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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Pesto & Vegetable Rice Dish


Summer is starting to make an appearance which is getting me so ready for all the light, fresh summer dinners! While I love a spicy curry and a substantial stew there's nothing quite like summer dinners. I'm talking potato salads, homemade veggie burgers with lightly spiced potato wedges, pasta salads and so much more.

My favourite thing though is definitely pesto! I've always loved pesto pasta so much and since becoming more experimental with my cooking I've starting incorporating homemade pesto into more dishes...like this wholesome & scrumptious pesto & vegetable wholegrain rice dish. It's everything you could ask for in a spring/summer meal - it's fresh, it's filling, it's flavoursome and it's SO delicious.


Making your own pesto might sound like a lot of faff but really it couldn't be simpler. It's just a case of blending together a few ingredients that can all be found in your local shop! It tastes just incredible too - far better than any of that shop bought stuff and cheaper too.
I love to make a big batch of my pesto to keep in the fridge and add to dishes like pasta (of course) but also salads, boiled new potatoes, quinoa, roasted vegetables and meals like this rice & veg recipe too. It just goes so beautifully with so many different combinations...a true staple!

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Thursday, 2 May 2019

Bath Eats - Gluten Free & Veggie Cafes/Restaurants In Bath


I've just got back from a 4 day getaway in the beautiful city of Bath and I was so impressed with the cities foodie offerings that I just had to write a blog post about my experiences!

I'm always a little nervous about the food options when visiting new places as my dietary requirements are kind of extensive. I'm gluten free, dairy free and I don't eat meat! Often there aren't many restaurants or cafes that will cater to my needs, and the ones that do often only have one or two dishes for me to choose from. However, I had done my research into Bath before we visited so I was feeling pretty hopeful we'd find some yummy places to eat...and I wasn't disappointed!


FOOD

Cosy Club
A few people recommended Cosy Club for meals whilst in Bath and I'm so glad they did. Cosy Club have a few different restaurants dotted around the country, but sadly none around West Sussex (where I'm from) so I hadn't actually heard of them before. Cosy Clubs describe themselves as 'relaxed dining, drinking and lounging in a special setting with a dash of nostalgia' 'from a lazy breakfast to a family lunch or night out in your glad rags, were set apart by the character of our team, the opulence of our design and the excellence of our menus' - and I'd 100% agree with it all.
Admittedly I originally picked Cosy Club because I thought my boyfriend would like the pub style feel and quirk interior, but once I researched their menu I was thrilled to see they had both a gluten free menu AND a vegan menu - so that decided it, we had to pay them a visit! In fact, we visited the restaurant twice over the 4 days we were in Bath.


We visited the first time for dinner. It was a warm evening and we were seated on the balcony/terrace outside which was complete with heaters and cosy blankets if we were to get cold - a nice touch I thought. We were seated by a super helpful gentleman who couldn't do more to help me with my dietary requirements - he got me both the gluten free menu and vegan menu then sat down with us to go through all my options, he even went to the kitchen to double check a few things. There was actually loads of dishes I could've had including gluten free fish and chips, a superfood bowl and a Thai curry. In the end I settled for the Thai veggie burger - a spicy quinoa burger with edamame beans, pan choi, roasted peppers, coconut sauce and sweet chilli jam, served in a gluten free bun with fries on the side. I was mega excited because it's rare there's a veggie burger on a menu that's also gluten free, let alone served in a gluten free bun WITH chips!
The service was quick which was fab as they were super busy and I was hangry! It arrived and I was assured again that it was all gluten free and vegan. When I took my first bite I was totally blown away by the delicious flavour, I'm sure you know a lot of veggie burgers can be quite bland or sometimes dry but not this. The gluten free bun was also superb and the fries were out of this world. I demolished every last bit of the meal and could have quite easily eaten it all over again!

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