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    Yard and Coop Manchester review

    Yard and Coop is a fried chicken restaurant in Manchester.  I had been craving proper fried chicken for ages, so we decided to go for my birthday lunch. Yard and Coop The restaurant itself is light, but not brightly lit. It feels cosy and homely with a mixture of large and small tables and some booths, we took a window seat, so could people and weather watch as we made our final decisions on food. The food We decided to give the ‘Massive Cock’ a miss as it sounded, well.. so huge. It would have defeated us. Instead a ‘Lone…

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    Another week another meal plan

    Last weeks meal plans went rather awry. We had a huge delivery of wood, which took me 2 days to move. This extra physical labour on top of my usual chores left me drained. So we had a few ready…

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    Meal plans w/e 17th January 2020

    Another week another meal plan. A mix of old favourites and some new dishes.  We managed to mostly stick to last weeks plan, dropped one day as I was so tired and neither of us were very hungry.  Am pleased…

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    Meal plans 4th – 10th January 2020

    Meal plans Meal plans for the week. Trying to plan for 3 meals plus snacks a day. my attempt to keep my eating on track. Saturday Breakfast: Boiled eggs and soldiers Lunch: Soup and bread Tea:  Pizza – One with potatoes…

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    20 for 2020 – goals for the year

    20 for 2020; No resolutions as they are made to be broken.  Instead I am setting myself 20 goals. People are already tweeting about it being the roaring twenties. Well I am woman hear me roar. With my big gob…

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    Yakumama – Todmorden – restaurant review

    Yakumama – Review We were first alerted to Yakumama via social media, they were running a kickstarter to open their own permanent space in Todmorden. We thought the food sounded exciting so we bought a meal. I am so glad…

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    Thai Green Veggie Curry

    Thai green curry is such a delicious veggie dish.  You can use just veggies or add tofu too. We recently discovered that halloumi works really well. This is not a recipe per se. More a this is how we do…

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    Pearled Spelt Risotto

    Pearled spelt risotto is such a versatile dish. I did dither over whether calling it a risotto is the right title, but in essence it is what it resembles and the method is not too dissimilar. The following recipe, is…

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    Sweet potato gratin

    Sweet Potato Gratin Ingredients 1kg sweet potatoes, scrubbed and sliced thinly – the thickness of a 10p 2 tbsp olive oil 3 garlic cloves finely chopped 1 red chilli finely chopped 250ml double cream 150g crunchy peanut butter Zest and juice of…

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    Garam Masala

    Garam Masala   Garam Masala is a blend of spices and sometimes herbs. The word masala  means spices and garam means hot. The hot is in the Ayurvedic sense of heating the body, not blow your head off chilli  heat.…

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    Paneer and Mushroom Dhansak

    Paneer and mushroom dhansak came about as we wanted a veggie version of our beloved chicken dhansak. We are quite new to vegetarian cooking, so are always looking for ways to make veggie versions of old favourites. Paneer and Mushroom…