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Morning, Happy Weekend.

I for one am super happy that the weekend is here. Felt a little overwhelmed yesterday by how thinly I have to spread myself with work, being with the girls and my family. I am one of six children so there is always something going on with one of them. So I am so happy to have Mr B with me for the next two days.

We are off to swimming lessons this morning with Rose Bay. Rose has just started lessons and love them. It’s a company called Just Swim and they are brilliant with the children and do lessons across North London. They look so sweet bobbing along in the water together.

I brought Rose Bay the sweetest costumes for a bargain price too. Two for £6. I had a little look to get the link online and they don’t have them yet. So keep an eye out when you are next there.

Then we are off to the Fare Healthy at Paradise by way Kensal Green to style my favourite duo The Hemsley Sisters. We are really looking forward to going to this event as a family. I think it’s really important to install healthy happy eating to the girls, so we are looking forward to watching some cooking demos and some getting involved in some of the exercise shows too. They still have tickets left on the door. See you there.

 

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I am going to dress the girls in one of my favourite brands Mother of Pearl. Their Pre Fall collection is everything you want to see in January. Bright, bold colours which are a breath of fashion fresh air after the Winter clothes are starting to lose their appeal.

 

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My weekend style consists of boyfriend jeans and pretty dresses. I am feeling inspired by a chunky knit over summer dress today with  a chunky boot and bare leg.

Last week I wasn’t so brave and wore tights with my new favourite dress. So today I want to make this look a little bit edgier as we are heading the Kensal Green.

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Knit Cardigan, Vintage.

Dress, Topshop.

Flats, Zara.

Then home to cook our Saturday night takeaway. January had been about being Frugal for our family. December was Christmas and Rose Bay’s Party and Christmas it felt a bit excessive finicially. So we wanted to make January about just being together and not spending tons of cash.

Tonight I am going to make my Super Easy Fish Curry and Corn Roti. After feeling totally inspired last week when I styled  Meera Sodha the super talented author of Made in India and writer of a brilliant blog which is jam-packed full of easy to cook Indian recipes.

 

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Dress, Gap.

Photo Elena Heatherwick for the Guardian.

This fish curry tastes better than any takeaway I have had and Rose Bay loves learning about the spices too. She is the best Sous Chef.

COCONUT FISH CURRY

 

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Image from Made In India

Photograph David Loftus

Serves 4

  • 5cm ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 fresh green chilli, roughly chopped (deseeded if you prefer less heat)
  • Salt
  • 3 tablespoons coconut or rapeseed oil
  • Optional: 20 fresh curry leaves
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 big ripe tomatoes, quartered
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 300ml coconut milk
  • 4 fillets (150–180g each) of MSC-certified firm white fish such as hake, pollack, haddock or cod, skinned
  • 1 lime, quartered
  1. Put the ginger, garlic and green chilli in a pestle and mortar, along with a pinch of salt, and bash to a paste.
  2. Put the oil into a wide-bottomed, lidded frying pan on a medium heat. When it’s hot, add the curry leaves if you are using them, followed by the onions, and stir every now and then for 8 to 10 minutes, until the onions are pale gold.
  3. Add the ginger, garlic and chilli paste and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Then add the tomatoes, 11⁄2 teaspoons of salt, the turmeric and the chilli powder. Put the lid on the pan and cook for a couple of minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, dilute the coconut milk with 100ml of water and add to the pan. When the milk starts to bubble, add the fish fillets, turn the heat down a little, cover with the lid and cook for approximately 5 to 7 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through.
  5. Serve with a big squeeze of lime and some rice.

Yum.

 

Sunday morning will be visit to see the Queen. We are taking the girls to Central London. It’s one of my favourite things to do on Sunday morning. When the capital is sleeping we love hopping on an empty tube and heading to SW1 for a walk around the Royal Grounds.

Last time we did this was with Grandpa who served in the forces and showed Rose how to march like a real soldier.

 

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I really recommend doing this as a family. Wrap up warm and take a long walk through St James park along to the changing of the Guards. I love these will be memories for Rose Bay. It makes me feel so lucky to live here. So many of my friends moan  a little about the cost of living here so I making the most of London keeps any negativity at bay as it is a brilliant City to live in. It won’t be forever either as my seaside dream home that we are going to buy is my 5 year Bradley plan.

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Then it will be back to Bradley HQ for a movie and a slice of homemade cake and a movie. I have just brought The Jungle Book DVD so we be hanging out with Mowgli and Blue Bear and their Bear Neccessities.

 

Weekends are truly a gift.

 

Enjoy yours,

 

London Mum x

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