Steak n’Chips with Onion Rings and Curry Sauce

Happy Valentines Day everyone! Himself and myself were supposed to go out for a romantic meal for valentines day, however, I wasn’t feeling 100% so we decided to stay in and cook (aka I cook!!) So I got the thinking … Continue reading


Diet? What diet?

When we (hubby and I) got a rare opportunity to have an afternoon out together (requiring a drop off to a party for no.1 and a babysitter for no.2), we decided to have a lunch date. My friend recommended The BallyMore Inn, in BallyMore Eustace, Co. Kildare, a ten minute drive from where my friend lives, meaning we could drop no.1 to the birthday party and escape!

We got a late Lunch booking at 3pm (when the kitchen finishes) and requested a table with plenty of room (for my cast!) we arrived at 3.05 and were shown to our table. Dieting was furthest from my mind and we ordered starter and main each, chicken wings for himself and pâté for me.

While we waited for our starter, we were given warm fresh bread with a divine roast fennel and garlic oil dip and a pat of fresh butter. The oil dip was so good we bought a tub from the a kitchen Shop when we were leaving.

We have a long standing habit of ordering chicken wings in a new restaurant, these were lovely but we prefer them a lot spicier! The pate was delicious and came with toasted brioche and tomato chutney which was very tasty.


For main I chose the sirloin steak with red wine butter, it came on a bed of celeriac mash, which I have never tried and I am now converted! In a small bid to be healthy, I ordered a salad instead of fries and it too was very good and I’m getting to really like having a salad with a steak now, it’s a good habit I’ve formed since joining slimming world.


Himself opted for a steak sandwich with fries, I pinched some of the grilled red onions and they were yummy! Fries were skinny and served in a cute paper cone.


We couldn’t not have a dessert, so we decided to be extra romantic and share one. At this stage it was about 4.15pm, we were the only diners left and were concious that the waiting staff needed to be getting on with the dinner set up but our waitress was quick to reassure us that there was no hurry and we were welcome to take our time! We chose the warm homemade brownie with vanilla ice-cream, and asked for a scoop of praline ice-cream as well! It was absolutely gorgeous, so nice in fact that I asked for the praline ice-cream recipe which Georgina kindly sent on to me and I will make soon!


We lingered over coffee, looking at photos of the kids and chatting. What’s rare is wonderful and our date was so lovely we didn’t want it to end, not a bad thing to say after 6 years of marriage!
Unable to resist, we bought homemade pesto (to which no.1 is now addicted to on pasta), the fennel dip, humous and some chocolate chips for baking!

Overall the meal was great and We look forward to a return visit.

Recent Dinners

Here are some dinner ideas from during the last 2 weeks since I started in Slimming World.

This is a version of the “Tricolour Carbonara” from the SW books. My husband, who does not normally like carbonara said it was the nicest he ever had – it’s really light and very tasty!

I was doing a freezer hunt for the day’s meals and found a ham fillet at the bottom and decided to cook it, when it was cooked and I cut into it, it had a lot of fat running through the centre, which I hate so I decided to trim every single piece I could see off and cut the ham into small cubes to throw into a salad or carbonara. The carbonara I made by frying the ham cubes in a hot pan until slighly coloured, then softening a leek in fry light with a clove of garlic, added a chopped green chilli and a handful of frozen peas. I added dashes of water to keep things from sticking/burning. Meanwhile had pasta (250g wholewheat spaghetti) and in a bowl whisked 2 egg yolks with 3 tablespoons fat free fromage frais and 20g Parmesan grated
When pasta cooked, drain, keep a little of the water in the end, throw in the leek and bacon and take off the heat and stir in the egg and ffff mix and stir well.
Divided into 4 bowls and sprinkled with a little grated Parmesan.
(30g Parmesan is a healthy A but it’s split between 4 portions here)


Friday Night Food – Burger and Chips SW Style

Junior1 had great fun making these with me. Into the food processor went a small onion which was finely chopped then salt and pepper, a tablespoon of ketchup and some dried oregano. We shaped them into burgers (“big one for daddy, medium for mammy and small for me”) and onto a hot griddle. The chips made in the usual way and I put the burgers into the oven after they were sealed.

I used a brown burger bun (from tesco) as my healthy B and some low fat Chedder cheese, rocket and tomato, with chilli ketchup and some cherry tomatoes on the side. Better than a Chipper take away any day 🙂


Sirloin Steak with soy, ginger and honey glaze, with stir fried Veg and wholewheat noodles. I got the recipe from a Food Club i’m in on a forum, the recipe called for Duck, which i’m not a big fan of so I griddled the sirloin and made the glaze. I used a tablepsoon of sesame oil in the veg (3 syns between 2 servings) and soy sauce, and just a drop of soy on the noodles. Really really tasty.