Day 2 update of #chefwyndeatsclean

Busy, busy, busy day! Started my day with fresh grapefruit. I love red grapefruit, being 92% water it has so many health benefits! Grapefruit has several properties linked to weight loss, including its fibre content helping you to feel full while reducing calorie intake.

grapefruit

I started getting pretty peckish around 12pm so I had a bowl of fruit (raspberries, grapes and strawberries) with low fat cranberry and raspberry yoghurt to keep me going till lunch time. Trying to drink more water through the day and decrease the amount of tea I drink (oh but I do love a good cuppa tea).

Lunchtime came around slowly today, feeling the hunger I had a jam-packed salad full of fresh veg and potatoes. I love salad in summertime, but now we are getting into colder weather I would much prefer soup to salad. Counteracting this, I heated the broccoli and potato up and it was delicious.

Check out the salad I had today, easy to put together, and just 15 minutes of prep. Simples!

vegetarian-salad

Finishing work slightly late, I missed the gym class unfortunately, but this didn’t stop me. I walked to the gym (1.8 miles) with all my work gear, and then dropped my bags off with Rory and complete a Pure Tone class.

A new class for me, and I was pleasantly surprised. It consisted of 4 exercises of 20 seconds each, then a 30 second break (jogging on spot), repeat 4 times. This was done with 4 sets of exercises (legs, arms, all body and abs). A good core workout was what I needed when I was still feeling sore from the day before.

Got home to Rory cooking a delicious spaghetti meatballs from the Slimming world collection, with a few tweaks. Will post this adapted version next week, so keep an eye out.

Another great day, now let’s see what day 3 brings!

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Easy peasy vegetarian salad

Easy peasy vegetarian salad

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  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 3 new potatoes
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 cup of lettuce
  • 3 Cherry tomatoes
  • 4 thick cucumber slices
  • ¼ red pepper
  • ½ avocado
  • 100g tenderstem broccoli
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp of light Caesar dressing

Directions:

Fill a pan with cold water and add 3 new potatoes and an egg, put on the stove with the lid on and bring to boiling point. Once boiling, turn heat down to simmer and set timer for 9 minutes.

While this simmers you can prep the actual salad. Roughly chop some lettuce (I use iceberg and spinach), a few tomatoes, some cucumber, peppers, avocado and anything else you fancy chucking in, the world is your oyster 🥗.

When the timer goes off, scoop the egg out and plunge into a bowl of cold water. Leave the potatoes to simmer for another 5 minutes.

After the 5 minutes are up, add your tenderstem broccoli and set timer for 3 minutes. Tap the egg shell all round with the back of a teaspoon and peal. Cut in half and place on plate.

Roughly chop some spring onions and place in a bowl. Add the light mayonnaise. Once the potatoes are cooked (should feel easy to put a knife through), roughly chop these up and mix with the onion/mayo mix. Add this and the broccoli to your plate, whatever dressing you desire and enjoy.

Simple salad that tastes delicious and has plenty of benefits for you. I prep this for lunch, and leave the egg smashing and potato salad mix for the next day.

Day 1 update of #chefwyndeatsclean

My day started with a sharp wakeup call from my puppy Flash, eager for a walk. A short drive to work followed by a bowl of low fat raspberry yoghurt filled with grapes, strawberries and raspberries. I’m not a big breakfast fan so yoghurt and some fruit is usually my go to breakfast at work.

fruit and yoghurt - breakfast

Lunch time was my big meal for the day 🤤, leftover homemade green thai curry with half basmati rice and half quinoa (I like white rice too much to go all out just yet). Full of veggies including baby corn, peppers, sugar snap peas, tenderstem broccoli (the king of veg) and spinach. [image from dinner last night]

thai green chicken curry

Late afternoon I started getting really peckish, so I had a quick go-ahead snack bar (3 slices forest fruits), not the healthiest due to the sugar content, but gave me the sugar rush I needed to get me through the rest of the afternoon and no excuse to not hit the gym (even though I did leave my trainers at home like a doilum!)

After work, it was time to kick my butt into gear, a short 7-minute run to the gym🏃‍♀️, a 30-minute circuit class which included slam balls, wall sits, burpees, kettle bell swings and many more torturous stations.

circuit class

Sweat pouring everywhere, I ran the short journey home🏃‍♀️. I prefer to keep my workout short and sweet, circuits are the best for me as I like various exercises, I have a short attention span and get bored of working out really easily. Trainers help me keep in the zone and quick changes keeps me on my toes.

For dinner, I cooked a simple omelette filled with light cheese, peppers, red onion, tomatoes and spinach paired with tenderstem broccoli and some cucumber. Simple but delicious, full of protein and really quick to cook.

Today = success 💪. Let’s hope for many more days like this!

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30 days clean eating challenge blog takeover

Summer has ended *sob*, but still I don’t have the beach body I desire *wahhh*. This year has flown by, like seriously where did it go? With Christmas just around the corner I have decided to take action and instead of moaning about my clothes not fitting, I’m going to actually do something about it.

Now I am not fat, by any stretch of the imagination, but I definitely have extra weight which is making it difficult to keep my jeans done up all day. Anyone who knows me, knows my struggle with this (like seriously, why must they always need be undone). I don’t have an endless supply of money to buy new jeans / an entire new wardrobe (as much as I wish I did). Instead, I am going to eat clean, exercise regularly and really focus my efforts for the next 30 days (bring on November!).

Hijacking the Chefwynd blog, I will use this platform to winge and moan about how torturous it is to eat clean hehe. I kid. I will use this blog to share with you recipes, exercises, routines and general health and fitness tips and tricks along my journey, hopefully motivating myself to stay strong and keep going.

I would love it if other people were on a similar journey to comment and help keep me focused. We can motivate each other, share recipes and training tips (seriously, I need all the help I can get!).

Expect to see recipes, clean eats, workout ideas, a few moans and groans and hopefully plenty of progress! Watch this space.

#chefwyndeatsclean

You should Try Thai

So, May happened. The month, not the person (June was nearly the end of May. Ha). Third year of University; so much tougher than I ever imagined! But it is all over. The best four years of my life so far. I loved almost every minute of it; the late nights in the library however, maybe not… but the friends I have made and the things I have learnt have truly inspired me to learn more.

Anyway, enough about my future career prospects, and back to food because I have a lot of catching up to do! I believe I have found the best Thai restaurant in Manchester. I don’t say that lightly, I believe this restaurant is the best in terms of quality, price and staff combined, to deliver a truly fantastic experience. The food is divine, the staff are so lovely and helpful and the location is perfect. Everyone should Try Thai.

cocktail

I have been to Try Thai a few times now as well as many other Thai restaurants across Manchester (although not all, so don’t hold me to this statement), but it really outshines all others. Located on the edge of China Town and Canal Street, opposite a lovely grass green park within a short walk from the city centre. Try Thai impresses all with the atmosphere of a busy restaurant filled with delicious smells of spicy Thai food.

I should probably tell you about the food rather than blabbing about the restaurant itself. A classic Thai restaurant, there are pictures of the food. I love this, some people find it tacky or false advertising if the food isn’t the same (aka. McDonalds), but I don’t. I love it, I think it adds authenticity. Unfortunately, I have never been to Thailand, so I can’t compare the food to traditional Thai food, but I can compare against other Thai food I have cooked and eaten out. Rory however has been to Thailand, as has his sister Anna, and both raved about this restaurant, so I’m using these two as my guide to authenticity.

menu

To start with we ordered some Thai prawn crackers and dips for the table along with a delicious cocktail for me and a beer for Rory. We shared two starters, the satay chicken skewers and the battered king prawns in penang sauce which was divine! The batter was light, crispy and the penang sauce had just the right amount of spice to sweetness for my taste buds. A perfect amount to open our palettes ready for the feast of curry to come.

satay_chicken_skewers
Satay chicken skewers – £5.50
tempura_king_prawns
Battered King Prawn in Penang Sauce – £6.50
Rory ordered a bottle of wine to share, a little overzealous after the surprisingly strong cocktail (another plus) I had barely finished. For mains, Rory chose a crispy chicken fillet with penang curry. This choice includes the rice unlike most Thai curries. Lightly deep fried chicken served with a similar penang curry to the king prawns, with a side of vegetables and egg fried rice. Rory described the curry as packed with flavour, plenty of spice but no burning throats or runny noses, the chicken was crispy and well-cooked and all the flavours complimented each other well.

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Crispy Chicken Fillet with Penang Curry – £12.95
Normally when I eat Thai food I choose a green Thai curry, however as I had already had this here I decided to mix it up and ordered a King Prawn (shock horror) jungle curry. What a tantalising mix of heat, spices and creaminess! The king prawns were divine, my mouth is watering just thinking about them. The sauce was full of flavour as you expect from a Thai curry. A few too many mushrooms for my taste but generally a very delicious dish. I ordered this with sticky rice, which matched the curry perfectly. I crave sticky rice on a daily basis, it really is the most delicious rice form!

prawn_jungle_curry
King prawn jungle curry – £10.95 / Sticky rice – £3
There we have it. The best Thai restaurant in Manchester I have eaten at to date. I highly recommend anyone visiting Manchester, or around the area to book a table (and I recommend you book, it’s been full every time I have been), and enjoy the truly authentic experience! Hope you enjoyed this blog post, I promise not to disappear for so long again! Have you had any truly incredible Thai food (or indeed anything else)? If so let me know, I am always on the lookout for new restaurants to try.

Guest post: Arnero Restaurant

You may have seen that the number of blog posts has dropped off in recent weeks. That is because Amy is going through the hell that is the end of 3rd year, with the delightful examinations and hand-ins that it brings. Unfortunately that means she doesn’t have time to blog, so you’re stuck with Rory this week. Feels weird writing a sentence in the 3rd person….. anyway.

This week, as an attempt to take Amy’s mind off revision, we decided to go out for tea on Saturday, and we opted for a curry at Arnero, which is just off Canal Street. I’m yet to find my Indian in Manchester. Everywhere I’ve ever lived I’ve always had an Indian which I could go to to stuff my face full of Naan bread, and assault my insides with lovely curry (The Ahad in Newcastle is still my all-time favourite), but in Manchester I’m yet to find one that quite hits the spot.

Arnero looked promising. It’s been around for a long time, is extremely well rated on google, and appears to sell good food, at a reasonable price. When we walked in it all looked good. It was full (always a good sign), and smelt fabulous (which is one of my favourite things about a good Indian).

We were quickly shown to our table, were given water (which I swear is the standard by which Amy judges the quality of a restaurant… seriously, go back and look at how often water on the table is mentioned!) and ordered ourselves a bottle of Prosecco (£17.95, What do you mean Prosecco and curry don’t go???). The menu itself was small, which I like (in contrast to some places which have massive menus, and you wonder if they can actually cook it all / has it been made fresh), and it was very reasonably priced, especially when you consider it’s in Manchester city centre (A starter is £5 and mains around £7.50, with rice and naans on top). They also offer a 15% student discount during the week.

Poppadoms

To start with, we opted for Aloo Poori Masala, and some onion Bhajis. The Aloo Poori Masala (£4.50) is a curried potato dish, served with little Indian fried breads. I would have to say it was my favourite dish of the night. The potatoes were served in a tomato based sauce, which was absolutely divine, and the fried breads were cooked beautifully. I could have eaten it all day. The Onion Bhaji (£3.50) was also well cooked, and was very good. However you can’t rave about an Onion Bhaji… It is after all, an Onion Bhaji; very difficult to get wrong.

Aloo Poori Masala
Aloo Poori Masala – £4.50
Onion Bahji
Onion Bahji – £3.50
The starters were swiftly followed by the mains (the service was excellent all evening). Amy opted for a Chicken Makhani (£7.25), whereas I went for the Lamb Banjara (£8.25), as well as rices and Naans. The Chicken Makhani is a classic Amy choice. Her favourite curry is Butter Chicken, and the Makhani was in many ways very similar, cooked in a creamy, buttery tomato sauce. It was very well spiced, with nothing overpowering it, and was excellent for dipping (Always a good judge of how good a curry is, is how much Naan is dipped in it). Unfortunately, it was somewhat let down by the chicken in it. It was very rubbery. We couldn’t work out if this was because it was poor quality chicken, or if it had been nuked in a microwave, which tends to give chicken that texture.

Chicken Makhani
Chicken Makhani – £7.25
The Lamb Banjara also resembles a favourite dish of mine (I love a spicy lamb curry). It is a curry with garlic and ginger, cooked in yoghurt based sauce, and a healthy amount of chilli. Again, like Amy’s it was well spiced, with nothing overpowering anything else, but it was just missing something that I can’t quite put my finger on. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed it, but I preferred Amy’s.

Lamb Banjara
Lamb Banjara – £8.25
All in all, a good Indian, but not the amazing one I was hoping for. It does a decent plate of food, for a reasonable price, and is definitely worth a go. Unfortunately, it’s missing that X factor you look for in an awesome Indian. I hope you liked my attempt at blogging. Normal service will be resumed soon.

The Coore Arms in Scruton, Northallerton

This weekend we went to visit our friends Tom and Sue up in Northallerton, so this review is of a pub we went to near there. I would recommend the area for a visit – Lovely greenery, and lots of nice countryside to relax in.

Growing up in a small village really makes me appreciate a proper pub dinner; not a chain like Marston’s but a classic, landlord lives upstairs pub that has the warmth of a home and delicious home cooked food. The Coore Arms in Northallerton is just that.

As soon as you walk in to this pub you are greeted with friendly bar staff, the smell of pub food and a great deal of warmth. The atmosphere is perfect for a good pub, plenty of tables to sit in the bar area with an open fire and comfy chairs. A great array of drinks including real ale, wine and gin (many others of course).

After ordering drinks at the bar we were shown to our table in the restaurant. Walking round the back of the bar and down a short corridor leads to a lovely dining area with great big comfy chairs and wooden oak tables. Even seated near the kitchen was not a problem, no draft from the door being opened and didn’t even notice it was behind us. The menu itself was brilliant, so many choices all freshly prepared and homemade meant choosing quite difficult.

After talking myself down from ordering all the starters for myself Rory and I decided to share the brie with cranberry sauce and the chicken goujons. Tom and Sue ordered the pate and a beetroot and feta salad which looked delicious. Battered anything is usually good, but these chicken goujons were better than good, the batter was so crispy and light, clearly homemade and freshly cooked. The brie again was delicious, small pieces breaded and fried exactly the way I wanted it. All plates were empty and we were very much looking forward to the mains.

Brie with cranberry sauce
Breaded brie with dressed leaves and cranberry sauce – £5.50
Chicken goujons
Fresh battered chicken goujons with sour cream and sweet chilli dip – £5.95
Pate
Chicken liver and ginger pate with red onion marmalade and warm ciabatta – £5.95
Beetroot and feta cheese salad with toasted pine nuts – £5.95
Unfortunately, they had run out of the burger which is what I really wanted, but instead I ordered a sirloin steak. Steaks all round for the table, two sirloin and two rib-eye, not the most adventurous choice but I really wanted onion rings. The steaks came with a generous helping of sides, and were clearly good cuts of local meat. The waitress sadly got the plates mixed up and gave me the medium well and Tom the medium rare, it wasn’t till near the end of the meal we realised he had mine and vice versa. This did mean I was a little disappointed but the onion rings were delicious and the chips were great so it wasn’t the end of the world. Tom kept telling us how good his steak was, so that’s a positive side, hopefully he won’t be ordering medium well steaks again. In hindsight, I probably should have spoken up but in a typical British fashion, I just let it slide.

Sirloin steak
10 oz sirloin steak, field mushroom, oven baked tomato, chips and onion rings – £18.95
Desserts, is it really a question anymore. A great selection of puddings including sticky toffee pudding, strawberry cheesecake, chocolate and hazelnut roulade and a selection of ice creams. Rory and Tom ordered the STP with only a glance at the menu and Sue ordered the roulade. I almost ordered the cheesecake but the saw they had rhubarb crumble ice cream which I just had to try. I am so glad I did, what an ice cream! Creamy, delicious with just the right amount of tang from the rhubarb. Delicious end to a lovely meal. I am told the STP was delicious too, beautifully moist with a generous helping of toffee sauce.

Sticky toffee pudding
Sticky toffee pudding, hot toffee sauce & ice cream – £4.95
Pate
Chocolate and hazelnut roulade – £4.95
Rhubarb crumble ice cream
2 scoop vanilla and rhubarb crumble ice cream – £2.95
If you are ever in the Northallerton area I would highly recommend this brilliant local pub; I hope to go back again soon!