Salmon Wraps with Chipotle Yoghurt

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Tacos are just about the hardest thing in the world to take a decent photo of. Especially when you are half-starved and not wanting it to all go cold. So all you’re getting today is a close up of some delicious healthy salmon with a rather sizeable unhealthy dose of guacamole on top!

This was originally a BBC Good Food recipe, but I fiddled with a little bit when it came down to service as there was no way Mr M was going to eat the cabbage that was in the original recipe and he’s not keen on jalapeno’s either. Wimp.

The recipe also called these tacos whereas I would call them wraps. Tacos, to me anyhow, are crispy, not soft.

Recipe serves 4. Maybe. Or two if you’re piglets like us.

Salmon Wraps with Chipotle Yoghurt

Ingredients

1 tsp garlic salt
2 tbsp smoked paprika
pinch of sugar
500g salmon fillets
200ml fat-free yoghurt
1 tbsp chipotle paste
juice 1 lime

To serve;
8 small soft flour tortillas, warmed
shredded lettuce
guacamole
lime wedges to serve

Method

Take your salmon fillets flesh side up, and rub with the garlic salt, paprika, sugar and some seasoning. Heat the grill to high.

In a small bowl, mix the yoghurt, chipotle paste and lime juice together with some seasoning and put to one side.

Line a baking tray with foil and place the salmon on it, skin side down. Pop under the grill for 7-8mins until cooked through. Remove from the grill and carefully remove and discard the skin.

Flake the salmon into large chunks and serve with the warmed tortillas, chipotle yoghurt, shredded lettuce and guacamole. Garnish with a wedge of lime.

A super quick and easy tea for all the family!

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Adding a Moroccan theme into your living space

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You may be trying to reimagining your space or you may have finally landed that perfect little corner of the world for you and your home. Maybe you have moved from a cramped shared flat space into a lovely country bungalow where you can finally add your own personal touch to where you are. Whether this is you now or this is your daydreaming self, you should consider the integration of something really stylish and timeless like adding a Moroccan theme into your living space. Adding a Moroccan theme into your living space can include artisan rugs. These rugs come in a variety of colors and can be the perfect addition or a lovely complement to your next space.

Artisan rugs have a distinctive and reverent trellis design to them. If you can’t imagine the artisan rug design then you really should see it again. You have seen it before though guaranteed and the design surely evokes a distinctly Moroccan design aesthetic.

But just because artisan rugs evoke the Moroccan elements doesn’t mean that you have to have that as your primary motivator. In fact you can add in an artisan rug and have a completely different design aesthetic altogether. Adding in this style of rug to your existing design scheme whether it’s Moroccan inspired or not is something which will complement just about any space.

Artisan rugs are hand tufted in India and they all feature a deep and textured 100% wool pile. This means that you are not only getting the very best in terms of design aesthetic from these lovely rugs but you are also getting the timeless hand craftsmanship which make this style of rug so legendary.

The traditional design of the artisan rugs can make your home, your deck, your office or whatever space you are adding these rugs in for feel so luxurious. The eastern influences make each of these rugs feel not just luxurious but also totally authentic.

Artisan rugs also come in standard rectangular sizes and can fit into a small, medium or larger design space.

If you don’t like the trellis design many retailers will offer certain variations on this design for you to choose from. You can get your artisan rug designed with circles, ovals, runners, or squares.

The colors of artisan rugs are perfect to complement any color scheme as well. You can have your artisan rugs designed in white, black, terracotta/rust, green, blue, purple, red, gold, beige, brown, silver, gray, pink, or you can have it have more of a “natural” color scheme which can lead to all sorts of fun implementations into your design scheme.

Adding a Moroccan theme into your living space with an artisan rug allows that option. But if you are going to go with a local rug seller you should be sure that you are getting as authentic an artisan rug as you can possibly find. One of the best retailers for artisan rugs anywhere in the UK is The Rug Seller. The Rug Seller can help you find any type of rug to fit any design aesthetic and anyone’s personal tastes.

Of course adding a Moroccan theme into your living space is the name of the game in this instance and if you have never considered this particular type of rug design before in the past you should certainly check it out. Made to fit your space and designed to fit the eastern traditions, the artisan rugs you can get from a place like The Rug Seller can really help introduce a flare of the Marrakech into your living space.

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Meet the Meal Planner : Grumpyish Mum

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Meet the Meal Planner is a new feature on At Home With Mrs M, designed to introduce everyone to the people who get involved with Meal Planning Monday each week.  This is each meal planners chance to tell us who they are, why and how they meal plan. I hope you enjoy this new item and feel free to leave a comment for the meal planner below!

Hi there and welcome to Meet the Meal Planner! It’s great to have you here. Lets start by introducing yourself. Please tell us a little more about who you are and all about your blog. (If you have one!)

Hi, I’m Karen and my blog is grumpyishmum.co.uk. I’m a thirty something mum to two boys and I’ve been blogging for around four years. What started out as a place for me to ramble senselessly into an abyss has become a place for conversation, opinion, debate and adventure. I’m not where I want to be with the blog just yet and 2015 will see the blog undergo some cosmetic and content changes.

Lets get down to business. I’d like to know you have been meal planning for and what inspired you to start?

I’ve been meal planning for years. I’m absolutely terrible at blogging my meal plans on a regular basis but I do jot down our meals for the week, including dessert, almost every week. My inspiration came purely from being skint! In order to cut down on my weekly shop I started planning what I’d need and trying to stick to the list I would make. Nowadays it’s more about cutting down on wasted food and getting healthy meals into the kids but I still don’t like to go over around £60 a week on the shopping for two adults, two children, a dog and a cat.

It’s time to start writing your meal plan for the week. What do you do first? Talk us through your planning.

First I think about who is going to be home each night in the week and when. My husband sometimes works away, the children have football practise on different nights and they go out for their tea once a week too. On football nights we need a quick, early tea after school so the boys are ready to run around by 6pm. Then they will have supper when we get home. I need to consider how much time I have and which meals we fancy, then slot them in on the easiest days.

So once I’ve determined how many meals I need to plan and how many people I need to feed, I will ask the family if they have any special requests for the week ahead; anything they particularly fancy having for tea. Those requests are planned first and I will try to work in a variety of meats and fish around whatever they’ve asked for. Once I have a list of days and a list of meals, that’s when the quickest ones are allocated to the busiest days, except for Sunday when we nearly always have a full roast dinner regardless of what we’re doing.

Where do you find your meal-planning inspiration? Do you have a list of go-to meals or do you like to get creative and mix it up?

It really depends on the time I have available to me. If it’s a particularly busy week I will stick to our family favourites such as curry, spag bol, tuna pasta etc. but I do love to try new things, whether that be a completely new recipe or a different twist on one I’ve made before. At the moment I’m trying to use the slow cookers more when I’m pushed for time but I do find cooking quite theraputic so they only really come out perhaps once a fortnight.

What cookbooks do you use the most? Is there a website resource you would recommend to other meal-planners?

I rarely use actual cookbooks any more. If I’m looking for inspiration I’ll google my way to a super meal!

So you’ve got your meal plan ready…do you ever go off-plan or do you always stick to it rigidly?

Oh gosh yeah, I’m always going off plan. To the takeaway, usually! It keeps the shopping list shorter for the next week but leaves me feeling guilty for eating naughty food!

What benefits have you seen from meal planning? Do you find it helps you to cut waste? Save money?

I throw very little food away now. If I’m being really good, I will try to make something with leftovers and freeze it even if it’s a meal for one.

Any top tips for meal planning?

If you’re looking to cut costs, go for frozen veg rather than fresh because you’ll get more for your money. Also, bulk out meals with vegetables rather than meat and you’ll find you can feed more with less.

And finally, purely because I am nosey, what kitchen utensil/gadget could you just not live without?

My wok. I use it perhaps four of five times a week and would be lost without it.

Thanks to Karen for sharing her meal planning tips. I totally agree with her tip about frozen veg for cost cutting. Why not head over to Karen’s blog and find out what she’s been up to recently.

I’ll be back with another Meet the Meal Planner really soon! If you’re interested in being featured, get in touch!

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Tips for finding the right residential home for a parent

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Finding a care home for a parent or loved one can be a bit difficult and emotionally draining. There is a lot to consider when making the decision – what type of care they require, location, cost and of course the reputation of the home along with the level of care your parent can expect to receive. Here are some of the factors that you should take into account before making any decision:

Understand your needs

There are many different types of care homes offering different specialities. Some specialise in dementia or provide specialist nursing for a range of different conditions. Others simply provide care for elderly people who perhaps just need a little help with day to day life.  The level of care required will obviously play a big part in the type of care home you choose. Most homes will help to give an assessment on the advice of friends and family, care managers or GPs.

Check the standard and reputation of the home

The Independent regulator for care homes in England is called the Care Quality Commission. In Scotland it’s the Care Inspectorate and in Wales it’s the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales. Contacting these establishments is a good place to begin your research as they carry out regular inspections of all care homes. It is also a good idea to check out some third party reviews of the homes and ask friends and work colleagues if they have had any experience with the home in question.

Visit shortlisted homes

Once you have identified a number of homes as being suitable, it is a good idea to visit them. It gives you an opportunity to speak to both the staff and residents and will provide you with a better feel for the place. All nursing homes differ in terms of atmosphere and it is important to find one that is suitable for your loved one – where you feel they could settle in more easily. Have a look at social care worker Suffolk which will give you a guide of the type of people and jobs involved in residential homes.

Cost

The cost of the home will vary depending on a number of factors including the location, the level of facilities and the level of care required. There are funding options available so it is well worth doing your homework.

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Meal Planning Monday (19th January 2015)

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Good morning! How are you all today?  Apparently it’s Blue Monday today, the most depressing day of the year. Are you feeling blue? I’m not, I am actually feeling rather motivated today, so in your face Blue Monday!

I had a massive fest of going through all my kitchen cupboards this weekend, throwing out anything that was really out of date and making a plan of what to use other stuff for. The result is a supremely unhealthy and really quite random meal plan but as it’s nearing the end of January and pennies are tight, we are rolling with it!

Here it is;

Cheese & bacon pasta bake with garlic bread
Creamy cheesy chicken enchiladas
Soup & baguettes (I am overrun with soup)
Chicken kievs with salad
Pizza (always a pizza, I am a pizza fiend)
Camembert, bread, dips, crackers 

Yes I am still using up leftover cheese and Christmas foods though you know, a Camembert night is no hardship!

Alrighty then, it’s now your turn. If you want a recap of where to find #mealplanningmonday all over your internet, the details are on this post.

The all-important instructions… If you’re new to my blog or #mealplanningmonday all you have to do is this – write a blog post about your meal plan for the week and submit the URL of your post using the Linkytools below. If you’ve not got a blog but want to join in, that’s fine – just leave a comment below telling us what you’re planning this week.  Any questions, just holler at me via email (in the contact page) or on Twitter @madamding.

I am going to work harder at getting round to comment on everyone who joins in and if you use the #mealplanningmonday hashtag on Twitter, I will share a selection each week.

I’ve still working hard to get more joiners and would like to get some more people talking about #mealplanningmonday and joining in during 2015 – all RT’s and shares on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, the dreaded Google+ etc would be greatly appreciated! The more the merrier and more inspiration for us all! Use the #mealplanningmonday tag on Twitter and I’ll share a random selection each week.

Have a great week everyone! I ran out of time last week but the next Meet the Meal Planner post is coming tomorrow!

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