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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.

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

If you realise your bananas have gone brown and spotty here is an excellent recipe that needs them to be very ripe

Ingredients

200g self-raising flour
1/4 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
75g butter
150g castor sugar
2 eggs, beaten
450g (about 3 large) bananas

Method

Mush the overripe bananas in their own bowl

mushing banana

Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a bowl
Cream the butter and sugar together
Add the eggs a little at a time alternately with the flour

baking banana bread
Stir in the remaining flour and the bananas
( chopped walnuts and or sultanas can be added at this point if you like)
Tip into a 2lb loaf tin, greased and lined with grease proof paper

banana bread tin
Bake for 11/4 hours at 180 Degrees C, gas mark 4
Tip out, remove the paper

banana bread cooking
Cool on a wire rack
Serve cut into slices and spread with butter

Once cool wrap in foil and keep for 24 hours before eating for an extra flavoursome treat.

Carrot and Coriander Soup

Carrot and Coriander Soup

This is a delicious warming soup which is easy to make and reheat.
It makes a light lunch or enjoy it as a comforting snack when you get in from work, rather than heading for the biscuit tin!
If you use a vegetable stock then it is suitable for sharing with your veggie friends. Actually, I like to use Marigold Swiss Vegetable Bouillon for any recipe that requires stock.
I use the following quantities for about four servings, but they are all approximate and rather depend on what is in the vegetable rack.

Ingredients

2 onions
6 carrots, washed and chopped
1 potato, washed and chopped
1 heaped teaspoon ground coriander
Fresh coriander, finely chopped, but reserve 4 sprigs for garnish
1-litre vegetable stock

Method

Chop and fry the onions. Fry in a splash of olive oil and a knob of butter (if available) making sure they don’t burn.
Add ground coriander and stir for a couple of minutes.
Add carrots and potato and stir briefly.
Add stock, bring to the boil and cook for 20 mins until all the vegetables are soft.
Add the chopped fresh coriander for a couple of minutes.
Blend everything together, reheat if necessary.

To serve

Pour into bowls, add a swirl of cream if desired,
Add a sprig of coriander for decoration.

Delicious with hunks of fresh baguette!

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!

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.

Chinese Chips

It really is no secret that I love chips, especially the chips from the local Chinese takeaway. I set upon a mission to make my own healthier version, and here it is. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • Frozen oven chips
  • Pepper cut up into chunks
  • Onion chopped finely
  • Courgettes/ broccoli/ any other veg that you like
  • Coconut oil
  • Spices

Method:

  • Place the frozen chips and veg into a large mixing bowl
  • Scoop some coconut oil into a cup and microwave until melted
  • Pour the coconut oil and spices over the chips & veg, and stir so all is coated.
  • Cook according to the instructions on the chip packet (usually on 220°C for about 20 mins).

If you preheat the tray in the oven before pouring the chips & veg on then there is more chance of a really crispy finish.

Bircher Muesli

This is a versatile and tasty cupful of joy that can be enjoyed any time of the day.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp chopped apricot and raisins
  • Sprinkling of blueberries and any other fruit you like
  • 1 cup almond milk/ oat milk

Method:

  • Add the oats and chia seeds and mix together
  • Add the fresh & dried fruit followed by the milk
  • Stir, shake and refrigerate

 

If you are enjoying this at home then a mason jar works well, but you could use tupperware or a travel mug if you are taking it to go.

Frozen berries work really well in this, especially if you are making it in the evening to eat the next day.