Saturday, 22 April 2017

CRACKIN' CORNFLAKE FRIED CHICKEN



I think I've finally cracked it when it comes to making the perfect deep fried chicken. With the most delicious meat I've ever eaten on a chicken thanks to it having been in a bath of buttermilk overnight, I bring you my crackin' cornflake fried chicken. Not only does the crispy coating of the chicken taste delicious thanks to the combination of herbs and spices in the flour mix but there is also the best crunch ever to them thanks to the addition of oodles of crushed cornflakes. Perfect weekend comfort food after a long week in work!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

"SWEET AS" CORN AND PEA FRITTERS



I love using frozen peas and sweetcorn at dinner time. They taste great and only take a few minutes to cook. One thing that I'm always  looking for is new ways to serve up vegetables to make them a bit more interesting and so one weekend  I decided to jazz up some frozen peas and sweetcorn by mixing them together in egg based mixture with some fresh spring onion and spicy cayenne pepper. I was surprised at how simple it was to transform them into something incredibly delicious.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

THE RETURN OF THE GUILT FREE CHOCOLATE FUDGE CAKE



This chocolate fudge cake was the first cake recipe I posted on my blog. That was over three years ago now (thank you for everyone who's read the blog over the years!) so when I had some Greek yogurt in my fridge to be used up I thought it was a great time to revisit the recipe and give it another bash. I'm pleased to tell you that it's still the sticky and sweet chocolate based piece of loveliness that I remembered. Plus as it's made with yogurt instead of butter, it has less calories which makes it guilt free! Hooray!  

Friday, 14 April 2017

PROPER DIRTY LEFTOVER CHILI ENCHILADAS



Whenever we make a chili con carne we always have loads leftover. A batch we make can last three days sometimes if we go all out! Just having chili and rice for three days straight would be boring though so you need to think of ways to breath life into it each evening. Enchiladas are a perfect way to do this. Wrap your leftovers in tortillas, cover in a tomato based sauce, cheese and fresh herbs and voilĂ , your chili is transformed into something new right before your very eyes. It's proper dirty but proper delicious!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

REFUGE MANCHESTER (MATTYB RECOMMENDS)



It's funny how you can walk past somewhere fairly regularly and not even notice it's there. When we travel up to Manchester for concerts and theatre visits we often get off at Oxford Road and we'd never noticed Refuge before. We spied this offshoot of "Volta", a successful Manchester restaurant by chefs Justin Crawford and Luke Cowdrey (also know as the Unabombers - according to their website anyway!) online when planning a birthday meal in the city and we loved the sound of the menu so we decided to give them a try. Off we popped on the train to Manchester once more ready for a delicious celebration meal.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

BOOZY THAI FRIED HALLOUMI



When you're living with a (mostly) vegetarian person it can be quite difficult sometimes to make meals were you can enjoy a bit of meat whilst being able to make a meat free version to satisfy the veggies as well. You may of seen my recipe recently for Boozy Thai Red Curry Fried Chicken I posted on here earlier in the month but here is a vegetarian version I made using 8 batons of halloumi. It works just as well as my chicken drumstick version and more importantly, is equally as fragrant, spicy and tasty!

Friday, 7 April 2017

LULLY LEMON AND GINGER SHORTBREAD



I was feeling a little under the weather for most of the last week and so on the weekend I decided that I wanted to make something that was super quick and simple to prepare using lemon and ginger, two ingredients that always make me feel a little better when I'm run down. Shortbread was the answer to my prayers, a simple bake that only uses a few ingredients but the result is a deliciously buttery biscuit that is the perfect accompaniment to your medicinal pot of piping hot tea.