Sunday, 15 November 2015

Evuna Deansgate Manchester 14th November 2015

I love tapas and wanted to visit Evuna so booked their Deansgate restaurant at 21.45 on a Saturday night, the place is cosy and warm, just the ticket, as the weather outside was torrential rain and cold.

We had a cosy table for two in the window, were given menus and our drinks order was taken.  I knew they had vegan options available, as I had already made enquires, so chose carrots and runner beans with pine nuts, oven roasted vegetables, tomato and onion salad and patatas bravas.   The lighting was quite dim so the photos do not do the food justice, but I thoroughly enjoyed all the food, especially the carrot dish.

The place was busy even so late on at night and service was friendly and efficient, so I will definitely revisit, but next time I will pay their Northern Quarter site a visit.

Comptoir Libanais Spinningfields Manchester 14th November 2015

I visited Comptoir Libanais on a dank and wet Saturday lunchtime and the place lifts your mood as soon as you walk through the door, it is so colourful and bright, even the menu!

I had been on their website and found it easy to decide on vegan options, as there is a search filter, so I knew there was a good selection of dishes for me to choose from.   I chose baba ghanju dip, fattoush salad and batata harra, a spiced potato dish, all tasty and delicious and just the kind of food I love, fresh and light.

I had an excellent mug of black Americano coffee, but a big thumbs up to Comptoir Libanais, as they serve soya or almond milk.

The Manchester branch had only opened two days earlier, but we had excellent service from Lorenzo our waiter who had moved up to Manchester from one of their London branches.   We had a chat with Charli, who I presume is the Manager and she explained that all the tiles, teapots, bags, foodstuffs and everything for sale, in the front part of the building were all authentic and imported from Lebanon.   Everywhere you look is a big splash of vibrant colour, even the ladies toilets!

If the weather had been fine there are lovely seating areas at the front of the building, but it was a little cold on this visit.

I will definitely make a return trip Comptoir Libanais, as I want to try more of their delicious Lebanese dishes.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Crispy Cauliflower Pasta

I was given this recipe by my friend Joe, who had seen it in the Sunday Times magazine, so thanks Joe its fantastic!

700 g cauliflower chopped
80 g pine nuts
60 ml olive oil
2 garlic cloves crushed
1 tbsp oregano
2 tbsp lemon zest
1 tsp chilli  flakes
400 g any kind of pasta I used fusilli
Salt and pepper

Serves 4

Put the cauliflower and pine nuts into a food processor and blitz until finely chopped.

Put the olive oil in a pan, add the cauliflower, lemon  zest, oregano, garlic and chilli flakes, season with plenty salt and pepper and cook until the cauliflower is golden brown.

Whilst the cauliflower is cooking, cook the pasta until al dente, drain and toss with the cauliflower mixture.

I served the pasta dish with some lightly fried broccoli, which worked really well, but you could serve it with some lightly fried greens or kale.   I love this recipe and the humble cauliflower really makes it, so I will definitely be making it again and again.