Chiquitos! (Take Two)

For the second time a girly meal has ended up at a lovely time in Chiquitos! The one that we go to in Nottingham is in the corner house and is such a great atmosphere. It’s fair to say that we were a little early (half an hour, oops) so as soon as we got there we hit up the bar and I have to say the prosecco is second to none. When we got to the table I was straight away trying on the sombreros having a great time. Anyway let’s get away from the Mexican hats and onto the food!

For starter I went for the Beef Chilli Tacos and they were divine! I had them as a main last time and they were just as good but there’s something about the mini size that intensified the flavours. The onions were soft and sweet although they were hard to eat with the taco because the kept falling off. The cheese was nice and not too strong for my taste and the sour cream was delicious although it wasn’t evenly spread on all of the tacos and was just dolloped on the top one. The salsa was nice, clean and fresh, but every time I went in for the dip half of the beef fell out! It was such a delicious starter and I’d definitely have it again.

For my main I went for a flatbread and chose the chicken, chorizo and sweetcorn medley. It was like a pizza but not, if that makes sense, and it was delicious. The base was nice and crispy, bread-y and pastry-like at the same time, and on the menu it said that there was a tomato sauce on it but there wasn’t a considerable amount and I like a lot of sauce so that was a bit of a let down. The peppers were soft and the cheese was tasty and not over whelming. The chicken was soft and delicious and the chorizo and sweetcorn were really tasty. The only problem that I found with it was that the coriander that was on top of the flatbread was very overwhelming and I just found myself picking it up. Overall very good and the perfect portion size because normally I don’t finish a pizza but I wolfed all of this down.

For dessert I nearly went for the churros again but I thought I’d try something different and instead went for the chilli chocolate fondant. I’ve always wanted to try the chilli chocolate combination and it was so good. I expected it to be quite spicy but instead it was a normal chocolate flavour with an after kick that made things interesting. It came with honeycomb ice cream and an orange sauce on top of the fondant which were both delicious. The fondant was perfectly oozing and the portion size was perfect. It was an all round great meal!

Kind Of Christmas Biscuits

I’m a big lover of festive biscuits like gingerbread and things full of spice but sometimes it can all get a bit too much. Me and my family love these biscuits, so much so I went to get one of these out of the tin today and they were all gone. Upsetting. They are super delicious and pretty much impossible to get wrong. You’ve got to love Mary Berry, she’s the best!

Ingredients:

  • 75g semolina or ground rice
  • 140g plain flour
  • 75g light muscovado sugar 
  • 75g cocoa powder
  • 175g butter
  • 100g chocolate chips

Put all of the ingredients into a bowl and rub in the cubes of butter with your fingertips until it looks like breadcrumbs.

Work the dough together, it takes a lot of working, by warming it up and compacting it together.

Roll it out on a floured surface to 5mm thick and use a cutter (I went with christmas trees for the festive season) to cut them out, pretty obvious.

Put the biscuits on greaseproof paper on a tray and put into the oven on a 160c (fan) heat for 20-25 minutes.

Take out and leave to cool for a few minutes then transfer to a cool rack, wait a little bit and then enjoy! I am in love with these biscuits!

Food Day Thirteen

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Starter-Creamy Mushrooms
This starter was full of flavour. The texture of the mushrooms were nice as they were not too hard or too soft. The pastry was nice, it was puff pastry which isn’t my favourite but it was a mixture of crispy and soggy so I thought it was really nice. the sauce lived up to its name as it was nice and creamy.
8/10
Main-Roasted Duck
The duck was dry again, as I had it at the beginning of the holiday and it was the same. Some parts were moist but on the whole it wasn’t, however the crispy skin made up for it. There wasn’t much colour on the plate other than the pod peas which made it look not that appealing to eat. The sauce was really nice but there wasn’t enough of it and the mushroom risotto was tasteless. 
6/10
Dessert-Ivory Chocolate Mousse
It was a white chocolate mousse and was really tasty. There were a variety of berries on top which went really nicely with the mousse. The portion size was just the right amount.
9/10
This meal was good but the duck let it down quite a bit so I’d give this meal a 7/10. 

Food Day Twelve

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Starter-Spinach Dip 

I didn’t really know what to expect with this dish but it was very nice. The spinach sauce type stuff was topped with melted cheese and it was full of flavour and was nice and creamy. It came with warm tortilla chips which were tasty and there were a good amount of them. I liked this as it was different from any other starter that I’ve had before.
8/10
Main-Pork Scaloppine Oscar
This was very strange and interesting. It was a thin piece of pork covered in a cheesy creamy sauce  with white crab meat on top. It was a very strange but a nice combination. The crab was really delicious, the mash was creamy and the asparagus. The pork was a little tough to cut but wasn’t chewy.
7/10
Dessert-Warm Chocolate Cake
This was delicious. It wasn’t really a chocolate cake, it was more like a fondant without a melting middle. It was very chocolatly, had a nice texture and a nice portion size. Yummy!
9/10

Another good meal but I could have thought when I ordered not to order too many creamy things as it all got a bit creamy so I’d give it an 8/10 because it was still very tasty. 

Food Day Two

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Starter-Bay Scallop Gratin
I thought that this was so tasty. It came in a little metal dish which had holes where the scallops were and then the oil and gratin was over the top. It came with bread to dip into the oil which was nice but I would have liked a little more. The gratin was flavoured with garlic which is one of my favourite flavours so I really liked that and it went well with the scallops. Overall it was a little small and I would have like a little more bread with it but the flavour was great.
8/10

Main-Roasted Duck
The duck was a little dry but the skin was really crispy which I really like so that kind of made up for it. When mixed with the sweet berry sauce the duck became more moist and had a good flavour with the other elements of the dish. The cabbage was really soft and sweet with balsamic vinegar and I think was the star of the dish. The potato croquettes were also delicious. I would have liked some more sauce to moisten up the duck a little more. 
7/10

Dessert-Chocolate Souffle
I thought that this was very disappointing. It had a marshmallow texture which was very strange for a soufflé and it didn’t have much of a chocolate flavour at all. The only redeeming factor was the espresso sauce but other than that I was disappointed.

5/10

Overall I thought that the starter and the main were really nice but the dessert let it down so I’m going to say it was a 6/10.