Saturday, July 20, 2019

Harrogate Cheap Eats: Nutrition Joe's

Nutrition Joe's is a cafe adjoining the Gambaru gym on Station Parade in Harrogate. Their focus is on good food cooked healthily and their menu shows this. Erin and I went for a late breakfast/brunch. I really like the decor inside as it's all wooden chairs and tables. It looks rustic but is really comfy.

After checking out the menu I opted for the Super Protein Pancakes with Yoghurt & Blueberries (£6.50) and Erin had a Bacon Breakfast Roll (£4.50) with Potato Wedges (£2.50). Coming in under our £15 budget at £13.50. We both had lemon water to drink.

My pancakes were yummy, really crisp and tasty with the yoghurt & blueberries (which were the tiniest blueberries I've ever seen). Erin enjoyed her bacon roll which was in a lovely looking brioche bun. She wasn't so keen on the wedges, complaining they tasted 'too much like potatoes'. Haha, I finished them off for her and I thought they were great.

There's plenty on the menu in the Cheap Eats range. Wraps, soup, eggs benedict (someone on the table next to me had this and it looked delicious!), omelettes and salads. There are also lots of delicious looking low fat cakes on offer too. They seem very accommodating with the menu which is great if you're trying to eat healthily or can't eat gluten etc.

Give Nutrition Joe's a try, your body deserves it.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Photo Challenge Week 4

It's the Final We-ek, doo doo doo dooo, doo doo doo doo doo etc. Yes, that's right I've finished the challenge. Hurrah :D

INSECT - A tiny little bee busy at work keeping us humans alive.

 METAL - A chained gate I passed by on a walk.

 OLD - This is part of Ripley Castle. A Grade I listed 14th-century country house in North Yorkshire.

 SHAPE - I love the shape of trees. All the branches reaching out from a central trunk.

 TIME - This sun dial was in a graveyard I visited. It was positioned under a tree though so there was no sun to help me tell the time.

TRAVEL - One of my favourite thing about the UK is all the Public Footpaths. You see signs everywhere in the countryside showing you where there are paths for walks in the countryside. I really like seeing them.

WEATHER - These wind turbines are lined up on the east coast in Redcar. I like to see windmills anyplace but along the coast seems such a great idea. We should have them on every coast since we're an island.

BOOKS - A section of my to-read bookshelf. A book my sister got me, a book a freind recommended, a book I won, a book a colleague lent me, a book JD passed on to me. Books are great and they connect people together too.

FOOD - I take food pictures all the time for my food blog but never really just some food I'm eating right then. This is my breakfast from this morning. Greek yoghurt, granola, blueberries and honey. Delicious and a good start to the day.

I've enjoyed taking pictures for this challenge. It makes me think more about places I visit when I'm looking around for pictures that fulfil a photo prompt.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing the pictures I've taken. :)

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Cheeky Burger 29: Tuna Burger

Making a burger from canned tuna is a really handy recipe to have since you can easily make it from non-fresh ingredients you can keep in the cupboard. I've tried making various tuna burgers before but they never hold together very well. Let's see how this one works out!


3 cans tuna
3/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon parsley
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 egg
Salt & pepper

Mix ingredients together and form into patties. Cook in a frying pan with a little more oil.

As you can see in the picture a couple of the burgers did break up but also a couple managed to stay quite solid. When the burgers are done transfer them to bread buns adding in some salad and mayo.

The burgers were really tasty. Quite solid to the bite with a lovely taste from the seasonings. The best thing was the crispy bits around the edge from frying. Yum! We all enjoyed them (when I say all, I mean everyone except Erin who only eats chicken burgers) so I'll probably make them again.

Ratings: Emma - 4, JD - 3, Leigh - 5

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Harrogate Cheap Eats - Tak Yan

Tak Yan is a Chinese Takeaway on King Edward's Drive in Bilton, Harrogate. A couple of years ago JD and I discovered that they open at lunchtimes and since then we've bought lunch there several times.

They sell all the usual Chinese food options but our favourite is the Noodle Box for £6. You get a box packed full of meat, vegetables and noodles. There are 6 varieties, my choice is always the Hot Box. Egg noodles with chicken, beef and pork plus vegetables in a chilli sauce. It's delicious and really filling. The noodles are cooked to order so you have to wait maybe 5-10 minutes but it's worth it for a fresh-cooked lunch.

It's a great lunch out as long as you remember to take your own forks and don't mind eating your lunch on a bench. It's a takeaway so you can't eat in but we often sit on a nearby bench next to a church. We've also just eaten in the car if it's raining. A lunch out is a lunch out wherever you sit!

We feel the noodle boxes are really good value at £6. You could even have a can of soda and stay under our £7.50 cheap eats budget but we prefer just to take our own water. You need it if you pick the Hot box, it's spicy!

Visit Tak Yan for your own delicious Hot Noodle Lunch :)

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Watch The Birdie!

My sister Sally and I have decided to embark on a serious birdwatching challenge! We're going to attempt to complete the i-spy Birds 1000 points total and become super-spotters. You get a certificate and badge if you do it :D

The book is full of about 150 of the birds you're most likely to spot in the UK including a few rarer ones for big points. I've already got my first one.

It's déjà vu because a few years ago I started the same challenge with my Dad. For Father's Day I got my Dad an i-spy bird book and one for myself and challenged him at spotting the most birds. He was recovering from illness at the time and I hoped it would help him walk a little each day and speed up his recovery. He did much better than me for the first few months spotting all kinds of birds in his garden. But then sadly he became ill again and never recovered. 

Earlier this year Sally lent me a book by Alex Horne called Bird Watching Watching. In it the comedian joins his Dad in doing a Big Year (trying to spot as many different birds in one year as possible). He wants to get closer to his Dad and find out why he enjoys birdwatching so much. It's a nice read and quite comical too.

After reading the book I was feeling tempted to try a Big Year myself and asked Sally if she wanted to try. We talked about it but decided it was a bit ambitious. We did want to feel closer to Dad by knowing more about birds though. So when I left my job recently and one of my leaving gifts was this i-spy bird book I encouraged Sal to get one too so we could have a go at this slightly easier birdspotting challenge.

Dad was quite knowledgable about birds from going out walking with his Dad when he was younger, but I'm not sure he'd want to be called a birdwatcher. He did watch birds though, at home in his garden at the numerous birdfeeders he put up. He took these pictures among many others.

He also watched birds out on walks. Here he is at Great Armscliffe trying to get a picture of his beloved Red Kite.

He also enjoyed trips to Staveley Nature Reserve where they have hides you can watch birds from.

So now it's our turn. Sal and I are going to try learn a bit about birds. Watch this space for exciting bired related updates!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Photo Challenge Week 3

Another week, another set of pictures. I've had a good week for getting out and about taking photos. Here we go!

BLACK AND WHITE. Ripon has a lovely old Victorian bandstand. I remember when I was a kid lots more places had bandstands like these including Harrogate. I really like them.

BIRD. Ducks on the River Ure. It was hard to take a picture because they were both busy grooming their feathers. So vain!

GREEN. JD and I like to sit on a blanket in a field sometimes. It's peaceful and relaxing. This lovely green scenary is perfect for the green prompt. Green grass, green bushes, green trees.

 RED. I love the bright red of this postbox in between the green hedges.

 STATUE. This one is of George Frederick Samuel, Marquess of Ripon. La-di-dah!

 YELLOW. Buttercups!

YOURSELF. Here's me in my new job which I started this week.

That's all for this week. Just one more week to go :)

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Oh Burger! 28: Chicken Parmesan Burger

Chicken Parmesan is one of our favourite family meals so I'm interested to see what everyone thinks of it in burger form. I forgot to buy mozzarella when I ordered the shopping and realised about 2 minutes into making tea. Luckily JD was on hand for a quick dash to the local Sainsbury's. Hurrah!


500g chicken mince
1 jar marinara sauce
1 ball mozzarella
bread buns

Form the chicken mince into patties and coat them in a mixture of breadcrumbs and parmesan. Cook the burgers as usual in a frying pan until done. Transfer to a baking tray and top with a layer of mozzarella.  Warm up the marinara sauce. If you can't get marinara sauce you can reduce down passata and add herbs/ salt & pepper to it.

Grill until the cheese melts and bubbles. Serve on a bread bun with a good dollop of tomato/marinara sauce.

Mixed reviews from the family! Erin really didn't like it and wouldn't eat the burger at all. JD and Leigh kind of liked it, they ate it but weren't that impressed. I quite liked it. My first bite tasted just like a mouthful of chicken parmesan. The sauce kept it from being dry with the breadcrumbs and the mozzarella had melted into it's delicious stringy form. Ah well, you can't win them all :)

Ratings: Emma - 4, JD - 3, Leigh - 3 and Erin - 1

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Harrogate Cheap Eats: Drakes Fish & Chips

Drakes Fish & Chips Restaurant is on Knaresborough Road behind the Drakes Fish & Chip shop. Leigh and I called in for our lunch there one Saturday after having a walk by the river in Knaresborough. 

It's a nice light restaurant with plenty of tables, not squashed too close together. We had a look at the menu. I ordered a Fishcake with chips and Leigh wanted a chip butty so I got her chips and a breadbun.

The food came and while it's not the best presented food (it's made in the fish and chip shop adjacent) it does have decent sized portions. We had water and breadbuns but usually everything is served with tea or coffee and bread & butter. Our food cost just £5.40 in total!! Talk about Cheap Eats! There's a few other items on the menu for £7.50 or less, you could get Pie and chips, Burger and chips or Chicken Goujons and chips. The Fish and chips is just over our budget at £8.25 but it's not bad considering it comes with tea or coffee plus bread and butter like I mentioned earlier.

This restaurant is a great way to enjoy your Fish & chips meal inside if it's a bit cold to eat them outside. I can recommend the Fishcake at just £1.50, it's huge!

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Photo Challenge Week 2

I've been out and about taking more pictures for my Photo Challenge. I really like how that when I'm out walking now I seem to notice more because I'm looking around for picture opportunities. I hope you like them!

BUILDING. I walk past this old chapel often. Built in 1896 it's been converted into a B&B now.

TREE. You might have noticed that I really like cherry blossom trees. Here's another one. I love the shape of this one.

DOOR. I really like the shape of this door on a lovely house near the local graveyard.

FLOWER. I love seeing the wild garlic flowering at this time of year. It's everywhere and looks so pretty.

WINDOW. I really like the windows of this old Sunday School building. The coloured glass panes remind me of my Great-Grandad's house when I was a kid. I loved looking through the different colours to see the outside change colour.

CHURCH. I walk past this church on the way to my new job and I love how the spire looks against the clouds. It's called West Park United Reformed Church, it's a Grade II listed building and has been there for over 150 years.

BLUE. This beautiful bush I pass on my walk to the local shops.

That's it for Week 2. 14 pictures taken and 16 more to go. :)

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Playing Silly Burgers 27: Turkey Burgers with Corn Salsa and Avocado

I've never been keen on avocado but JD likes it so we're giving this burger a try! I made up the corn salsa using tinned sweetcorn, chopped yellow pepper, cucumber, onion, salt and pepper. It looks so bright and fresh, I love it.


500g turkey mince
bread buns
garlic powder

corn salsa

Mix 1 teaspoon of cumin, garlic and paprika in with the turkey mince and mix well. Form into burger patties and cook according to preference in a frying pan.

When ready assemble your burger. We used toasted oven bottom muffin bread rolls because they're our favourite. Layer up lettuce and sliced avocado on the bottom bun then the burger topped with mayo and corn salsa. It's time to consume your creation!

JD, Leigh and I really enjoyed this one. Turkey mince makes for a good meaty burger and the added flavourings made it tasty too. The corn salsa is a nice addition that gives plenty of crunch to each bite. I didn't really notice the avocado as I ate the burger, not sure if that's a good or bad thing. This is one of our favourite burgers so far.

Ratings: Emma - 4, JD - 4.5 and Leigh - 4

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Harrogate Cheap Eats - I Am Doner

I Am Doner resides at 30 Station Parade just opposite the bus station. I'd been keen to try it ever since it opened because I'd heard good things from a few people. JD and I visited one lunchtime to check out their menu.

It's the perfect Cheap Eats place, currently everything on the menu is under £7. Berlin Doners, Salad Boxes, Rice Boxes and Street Cart Fries. It all sounds delicious too!

JD and I both opted for the House Special Berlin Doner Kebab. (£6.95) "Chicken, doner, falafel and grilled halloumi with tomato, feta, onion ,carrot, coriander, pickled pink cabbage and roasted vegetables, all drizzled in chilli, mint, garlic sauce". The guy serving us asked if we wanted all the sauces so we tried it all.

There is a small eating area with stools and a counter but we chose to take our kebabs and walk up to the benches near the Queen Victoria statue.

THE KEBAB WAS AMAZING!! Christ, it was the best kebab I've ever eaten. With an almost perfect balance of meat to veg to sauce going on. But it didn't even seem like eating a kebab because it was so good. I do love a kebab but it's more of a guilty pleasure usually. This kebab was quality. Quality ingredients, quality meat, quality sauce. I loved it. I can't wait to try more of their menu.

I love their philosophy of providing quality kebabs. Viva la revolution! The founder Paul Baron has obviously put a lot of thought and work into making the perfect kebab. If you're not already convinced by my enthusiasm then consider that 10p of every sale goes to a local cause and that all their packaging is 100% plastic free. Great work, I Am Doner.

Seriously, give this place a try. You won't be disappointed.
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