5 Happy Things #16

December 7, 2016

This week’s 5 Happy Things may as well be renamed to 5 times I ate what I wanted and bloody well enjoyed it.

I must admit I’m tiring of this slim down for Christmas BS everywhere at the moment. Slimming down over Christmas just to put it back on between the big day and New Years…? That’s a healthy thing yes? NO. I understand you may want to lose weight but please don’t put the pressure there. You’re more likely to keep it off with a long term plan, not the short term one that Lorraine on ITV is peddling to make you feel guilty every morning whilst you’re eating breakfast. I hate guilt trips.

Anyway. Enough of my rant. Here are 5 times I ate what I wanted in the last fortnight and bloody well enjoyed it….


#1- Christmas Treacle Tart

The recipe for this is going live tomorrow, and whilst it’s not the neatest thing I’ve ever baked, it’s one of the most delicious! You use brioche instead of bread crumbs and add in some spices into the treacle tart filling. Both make it perfect for Christmas and a delicious treat. It didn’t last long for the office bake off last week!


#2- Chi Kitchen Christmas Menu Preview

Mr W and I tried the Chi Kitchen Christmas dinner with a twist. The stand outs were there battered sweet potatoes, tender spiced turkey and fluffy rice. It was different, but delicious! Well worth checking out. Definitely a lot better than our last visit too, which was lovely.


#3- ALL the Chicken at Yard and Coop, Manchester

I was back in Manchester at the weekend and Yard and Coop got in touch with me to check out their menu. I love Yard and Coop, having visited in their early days, so I was excited. We basically ordered ALL the chicken and discovered a cocktail called the Mo-Gin-To. Great times were had! I’ll be posting a more in depth review soon!


#4-  Brunch at Takk, Manchester

We were going to brunch at Tariff and Dale, which turned out to stop serving its brunch menu quite early on Saturday (why not call it breakfast then?!) So we popped next door to Takk. My friend had never been before so was quite excited to see avo pretty much in every brunch menu item, yes Takk is the place for avo in Manchester! We had spicy sausage, avo and poached egg on toast. Perfect fuel ahead of a day of Christmas shopping. Also the perfect lining for plenty of mulled wine…


#5- The Ultimate Christmas Sandwich at Sugar Junction, Manchester

So we were very late for brunch on my last day in Manchester. This is ok because I was mildly hungover so lunch seemed like the better option. We headed to Sugar Junction in the NQ for lunch. I picked the Christmas Stack, a brioche bun filled with roast turkey, bacon, cranberry jelly and slaw, topped with a pig in blanket. Oh my. Oh my. It worked and was pretty perfect. If you’re looking for a Christmas sandwich, forget Pret and M&S, get yourself to Sugar Junction!

What things have you eaten lately and seriously enjoyed? What’s your favourite Christmas sandwich? Let me know in the comments,


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  • Reply Old Fashioned Susie (@OldFashionedSus) December 8, 2016 at 11:31 am

    These all look so good!! Can’t stand any sort of fad diets either

    • Reply MissPond December 11, 2016 at 12:03 am

      Fad diets are the worst! All of the above food was pretty darn tasty 🙂

  • Reply Laura Budd December 7, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    That treacle tart looks so good!

    • Reply MissPond December 11, 2016 at 12:04 am

      It was so tasty and so easy to make 🙂

  • Reply Sarah Irving | Susty Meals December 7, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    I hate the diet pedaling at this tome of year too – in fact I hate it any time of the year! I love the idea of your new name being about food and eating what you like, I think it would catch on with other bloggers. I love my food as it is and recently I thoroughly enjoyed a fresh ‘Real Bread Campaign’ sour dough loaf from Castlefield Market in Royal Mills. Simple, but deliciously soft in the middle and crisp on the outside.

    As for my favourite Christmas sandwich, it would have to be a Christmas Dinner Sandwich consisting of homemade seitan ‘turkey’, sliced sprouts, sliced roast potatoes, cranberry sauce, sage and onion stuffing and anything left over from the main meal. Might sound slightly odd, but I do love a roast dinner sandwich! 😀

    • Reply MissPond December 11, 2016 at 12:05 am

      Me too, if it’s not slim down for a Xmas dress, it’s slim down in the new year for a new year or slim down for that holiday. It’s so BS. Oooh your roast dinner sandwich sounds wonderful 🙂

  • Reply Erica Price December 7, 2016 at 10:20 am

    I’ve missed out on the slim down for Christmas thing, but I completely agree – what is the point?

    • Reply MissPond December 11, 2016 at 12:05 am

      It’s everywhere- magazines/TV/etc! I’m trying to ignore it!

  • Reply Nikki December 7, 2016 at 9:45 am

    OMG they all look amazing! You have made me so hungry lol!

    • Reply MissPond December 11, 2016 at 12:06 am

      Apologies! I wouldn’t be a good food blogger if I didn’t make you hungry 😉

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