The Sunday Post: Slimming World Afternoon Tea With Alice & Co.

I have just got back from Alice‘s place, serious house goals, after spending a lovely afternoon with her, Edd and Lee eating Slimming World friendly food and talking about different life things. It’s been such a lovely Sunday and I couldn’t wait to share with you the display of food that we have made. Most of this is free foods, excuse the puddings and nearly all of it is vegetarian too.

The egg muffins were created by Edd and I. They are super simple and easy to make which are brilliant for breakfasts. I simply put a mix of spinach leaves and cherry tomatoes chopped into cake cases and whisked eggs to pour into the cases. Edd made the same version however with chopped up bacon and tomatoes. Cook them in the oven for 15 minutes or until they are golden.

The cheese and onion quiche pies were super simple to make to according to Alice. It’s as simple as mixing together a Pasta ‘n’ Sauce Cheese and Broccoli mix, Cheese and Onion Smash, three eggs and a tub of quark. It’s best to do them in a silicone muffin tray to stop them from sticking. Cook them for 25-30 minutes and viola, out comes something that tastes so delicious.

For pudding we had two different desserts to try as well as the speedy melon and strawberries. The first is the classic low fat yogurts and jelly dessert. I used strawberry vegetarian jelly and added fresh strawberries to the mix before it went in the fridge. It tastes so good and is free too! At the last minute, I crumbled a meringue nest so it was like a Slimming World friendly Eton Mess. I also attempted chocolate mousses using: fat free yogurt, quark and an options hot chocolate. It tasted nice but not as good as the Eton Mess pudding.

Overall we had a lovely afternoon with some really nice company. I can’t wait to do it again sometime soon.

Have you got any Slimming World recipes that we should try?

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The Sunday Post: Turknaz Restaurant, Whitley Bay

When Turknaz opened on the seafront in Whitley Bay I was eager to try it. Lit up by hundreds of fairy lights at night and peeping in to see the fantastic Turkish style décor was intriguing enough. Taking over the original Aruba, that’s where I stroll into at 4am to get my pizza after spending a night out getting drunk with friends – Turknaz has injected a bit of unique sophistication to the Whitley Bay seafront. I went in the evening over the Christmas period with my Aunt but they have a range of deals that are affordable for anyone on a budget.

I started off with the Falafel which was beautifully cooked and served on a bed of hummus and with a range of salad vegetables. I could have quite happily had the same dish for the main but I thought I should try something new. For mains, I went for the Feta Salad which is originally served as a side but they kindly let me upgrade it to a main by making the portion a little bit bigger. It was served with tomato, onion, pepper, cucumber and parsley and dressed in olive oil and lemon juice. It tasted so good and so fresh! The portion sizes were huge, enough to share between two people but at least you knew that you wouldn’t be going home hungry.

After polishing off the starter and main course, I couldn’t leave without trying one of the desserts that was on the menu. I went for the Warm Chocolate Brownie and it tasted heavenly. The brownie was so rich and really moist and the ice cream went perfect with it.

Looking back, I wish I was a bit more adventurous and tried something completely different but I really enjoyed what I had and would definitely go back again. The only criticism that I would make is about the drinks. A large diet Pepsi was £3.70 whilst a lime and soda was £4.20 which I just think is ridiculously over priced! However they were soon quick to change it when we mentioned how annoyed we were at the drink pricing.

Although it’s been open for the past year now, I think Turknaz is a bit under-rated and definitely worth trying out if you ever find yourself in Whitley Bay. It’s a seaside town which is dominated by Italians and Indian restaurants so it’s nice to have something brand spanking new in the midst of it all. It’s also nice to know that even the fussy eater from a group can find something that they will enjoy.

Have you been to Turknaz yet? Is there anything from the Turkish cuisine that I should try next time?

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The Sunday Post: Giraffe World Kitchen Review

Every time I have walked through the new Grey’s Quarter at intu Eldon Square, I find myself eyeing up all the lovely food at quite a couple of new restaurants that hasn’t been in Newcastle before. Last night, Edd and I was heading into town to see Star Wars: Rogue One (it was brilliant by the way!) so we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try out one of these new restaurants. After much deliberation, we decided on the Giraffe World Kitchen.

We were welcomed by a two members of really nice staff to be seated. Lucky enough for us, there were seats overlooking the Old Eldon Square which was perfect for watching the world go by and for Edd to catch items on Pokemon GO. There was a lot of choice when it came to the menu including; steaks, burritos, bowls of different rice dishes, tagine, burgers and salads. I can guarantee that you will find something, even those who are fussy eaters like myself.

As I was sipping my Wavebreaker Cocktail which was a delicious blend of pineapple & coconut, we decided to share a Garlic & Rocket Flatbread which tasted so good – as you can tell, we couldn’t wait to tuck in because it looked so delicious! Similarly to your standard garlic bread but it was nice not to have it to crisp and with the added rocket, it felt as though we were having something healthy.

When it came to choosing the main, there was one dish that really stood out to me – the Halloumi & Falafel Burger from the ‘Juicy Burgers’ section. It was beautifully stacked and absolutely delicious. It had grilled red pepper, carrot, beetroot, mixed leaves, hummus and tzatziki in the burger too so I had to pull it apart and have it in two bits because it was so big. You can have the dish with normal skin-on fries but I upgraded to the sweet potato choice for an extra £1. I struggled to finish all of it but Edd managed to help me out a little.

Edd went for the Rodeo Burger which included: grilled chicken breast, streaky bacon, smoked cheddar, roasted field mushroom, beer-battered onion rings, BBQ sauce, mixed leaves, tomato slice and mayo. It also came served with skin-on fries however he upgraded his to topped homefries which had cheese and pulled pork on top.

We finished off our Giraffe experience with a sharing plate of Churros which was coated with cinnamon sugar and came with dipping chocolate sauce. Delicious!

Overall, I was really pleased with the customer service and the food from Giraffe. The food exceeded my expectations and the service team was really helpful and catered to our every need. We didn’t have to wait to long in-between each dish which I was so pleased about. Honestly, I recommend that you go and try it out.

Have you ever been to Giraffe before? What’s your thoughts?

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