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Indian Spiced Salmon with Minty Yoghurt--3

Indian Spiced Salmon with Minty Yoghurt

It’s asparagus season here! And while my baby asparagus patch has some shoots showing, I’m waiting until next year to start harvesting.

Of course, you don’t need to wait until spring to enjoy this crispy spiced salmon with its cooling herby yoghurt. Just substitute in green beans, snow peas or skip the green veg and just serve it all with some cauliflower ‘rice’.

enough for: 2
takes: 20 minutes
2 bunches asparagus or 2 handfuls green beans
1 tablespoon garam masala
2 salmon fillets
8 tablespoons Greek yoghurt
1 bunch mint, leaves picked

1. Bring some water (about 2cm / 1in) deep to the boil in a frying pan. Trim asparagus / beans and simmer for 2 minutes or until tender. Drain and discard cooking water.

2. Combine 2 tablespoons oil with the garam masala and a good pinch of salt to make a spicy oil. Pat salmon dry with paper towel and toss in the oil to coat.

3. Return the frying pan to a medium high heat. Cook salmon for 3-4 minutes on each side or until cooked to your liking (I like it still quite pink in the middle and crispy on the outside).

4. While the salmon is cooking finely chop most of the mint, saving some whole leaves to garnish. Stir the chopped mint into the yoghurt with some salt and pepper.

5. To serve, spread minty yoghurt on two dinner plates. Top with salmon, asparagus / beans and reserved mint leaves.

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different veg – snow peas, sugar snap peas or even regular frozen peas would all be lovely. Or just use a few handfuls baby spinach instead. In the cooler months some wilted kale, spinach or other greens are a great choice. Grilled summer veg like eggplant, zucchini and bell peppers (capsicum) will also be fab.

different spice – curry powder would work instead of garam masala or just use 1 teaspoon each ground cumin, coriander and smoked paprika.

vegetarian – serve cooked lentils, spiced with some garam masala with the asparagus and minty yoghurt.

carnivore – use lamb or pork chops instead of the salmon.

different fish – feel free to use any fish fillets.

carb-lovers – serve with steamed rice or warm chappatis or other flat bread.

more substantial – serve with a generous handful roast cashews or almonds. Or use larger pieces salmon. Or replace some of all of the yoghurt with mayonnaise.

dairy-free – use coconut yoghurt or replace youhurt with hummus. Or make a minty oil by stirring chopped mint into a few tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.

different herbs – use coriander (cilantro) basil or flat leaf parsley or a combo of any of these.

Watch the Video Version of the Recipe


With love,
Jules x

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Indian Spiced Salmon with Minty Yoghurt--2

Indian Spiced Salmon with Minty Yoghurt RECIPE HERE.


I never thought I’d be saying (or rather writing) this. But sometimes it’s nice to be told what to do.

When my friend Caroline was first encouraging me to create a done-for-you meal planning service, my biggest hesitation at the time was I thought I’d ‘never’ use it myself. I thought I’d hate someone else telling me what to cook and eat.

But fast forward almost 4 years and here I am. Using my own meal plans, pretty much every week.

Lucky I have a policy to ‘never say never’.

So today I’m super excited to share some of the discoveries I’ve had.

3 Surprising Discoveries from Using my Meal Plans

1. It can be lovely not to ‘think’ about dinner.
As much as I love cooking and thinking about what to eat, on those busy work days when I’m tired and hungry it’s wonderful to be able to walk in the kitchen, check my plan and then just start cooking what it says.

2. Simple recipes are the best!
I remember seeing a weekly meal plan in a cooking magazine and thinking ‘what a great idea’, until I looked at the shopping list. Sooo many ingredients, sooo overwhelming.

Cooking my simple 5-ingredient recipes for weeknight dinners has been a huge reminder of how good simple food is.

Plus my meal plans have manageable shopping lists. Some weeks I only need to pickup a handful of ingredients, so few I could almost shop just from memory (if only said memory wasn’t so rusty!).

3. You can plan AND be flexible
It’s not an either / or situation. So now I use the weekly meal plan shopping list as a base. Then as the week progresses, I adapt and change as needed. It’s wonderful to be rediscovering old faves — or giving them a new twist.

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2. The Soupstones Sale!
To encourage you to try my meal plans for yourself and get this healthy habit on board before all the craziness of the ‘holiday silly season’, I’m having a quick 50% OFF sale on all Soupstones Meal Plans memberships.

Will you be eating well over the coming months?

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With love,
Jules x

ps. After the sale, doors will be closing to new members until 2018.

I’ll be raising my pricing in the new year. There will no longer be a lifetime membership option.

To start getting the benefits of having your meals planned, and lock in the lowest ever pricing.


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  • Monday morning: the new Doctor Who companions are announced; I am moderately excited. 
  • Monday night: Discovery Night, aka the only thing that makes Mondays worthwhile, aka I Accidentally Fell In Love With Admiral Kat Cornwell And Now The Show Mocks Me, aka How Does Jason Isaacs Manage To Be So Interesting When He Really Shouldn't Be?
  • Tuesday morning: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is announced for Melbourne in 2019.
I've had four really big fandoms in my life. Three are currently active, and I'm really not sure I have enough room in my body to contain this much enthusiasm. If anything major happens in Avatar fandom this week, I might actually explode. 

(I quickly double-checked, just in case, but no Turf Wars previews have appeared while I was distracted.)

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Morgan Parker's There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé is amazing and I can't stop thinking about it. I am looking forward to reading her previous book. I also enjoyed this interview with her in the Paris Review.

Hottentot Venus

I wish my pussy could live
in a different shape and get
some goddamn respect.
Should I thank you?
Business is booming
and I am not loved
the way I want to be.
I am an elastic
winter: sympathy
and shock, addictive
decoration. In the sunlight
my captors
drink African
hibiscus. They tell me
I look regal bearing fruit.
I am technically nothing
I will never be
a woman.
Somewhere in my
memory, I was held
by a man who said
I deserved it.
Now I understand.
No one worries about me
because I am getting paid.
I am here to show you
who you are, to cradle
your large skulls
and remind you
you are perfect. Mother America,
unleash your sons.
Everything beautiful, you own.

– Morgan Parker
from There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé

today hasn't been terrible #ptsd

Oct. 23rd, 2017 05:03 pm
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I had a highly distracting morning and some friends made sure I wasn't stuck in my head all afternoon. I've also been doing that "1 like = 1 thing I love" meme, which is very positive. :) Except like 37 people have liked it. AHHH. I should have listed my entire family individually or something!

Going home in a few minutes and I have one call planned and a couple more I can make if I need to. I'm also going to try and write my indulgence fic for Yuletide and watch my Coursera class videos so I can continue to get these assignments done - NaNo is coming, I need these out of the way.

Note to self: a) don't spend too much time on Twitter except in your mentions, you don't have the emotional strength for the world on fire right now. b) don't call your dad, he means well but has no idea how to help. c) NO RACHEL. sorry, boo.
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A Collector’s Ever-Changing Family Home in League City, TX | Design*Sponge

Seeing beauty in even the oddest vintage treasures is a skill that Courtney Madden has mastered to a tee. Her eye for design and curiosities has helped create a unique home for her family and even turned her passion into a job. A vintage collector, dealer, and stay-at-home mom, Courtney loves scouring thrift stores for one-of-a-kind items that have a story to tell. The home she shares with her husband Michael and their children Faith, Ryker and Calym in League City, TX has quickly turned into a merry-go-round of vintage goodies — wonderful new finds appear as quickly as old ones find a new home. The items that do end up in Courtney’s own collection help make up a home unlike any other, complete with rich colors, stunning art and more neutral spaces, where different materials create harmonious juxtapositions that are pleasing to the eye.

Courtney wears more than one hat, and when she isn’t hunting for items to sell, she can often be found updating and renovating her family’s home to make it even more descriptive of the people she shares it with. When she and Michael first bought the house five years ago, everything in it was beige. Courtney didn’t think twice about changing that and making each space more accommodating. She painted all walls, ripped out the beige tiles and carpets, resurfaced the stairs and cabinets, added moldings and installed every light fixture in the house. “I try to do anything I possibly can before I ask Michael for help, or God forbid, hire professionals,” she explains.

Courtney’s vision was always to create airy spaces where her collected pieces could shine against bright white walls and floors, almost museum-like. Her hard work has undeniably paid off — the end result is a home where vintage menagerie takes center stage in a refined way, without feeling stiff. The room that holds most items in Courtney’s collection, referred to by the family as the office, has turned into everyone’s favorite hang-out spot.

It’s the comfortable, collected and carefully curated feel that makes this family’s home such an amazing hidden treasure. “It looks like every fifth house on our street, but on the inside it’s something completely unique,” Courtney says. We can’t stop gushing over this treasure chest of a home — scroll down for a peek of this special gem! —Sofia

Photography by Courtney Madden / @cocollected

Image above: The dramatic entry displays Courtney’s collection of various nude paintings. “All these ladies are here to greet us every time we walk in the front door,” Courtney jokingly explains. “Like many of my other collections it did not intentionally start out as a collection, but I notice myself being drawn to the same kind of item over and over,” she adds.

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12 Illustrators to Follow on Instagram | Design*Sponge
It’s the little things that can make my day just a wee bit better — starting it with a hot cup of coffee, catching a sunny moment on an otherwise rainy day, and kisses from my overly affectionate dog Spencer are a few things that come to mind. If my coffee tastes bitter, it just keeps on raining and Spencer is having a “meh” day himself, I’m glad I can always rely on the power of art and creativity to cheer me up.

Whether they’ve encouraged me to be creative, active in my community, stand up for my beliefs or helped me reach the conclusion that ice cream is always a good idea, these illustrations by some amazingly talented female artists have inspired me when I’ve needed it. As I keep scrolling down to admire these beautiful illustrations over and over, I know one thing for sure — it’s going to be a good day!

If you’d like to be inspired by more amazing illustrators, look no further than Quelcy’s personal bulletin board of illustrators worth following. —Sofia

Image above: Female characters, surrounded by beautiful objects and interiors in juicy colors, make Natalia Vico’s illustrations a pure joy to look at.


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The Bonds That We Save
DCU/MCU; Peggy Carter, Etta Candy, Diana of Themyscira; g; 1,040 words
In which Peggy Carter meets Etta Candy.

Slightly cleaned up from the version I posted on tumblr last night. Or read it on AO3.

This could be the start of a beautiful friendship. )


Feedback is always welcome.


Last chance to get your bids in

Oct. 23rd, 2017 02:23 pm
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Bidding at [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico closes today (thanks to [personal profile] sholio for the heads-up).

What's This?

Oct. 23rd, 2017 01:00 pm
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Posted by Jen

Earlier today John had the song "What's This?" from Nightmare Before Christmas stuck in his head.

After looking at these Wrecks, now *I* do.


What's this? What's this?

There's color everywhere


What's this?

There's white things in the air


What's this?

It's orange and so hairy - what's the deal with those two berries? I don't care!

What's this?



What's this? What's this?

I can't believe my eyes,


What's this?

A donkey tank surprise?

What's this? A swirly mass so curly, could the purple be too girly? Should this song be ending early?

No we're going 'til we hurl-y!!

What's this?


Could it be, oh could it be? Did I get my wish?

Here's something that makes sense: a meteorite bird fiiiish!

What's this?




What's this? What's this? There's something very wrong!


What's this? That blue thing's really long.

What's this?

It's positively crappy, and yet I feel so happy, have I possibly gone sappy? I think I need a nappy 'cuz this song is kind of rappy so I guess I'll get a frappey and go shopping at the Gappy...





S.K., Patrick T., Chris E., Reagan B., Rebekah W., Austin L., Alex S., Kaylyn M., & Mikaela, your guess is as good as mine.

Oh, and for your continued "enjoyment" I have a special treat today: while we were writing this post, John & #1 (aka "the other Jen") kept singing it to get the cadence right. This...got really entertaining.

So, I decided to tape them.

There were a few interruptions, but overall I think you'll find their rendition...um...well...just don't have the volume up too loud, k?


(If you're wondering what my contribution is here, I'm the one doing the scrolling. And giggling.) Update from john: Please note that no animals were harmed during the making of this video. :)


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And from my other blog, Epbot:

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Oct. 23rd, 2017 11:23 am
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Please send thoughts and prayers that I actually survive this week X_X

On Thursday I'm supposed to submit my thesis. I... am having strong doubts that's going to happen. My back is back to being tender and less-than-fully-functional on a daily basis. I have a minor cold that's making me extra tired and sluggish and if I could just take it easy this week and rest I'm sure it would go away in a day or two? But since that's not an option I'm scared it's going to develop into full blown in-bed-for-days illness. (I was JUST sick! I can't handle that shit again right now!) Work has also been extra busy and stressful :/

To give you an idea how yesterday, the first day of the work week went for me: stayed at work late, came home exhausted and with back pain. Couldn't deal with hassle of cooking so roommate and I ordered in food (she also baked delicious cookies for my arrival, which was a plus). Came home, showered, changed into PJs, ate the food we ordered, watched the double episode of Outlander together in the living room, had some tea and cookies.

Me: what time it is?
Roommate: ten to 9.
Me: Sounds legit. I'm off to pass out.

laid down in my bed and didn't get up again until it was time to go to work. And today my back is still fucked up and my thesis hasn't budged and work is only getting busier. Ugh. I just want this goddamn thesis to be OVER ALREADY and it's like the last few days of getting it done are harder than the last five years put together.

Monday 23/10/2017

Oct. 23rd, 2017 09:37 am
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1) We're off to London! In a couple of hours we'll be standing on British soil XD 

2) I woke up in time to fix the last stuff in my flat (there's always something one forgets ^^;)

3) Coffee *cherishes her cup*

Black Cat Cupcakes

Oct. 23rd, 2017 04:03 am
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Posted by Bakerella

Black Cat Cupcakes

Treat someone with these kitty cat cupcakes for Halloween. They’re decorated with cookies and candy, making them a purrfectly adorable spooky sweet!

Chocolate Cupakes

Chocolate cupcakes are the way to go for these. You can use this recipe.

Frost the cupcakes with chocolate frosting and then dip the tops in a small bowl filled with black sanding sugar to give them a shimmering coat.

Black Cat cupcake

Such a sweet face with those big eyes and that bright yellow button nose.

Candy Corn

Oh those. The noses are simply candy corn inserted into the cupcake so only the yellow shows.

Decorating Kitties

And the rest of the feline features are easy, too.

Kitty cat recap:
Fur coat: black sanding sugar
Button noses: candy corn
Ears: chocolate wafer cookies, cut into triangles
Mouths: Jumbo confetti sprinkles, pink would make them look like tongues
Whiskers: Orange jimmies
Eyes: Gumdrops, rolled flat on wax paper and cut with a teardrop cookie cutter
Pupils: Black M&M’s attached to the gumdrops with melted white candy coating as glue and then dotted on top, too.

Kitty Cat Cupcakes

Super sweet. Super Cute!

Hope you enjoy and have a Happy Happy Halloween!

NYR2017: Roundup

Oct. 23rd, 2017 02:58 pm
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This year's New Year's Resolution collection has 73 works posted by 68 authors in ~79 fandoms, ranging in length from a drabble to a novel.

Full list of fics by fandom below the cut )

Or browse the collection by the tag cloud.

NYR2017 is now closed. The New Year's Resolution collection for 2018 will open on January 1. Works for past Yuletide prompts may be submitted there.

clean apartment and fic report

Oct. 22nd, 2017 10:28 pm
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You'll all be happy to know that my apartment is now clean and my laundry done - unless you require, UFYH-style, that laundry be put away to be done. In which case you'll be happy to know that my apartment is clean. :P

Fic report time!

* Coursera Character week 3 story (706/700-1000)
* Coursera Character week 4 story (929/~1000)

* PODSA White House AU (474/whatever)
* PODSA taxfic (0/whatever)

* Yuletide treat #1 (1118/1000+)

* Yuletide story (0/1000+)
* PODSA mpreg (2264/whatever)
* Star Wars auction fic (713/1000+)
* PODSA Victory Eve sequel (110/whatever)
* AIRPF AU with [personal profile] rajkumari905 (3316/whatever)
* AIRPF auction fic (0/1000+)

Not mentioned: the many many pre-planning NaNo emails.

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