Scouse at Maggie Mays

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside…

So, I’m not sure how much you all know about Liverpool, but it was a very important historical seaport. The people from Liverpool are called Scousers (and people from nearby are amusingly called Plastic Scousers). I thought you might like to know why…

The word Scouse comes from ‘lobscouse’ and it is traditionally a type of beef or lamb stew from the Denmark region. Many sailors would eat this food and brought it to the seaport Liverpool. It became very popular here and every family seems to have their own recipe. If you look in all the guide books however, the place to go is Maggie Mays in the centre of town.

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It’s very quaint and rather a large restaurant, where you go up to the till to order and pay. I like mine with beetroot on the top, but as it’s a stew, you can pretty much bang anything you enjoy on the top. It was pretty delicious, a bit pricey for what it is, but it’s the best in town! Jason and I both agreed that his mum’s Scouse is better, but you can’t beat that home-cooking taste. If you don’t have a local to cook for you, I absolutely recommend you pop in and fill up you tummies on this delicious meal!

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Address: Maggie May’s, 90 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4HY

Sapporo Teppanyaki Liverpool

We like to party…

So if you have a birthday to celebrate or just want a fun evening out, I would recommend you try out Sapporo Teppanyaki. It’s all a bit bizarre, as Sapporo is the main city on the Northern Island of Japan and although the meal is meant to be Japanese-style, not one person in the restaurant was Japanese and in the 5 years I lived there, I never had a show-and-play with the food. What I loved though, was sitting in front of a massive hot steel plate and having a personal waiter come to the table to cook for you right in front of your nose.

There are a lot of places that have these kinds of seating arrangements in Japan – but normally the waiter brings you something and you cook it yourself. Typically this would be okonomiyaki. Here in Liverpool, you choose some tasty starters (we got gyoza meat-filled dumplings and a plate of tempura – basically a random load of deep-fried prawns and veggies).

Everything tasted very fresh and came with some lovely sauces. My favourite was definitely the white garlin sauce – om nom nom!

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The fun part of the experience is the waiters. They throw around their knives and bottles, chuck food into (or near) your mouth for giggles and will set the entire table on fire. I caught a pretty smashing photo of that actually…

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It was quite hard to pick what we wanted from the menu, in the end we got terriyaki chicken, duck and pork and I’m a little sad we didn’t order the salmon as it looked amazing. It is cooked in front of you and then you get a bowl of rice and noodles alongside it.

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It’s a bit of fun if you don’t mind getting a potato thrown at your head (happened to me without any warning) and sharing tables is okay with you. We went with my dad (second from left) and his best friend and his wife (sadly we didn’t get a photo of all of us). It’s a good giggle for a celebration and next time I’m wearing a hat to protect my head and ordering the salmon!

Cookbook Club

I can resist everything… except temptation…

Yes, you read the title correctly. We have joined a COOKBOOK CLUB! It’s amazing and fabulous and everything and more than you are currently imagining. Let me give you some details.

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A group of people meet in Delifonesca in Liverpool. We all purchase (or borrow from a library etc) the SAME cookbook. This month it was Jamie Oliver’s Everyday Super Food. Then every attendee picks a recipe and makes it for the whole group! They’ve even cleverly made an Excel sheet that you fill in with what you want to eat to make sure no one is cooking the same thing! Brilliant!

If it’s your first time, you don’t need to bring any food, just pay the £5 to join in the evening and then any drinks you purchase. Jason and I loved the idea so much, we decided to get stuck right in. We made the cosy squash soup with chickpea salad flatbreads (p. 122) and the super-food protein loaf which is wheat-free, gluten-free and tasty (p. 68). I have to say both were delicious, especially the bread – it was super easy to make and it came out perfectly. I’m not a big recipe-follower, I kind of chuck in a bit of this and a bit of that, but here I felt like I needed to follow the instructions completely, so the other members wouldn’t think I’m cheating – haha.

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Mmmmmm, here is the chicken, the winning lasagne and the muffins on the left

Here is the delicious bread we made and the chickpea mix is in the background

Here is the delicious bread we made and the chickpea mix is in the background

What I love the most about this idea (other than chatting to some lovely people and EATING) is that it gives you a chance to properly go through a recipe book. We own a whole load of cookbooks that we both have one or two recipes that we use all the time. The rest of the book is never attempted or even looked at. From this Cookbook Club evening, we discovered a whole load of recipes in the same book. Now we know which other things we want to try and make and also very importantly, how they taste! They also tried a new thing, which was to vote for your favourite dish – January’s winner was the lasagne, which was just divine! We also got to taste sweet potato muffins, chicken stew, 4 different nut butters and a bean casserole. Such a wonderful idea and we’re already excited for February – we shall be using a Korean Cookbook called Kimchi! Finally I will be making kimchi!

For more info and to see which book we’ve chosen for the next month, check out this link :)

Moon and Pea

May the force be with you…

I’ve found my new favourite cafe in Liverpool already. As soon as we arrived we grabbed an Independent Liverpool card, which gives you a free drink or percentage off your meal at local restaurants. There are no big chains involved, just small cafes that aren’t run by massive corporations. I love finding a hidden hot chocolate that can’t be beaten and Independent Liverpool makes it so easy!

Moon and Pea was top of my list of places to try in Liverpool. I’d heard only exciting things about Lark Lane and it’s all true! This street has tons of cute places to grab a bite and this one is wonderful. Just look at our breakfast if you’re still unsure:

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I had the most perfectly done eggs and Jason went for the full English breakfast with black pudding! Luckily we had eaten a snack beforehand, so Jason couldn’t finish his off, so I happily helped to scrape those potatoes and sausages into my mouth. Everything was delicious. The place was so full we had to wait for a table and yet still the staff had time to come and say hi and ask if we were enjoying the meal. It’s got a great atmosphere and they played Michael Buble, so it’s a sure-fire hit for me…

The fun doesn’t stop at the point when you pay the bill either. We got 10% off with our Independent Liverpool card as well as a free coffee with a breakfast menu. They put a few Drumstick lollipops on the tray and I already can’t wait to go back :)

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Address: The Moon and Pea, 64 Lark Lane, Aigburth, Liverpool, L17 8UU

Calm down calm down…

We’re oop norf…

Sorry lovely readers, we’ve been so completely swamped with things to do and STILL having no internet, that we’ve not been able to write any posts for a while… but we are back!

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So, a quick update: we’ve found the most lovely of lovely apartments. We started off by looking for a two bedroom house, but the Estate Agents completely ignored what we were asking for. We wanted something ready to be moved into immediately and near Jason’s family. The places they suggested were mostly miles away and the ones we saw were either covered in rubbish (literally – the previous owners hadn’t bothered to even clean up their trash) or needed a lot of work. In the first house, I touched a wall and my hand came away wet. The places stunk of smoke or mould and the bathrooms were grim, in one place they hadn’t even bothered to clean the toilet. We were a bit gutted, as having lived in an apartment in Berlin, we were ready for our own house with a garden, but on the off-chance we had a look at a two-bedroom new build flat and we both fell in love instantly. The carpet is so very soft and lushious and the building is one year old, so no mould, no holes and no problems.

We actually wanted to stay in Berlin purely for our apartment, but we eventually realised that’s not really a good excuse to stay somewhere. It was so big and spacious and incredibly cheap… but to our amazement our new place is even lovelier. Our massive super-king-sized bed just about fits in the bedroom but the double king we brought back from Germany didn’t fit into the spare room, so now we have an office. It’s got Jason’s computer/ nerding-out area and my sewing and crafting area. It’s just all so lovely and we’ve made it homely already. I don’t want to move ever again!

We are loving Liverpool and there’s lots of fun things to tell you about. We’ve explored Lark Lane, China Town, the main shopping area and lots around there too. So keep reading for more :)