This is my sandwich.
It’s not every weekend when I get three meals out, but this last one had my calendar full.
First stop was Cabana: Brasilian Barbecue on the Friday with my parents. We needed food after shopping for a dress for me to wear at my cousin’s wedding (mission accomplished btw).
I loved the decor
My mum opted for the garlic chicken which by far looked the best out of our three meals.
My dad had the burger
And I had the steak and sweet potato fries.
Overall we were left a bit underwhelmed by the food. The sweet potato fries were more fry than sweet potato if that makes sense. I couldn’t taste much sweet potato at all. I had also asked for a medium rare steak which as you can see in the photo was pretty much cremated.
If I wasn’t to be weighed the next morning I think we would have gotten some of the street food as that looked pretty good. Hopefully it was just bad luck for us that evening – we went to the Westfield branch.
On Saturday morning, it was time for Slimming World and since it was the first meeting of the month that means tasting. Basically everyone brings in something that is free or low syn and everyone chows down. Delicious! I got to try lots of new things and learn new recipes which I have already started putting into practise. (And I lost 2lbs! Getting closer to 2st!)
For lunch with the family and the bf we went to Las Iguanas. I have been a few times before and have always enjoyed the Latin food.
I had the Xim Xim chicken which is chicken in a peanut, coconut and crayfish sauce. Yum!
The bf had an enchilada.
And my mum and cousin both had fajitas.
Even though we were pretty full, the bf and I managed to force ourselves to share a cheesecake!
Then finally on the Sunday, the bf and I went to our old favourite Yo Sushi for lunch.
Now if you go on a Sunday they have an offer called Sunday Munch where you can get 10 plates for £20 each. But everyone in your party has to do it. We didn’t realise that, so had to get some extra plates to get it up to 20. It was either pay £44 for 14 plates or £40 for 20. Topher clapped his hands and said “Challenge excepted”.
I have never had so much sushi in my life! Don’t do this offer/challenge unless you have the stomach (literally) for it. Even the bf was struggling by the end.
Serious food coma faces! I wanted to curl up and die.
One (or maybe two) of the 20 plates we had was chocolate mochi. Which is described as “Soft Japanese rice cake ball filled with dark chocolate ganache filling”
Seriously you need to try these. They are amazing!
Then we made a wandering, waddling pilgrimage to Laduree in Harrods. Yes this is straight after the sushi, but it was part of my plan all day and they were to be saved for later! Because no matter how full we were, we’ll always be hungry later!
Raspberry gold leaf macaroon
After seeing these on Carrie’s Wish Wish Wish, I needed one. Luckily they had one left when we got there! Definitely the first time I’ve eaten gold.
For those who haven’t heard of Kedgeree, it’s basically a curried rice dish with a seafood twist. It can be eaten for breakfast or dinner, hot or cold. Very flexible and very delicious. My mum used to make it and I was thrilled to see a healthier version of it in Slimming Worlds latest magazine. I’ve already cooked it twice since and me and the bf have gobbled the entire thing up both times.
Ready in about 25 mins
Penguin cookie jar to watch over the ingredients: Optional.
- 400g boneless, undyed smoked haddock fillets
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 courgettes, halved lengthways and sliced
- 300g easy-cook long grain rice
- 1tsp hot curry powder (I use mild as I can’t handle anything hot! And I use a more than 1tsp – otherwise it doesn’t seem enough. Use your own nose for your personal preference)
- ¼ tsp turmeric (again I always use a lot more of this than just ¼ turmeric. Your nose is your friend)
- 4 large eggs
- 200g cherry tomatoes, halved
- A bunch of spring onions, finely sliced
- A handful of fresh coriander roughly chopped, reserving a few whole leaves to garnish (I cheat and just use dry coriander from my spice rack)
- Salt and pepper
Pour 750ml water into a shallow pan (yeah I didn’t use one of those) and add the haddock skin-side up. Bring to a simmer and poach for 8-10 minutes or until the fish is just cooked and flakes easily. Transfer to a plate using a slotted spoon and reserve the cooking water.
Place a large frying pan (I use a wok – makes things easier later) sprayed with Frylight over a medium heat. Add the onion and courgettes and stir-fry for 6-8 minutes until soft and golden.
Add the dry rice, sprinkle the curry powder and turmeric then cook for 30 seconds stirring well. Pour over the reserved water, bring to a simmer and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the rice is just tender and all the liquid has been absorbed.
I use a lot more curry powder and turmeric then the recipe states
Meanwhile, hard boil the eggs for 9 minutes, then drain and put on the side to cool. Don’t try and peel them straight away. That hurts.
Strip off the haddock skin and discard and break the fish into large chunks. No cheekily eating any of the chunks – I’m looking at you!
Place a large frying pan sprayed with Frylight over a medium heat. Add the flaked fish, cherry tomatoes and spring onions and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
Say hello to my first Slimming World recipe – in fact, first recipe ever on Nomad Seeks Home. Hope you like it!
Technically this is just a Chickpea and Spinach Curry but the bf added chicken one time and it has stuck around practically every time we’ve made it since. If you’re veggie, just leave out the chicken and it’s all good.
I love curry but I’m a complete wimp with hot food. That’s why I like this dish – it’s got all the taste but none of that eye watering pain where you can only taste hot. However, if that floats your boat, I think adding more chillies would do the trick for you. And don’t de-seed, that’s the hottest bit I think.
This lovely kitchen belongs to my parents; mine is definitely not this big…or tidy. When I went home for Christmas, I taught my mum how to make this recipe so I thought this would be a great opportunity to get some good photos.
So this is what you will need. This curry serves 4 and will take approximately 30 – 60 mins to make.
• Low calorie cooking spray (this is a Slimming World thing – no oils allowed – I use Frylight)
• 2 onions, thinly sliced
• 2 garlic cloves, crushed
• 1 x 2½ cm piece fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
• 1 tsp turmeric
• 1 tsp garam masala
• 1 tsp coriander seeds
• 1 tsp ground coriander
• 1 tsp cumin seeds
• 1-2 chillies, deseeded and chopped
• 1 x 200g can chopped tomatoes
• 450g fresh spinach leaves, trimmed and washed
• 700g cooked/tinned chick peas
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander or mint
• Chicken – 1 pack about 400 – 500g
Rice to serve
Fat free natural yogurt, to serve (optional) – Personally I love it but I’m half Arab and we grow up eating rice and natural yoghurt together. Though most English people I know find this pretty gross, I’ve converted the bf. It works!
When it comes to spices, something to take note of; I always use more then what it says. They aren’t hot or anything – I just don’t feel that these measurements give it enough taste. Doubling it usually does the trick.
“Spray a large saucepan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the onions, garlic and ginger and cook for about 5 minutes, until softened and golden.” I’m a bit of a weirdo and use a wok*!
If using the chicken, spray the saucepan, then add the chicken first. While the chicken is cooking, chop up the onion, garlic and grate the ginger. Add to the pan.
“Add the spices and chillies, stir well and cook gently for about 3 minutes.”
I just use 1 chilli. Told you I was a wimp!
1. Turmeric 2. Cumin 3. Garam Masala 4. Coriander & Coriander Seeds
“Stir in the tomatoes and spinach and reduce the heat to a bare simmer.”
Now I know what you’re thinking. Damn, that’s a lot of spinach! Yes, it does look like a lot. Funnily enough, this isn’t even the entire amount that the recipe states you should use. We didn’t actually realise that more than a bag was needed so that’s all we bought. But it turned out to be enough for us. Depends on how much you like your spinach!
“Simmer gently for 5 minutes and then add the chick peas. Continue simmering for 5-10 minutes, until the spinach has wilted and the tomato liquid has reduced.”
See, the spinach does wilt down!
When you add the chickpeas, start cooking your rice if it’s the kind that takes 10 mins. If it takes longer, start just before step 2.
“Season to taste with salt and pepper and then stir in the chopped coriander or mint. Serve immediately with some yogurt.” And not a minute sooner! Sorry, just made me laugh that they used “immediately”.
It was a mini family reunion this weekend and I got to visit Westfield – Stratford and Harrods for the first time. I can’t believe how much bigger the Stratford Westfield is than the White City one. Will have to return when I actually have some money, ha ha.
For lunch we went to the Gourmet Burger Kitchen, which was another first for me. A couple of the others weren’t so impressed with their meals but I really loved mine. Didn’t get a chance to take a picture of the food but I went with the Persian Lamb burger with no bun (Naked!) and green salad. Surprisingly filling and I didn’t have to feel guilty. Score 🙂
Then my cousins needed to nip to Harrods so I got my first look inside. Omg (yes it deserves a omg), that place is like a maze! I think I would definitely get lost in there. But how awesome is the Egyptian Stairway? I had to be a tourist and get out my camera.