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Recipe – Fish Tacos

Phew – it is hot! I have been loving the sunshine so far this week – we are even thinking of an impromptu camping trip at the weekend if it continues. My weekly food shop reflected this today too with lots of lovely fruit and salad ingredients and treats coming in the way of salted caramel ice cream!

One of my favourite summery recipes is fish tacos. They are light, vibrant and full of flavour and don’t take too long to cook either. I serve my fish with a salsa, salad, sour cream and hot sauce. I would usually have guacamole too but my avocado didn’t ripen in time for this recipe!

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Ingredients

Olive oil

2 garlic cloves, crushed

A handful of fresh coriander

The juice of one lime

Salt and pepper

4 small white fish fillets (you can use any firm white fish for this recipe – I picked up haddock this time)

A handful of cherry tomatoes, chopped

About 1/3 of a red onion, finely chopped

A couple of radishes, chopped

Mini tortilla wraps

Salad leaves

Sour cream

Hot sauce

How to make it

  • Begin by making the marinade for the fish. In a bowl, add a glug of olive oil, garlic, coriander and most of the lime juice (save a squeeze for the salsa!)

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  • Add the fish fillets and allow to marinade for at least an hour
  • Next, I made up my salsa by mixing up the tomatoes, red onion, radishes, some more coriander, salt, pepper, olive oil and a squeeze of lime juice

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  • Heat a griddle pan to a medium heat then lay your fish fillets in the pan
  • Cook for a few minutes on either side

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  • Now layer up your tacos! I like to start with salad, then the fish and finally the salsa and sauces…sooooooo good! x

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Sunday Catch-up #26

Hello! I am writing this on the sofa in my pjs, having just had a long soak in the bath and a very lazy day nursing a completely self-induced hangover…I never learn! This week has felt exhausting. It is so warm at night at the moment that I am finding it really hard to sleep and keep coming home from work and nodding off on the sofa meaning I am wide awake for the rest of the evening. It’s a silly pattern to have gotten into so next week I am all about getting a good night’s sleep and laying off the booze for a while!

This week I have been…

Making: an effort to straighten my hair…it just takes so long!

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Going: on an excellent staff night out in Bath with my colleagues (and paying for it today)

Wearing: this gorgeous two-tone metallic shade on my nails

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Eating: meringues with fresh strawberries

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Drinking: far too much this week!

Reading: I’m just about to start Girl on the Train

Watching: the new series of True Detective. We loved the last one and this one seems pretty good so far

Buying: teabags as we had that scenario that every British person dreads where we ran out this week!

Planning: on always having a plentiful supply of teabags (see above!)

Cooking: these ribs from Waitrose – pretty good for a midweek dinner

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Baking: bread with my class

Writing: and filling out our ESTA application forms so we can travel to the States this summer (4 weeks to go!)

Favouriting: James Cordon’s Carpool Karaoke videos – hilarious

Working on: a big shoe and handbag cull – I’m being ruthless

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Trying to decide: whether to buy a spiralizer

Wishing: Ian gets better soon as he is really grumpy when he’s ill!

Enjoying: fresh berries

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Needing: a healthy and alcohol-free week

Feeling: sad that I had to throw my favourite pair of jeans away as I had worn them to death…they are the Rock Stars from Old Navy in America and I am hoping I can repurchase them when we go

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Giggling at: the late night living room dance party I had mid-week with my bestie Lu who may or may not have slipped over whilst dancing to Iggy Azalea!

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Beauty Review – June Birchbox

I for one am so happy it’s Friday! It has been a tiring week and I find myself sat on the sofa with a beer watching the Glastonbury highlights as the rain pours outside…the weather is definitely helping my festival jealousy as I’ve done Glasto in torrential rain before!

I received my June Birchbox earlier in the month and was looking forward to its arrival as I was given the option of its design and opted for a chic Parisian nautical style. I really like it when I am contacted by Birchbox prior to delivery to state my preference on a product or design.

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This month’s theme is ‘Step Outdoors’ with a nod to spending more time outside in the sunshine whether that is in the park, at a festival or a BBQ. Birchbox have collaborated with French Sole who do such lovely ballet pumps and subscribers had the opportunity to buy some of these limited edition shoes through the Birchbox website.

Anyway, here is my first look inside the box:

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First of all a French Sole ‘shoe bag’. I can’t say a shoe bag is high on my list of priorities but this is a lovely wipe-clean design that I think makes it a perfect wash bag for a night away.

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A perfume next by high-end fragrance house Penhaligon’s. I received the scent Iris Prima which is inspired by the English National Ballet. This is a grower on me – I wasn’t keen at first but after a few minutes, the strong muskiness fades to a soft, sweet vanilla. A good one for the handbag but I don’t think I would buy a full-sized bottle for £85.

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Who doesn’t like trying out a new mascara?! This one is from ModelCo and looks to be a good black mascara with a chunky brush.

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I hadn’t heard of this next brand, HIP, an all-natural French hair care brand. This shampoo sounds similar to the Sunday Shampoo I love from Bumble and Bumble with the aim to refresh your hair and scalp.

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A decent-sized product next from one of my favourite beauty brands, Balance Me. I received their Super Moisturising Body Wash which smells amazing. This is a creamy shower gel which feels really moisturising – great if you’re in a rush in the mornings and don’t have time to moisturise!

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I love REN products but haven’t tried this particular one. The Instant Firming Beauty Shot, sounds a great boost for skin that’s looking a bit tired – it is actually described as ‘an espresso shot for the face’ which I am definitely in need of some days!

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The final item is a fun summery one. I really like these metallic tattoos from STYLondon – I’m going out in Bath on Saturday night so if I remember, I may wear one!

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No amazing stand-out products but a decent box this month. I think I am most looking forward to trying out the REN face serum although I have been hoarding all these samples for the past few months ready for my travel bag when we go to America so have lots to get through! x

Restaurant Review – Lucha Libre, Manchester

We were in Manchester this weekend and I had a real craving for some Mexican food. After a quick look on Google, we decided on Lucha Libre in the centre of town as it looked cool and had tapas-style Mexican street food meaning we could try lots of smaller dishes.

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After a quick drink at BrewDog, one of Ian’s favourite places for a good pint of ale, we walked over to Lucha Libre and sat down with the menus. The restaurant itself is in a huge, converted warehouse and I loved the decoration of bright sugar skulls, garlands of red chillies and lots of Mexican food packaging.

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I made my first fundamental error by allowing Ian to order a cocktail for me…cue this enormous green skull and two flaming limes! Despite taking up a fair proportion of our two-person table, this tequila-based cocktail was actually pretty good, with a refreshing hit of apple and grapefruit juice.

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After a look through the extensive menu (which reminded me a lot of Wahaca with its fresh, street-food style dishes), we settled on a sharing platter with a side of ‘Dirty Fries’.

I was really impressed with the selection we received on our ‘Street Food Tray’; pulled pork tacos with pickled red onion, buttermilk fried chicken tacos with an amazing coriander sauce, rib taquitos, chicken tostadas and a chorizo and potato quesadilla. My favourites were the quesadilla and the fried chicken – if I wasn’t so stuffed, I could have ordered another portion of them both!

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The side dish of fries was a mix of white and sweet potato, topped with beef brisket chili con carne, cheese and sour cream.

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Mexican cuisine is one of my favourites and one I almost always choose to eat at when we have the chance. Previously, I had to wait until I was in London but I heard this week that Bristol is getting a Wahaca so my craving can be easily satisfied now!

We had a great meal at Lucha Libre and if it were closer, I would definitely be back! x

Sunday Catch-up #25

Well, I have had the BEST weekend! I mentioned a few days ago that Ian told me to keep this weekend free as he had booked me an early birthday surprise. I went through every possibility of what it could be from glamping to skydiving to a cookery school to getting a sausage dog puppy but he managed to surpass all of these options…he booked me tickets to see my all-time favourite band The Movielife!

Gig tickets may sound fairly normal but this band were extra special to me as I loved them as a teenager and saw them play once at Reading festival. I then had tickets to see them play in my first year of uni (back in 2003!) but they split up about a month before I was due to see them. I was gutted but resigned myself to the fact that I would never see them play so when I opened the tickets for this reunion tour I actually cried. We ended up having such a fun weekend together in Manchester – I persuaded Ian to push to the front with me to the gig so we had the best view in the room! We have just got home and Ian has nodded off so I through I would squeeze in a quick blogging session.

This week I have been…

Making: our way through the Trafford Centre – such a good place for shopping

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Going: to watch The Movielife!

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Wearing: my new sugar skull nail decals

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Eating: really good Mexican food (restaurant review coming tomorrow!)

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Drinking: rum cocktails

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Reading: this guide book for some trip planning

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Watching: Jurassic World – far-fetched but I loved it!

Buying: boots, cardis and make-up bags in Forever21

Planning: a healthy week ahead to offset this weekend

Cooking: lots of fresh fish this week

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Baking: nothing but I did receive this big box of shortbread from Scotland which should keep me going

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Writing: a blog post almost every day

Favouriting: this blog by Stacie who finally got her transplant

Working on: packing light

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Trying to decide: what colour to paint my nails tonight

Wishing: my best friend a very Happy 30th today

Enjoying: my first ever Five Guys burger – man, it was good!

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Needing: to go up the garden and cut some roses for my bedside table

Feeling: slightly delicate after the aforementioned rum cocktails!

Giggling at: this ridiculous drink Ian ordered for me…and yes that is a huge skull glass with two flaming limes on top!

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Beauty Review – New Day and Night Creams

I love matching items – lingerie, shampoo and conditioner…it just makes me feel like I’ve got my life in order and there’s also a weird part of me that thinks that matching beauty products will work better as they have their ‘other half’ there! Ridiculous I know.

So when I needed new moisturisers for both morning and evening, I opted for two items from the same team: Team L’Oréal.

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Recently, my skin has been ridiculously dry and I had these really attractive dry patches on my cheeks so I wanted something really moisturising to get my skin back to normal and to make my make-up look better too. My other aim alongside the moisture boost was a decent SPF now that the weather is improving and I’m spending more time outside.

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I picked up the Revitalift Day Cream which offers SPF30 plus UVA and UVB protection. After opening it, I realised it was aimed at slightly more mature skin than mine with the usual anti-wrinkle and firming claims. I kind of have two opinions on this moisturiser. When I first started using it on my very dry skin, it was amazing. Within a week, my skin was feeling less parched and the dry patches were gone. I usually find creams with SPF in them to be quite greasy and not great under foundation but this worked fine for me.

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However, as soon as my skin was back to normal, I found this moisturiser too rich. It started to take longer to sink in and left me feeling a bit greasy. I now realise that it just isn’t the right formula for me to use on a daily basis BUT it is a great one to keep in my stash for when my skin is looking and feeling a bit dehydrated.

The night cream was a bit more of a hit and the one that I would repurchase again. Triple Active Night comes in a lovely blue glass jar and is a rich and creamy pink colour that feels luxurious enough for a night cream yet sinks in quickly. I also love the fact that I can almost feel it on my skin the next morning – not in a greasy residue kind of way, but there is a definite feeling of softness and plumpness to my skin.

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So, two high street moisturisers that each have their benefits. However, I am still on the lookout for a good everyday moisturiser with SPF so please let know any recommendations! x

Recipe – Sugar-Free Banana Pancakes

After a week or so on my sugar-free attempt, I was really craving something sweet and pudding-like. I was browsing through some recipes and found these two ingredient pancakes which are so simple and easy to make that they may just be my new favourite weekend breakfast. Just bananas and eggs…it really is that simple!

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I jazzed mine up with some blueberries for a little extra sweetness and colour but the basic ratio to remember is one banana to two eggs.

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Ingredients (for two people)

2 ripe bananas, mashed with a fork

4 eggs

A small bowl of blueberries

A drizzle of oil

Honey (optional – I know it isn’t sugar free but this block of proper honey was delicious!)

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How to make it

  • In a bowl, mix together your mashed up bananas and the four eggs to make a batter

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  • Heat a frying pan on a low to medium heat and add a drizzle of oil
  • Using a ladle, pour the batter into the pan and pop a few blueberries on top

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  • Fry until golden then flip them and do the same on the other side
  • Serve warm and add a helping of runny honey plus some more berries

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