We were back at Panchos on Friday evening for Burrito goodness. There was a party going on upstairs which meant seating was limited. There were two random seats left down stairs but there was no table so we would have had to eat off our laps. Instead, since we were all wrapped up in our winter coats and new Christmas woolies, we decided to sit outside and eat dinner in the cool winter air.
We had a few quizzical stares from passers by but it was lovely and made me so excited for more outdoor eating in the spring.
Good because I love to eat, but bad for my wallet and heart health. So much cheese!
Husband and I shared a platter at Nando’s. Medium spice with peri-peri chips, every time.
We had a cheeky Five Guys one evening when we went to the Trafford Centre to pick up some shoes.
Baked Camembert shared with a friend.
Food not pictured – the fish and chips that followed the Camembert. TWO trips to Panchos for burritos – the picante lamb is delicious! An original glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut which never disappoints but I was sad to see their drink and a doughnut deal only gets you one doughnut now instead of two. And finally, two cupcakes. Although they were for charity so those calories don’t count, right?
We loved seeing Back to the Future at the Victoria Baths this summer, so when I saw that the Village Screen were returning with Christmas films this season, I bought tickets as soon as they went on sale. I’ve been looking forward to this night for weeks. Can you believe I’ve never seen Elf before?
We didn’t get to indulge in the food offerings last time but I more than made up for it on this trip. I had the most deliciously indulgent mac and cheese from Mac Daddies and a festive doughnut filled with jam and mincemeat.
I absolutely loved seeing the place decked out with Christmas cheer. It was however, bloody freezing and I’m so glad we brought a blanket to snuggle under – I know they tell you it’s going be cold when you book but jeepers, it was icy.
In fact, it was so cold that by the end of the film it snowed inside!
It was such a magical evening and I am eagerly awaiting the next time we get to visit.
As the website name suggests, the recipe for them really is simple and incredibly forgiving. It might just be me and my unrefined palate but we ran out of Dijon when I made these last week and I used horseradish instead – it was just as tasty. I’m pretty sure I’ve used English mustard in the past too, because we don’t tend to keep loads of different types of mustard on hand
450g turkey mince
2 spring onions, sliced
Pinch of dried thyme or 1 tbsp of fresh, finely chopped
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp of oil to fry the burgers in
Use hands to mush ingredients together
Form into four patties
Heat 1 tbsp of some sort of oil in a pan
Cook for 6-8 minutes on each side or until cooked through
The Sainsbury’s local that we frequent has recently gone a little security tag mad. It’s an interesting insight into the local shoplifting population’s preferences – black tea, good chocolate, clean teeth and safe sex.
The four-pack of almond Magnums I bought didn’t have a tag on them. I guess they can’t handle ice cream in the winter like I can. Softies.
On Sunday, husband was in one of those moods where he wanted to go out for the evening, but he didn’t quite know where. He fancied food of some sort but he vetoed suggestions for pizza or burritos or a curry. None of our usual haunts sounded appealing. We even got google maps up and wandered its virtual streets to see if anything piqued his interest. Yes, he wants to try Hasheba, but not today thanks. Tapas sounds good but not the walk all the way to the Northern Quarter. In the end, we put on our coats to hit the streets for some fresh air and see where our noses took us.
We headed off in the direction of town and found ourselves walking by Oishi-Q. We have passed this place countless times over the years and whilst it has been on our hit list of places to try, we hadn’t quite made it yet.
After a quick perusal of the menu, husband declared it a winner and off we went inside.
The food was tasty and steaming hot. We had the ramen and chicken karaage. We talked of visiting Japan one day. Soon, I hope.
We ended the evening with a nightcap at Sandbar before walking home in the winter chill.
Luckily just as I was leaving the car park and not somewhere along the M60!
Since I work miles away in east Lancashire I’ve had to take the day off, so I’ve put myself in bed until the garage calls to let me know I can collect the car. I’ve had the fairy lights on all day and I’ve burned through my data allowance watching Youtube videos. Unproductive seems to be the theme of today.
This weekend has been the first one we’ve spent at home in Manchester, just the two of us, in forever. It has been lovely and much needed.
Today we decided to head up the road to Monton. We spent a couple of hours walking the streets, imagining what it would be like to live in one of the fantastic gigantic old houses in Ellesmere Park. I would have one room for shoes and another one for dresses. And a library with floor to ceiling bookshelves.
I spied a couple of Qubek’s pieces just off Monton high street and made husband wait an age whilst I took far too many pictures.
We ended our afternoon with a cream tea at a tea room – good, strong tea but not so great scones. As a personal preference, I do not think any thing is made better by glacé cherries.
With two holidays abroad and no weekends at home I didn’t get everything done on my list this season, but I gave it a good go.
I had pumpkin spice lattes in LA and I ate a pumpkin pie someone else made.
I had a friend round for baked Camembert and gossip. It was going to be fondue, but since I was late to work by 90 minutes thanks to a motorway closed due to flooding, I had to stay late to get all my jobs done which didn’t leave much time for cooking by the time I got home.
We bought new bedding and even splurged on some cosy pyjamas.
We went to a haunted escape room with some of my cousins which did double duty as an autumn goal and 30 before 30 goal. Sadly for some reason the company haven’t posted our victory photo on their Facebook page so you’ll have to take my word for it – we won the game with three minutes to spare.
I made homemade hot chocolate for the family, but we wussed out of stargazing. It was too cold, so we watched Inception at my mother’s house instead.
We’re only 20 hours into December and it’s already kicking my butt.
It started out so well. I put on a cute outfit – my first Christmas jumper of the year. I was going to snap some outfit photies but then I remembered I had to fill the car with petrol so off I went.
I got to work and it was complete carnage. It was a couple of hours before I got my first brew of the day. My skirt popped TWO buttons. And to top it off it took me 40 minutes to go round a roundabout on the M60 because of traffic.
Still, there were some good bits. That sunset for one.