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Salami & Co Review

Salami & Co.

10 Market Place, Otley,  LS21 3AQ

I visited Salami & Co. in July, it was a bright sunny day and the lovely town of Otley in West Yorkshire was busy as it was the day of the annual Otley Food and Drink Festival. The market place was closed to traffic and the traders were setting up their stalls and beginning to sell food of all descriptions to the early morning crowd. Having heard great things about Salami & Co. I was pleased to finally get a chance to visit! It is, in fact, a dog-friendly coffee house and not as its name may suggest, a delicatessen. It is called Salami & Co as Salami is the name of one of the owner’s dachshunds.

salami&co

I visited with my parents, and their dog, Dolly the Greyhound and Fifi my Romanian Rescue dog. Fifi is small enough to not cause much of a ruckus when we go to cafes, but Dolly with her long limbs and lack of understanding of the word ‘sit’ is a bit more difficult, and if you take her to a small cafe then everyone has to climb over her when she sprawls out all over the floor. So taking both of these dogs out somewhere is a real test of whether a place really is dog-friendly, and I’m pleased to say that Salami & Co. certainly is.

dining dogs

The place has a relaxing atmosphere and friendly, attentive staff and is easy to find being on the Main Street. The tables are quite high, perhaps intentionally so that your four-legged friends can lie comfortably underneath, which Dolly and Fifi both did for a brief moment! There are dog bowls, blankets and mats provided, and there is also a variety of drinks and treats which look good enough for human consumption!

hound menu  dog treats

The food that was being brought out to the other customers looked good and was well presented (very instagrammable!) and portion sizes seemed about right. There is an excellent selection of good quality coffee, which, by around ten on a Sunday morning is always a welcome sight!

salami&co coffee

For my breakfast order, I predictably chose the smashed avocado with a poached egg on sourdough, with feta cheese, roasted red peppers and chilli. It was absolutely delicious and sustained me throughout the rest of the day. I loved the little flower on top – it’s attention to detail like that which really makes a place special. You can tell that the husband and wife team running this operation really care about making their customers happy.

Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous this crockery is!

smashed avocado toast

The service was fairly fast as it was quite early and the place just had a few customers but I imagine it could get busy at peak times. The prices are what you might expect from a trendy coffee-house, a little on the expensive side, however, the food is all good quality and most definitely worth it. If you own a dog, or just like dogs, this is certainly the place for you! Some places just claim to be dog-friendly, but Salami & Co. really is, and they cater to every need your dog could have! If you feel like treating your dog to even more than just a Puppuccino, then they have a whole variety of lovely collars and leads in the little shop area near the front door.

dog-shop   dog things

Enlivened by our coffee we gathered up the dogs and left the delights of Salami & Co to head to Wetherby Racecourse so Dolly could hang out with her pals at the Northern Greyhound Gathering, a review of which can be read here.

If you enjoyed this post, you can find out about our day at the Yorkshire Coast here.

Spinach and Cottage Cheese Cannelloni

This recipe will last for a couple of mealtimes. You can pack it up to take to work, or enjoy it at home in the evening. You can make your own passata if you feel like it, but I find the Tesco Garlic & Herb Passata does the job just fine. This recipe is based on Slimming World’s Baked Cannelloni recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 8 Cannelloni Tubes
  • 225g Spinach, washed and trimmed
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 225g Natural Cottage Cheese (fat-free)
  • 450ml Passata
  • Sprinkling of Vegetarian Parmesan Style Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Basil leaves (or dried basil)

Method:

  • If the spinach isn’t washed and trimmed.. wash it and trim it

weighing spinach

  • Place the spinach in a pan with a couple of table spoons of water for 3-5 minutes, then drain thoroughly
  • When the spinach is in the sieve, press down on it to squeeze all the excess water out, then chop it up

spinach sieve

  • Put the egg yolk in a large bowl, then stir in the cheese and chopped spinach

cannelloni ingredients

  • Stuff the cannelloni tubes with the mixture, then lay in a tray
  • Pour the passata over the cannelloni then sprinkle some parmesan on top
  • Cook in the oven on 200°C/180°C Fan/Gas Mark 6 for about 25 minutes – you can check if it’s done by sticking a fork in.

Top Tips:

If you’re short on time, buy pre-washed, pre-trimmed spinach! If not, you’ll have to spend about ten minutes just sorting through it all.

In order to get the filling into the tubes, you can scoop it up on a knife and shovel it in that way.

It may seem like there is too much Passata, but the more the better. If there isn’t enough then the dish will dry out and burn in the oven, so just keep pouring it on so it is bathing in it.

If you’ve got a surplus of filling, just stir it in to the sauce. It doesn’t look as nice, but waste not want not!

Half way through cooking, you can stir the pasata about to make sure that there is still enough covering the cannelloni.

If you really don’t like cottage cheese, you could use a light cream cheese instead 🙂

Serve with a salad or a garlic bread, and enjoy.