Last week, my OH brought home some new Quorn Hot dogs to try. It’s been a fair old while since I had hot dogs & they used to be a firm favourite so I was pleased to see that Quorn had made them. They were pretty easy to cook – put in a pan & boil. Add your favourite sauce & put them all in a bun. Eat & enjoy.
They were pretty tasty & I’d happily have them again. A friend suggested trying the veggie hot dogs by Sainsbury’s, which I’d like to do to compare them with these. They tasted like hot dogs and had a very similar consistency. All that was missing from ours was some freshly fried onions to go on the top. Will add that next time!
My sister has been up visiting this weekend, and while I cooked dinner for us all on Friday, no one should be subjected to it two nights in a row. So we headed to The Magdalen Arms for dinner on Saturday. I was a little apprehensive about the veggie options because they don’t publish the menu in advance &, as you know, I’m fussy!
Fortunately I was in luck. Not only did they have great veggie food that I liked, I actually had choices! This is pretty rare for me so I tried to go for things that I wouldn’t ordinarily choose. The starter was the toughest, with the choice ranging from vegetable tempura (which my sister had & was lush) to a bowl of Padron Peppers. This was described by the waitress as peppers in their simplest form, slightly grilled with a little seasoning. I went for the peppers & I wasn’t disappointed.
They were green peppers so they had a strong flavour and some had a lovely warmth to them. They were delicious and light. A perfect veggie starter. I was so glad I picked them. For my main, I ordered the tagliatelle, which came with mushrooms and an olive oil & garlic dressing. Again, it was perfect. So often I’ve eaten risotto or pasta dishes that seem to have a fields worth of mushrooms in them and over power it. This didn’t it was tasty, light and a reasonable size. I was pretty pleased, especially as it meant that I had room for pudding!
Again, there was plenty of choice when it came to pudding and again, I went for something that I wouldn’t ordinarily have – Ice Cream. I didn’t want something that would make me too full, and they had a great choice of praline or chocolate caramel meringue. I opted for a scoop of both & I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, they were so delicious and the portion so generous that I failed to finish it (My OH valiantly stepped in & ate the remaining mouthfuls!) It was so tasty that I couldn’t wait to eat it & failed to take a picture! Oops! So here’s a picture of the bowl! Enjoy x
If you’re looking for somewhere to eat in Oxford that’s a bit different with a relaxed feel & great surroundings, then try The Magdalen Arms. The food is excellent & the service was great. I’ll definitely be going back!
I hate cooking. Any opportunity to eat out, I will grab it with both hands! So my OH & I felt that we should go and try out some of the lunch items on the menu at the Kings Head & Bell in Abingdon, especially as they’ve got a few different veggie ones on there.
I opted for the grilled veggie stack & a side of fries. I chose this because it’s a bit different, pretty healthy and it meant I could have fries on the side! I really enjoyed it. The goat’s cheese that came as part of the stack was really nice & really added to the flavour. The fries were good & I couldn’t finish it all because it was really filling.
My OH opted for the scampi. It came with thick cut chips & mushy peas. He really enjoyed it. The scampi was nice & crispy on the outside and it had a good crunch. He also thought that the thick chips were some of the best he’d had – Quite the compliment!
The only criticism we could find was that when we asked for ketchup, we got a tiny little portion in a paper cup, the kind that you get from McDonald’s. I don’t like it when restaurants do this. Don’t ration my ketchup! My napkin was also wet from when it had wrapped the cutlery. But this is me being ultra picky! The food was great & I’ll definitely be going back and I can’t wait!
So this weekend saw myself & my OH heading up north to Manchester. I had to go for a work thing on Saturday morning, so we jumped on a train Friday morning to make the most of it. We’ve been to Manchester before, so we couldn’t resist staying at Malmaison again. (I booked early & got a deal!) I love the Malmaison chain. They’re so luxurious! Once we’d checked in, we headed out for a bit of lunch – straight to the Northern Quarter. If we lived in Manchester, this is where we’d live. It’s quirky, full of indie shops & cafes. Just my style. My OH is legendary for finding great, funky cafes so we went straight to Oklahoma’s. It didn’t disappoint. Not only do they sell great food & chai here, they also sell great gifts and cards.
I had a chai (obviously!) with a goats cheese sandwich. Both lush. It’s the kind of place you could sit in for ages & no one would bother you.
After lunch, we went for a wander. We popped into a few independent book shops & record stores. Before long, our tummies were crying out for something to eat & our feet were wanting to be rested. There were a few options to go to but we decided on trying somewhere new. So we went to the Nexus Art Cafe. We weren’t disappointed! It’s got a real shabby chic feel to it, & again felt like a fab place to curl up with a good book. I’ve been a real healthy eating kick recently so when I saw the huge slices of brownie, I knew I’d earned it. It was delicious & rich. I couldn’t finish it. My OH went for an almond slice & massive hot chocolate. We were happy travellers!
Friday night saw us eating at the vegetarian restaurant Bistro 1847. (See my separate review here). The biggest problem came with breakfast the next morning. We didn’t want to eat at the hotel, as they cost £13 each! But not many places were open early & my course started at 9.30am! Starbucks got our business. I’m not against Starbucks – it’s where my love of chai started; but their coffee isn’t the best & the chai can be different at every store. However, I’ve never had breakfast there before so we gave it a try. I had the porridge with a fruit compote & it was pretty good. I wouldn’t make a beeline for it again, but if there was no other option I woulnd’t mind it.
After my course, we had time for lunch before our train in the afternoon. Again, my OH came up tops with this little find: Cornerhouse. It had such a great vibe & the service and food were outstanding. The food I would usually go for weren’t on the menu, which is good as it meant I had to try something new. I went for the selection of dips, with crusty bread & shared the sweet potato wedges. Wow! If you’re ever in Manchester, visit this place. It is awesome! You could spend the whole day here.
All in all it was very lovely trip, with great food, wine & company! While we didn’t shop or sight-see much, we did plenty of walking. Enough to burn off all the wine that we consumed…and there was plenty of that! x