Super Lunch at Jamie’s Italian, Manchester

Yesterday, Topher and I were invited to review the Super Lunch menu at Jamie’s Italian in Manchester. Having never been before I jumped at the chance. Italian food isn’t always a type of food that we tend to go for when we’re out of the house as we tend to cook a decent amount of it at home but it’s nice to try something authentic!

Jamie’s Italian is based at the top of Kings Street in an old art deco building that used to be a bank back in the day. I love that they’ve kept all the original features. There’s seating on both the ground floor and a mezzanine which I definitely want to come back to sit on as the view looks great.

Jamie's Italian Manchester

Jamie's Italian Inside

Jamie's Italian ceiling

The Super Lunch menu is available between 12pm and 6pm, Monday through Friday and gives you the choice between 2 courses for £12.95 or 3 courses for £14.95. We both went for the three courses and it was great value for money.  Topher said it was filling but light and I just found it filling!

Jamie's Italian menu

Jamie's Italian Diane

Jamie's Italian Topher

We started with a couple of Florence Fizz cocktails which contain Limoncello, pomegranate juice, elderflower cordial topped with Jamie’s Prosecco. Delicious! We’re both a fan of elderflower so we ended up ordering the same thing. I definitely wouldn’t mind another one of these!

Jamie's Italian Florence Fizz

I started with the Fritto Misto which was fried fish & squid tossed in fennel-spiced flour with a garlic & lemon dip. Being a big seafood lover, this was perfect for me. It was light and delicious. I especially loved the dip.

Jamie's Italian fritto misto

Topher cautiously picked the truffle tagliatelle for his starter. He felt that a pasta starter might fill him up too much for the main but he said it was surprisingly light so it was perfect. I snuck a little taste too and it was delicious!

Jamie's Italian truffle tagliatelle

For my main, I chose the oxtail tagliatelle. It was amazing. My only problem is that it filled me up a little bit too much (but this is why I normally just go for 2 courses at restaurants). Luckily Topher was on hand to help me finish! I would definitely have this again though as I cannot fault it on the flavours. I also like that they used oxtail instead of just beef – it made a nice change.

Jamie's Italian oxtail tagliatelle

Topher had Gennaro’s Chicken Club with skinny fries as a side. He said it was also surprisingly light and it was refreshing to have a burger that didn’t immediately fall apart when you bit into it. That seems to be a regular problem he has at other establishments. One bite and half the filling is on the plate! So he really enjoyed this chicken club. He especially liked the spicy ‘nduja mayo inside and also commented on how great the fries were. Usually fries can be quite greasy but these were perfect.

Jamie's Italian Gennaro's chicken club

So time for the finale. As soon as I saw the word brownie on the menu, I was sold. Though I was still full from my main, I forced myself to have at least half of this. Topher once again, kindly finished it off for me (the reason I’m marrying him, right there!). The caramelised popcorn was the perfect accompaniment to the brownie and salted caramel ice cream. I was left in a food coma after this but I regret nothing. I definitely need to return and have another one of these!

Jamie's Italian Epic Brownie

And just like me, Topher saw one word on the dessert menu that stood out to him and he was sold. Coffee! He had the affogato, which is an Italian dessert that consists of vanilla ice cream with hot espresso poured over it. He apologises, but he has to use the word “light” again to describe this. It was a nice end to his meal.

Jamie's Italian affogato

So bellies full, we left and immediately started planning when we’ll return! Jamie’s Italian also offers an evening menu deal so that’s definitely next on the list for us to try.

Have you ever been to Jamie’s Italian?

*Our meal was complimentary but as always, all opinions are my own. 

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Living Room Inspiration – Mood Board

It’s no secret that I am not currently pleased with the way our living room looks.

It’s our favourite place to spend time in in the house, however it is by far the ugliest room. It’s currently a mis-match of our second hand furniture; the sofa from my parent’s house that has a tear in the cushion and gives me a back ache when I sit in it, the oak dresser that is just there for convenience, the stripy rug that I love but doesn’t really fit, the concrete coffee table that weighs a tonne and the tv unit that is just there for function.

Then there’s the dirty magnolia walls and the pièce de résistance that is the flowery wallpaper I hate.

Living room now

That’s going to be so satisfying when I rip it all down!

So to the topic of this post. Inspiration!

Topher and I both look forward to decorating this room and we’ve decided on our favourite colour of purple along with grey. We’re not sure which will be on the walls but it will be one of the two. Either way, once that’s been done the next thing to go will be the beige carpet.

Hardwood Floors

Being cat owners and also owners of our own hair, you can imagine that vacuuming is a laborious task that is a bane to our existence. Introducing hardwood floors will be the cure. Yes they get dirty and dusty but it’s so much easier to clean! The cat hair tends to get embedded in the carpet at the moment and Topher has to brush the floor with a lint brush to free it before vacuuming. So being able to just vacuum, sweep or mop will be amazing!

Lighting

Another annoying feature of the room at the moment is the current lighting fixture. It’s one of those traditional three armed lights (kind of like this) with frosted glass. It’s absolutely useless. You turn on the light and you wonder why you did. You get barely any light from it. The lights point to the ceiling so any light just goes up there and because of the frosted glass, no light escapes out to the actual room.

I can’t wait to get a lighting fixture that actually lights up the room! Currently the room just feels really dim and dark all the time.

Furniture

We’re planning on having a grey corner sofa which will definitely ease the arguments on who gets to stretch their legs out and we’ll also get a two seater snuggle chair so that we have room for guests. The two arm chairs we have at the moment just take up way too much room.

I also can’t wait to get a TV unit that hides cables away. Currently all ours are out on display which isn’t ideal when you’ve got curious cats about.

And speaking of the cats, we need to get a new cat tree. Part of their’s has broken and the rest is on it’s last legs so our eyes are peeled for a replacement.

Finger’s crossed we can save up for this room redecoration by the end of the year!

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My Week #44 – Painting, Cake and Conferences

*A sneak peek at my redecorated office *Afternoon tea at Annie’s

*WeBlogMcr conference *Yoghurt bark

What a busy week!

It all started with Claire’s birthday/hen party on Saturday. We had an awesome afternoon tea at Annie’s in Manchester. I’d never been before and I’d definitely go again. The food was great and the staff were so nice. They even decorated the table for the occasion.

I attended the WeBlogMcr conference. 

Once again it was awesome. I learned lots, met some nice people and we also all worked on our photography skills. What do you think of my efforts?

my week #44 - cake

If you’re ever able to get to Manchester, I would definitely recommend going to a WeBlogMcr event. Everyone is so nice!

Straight after the conference I headed over to Ashton to see Beauty and the Beast. It was awesome! I certainly didn’t mind going again to see it with Topher on Tuesday. If you haven’t seen it yet then get yourself to the cinema!

I put on a pound at Slimming World.

Unsurprisingly after all the food I consumed this week I put on weight. I definitely deserve it but I really really need to get my ass in gear now. I’ve been hovering around the same weight for the last few months and it’s really bothering me now. I’m running out of time and I’m on it for this week.

Yes I did have a lot on this last week but there were plenty of places where I could make better choices and I also let the bad habits slip in at home too. So even though I’ve got a wedding and two meals out this week, I’m going to make sure I stay to plan the rest of the time. They’re only 3 meals out of 21 after all!

I finished painting at the weekend.

Now I’ve just got to arrange to pick up my new bookshelves and I can start moving all my stuff back into the office. Exciting! I can’t wait to sit at a desk again, my back has not been enjoying the combo of the dining room table, the sofa and our bed. Here’s hoping it’s all sorted by the end of the month.

I went to a wedding this morning!

My friends, Claire and Steve are getting married tomorrow but they had to do a legal ceremony at the registry office today. There were only 5 of us and we were dressed super casual so must have looked very interesting to the staff there! It was short, sweet and so them. Topher and I are super happy for them both. I seriously can’t wait for tomorrow!

How was your week?

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Top Picks #44

1.Dress, £50 – Dorothy Perkins*

Doesn’t this dress just scream spring? It would be perfect for one of the weddings I’m going to.

2. Earrings, £5 – ASOS*

These earrings are too cute! I can’t wait to have pierced ears again.

3. Shoes, £25 – ASOS*

These shoes definitely appeal to my cat lady side! Though I’d probably prefer them as a pump with no strap around the ankle.

4. Dress, £58 – Sugarhill Boutique

This dress is perfect! Ideal for summer and I love the map print. Plus the length is great too.

5. Jumpsuit, £28.80 – Joanie

I’m not usually one for jumpsuits but I am in love with this one. More stars I’m afraid. It looks super comfy. And it’s on sale too!

6. Backpack, £29 – Accessorize

This backpack is even better than the one I found for my last top picks. Sold. So looking forward to my honeymoon!

7. Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack, £9.99 – Amazon*

It’s not even been out a week yet and I’ve already seen Beauty and the Beast twice. Topher and I have been singing the songs constantly and are definitely going to be getting the soundtrack to play in the car.

8. Pillow, £75 – Urban Outfitters*

I need one of these pillows in my life! Perfect for working in bed. My current situation of just using my regular pillows ends up hurting my back. This looks so comfy!

9. Notebook, £10 – Paperchase

My current bullet journal is filling up fast and with a £5 treat voucher due from Paperchase, I’m on the hunt for a new one. This one is really pretty and quite similar to my current journal.

10. Top, $54.99 – Modcloth*

This top is so cute. I love the ladybirds on the collar. It looks really versatile – I could wear it with both skinny jeans and tucked into skirts.

What’s on your wish list this week?

Please note: Any items marked with * are affiliate links. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Healthy Strawberry Yoghurt Bark Recipe

In the last few weeks at Slimming World, I’ve been trying to come up with low syn snacks that will satisfy my sweet tooth.

A challenging task! A week or two ago I was browsing Pinterest and came across a recipe for yoghurt bark. I’d seen chocolate bark before but never yoghurt bark. The recipe seemed simple enough and I could easily adapt it to fit in with my Slimming World food optimising.

Strawberry Yoghurt Bark 1

I decided to give it a go and it worked out perfectly! Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

10 fresh Strawberries

250g Natural Yoghurt

1 tbs sweetner

Method

  1. Mix the sweetner into the natural yoghurt.
  2. Chop the strawberries. I sliced them horizontally but it doesn’t really matter how you do it.
  3. Line a tray (that’s ok to go in the freezer) with baking paper.
  4. Pour the natural yoghurt onto the baking paper. Don’t spread it too thin – you want your bark to be at least a centimetre thick.
  5. Then push your strawberries into the yoghurt, as many as you can fit.
  6. Put in the freezer for at least 4 hours. I put mine in overnight but remember that the longer it’s in the freezer, the harder it is to break afterwards.
  7. When it’s frozen, take it out and break it into pieces. Since I left mine overnight it was rock solid and I had to use a (clean) hammer to break it!
  8. Store in the freezer and take out a piece whenever you feel like it. Enjoy!

Unfortunately I didn’t think to take a photo of the whole sheet of finished bark until after we had scarfed down most of it. So here’s the last two pieces. Bad blogger.

Strawberry Yoghurt Bark finished

For any Slimming World members out there, it’s half a syn for the entire sheet.

It’s so versatile – you can have it as a snack, dessert or even part of your breakfast. You can switch out the strawberries for any type of fruit so there’s plenty of experimenting to be done. And those who aren’t on Slimming World, you can switch out the natural yoghurt for any type of yoghurt you want like in the original recipe.

Strawberry Yoghurt Bark piece

I can’t wait to try this out for summer – it’s a great healthy frozen treat!

What’s your go to healthy snack?

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