Simple Home Cooking Recipes and Eating Out at Honest Crust, Fazenda and San Carlo

Hello, welcome to this week's blog! How was your week? In a food sense, I hate to say but mine has been pretty uneventful. I've been working a lot and travelling and so there's not a whole lot to report on. However, I did make the most amazing cookies which are pretty cool. I will link the recipe below for you.

Let's get into it...

SAN CARLO GRAN CAFE - Selfridges Exchange Manchester
Brownie (normally comes with a scoop of ice cream)

Eating out wise there's not been too much going on. I did however manage to get this lovely looking brownie in from San Carlo in Selfridges - unfortunately it was only just lovely looking, didn't taste of much :( and I also picked up some rose macaroons from Laduree which were heavenly!

FAZENDA - Spinningfields

I also had a rather large plate of salad from Fazenda too which I must say does have one of the best salad bars. Probably not the best meal for somebody who doesn't eat meat, but even so, I bloody love that restaurant!

For those of you who don't know, Fazenda is a restaurant designed for hardcore meat lovers. They come around with skewers of meat and then shave it off onto your plate. Back when I used to eat meat, I loved this place. In fact, I don't think I took advantage of it enough! They do also have fish dishes and some veggie options, but they are pretty limited though.

HONEST CRUST - Alty Market
(left): Margherita pizza, (right) Portabello Mushroom Pizza

I also braved the storm and headed out to Alty Market. These are possibly my all time favourite pizzas ever. The sourdough is light as a feather and the toppings are just so fresh. I don't need to tell you that though because I'm sure you've already been!

Homemade sweet potato, onion and pepper soup

I'm still obsessed with my soup maker. This is such a tasty lunch for work and it's super quick and easy. Bung all the veggies in the pot, add your water and spices, stock etc and then smooth or chunky, then, as if by magic, soup is made within 20 minutes!

I use the small soup maker and it cooks about two large bowls of soup. I also use the sweet potato and  pepper mix from M & S a lot as it's really tasty and quick.

I'm also still loving making these super quick salads. This week I made one with a salad bag, garlic and chilli prawns and also a giant cous cous salad all from M & S and then mixed it together with a little extra virgin olive oil and added some black pepper and seeds. This is a great way to make a quick salad that is also really filling.

Homemade veggie lasagne with lentils

I do love lasagne and when I stopped eating meat I really didn't know how I could create something so tasty without beef. I'm really not a fan of Quorn and so decided to try it with puy lentils instead and I've done it this way ever since.

My recipe is a bit random for this because i just make it up as I go along and then make the béchamel sauce in the Thermomix. If you wanted, you could just use pre-made pasta sauces, just make sure you have enough water in the pan for the lentils to absorb. They take around 20-30 minutes to cook so be prepared as they take much longer than mince, but it's pretty worth it.

Giant Nut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies (dairy and gluten free)

These cookies are pretty epic. They don't have to be gluten and dairy free if you don't want though, you do you! If you want the recipe, you can find it here

Finally, I just thought I'd share this gorgeous travel mug I bought this week from Paperchase. I did post it on my story, but just incase you didn't catch it, how pretty is it??

Anyways, I better get back to doing some 'real' work instead of tapping away here!

Thanks so much for reading and have a great week,

Em x


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