A Recipe! 15 Minute Thai Prawn Curry

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There are oodles of recipes for Thai curries out there, but I haven’t come across that many before that are super-speedy, and that don’t require some element of ‘faff’. We love a curry, but often after a busy week and when it comes to Friday night, there is the temptation to just order a takeaway, rather than having the bother of slogging away in the kitchen. Well, we have that worry no more, for we have adapted our favourite Thai prawn curry, and have got whipping it up in 15 minutes down to a fine art- and you can too!

You will need:

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 shallot (or half an onion), finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp Thai green curry paste
  • 125ml coconut milk/cream
  • 75g sugar snap peas
  • 85g large cooked and peeled prawns
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • small handful coriander, chopped, to serve
  • Noodles or microwave sticky Thai rice to serve

Instructions:

  1. Heat the oil in a wok or large saucepan.
  2. Add the shallot and garlic, and stir-fry for 1-2 mins.
  3. Add the curry paste, coconut milk and 50ml water. Let this simmer for 2 mins.
  4. Add the sugar snap peas and cook for 1-2 mins until they begin to soften.
  5. Add the prawns, soy sauce and lemon juice and heat through.
  6. Stir in the coriander and serve straight away with the noodles or rice.

Linking up Honest Mum Vicki and ‘Tasty Tuesdays’

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Him and Her #3

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 When his sister asks to paint,

he will often claim he doesn’t want to do any,

yet always stands by her side and joins in,

getting very messy in the process!

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She is now the perfect height

for their toy kitchen,

when it only seems like yesterday

that she could barely peer over the top.

The First Day (Take Two!)

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On Monday we chartered familiar, yet also unfamiliar territory, for it was Sasha’s first day at preschool, joining her elder brother.

When it was Freddie’s first day 15 months ago, I felt a bundle of nerves (although trying not to show these!) and it was a BIG DEAL him going- he suddenly seemed so grown up and I wasn’t used to not having him around. It took us all a little while to adjust, and was a big parenting milestone. This time around, I’ve felt slightly guilty that it hasn’t really played on my mind too much that my little girl will also be going to preschool, and that I haven’t worried at all about leaving her, even though I did with Freddie. Whilst I knew he was ready for new adventures, it did fill me with some angst leaving my first born with people other than family. It doesn’t mean I don’t care or worry about my baby girl though- I guess the preschool is now so familiar to all of us, the staff, the routines, we all just instantly feel more comfortable. She has the HUGE confidence booster of her brother going with her, or being there already when she arrives (which was much needed on the third day this week, when she was a little clingier leaving me. As soon as she saw F sitting for a story on the carpet, she let go of me, and happily trotted on over to her brother).

I am so proud of how Sasha has coped with this new transition this week- no tears as you might expect, and big smiles on collection, before a stream of chatter about what she got up to in my absence. I am equally proud of her brother, who has really looked after her each session and introduced her to all of his friends, although according to preschool the novelty of having little sis hanging around when there are ‘train routes’ to be travelled and ‘castles’ to be climbed with pals, could be wearing off just a tiny bit… 🙂

I’m confident that she’ll soon find her own path, and her own friends and interests there, as well as the shared ones with her big brother.

…and I’m also secretly hoping that preschool means there will slightly fewer requests for painting, as opposed to the current daily ones (see above pic)! 😉 

 

Linking up with Katie at Mummy, Daddy, Me and ‘The Ordinary Moments’

Siblings – January

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This is a big month for these two sibling-wise. Sasha started her first days at preschool with Freddie this week, joining him for 2 afternoons, and then they both do one morning together. She is doing well so far, and we’ve been especially proud of how F has looked after his little sister- showing her where her peg is and how to hang up her coat, where the toilets are, and introducing her to his friends. When I came to pick them both up at the end of their Monday session, Freddie ran up excitedly to me and said “I helped Sasha wipe her bottom, but I couldn’t pull her trousers up!”. That’s true brother/sister love for you eh?!

Apart from the one or two daily scraps over toys/what’s going on the telly/who does or does not have their teeth cleaned first, they are getting on really well. It’s now much easier for us in terms of them entertaining themselves, and each other- I feel a bit of a spare part sometimes! Now they will go off and play with their Peppa figures and make up all sorts of imaginary games for ages, which is really great to see (and the stuff they come up with is bizarre! There’s no lack of imagination in this household!). They are also getting better at sharing and taking turns.

It has been really quite challenging at times with a 15 month age gap, but now having one so small is starting to pay off and it really feels like having twins a lot of the time, in terms of their shared interests and ability to properly play with each other now. Would I recommend it? Yes, but it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted, or for lovers of sleep!

 

Linking up with Lucy at Dear Beautiful and ‘Siblings’

Him and Her #2

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 He loves going down the curly-wurly slide,

again and again and again,

he’s such an ‘outdoorsy’ little boy who needs to get

out and about to burn off excess energy!

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 She has got back into all things drawing

and crafty after the Christmas lull, and

loves to to copy her big brother by

pretending to write her name.

Home Styling: Mid-century kitchenware

Set of 4 1960s Vintage Soup Bowsl and Matching Plates

Recently I’ve been having a mahoosive love affair with mid-century kitchenware- honestly, it’s the sort of love that would mean that I could have a house full of the stuff, and would run out of space displaying it, no matter how big my kitchen could be! In my shop, I’ve been stocking several bits and pieces, but my problem is I always want to keep them for myself- I have to be ruthless in order to have anything to sell! As we head into 2015, mid-century (so stuff from roughly 1933-1965, although people still seem to count 1970s too) is the sort of homeware/ kitchenware I want to be sourcing and stocking more of. There seems to be more demand for it right now, which is fine by me as a small business owner, although maybe not so much if you’ve always loved it and felt original for doing so! I inherited some lovely pieces from my Nan, and have kept some/sold some. I was looking at my kitchen shelves whilst working the other day (I know, the perils of working from home means I can suddenly be distracted by the most obscure thoughts!), and have the urge to rearrange them with some of my collection.

Whether it’s Meakin, Pyrex or Catherine Holm, the right piece(s) displayed can really brighten up and become a great talking point. There are some great online shops stocking some lovely pieces at the moment (including mine, natch). I always find it amusing that only 10 years ago a lot of this stuff would be considered ‘dated’ and ‘naff’ (although maybe you still feel that way!), yet now it’s hot, hot, hot in the world of interiors. I have my eye on getting some pink Pyrex dishes (swoon!) and I LOVE the TG Green sugar, coffee and flour barrels in the above pic- I really, really would like a ‘Cookies’ one of these for our kitchen.

I have a Pintrest board that you can follow for some of my favourite mid-century kitchenware collections.

Here’s what’s on my lust-list right now:

Retro 70's  Hornsea Saffron England Sugar Jar/Pot Kitchen storage Brown Color Mid Century Decor

Hornsea Saffron England

Retro English 70's Large Set of Jars Tea Coffee Sugar Storage pots Daisy pattern in orange yellow kitchenware Crown Devon Potterry

Crown Devon Pottery

J&G Meakin Studio 1965  Aztec Coffee Pot

J&G Meakin

Gorgeous J & G Meakin Studio Dish and Lid  -  'Topic' Design 1967 -  Tureen Scandi Flowers

J&G Meakin

Mint Condition 1960s/70s Pyrex Casserole Dish

Pyrex (available to buy in my shop!)

Mid Century Elizabethan Portobello Milk Jug Orange, Pink and Brown. £14.99, via Etsy.

Elizabethan Portobello

Catherine Holm.

Cathrine Holm

Pyrex

Do you have any mid-century kitchenware?