Do you mind if we start this week (and end this month!) on a kind of casual note? Only, I’d like to share a recipe today that hasn’t got a dozen lovely photographs to go alongside it, it’s not been styled, it’s not fancy, but it’s just too delicious and too seasonal not to share. I did have a different post planned and ready for today, but then I made this salmon dish for dinner last night, and decided straight away that it needed to be a part of this month’s ‘Eating Seasonally’ series. Is that okay? And can we just all make a pact to ignore the fact that the photos aren’t too great? Thanks in advance.

So I made this dish for last night’s dinner, and, not to toot my own horn or anything, but it was kind of the best salmon I’ve ever had. (Did that sound smug? I’m sorry if it did. But it’s God’s honest truth, so…) The marinade for the salmon, and sauce for the entire dish, is based on the simple 50:50 soy sauce/rice wine vinegar proportions as the Teriyaki chicken recipe I’ve shared here before. I’ve been tweaking and adapting that marinade recipe over the past few months, and think I’ve finally settled on the proportions and ingredients that make anything you can dream of cooking in it really sing. It’s the simplest dish to put together, and is my fall-back staple dish for when I’ve run out of ideas for what to cook. Which usually happens each Sunday night, when the fridge is looking pretty bare and all I really want to hear is Jason saying ‘fancy a Chinese takeaway?’ But Sunday nights are not takeaway nights in our house, and so this dish is often what happens instead. Feel free to adapt the recipe as you fancy- replace the salmon with tuna steaks or chicken or steak or tofu, add some chopped chilli and coriander, replace the egg noodles with buckwheat, wholewheat, or udon ones instead, or take them away altogether and serve with sticky rice! The options are endless.

So here’s the recipe, complete with just two barely-styled photographs to go with. I took them about thirty seconds before eating this whole delicious bowlful of noodles last night, with my iPhone that really is on its last legs now. (There’s now a weird blemish on the lens that shows up in every photo I take, that I’ve had to edit out of these pictures.) And you must tell me if you hate this very much off the cuff kind of recipe post. I did consider remaking the recipe today and taking a full set of ‘proper’ photos, but then I thought ‘Hey now! That’s crazy talk! This is real life, after all!’ ;)

2x salmon fillets
4 tbsp dark soy sauce (dark really is best here, but regular is fine if that’s all you’ve got to hand)
4 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tbsp light brown sugar
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp sesame oil
1 head Spring greens, chopped into 1cm ribbons
1 400g pack fresh egg noodles
1 lemon
Handful dry roasted peanuts

- In a small roasting dish, combine the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, minced garlic, brown sugar, and ground ginger. Add in the salmon fillets, turn a couple of times to coat, then leave (skin side up, fleshy side down) to marinade for around 15 minutes. I usually leave the dish on the countertop, so the salmon can lose its fridge-chill whilst it marinades.

- Heat a tbsp sesame oil in a frying pan (you need to use one that has a lid, or that you can cover), and add in the salmon fillets skin side down. Set a 10 minute timer on your phone/oven. Cook the salmon fillets for 5 minutes on a medium/low heat, turning frequently. After a couple of minutes, add in a tbsp of the marinade (it will bubble and get very dark, don’t worry) and swirl the pan a little to allow it to glaze the salmon.

- After 5 minutes cooking, add in another tablespoon of marinade, and then put a lid on the frying pan and turn the heat down low. Cook for a further five minutes, until your timer dings. We’re looking for the salmon fillets to be dark and richly coloured on the outside and beginning to flake, but still be coral inside. Gently part a few of the flakes to check.

- Take the salmon fillets out of the pan, and set aside in a little foil pouch. The foil will allow the salmon to continue to cook right through, whilst retaining its moisture. (n.b. It’s important the foil be sealed tight but that air be able to circulate around the fish, so use way more foil than you’d think you need so as not to wrap it too tightly)

- Tip the rest of the marinade into the pan, and allow to bubble for about a minute until it begins to thicken. Then add in the chopped Spring greens along with the juice of half a lemon, and cook on a medium heat for a minute or two. Then add in the fresh egg noodles (which come pre-cooked) and toss together with the marinade and Spring greens.

- Take a separate pan, and place over a high heat. Add a handful of dry roasted peanuts to the pan, and then toast them gently until they begin to smell really nutty and get a little colour. Keep tossing the pan, so the nuts don’t catch. Set aside once toasted.

- Taste a noodle, to check the seasoning. You might like to add in the juice from the other 1/2 lemon, and/or a little extra dark soy sauce. Turn off the heat, open up the salmon’s foil pouch, and serve up! Noodles & greens first, then a salmon fillet (don’t forget to pour over the juices that will have collected in the foil pouch) and then a sprinkling of toasted peanuts. The salmon will flake easily away from the skin, so don’t worry about chopping it small. Sprinkle over a little chopped coriander if you’re that way inclined (I am *not*!) and enjoy!



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WORN :: Breton top ℅ Boden. Bistro crop trousers ℅ Boden. Brogues: Boden (purchased independently last season, similar here). Trench coat: GAP.

Over the past few months, whenever anyone’s said to me ‘So Rosie, what’re you doing these days?’ and I’ve replied ‘Well, I’m a full time blogger now!’ it’s usually been met with blank looks. Which isn’t really too surprising, since blogging is such a new industry and all, and hey!- I only discovered it myself about four years ago! So I usually go on to explain a little about the kind of things I do (writing, photography, social media & so on). And then the question that often comes next is ‘Right. So where’s that going to take you then?’

‘I don’t know right now!’ I usually reply (in a kind of faux-nonchalant manner) but secretly, inside my head and on the pages of my notebooks, I have goals. Some are big and will take months of work, others are the sort of day to day, bread and butter goals that keep me ticking along. There are things I want to achieve, there’s content I plan to create, locations I want to take photographs in, even companies I dream of collaborating with. Boden has been right at the very top of my ‘companies I’d love to work with someday’ list for a good while now. I’ve long admired their beautiful clothes, and the humour and charm in their branding, and the iconically British nature of everything they do. So when they got in touch a couple of weeks back? Well, I was pretty made up!

These darling trousers and striped Breton top arrived in the post on Wednesday, and I wore them out for an impromptu post-dentist coffee date in town with Jason yesterday afternoon. The top is the softest Breton I’ve ever worn (and I’ve worn my way through a LOT of Breton tops) and the trousers? I’m certain they’re going to be all I wear through the next few (hopefully warm!) months. Actually, who am I kidding? This entire outfit is all I plan on wearing over the next couple of months! I should tell you now too that Boden’s sale is on…and it’s a good’un. Would it be wrong to go back and buy another pair or two of these trousers in different colours and prints?

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We’re all feeling pretty sorry for ourselves in this house right now. Teddy is at the vets right now, and I’m off to the dentist later on this morning. The pooch has a suspected broken tail, and I’m about 99% certain I’m about to be told I need a wisdom tooth removed. Sob! I mean, I’m really just being pathetic, but the pooch? The poor little man! He was so sad all day yesterday, and wasn’t able to wag his little tail once. It was the strangest thing, to see our dog *not* wagging and wriggling. Teddy usually wags so much that Jason’s been known to complain about the draft coming off his tail, so it’s been horrible to see him so quiet and subdued over the past day or so. I’m going to pick him up from the vet early this afternoon, and find out if his tail is broken or just sprained. Having seen how much better/bouncier/waggier he was when he woke up this morning, I’m thinking it’s probably either a super mild fracture or just a little bruised. Thank goodness for pet insurance, is all I can say! Now, if only there was an insurance company who’d pay my dentist bill…

Other (pointless, trivial) news from yesterday? Okay, get ready: Two ducks arrived on the big pond outside our house, and Jason spent a good twenty minutes bribing them to stick around by feeding them bread from our front door yesterday evening! I drank so much coffee I couldn’t calm down enough to get into bed in the evening! Teddy ate two rawhide bones, and attempted to eat a piece of tinfoil! I did absolutely zero work, because I couldn’t put my mind to anything other than worrying about Teddy’s tail! BUT bedlinen was washed, and carpets were hoovered, and the piles of clean laundry were put away in cupboards because doing manual jobs was easier than attempting to write or be creative! The most darling parcel arrived from Boden, and filled the notebook-shaped void in my life! I ate my bodyweight in hummus! Jason ate his bodyweight in beef, because I decided the other day he doesn’t get enough red meat so have been plying him with the stuff at every opportunity! My deodorant ran out, so I used Jason’s and enjoyed smelling like him all day long! (Is that too much info? I’m sorry. I sometimes forget that I’m not just writing to a friend on here…) Teddy did sad eyes at the lovely receptionist at the vet’s surgery, and got fed about a hundred biscuits! I pinned all the things!

So, that’s what our Wednesday consisted of. How was yours? Also, if you fancy telling me stories of how you had wisdom teeth removed and it was so pain-free it was practically enjoyable, go right ahead!

p.s. photos are extras I took on Monday, that I like too much not to share. Note the poobag dangling out of the pocket in the top photo. Hashtag accessorising.


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Tara-hurst** Photograph by Olivia Rae James, via Tara Hurst.

Sitting down at the end of each month, and making a note of what makes each of the blogs linked in my sidebar special and unique is one of my favourite things to do. This month has been no exception. Each of the blogs linked below is a wonderful read in its own unique way, and I’m so excited for you to get to know them! So get ready to add some darling new blogs to your reading list, because these ones are gooduns…

Little Apple Tree

I never need a reason to read Angela’s blog. It’s sweet, and joyful, and focuses on all the beautiful things in life. I always love to read about her family adventures and see her gorgeous photos of her even more gorgeous son, but this month what’s blown me clean away are Angela’s cakes! She’s made blackcurrant cupcakes (with the most perfect piped icing you ever did see) AND a 3D cake in the shape of a cartoon character racoon that is so.darn.amazing! Angela, let it be said here and now that I’ll be asking questions if you don’t apply to be on the next series of the GBBO! ;)
Favourite post of the past month? The Rocket Racoon cake. (because Angela’s mad skills deserve recognition!)

Peanut Butter Cake
I’ve so enjoyed reading Becki’s blog this month. It centres around both the cooking and eating of delicious food (never a bad thing, if you ask me) and does so in a wonderfully unfussy way. Becki celebrated her birthday in style this month at Five Fields in Chelsea, and her post on the meal she ate? Well, it made me wish my own birthday wasn’t so many months away so I could justify a trip there sooner! Also, have you *seen* Becki’s recipe for pulled pork? Oh my!
Favourite post of the past month? Pulled Pork. (because that dark glaze and tender meat needs an audience)

Super Naturally Healthy
Kezia is a straight up good person to know, I think. Over the past month whenever she’s given a virtual thumbs up to any of the healthy dishes I’ve cooked and shared, it’s felt like a golden stamp of approval that I’m doing good things for my body! This month, Kezia’s been sharing delicious recipes (vegan + gluten free lentil dahl, yum!) written about her journey switching to all-natural shampoo, and begun a ’40 days of thankfulness’ project! That project especially I think is just wonderful. Who couldn’t use a little more thankfulness in their day to day life?
Favourite post of the past month? Delicious sunshine dahl. (because recipes with the word ‘sunshine’ in are my favourite!)

Life is Worth the Fight
I’m so glad to have the lovely Stacie back in my sidebar this month! Life is Worth the Fight is always such a fun and inspiring read- I love how honest and friendly’s Stacie’s writing style is. This month she’s shared posts about the sad loss of members of the transplant community, photos from the little birthday party she threw her oldest friend, treats from a mini shopping spree (which made me want to hit the shops!) and a beautiful post on International Women’s Day about the women she finds most inspiring.
Favourite post of the past month? International Women’s Day (because women celebrating women makes my heart glad)

She & Wild
I’ve absolutely fallen in love with Bex’ blog. She writes such a lovely, engaging mixture of posts, from collated home decor inspiration and inspiring quotes, to advice on being an intern and styled outfit posts. I love Bex’ eloquent writing style, and her sleek, minimalist taste in clothing and design always makes me want to sharpen up my own look! She & Wild is the sort of blog I can’t help but be drawn in by, I think because when reading it, you can just tell that it’s a labour of love. One that I absolutely recommend adding to your reading list.
Favourite post of the past month? Let’s Talk: Internships (because it’s well written, and smart, and Bex is pretty awesome if you ask me)

Sunny Sweet Pea
It’s always a pleasure having Jenny’s blog linked in my sidebar. It’s just gorgeous, and one that I make time to read as soon as each new post goes live. This past month, Jenny’s visited what is officially the loveliest village in Norfolk (where even the local bank is pink!), shared her thoughts on lifestyle blogging, and hosted another round of the Blogger Bookclub. Which, by the way, I think is just about the coolest thing ever! This is the sort of blog you’ll read top to bottom on first discovery, so you’d best go and make yourself a hot drink now and settle in for a good long read…
Favourite post of the past month? Burnham Market. The loveliest village in Norfolk. (because Jenny’s photos are gorgeous, and make me want to explore more of this beautiful country we live in)

Cocktails and Caroline
Caroline’s life is a fabulous one, or so says her beautiful blog anyway! It couldn’t be more different from my own, and I guess that’s exactly why I enjoy reading it so much! This past month, Caroline’s partied in Manchester, eaten a venison wellington that made me run to the kitchen in the hopes of finding a well cooked steak waiting there, and drunk Perrier Jouet in Kensington. Too much fabulousness for me to handle! If you like living vicariously through others and seeing photos of the most amazing looking food (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) then you’re in for a treat with Caroline’s blog!
Favourite post of the past month? A sunny Sunday. (because sunny Sundays are a gift, and Caroline looks gorgeous as ever)

Dancing Through the Fire
It’s always a pleasure to read Danielle’s blog. It’s exactly the kind of charming, peep-into-a-life type of blog that I find so engaging and enjoyable to read. This month, she’s shared a review of her experience at a spa named The Potting Shed, tales from happy weekends, and (my favourite!) a run down of what looked like the most marvellous time ever at Street Feast! Those pizzas! That mashed potato! Trust me. Danielle’s blog is worth a read, and it’s about to make you reeeeaaaal hungry!
Favourite post of the past month? Street Feast part 3. (because you need to read about that mashed potato in more detail)

One Ten Zero Seven
It’s been so lovely to read along with Sophie’s lovely blog this month. She’s shared the sweetest tutorial (literally the sweetest!) for how to make a sprinkle-filled necklace, photographs of a beautiful twisted fringe hairstyle, and her thoughts on wanting success. It’s been such a pleasure to watch Sophie’s blog develop over the past few months, as the last time she was advertising with me she had just begun to work on her business full-time! I found her post on not apologising for wanting it all especially inspiring, and think it’s well worth a read.
Favourite post of the past month? Words, Quotes, Lyrics: #7 (because the idea of saying ‘want’ as opposed to ‘would like’ really struck a chord with me)

Bows Bangles & Bakes
I’ve so, so enjoyed having Jen’s blog linked here again this month! Reading Bows Bangles & Bakes is like catching up with a friend- Jen writes about her upcoming wedding (her post about wedding etiquette was so funny!) about makeup, clothes, and her recent goings on in the most charming, friendly way. It’s the sort of lifestyle blog that you can’t help but be drawn in by. I recommend reading right back through the archives, because isn’t that the best thing to do when discovering a lovely new blog?
Favourite post of the past month? My take on ‘wedding etiquette’.

Dear You Love Em
I am *loving* reading Em’s blog right now. Em’s photos of Sydney are just gorgeous (it’s official. I want to take a trip to Oz) and her photos of everything else are all pretty stunning too! This past month Em’s played tourist in her own city, shared some gorgeous outfit photos, taken a trip to the beach, and reviewed some lush makeup products too! I’ve been following along with Dear You Love Em right since it first began, and it’s developing so quickly into the most darling blog. It’s one I know you’re just going to love. (p.s. Em is the absolute sweetest. Seriously, go talk to her and you’ll see!)
Favourite post of the past month? Follow me: Sydney, Darling Harbour (because those photos of Sydney are to die for)

The Awkward Blog
Okay, so Angela’s kind of killing it with her blog lately. In fact, it’s shot right up to the top of my ‘favourite reads’ list! And if it hadn’t already become a favourite read, Angela’s recipe for a Yorkshire pudding sandwich would’ve done the trick. Yep, you just read that right. The woman’s a genius, I tell you! Alongside making The Sandwich Of My Dreams this month, Angela’s also attended cookery school, had an encounter with some paint and a whole load of other bloggers, and WENT TO SEE BEY. She’s the coolest, and you should go and start reading her blog right this second.
Favourite post of the past month? Yorkshire pudding sandwich (because even though it technically was published last month, I care too much about you guys to not make it easy for you to find this killer recipe, ‘kay?)

And a few more darling blogs to have a read of! ::
LouLou in Paris
Rose-Tinted Jessica
Daydreams of Summertime
Kimi & Me
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