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.
It has been a good/bad week for food.
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.
I forget how much I love these turkey burgers until I make them and then I remember all over again.
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
See? Simple as.
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.
So this happened today.
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.