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Last night’s birthday meal at Las Iguanas! The first three were tapas that we (myself and Lucy) shared. It was only fair she got at least one meat/fish one seeing as she was treating me to the food. :) I didn’t take a picture of her main, though. Everything is as follows:

  • Empanadas with brie, mango, corn & sweet chilli salsa;
  • Whole prawns, split & cooked in a garlic, lemon & chilli sauce, served with bread;
  • Quesadilla with Guajillo chilli mushroom, truffle & gooey brie and spicy tomato salsa;
  • Tortilla on a bed of spring onion, garlic & coriander rice with tangy tomatillo sauce, filled with roast butternut squash, iron-rich spinach, cream cheese, fine beans & chickpeas;
  • Iguana Cosmo - Absolut Berry Açai flavoured vodka, triple sec & pomegranate juice with a squeeze of lime & a dash of grenadine;
  • (Unpictured) - Mango Collins - Absolut Mango vodka, triple sec, orange & mango juices, topped with lemonade.

It was all amazing. I couldn’t say what the best part was because I loved every morsel. Thank you Lucy for a wonderful 19th! :D

Braided cinnamon roll twist with a lemon glaze and crushed, toasted pecans.
I’m really pleased with how this turned out! I don’t think I’ve ever worked with enriched dough before, only plain and simple bread dough, so I was a little worried but everything turned out perfectly. The top is crispy and delectable but the inside is soft, fluffy and just oozes cinnamon goodness. It was meant to be a wreath but I didn’t make the strips long enough, so instead it’s a twist, but I still think it looks pretty impressive! :)
Recipe can be found here.

Braided cinnamon roll twist with a lemon glaze and crushed, toasted pecans.

I’m really pleased with how this turned out! I don’t think I’ve ever worked with enriched dough before, only plain and simple bread dough, so I was a little worried but everything turned out perfectly. The top is crispy and delectable but the inside is soft, fluffy and just oozes cinnamon goodness. It was meant to be a wreath but I didn’t make the strips long enough, so instead it’s a twist, but I still think it looks pretty impressive! :)

Recipe can be found here.

Aubergine and tofu parcels wrapped in courgette, with Israeli spiced couscous, apricots, sultanas, buttery new potatoes, Chantenay carrots and baby corn.
-My meal from when we went out for Mother’s Day last Sunday! I’ve never seen tofu on a menu before in a place that wasn’t only vegetarian. It’s always refreshing to see that the chef has taken as much time over the vegetarian options as he would the fish/meat option, rather than stuff a pepper and call it a day. Anyway, this was awesome!

Aubergine and tofu parcels wrapped in courgette, with Israeli spiced couscous, apricots, sultanas, buttery new potatoes, Chantenay carrots and baby corn.

-My meal from when we went out for Mother’s Day last Sunday! I’ve never seen tofu on a menu before in a place that wasn’t only vegetarian. It’s always refreshing to see that the chef has taken as much time over the vegetarian options as he would the fish/meat option, rather than stuff a pepper and call it a day. Anyway, this was awesome!

Tampopo!

We (Phil, Saskia & myself) went to Tampopo for lunch today at Cabot Circus. We went for the lunch deal, where you get 2 courses for £7.95 which at first I thought sounded like a fab deal, however the portions weren’t very big at all!

I had the “Goi Cuon -Fresh rice-paper rolls filled with vegetables, glass noodles & Asian herbs, served cold, with soy & ginger” to start. These were nice, if a little rubbery, and there was too much coriander for my liking (cilantro) but nevertheless they were pretty enjoyable.

Then I had the “Com Hué - Wok-fried rice from the imperial city of Hué, flavoured with sesame seeds, lemongrass & coriander”. I really enjoyed this; it was incredibly flavourful and had some lovely tofu with it - HOWEVER - there was so much garlic (which I must be immune to because I barely acknowledged it) that when I arrived home my parents could smell me from metres away. Not even joking. My friends were awfully polite and didn’t say a thing, so I never would have known had it not been for my blunt parents, haha!

I’d go back, but I’d choose something less garlicky next time and only if I had a bit more money so I could get a variety of dishes. :)

My first ever taco… and it’s vegan! My Ma bought some taco shells and salsa on a whim - luckily there was enough for me too. :D
I made the “meat sauce” using Sainsbury’s own soya mince, red onion, mushrooms, red pepper and baby corn, then added tomato paste, smoked paprika, cumin, s&p, cayenne pepper and reduced sodium soy sauce.
The shells are filled with the “meat”, shredded carrot and lettuce, and after this photo was taken I slathered on some tomato salsa. It was pretty darn delicious! I don’t know if this is what taco shells are usually filled with, but I liked it anyway. :)

My first ever taco… and it’s vegan! My Ma bought some taco shells and salsa on a whim - luckily there was enough for me too. :D

I made the “meat sauce” using Sainsbury’s own soya mince, red onion, mushrooms, red pepper and baby corn, then added tomato paste, smoked paprika, cumin, s&p, cayenne pepper and reduced sodium soy sauce.

The shells are filled with the “meat”, shredded carrot and lettuce, and after this photo was taken I slathered on some tomato salsa. It was pretty darn delicious! I don’t know if this is what taco shells are usually filled with, but I liked it anyway. :)

Carrot, zucchini and red pepper “noodles” with cherry tomatoes and chopped almonds, in a tahini/lime juice/nutritional yeast/cumin/coconut milk dressing.
Raw salad, yum. The dressing was pad Thai inspired after watching a few vegan pad Thai recipes on youtube - I just used what I had on hand and it was creamy and delicious!
My energy soared after this morning’s smoothie, so I assumed it would drop again, but I’ve eaten all raw food since then and I’m still on an energy high! I can see why people rave about the raw food diet if it makes you feel this great all the time. :)

Carrot, zucchini and red pepper “noodles” with cherry tomatoes and chopped almonds, in a tahini/lime juice/nutritional yeast/cumin/coconut milk dressing.

Raw salad, yum. The dressing was pad Thai inspired after watching a few vegan pad Thai recipes on youtube - I just used what I had on hand and it was creamy and delicious!

My energy soared after this morning’s smoothie, so I assumed it would drop again, but I’ve eaten all raw food since then and I’m still on an energy high! I can see why people rave about the raw food diet if it makes you feel this great all the time. :)

Stir fry and couscous with peas.
-red bell pepper, spinach, zucchini, mangetout, baby corn, broccoli.
Simple, but if flavoured correctly, very, very delicious. I added some mango chutney, reduced sodium soy sauce, maple syrup and black pepper to the veggies once softened in a little water (alternatively you can use oil) and topped with flaked almonds once done. With the couscous, I soaked the grain in half water and half vegetable stock, stirred in a little toasted coconut and boiled some petit pois separately, mixing them in last minute. :)

Stir fry and couscous with peas.

-red bell pepper, spinach, zucchini, mangetout, baby corn, broccoli.

Simple, but if flavoured correctly, very, very delicious. I added some mango chutney, reduced sodium soy sauce, maple syrup and black pepper to the veggies once softened in a little water (alternatively you can use oil) and topped with flaked almonds once done. With the couscous, I soaked the grain in half water and half vegetable stock, stirred in a little toasted coconut and boiled some petit pois separately, mixing them in last minute. :)