Thursday, 19 February 2015

Lamb Curry, Pea & Goats Cheese Ricotta, and Thai Red Curry Soup

Catch up post!

I have made so many meals in the past few weeks that I haven't written posts on and I don't really know why. Instead of doing one big post trying to shove loads of different meals into it, I've decided to split my numerous meals into 2 different posts.

So to start off this two-parter, I give you... Lamb curry!
This meal was delicious. It is definitely one of my favourite that I've made and I made it again for my sister and her fiance when I went down to visit them in London. Its creamy but slightly spicy, and filling with soft bits of potatoes and tender pieces of lamb...
It smelt amazing when I was cooking the onions and garlic and the different spices... ginger and coriander and cumin and turmeric and cayenne pepper. If I could bottle that smell and sell it, I would make so much money. It does take a while to cook though - around 1hr15 minutes - so this isn't a meal that you can just pull together at the last minute if you're starving. However, if you have the time I seriously recommend you make this curry because it is so yummy.

Secondly: pea and goats cheese ricotta.
I don't know why, but a while ago I was really fancying something with some goats cheese in it. I think I was craving the goats cheese and feta cheese omlette from Wild Honey... Anyway, I was looking at different recipes online and came across this risotto recipe by Jamie Oliver. This is such a rich meal because of all the cheese and chicken stock and wine, so you won't need a big portion of it. Because of the way you make it, it does take a little bit to make because you have to add ladlefuls of stock and stir it in until its completely dissolved and then keep adding more, so again, its not a meal you bring together at the last minute.

And last but not least, thai red curry soup!
This was a really yummy, spicy soup dish that was great at clearing my sinuses! It was a great way to get some of your five a day in as well cause of the spinach and I added green beans instead of beansprouts which worked just as well! The only thing wrong with it was that I added too much fish sauce which overpowered the whole dish a little bit. But this would be such a yummy meal if you don't make the same mistake that I did!

This post took me a ridiculously long time to write... Probably due to the fact that I was being distracted by Ru Paul's Drag Race. That's a great show by the way, if you're looking for something new to watch!
Let me know how you guys get on with the meals if you decide to make them!

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day guys!
I know Valentine's Day doesn't appeal to a lot of people and to be honest, I don't see why we need a day solely to show the person in our lives that we care about them because surely we should be doing that everyday? Same with Mother's Day/Father's Day I think. But on the other hand it could be seen as quite a cute day of romance where people get to spoil each other and plus there's always Valentine's Day sales on, so that is definitely a bonus!

This is the first year where I've spent the day (well, part of it) with someone I'm actually in a relationship with so that was definitely nice :) We didn't do anything overly exciting, he just came over to the flat and I made fajitas and carrot cake cupcakes for dinner, both of which are his favourites - I'm adorable, I know ;)
I don't think you need to go all out and over the top romantic just for valentine's day though. I'd much prefer staying in, wearing comfy clothes, eating a home-cooked meal and watching stuff on the tv over eating out at a ridiculously over-priced fancy restaurant. Seriously, despite the fact that loads of shops have sales on, restaurant's go the entirely opposite route and up their prices by offering 'special' set menu's for valentine's day that they know people are going to choose solely because its a day of spoiling each other. Not that it's not nice going out! I love getting dressed up and going out for a meal occasionally, I'm just much more a stay-at-home kind of girl. Plus we're students so it's all about saving money!

I genuinely wasn't expecting any sort of present but he was really sweet and got me a card and a cat mug from Urban Outfitters that I had seen and thought was cute when we were out shopping once :) 
Pretty cute, right? 

I know that for a lot of people, Valentine's Day will just be a day of couple's rubbing their love and affection in your face. I really hope I haven't just done that! Despite the fact that I used to pretend it didn't get to me, it was always a little upsetting being alone on the 14th February, just because you were surrounded by flowers and chocolates and balloons in shops, and posts on Facebook or Instagram of couple's and the gifts that they had bought for each other/the plans that they had for the day and you were always holding out hope that someone might turn up with a rose for you and a romantic gesture but instead you were just faced with a day of being alone watching other people flaunt their love.
But seriously, who needs another person on valentine's day?! You can have a great time by yourself or with your friends, pampering each other and doing whatever you want to do. Your happiness shouldn't be dependent on whether you have someone or not. I think the reason that today is such a big deal is that the media and commercial organisations have made a big business out of selling love and making it out to be the be-all and end-all. They've made it seem, that without a significant other, your live is doomed and that you can only be truely happy when you have found the love of your life. And that is so unfair. We should be promoting the idea of loving yourself and finding happiness inside yourself before looking for it in someone else. So we just have to remind ourselves that whenever all the commercial valentine's day stuff is shoved in our faces. 

Before I finish this post with the recipe for the carrot-cake cupcakes I made, let me share a cute thing that my parents do for me and my siblings. Ever since I was little, we would all receive a valentine's day car from a 'secret admirer' - aka my parents - and this year was no exception. I got a big hard-back envelope through the post a few days ago and I thought it must be some sort of important document but then I opened it and saw the face of a minion from Despicable Me staring back at me and I immediately clicked. My secret admirer had struck again!
They even make up little poem's and they're always different! It is very cute and it always makes me smile and what's even funnier is that they have never, and probably never will, admit that it is them. Despite the fact that it is very obvious. Although maybe I'm wrong. Maybe I just have a really dedicated secret admirer who has followed me around the globe and sent me a card every valentine's day no matter what country I'm in. Oh, and who also has the same writing as my dad.

And finally, to top of this surprisingly long post, for all you carrot-cake lovers out there, here is a cute alternative to making a massive cake. Individual carrot-cake cupcakes!
You can't go wrong with an Ina Garten recipe!

I would love to hear from you guys and your thoughts on valentine's day or what your plans were today if you had any, be it with a partner, with friends or just enjoying some quality you time!

Sunday, 1 February 2015

The Butterfly and The Pig, Brel, Bread Meats Bead and Adam's Ice Cream Parlour [Glasgow]

This post is long overdue cause I actually ate from these places ages ago and I was supposed to do a post on each of them individually but because I'm so late in writing this, I though I'd just put them all together to give you a few ideas of places you should go to eat in Glasgow!

First of all, The Butterfly and The Pig:
 I'm pretty sure I've written about this place before but I had Sunday Roast there a while ago and it was amazing... Look at it. Look how amazing it looks. It was delicious. Roast beef, roast potatotes, roast parsnips, carrots, yorkshire puddings and a side bowl of gravy so you can dip the stuff in yourself so it doesn't get all soggy. It was so good. I think one of my favourite things to eat is yorkshire puddings covered in gravy. Basically anything covered in gravy.
This place is a great place to go if you're in the mood for good old traditional, heart-warming food, like steak pie, gammon steak, fish cakes... etc.

Secondly, Brel - a belgian restaurant in Ashton Lane. Seeing as its a Belgian restaurant, its no suprise that frites take center stage on their menu. I couldn't go to this place without ordering fries, even though my meal came with mashed potatotes (as the waiter was kind enough to point out....) I had The Stoemp! That's not my own exclamation point, that's actually the name on the menu... It was Belgian mash, a toulouse sausage and covered with beer and onion gravy. So yummy.

This amazing looking burger is from Bread Meats Bread. Its a burger place that makes amazing burgers from scratch, using quality and ethical ingrediants.
I had the Pepperoni, which was a burger with pepperoni, mozzarella, pommodero sauce and parmesan on a garlic brioche. I'm actually craving that so much right now... I'm really wanting a burger right now. The sweet potato fries were to die for as well.
I'm totally going to try and go back here some time this week....

And lastly... Adam's Ice Cream Parlour! Its a take-away place on Paisley Rd that does amazing desserts and milkshakes and different flavours of ice-cream... Hot cookie dough, hot chocolate fudge cake, hot caramel shortcake, hot dough balls, crepes, and my favourite, hot beligan waffles. This is an amazing place when its late at night and you're craving something sweet and you can't be bothered to go out and get something and you can just get it delivered to your door instead!

Hopefully some of these places appeal to you guys and you go and check them out/order from them online! Let me know what you think!