Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Brunch at The Tippling House

Happy belated Easter! I hope you enjoyed the long weekend. Mine was spent eating, shopping and spending time with my faves! On Sunday Gordon and I were in Aberdeen so we booked The Tippling House for lunch. I had a voucher from my sister and their new brunch menu sounded good!

The Tippling House describes themselves as a subterranean late-night tavern, but they've just started opening up over lunch time at the weekends. Every Saturday and Sunday they're serving up boozy brunches and tasting flights, with Oliver Richards providing some live acoustic music on Sundays. He played everything from The Kooks to Lorde! 

I told myself I wouldn't drink in the weeks leading up to my wedding dress shopping (which is Saturday btw!) but it'd be rude not to at The Tippling House. 10 Dollar Shake are doing the bar at our wedding, so technically it was official wedding research. Bloody Mary's aren't my cup of tea but if you're a fan you can build your own! I'd quite liked to see some mimosa or bellini type drinks included on the brunch menu. Anyway, after browsing the winter cocktail list I ended up with a "dance of the sugar plum fairy". (Obviously.) It was worth the extra calories. (Obviously.)

Gordon had a red meat sub which was made up of rib-eye steak, amazing crispy onions, cheese and pickles, served with home cooked nachos. I can never resist pulled pork so had the cuban spiced pulled pork burrito. It was packed with meat, rice, beans and sweetcorn and served with salad and chips. I felt like Amy Winehouse on Nevermind the Buzzcocks... I never want it to end!!

(Total waste of an analogy if you've never watched that episode. You should really watch it.)

If you fancy a chilled out brunch or even just a hair of the dog, get your ass to The Tippling House this weekend. Brunch is served 1-4pm and you can book online here. Cheers for the birthday pressie Laura!

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Clean Chicken Nuggets

Can you tell this was a high carb day?

One of the best ways to stay on track with a clean eating lifestyle is to make healthy, nutritious versions of your favourite junk food. Nobody likes to feel deprived so recreating dishes is a good way to satisfy a craving! I like to make my own curries, Chinese dishes and pita bread pizzas but one of my favourites just now is these clean chicken nuggets! They're so easy that even Gordon makes them, ready for me getting home from kettlebells... 

To serve 2 people...

400g chicken breast (we buy it already diced so it's even easier!)
1 egg
wholemeal flour
dessicated coconut

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Lay out 3 dishes - fill one with the flour, one with coconut and crack the egg into another. Start by coating the chicken in flour, dip it in the egg and then roll it in the dessicated coconut so that it covers the chicken. Place your chicken nuggets onto a baking tray and pop them in the oven for about half an hour (turning half way) until the coconut starts to turn golden brown and deliciously crispy! Serve with healthy baked sweet potato fries :)

You could even mix spices through the flour to add a different flavour!

Who needs KFC?

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Lunch at Eclectic Fizz, Aberdeen

Instead of Christmas presents this year, me and the girls decided we'd treat ourselves to a girly spa day. It didn't exactly go to plan... Amy couldn't come & Pure Spa mucked up our appointments. On the plus side we got a good massage, they've offered us a free manicure on our next visit and I finally asked the girls to be my bridesmaids! Lynne and I celebrated with a boozy lunch at Aberdeen's new champagne bar Eclectic Fizz.

A champagne bar could easily be tacky and over the top but Eclectic Fizz keeps it classy. It feels fancy but not stuck up. We arrived at 1 o'clock on a Saturday to be told they were fully booked all day and we couldn't get a table. We decided to have a drink at the bar anyway and after a word with a barman (or 2...keep trying!) we scored a table that somebody hadn't turned up for! 

As expected, the drinks list is a celebration of all things bubbly. They have everything from a £25 bottle of prosecco to a £550 bottle of rose Laurent-Perrier. There's a good selection of wines, spirits, cocktails and booze free options too. If you fancy just the one glass (who are you kidding?) then prices start at £4.50 for a glass of fizz. We opted for a bottle of Veuve Clicquot for £60.

The food at Eclectic Fizz is a pretty decent price as well. Lynne had the fish and chips, and I had the posh scampi. Mine looked like a bit of a small portion but both meals were really good and only a tenner each. For dessert Lynne had a strawberry cupcake and I went for one of their crepes... They do savoury and sweet versions - I'll be having brie and cranberry next time! The waiter recommended nutella and white chocolate. It was served warm with a scoop of ice cream and was amaaazzing! Such a treat.

We spent a good couple of hours and less than £90 between us. Not bad for 2 main courses, 2 desserts and a bottle of champagne. I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than with one of my best friends, some tasty food and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. Next time I'll try afternoon tea with the girls or dinner with Gordon! 

If you fancy a visit you can find Eclectic Fizz at 150 Union Street and I'd definitely recommend booking ahead!

Friday, 20 March 2015

Dinner at Shri Bheema's, Aberdeen

For Mother's Day this year we treated our Mum to a feast. We celebrated a few days early so that Dad could come too, which is a pretty good strategy anyway as normal menus tend to be better than Mother's Day specials (in my opinion)! Mum & Dad got to choose where they wanted to eat (because we're such epic children) and they chose their favourite Indian restaurant in Aberdeen - Shri Bheema's.

 Mmm poppadoms! I love mango chutney.

Chilli chicken - Gordon had this as a starter and it made his eyes water! Mum had this as her main course and loved it.

Dosa - I can't remember what kind! These are basically different types of savoury pancakes with different fillings, all served with different sauces. They're huge, tasty & ideal for sharing! 

 Prawn biryani pot. The King prawns were huge but Dad said he needed more of them!

 Peshwari naan, pilau rice & creamy korma.

Spicy kadai - a mild flavoured chicken curry full of peppers and onion. I could of done with a bit more spice but really enjoyed this dish.

Some sort of chickpea curry... Sorry, I have a rubbish memory! There's loads of vegetarian options on the menu though so Laura had plenty to choose from - everything from chickpeas, to lentils, to aubergine, potatoes and cottage cheese. 

This was my first visit to Shri Bheema's and I really enjoyed it. I want to go back and try all of the dosa! The restaurant is easily missed - there's a wee door tucked away in a corner on Belmont Street, which leads to some dodgy looking stairs but don't let them put you off! It's well worth a visit.

Shri Bheema's - 17 Belmont Street, Aberdeen or Balgownie Road, Bridge of Don.
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