy sauce to taste.

2. Add the chicken and brown off then keep stirring around until cooked through

3. Add the basil.

That is it, then serve!

You can add and change this meal to your taste, I know the Husband is constantly improving it and tweaks it every time we eat.

We normally serve this with some brown rice.

So virtuous!

P.S how pretty is our serving bowl! A wedding present from my Mama.

This is an easy dish that doesn’t require much preparation or watching, plus seems to be a good ones for fussy eaters and is one I have made for friends that are not into being adventurous with chillies or spices.

You need, for 4;
handful of chervil leaves, finely chopped (leave this out if you don’t have it)
1/2 bunch parsley, finely chopped
1/4 bunch mint, torn as small as you can
1 250g tub mascapone
4 chicken breasts/thighs skin on
6 leeks/12 spring onions
1 glass white wine
25g butter
black pepper and sea salt

1. Heat the oven to 180c, then mix your chopped herbs and cheese and season with black pepper and seat salt.
If you have skin on the chicken then smooth as much cheese as you can under the skin, if you have skinless then just slice across the chicken breast and spread the cheese into the cut, if using thighs just turn over and smooth the cheese into the thigh.

2. Pop the leeks into the dish you are going to use for baking and pour over the white wine, before seasoning. Then arrange the chicken on top. Add the butter in small chunks over the chicken.

3. Roast for 20-25 minutes until the tops are crispy and the cheese is melty.

Enjoy with new potatoes and green vegetables.

Eating in Portugal

September 21, 2011

So I just got back from the loveliest holiday in Portugal, apologies for the silence I did plan on posting a little but there was no internet so I took a proper break from everything, which was amazing.

We had a beautiful villa just outside a small town called Carvoriro which although had a big tourist strip, I loved the main town with lots of cafes and bars and a lovely beach.

We pretty much ate all the time… and I thought I would do a little round-up of our eating at the villa habits. Mostly we ate in, popping out for lunch and dinner a couple of times.

We sussed out the supermarkets on our first day, not knowing where the local markets were and we skipped the nearest supermarket (lots of English items and v. expensive) we found one in the next town that was a local shop and normally priced!

We found that salad and vegetables were much more expensive in supermarkets than the markets we did find, as was fish and meat but as usual everything else was pretty cheap (good wine was silly cheap!)

Bread was wonderful in Portugal, lots of crusty rolls and loaves, brioche and pastries everywhere we went.

We had a BBQ at the villa on a roof terrace where we could see a lighthouse, the sea and the sun set, so  we pretty much ate fish and meat kebabs every night.

Check out the squid on the end, the Husband was in heaven.

We ate a lot of peri-peri seasoning that week, I pretty much put it on everything… smashed peri peri potatoes;

Peri peri rice!

With some BBQ peri peri chicken made by the Husband.

 On salad…

And we even roasted some red onions with a sprinkle of the stuff with some giant cous cous.

A great lunch option if you are doing a villa holiday is the tortilla, so easy and fuss free and tasty as hell, this was a use up all the left over meat and cheese and eggs from the previous day lunch.

Again with peri peri on top, basically we used it like salt and pepper.

With some delicious tomatoes and salad leaves, there wasn’t much in the way of interesting salad options but everything was so fresh it didn’t really matter.

Meat, cheese, bread and crisps; our standard lunch.

We also ate quite a few custard tarts, my absolute favourite. I must make some of these very soon.

We also munched our way through a big watermelon by the pool one afternoon. I always have to eat watermelon on holiday.

One day we found a wonderful fishing village and had a sundae in the beautiful square.

And everytime we went to town to stopped for some gelato! (always coconut or banana)

And this strawberry lolly saved me on a particularly hot day walking around a castle.

And one day at the beach I had the most delicious sardines and chips.

Portugal is famous for sardines, I loved these drawing I found at a craft market definitely want one for my kitchen!

We ate at a few great places as well, which I will share very soon. Lots of ideas for no effort summer dinners here, shame that’s over now!

Big thank you to my Mother and Father in law for the holiday, the Husband and I had a lovely time.

The Gumstool Inn

September 8, 2011

As part of our minimoon we ate at The Gumstool Inn, which I have to recommend to you as it is only an hours drive from Bristol, it is a lovely scenic drive (once you’re off the motorway) and I imagine the garden here to be perfect for a long afternoon lunch with friends…

The Gumstool Inn is part of Calcot Manor, you can see my full post here;
http://youmakemeswoon.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/minimoon-at-calcot-manor/
We were staying which was great as we ate our fill then just stumbled upstairs.

I so wished we didn’t order scones when I saw the menu as I really want to try the scotch eggs and chorizo but sadly I could not… so we went straight to starters.

The Husband ordered the most amazing calamari, which was so light and slightly spicy. I enjoyed my goats cheese parcel but I definitely lost this round.

For my main I ordered from the light bites menu but my dish was definitely not light, rich and delicious yes but not light! I had scallops, lobster and crab baked thermidore in the half shell. I ordered too much as well… yes that is 6 shells of it. I ate 4. I should have ordered the smaller portion!

The Husband ordered pork belly which came with beans and spinach.

I defiantly want to venture out here again with our friends, it’s the kind of place you can imagine being with a big group, and the garden was lovely in the late evening dusk.

Maybe next summer!

Another Bordeaux Quay Post…

September 7, 2011

And I am sorry. But it is just too good here.

The restaurant is a completely different experience to the cafe/bar downstairs. The service is more attentive and subtle, and the ceilings are high it feels oh so spacious.

I finally got to eat in the restaurant, as a thank you to our families we took them out for dinner to the place where we got engaged the night before we got married.

Once again I must apologise for being a rubbish blogger as I only ate one course as my Bridesmaids collected me before I could order dessert! I must once again just say that I am not a critic or a full on foodie I just like to recommend places where I had a good time. Sorry!

The menu was amazing, we all took so long to decide. Luckily they brought us a beautiful amuse to help us along… there was a little shot of gazpacho and a little amici both were so delicious.

It also didn’t help that I had to fit into my wedding dress the next day but I would have ordered the pigeon, it looked amazing one of our party did order it. I was jealous.

The Husband, as he shall now be known, ordered the baked goats cheese, his plate was so pretty.

For my main I ordered the scallops, langoustines and pork belly, which I can generally only order in fancy places as I know there won’t be a huge slab of fatty meat which I am not into, but dainty little squares of yum. It was amazing. I definitely won in the ordering competition.

Plus it was served with samphire my new fave.

And that’s it. Honestly I am quite disappointed and did contemplate not posting this but I am, mostly because it was a great evening and I want to remember it.

Also I wanted to tell you all to go eat here!

Then my bridesmaids and bridesman picked me up and we went for cocktails and got silly drunk… before heading back to mine where I slept like a log. I put it down to good food, good drinks and good friends around me. (soppy soppy)

You can see my other gushing about Bordeux Quay here;
http://youmakemeswoon.wordpress.com/2011/05/24/date-night-bordeaux-quay/
and here;
https://pleincommeunoeuf.wordpress.com/2010/06/28/down-to-the-quay/

Thats every part of the place covered!

Our Wedding Breakfast

September 5, 2011

So finally I am back, a married lady with a blog post all about our wedding food.

We really wanted our wedding to be all about us, our tastes and things we love to eat.

We started off by serving a rum punch for the after-ceremony drinks, so while the Husband (!) and I had some photographs taken our guests got quite drunk on the surprisingly strong punch.

This was served alongside some very pretty sushi, one of our favourite things to eat when we go out.

Then dinner…

My flowers were like a mini meadow on each table…

I made everyone a little origami love note or a folding paper game like you would have made at school with little dares inside.

Then we sat down to an amazing menu of our perfect dinner.

Grilled peach and halloumi salad, you can see my various fruity salads here; https://pleincommeunoeuf.wordpress.com/tag/salad/

 This is the kind of food we love to eat and I wanted to share this with everyone.

Then what else but steak and chips? This was a beautiful rib eye, it was seriously amazing. I fully tucked into mine before anyone else had theirs.

Very bad manners I know, I think I got away with it being the bride no one was too cross with me!

It was served with chips, french beans and a lovely herbed butter. Perfect.

Fer the vegetarians we wanted to serve something we make a lot but with a special recipe so we asked Riverstation to make a summery risotto, which they did it looked very fresh and light. Just what we were aiming for!

As we had a short wedding, starting at 5 I knew but dessert our evening guests would be arriving so I wanted to have a huge table of desserts for everyone to help themselves to.

Once again we thought about all our favourites and asked Riverstation to load up the table with chocolate brownie, blueberry cheesecake, cherry and almond frangipane tart and of course apple strudel for the Husband.

I also made 3 triple layer carrot cakes for our wedding cakes so that everyone could have a slice. This is again one of the Husbands favourites, I did try to keep this a secret but it got out!

I have made it lots… check out the recipe and how-to here;
https://pleincommeunoeuf.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/the-bestest-carrot-cake/

That is a drunken Sally and Adam on top of the cake that my Mum made for us.

Later on we served fish (whitebait) and chips in cones, which is my most favourite thing to eat in the world after steak.

So there you go, I of course happen to think our food was great, chosen by us to reflect us and executed perfectly by Riverstation. I cannot recommend the venue more for a wedding or a visit to the restaurant.

You can see more about the wedding over on Swoon, with more blogs coming this week about my vendors and the actual wedding.