Review: ZAAP Thai Street Food, Nottingham

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Walking through Nottingham on a drizzly Sunday night a few weeks ago, we decided to stop somewhere for dinner. Zaap was bright and lively looking and I've wanted to eat there since they opened before Christmas. It was a bright assault on the senses when we walked in out of the cold dark night. The place is busy, colourful and noisy. 

Zap street food nottingham


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Pescatarian January - the Final week

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That's almost it, a whole month of not eating meat.

Overall, I've enjoyed the month, it's been challenging at times but I'm happy with the experiment. I've definitely eaten a lot more fish than I normally would but I'll be honest, I don't think it's changed my view on meat in the longer term and I will continue to eat it once February rolls around. That said, I'll make sure I cut down on the amount of meat I eat and want to start incorporating at least one vegetarian and one fish based meal into my week to help redress the balance. It's been an interesting experiment though and one I'd be happy to repeat again in the future!


This week is looking extremely busy and it's going to be really hard to stay healthy! Last week we failed at almost every point to stick to the meal plan. Wednesday we ended up running late home and had cheese on toast for dinner and this weekend we ended up going for a curry with friends.

Monday 

We have a meeting at 7:30pm which makes it difficult to fit a healthy dinner in. I made some vegetable soup last night so we'll eat that with crusty bread before we head out to the meeting. 


Tuesday

We're booked in at The Swan in Mountsorrel for their Bistro night - it's Korean so of course Dave is super excited. I've reviewed them before - read it here.  The menu looks great - what do you think?


Korean night menu

Wednesday

I've got an urge for jacket potatoes - they are a faff because they take so long but sometimes you just can't beat them - I think I'll probably go simple too - just beans and cheese. What is your favorite topping? 

Thursday

I've got the day off work! Not for any particular reason other than I fancy it. I'm planning to spend the day blogging and cooking! Bliss... Dinner will probably be something in the slow cooker or maybe a lasagna! Here's one I made earlier

Lasagne

Friday

Most likely leftovers of whatever I make on Thursday. The other half is away so I'm looking forward to a n early night in front of the TV with my cats and a bottle of wine (Bridget Jones eat your heart out). 


Weekend 

I'm off to the Olive Branch in Clapham with Matt from Great Food Club on Saturday which'll be really lovely and a proper treat. Other than that, I'll be eating healthily and giving my house a big spring clean. I feel a feng shui style clear out coming on!

Picture borrowed from The Olive Branch 

Sunday - I'm having a break from cooking so maybe dinner at my Dad's. I quite fancy a bowl of his awesome curry and bombay potatoes. I'll start dropping hints now!


For the final time this month, I've joined with Mrs M's Meal Planning link up. Go and have a look for more inspiration for your weeks meals. 

What are you eating this week? 
Please share in the comments below. 

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Product Review: The Saucy Fish Co

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As you may well know if you read my blog frequently, I've decided to eat a pescatarian diet for January. I'm a lucky lady as after reading my first post on the topic, the Saucy Fish Co got in touch and offered to send me some of their products to try as part of my journey.

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Pescatarian January - Week Three

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As I'm sure you're all well aware of now, Dave and I have chosen to eat a Pescatarian diet for the whole of January. I can't believe it's week three already, time in flying by.

Looking back on last week's meal plan (see it here), two thing really stand out. Making Pad Thai with courgette 'zoodles' was fun. If you don't have one, I recommend you buy a spiralizer, I have a hand-held one and it's great. The Saucy Fish Co. Sicilian lemon and dill roasted salmon was particularly delicious and made a perfect salad topper for lunch one day too. Mum made me a cracking smoked haddock and cheese sauce dinner on Monday too which was so great I recreated it for Dave on Friday night!

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Review: The Spice Cube, Mountsorrel

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I really do love curry, it's probably one of my favourite things to eat. It's one of those things I really crave sometimes, especially after long days at work.

One of my favourite Indian restaurants at home is The Spice Cube in my mums village Mountsorrel, between Loughborough and Leicester. I've reviewed their takeaway before (read it here) and for both eating in and out, it's a firm family favourite. 


sag aloo curry side dish
Spice cube takeaway and restaurant
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Review: Imbiss 204, Berlin

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As I'm sure you now know if you read this blog frequently, Dave and I recently visited (and fell in love with) Berlin.

Whenever I go away,  I like to research places to eat to avoid dissapointment but Dave is a fan of exploring and seeing where you end up. To a degree, I can see his point but sometimes you need to plan to make sure you don't end up bickering and eating microwaved crap somewhere dodgy because you've left it too late and nowhere is open. We've all done that haven't we?!

So - on day one, having done my research, we went to Imbiss 204, on the recommendation of a great blog - Berlin Food Stories. This place really is a hidden gem, serving very authentic home style German food and we LOVED IT!

Imbiss 204 in Berlin
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Pescatarian January - week two

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In case you missed my post last Monday, let me recap briefly. I've decided to turn pescatarian for the month of January. One of the reasons was to encourage myself to both eat and cook more fish.

You can see last weeks meal plan here. We stuck to it almost completely with one small slip up. On Friday night we went to a new micro brewery in Loughborough with friends and lost track of time. Before we knew it, Georges was shut and we'd missed out on our chip supper! With a belly full of beer, we ended up going for Papa Johns (even food bloggers eat Papa Johns occasionally!), opting for tuna and anchovies in place of the usual pepperoni!

So, without further ado, here is my meal plan for the week ahead.



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The Woodspeen Cookery School, Nr Newbury.

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I can't believe it was as long ago as November when my best blogging buddy Emily and I found ourselves pulling up outside The Woodspeen on a cold, foggy morning for a full day cooking with their head chef - Michelin starred John Campbell. 

Bloggers working for Host for Hope at The Woodspeen
inside the woodspeen cookery school
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Turning Pescatarian for January.

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January - a fresh start and a chance to distance yourself from the pure indulgence of December.

In the past I've always rushed into the usual suspects - gym membership and crazy diets. But this year, I've given it some thought and actually, I won't be joining a gym - I hate them. I won't be going on some ridiculous diet either. In fact, I've even thrown my scales away. I'll just be making a conscious effort to snack less and get outside more. I've also decided to eat a pescatarian diet for the month. I did consider a full vegetarian or even vegan diet but I'm not sure I could manage that. So, pescatarian it is.

I love fish and don't eat enough of it so this is a great way to eat a little healthier and inspire myself in the kitchen too.
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Shin Ramyun - instant comfort food

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Happy New Year!

I assume a lot of you spent New Years Day slouching around fighting hangovers. Don't worry, we've all been there. In fact, that's exactly what I did. My lazy day was interspersed only by a quick trip to the shops, a nap and a bowl of comforting noodles.

shin ramyun with duck egg
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