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Falafeled.

After having a healthy week I felt more than motivated to hunt out an alternative to the cheese and carb’ filled meals which the lovely Miss K and I frequently pull together for each other.  In the end I managed to conjure up quite an eclectic feast which left us both stuffed and satisfied.

I followed (to a degree) two pretty simple recipes for falafel and tzatziki. I went for the ease of a throw-it-all-together meal with the help of a few chapatis (which I’d warmed in the oven), some fresh salad leaves and a dollop of sweet chilli sauce making the whole thing a pleasure to eat.

I do enjoy good falafel, but I had no idea just how easy it was to make until now! Something can definitely be said for knowing what goes into your food and how satisfying even the healthiest of meals can be when you’ve made them from scratch. The only change I’d make next time I rustle up this beauty would be to leave my falafel mix a little more chunky so it has a bit of bite…

[I added chopped fresh coriander instead of parsley]
[I added one teaspoon of paprika instead of dried coriander]
[I added one teaspoon of chilli powder instead of a half]

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Jack Spratt, M2 6WH.

I’ve been to Jack Spratt a couple of times now and each time we’ve been greeted by friendly ‘at your service’ staff (although not always that punctual) and scrumptious, wholesome food. The place itself is quite small, but this adds to the cosy welcoming feel and it doesn’t at all feel crowded even when all tables are taken. Also with it being close to my office in central Manchester there are no complaints here!

I’d highly recommend everyone give it ago, they even do a bargainous early evening £8 menu (two course) which does deliver quite small portions however I just took that as an excuse to indulge in desert – every cloud! They also throw together one of the best sharing platters I’ve ever tasted (pictured below). The veggie platter doesn’t sport any of the bog-standard vegetarian classics, instead opting to keep things interesting, a decision both my and my fellow dinner commended.

All in all it gets my vote!

Sweet potato wedges (£8 menu)

Beer Battered Haddock (£8 menu)

Trio of Panna Cotta:
Gin & rhubarb;
Strawberry & cassis;
Raspberry.

Veggie Sharing Platter

Glazed BBQ Baby Rack of Ribs

Zucchini Fritters

It’s not often I go out of my way to rustle up something savoury, but this courgette (zucchini) fritter recipe really got my mouth-watering. It fully lived up to expectations, although being a bit of an onion fan I swapped in a white onion in place of the spring onions (scallion), resulting in quite an onion-y fritter, you may choose to be less brave?

The feta is definitely a good touch though, the crispy shell of the fritter complements the softened cheese – keeping the cheese chunky was a stoke of genius, if I do say so myself…

1. Courgette, onion, feta, garlic and lemon zest into a bowl. [You may want to drain off any excess moisture at this point.]

2. Add the eggs and mix.
3. Sieve in the plain flour and stir until you get a batter-like consistency (probably about 100-200g)

4. Heat a little oil (or butter if you’re feeling cheeky) in a pan and cook the mixture in dollops until nicely browned on both sides. This recipe will make about 6 fritters.

5. Best served with a squeeze of lemon juice.

Adapted from Roslyn Street Cafe.

Ingredients
2 Small Courgettes (grated)
1 White onion (finely sliced)
100g Feta cheese (chopped into chunks)
2 Garlic cloves (finely sliced)
Lemon zest
2 Small eggs
Plain flour

1874 The Vegetarian Bistro & Bar, M2 3HZ.

A good friend of mine has recently turned vegetarian and I recently stumbled across 1874, I put two and two together and hey presto, an evening well spent!

I’ve never been to a vegetarian restaurant, but I was pleasantly surprised and left more than satisfied. I also gave my friend’s beer battered halloumi a taste, which I was sceptical about – not being a huge fan of halloumi – but it was actually really tasty!

This little bistro is hidden away in plain sight so definitely google-map-it before making the trip, it’s also closed Mon-Tues and only serves from 1800hrs Wed-Fri, but this doesn’t distract from the fact the staff were lovely, the food hit the spot (the desert in particular) and despite being open plan, with a floor-to-ceiling glass front it felt quite homely!

 Whole baked camembert with rustic breads

 Lancashire cheese soufflé with salsa verde potatoes & summer vegetables

 Blackberry mille feuille with almond cream and cameralised apple sauce

Three Cheeses On Toast…

…a poor man’s extravagance.

The Vincent, PR8 1JR.

A couple of weeks back, as a little celebration for our recent/not too distant birthdays (and a well deserved revision break), my beautiful friend (pictured) and I indulged in a reasonably high-class meal at The Vincent

The Vincent has been done up with a decent degree of class, although I did much prefer it as the vintage cinema I went to as I was growing up. The food was good, as was the atmosphere, but as always it was the desserts which stole my attention.

The menu is highly varied, which I often think lowers the quality of the food presented. However, the desserts are listed under the title ‘life is uncertain, eat puddings’ and, well, I can’t argue with that.

Vanilla Pannacotta with Poached Rhubarb

Trio of Crème Brulee

I swear they put these on everyone’s table, not just ours.

Saturday Night Take-Away For One.

It almost tastes healthy if you transfer to real crockery; who’d have guessed I hadn’t rustled it up myself?!

From my favourite Indian/Bangal in all of Greater Manchester, Coriander, who offer up the best mango chutney I’ve ever tasted. I dare you to find better…