Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Our Weekend in Numbers

3D STREET ART IN WHITSTABLE - the red butterflies are made from recycled Coca Cola cans!

1 - number of houses bought*

238 - number of miles covered on Friday's road trip to the Kent Coast

11 - number of awesome vintage shops visited in Whistable and Margate

50,625 - number of chip shop chips eaten on the beach (approx, could be more)

2.5 - number of hours spent cleaning on Saturday afternoon

7 - number of children in the house on Saturday night

3 - number of bottles of wine consumed by their mothers while chaos ensued

4.5 - number of hours spent tidying on Sunday morning after said chaos (including a few necessary - but short - naps)

68 - number of times the lego box was tipped up whilst tidying (approx, could be more)

25 - number of hours spent working


12 - number of Charbonnel et Walker milk sea salt caramel truffles eaten whilst working

7 - number of cups of coffee drunk whilst working

420 - number of tiles bought for bathroom walls

3102 - number of DIY idea pins saved on Pinterest (approx, could be more)


2 - number of roast dinners eaten (YES REALLY!)

4 - number of roast potatoes stolen by Mabel

120 - number of minutes spent watching X Factor

36 - number of birthday party invitations written for Daisy's upcoming part-AY!

How was your weekend? xo

* Yes, we completed on the purchase of our house last Friday!! Autumn Cottage is officially ours and I'm so, SO happy that I was able to take over the mortgage and let the girls stay in their home. Time to start watching YouTube tutorials so that I can crack on with the DIY. First up: tiling the bathroom. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Quinoa Coated Salmon Fingers with Sweet Potato Chips and Spicy Tomato Sauce: A Marley Spoon Recipe

Earlier this year I reviewed the Marley Spoon Recipe Delivery Service. As someone who likes to eat well but is completely useless not particularly good in the kitchen, I thought it was an absolutely wonderful concept; a great way to try new ingredients and recipes, and to ensure you are getting the finest produce - two things that I am especially keen on when it comes to educating the girls about, and introducing them to good food.

As if the original plan wasn't good enough, from the beginning of next month Marley Spoon will be launching its brand spanking new family plan - and I'm excited! These new family friendly kits will offer fast, easy and healthy recipes that can be tailored to suit each family's tastes.

Each week there will be five delicious new recipes to choose from, featuring ingredients that both children and adults will like, starting at just £4.40 per portion.

To celebrate the launch, I am sharing a recipe from Marley Spoon, which is one my girls love.

A recipe by Chef Kate at Marley Spoon.

Photo credit: Alex Freundorfer

350g salmon fillet
3 sweet potatoes
1/2tsp  Mexican chilli seasoning
50g quinoa
40 desiccated coconut
15g corn flour
80g ketchup
1 lime
300g green beans
5g harissa paste
sunflower oil

1. Prepare fries: Preheat oven to 220°C (fan). Line a baking tray with parchment and drizzle with 1tsp of oil. Wash, cut the ends off the sweet potato, and slice into 1.5cm thick fries. Toss in the corn flour; lay out on the baking sheet in a single layer. Fill a kettle with water, boil.

2. Cook fries: Mix the Mexican seasoning with 1tbsp of oil, drizzle over the fries and place in the oven. Cook for 15mins before flipping and cooking for a further 7-12mins or until crispy. 

3. Prepare quinoa: Meanwhile, place the quinoa in twice as much hot water, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 7-12mins. Drain the quinoa, and mix with the desiccated coconut. Wash, then zest the lime, add 1-2tsp zest to the quinoa as well as salt and pepper.  

4. Coat fish fingers: Rinse, dry and cut the salmon into 8 long strips, press the salmon into the quinoa mixture and coat all sides. Heat a tbsp of oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Fry the salmon fingers until golden and crispy on all sides, about 6mins.  

5. Cook beans: Meanwhile, wash, trim and halve the beans. Add to a small saucepan, cover with the just boiled water and, cook for 3-5mins. Drain the beans and return to the pan. Add the remaining lime zest, 1tsp of oil, a pinch of sugar, salt and pepper and keep warm. 

6. Mix ketchup and serve: Mix the harissa paste with the ketchup, cut the lime into wedges. Divide the fish fingers and sweet potato fries between the plates with the beans. Serve with the spicy ketchup and a wedge of lime to squeeze over the beans and salmon. 

Getting a delicious, hearty, family dinner on the table every evening is about to become a whole lot easier! Excellent work, Marley Spoon!

There Ain't No Party like a #DocMcStuffins Twitter Party!

There is excitement in the air at the cottage! Today a courier's van pulled up outside and delivered a huge (and I mean H--U--G--E) box full of Doc McStuffins goodies. The reason? On Thursday 15th October, from 1-3pm, we will be hosting our very first Twitter party!

Doc McStuffins is one of the girls' favourite TV shows, and we are all very excited about having some friends round to play vets with the new range of Pet Vet toys! We've been sent the Doc McStuffins doctor's role play dress up set, the Pet Vet veterinarian bag and interactive Doc and pets, as well as lots of prizes for the games we'll be playing, and magazines, mini figures and healthy treats to give away in party bags at the end of the afternoon.

And you guys needn't go home empty handed either! Join in the fun and games with us and @UKMumsTV over on Twitter using the hashtag #DocMcStuffins and you could be in with a chance of winning some awesome prizes too! Put it in your diary now, and we'll see you on 15th! xo
© Modern Mummy. All rights reserved.