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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.

Okra Rice

I first heard about Okra when one of my friends was talking to me about the Indian restaurant Bundobust . She was telling me that the Okra fries are delicious, and similar to courgette fries. Courgette fries are quite possibly my favourite thing in the world, so I wanted to give the okra fries a go.

This meant that I had a large bag of okra left, and it was taking up a lot of room in the freezer, so I started cooking it. It is actually incredibly easy to cook, you basically just have to fry it for about 10 mins (even from frozen).

So, I’ll just tell you a bit about Okra before I write down the recipe. Okra, otherwise known as ladies’ fingers or bhindi, has SO many health benefits. Apparently, it can lower cholesterol, improve digestion, improve vision, boost skin health, prevent certain cancers, strengthen bones, improve cardiovascular health, protect the immune system, lower blood pressure, and protect heart health! Sounds good to me!

okra rice ingredients

Ingredients

  • Packet of microwaveable rice (or you can cook your own rice)
  • 1 big handful of chopped okra (mine was pre-chopped frozen from Asda).
  • Coconut oil
  • Quorn chicken pieces
  • Soy sauce

Method

  • Add coconut oil to a pan, then when it has heated up, add in the okra. (If the okra is icy from the freezer, it will melt and be watery, but its ok).

okra rice cooking

  • Add the onion and Quorn chicken. Stir everything about and let it all cook for about 10 minutes. You can add more coconut oil if it starts to run out.
  • Once it is almost done, add the rice to the pan, and stir it all in. (The rice will soak up any extra water from the okra’s melted ice).
  • Add seasonings if you like, I used paprika, cayenne pepper and chilli powder, (I don’t know what I’m doing when it comes to spices, but it tasted ok).
  • Then its ready to go. I love it with soy sauce ?

okra rice quorn

And there you go! I kept the hob on 5 (6 being the highest) the whole time. This is a delicious and healthy dish, the amount this yields is enough for two people, or you can put half in your lunch box for the next day!