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.

Previously on Harrogate Cheap Eats:

Cafe Rita

Palm Court Cafe

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Photo Challenge Week 1

I've always wanted to do one of those Photo Challenge things where you take a picture every day based on a list of prompts. I've never really had time to go looking for what I'm supposed to capture every day though. I've decided to just do it in my own time so it's more enjoyable and less stressful. Photography is a nice cheap hobby to have if like me you just use your camera phone.

I'll break the pictures up into 4 blog posts showing the pictures I've taken to represent each picture prompt. I hope you enjoy my pictures! :)

First up was ANIMAL. I took this picture on a recent walk with JD. These young cows followed us across a field but backed off when I tried to stroke them. I did eventually get one to lick my hand with it's huge gross tongue.

BRIDGE. Another walk with JD over the sunny Easter weekend. Bonus second bridge in the background.

LOOKING UP. This picture looks like it's in the countryside but I actually took it in our local Weatherspoon's beer garden whilst having lunch with Erin. I love cherry blossom trees and this white one above us was really pretty.

WALL. I love stone walls in the countryside. It's very Yorkshire. My Dad once told me that on really hot days you can sometimes see tiny lizards between the stones but I never have yet.

WOOD. I saw this carving while on a walk with Leigh next to the river in Knaresborough.

LOOK DOWN. More cherry blossom but this time covering the ground under the tree. So pretty!

 WATER. The River Nidd in Knaresborough. Just upriver from my favourite swimming spot.

That's all my pictures so far but watch this space for more!

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