Alan Hooper

  • Hawaiian Skewers

    Hawaiian Pork Skewers with A Sag Aloo side

    After doing the weekly shop, I spotted a bargain in a Pork Fillet. It is a great piece of meat to start with and I’m often surprised at it’s price. I wanted to do something different with it. I spotted an idea for a barbecue item, but in the middle of January we grilled it […]

  • Newcastle Eagles Basketball


    Newcastle Eagles Basketball at Sport Central

    A damp Friday morning in Newcastle and I was on route to an even damper Rothbury. Just as I shut the door of my van I spotted a message. “I have 4 corporate tickets for Newcastle Eagles Basketball, for tonight if you fancy them?” We had been racking our brains for something different to do […]

  • The Funky Indian Sunderland


    The Funky Indian, Sunderland

    The Funky Indian, is based next to the Winter Gardens in Sunderland town centre. We passed it on our Snowdog Trail in 2016. But Every time we walked passed the windows and peered in it looked empty. We’d heard good things about the place, but from the outside it looked like no one was home! […]

  • Chicken and Bacon Pasta

    Chicken and Bacon Tagliatelle Recipe

    After all the in depth cooking of Christmas, here is a Quick and Easy Recipe with ingredients you may already have in stock. Bacon and Chicken is a great combination as the two meats flavour combine really well. Also Chicken and Bacon are relatively cheap to purchase. I believe that I cooked this meal with around […]

  • Disney Moana Review


    Moana – Disney’s Moana Review

    Moana has taken control of the Disney Princess parade (OK she’s not a princess). We’ve recently come back from Disneyland Paris, where we managed to catch up with Moana (Called Vaiana there). As soon as we knew she was available for a meet and great we needed to get a photo. Our two wanted her […]

  • WInter Wonderland at Wynyard Gardens

    Wynyard Hall Gardens – Winter Wonderland

    It was the 4th of December and all through the house, was Tinsel and Baubles, bits of loft insulation and a 7ft tall fake Christmas tree (in pieces). Yes we decided to get Christmassy a little later this year. Usually we’re the 1st of December, but we had too much going on. Today was one […]

  • Zapatista Ridley Place

    Zapatista’s Festive Burrito Filling at Ridley Place

    We were getting into that Christmas spirit and while twisting tinsel onto the tree and cursing over broken fairy lights, we started to think about the Panto we were off to see at the Tyne Theatre (Beauty and the Beast). But then I started to think… food! Zapatista’s Festive Burrito We’re big Mexican food fans in […]

  • UK Blog Awards 2017

    We’ve been nominated for the UK Blog Awards

    I’ll say it again in smaller text… We have been nominated for the UK Blog Awards in the Parenting category. Back at the beginning of January 2016, Catherine and I thought it would be fun to document our experiences with the kids. After all we’ve got loads of photographs that we’ve taken, but never quite […]

  • The Days of the Raj Gosforth


    The Days of the Raj – Gosforth

    The Days of the Raj has bee around in Gosforth (opposite Asda), for many years now. It is a sit in restaurant, but also serves up takeaway. I’ve got to admit that I have had a love hate relationship with the place. Last time I went to order the British meal of choice Chicken Tikka […]

  • Crab Rangoon Recipe

    Crab Rangoon Recipe

    We recently invited Samantha and Steve Rickleton and Chloe and Simon McGuirk over for cocktails and nibbles. The idea was to have a few themed cocktails and ideally some connected nibbles. My theme was Disney, but mainly the Disney World resort Hotels official cocktails and food. Then a Crab Rangoon recipe caught my eye. Just […]