2017 has kicked off and one is really trying to be healthier this year. I am power walking, Swimming and Dog walking which is blowing away the cobwebs and having an über positive impact. I’m chuffed to report back in week one I’ve lost three and a half pounds. I decided to make some super healthy burgers and chips for Supper last night. I have to say the Burgers were the best I’ve tasted. I gave them a Middle Eastern twist and served them with a lovely lemony and olive oil dressed salad, potato wedges Yoghurt , Garlic, cucumber and mint dip, Hummus and whole meal Pitta.
In a bowl I combined 200 gms of minced lamb and 200 gms of mincedbeef. I added in one really finely chopped onion, one egg, a teaspoon of Sumac, a chopped handful of Coriander, the juice and grated zest of one lime and sea flakes and black pepper. I mixed this thoroughly with my hands, formed a large mound of meatiness and broke off 10 equal balls rolled them and flattened them. I then grabbed a large non-stick frying pan, heated some Olive oil and pan fried my patties for around 3 minutes on each side. I gave them a good squeeze of lemon, sprinkled more coriander and Hey presto. The wedges take around 35 minutes to cook on 180 degrees centigrade so had poppped them in 20 minutes earlier. To keep up the lightness of the dish, I popped the cork on a delightful Gavi from Waitrose priced at £11.99 and worth every penny.
Swansea has never featured on my bucket list of places to explore. My daughter however had Swansea as her first choice for Uni so this weekend we paid our first extended visit. Firstly on collecting a starving child we checked in to the Marriott. Probably not my choice next time to stay there as quite tired, coupled with a large Wedding party who seemed to have monopolised the place. Kudos to their stamina though, dancing from 5pm until Lordy knows when! We dropped our belongings off and had a wander. Location fabulous, as you leave the back of the hotel, stunning beaches to wander for ever on. We were recommended two great eateries by Michelle on guest relations, the first, we had dinner at Bouchon de Rossi which was just a ten minute stroll away from the Hotel. I loved the ambience and the menu and chose Langoustine Thermidor and a Fillet au poivre. Both my dishes were cooked to perfection, tasty and hit the spot. Service was a little intimidating and not as fluffy as I would have liked however Wine was lovely – a sublime example of a buttery and elegant Viognier. I slept not too badly considering the Wedding guests were still knocking around at 4.30am, then I guess the empty booze bottles had to be emptied somewhere, sadly for us it happened way too early on a Sunday morning and directly under our bedroom. Untederred, we had breakfast before wandering off to the Mumbles for a bracing walk. Wow, what a spectacular place, absolutely stunning coastline and sandy beaches coupled with fish and chip air, rows of beach huts where families were taking in one of the last sunny days before Winter. We opted for lunch at Langlands Brasserie. What a tremendously busy and fabulous place. Now sitting firmly as one of my favourite dining spots. The Sunday Lunch menu was extremely well executed and priced, service was really excellent considering the volume of people to serve. My Moules, Bouillabaisse washed down with a good ol Gavi were just the ticket. I cannot wait to return to pick up the daughter for Christmas, just need to find a good local Boutique Guesthouse to frequent for the next four years sporadically. The Langland Cove B&B looks promising……..