Saturday, 31 July 2010

30 Days/30 Things - Day 02


"Your Favourite Movie"

Initially I thought that this one was an incredibly simple one. Easy. My favourite film is a complete classic. However I did have to contemplate whether my favourite film was still my favourite film, after all I do have a major thing for The Twilight Saga and also The Notebook - both of which I watch over and over again. After careful consideration I have deduced that yes, whilst there are films that I love equally, I think this one still pips them all at the post.

My favourite movie? Saturday Night Fever.




For some reason people always find that quite odd. I guess, yes, it does contain drugs, rape, suicide, violence... but it also contains dancing, wonderful music and great fashions - it's a great time capsule. It captures the New York disco scene perfectly and I would so have loved to see that firsthand. Alas, I didn't arrive in this world until 1979, a case of born too late.

Yes, I love it so much that our first dance at our wedding last September was to the Bee Gees singing "More Than a Woman", a song I love now and always will.



and carrying on the Saturday Night Fever love, our wedding highlights clip was set to the Bee Gees singing "How Deep Is Your Love". (I'm a huge Take That fan but even I have to admit to loving the Bee Gees version more).

So that's it, my favourite movie ever and I'll leave you with my favourite line from my favourite film.
"Would ya just watch the hair.
Ya know, I work on my hair a long time and you hit it.
He hits my hair."

Please share your favourite film with me!

love & kisses
Mrs M x

Friday, 30 July 2010

30 Days/30 Things - Day 01


"Your Favourite Song"

I've thought about this one all day and it's a real toughie to answer. I love music, all types and it's hard to pinpoint just one, so I am probably going to cheat a little here. I'm going to share two of my favourite songs.

One of my all-time favourite songs to dance to is Billie Jean by Michael Jackson. If this song comes on, I just can't help but sing and dance along and I've loved it ever since it was released when I was a small child. I do in fact love all Michael Jackson music, with Off The Wall being my favourite album but Billie Jean is just such an amazing track, I'll never get bored of it.




A more recent favourite is Rule the World by Take That. I've been a Take That fan since 1992 so I was always going to love it but it's special for another reason - it was the last song played at our wedding, Mr M and I danced to the very end, and just hearing it makes me go a bit tingly. It is also featured somewhere else on our wedding video so it's a song that brings back a lot of good memories. I hope I always feel that way about it and because I don't want to "wear it out" so to speak, I don't play it very often (I have this thing that I overplay music and then never want to listen to it again...).



Have you got a favourite song? Do share it with me!

love & kisses
Mrs M x

30 Days/30 Things

I first saw this on LissyLou and the 2 Little Boys blog earlier this month and I have really enjoyed reading her posts so I have decided I am going to join in with this for the next thirty days, alongside my usual posts and ramblings. Yes! That might well mean you lucky things get two posts from me in one day.

The idea is that for the next thirty days, you do a post relating to the list below.

Day 01 - Your favourite song
Day 02 - Your favourite movie
Day 03 - Your favourite TV programme
Day 04 - Your favourite book
Day 05 - Your favourite quote
Day 06 - Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 - A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 - A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 - A photo that you took
Day 10 - A photo of you taken over 10 years ago
Day 11 - A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 - Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 - A fictional book
Day 14 - A non-fictional book
Day 15 - A fanfic
Day 16 - A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 - An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture etc.)
Day 18 - Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 - A talent of yours
Day 20 - A hobby of yours
Day 21 - A recipe
Day 22 - A website
Day 23 - A YouTube video
Day 24 - Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 - Your day, in great detail
Day 26 - Your week, in great detail
Day 27 - This month, in great detail
Day 28 - This year, in great detail
Day 29 - Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 - Whatever tickles your fancy

Sounds fun doesn't it? I hope you enjoy reading it and do let me know if you decide to do this on your blog.

Day 01 will be today and will be up on the blog later today.

love & kisses
Mrs M x

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Creamy Salmon Pasta


Yet again, another great recipe from BBC Good Food. I have definitely started a love affair with that website, they have so many quick and easy recipes and the majority of them work so well.

This is another simple pasta dish, but very effective and very yummy. It takes no time at all to cook, about ten minutes really which is perfect for when you've just got home and need to put something together quickly. Recipe serves 4.

Creamy Salmon Pasta

Ingredients

400g fusilli pasta
150g sugar snap peas, halved length ways
2 salmon steaks (roughly 300g in total)
zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
4 tbsp low fat creme fraiche
100g rocket

Method

Boil the pasta, adding the sugar snap peas to the water 2 mins before cooking time is up. Cool the pasta under running water, and then drain.

Steam the salmon over the pasta pan for about 7 mins if you have a steamer basket, or put onto a heatproof plate and microwave on High for 2-3 mins until the flesh flakes easily. Peel away any skin, break into large flakes, then allow to cool.

Mix the lemon zest, juice and crème fraîche together, then season to taste. The consistency should be that of double cream so if you feel it needs it you can add a few tbsps of water to thin it a bit.

Toss the pasta, peas and rocket into the dressing, flake in the salmon, then gently turn in the bowl a few times.

I really did enjoy the simple flavour of this and will definitely make it again. In fact, I could just eat a big plate of this right now!

love & kisses
Mrs M x

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Mexican Chilli Chicken


This here is what I made for Monday night dinner. It's basically a recipe I found on BBC Good Food, just adapted slightly to better suit our taste buds.

It's one of my favourite things again - the glorious one-pot dish. You can't beat a one-pot meal for convenience can you? It means I can chop and prepare, lob it all in and manage to referee the kids without burning the dinner. Great stuff. This was nice and tasty, tiny bit of a kick but nothing major. Of course, if you want it to be more spicy you can get happy with the spices if that's what tickles your fancy.

This recipe serves 2 but if you wanted to make a larger pot, it's good as a freezer meal.

Mexican Chilli Chicken

Ingredients


1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 large onion, diced

1 tsp chilli powder (as hot as you like it)

1 tsp ground cumin

1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes

1 chicken stock cube

100g diced chorizo

2 skinless chicken breasts, chopped into small chunks
1 red pepper, diced

1 x 400g red kidney beans, drained


Method


Heat the olive oil in a large pan and fry the onion for a couple of minutes until it is softened. Stir in the chilli and cumin and cook for just a few seconds.


Pour in the chopped tomatoes and one can of water. Crumble in the chicken stock cube and stir well. Bring to the boil.


Add the chorizo and chicken, making sure the chicken is pushed under the liquid and cover and simmer for 20 minutes.


Add the peppers and the kidney beans to the pan and cook for a further 20 minutes.


I served this with some long grain rice and a large dollop of soured cream. This would also work very well with a jacket potato.

love & kisses
Mrs M x

Friday, 23 July 2010

Secret Post Club - July


It's that time again. There was no Secret Post Club in June due to Heather, the organiser, being super busy. We'll let her off on that one, hey?

Anyway, it returned in July and I have duly dispatched my gift and received my parcel yesterday from Amy at Baking Mad Mama.

My Secret Post Club parcel crept up on me somewhat as it was a book from Amazon. I picked up my post and thought "what have I been ordering now" - I do tend to pre-order a lot of stuff so am never sure what is going to arrive and when, but once I opened the parcel I realised what it was as it was beautifully gift-wrapped!

I was quite excited to open the parcel as anyone who knows me well will know that I love books, and even more so, I love cookery books and have somewhat of a collection. Now I have a new one for my collection!


Amy had cottoned on to the fact that I am quite the fan of Tex Mex food and managed to also find a cookery book that I hadn't already got - no mean feat when I have over 210.

I've already flicked through the book and I love it. One of the things I love about cookery books is reading them. I know that sounds odd but it's true, and so I love ones that have a little bit of background of the origins of the food, like this one.


I've already earmarked a few recipes to experiment with. Huevos Rancheros, Chicken Mole Enchiladas using homemade Tex-Mex Mole, Chile con Queso, Green Chile Fried Chicken and Tortilla Soup are just a few of the great sounding recipes that I hope to give a go in the near future!


Thanks for a great gift Amy and for a great addition to my collection!

love & kisses
Mrs M x

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Must See Movies?


I stumbled across this web-page the other when searching for something else - 100 Movies to See Before You Die. It appears I have a lot of film watching to catch up on as from that list I've only actually seen 11 of them (ET, The Matrix, Schindler's List, Snow White, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, Terminator 2, The Usual Suspects, Pulp Fiction, Titanic and Toy Story).


This led me to thinking about all the other films I have never seen and those I have watched over and over again.
Some people have been surprised to learn that I have never seen Top Gun. Apparently it was a big hit of the '80s and it's astounding I have reached the age of 30.5 without ever having seen it but I think I've probably got a lot of other films I have never seen that would get a big "What??!" out of people.


Unless I am really interested in a film or have some mad crush on an actor or actress in it then I can take or leave new films. I like comfort when curling up to watch a movie at home, comfort and familiarity so I do tend to watch films I like more than once rather opting for something new. Common reoffenders are Twilight & New Moon (no need to snigger, we all know I have a mental age of 13), Saturday Night Fever (all time favourite), Forrest Gump, Stand By Me, Jerry Maguire, The Notebook, Sex and the City, Steel Magnolias and any '80's kind of dance movie like Footloose or Flashdance. I'm a simple girl when it comes to films and hate most horror, sci-fi or action films.



So, here's a list straight off of the top of the top of my head of some of the films I haven't seen. This of course not exhaustive.

Any of the Harry Potter films

Any Lord of the Rings

Star Wars I, II, III

Top Gun

Jaws

Tomb Raider

Any Indiana Jones

Rocky

Die Hard

Rambo

Avatar

Charlies Angels
Any of those Bourne films Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Slumdog Millionaire

Any Batman films

Any Godfather films

Thelma and Louise

Philadelphia

Cast Away
Sleeping with the Enemy
Chicago

Moulin Rouge

Groundhog Day

Gladiator

A Clockwork Orange
Chronicles of Narnia Dead Poet's Society
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Good Will Hunting
The Da Vinci Code

Shawshank Redemption

Apocalypse Now

Saving Private Ryan

When Harry Met Sally

Dead Man Walking

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Any James Bond films aside from Casino Royale & Tomorrow Never Dies


and the list goes on and on.


So, do tell me. Are there any absolute gems up there that I have missed out on and must rush out and see immediately?

love & kisses
Mrs M x

PS Did you see how I resisted using a picture of Edward Cullen on this post? I had the perfect excuse and I restrained myself. Until now.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Adventures in Manchester

Howdy.

I've been absent over the past few days, you may or may not have noticed. I've been enjoying a child-free weekend away in Manchester, mainly because we got a bargain deal in the Hilton January sale but also because you know, I feel it's important for grandparents to bond with their grandchildren *cough*.

Yes, on Friday we headed up the M6 and hit gridlock as usual and arrived in Manchester at teatime. We stayed at the Hilton Manchester which is you didn't know is situated in the rather large Beetham Tower on Deansgate.

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It's a pretty impressive building, it's incredibly tall and from a distance you almost wonder how it stands up as it looks top heavy. The first 23 floors are occupied by the Hilton and above that are apartments and a swanky penthouse which is owned by the Architect for the building, Ian Simpson. Level 23 has a bar called "Cloud" which has a bit of a glass floor. There is a dedicated lift for Cloud and you have to queue in the foyer of the hotel as they can only let 200 people in at a time due to Fire Regulations, although hotel residents get priority. We decided not to queue and figured all we were missing out on were overpriced cocktails, besides which, we had a room on the 12th floor and felt that we had a pretty good view from there.

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We mainly spent the weekend mooching, shopping and eating. Specific highlights of our trip included;
  • A man peeing up the wall outside Pizza Express in Piccadilly Gardens - standing downwind and managing to pee all over himself in the process.
  • A very smartly dressed and posh sounding man with a very tall & skinny one-armed transvestite on his arm in Canal Street.
  • A walk past "The Fantasy Bar" which looked a little bit more like the Tower of Terror from Disneyworld rather than the place of fantasies (see picture below).
  • An astounding fight between a group of perma-tanned peroxide lumpy women and some rough skin-headed men.
  • Turning over the "Do Not Disturb" sign to "Please Make Up My Room" this morning when leaving the hotel, on the door of a woman who had disturbed us with her foghorn mouth the day before.
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We spent many an hour wandering about the Arndale Centre and came out laden with Toy Story 3 merchandise for the kids and a gorgeous pair of red patent MJ's from New Look for me (£20!) and also stopped in M&S to buy some accessories for my new bathroom. Outside M&S there is a red post box which is pretty insignificant in itself, but closer inspection shows a brass plaque stating that this post box remained pretty much undamaged after the bomb that decimated the area in 1996. It was removed whilst the redevelopment works took place and then put back in it's spot. Amazing!

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At the time of the bombing - photo from BBC Archive

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Whilst out shopping I stopped to buy some cards for my daughters teachers as it's her last week in the school nursery. Now I think a lot of cards are pretty pointless but this one? This one took the biscuit.

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and I had to stop and take a (bad) photo of the window display at All Saints - floor to ceiling, wall to wall vintage Singer sewing machines!

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All in all a good weekend was had. On the whole I like Manchester - good shops and nice restaurants, what's not to like? Slightly more oddballs, vagrants, gangster-wannabees , hen parties and badly dressed women than I'm used to but it all makes for an entertaining evening!

Have you been to Manchester? What did you think? More interestingly, are you FROM Manchester?

love & kisses
Mrs M x

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Baked Cod with a Herb Crust

We have quite a varied diet in our house but one thing is for sure, we don't eat nearly enough fish, so in the interest of fishing-up our lives I did a bit of a search for a recipe and came up with this one from Delicious Magazine.

It immediately appealed to me for two reasons.

Firstly, it's cod, and you can't go wrong with a bit of cod can you? Most people like it as taste-wise, it's pretty inoffensive. I will admit, I normally avoid cod and opt for a more sustainable white fish like coley, pollack or haddock. The depleted cod stocks in the North Sea are recovering, but I believe this progress is slow and there is still quite a way to go, however I am also led to believe that the majority of cod we find in our supermarkets these days are from Iceland and the Baltic where they haven't suffered the same over-fishing problems. Therefore, on this occasion, I stayed true to the recipe and opted for cod.

Secondly, it's oven-baked which means no faffing around it. Having not done much cooking with fish in the past I am a little bit nervy about handling it and ensuring its cooked properly. Bunging something in the oven to bake is generally very easy and fool-proof, hence it fills me with some delight.

I also thought the herb crust sounded lovely, and I wasn't wrong. Mr M and myself thoroughly enjoyed this meal and we will definitely have it again, but perhaps next time I'll use a bit of a meatier fish as the cod fillets were rather small and I felt a bit robbed.

Baked Cod with a Herb Crust

Ingredients

4 x 225g thick cod fillets, skinned
olive oil for drizzling and greasing
75g fresh white breadcrumbs
finely grated zest of 1 lemon
4 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
25g butter, melted

Method

Preheat the oven to 230c.

Season the cod on both sides and lay skinned-side up on an oiled baling tray.

Place the breadcrumbs, lemon zest, parsley, chives, garlic and seasoning into a bowl. Add the melted butter and stir well with a fork. Divide the crumbs between the fillets and press on top of each in a thick, even layer.

Drizzle with a little olive oil and bake for 10-12 minutes or longer if needed. The crust should be crisp and lightly golden, and the fish cooked through.

I served this with some salad leaves, a large dollop of good-quality tartare sauce and my sauteed potatoes.

Yum!

love & kisses
Mrs M x

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

More Harvesting!

Just a quick one for now, I thought I'd share my excitement over pulling my first potatoes of the season last weekend!


Out of everything I have planted this year, I have been most excited about the potatoes in the large tubs in the garden as it was something I'd never done before and I am pleased to report, I wasn't disappointed. I know these look on the small side, but they are meant to be as they are a salad variety.

I actually found the whole potato-growing process very satisfying - right from the chitting through to the digging through the soil with the fork to pull them out so I'll definitely be growing more next year but perhaps on a bigger scale. Watch this space!

love & kisses
Mrs M x

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Breakfast Frittata


I can't begin to explain how much I love this frittata. It is soooooooooooo good and so very satisfying for a weekend breakfast or brunch and best of all, it's incredibly easy to knock up.

I was slightly alarmed to start with when I made this at the weekend, as it was kind of day-glo yellow but that's down to using my own lovely fresh hens eggs - the yolks are so bright and big, you don't get a whole lot of white at the moment! It might just be me, but I'm also struggling to beat my fresh eggs together at the moment so I did end up with a few little chunks of cooked white egg in this frittata but it doesn't really matter.

Mr M was also pleased to be served this for a late breakfast at the weekend, it feels like a proper mans frittata!

Breakfast Frittata

Ingredients

6 rashers smoked back bacon, chopped in half
140g sliced mushrooms
6 eggs, beaten
Handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
Handful of cheddar cheese, grated

Method

Heat the grill to high. Heat a non-stick frying pan and fry the bacon for around 5 mins until it starts to crisp. Add the mushrooms and cook for a further 3 mins.

Season the eggs well and add to the pan, making sure the beaten egg fills all the spaces between the bacon and mushrooms. Keep the pan over a medium-low heat until it's beginning to set.

Scatter over the halved tomatoes and grated cheese and place under the hot grill until the frittta is fully set.

You could easily change this recipe to suit by adding chipolatas or vegetarian sausages but I like it just as it is.

Serve with a large dollop of your favourite accompaniment - brown sauce or ketchup. Or if you're like me, both.

love & kisses
Mrs M x

Monday, 12 July 2010

Sauteed Potatoes


For me, this is one of the perfect side dishes. I'm a big potato lover - boiled, mashed, chipped, steamed, roasted - any way you want to serve them to me, I'll have them but I am particularly fond of sauteed potatoes as I think they can make an average meal a little bit more special.

It's not really rocket science but I roughly follow this recipe from BBC Good Food for perfect golden sauteed potatoes.

Sauteed Potatoes

Ingredients

1kg potatoes*
8tbsp sunflower oil

Method

Cut the potatoes into chunks. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the potatoes for 3 minutes. Drain the potatoes and transfer onto a kitchen paper lined tray and leave to cool until you are almost ready to serve your meal.

When you are ready to cook the potatoes, heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan until there is a strong heat rising. The advice is not to over-crown your potatoes, so if you only have a small pan it's probably best to do them in a couple of batches.

Add the potatoes in a single layer and turn the heat to medium-high, so that the potatoes sizzle but don't stir them until they start to brown underneath. Turn them all two or three times until nicely browned all over - this should can take anywhere between 5-10 minutes.

Lift out the potatoes and drain on more kitchen paper. Finally sprinkle with sea salt and serve!

* The original recipe calls for waxy potatoes - I use whatever I have lying around.

Lovely! Look out this week for a fish recipe I'll be blogging - this made the perfect accompaniment.

love & kisses
Mrs M x

New Chocolate Weetabix!


Firstly, in the interest of being open and honest let me start by saying that I was asked by the good people at Weetabix to review this product and in return, I received a goody bag as a token of goodwill. There, that's the necessities out of the way.

Secondly, let me tell you that my daughter loves Weetabix and it would be no exaggeration on my part to say that she practically survived a two week holiday in Majorca when she as 8 months old by eating nothing but Weetabix, yoghurt, bananas and toast. Sometimes all at the same time. So it stands to reason that she was particularly keen to try the new chocolate variety.

Chocolate for breakfast? I hear you, it's not ideally what you want to put in front of them but let me tell you that this new cereal has less than half the sugar content compared to other chocolate flavoured breakfast cereals. New Chocolate Weetabix is also high in fibre, low in salt and full of vitamins and minerals whilst having no artificial colouring so not only a yummy way to start the day but a healthy one too!

I'm sure most parents with school-age children can find that breakfast is a bit of a battleground - I know I do. My daughter is a bit like me, she's not a big breakfast person, preferring to eat at about 10am - however that's not doable when she's got school so I have to try and tear her away from Milkshake and entice her in with breakfast, and I've found the more interesting, the better. I'm no food nazi and have no problems with chocolate breakfast cereals whatsoever ,as long as its party of a balanced diet, I just don't see the issue and if it means my child goes to school with a satisfied tummy then I am happy.


(I'd love to say the photo above was of my happy children, but unfortunately not being a morning person is another thing she inherited from her mother and there wasn't much chance that she was willing to be papped this morning.)

The verdict? The Chocolate Weetabix got a big thumbs up. (The bowl was also pretty clean which is normally a good indication of a satisfied customer). Would I buy it again? Yes, probably. Variety is the spice of life so they tell me and we often have 4 or 5 different cereals on the go at any one time - Weetabix is generally a staple in the larder unit and I can predict that Original Weetabix is going to get swiftly elbowed out of the way by this new snazzier variety.

Chocolate Weetabix is available from today in Sainsbury's stores and in other major retailers from August 2010.

love & kisses
Mrs M x

Friday, 9 July 2010

Meme: The Inquisition

Sorry for my absence, things have been a bit quiet on the blog recently but I've been feeling really rough having picked up an awful cold. It's July! Surely we shouldn't be getting colds now?

Anyway, last week I was tagged in this Meme by Kate at The Five Fs Blog so I thought I'd do this now to try and get my mojo back again.

It consists of ten questions - questions that actually need a good bit of thought.

1. Which (in)famous person (alive or dead) would you like to take out to dinner, where would you go and what would you like to talk about?
This is a really really tough question that I just don't think I can answer right now so I am going to cheat and pass on that one. Oh, okay I'll have a little go. I'd very much like to meet Robert Winston. I think he's a very clever man who knows a lot of stuff about a lot of stuff! He has a way of engaging you and making you interested in what he has to say.

2. What is the best gift someone could give you (tangible please)?
This is going to be extremely shallow but I am going to say...an iPad. I know, I know but I am seriously hankering over one and just can't justify buying one right now. So if there is anyone feeling generous whilst reading this...

3. Where in the world would you most like to live?
This is a tough question as I love England but so as not to be boring I'm going to pick somewhere else in the world. My favourite place outside of the UK is Majorca. I will honestly never tire of visiting the island. I love the food, the people, the weather. The capital Palma is a wonderful bustling place and there are so many lovely villages and beaches to explore. Without a doubt, I'd live in Majorca.

4. What do you most enjoy cooking?
I enjoy most forms of cooking but I most enjoy cooking things like curries and casseroles - real one-pot dishes. I quite enjoy all the chopping, slicing, grinding etc that they involve and then being able to just bung them all in to the pot and letting it cook. I also get the most satisfaction from eating these too!

5. What is your favourite novel?
This is quite a tough question but I am going to settle with "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte. It's so cruel and dark, yet at the same time very passionate and romantic.

6. You have your own personal Tardis, where do you go first?
Easy peasy. 16th century England. It's no secret I have a big fascination with King Henry VIII and the whole Tudor period so it would be amazing to be able to actually go and see what England was like back then and perhaps meet the big man himself. Especially knowing that I could hope in my Tardis and get the flock out of there before I lost my head!

7. How old is the inner you?
I think I am stuck at about 17, and what a great age that was. I sometimes feel that I will never look or sound grown up and that everyone looks at me like I am a child. I'm still waiting to feel like an adult.

8. Theatre or Cinema?
Oh theatre, I detest going to the cinema. Well, that's a small lie - I actually like the cinema I just don't enjoy other cinema-goers. People are so rude and I find myself getting irate that they are unable to shut their cake-holes for the duration of the film. I once went to see Mamma Mia when in Liverpool and I have never in my life been to such a noisy cinema. Also, I do love the theatre. You never quite know if things are going to go to plan.

9. Would you be famous, with all that means?
You know, yes, I think I would. I'd be quite happy to be famous and I'd certainly not grumble about the extra spondoolies it would bring me. I admit the constant barrage of the paps might get a bit annoying but I'm sure that you learn to deal with it. I'd quite enjoy getting fan mail, that would be fun.

10. You are able to learn anything at all, a skill, a language, whatever, what would it be and why?
I'd love to learn to play piano and be good at it. Unfortunately I was never given the opportunity as a child and at the age of 30, I feel to old to learn but I think people who can play piano well are amazing. I'm a big fan of classical music and there are certain pieces I hear that I would love to be able to play myself.

So there you have it, sorry if it's not very interesting. My head is a little bit like mush at the moment!

I'm going to tag the following people and hopefully when they are having a dull moment, they might join in!

Dolly Clacket
All Five Horizons
Second Hand Shopper
The Many Faces of Me
Tuggable Curls

love & kisses
Mrs M x

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Prawn and Chorizo Frittata


I love frittata, which is lucky really since I think it's a great way of using up surplus eggs. I also love that it's a really quick meal to put together when you are tired or just can't be bothered.

I found this recipe on BBC Good Food last week and was so very pleased with it. It was really tasty and very satisfying, I can see me making this one again and again. My frittata's come out a bit thinner than I'd like because I don't really have the appropriate pan at the moment. Good excuse for a shopping trip, no?

Prawn and Chorizo Frittata

Ingredients

1/2 onion, finely chopped
50g chorizo, sliced
2 tsp olive oil
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tbsp milk
85g cooked, peeled prawns
100g frozen peas, defrosted

Method

Heat the grill to medium. For the frittata you need a 20cm frying pan - one with a metal handle is best as it will be going under the grill however if you do use one with a plastic handle, just make sure you leave the handle sticking out!

Fry the onion and chorizo in the oil over a low heat. Cook for 4-5 minutes until the onion is soft, stirring occasionally.

Remove the pan from the heat. Pour out any excess fat from the chorizo and stir in the beaten eggs and milk with a little seasoning. Stir in the prawns and defrosted peas and return the pan to a low heat for around 10 minutes, until all but the very top of the frittata is set.

Pop the pan under the grill until the frittata is golden.

I dished this up with some hot new potatoes and some leafy greens! Delish!

love & kisses
Mrs M x