The Quayside by the River…

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I made my first attempt at a Vlog today, every opportunity I get I’m putting in practice, my goal this year is to start a You Tube channel.

We went for a walk along the quayside by the mouth of the river Tyne, usually the place is full of busy cocktail bars and restaurants (it’s one of my favourite places to go out drinking) but yesterday they were sadly, all shut.

I thought I’d get some photography shots while I was there as it’s ‘bonny’ as the geordie’s would say (pretty).

I did see one restaurant serving takeout food. It amazes me how much business have had to adapt this year. All that money they spent on PPE for staff and protective equipment for their restaurant’s only to be told that they can’t open.

It must be so frustrating. I do miss working in restaurants, but not at the minute. I can’t even begin to imagine the stress….

I can’t say how relieved I am that it is the start of a new year but then again I guess everyone is on the same page right now…

Out with the Old and in with New

Today, I woke up full of energy and did some editing on photograph’s and some previous blog posts. I’ve updated my post on Marohh jewellery. What do you think?

Marohh Jewellery

We’ve had a delicious roast dinner this afternoon, my daughter helped me to make Yorkshire puddings. (They’re one of her favourite things to eat at the moment). I’m pretty sure she’d eat them for breakfast if she had the chance.

Here’s some photographs I took of the fish quay yesterday. I love the way the boats look when they begin to age, the colour combination of teal and rust. It’s just magical.

They also have a pretty awesome selection of fresh fish for sale (for all my chef-y people).

I know, it’s not very Veganuary… I’m starting that tomorrow…

I just love to eat fish. Salmon is my absolute favourite. One of favourite salmon recipes over the autumn has been my Spiced Salmon and Aubergine Curry.

If you wanted to make it vegan you could add some tofu coated in paprika instead of salmon.

Spiced Salmon and Aubergine Curry

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 sliced aubergine
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 3 tbsp curry powder (hot)
  •  2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 200 ml coconut milk
  • 200 ml veg stock
  • 2 sustainable skinless salmon fillets
  • ½ tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 chopped spring onions
  • A few fresh coriander sprigs
  • Steamed rice, to serve

Method

Heat the oil in a large frying pan and add the aubergine. Fry for 6-8 minutes until golden. Add the onion and cook for 6-8 minutes until soft. Stir in the curry powder and crushed garlic cloves and cook for 2 minutes.

Pour in the coconut milk and veg stock, bring to the boil, then simmer for 3-4 minutes to thicken.

Gently add the salmon fillets (or Tofu) and simmer for 3 minutes, then turn over and cook for 3 minutes more. Sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds, chopped spring onions and a few fresh coriander sprigs. Serve with steamed rice.

You can cook rice in 1 part water to 1 part coconut milk. I like to add a couple of start anise.

Simple. Quick and healthy. That’s what my January is going to be all about…

Last night, I went for my deep sleep body cocooon from my Marks and Spencer’s beauty box.

It looks like the beauty box has now sold out but the products are available individually.

Deep Sleep Body Cocoon by This Works

This stuff is so lavender-y, oh my goodness. I thought it was a little over powering at first but I slept so deeply last night. It was the perfect end to last year. The lavender really helps you sleep.

Next I’ve been trying the face, body and hair from NUXE Paris. This stuff is just gorgeous. It smells like mandarins and roses. I’ve been using it on my décolletage face and hair.

Let me tell you it has tamed my mane and my skin is glowing…

It contains Tsubaki oil, softening sweet Almond oil, moisturising Camellia oil, anti-wrinkle Borage oil, soothing Hazelnut oil, nourishing Macadamia oil and repairing Argan oil.

You can even use it on stretch marks.

It costs £18.50 individually and is travel sized at 50ml

NUXE Paris – Huile Prodigieuse Multi purpose oil

Next I used the nail cream and buffer. Now that I don’t work in kitchens anymore I can really take care of my hands again.

Some nail repair cream is just what I needed. First I used the buffer then added the cream, then I used the other side of the buffer to really work it into my nails. It costs £12

I’ve used it twice in a week and I can really feel the strength back in my nails.

Leighton Denny – Intensive Nail Repair

I hope you’ve had a good new year. You deserve it. I’m writing my post with my sleepy toddler tucked into me, half watching the new Jurrasic park on television. I am enjoying family life and feeling grateful for all that I have.

If you’d like to read my resolutions for this year, you can read my post here;

All the best for the new year <3

Soph.

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