WIAW – What I ate in Nottingham!

Happy Wednesday everybody!  Hope you’re all having a great week 🙂

It’s Lil’ L’s birthday today… he’s 8 already! Where did all that time go?  Scary!

Just  before we head out for his birthday trip, I thought that I’d show what we ate last Sunday for this week’s WIAW event, hosted by the gorgeous Jenn @ Peas & Crayons.  As we were in staying in Sherwood Forest for the weekend, we had totally different eats to my usual WIAW entries.  Apologies in advance for the poor quality of the evening shots.  The photos were taken on my phone (yes, I’ve now worked out how to take photos on the smartypants phone 🙂 ) but the lighting was v. poor in the restaurant.  Anyway, here goes… WIAW on Sunday…

Since we’d forgotten to bring ANY food to our log cabin residence in Sherwood Forest, M nipped to Tesco and bought us each some breakfast treats.  For me, he got some Dorset Cereals Fruits, Nuts and Seeds Muesli, a carton of Innocent Fruit Smoothie, and some Clippers Nettle Tea (he knows me well 😉 ).  This fuelled me up perfectly for our bike ride in Sherwood Forest 🙂

Snacks am
Half way round the Kitchener Trail, we stopped for a snack.  We each had a Nakd bar, which are made of raw fruit and nuts.  They’re pretty expensive, but on offer in Tesco at the moment, so we bought 4 bars.  This time round, I tried the Pecan Pie bar.  It was nice, but Cocoa Orange remains my favourite Nakd flavour 😉 

By lunchtime, we were ravenous.  Our all-time favourite lunch when we’re out biking is baked beans on toast.  It fuels us up really quickly and seems to digest quickly (for me anyhow).  Normally when I eat, I have to wait 2 hours before I can exercise otherwise my stomach starts cramping.  However, after beans on toast, I can easily get back on my bike within 15 minutes 🙂

So, after the beans on toast, we got back on the bikes and did the Kitchener Trail all over again 🙂

Snacks pm
Giant pretzels and some dark chocolate 🙂

For our evening meal, we travelled into Nottingham city centre.  I was hoping to have dinner at my favourite cafe in the UK… the uber cool Alley Cafe Bar.  Unfortunately, by the time we got into Nottingham on Sunday evening, it was closed 😦 

If you’re ever in Nottingham, you must try this cafe.  It has the most amazing vegan cheesecake and milkshakes that I’ve ever tasted.  Just make sure you don’t turn up there on a Sunday night 😉 

Instead, we crossed the road and went into Las Iguanas.  Though this is a chain (there’s one in Bath too), the food is pretty good.  There was a good ambience in the Nottingham restaurant (great Latino music playing), plus the guy that served us was really helpful… especially when I asked if they could make me some vegan burritos as the veggie ones all had cheese in them.  So, here’s what we ate… apologies again for the dodgy photos.

Bread and olives, which we quickly devoured 🙂 

Then I had the Sopa de Calabaza (spiced up butternut squash and coconut milk soup).  Really yum, but very spicy.  My mouth was totally zinging after this.

For my main course, the kind chef made me a vegan enchilada, filled with spicy roasted butternut squash, peppers and other veggies, and topped with a spicy tomato sauce.  This came with lemon and coriander rice, and refried beans.  Totally delish! (the photo doesn’t do it justice).

Lil’ L had the veggie fajitas, which he quickly devoured.  For dessert, he didn’t choose the fresh fruit option, but instead opted for the other healthy dessert… chocolate brownie and ice cream 😉

We had a great night at Iguanas and it reminded me how long it’s been since I made fajitas and enchiladas at home.  We used to eat them all the time, stuffed with roasted butternut squash, sweet potato, peppers, mushrooms, spinach and refried beans.  I’ll definitely have to make some soon!

Right, that’s me done!  When Lil’ L’s in bed tonight, I’ll pop along to the WIAW party and see what y’all eating!

Happy WIAW everyone! xx



Filed under Biking, Breakfast and Elevenses, Dinners

16 responses to “WIAW – What I ate in Nottingham!

  1. That meal looks delicious! Shame that cafe was closed, if I’m ever in Nottingham I will be checking it out for sure!

  2. I never thought of baked beans over toast. What a great Idea. I have a crock pot recipe for beans, I should try that…thanks for the suggestion! Happy WIAW!

  3. What great eats in Nottingham. It is always so nice when the kitchen is accomodating to your needs (and the dinner looks fantastic, even if the photo was taken on the smartypants phone).
    Looking forward to possible recipe sharing from your Iguanas visit!!!

  4. I used to live in Nottingham and I never went to that cafe – it sounds like I might have missed out.
    Thanks for the tip about beans on toast. I’m always looking for easily digestible meals. The night before my half marathon I was craving baked beans – great workout fuel!

    • When I lived in Nottingham, the venue was a really cool, cheap cocktail bar. I wasn’t disappointed though when I found out it had turned into a vegan cafe. It’s a very cool cafe, playing great music and the BEST vegan cheesecake I’ve ever tasted! I was gutted that we missed out on a visit to the cafe on this trip 😦
      I’ll have to plan another trip to Nottingham very soon!

  5. Happy Birthday to your son! Looks like you guys had a great time and ate some fantastic food. I’ve never had baked beans on toast. Must try!

    • Here in the UK, we’re brought up on baked beans on toast. It should be made our national dish lol! We have whole isles in the supermarkets dedicated to baked beans. The Heinz variety is the most well known and well loved.

  6. That day was filled with so many delicious eats!! I havent had bread with beans in such a long time, but I do know that I love it 🙂
    I really dont mind a little bad lightning, when the food looks THIS good! Yum, that dinner looks fantastic! Especially that soups 🙂

  7. 6 years ago, before I went veg and studied nutrition, if you asked me to eat beans i’d run away… now I LOVE them and beans on toast intrigues me! I totally want to try this combo! =)

    and btw YOU’RE the gorgeous one! Love you mucho! I cant wait to see photos of your pantry before and after!!! =) take lots! =) and happy belated WIAW darling!

    • Ah thanks Jenn, you’re a star!
      Do your supermarkets seriously not stock ‘baked beans’ (haricot beans in tomato sauce)? They’re missing a trick! 😉

  8. Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog

    All of your eats look amazing! I am really intrigued about the spiced butternut soup. It sounds tasty! 🙂

    • The soup was really tasty, but a bit too spicy for me (I think it had a gazillion chillies in it).
      I must have a go at making this soup while I can remember what it tasted like. If it works out, I’ll post the recipe 🙂

  9. Markio

    Mmmm. Beans on toast; top grade fuel in my opinion and not too heavy half way around a bigger bike ride that stops at a cafe (the best kind of bike ride). I’ve probably been eating them since I had enough teeth to chew them; I think it’s great that the word is spreading… Use Heinz baked beans if you can get them; generally considered the best by baked bean snobs. Like me.

  10. What a great day of eats. Beans on toast, yum! Your vegan enchilada looks delicious. I love mexican style food. Looks like Lit L and I sahre the same b-day! Happy birthday to him. 🙂

  11. I’ve just read on the Heinz beans website that between 1941 and 1948, the Ministry of Food classified baked beans as ‘essential’ in the rationing system (http://www.heinz.co.uk/ourfood/beans/didyouknow). How funny is that? Definitely should be classified as Britain’s national dish. It’s far nicer than roast beef or fish and chips 😉

  12. Yummy eats! I love “innocent” fruit drinks 🙂

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