Pan Fried Cod with Tomato Chorizo Cassoulet

This evening I was in the mood for something light yet tasty and filling.  When feeling this way I usually turn to pulses.  Beans and lentils really pack a protein punch and seem to keep me feeling full for much longer than anything else.  Haricot (navy) beans are allowed on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet that…

Oyster Masterclass at Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill

Recently I was lucky enough to be invited along to an Oyster Masterclass at Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill, Piccadilly, London.  The Oyster Masterclass gives you the opportunity to learn all about oysters, shuck them, pair them with wines, and of course eat plenty of them in a relaxed and informal environment. The Oyster Masterclass is…

Casa Paco, La Latina, Madrid

A traditional Spanish Restaurant where the House Speciality is Steak cooked on a hot plate at your table! I took Dan to Casa Paco for Date Night on our last trip to Madrid as it’s his Dad’s favourite restaurant and he’s been raving about its steak for a long time.  It’s a traditional looking restaurant in…

Chicken & Chorizo Stew with Rioja, Spanish Style

Firstly I’d just like to wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I hope 2017 brings you all health, happiness and prosperity and that you and your loved ones have had fun celebrating the festive season.  We spent our New Years in Madrid (more about that in another blog post), but with memories of Spain fresh in…

Chorizo & Butternut Squash Frittata

Tonight I was in the mood for eggs and we settled on a kind of ‘breakfast for dinner’ type dish.  I love frittatas, they’re so easy to make and very quick to cook and you can add almost anything to them depending on what you have in the fridge that needs using up.  We settled…

Barrafina – Dean St, Soho, London

Another date night tonight and this time it was my turn to be treated.  A fabulous musical ‘Aladdin’ (which I highly recommend, *the genie was amazing* and even musical hater Dan agreed it was great) followed by dinner at Barrafina, a Spanish Tapas Bar, in Soho. We’d been to the old Soho Barrafina before but…

Dehesa, Soho, Date Night Dinner

Dan and I take it in turns every other month to take each other on a date night where we plan a special evening for the other person. Last time, he took me to The Ninth on Charlotte St (read about it here), a fairly new restaurant that’s actually just been awarded a Michelin Star, and tonight…

Mediterranean Chicken & Chorizo Traybake

I love the idea of meals that use one pot (less washing up) so today I decided to make a traybake for dinner.  So easy, everything gets chopped up and layered in one dish and then put in the oven to bake. Loving my mediterranean flavours, I decided on peppers, onions, olives, oregano, all the…

Wine Tasting & Food Pairing Evening at the Great Northern

Last night was the inaugural Great Northern Pub Wine Tasting & Food Pairing Evening.  We arrived at the pub to be welcomed with a glass of champagne and shown a list of the seven wines we were going to get a chance to taste that evening. Along with the champagne, there were 2 whites, 3…

Date Night on Charlotte Street

This month it was my turn to be treated to date night and Dan had planned a surprise evening for me – I prefer not to know where we’re going until the last minute, whereas he likes to pick where he goes!  I guess he doesn’t trust me enough to choose wisely on my own…

Scrambled Eggs with Chorizo & Avocado

This morning’s breakfast came about because I wanted to use a piece of my Grain Free Bread!  I looked through the fridge and decided to make a chorizo scramble to top the bread with.  A bit more exciting and tasty than traditional scrambled eggs, but just as easy to make. I started by peeling the…

Great Northern Wine Tasting

You can read about other Great Northern Experiences at Great Northern Dinner, Great Northern Wine tasting & Food Pairing Evening, Great Northern Menu Tasting, Great Northern Beer Festival Tonight I’d been summoned to the Great Northern Pub for a wine tasting session for the new menu and dinner afterwards.  The suppliers had sent over some…