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Posted by Elainehall1 on July 30, 2012 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Had a successful shopping trip at the Trafford Centre yesterday (a couple of great sale bargains). We nipped into Pesto in The Orient for lunch. We've been lots of times before, but was rather disappointed this time. It wasn't very busy, but the staff were. The food was bland and they give us tinned tuna on our niçoise salad. We had a pizza, which I quite enjoyed (me not being a pizza-lover at all), and a chicken pasta with mascarpone and tarragon sauce (pale and uninteresting). We usually go to Pesto in the city centre and have always enjoyed it, let's hope it's a blip and they'll be back up to scratch next time we visit. 


BBQ time

Posted by Elainehall1 on July 29, 2012 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)


Last night we had a BBQ with our lovely friends. Our favourite dish has to be Buffalo Wings, based on Ainsley Harriott's BBQ Bible. It is served with a blue cheese dressing (yummm!!). I use Stilton instead of Danish Blue, so I can munch on left overs, and lime juice instead of lemon. I leave out the onions so I can use it as a salad dressing after. You can make the buffalo sauce as hot or as mild as you want, just add more (or less) chilli powder. Previously we've used fresh chillies (finely chopped) instead of chilli powder. The wings can be substituted for any chicken cuts or even pork (belly is really good). We find they taste even better the following day (if they last that long).


Curds galore

Posted by Elainehall1 on July 19, 2012 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

We went to a tesco tonight for cheap strawberries, there weren't any. We came home with blackberries. Soooo instead of making strawberry curd we made blackberry curd. Delicious warm, let's see what it's like when it's cooled. Recipe will be on the recipe page tomorrow.



Posted by Elainehall1 on July 17, 2012 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

We've just made 2 tortes based on Jo Wheatley's Raspberry Torte. Trevor called in Tesco and picked up some reduced-for-quick-sale strawberries (25p!!!). We used them in the torte instead if raspberries. And very tasty it is too. The second was a Caribbean Torte. Once more based on Jo's recipe but with quite a few changes. This is going to be the first recipe on our Recipe page. Watch out for it over the next couple of days. Luckily Josh doesn't like pineapple so it will last longer than the strawberry one.


Raspberry torte

Posted by Elainehall1 on July 15, 2012 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi people this is my first ever blog, hope it sounds ok Yesterday I made a raspberry torte, never made one before, but it's so simple to do I will definitely be making it again. Basically you place all the ingredients in to a mixing bowl ( except the raspberrys) mix them all together, place it in a cake tin then push the raspberrys into the mixture. Cook for approx 1hour and you get a lovely cake that looks amazing and tastes fantastic The recipe I used was from Jo Wheatley's book a passion for baking I also used jo's victoria sponge recipe to make chocolate chip muffins and cherry muffins, they are so moist and light, the teenager in the house has eaten 3 overnight, and his taste in food has changed so much, he really has gone off nearly everything unless it says pizza on the box!!! So I'm taking this as a seal of approval Hope you enjoy my first short blog Trev

Chicken Kiev and Hedgehog potatoes

Posted by Elainehall1 on July 15, 2012 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (0)

We made chicken Kiev tonight. It was soooo easy, if a little time consuming because you have to rest it in the fridge for a while.

We made it as Gino's recipe. We used 'old' potatoes where Gino used new (doesn't state which in the recipe) and they looked better than his sorry Gino). I would certainly recommend this recipe.

We tried one of Gino's other recipes on Friday;pesto gnocchi with cream cheese. This was less successful. No one liked gnocchi; the last time Josh and I had it was when we were in Pompeii and we didn't like it then either, but that was years ago and wanted to try it again to make sure.

Elaine :P

Baking Day

Posted by Elainehall1 on July 7, 2012 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Trevor and I have had a couple of hours baking, all from Jo's book. I made Brownies, which once again are delicious, so moist. I substituted the nuts in the recipe  for pecans just because I prefer them. Trevor made Oat and Raisin biscuits, got to say they weren't very successful and we won't be doing them again; they went too thin and burnt. We had a joint effort to make Tiffin (see the photo); these are so easy to made and taste amazing. I've made them before and substituted the cherries for dried cranberries, that worked really well.

We really need to get Trevor on here!


Chilli Jam

Posted by Elainehall1 on July 5, 2012 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Made a batch of chilli jam, really good with cheese or meats. Would love to know what else it could be used for, keep it clean guys. Really great for a pressie ;)


PS it's about time Trevor contributed to this blog :)

Soda Bread

Posted by Elainehall1 on July 4, 2012 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Trevor made soda bread for the first time. Smelt really good and he said it tasted good too. He used Jo Wheatley's book, which is only available from Sainsburys it seems. Used quite a few of her recipes now - crumpets and carrot tray bake being my favourite. There's a recipe for granola in it, which tasted good, but we managed to overdo it; will try it again.



Jamie Oliver's Italian, Liverpool

Posted by Elainehall1 on July 3, 2012 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Saturday saw our first trip to Jamie's restaurant in Liverpool, Jamie is not the chef there, but inspires the food. We booked, but waiting time was only about 20 mins. I can't say it was a cheap meal, as such, but you get what you pay for. Trevor had Italian nachos as a starter; it was three cheese ravioli, deep fried and served with a salsa - we're going to have a go at making these ourselves at some point. I'm a sucker for bread, olive oil and balsamic; it was possibly the best bread selection I have ever had, ranging from a kind of popadom to foccatcha! We both opted for a wild rabbit pasta dish, which was very nice indeed, although far to much for my belly!! Trevor managed a pudding, a lemon tarte, got to say our lemon curd is far more zingy! We found the drinks expensive, £16 for a bottle of organic house wine, but if you sign up to the website they sometimes send you offers (we had a free glass of Prosecco with a main course) and I always ask for a glass of tap water. All in all, yes we would go again; maybe try the one in Manchester.