#nationalcurryweek

Those of you that know me know that my favourite food to eat and to cook is curry. I like all types of curries, but mostly enjoy an Indian curry. For me a perfect curry has to be more than just meat and sauce, it has to include that extra texture of onions and peppers or chickpeas & lentils. I also love my curry to have a good kick to it, but not so much that I’m struggling to sit there and enjoy it. Perfect accompaniments to my curry are basmati rice, and a small garlic naan or chapatti. 

I think I love cooking curry so much because just by tweaking one ingredient out of a whole recipe, you come out with a brand new taste, and in fact you don’t need a list of ingredients as long as your arm for it to be good.

Here’s a recipe I came up with after trying a few similar ones from websites and tweaking them to my own taste. I particularly love making this curry because I don’t need to go buy all the ingredients in especially, they tend to be things that I would most likely have in the fridge / cupboard anyway. I’ve found that this curry is great to make for a cosy night in (and tend to freeze a few boxes worth of leftovers), as it is definition of real comfort food! But also, I’ve made it for house parties as it doesn’t have to be really spicy for it to taste delicious, it’s easy to make in bulk, and I have had some really good feedback.

Chicken, chickpea and sweet potato curry

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 chilli, finally sliced (take out the seeds if you don’t want it to be too spicy)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed or finely chopped
  • Chilli flakes to taste (optional)
  • 50g fresh ginger peeled and finally chopped
  • 400g chickpeas
  • 400g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 500g diced chicken breast
  • 500g sweet potato, peeled and chopped into bite size pieces
  • Rice & / or naan bread to accompany.

Method:

  1. Heat a large pan over a medium heat and add the oil. Once hot, add the cumin seeds and fry for approx a minute. Add the onion and a pinch of salt and fry for a few minutes until the onion starts to soften but not brown. Add the chicken and cook until all the chicken is white on the outside.
  2. Add the garlic, chilli, ginger and chilli flakes and fry all ingredients for a further 3 minutes.
  3. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and then add to the pan along with the tomatoes and sweet potato.
  4. Add enough water to cover all ingredients and bring the whole pan to simmer and mix together.
  5. Cover with a lid and simmer on a low heat, stirring often, for 30-40 minutes, until the potatoes are soft and the sauce has thickened. Top up with water if needed during cooking. Take out a big piece of the chicken and cut into it to ensure it is cooked the whole way through.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  7. Serve with rice and naan, and enjoy!


Bon appetit!

Let me know what you think!

Local curry House

As well as enjoying a homemade curry, I believe everyone should know of a good local curry house. As part of growing up I’ve always gone to my local curry house to celebrate birthdays and occasions and I still enjoy going to the same place now! 

Balti House, Tingley has never ever let me down. Since I was about 12 it has been my all time favourite place to enjoy a good old curry with family and friends, for occasions, or just for a weekend treat. The staff there are so accommodating and friendly, and the same owners have remained since they opened. Many local people enjoy a meal here, some have dishes named after them they eat there that regularly! 

But it isn’t just local people that eat here. Some familiar names have come far and wide to try the chefs specials here; such as the Fonz (Henry Winkler) and Ryan Hall of the Leeds Rhinos.

The Balti House have also started hosting an Indian “tapas night” on a Monday and Tuesday night where you can sample numerous starters mains and desserts for £12.95 per person. A fantastic way to try new things on the menu!


If you love Indian food and don’t mind coming across to Tingley, Wakefield – I would absolutely recommend this place!

Enjoy!

Jen (Yorkshire Foodie)

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All Bar One, New menu out now!

This weekend, All Bar One (Millennium Square, Leeds) kindly invited me to their stylish city centre bar & restaurant to try out some of their new menu.   Having never eaten here previously, I had no idea what to expect, so I was excited to discover the food they had on offer.

Sunday night, the atmosphere was sophisticated yet relaxed, welcoming a mixture of different parties; a teenage girl’s birthday meal, small parties of friends enjoying cocktails, couples enjoying drinks and food.

Their menu offers a mouth-watering choice of food from classics such as handmade burgers with all of the extras, to globally inspired plates such as Miso Rice Bowls and Lobster Mac n Cheese.   

We started off with 4 of the Small Plates; Iberico Ham Croquettes, Padron Peppers, Pea, Feta & Mint Falafel, and the Salt & Pepper Calamari.

Every small dish was really yummy and enjoyable, cooked well and tasted fresh. I especially loved the Padron peppers that were simply grilled and served with chipotle mayonnaise and salt. They made a healthy and refreshing change from all of the typical peppers stuffed with cheese that are on a lot of other menus. I also rate the Falafel, which comes with gorgeous hummus and pomegranate. I would definitely recommend trying these small plates whether for a starters or main! – ANY 3 FOR £15 OR 5 FOR £25

For our main meal we were served the Vegan Burger; Beetroot hummus and roasted peppers served in an ancient grain bun with a side of skin-on fries, and the Thai Beef Salad; sliced beef fillet, with cucumber, tomato, red onion, spring onions, lime, coriander & som tam dressing.

Both very healthy options, yet filling and really good. The Vegan Burger wasn’t necessarily something I would have chosen myself, but it was delicious, so potentially I’ll be trying more vegan meals in the future!

The Thai Beef Salad was also fab, really fresh and not just an afterthought, but a really fulfilling salad.

For those of you that enjoy going out to eat, but are quite health conscious and don’t want to pay over the top for a salad that is just thrown together, I would really recommend eating here. There are other light options to choose from too, such as Peri Peri Chicken and Haddock Fishcakes. Main meals are priced between £10 – £16.

To complete our meal, we then got to try some fantastic desserts;  Lime pie with tangy blueberries, and AJ’s cheesecake (raspberry ripple cheesecake with a layer of chocolate and a gorgeous biscuit base. As you know I have a sweet tooth, and as full as I was by that point, that didn’t stop me from having a very generous helping of both desserts!

So in summary, All Bar One is a great place to try different foods, even for the health conscious, whilst spending time with loved ones in a stylish yet relaxed atmosphere. I’d also like to point out that the service was faultless too!

Be sure to join the mailing list if you are interested in dining here, as you will receive a £5 voucher towards your bill!

Happy munching 🙂

 

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Bowness-on-Windermere feat. amazing food & fabulous drinks!

Last weekend myself and Jamie enjoyed a lovely couple of days at the Lake District, where we enjoyed some good food, great drinks, fantastic walks (even if it was in the worst rain I’ve seen in a very long time), and were made to feel welcome by everyone.

Here’s some of the amazing food and drink we enjoyed on our trip!

Trattoria – Lake Road, Bowness-on-Windermere

We were welcomed into the restaurant to dine late evening approx 9pm on a Friday. There were a few tables occupied but compared to some other restaurants on the street, I wouldn’t describe it as being busy.  We couldn’t fault the service at all; very friendly staff providing everything we needed.

The menu offered what you would describe as standard Italian Restaurant courses although I felt there could have been more pasta dishes on offer.

We went for the mini tomato & mozzarella calzone to start – pictured below. Something a little different! They were quite nice although there wasn’t much tomato involved, or in fact much filling in the ones we were given! But, a nice idea.

I then decided I fancied tagliatelle with meatballs. Like most Italian restaurants, they just can’t seem to get the portions right! It’s very rare that I leave an Italian restaurant with an empty plate. Is there any need for so much food?? My main was a comforting and filling dish, however I am not sure how fresh the meatballs were – definitely didn’t taste homemade, and the sauce again tasted exactly the same as it does in most Italian restaurants.


All in all not a bad experience but I do feel that there was probably other places in the area where we would have had a nicer meal.

The Ship Inn – Bowness Bay, Lake Windermere

After a short walk along the lake, in the worst rain I have seen in a long time, we got absolutely drenched and our waterproofs were no longer waterproof. We jogged back to where we started, to shelter in the pub & restaurant – The Ship Inn.

Initially we were just going to have  few pints and dry a little until the rain stopped, but then we saw a few people order the fish & chips – and they looked (and smelled) AMAZING! So we stayed for food.

You can’t beat a decent fish & chips, however most usually smell better than they actually taste. But this didn’t disappoint! What more to say about it other than a perfect dinner! Fish, chips and mushy peas, mmmmm 🙂

The Country Hut- Bowness-on-Windermere

Whilst we waited for our reservation at a nearby restaurant, we decided to have some drinks in this small but quaint bar on the corner. The bar looked inviting with outside seating and heaters, and was quite busy, proving to be popular.

Again the plan was to just enjoy a few pints, but then I spotted the cocktails being made, and I couldn’t resist!

One of the cocktails – The Bubble Bath was topped with whipped cream and a mini rubber duck! But I chose the Popcorn cocktail which was served in a cup the shape of a popcorn box, and was topped with sweet & salty popcorn and loads of toffee sauce!!

I would definitely recommend this bar for a cocktail treat 🙂

Porto – Bowness-on-Windermere

Recommended to me twice, this Bistro style restaurant did not disappoint! Lovely little place down one of the main streets in Bowness whose menu was to the point but still offering a variety of courses. The service was great here and the atmosphere was also really good. The place was full, both upstairs and downstairs, proving to be a popular choice once again.

For the starter we went for the cheese & leek soufflé, which was mouth-watering! And the scallops with pancetta which were super tasty and very well cooked.

For my main I chose the “lamb chump” cooked pink, which came with pancetta, carrot puree (needed more of this!!), greens and dauphinoise potatoes – pictured below. I cleared the plate! Jamie went for the belly pork which was delicious, however the mash did taste like old school dinner “smash”, which was a shame.

I would say that you should expect to spend approx. £65 per couple for 2 courses and a few drinks each, but it’s worth it if you enjoy a bit of fine dining.

I would definitely recommend eating here, but make sure you book in advance if you do.

Fodder – Windermere

After cocktails followed by food,  we decided to walk up the hill from Bowness to Windermere town centre. A lively little town with various bars that have outside seating areas for late evening dining and drinking. This makes the town so picturesque and appealing.

Offering various beers, wines and spirits, this little place and its staff made us feel welcome, and was a cosy spot for people watching; sitting outside with our pints of Erdinger, under blankets. Perfect.

Sorry, I can’t comment on the food here as we only stopped for drinks.

Granny Dowbekin’s Tearoom – Pooley Bridge, Ullswater

The last place we visited on our trip was Ullswater and a stop at Pooley Bridge. I couldn’t not give this tearoom a mention, purely because of how amazing the hot chocolate is there!!

Hot chocolate with all the works; cream, marshmallows, maltesers and a chocolate spoon. A proper chocolate overload to finish our trip was just what the doctor ordered, kind of haha!

Although we didn’t eat here, the food on offer looked really good including the choices of breakfasts AND the homemade cakes and gingerbread! The welsh rarebit looked especially good, and if I ever visit this café again I will definitely be ordering this!

 

Well I hope that I’ve given you food for thought if you are looking at visiting the Lakes any time soon 🙂

 Jen (Yorkshire Foodie)

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Gousto? Give it a go!

Up until recently I’ve avoided “ingredients delivered to your door” kind of companies where you have to subscribe for a certain price per month/delivery, to have ingredients sent for you to cook, because I thought; why would I when I can just get the ingredients myself cheaper in Asda??

BUT

In May I visited the Great British Food Festival at Harewood House in Harrogate, where I was scouting for some yummy treats (and freebies of course) in one of the tents. A guy commented on something and got chatting to me, and it turned out he was from one of these food delivery companies, called Gousto. I thought I would humour him for a moment before saying no thank you and walking away. But then he explained that they had an offer on for 3 boxes/deliveries at half price, and you can skip deliveries, or cancel at any time.

So I decided to sign up and see what all the fuss was about, with the initial intention of just cancelling my account as soon as the offer ended. Our first box arrived (first box was full price at approx £32 for 3 meals for 2 people), and it was quite exciting! I looked inside the box and thought, these portions are tiny! However when I then made our first meal, following the really easy and visual recipe card, I realised that it was because Gousto provide pre-measured ingredients, which are just enough for each recipe, leaving you with no waste! How many times do we cook something and end up throwing bits of food away that we didn’t use, or making too much and binning the leftovers?? And the portions were actually extremely filling!

I carried on with the 3 box offer over the next few months – 2nd box half price, 3rd box free. And each time, trying something new. I actually realised on my free box that I could opt for 4 meals for 2 people! Bargain!

Each week Gousto adds new and varied recipes to try out; from amazing Asian inspired dishes like “Crispy Pork Belly & Noodle Ramen”, to tasty vegetarian dishes such as “Grilled Paneer, Spiced Veg & Tomato Wraps”

Here’s some dishes I made earlier 🙂

I am really impressed with how tasty the meals that I have made through Gousto are, and how easy the recipes are to follow. I now have my recipe cards saved in my Gousto folder (free gift in my 3rd box), and I have made one or two again, using my own ingredients bought in with my weekly shop. I have kept my account open with the intention of ordering a monthly Gousto Box treat 🙂

If you are interested in trying mouthwatering recipes that are delivered fresh to your door form £1.49 per meal, then sign up here and enjoy your first 2 boxes at half price!

Let me know what you think if you decide to give it a go 🙂

Jen (Yorkshire Foodie)

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You definitely won’t be Chilli with this recipe!

Call me mad but I could eat chilli con carne any day of the year! I absolutely love it and it’s one of my favourite things to cook from scratch. 

Everyone has their own version of a Chilli and I’ve tried a few and taken inspiration from various recipes, to come up with my own. 

The prep is probably the hardest bit, but once that’s done, you can almost just sit back and enjoy the aroma!

Here’s my recipe:

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finally chopped
  • 1 celery stick, finally chopped
  • 500g beef mince
  • 2 red chillies (if you like a bit of a kick), finely diced, with a few slices for later
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 heaped tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g chopped tomato
  • 200g chickpeas (and/ or kidney beans)
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped

Prep

  1. Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan over a medium to high heat. Add the onions, garlic, carrot and celery. Fry until the vegetables are soft but not browned (6-8 mins)
  2. Increase the heat and add the minced beef and chopped red chilli. Stir regularly, breaking up the mince as you go to brown all of the meat.
  3. Add the paprika and tomato purée. Cook for a few minutes stirring continuously.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes and chickpeas and simmer for 45 minutes, adding water if the Chilli begins to dry out.
  5. 5 minutes before the timer goes off, stir in half of the coriander.
  6. Serve generous portion of Chilli topped with the leftover coriander and chilli pepper, with a side of your choice – I like to get an easy microwave pack of savoury rice & quinoa and a slice of garlic bread. Slurp!!


And voilà !

So tasty! My Chilli has a bit of a kick to it and is full of flavour. I tend to make a bit extra to freeze or keep in the fridge for the next day.. and it is actually even tastier and spicier warmed up another day! 


Please give my recipe ago and let me know what you think! Hope you enjoy it 😊

Jen (Yorkshire Foodie)

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Happy National Burger Day!!

Well national burger day is here and I’m unsure if I never want to see another burger again, or if that’s all I wanna eat!! Haha! 

But seriously, I have found some proper tasty burgers and amazing restaurants in Yorkshire during my search for the “Top 5 Places to get a Burger in Yorkshire” for the Northern Life magazine. 

Check out my article here.
Happy munching 🙂

 

Burgers and more…

I have tried out a good few burgers in my time, and recently I’ve been on the lookout to visit more independent restaurants around Yorkshire to find the “Top 5 burgers in Yorkshire” for my Northern Magazine feature this month.

Today I found my favourite burger restaurant so far. Based in Harrogate just a short walk from the town centre, an independent burger restaurant – Burgers and More.

For a long time nothing came close to Byron  (fantastic for a restaurant chain), but this Northern gem just topped it for me!

I could not pick a fault in the service or the food at all! There was so much choice of different beef, chicken, pork and veggie burgers, I’m gonna have to visit again, and again! 

I went for the “cheeseboard burger” – beef burger stuffed with apple and Stilton, topped with mozzarella and fig chutney, in a brioche bun (restaurant usually serves all burgers in ciabatta bread but give the choice of brioche) with a lovely fresh salad and sweet potato chips on the side. Portion was just right and it was nice to see my meal turn up on a normal plate, no pretentious messing around!! The burger was a joy to eat, not sloppy or awkward in any way. Tasty, tasty, TASTY!!! Jamie chose the “bucking broncho” burger (3 chillies) – served with a homemade “silly sauce”. I had a taste and really enjoyed (and so did he by his matching empty plate).

Thank you to the owner, Ian, who stopped for a chat with us and explained the menu and how they support other local restaurants. 

It’s gonna take a real amazing contender to make me think twice about putting this place top of my list! 

Rating – 5/5 OBVIOUSLY!!!!

Price range – £45ish for two starters, two mains that come with sides and 3 fizzy drinks. 

Next stop – Pax Burger – Huddersfield

Intro & a bit about Jen :)

Hi there!

I’m Jen, I’m 29 and I live in Leeds.

I LOVE food – cooking it and of course eating it, and I LOVE the joy it brings people. So here I am sharing my homemade recipes, or eating out experiences mainly within West & North Yorkshire, but occasionally venturing further afield!

I have so far had features on the Asda Good Living website and soon to feature on the Northern Life Magazine website.

If you would like to contact me regarding my blog / ideas on where to eat/what to cook, or would like to work with me (advertising/reviews/publishing recipes/other), then please feel free to email me on jenpop1202@gmail.com

Please check out my Instagram and Twitter pages for my story so far including some of my recipes and reviews and of course, lots of pictures 🙂