The lazy ingredients I’ve been buying
I love cooking but Mon-Fri I like no fuss #getinmyface within 20 minutes food.
The Very Lazy range is perfect for adding flavour with ready chopped garlic, chilli, ginger and cooking pastes. Ready chopped washed mushrooms are only 20p more than unchopped and are sooo worth it. Waitrose do a big bag of frozen chopped onions for £1 – no waste and no sprouting bulbs at the back of the fridge.
Two Chicks do 15 egg whites in a re-sealable carton – perfect for omelettes and it lasts 7 days once opened.
The new Instagram account I’m following
Honestly Healthy by Natasha Corrett. I literally love scrolling through her awesome Insta feed for inspiration. The recipes are all mega healthy but are still tasty and are based around alkaline food principles and are gluten, wheat and cow dairy free. Not only does her account make me very hungry but it makes me want to buy new cutlery and a new cupboard full of plates.
Fimore & Union
I was a lucky girl and got whisked away to York for my birthday weekend. Whenever I go away I always have to Google new foodie places to try out and I stumbled across Filmore & Union a café, restaurant and bar serving up healthy clean food. It was their breakfast menu that won me over with their Healthy Pancakes, Skinny Full English, Egg White Omelettes and porridge. I had their protein pancakes with banana, peanut butter and Greek Yoghurt with one of their fresh juices and they were soooo gooood!
The recipe I’ve tried and loved
I got Hugh Fearnley Whitingstall’s new cook book for Christmas and I’m slowly working my way through his recipes. My favourite so far is a warm chorizo, parsnip and kale salad with puy lentils. It’s so easy to throw together and makes a really tasty mid week dinner. I’ve hunted down some good quality chorizo which is lower in fat and less salty than the regular pre-pack stuff but it can be pricey so it’s nice as a treat.
The new opening I’ll be visiting…
I’m so lucky living in the centre of Manchester as there seems to be a new restaurant opening every week and the quality and range of independents opening is continually improving. This month sees the opening of El Gato Negro, an award winning tapas bar founded by chef Simon Shaw. This opening has been on my radar for some time after seeing Simon talk at the City Co talk last November. Located on King Street the restaurant boasts an impressive tapas and wine menu along with a roof top cocktail bar complete with a high tech retractable roof for when the weather warms up. I’ve already heard amazing things about their Pork Belly and I can’t wait to check it out myself.