Big Fish

July 20, 2008

NaBloPoMo July 08 Day 20

Yesterday we took a trip to Cleethorpes for a big fish. The fish always seems sweeter and fresher here, Grimsby is just next door, so hopefully we are getting the best 🙂

Big Fish

We found this chip shop a few years ago and have used it ever since. It has a little cafe attached, only about 8 or 10 tables, and its always full of customers. If my Mother taught me anything, it’s to always look for the shop with the most customers. I hate to queue, but for fresh cooked food, I’ll happily wait.

We used to use the Seaways around the corner on the front, yes the fish are bigger but when you go in and see all the food piled up the heated cabinets, you have to wonder how long its been sitting there.

So my recomendation for a great sitdown fish and chip is Ernie Becketts on Market street. But be warned, You may have to wait for a table 🙂

Yay, we didn’t waste the weekend!

July 19, 2008

No, we didn’t waste another weekend, we went to the coast 🙂

It wasn’t planned, I first suggested this around 11am and after a short debate we made a plan. “Go and get in the bath”, I said. I’ll iron some stuff while you’re in there and then I’ll come and get a shave. Once you’re out of the bath, I’ll jump in the shower. slightly behind schedule we were ready and in the car.

The drive was good, Paul did it and he was well happy with the first long drive in the new car.

Cleethorpes 19th July 2008

We had a great time, it rained a bit when we arrived and we had to run to the cafe, after we ate it totally brightened up. We had a walk up and down the front and took a few photos on the pier.

Runner up photo, and yes I got told off by Paul for taking it but hey, I love the cheeky candid pictures, feel free to suggest a title 🙂

Cleethorpes Chair Idol

Team Andy’s Curry Club

July 18, 2008

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Last night we ate out, for it was Thursday, which means Curry Club!

I’ve been promising to go to Curry Club with members of my team and had to keep putting it off, either they or I was on late shift etc….. It all came together yesterday and we managed to get 5 of us in the same place at the same time 🙂 (The 2 no-shows barely deserve mention.)

Team Andy's Curry Club

You’ll have to excuse the picture quality, I realised this morning that I left the camera on “close up” for all of them. So only the actual close up of the food is of a reasonable clarity.

The 2 NRI’s proclaimed the curry to be of a passing standard. The mango chutney however, caused wrinkled noses and was discarded after the first tasting.

Top left, food. Top right, Satya between Luke and Lisa, the mosiac maker was pretty cruel in cropping them out of the frame. Bottom left, Paul and a blurry Nick. Bottom right, Luke and Satya admiring Luke’s wonderful photos that are no doubt much better than these, if only for being in focus!

Pan fried Salmon

July 16, 2008

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Dinner yesterday was a simple meal of pan fried* Salmon, Corn and new Potatoes.

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Note the generous dusting of freshly milled Pepper and the equally liberal drizzle of Olive oil. Paul had the same meal but, being more traditional, preferred a good knob of butter and twist of salt.

Sorry about the photo, my attempt to break open the fillet and position it all fancy didnt quite work. I promise you this was a thick and juicy piece of Salmon fillet before I started messing.

The Corn was left on the cob, it always tastes better that way, I also like getting stuck into my food with my hands occasionaly 🙂

The only downside to my love of all things fish? As I write this morning, the kitchen still has a faint whiff of lingering Salmon 😦

*Get me being all chef-y, pan fried indeed, where else would it be fried?

Turkey and Mushroom Pie

July 14, 2008

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Sunday lunch yesterday was a Turkey and Mushroom Pie made by Paul. It was very nice, and so I ate too much and gave myself heartburn. It’s the pastry that does it, I cant eat any shop bought pastry, but I can never resist the stuff that Paul makes. He does try to make it a bit lighter for me, but what can you do really? Its just fat and flour in some ratio and so I’m bound to suffer later. I took a Ranitadine, but it seems, too late to stop me feeling the pain, thankfully it didnt last too long before the tablet kicked in.

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We ate it with cauliflower, cabbage and gravy. The cabbage was especially tasty because Shaun, the brother in law, gave it me from his allotment 🙂


July 13, 2008

NaBloPoMo July 08 Day13

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What do YOU call these?

According to Wikipedia you might say papad, pappad, pappard, pappadom, pappadum, popadam, poppadam, poppadom, appadum, appalum, appala, appoll or even papari.

I guess I would say poppadom, except privately me and Paul say papad, a shared reference to spending time in India. I’ve tried all sorts of papad in India, plain ones and ones with bits of chilli or garlic or pepper in them. They are also wonderful served as a rolled snack, filled with prawn or meat curry.

The pack on the left came from India, I always like to bring some back with me, are Ganesh garlic papad, they cost 23 Rupees which is about 30 pence. The Ruby brand plain poppadums are from Morrisons were about a Pound I think.

They say to fry them but you can also bake them, I even used to put them in the pop up toaster which worked well. Nowadays, my usual method is to microwave them. You have to turn them half way through, or they dont cook in the middle otherwise.

Its amazing how they allow you to see the microwaves working, as they rotate past the microwave emmiter, they puff up in an odd pattern. I wonder if I could get a video of it to show you?

Anyway it gives a great texture, all dry and crunchy and not like the oily ones you get from the takeaway. You can taste the papad, not whatever else was cooked in the oil 😦

We enjoyed them with some fresh onion salad prepared by Paul, followed by the leftover curry from the day before. Wasting food is in the news at the moment, its just not something I’ve ever done and of course, curry always tastes better the next day!

Front room picnic

July 12, 2008

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Do you ever have a front room picnic?

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In this case its a conservatory picnic 🙂 You can’t see in the picture but its pissing down with rain outside but hey, who cares?

We can still have a picnic!

Lets see, Papadom, Onion Salad, Onion Bhaji, Mixed Tikka, Chicken Makhani, Lamb Razala, Pilau Rice and a Garlic Nan.

Its hard finding good Indian delivery, it seems as quickly as you find it then they change hands or the food goes downhill, Chinese take aways are even worse for this 😦 This food was from the Kamaal Palace on Woodburn Road, Darnall. Its the second time we have used it and we were both very impressed, deffo one to keep the menu handy!

PS, Im loving these mosaic style pictures, sorry if I’m overdoing it, I’m sure I’ll get over it soon. Its just that I’ve totally solved the problem of choosing my favourite after I take multiple pictures of something, check out fd’s Flickr Toys.

4th of July

July 4, 2008

Today is always a special day for me.

For you, dear reader, this may possibly be Independence Day, for me it is quite the opposite. Today is the anniversary of the day I met Paul and so, I like to think, our Dependence Day.

Happy 10th Dependence Day!

Curry club

July 4, 2008

NaBloPoMo July 08 Day4

On Thursday we ummmed and arrrred about going out for dinner, but eventually I wore him down 🙂

So, where to go on a Thursday evening? Of course, it has to be Curry Club 🙂

If you’ve been here before you’ll have already seen the Royal Tali that I have already enjoyed at Curry Club. I’m not one to stick to the same thing every time, in fact given enough visits I like to try everything on a menu. The last time we went I orderd the Malaysian Beef Rendang and was totally disappointed to find that it wasnt available that evening.

On this visit I thought to try again, so when I got to the bar, I ordered Paul’s food first then paused! I trepidated a little and then I said, nay burted, “Malaysian Beef Rendang please.”

The barman looked at me then looked at his touch screen thingey and said “ok, what drink would you like with that?”

My brain was processing slowly, had he said ok? As in, we have this available tonight? He did, didn’t he? He’s cute isnt he, not like the tall one! What’s he saying, something about not having a pen to sign the card transaction slip? He keeps apologising, how cute. He’s offering me a big fat marker pen, would I try signing with this? Did he brush my hand a little too long as he proffered the big fat marker pen in a fist? Ahem, sorry, I got distracted (did I get a photo of him?)

Back to business, the food arrived shortly after, sorry the photo is a bit rubbish, I was half way down my third pint :-:

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The sauce was excellent, the beef a little overcooked but overall an excellent value for money meal. You wont find a meal like this for £5.59 in many places, espacially when you remember that it comes with a pint .

My pint would have cost £2.29 so the meal was only £3.30! It makes me think that its not worth lighting the oven at home 🙂

For your further pleasure I present the Pub in question ……


The former Sheffield Water Works company.


June 30, 2008

Paul’s version of Hotpot. Lamb, carrot and onion, topped with potato slices and baked. I cant tell you all the ingredients as Paul is keeping some secrets, but let me tell you, it was de—-lish!!

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Of course, what did I want to accompany this with? Of course, its MUSHY PEAS!!

This is also a practice post for a NaBloPoMo thing, have you heard of it before? This is what Jo over at Chez le laquet had to say,

So I’m going for a NaBloPoMo this coming month. A photo NaBloPoMo. A photo-post a day through the month of July to try and hold off the decline for a little while. Will I manage it?? I seriously doubt it to be honest. **stalks off to look inspiration** Oooh and the NaBloPoMo theme is food – that bit I can do, honest!!

I thought I could give this a go too, so throughout July expect a picture post a day with a foodie theme, think I can keep it up?
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