The Northern Blog Awards 2017
I’m so thrilled and so excited that I’m getting to write this post . . . the post that says I am an award winning blogger! How crazy is that?
Corn Exchange, Manchester
Manchester’s Corn Exchange located in the centre of the city has been updated, refreshed and kitted out with all new, modern, hip restaurants. From the outside looking in, all of these restaurants portray elegance, style and suggest a good quality dining experience. Having yet to try any of these restaurants I was most intrigued when I got an invite to dine at one of the Italian eateries located here: Vapiano.
Way back in February of this year I decided to enter my first ever magazine competition.
The magazine: Delicious.
The prize: a 3 night stay at The South sands Hotel in Salcombe in Devon.
The challenge: to recreate the recipe on the front cover of Februarys issue and take a photograph.
Popcorn bites flavoured with pungent horseradish, refreshing lime and nutty ground coriander. A perfect snack for adults and kids, which is super easy to make and great for on the go.
Every time I go to the cinema I’m greeted with the warming smells of sweet popping corn, piled high in the glass compartments of the ticket counters. The aroma is so enticing and I always think that a large bag of popcorn would go down rather nicely whilst enjoying a film.
But heres the thing – I don’t like popcorn!!
Katya is back to tell us about another 5 fabulous Manchester restaurants. This time its restaurants geared up to serve vegetarian food, and by the looks of it they are doing an amazing job…over to Katya…
Smokey chilli con carne with cannellini beans, topped with avocado, mascarpone cheese and a squeeze of lime. A summer bowlful of goodness that can be whipped up on the hob during the week or cooked slowly in the oven on a weekend.
With all this chopping and changing of the weather going on, I don’t know where I’m up to with food. One minute I want a warm bowl of the soup and the next I want a vibrant salad full of refreshingly light flavours. This chilli con carne is my compromise. Its a hearty and warming dish packed full of mince meat and beans, which is then summer-fied (yes summer-fied) with zesty limes, creamy mascarpone and refreshing avocado. Its all very Mexican and very delicious. And if you are in the mood for more Mexican-type food check out my chicken chipotle burrito recipe.
Salmon and mackerel fishcakes with creamy mashed potato and a crunchy layer of breadcrumbs, served with paprika chips and lemon mayo
Its time to get out the frying pan and make room for some incredibly delicious salmon and mackerel fishcakes. Jam packed full of creamy mashed potatoes and chunky smoked fish, and delicately coated with a crispy layer of breadcrumbs, the only problem you’ll have is knowing when to stop. I honestly sat and ate 4 of these in one go without even the slightest bit of hesitation or thought for my waistline. They are just too good.
Dairy free coconut and sultana breakfast loaf with a crunchy seed and Rice Krispie topping. The perfect start to your weekend mornings.
Over the weekend I made this gorgeous breakfast loaf. The inspiration firstly came from a breakfast recipe challenge set by Vita Coco and secondly from my own favourite breakfasts as a child: toast and cereal.
Handheld pies have always seemed like the ultimate baking challenge to me and one that I have avoided for quite some time. We have a lot of incredible handheld pies in bakeries and the like up and down the country and I think I’ve always thought: why compete with great food. Maybe it was just laziness or maybe it was just a little too much uncertainty, but whatever it was its meant that these incredible handheld lamb pies have been locked away in my head for far longer than they should have been.