If I had to turn 40, I was going to do it my way. No big party, but a magnificent meal. It didn’t take much to persuade Andrew to book us for a night at Moor Hall in Aughton, Lancashire.
I’m struggling with what to say because it was just astounding. So I will share it with you in pictures instead. Continue Reading
I’m looking at a box of ‘teabags’and bottle of tonic water, ready to make a fancy drink for a Saturday night. No, I’ve not gone crazy (well, not much!). The teabags in question are in fact DJ’s Cold Infusion pockets– created to infuse spirits such as gin and vodka, and I’m hoping they will jazz up my non alcoholic tipples. Continue Reading
Do you love these tins as much as I do? I love a bundt, and I have a fair few, but you do have to commit to making a big cake, and as there are only two of us, it isn’t always ideal. Plus I love the simplicity of a loaf cake, something which slices easily and can be on stand-by in the freezer or on hand to give to friends. I have been eyeing these two up for ages, but they aren’t stocked in the UK yet, so I used some birthday money to treat myself to a transatlantic transaction. The customer service was great and they came really well packed. The design on them both is so lovely that all they need is a sprinkle of icing sugar, or a drizzle of warm caramel and they are ready for an audience. Continue Reading
Warm pigeon salad and pigeon with roast veg
My cooking is very autumnal in tone at the moment. My cookies are oat, my cakes are spiced and my meals are cosy.
I was challenged by Wild and Game to introduce pigeon into my meal planning to showcase this under used meat.* I must admit that I’ve eaten pigeon in restaurants before, but I can’t think that I’ve ever cooked it at home.
When I cook chicken I prefer thigh as the meat is tastier. I’d compare pigeon breast to chicken thigh in terms of flavour; it’s a slightly richer flavour, a bit gamey but subtle at the same time. Continue Reading
New look, new grill, new menu
The refurb of the restaurant at the Worsley Park Marriott has taken a while, it had started when I came last March and was still ongoing when we came with family at Easter. But now it’s finished and we popped in to check out The Grill In The Park for a midweek treat.*
Its been a big job transforming the hotel restaurant into something that will appeal to local residents as well as hotel guests and exec chef Tom Gardner has overhauled the menu.
The Grill In The Park takes it’s name from the fact that the kitchen has been redesigned around a brand new grill which caramelises the outside of food thanks to its 300c heat. Continue Reading
My job now comes with a commute, so I am trying when I can to make big meals so that I can freeze half of for easier week night meals. We both love risotto but it takes take to make so often I can’t be arsed. And I don’t like to freeze rice because of the risks of food poisoning. So barley risotto is a fab way of getting that indulgent risotto hit from the freezer.
My initial foray into barley risotto was via otelenghi, and I cook his tomato version regularly. But I also love it with mushrooms, with veggies and with sausage. I’m fact I think a sausage barley risotto has to be an ultimate comfort food dish so it pays to get the best, up your sausage game (oo-er)…and try game sausage!
Since my first visit to Turtle Bay last year, I’ve been back a few times. Mainly to the one in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. So when I was invited to Turtle Bay Oxford Road, which is far bigger, it was a no brainer.
I’ll be honest I’ve never been to the Oxford Road site because I thought it would be heaving and too loud for my old lady pretensions. But I was really surprised when we walked in. It was a Sunday evening so was full of diners rather than drinkers. The chap behind the bar was lovely, and chivvied us along to take advantage of the final 90 seconds of happy hour. This gave me my first look at the new menu and I was thrilled to see that they have finally added the non alcoholic cocktails to the happy hour offer. Earlier in the year when I asked about it I was given an ‘are you crazy look’. But it did irk me when my non-alcoholic ways meant that my drinks cost more than Andrew’s mojitos. So that is fab news and they have added to the non alcoholic offering in general (which was really good already- one of the best I’ve found in terms of choice) which makes me even happier. Continue Reading
Autumn is definitely starting to creep in: I am wearing socks, there is a nip in the air and the apples have arrived. It is great having a friend with a cooking apple tree, and every year I try and think of new things to do with them. Last year, I made jars of apple chutney using this recipe and it was great- I will make more this year as my toasties are crying out for it. This year, I decided to try apple oat cookies.
Oat cookies are good all year round, they can’t be beat in autumn. You can spice them up to give them a seasonal twist, and using apples makes them like little portable apple crumbles that you can enjoy at any time of the day!