The Ultimate Shroomaloumi Burger

Mushroom Halloumi BurgerFancy burger chains are popping up everywhere in Liverpool – Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Byrons, even Nando’s do mushroom and halloumi burgers – but they come at a price – you won’t pay less than £10 for a meal (and you have to pay extra for chips, what?!). I like the idea of a simple food like a burger being made all gourmet – with fancy cheeses, relishes and veggies piled high so I thought I would create my own ultimate burger – taking all the things we love the most from eating out and putting it in my own fabulous burger! The mushrooms and halloumi are marinated so do this step a couple of hours before you want to eat (If you are super organized do it the day before and pop in the fridge for 24 hours)!

You will need (for 2 burgers): 2 large flat mushrooms, 2 burger buns, 175g halloumi cheese, olive oil, peri peri sauce, 2 garlic cloves, mixed herbs, lemon juice, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise.

Take a large flat dish (I used a casserole dish but a mixing bowl would be fine) and pop 4 tablespoons olive oil, 1 pinch of mixed herbs, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 1 teaspoon peri peri sauce into the dish. Crush your garlic and add this as well. Mix everything together so all the ingredients are combined.MarinadeChop you halloumi into big chunky slices, peel the mushrooms (they soak up the flavours better) and take out the stalks. Put these in the marinade and rub the marinade all over the halloumi and mushrooms – then cover with cling film and leave in the fridge.

DSCF1527Place the mushrooms and halloumi on a baking tray, drizzle any leftover marinade on to the tray and pop on the grill for 7 minutes – make sure you keep an eye on them. Now for the important part – assemblage! Spread some mayo on the bottom of the bun, then layer lettuce, tomato, mushroom, halloumi, lettuce, mayo – perfect! Serve with some homemade chips (check out the recipe on the beer battered halloumi page)

This is one of my fave meals – the marinade adds a lovely subtle flavour and flat mushrooms and halloumi is a match made in heaven. It’s good to have veggie dish with so much flavour, this would be great to have at a BBQ or having friends over watching a film.DSCF1558Love, Mrs Gardom

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It’s Scouse Day!!! Blind Scouse Recipe


DSCF1485So today is International Scouse Day – if you are unaware of the delights of Liverpudlian cuisine, Scouse is a thick chunky stew served with crusty bread and it dates back to 1706, and is traditionally a dish eaten by sailors (according to Wikipedia, anyway). My Grandad makes the best Scouse in the world. That’s just a fact. I remember eating it as a little kid in my Grandparent’s dining room – awesome. Blind Scouse is the term for Scouse without meat (don’t worry though this one doesn’t involve boiled animal bones) – it is Scouse day and we shall eat Scouse! Here’s how…

You will need: 1 large onion, 3 large carrots, 4 large potatoes, 200g lentils/ pearl barley broth mix, 700ml water, 1 vegetable stock cube, salt.

Soak your pearl barley mix in hot wtaer for as long as possible (most people say overnight but I’m never that organised, an hour or two will be fine). Chop up your carrots, onion and potato and pop in a large pan. Add your water and then put your stock cube in the pan and crush it with a spoon. Then add you barley mix. Have a good stir, pop a lid on the pan and leave for an hour. DSCF1472Give another good stir, add a bit of salt and pepper, and a splash more water and leave for half an hour. Season to taste (I think it should be really salty) and serve with crusty bread and loads of butter.  2014-02-28 18.38.49This is the ultimate homely, wholesome, tasty tea. A proper English classic. I love my city, and the fact it has it’s own dish is awesome. If you’re a Liverpool local or have never heard of the stuff, give it a try!

Love, Mrs Gardom

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Making the Most of Days Off


I mentioned in my post on New Year that this year we are going to make the most of the time we have. It’s so easy to get trapped into doing housework or watching crap on telly and you blink and it’s 12 o clock and you should be going to bed. So yesterday Sam had the day off and we decided to make the most of it. We had a lovely lie in all morning, and then we got up and dressed and went out for lunch, which we haven’t done in ages! We went to a new chinese buffet (Tai Pan on Hanover Street if you’re interested) and it was lovely, especially the tiny puddings. Then we went to HMV, Sam bought a couple of vinyls (Avenged Sevenfold and The Temperance Movement) and I bought the Dark Knight trilogy on blu-ray as a treat. We got home, put Batman on and watched the whole trilogy in one go with a big bag of popcorn and some chocolates we still had from Christmas. And that was it. But it was the nicest day we’ve had in ages, just the two of us, 3 awesome films and some epic chinese food. Being married and spending time together isn’t about spending loads of money, or going on holiday or even leaving the house. It’s about chilling with your best friend in the world doing the things you love. 2014-02-13 08.21.09

Why We Love Records

As I have said before, me and Sam are big music fans. Sam did Audio Music Production at uni so we have a pretty snazzy sound system, and a record player. There is something so lovely about listening to vinyl, the crackles, knowing that the order you are listening to was thought up by the band 20, 30, 40 years ago, hearing a whole album through. I was chatting to Sam’s 13 year old cousin a couple of weeks ago and he thought that albums were completely pointless, he said why don’t you just download the song you actually want. But that isn’t the point. I think it’s sad that my generation doesn’t get the buzz of tracking down a record you really love (I found Simon and Garfunkel’s debut Wednesday Morning 3am from a charity shop last week – and then listened to it about 15 times, bliss!) and don’t get the concept of sitting and listening to an album just because it is awesome, not as a background. The album art, the lyrics booklet, the information about the band on the back of the sleeve – it’s an experience.

So there is my ode to vinyl albums, now which to purchase… we are very lucky as my father in law has awesome music taste and gave us his hi fi and the records we wanted (Thanks Steve!), we also live in an awesome city which has some great record shops, like Probe Records near the Bluecoat, Cult Vinyl in Grand Central Hall and a pretty awesome Oxfam on Bold Street.

Here are some of my favourite records – Led Zeppelin Destroyer.

Led_Zeppelin_-_The_DestroyerThis is a bootleg of a Led Zeppelin gig in 1977 and it is awesome, the improvisation, the endless guitar solos, the way each song blends into the next. Led Zep are a band I will forever wish I could have seen but this is pretty much as close as you can get in 2014!

Paul Simon – GracelandGraceland_cover_-_Paul_SimonI love, love, love this album. My dad had it on tape when I was little and we would listen to it in the car. I managed to find it in the Music Consortium Vinyl Emporium which has unfortunately shut down now, but it really is one of the best records. The african rhythms, the incredible harmonies of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the amazing lyrics. We also were lucky enough to see Paul Simon play the whole album through in Hyde Park for Hard Rock Calling in 2012 – awesome!487335_414495475254643_190520160_nUFO – ObsessionUFO-Obsession-505238This album is great, Sam listened to it when he was younger and remembers it from when he was a kid. The songs are catchy, almost poppy but it is still a great classic rock album.

ABBA – The Best of ABBAlpbestboxfrontEverybody loves ABBA, I don’t care whether you wear a suit, a leather trench coat, orange overalls, tie dye harem pants, there is no human out there who won’t smile when Dancing Queen comes on. It’s cheesy, it’s poppy, it will always put you in a better mood and this is the ultimate collection (I nicked it off my dad).

Black Sabbath – We Sold Our Souls For Rock N RollWe+Sold+Our+Soul+for+Rock+n+Roll+disc+2+313s6MzRAgLSam loves Black Sabbath and this record has a lot of their really good songs in one place. It is a good looking album, it has artwork inside, you can flick through and read about them, which is what records are all about.

Simon and Garfunkel – The Concert in Central Park

2e0cf839231a3b966d9b6370d310d4ecd7208907You may have noticed I’m a bit of a Simon and Garfunkel fan and this is one of their best albums. Again, it’s a gig I would have loved to go to (unfortunately I wasn’t born) and it is just incredible, their harmonies are stunning, their song writing is amazing, and it is one of those albums you can listen to again and again.

Rainbow – Down to EarthRainbow+-+Down+To+Earth+-+Clear+vinyl+-+LP+RECORD-470055This is one of Sam’s choices. It has a really good selection of songs, it is catchy and has awesome riffs . It is one of the rare albums where every song is good – you know them all and they are brilliant.

The Beatles – 1967-70Blue67-70We couldn’t have a list of records without the Beatles. This collection is amazing, in only three years some of my favourite songs of all time were written and performed by the Fab Four.

So there we go, a tiny selection from our extensive collection. Music really is amazing, and listening to vinyls is an experience that not enough people enjoy, so have a rummage through your parents records and buy a cheap record player.

Love Mrs Gardom