Sunday 26 March 2017

LITTLE GEMS: My indulgent week of egg and cheese eating! Oh dear! Plus, Sugo, Wahaca, Harvey Nichols Restaurant and Gastronomy

Hi! Welcome back!

I hope you've had a lovely week! I feel like I always say the same thing, but I've had another mad week ha ha! Here's what I got up to on my foodie adventures :)

So, I decided to experiment on Monday night. I was craving pasta and something kind of 'truffle' flavoured so I made this pasta dish. It hit the spot so so well! I made it with wild mushrooms, brown rice pasta, truffle and chilli oil plus some parsley and a little parmesan cheese. I know, parmesan is naughty and not vegetarian but I wasn't able to get the veggie option - so this had to do :)

I also picked up these potato cakes whilst I was in the super market too. What a tasty breakfast this was! I grilled the potato cakes (which were HUGE by the way!) and popped a poached egg on top. This was such a good combo! I think I will do this again sometime - If you ever go to Booths, you should pick these up, they were so tasty :)

Having M & S around the corner is so so bad. Well, no, it's so good, but really baaaad!! This however was a nice healthy snack, I adore their moroccan hummus and these veggies were reduced so it was a bargain snack. I say snack but it ended up being my lunch! I was so full by the end of 'snacking' I couldn't eat anymore!

Wednesday night I had a little more time than usual, so I managed to cook my fav spelt salad. I added some extra parmesan on top too and I have to say it was really tasty. I love changing the recipe of this. I added some home roasted beetroot as well and it was delicious! Even got hubby's approval!

Acai bowls make me so happy! Thursday morning breakfast post yoga. It really put a smile on my face! :)

Then, I snook out and went for a late brunch with the gorgeous Laura. We headed to Gastronomy in the village for a change. I've not been here in ages and I think I will start going again. The food here is consistently good and always has the old favs - Good old 'Belly Dancer' Sandwich.

Laura went for the full English and I had Eggs Benedict. Considering I don't really eat eggs much - maybe once a week, I've been smashing them in this week! No pun intended ha ha! This was sooo delicious! I forget how much I love eggs like this

Super Elixir Protein Shake on Friday before yoga. I have actually started to crave this now! Crazy right!

Then Friday, Mamma and I had a pre-Mother's Day lunch and shopping time. I treated her to lunch at Harvey Nichols and we both had the fish and chips. This is so much for me to eat at lunch (it's usually salad or soup) but the fish and chips at this place is incredible. I've not had it in so long, I thought I'd be a bit naughty! Plus best tartare sauce ever!

Oh yeah, and the fish was the size of my forearm for crying out loud!

It is getting shameful now! I'm going on a 5 day detox next week!! So, now and again I make Hong Kong style eggy bread (dear God more eggs!) for hubs. It's heavy, stodgy and one of those seriously, sickly comfort foods. Well I cranked it up a notch this week! I used chocolate chip brioche bread instead of normal white bread! It was light and fluffy but could probably kill you in one sitting! For those interested, HK eggy bread is 2 piece of white toast with peanut butter inside. Then dipped in egg, fried in butter and drizzled with golden syrup. Yes, it is actually that bad!! I had 2 bites and could feel my pancreas crying ha ha! Hub's polished it off with a big coffee no problem! I don't know how he is not the size of a house ha ha!

Then... more rich indulgence! We finally made it to Sugo! I have been desperate to check out this place and I am going to do a post here (so don't want to give too much away!) As you can imagine, there was more cheese involved ha ha!

Then, because I hadn't had enough cheese this week, we decided to go to Wahaca for dinner. I've not been here in ages and as rich as it is, the food is really good! Check out the menu here. These are the tortilla chips with their homemade guacamole.

MSC battered cod
Beach-shack-style battered MSC cod tacos with shredded slaw, chipotle mayo & pickled cucumber

Black bean & cheese
Traditional slow cooked smoky black beans with bay & avocado leaf

Sweet potato
Crispy fried chunks of sweet potato, dressed with smoky caramelised mojo de ajo

Mexico City style salmon sashimi
Sustainably-sourced raw salmon with a squeeze of fresh lime & soy, tobacco onions, chipotle salt, avocado & chipotle mayo

Crispy prawn tacos
Corn tortillas stuffed with chopped prawn, chillies, spring onion & coriander, cooked until crispy, served with guacamole, tomato salsa & chipotle mayo

Oh god! Even more eggs ha ha! Sunday morning pre-work breakfast. I made myself an omelette on toast and it was goooood!!

Then, I decided to cook my Mamma a tasty, healthy lunch for Mother's Day after work. I did a rice bowl with teriyaki aubergine and shitake mushrooms. Oh and some savoy cabbage too! I've not made this in quite a while and had a craving for a rice bowl. I made the biggest portion and we both cleared the lot :)

Happy Mother's Day to all you Mammas out there from me and my Mamma! Hope you all had an amazing day xxx

Cat photo of the week! Enjoying the sunshine today - and can I also say, how amazing has the weather been too. I know it might not last, but it's so lovely to have some sunshine back 

So the clocks changed... I woke up at 6:30am for work - which was technically 5:30! Hmmm... yeh, so this happened ha ha! Helped me make it through my morning

I wanted to finish off this post with a beautiful photo I took on Friday. Look how stunning this blossom is. I swear Spring is my fav season of the year. The blossoms are just so beautiful, hopeful even! It's like everything is brand new again and it makes me so happy.

I hope you all have enjoyed the weather (where ever you are) and had a lovely week too.

Thanks so much for reading,

Big love,

Em x

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