Guinea fowl thighs with bacon

Again and again I walk into my local supermarket and straight to the meat and fish section to find something to make something worth writing about. This time I saw the guinea fowl thighs, I rarely see them as they mostly just stock full birds, so I snapped them up.

I rifled through the isles to find something to go with it, I picked some thick cut bacon lardons and an onion squash. Here was the resulting recipe!

Ingredients:

4 Guinea fowl thighs
200g bacon lardons
Dash of white wine (50ml)
Rapeseed oil
Pepper

1onion squash, peeled and chopped
A little oil
Salt
Pepper

prep:
preheat your oven at 180\gas mark 7

Method:

Place the squash on a tray and sprinkle with salt and pepper. place in the oven.

Add 1 tablespoons of rapeseed oil to a large non stick frying pan on a medium/high heat, followed by the bacon.

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Fry the bacon until it starts to brown, then add the wine. Stir the bacon and wine to lift the sediment from the bottom of the pan and simmer for 2 minutes.

Add the guinea fowl, and fry gently on each side for a few minutes until browned.

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Remove everything from the pan and place in an oven proof tray, sprinkle with a little pepper, then place in the
oven for around 20 minutes.

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After 20 minutes check the squash has softened in the middle. browned nicely around the edges and that the guinea foel thighs juices are running clear, then serve with your favourite green vegetables and enjoy.

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Ed’s hotdog stand, meadowhall shopping center.

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When out on a day of shopping, especially post Christmas,  it’s always vital, for your own sanity, to break up the repetitive jumps from packed clothing shops teaming with January sale hunters to toy shops full of kids with their freshly full little pockets brimming with Nana’s Christmas money.  This year we decided to hit the shops early so we could get in and out quickly, but this also meant the need to quench mid shopping hunger pangs struck early.

To find somewhere to replenish our quickly depleting fuel tanks we wandered into the food court of the meadowhall shopping center and ambled around wondering what we could really justify eating at 10:30 in the morning, as let’s be fair, tapas or pizza just isn’t usually a plausible option to me before the sun is past the yardarm. This brought us to Ed’s. Situated in the central part of the food court it is bright and stands out. Ed’s brings what you would expect from a place playing on the ‘American style’ experience that is becoming increasingly more popular in the UK at the moment, offering hot dogs, milkshakes and malts as a quick option rather than the full ‘USA’ grill or restaurant experience offer by its other branch located just upstairs.

The menu – As mentioned the menu offered a selection of milkshakes, soda’s, malts and hot dogs as an alternative offering to the constantly busy vendors surrounding you in the food court, while also giving them a presence on both floors. The menu doesn’t offer a lot but it serves its purpose, giving you the choice of around 4 hotdogs. A normal hotdog, a cheese dog, a BBQ dog and a chili dog which are all available in regular or large sizes. The milkshakes are quite extensive but cover most of the usual flavors you would expect to find. 3\5

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Service – Polite but quite slow. Not going to lie it was a little poor given the fact its sole purpose is for a quick bite to eat while on the go. Being left waiting for 15 minutes for a large chili dog, one regular and one large milkshake doesn’t sound like much, but if you added a few more orders to the queue you could be there a fair while longer. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt though it was 10:30 and we were probably among their first customers, nether the less, if you’re not 100% ready for service it will always reflect badly. The staff on the whole were friendly and couldn’t apologise enough when the card machine was not working correctly and losing signal. Credit to her for her patience and her manners whoever she is. 3\5

Taste- The milkshakes were very tasty, I had a peanut butter and banana deluxe and my partner had a straight banana one. They had a good thick consistency and weren’t too sweet, which is a pet peeve for me with milkshakes. The chili dog, a hot dog topped with a layer of chili beef served on a soft white roll, was OK but really benefitted from the addition of the tangy cheese sauce for a small supplement but didn’t justify the total fee paid as it tasted like something I could throw together at home for a fraction of the price. 3\5

Value for money – In total the visit to Ed’s cost me around £14. For 2 milkshakes and a hotdog this is pretty poor. The hotdog alone cost nearly £6, and then I was asked to pay an extra £1 for the cheese sauce. For that kind of money I would expect at the very least a meal deal or a small helping of fries. Ridiculous pricing when you can get 2 meals of similar quality at any chain pub. Not great. 1\5

Overall not an amazing experience and not somewhere I would recommend or go out of my way to return too. next time I go to Meadowhall I will probably try somewhere else. Sorry Ed, not bad but there’s some definite room for improvement.

3 out of 5.