Eat well - travel often

Month: April 2016

Travel Tip 6 – Pack-A-Snack

Travel Tip 6 – Pack-A-Snack

It’s all very well that most long haul flights give you in-flight meals and drinks however when you have left home hours before your flight and the option to buy overpriced food and drink at the airport doesn’t float your boat or should I say […]

Cardiff: A Day of Blue Skies

Cardiff: A Day of Blue Skies

My first time visiting the city of Cardiff in South Wales was for a recent travel blogger conference weekend.  The weather was chilly and typical for Spring but dry (which was a gift!) and the skies were absolutely the most beautiful blue splattered with the […]

Cardiff: A City of Arcades

Cardiff: A City of Arcades

When you think of seaside places in the UK and the word arcades is mentioned you probably think of all the places you go to use up all the pennies you have saved during the year.  I know that was my first thought when I heard that Cardiff was a city of arcades.

However the reality is that Cardiff has loads of little passage ways called arcades that are full of little shops and coffee stops.  There is a little shop to look in and find just about anything you are looking to buy. For example:-
Have breakfast

Or a relaxing cup of coffee

Get a tattoo

Have your hair done

Get your lunch at a deli (liquid or food)

Stop for a reviving cup of coffee and something sweet – a Millionaires Shortbread or perhaps a Welshcake

Need a button – there is a shop just selling buttons.

Along just about every street in the city centre is an arcade or two. Passing through each one and coming out on another busy and bustling street with the entrance to another arcade just ahead.

You can spend many glorious hours wandering through all the arcades and passageways, picking up many bargains along the way. It’s a small city but there is loads to see – I hope to go back again soon to continue my discoveries!

Travel Tip 5 – Coconut Oil

Travel Tip 5 – Coconut Oil

I have mentioned before how versatile coconut oil is and I wanted to devote a whole post to telling you how I use it in my daily routine. I only buy good quality, organic coconut oil from a reputable supplier, usually VitaCoco especially as it […]

London: Quorn cooking at The Kids Cookery School

London: Quorn cooking at The Kids Cookery School

I was invited to attend a children’s cookery school at The Kid’s Cookery School with my two grandsons in the Easter school holiday. The boys endured a long train ride to West London venue and were really well behaved and quite excited. Both boys went […]

Simply Beef and Lamb – #LivePeasant – Slow Cooked Beef with Gnocchi

Simply Beef and Lamb – #LivePeasant – Slow Cooked Beef with Gnocchi

Simply Beef and Lamb are promoting their campaign #LivePeasant encouraging people to cook simple, tasty and nutritious meals for their families. Their recipes can be done in a slow cooker or cooked slowly on the hob or in the oven on a low temperature.

Slow cooked stews and casseroles are comfort family food, perfect for any time of the year but essentially perfect for these days of Spring when you want to start spending a little more time outside and as the wind turns to chilly come inside to a lovely warming supper. Here is their recipe for:-

Slow cooked Beef with Gnocchi                                                                      Serves 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 2 – 2 1/2 hours

450gm lean boneless shin or chuck steak, cut into 2.5cm cubes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2.5ml cayenne pepper (optional)
5ml paprika
30ml rapeseed oil
1 large onion, peeled and choopped
2 large garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
2 x 400gm cans of chopped tomatoes
200ml good, hot vegetable stock
1 cinnamon stick, halved
15ml sugar
15ml tomato puree
1 x 400gm pack fresh gnocchi
30ml freshly chopped parsley to garnish

1. Place the beef in a large plastic zip lock food bag.

Add the salt&pepper, cayenne pepper and paprika; seal, shake well to coat the beef in the spices.

2. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan.

3. Cook the beef for 4-5 minutes in batches until brown on all sides. Transfer to a 1.7L heatproof casserole pot.

4. In the same frying pan, cook the onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes. Spoon into the casserole pot.

5. Add the tomatoes and stock as well as cinnamon, sugar and tomato puree. Bring this to the boil, add to the casserole pot, cover and cook on a low heat in the oven for 2-2.5 hours.

6. 10 minutes before the end of the cooking time add the gnocchi.

7. Garnish with the parsley and serve with crusty bread.

Tip: If you prefer substitute the gnocchi for freshly cooked pasta shapes.

This is a sponsored post. All photos and opinions are my own.