So one of my non-crafty resolutions is to eat better. We’d got into a food rut & were only eating about 4 different dishes, not all of them healthy. So I did some research & looked through the mountains of cookbooks we have for some low-fat dishes that got us eating better. So here’s my first one:
Quorn Mushroom Stroganoff
I got the recipe from The Quorn Kitchen. This a great book which we use quite often for some of our regular dishes. And I’d had this meal at my OH’s mums house. She’d told me how easy it was & isn’t calorific. Quorn have loads of recipes on their website but this one isn’t on it. The closest one is this one, which I might try. Next time I have this I’ll have different veg. I didn’t think the peas worked well. Maybe cauliflower for me & broccoli for my OH.
It was quick, low-fat and tasty, and now a regular on my meal plan.
Good work Quorn!
Christmas Eve. All the veg prepped for the big day. Overloaded with chocolate. A simple meal in relaxed setting was required. A quick Google search of restaurants near the cottage we were staying in suggested The Falkland Arms. Surprisingly there were quite a few veggie options. But having stuffed myself the day before, I wanted something simple.
The Falkland Arms didn’t disappoint. I had the mixed bean chilli. It was delicious. Warming without being too hot, it was a tasty & hearty meal. It was well cooked which was important with all the beans in it. A lesser pub could’ve fallen at this & ruined the dish. My OH also had this and wasn’t disappointed with the meat-free dish. Other dishes that were enjoyed by our party were tuna steak, salmon & duck. We were all in agreement at how lovely the food and the atmosphere was.
An amazing & traditional pub with fantastic food. Well worth the visit.
I know I’ve been quiet on the blog recently…there’s no excuse really! So when my OH told me that he had booked us a table at The Flowing Well for a free meal to taste their new menu, I knew I had my next post!
The Flowing Well has undergone a facelift recently. While before it felt like a pub you might get a bite to eat it, it’s now a lovely open restaurant with a comfy bar area, complete with lush sofa’s & a woodburning stove.
Upon arrival we were given a menu & quite an extensive wine list. I was very pleased to see more than one option for veggies and plenty of options for pescatarians & carnivores alike. I had a large glass of merlot, which went down a treat! And it was quite reasonable at about £5. I opted for the roasted beetroot & creamed goat’s cheese starter. It was delicious! And it was the perfect size starter. I was so excited to eat it that I forgot to take a picture of it! My OH had the crispy fried chilli squid & thought it was delicious.
There was just enough time between the starter and the main course. There was quite a bit of choice on the menu – from pizza to pasta & risotto. This time I opted for the roasted aubergine, pepper & chickpea tagine with couscous & minted yoghurt. It was really tasty and very filling. Everything worked well and it was cooked to perfection. My OH had the burger & chips (which were super tasty!) and he really liked it, though felt that the burger could’ve done with a minute longer on the grill. The atmosphere was fab & I really like the feel of the place.
Then the waitress returned to take our pudding order. They did have my ultimate pudding, crème brulee, on the menu. But they’d broken one of my rules & flavoured it with lemon! Noooooo! So I opted for my second favourite pudding – Brownie with chocolate sauce & cream. It was a most excellent choice. The brownie was huge & warm. I was delighted! The cream was perfect and there was just enough to go with the brownie. My OH ordered the crème brulee. Traitor. It came with a handful of rasperries & a small shortbread. He really liked it. I tried it and while it’s fine, it’s not for me. Them’s the rules!
I really like this place & am already thinking of when I can go back and who I can take there. I have pretty much decided on what to have next! I am so impressed with the changes they’ve made & it’s really a lovely dining experience.
You may have noticed from some of my previous food posts that I am quite the fussy veggie. I am. Very fussy. This is why I like to look at a restaurants menu in advance. It’s not just so I can check that there’s a veggie option on it, it’s so that I’ll like the veggie option on it. My OH suggested I do a post about my weird food rules so that when I write about food, it all becomes clear! So here goes!
- Don’t put any kind of flavouring into my chocolate. I love chocolate. I like orange but I do not like them together. The same applies to mint, raspberries, anything. The only possible exception I can think of is chai. I can’t tell you why. It just is.
- Don’t ever give me soup, a smoothie or a yoghurt. I don’t like liquid and lumps mixed together. Once, on a meal out, I was unwell & fancied soup. I asked the waitress if the tomato soup had any lumps in. She didn’t really get it. I blame my mother for this. She force fed me vegetable soup when I was a child. It didn’t stay down. Unpleasant. Food & drink should be distinctively different.
- I don’t drink anything during a meal. I will before & after, but not during. Not quite sure why. * Exception: If I do drink during the meal, it’s probably because I don’t like something on my plate.
- Broccoli, water chestnuts & bamboo shoots are the food of the devil. I will not eat these. My (very patient) OH has had to tell people that I won’t eat broccoli for fear of me having to leave it when we’ve been going round to someones house for dinner. Yes I’ve eaten them & no I just don’t like them. Broccoli is quite a tricky one, as it is a staple for some veggie food. I will leave food if it’s got broccoli in. Those of you who know me know how unheard of this is!
- Creme brulee & cheesecake should only ever be vanilla flavour. If creme brulee is on the menu, I will have it unless it’s been RUINED by being flavoured. I have seen it made with orange. Mucky. If I wanted an orange flavour, I’d eat an orange. I don’t mind if there’s a little fruit on the plate or a little fruit sauce, but that’s as far as it goes. And don’t even get me started on lemon cheesecake!
- Lemon. I like lemons, especially a slice in my diet coke on a warm day. But don’t flavour cakes or pudding with them! What a waste!
- Sponge. Vanilla cake. Victoria sponge. Whatever you want to call, I think it’s far too sweet. Just give me a plate of the mixture & that’s all I need.
- Spiced chai is my favourite drink of all time. I like the vanilla too but I will never try the Peppermint or Mango. Why? See the above points. Don’t mix my food/drinks up! Mint should only be used in toothpaste and mango…well, it just isn’t for me.
- Fruit. It’s not a pudding. Don’t offer me fruit & try to get me to think that it’s a treat, as all puddings should be. Fruit is something I have to have so that I can reach my 5 a day. It’s not a treat or a splurge.
- I am a creature of habit. Once I find something I like, I will always have it. For example, ever since I was a teenager & started eating Chinese takeaway, I would always have the sweet & sour chicken. This has simply turned into sweet & sour tofu. If I ever changed & went for something else, it was always a huge let down. As takeaway is a bit of treat, I don’t want to be wasting this treat on some mucky disappointment. Hence the same choice. I know I’m not alone on this!
There is always one safe food with me – chips. I will always be happy eating chips no matter what (as long as they’re not cooked in beef dripping. Mucky!).
So. There you have it. Please note that these are MY food rules & not ones that I imagine people should start implementing on their lives!
I’d love to know what food rules you have, if any and what you think about mine! x