A night away on your doorstep might seem a bit of a waste of time, an indulgence even, but for me it makes total sense; nothing acts like a quick stress relief fix than flopping down on a hotel bed and breathing deeply. And the bed in question this time is at the Macdonald Manchester Hotel and Spa.
The Macdonald Manchester Hotel is a moments walk away from Piccadilly train station and if you’re coming into Manchester on a mainline this is where you’re likely to arrive.
Looks can be deceiving, and from the outside (I usual see it from platform 14 waiting for a train) this hotel certainly looks like an architectural brute. But the rooms will soon make you forget that. Read More
Feel like a bit of a fraud writing down my meal plan this week as I am out Monday, Friday and Saturday nights so that only leaves three nights of meals to plan as we do our shopping/ planning on Sundays.
Oh well, three days planning must mean that I have three lovely things planned on the other days – which I do!
So this week’s meal plan is:
- Giant cous cous salad for lunches. With prawns for one day, haloumi for others and maybe some left over chicken in one as well. May go crazy and buy lunch one day if the cous cous becomes boring!
- Spaghetti a’la Amatriciana. I was so impressed with this dish when I was at a demo with an Italian chef last year that I asked my butcher to cure me a pork jowl to make guanciale; which is like pancetta but far far more tasty. Been using it in place of pancetta and bacon in dishes so it is time to use it for the intended dish.
- Chicken and vegetable pasta bake for us and my mum in law.
Urm, hang on, I just realised that is only two dishes for next week. We are going for sushi on Thursday as well. Ok I am officially embarrassed by the state of my meal planning! It is unusual to be out so much in one week, but I have a blogger event, a girls night at Sakhana in Manchester (51% off food in January and the food is great so I do recommend) and a family night out so actually we are going out together as well because we won’t see that much of each other otherwise ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
However, I am perplexed as to how I spent so much at the supermarkets if this is all I am cooking this week!
I’ve also got my cake club meeting on Saturday which will be great. I set the theme as ‘new year, new cake’ so I need to have a good think about what to make. Preferably something in my new tin I got at Christmas or in my bargain Nordicware Bundt from TK Maxx last week. It is a really quirky venue in Wigan (which I can’t divulge because, you know, clandestine!) so if you want to come along you can sign up here.
Whatever you are up to this week, I hope that you have fun in and out of the kitchen.
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Dry January. That miserable month when people force themselves to abstain from alcohol and make sure that the rest of us know all about it. Joy of joys….
Yet being ‘dry’ isn’t just for January any more- many people for many reasons don’t drink and so restaurants and bars are upping their game when it comes to non alcoholic drinks. Big Hospitality recently reported that 55% of people are looking for more choice of non alcoholic drinks when they’re out.
Can you guess from the ingredients which Thai drink is the inspiration?
Thaikhun, a group of Thai restaurants already have a good selection of non alcoholic choices on their menu, but to mark Dry January they have asked customers to come up with a new mocktail. The winner will see their drink on the menu in Feb (with a charitable donation for every one sold) and a Thaikhun orange card which gives you free meals for a whole year. Err yes please! Read More
In a few short weeks I am off to Las Vegas with my Mum and mate *makes frantic list and checks flights*. It was a bit of an off-the-cuff decision (was never on my radar) and I have been so busy settling into my new job that I haven’t given it much though. But now it is weeks away, I need to get my arse into gear and my head in to Vegas mode…and I need your help!
Normally when I go away with Andrew he does all of the holiday planning (and packing. God, I had better check that he will still pack for me!) because that is his designated job! Now I’m in charge I literally have one plan: get us on the plane and the rest will work out. Eek.