Sunday, 3 March 2013

Food #2

More food from the week gone by....

Antipasti platter at Vespbar.

Last Saturday we decided to meet some friends in Vespbar and finally use the Living Social voucher we got as a pressie at Christmas. This is the only bar I have ever seen that does Prosecco on tap. We were dubious at first (the first glass was flat) but the two glasses that followed tasted great. We stuffed our faces with this antipasti platter as well as garlic prawns and the best chips I have tasted in ages. Ava also rocked my world by eating an olive and insisting on dipping her bread in olive oil and balsamic. Love that kid.

Chicken with ginger, lemon & chilli

My friend Colette sent me this recipe ages ago but I hadn't gotten round to trying it till this week. So glad I did though as it was really good. You can find the recipe here.

Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki

This was delicious. I mean really delicious. I am still slow cooking the hell out of things before spring arrives and our meals become a bit lighter. I got the recipe from Comfort Bites blog. I HIGHLY recommend you do this. Now. Go.

Brazilian Fish Stew (Moqueca)

This is a great dish if you fancy something different and like a bit of spice. I served mine with brown rice although I think it is more traditional to serve it with couscous. The stew is quite soupy and the rice worked perfectly in it. I'm not sure how the consistency would work using couscous. Recipe here if you fancy trying it.

Cheese & chilli scones

I made scones! Cheese scones! I've never done that before. I got this recipe from Paula but used cheddar that had chilli through it as it was all I had in the fridge. They turned out great with a lovely kick at the end.

It genuinely doesn't cost a fortune to cook food like this at home. For a start I am a reduced section whore and have a freezer stuffed full of cut price meat and fish (just make sure you freeze it straight away). The scones I didn't even have to buy ingredients for as I had everything in the cupboard. I made the chicken dishes with a huge packet of chicken thighs I got for about £1.50 and for the fish stew I bought a bag of frozen coley fillets for a couple of quid. As long as you have a decent amount of spices in the cupboard and all your dry store basics you genuinely can cook healthy meals from scratch on a budget.

So what are you waiting for!?!


daisychain said...

Ava has good taste!

I love making scones, especially cheese ones. Best eaten hot with butter. Mm.

Leanne Cornelius said...

Yummy looking food. I've been meaning to make cheese scones for ages, must get around to it. That fish stew looks lovely but I just don't fancy fish in stews! x

Unknown said...

Cheese and chilli scones, yum! Xx

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Unknown said...

Your food looks AMAZING! That chicken with ginger, lime and chili is making my mouth water and so are those scones! Don't you just love flavoured cheeses?

Antipasti is amazing too, your daughter is a star! I hope my wee girl is like her.. fingers crossed she's on her way since she loves couscous and she only has two teeth!

Amy x

Dawn Young said...

I thought they were really difficult to do but they weren't at all! Chocolate chip next! X

Dawn Young said...

If you eat fish you should definitely give it a bash. Fish stews are delicious! X

Dawn Young said...

Aww you know I don't think Ava has ever even tried couscous. Must remedy that! Xx