Burgers, Brunch and a very special Birthday

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My next favourite thing after breakfast is Birthdays.

Because:

1. It is the perfect opportunity to gather for brunch or dinner (hopefully both)
2. There is usually Gin and Cake involved.
3. Birthdays are just fabulous.

This weekend, we were celebrating a very important persons birthday. Welsh Girl Problems is another year more fabulous and for that, we had to celebrate accordingly.

With our lashes and heels in tow, we headed to our favourite place on Mill Lane. If you haven't been to Pitch yet, I woud suggest you get your skates on. They source all local, welsh products and have the most delicious menu to show for it.


We sipped on prosecco and teapots of gin and feasted on some pretty incredible grub.




I went for the chicken burger with the worlds best chips (you will know what I mean once you've tried them.)


For dessert, we had Sophie's finest Blackcurrant and Gin cake - Nigella look out. As moist is in our list of least favourite words, I think we used the word damp to describe it?... Either way it was bloody lovely and I couldn't help but have seconds.



It was a very successful evening, made even better by Nina's choice of balloons, I had static hair and the big P in my face the whole way home, but it was all in the name of a WGP, so I didn't mind one bit.



Thank you Pitch for a V fab evening, we will most definitely be back.

So then naturally, after a night of gin consumption, a good brunch is a must. We all rolled to Nina's half asleep, to be welcomed with the fluffiest pancakes and pots of tea - She is the best host EVER. 



WGP brought custard filled goodies from Nata & Co, and we sat there for a good couple of hours drinking coffee, laughing a LOT and eating non- stop. If you ask me, there is no better way to spend a weekend.



WGP, I hope you had the most fabulous birthday. 

xxx

Chickpea and Bulgar Wheat Burgers

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My boyfriend likes to remind me that in a drunken state, I have been known to shout "BURGERS ARE BAD" whilst approaching Mcdonalds. I haven't had one of these deadly things since I was 15 - but that's not to say I don't love a good, naughty burger (Grazing Shed & Got Beef are your boys for this) but at home I can't resist a delicious homemade, veggie burger.

Say hello to my chickpea and bulgar wheat burgers with sweet potato fries.



My falafels seemed to go down well, so since then, I have been moving them on to bigger and better things, and by bigger, I mean big, brilliant burgers.

They are very similar to my falafels, so if you liked those, you're gonna love these. 

This is what you will need for the burgers:

  • 1 Tin of Chickpeas
  • Around 70g of cooked Bulgar wheat 
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 2 Cloves of garlic 
  • 1 Grated Carrot
  • A big heaped teaspoon of turmeric, paprika, cumin, coriander and a sprinkle of chilli flakes
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Buckwheat Flour 
  • Olive oil
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • Coconut Oil for cooking 

For the sweet potato Fries:

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Paprika and Cinnamon
  • Rock salt

Start by chopping up your sweet potato's into sticks, pop them on a tray, sprinkle them with paprika, cinnamon and rock salt, then finish with a good glug of olive oil. Put them in the oven - They usually take between 45 minutes and an hour to cook.




After these are in the oven, soak the chickpeas in hot water - this makes them much easier to mash.

While these are bathing, cook your bulgar wheat.

Chop the onion and garlic and toss in the pan with coconut oil to soften them up.

Drain the chickpeas and add to a bowl with the carrot, all the herbs and spices and a generous drizzle of oil. Mix it all up, then add the bulgar wheat, onions and lemon juice and mash some more.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper and add some buckwheat flour until the consistency is still a little sticky, but able keep its burger shape.

Make them into patties and get ready to fry away. 



Melt your coconut oil in the pan and place them in, giving them a flip half way through - These usually take about 10 minutes to cook.

Once they are nice and brown on each side and smelling fabulous, you know your done.

Serve with fries, salad and greek yogurt for your guilt free burger fix. 





xxx

Riverside Farmers Market

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I truly believe in the saying "A Sunday Well Spent Brings A Week Of Content" which is why I bloody love Sundays.

But the reason I love them the most?





For one day of the week, all the best local foodie stalls gather to bring us the most scrumptious selection of goodies.


From the most delicious array of pastries and bread, to the most satisfying vegan brownies, it's hard to leave empty bellied.




Today I finally got to try Mr Croquewich.



Anything that involves bread and gooey cheese, I find extremely hard to resist. Even though it was raining, I still managed to crack a smile with cheese in my teeth over this one.



Here's proof, even though it looks like I left my false teeth at home, I can assure you they were there and thoroughly enjoying every crispy bite.


I went for the Glamorgan Croquewich, which was made up of cheese, leeks and all things delicious. It is definitely worth getting cheese all over your face for and is HIGHLY recommended. It was seriously Gouda..


So then with anything savory, you must wash it down with something sweet. We had tea and chocolate fudge cake from Naturally Kind Food.


Their brownies and cake are fantastic and I always manage to leave with something chocolatey in my bag. 


So next Sunday, if you are just about to go to the supermarket to grab some bits, just pop by the riverside food market first and see what scrummy treats you can get here instead. I saw this graffiti a couple of weeks ago and it made me stop in my tracks. 



Make a trip one Sunday, you won't be disappointed.

xxx


10 Minute Breakfast

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People always ask me how I have enough time to make such delicious breakfasts in the morning. 


Well I'm sure you've got 10 minutes, right? 

I'm very lucky because I've got a man who can cook up a fantastic breakfasty storm in the kitchen, but ask him to present  it nicely on a plate or measure out the coffee and he's lost. So with our skills combined, we have managed to nail the perfect 10 minute breakfast. 

What you will need: A hot man in an apron, bacon, eggs, tomatoes, sourdough bread, avocado and the best ground coffee you can get your mitts on. 

First off, preheat the grill and pop the kettle on. Then let the breakfast making commence. 

So foil your tray up, put the bacon on and lay your sliced Tommy T's next to them, put them in grill and let them sizzle away.


Wait for 2 minutes, then get your water in the pan and let it boil. Crack your eggs in, as soon as you do this put the toast down. (We find smaller eggs are better for poaching)


Meanwhile slice your avo, make sure the coffee is brewing and lay the table. 


Once the toast is popped and lathered in butter, the bacon should be smelling delicious and the eggs ready and runny. 


Work your magic on the plate and ta daaa! You've got yourself the easiest most delicious start to your day, all in just 10 minutes.

Just Pour your coffee, take a second to admire your work and then inhale the whole thing. 


Happy Breakfasting 

xxx

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