Tuesday, 9 February 2016

#CookBlogShare Week 5 - The Love Round Up

This weeks round up is a day later than normal as this week is a busy foodie week. Yesterday it was the Chinese New Year so naturally I shared a Chinese inspired recipe! Today is pancake day and they simply had to be made and of course Sunday is Valentines Day which is celebrated with food. Wow all in one week!

With these foodie themes in mind I decided to base this weeks roundup on them. There are three delicious recipes for Valentines treats and I had to include a pancake recipe. 

Thank you to Mandy from Sneaky Veg for hosting and sharing the posts and to you all for joining in each week.

Here are my four, seasonal favourites this week...

Vegan Raw Cacao Pancakes

This years pancakes are a little different that normal. I will admit that it did take me quite a few goes to get them just right, but I did do it!

These pancakes are not only vegan but are also gluten free and so delicious!

This is what I did...

Monday, 8 February 2016

Chinese New Year with Tilda Firecracker Rice

Today is the Chinese New Year and this year is the year of the monkey.

To celebrate the new year Tilda sent me some of their new, limited edition Firecracker Hot Spicy Rice and challenged me to use it in a recipe to create a hot and spicy dish and to celebrate the year of the monkey. Tilda Firecracker is packed with red chilli pepper, chilli seeds, smoked paprika and sweet tomato.

With a rice like this, that is so full of flavour and character, you really do not need to do a lot. Tilda have done all of the hard work for you. All of the spices that you need are already sealed in the handy, easy to prepare pouch of rice.

For this deliciously healthy dish all I did was add some lovely fresh vegetables and allowed the Tilda rice to do all of the work for me.

This is what I did...

Weekly Meal Plan - Week Commencing 8th February 2016

Last weeks meal plan did not go exactly to plan. I had planned for three meat free meals, one meat and one fish dish. But when it came to deciding if we really wanted the venison cottage pie we found that we didn't. Last week we ended up having 6 meat free, vegan meals. We only had fish when we went to my mum and dads for Sunday dinner.

I guess that this means we are now a meat free family and are really enjoying it. I have found a new love for flavours and foods that I have had for a while.

This week I am planning a totally meat free week and am really looking forward to these meals!

This is what we will be enjoying this week...

Week Commencing 8th February 2016

Monday - Chinese New Year Stir Fry

I have been sent some of Tilda's latest rices which I will be using to make us a stir fry.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Win a Crepe Pan from ProCook Kitchenware

On Tuesday it is pancake day. I don't know about you, but we enjoy pancakes at any time of the year and not just on Shrove Tuesday. Pancakes are such a versatile food and can be made both savoury and sweet. I recently share some ways that we enjoy our pancakes.

ProCook Kitchenware are offering Hijacked By Twins readers that chance to win their own crepe pan as shown below. With this pan you are guaranteed to make perfect pancakes that the whole family will enjoy!

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Harvester Clifton Moor, York - Restaurant Review

The other weekend we took a little drive up to York to go out for lunch as a family. When it comes to finding a restaurant that we all like can sometimes be a little tricky and we tend to stick to our well know regulars. So when we were asked if we would like to try a family lunch out at Harvester in York we could not wait to try it.

We always love a day out in York so this was the perfect opportunity. Harvester in York is based at Clifton Moor which is a shopping and leisure area which is just north of the city and just off the ring road. So it is really easy to access and there are plenty of great shops about and even a cinema so you can certainly make a day of it.

When we arrived at the Harvester we were pleased to see that there was plenty of parking. We were slightly worried as there are other restaurants in that part and we did not know if parking would be a problem, thankfully it wasn't.

When we went into the restaurant we noticed that there were plenty of staff about so we did not have to wait long until we were shown to our table. The waiting staff were all friendly and helpful and always made sure that we had enough drinks and that we were ok. When it came to ordering drinks we did find that a couple of drinks that were on the menu were not available at that site. This was not a huge inconvenience but I do believe that if you have items listed on a menu as available they should be. This was maybe one down side of having a generic menu for all sites instead of site specific ones. The children enjoyed having their own menu and were pleased with their pack of crayons and colouring in place mats. Having these little added extras really do mean a lot when dining out with children.