Carrot Noodle Pad Thai Recipe

Friday, June 23, 2017

You know what, I've not moaned about the weather enough and as a Brit it is my right to do so. So here it goes. It's bloody hot isn't it! It's starting to cool down but we've still got a good few months of warmer weather to go and I don't know about you but I just can't be bothered to cook in this heat. So simple recipes that mean I don't have to slave over a hot stove are winning me over at the moment. 

Now I'm a little bit behind on the food craze that is spiralising but I'm pretty in love with it. It makes getting vegetables into Edith so much easier. Even fruit spiralised is her favourite and anything that helps me to get healthy food into Edith is a winner too. 

I think what put me off spiralising was the faff of a cheap one that you do yourself, I'm pretty lazy and cleaning it up I just couldn't face. But an electric one, that does it in seconds. Yes please. I'm a little bit in love with it, it was such a great price too. TJ Hughes stock a great range of cheap food processors and blenders which saves you slaving away in this heat! 

This recipe takes around 10 minutes to prepare, it's pretty healthy too and so simple. I keep making this for my lunch, you could even pack some up to take on a picnic. 

Carrot Noodle Pad Thai

- Serves 2 - 

1 tablespoon of low sugar peanut butter

1 teaspoon of sesame oil

1 tablespoon of honey

2 cloves of garlic, crushed and finely chopped.

1 red chilli, chopped (de-seed if you don't like too spicy)

handful of lightly salted peanuts

3 large carrots, spiralised. 

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Add the tablespoon of oil to a large wok, heat gently.

Add in the carrots and gently heat up for around 3 minutes.

In a bowl add the remaining ingredients other than the peanuts. Whisk together and create a sauce.

Add in the sauce and coat the noodles.

Add in half of the peanuts and cook for a further 3 minutes.

Dish up onto plates and sprinkle the remaining peanuts over the top.


The spiraliser was kindly sent to us from TJ Hughes. All words and opinions are my own. Thank you to brands who continue to support Little Paper Swans. 

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#BIBs2017 Finalist - A Heartfelt Thank You

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Well this is a blog post I certainly didn't think I would be writing. On Monday afternoon and email landed in my inbox. Now I don't get much time during the day as I spend it with Edith so I quickly glanced at it. Suddenly I realised that it was a serious one. I opened it up and there in writing it said "Celebration!" and then went on to tell me that I am a Brit Mums Brilliance In Blogging Award Finalist in the family category. I'm not going to lie, it kind of didn't sink in. I thought to begin oh that's good. And now I feel so thankful, so proud and a little bit nervous. I really can't believe that my blog is up there.

I've been blogging for over 5 years and it started as a fashion blog and a way to express creativity. It filled the void I needed. I had lost my Dad two years previously and having something to focus on was a great thing. It also filled the void for my creativity. I was in the middle of a photography degree at uni. I hated it. It wasn't what I was expecting at all. I expected to be creating beautiful images but it just wasn't like that it was full of critique and often quite negative. It drained me, creating blog posts gave me energy again.

My blog has seen me through moving from my family home, living with my then boyfriend (now my husband!). It's seen me through two miscarriages, a healthy pregnancy, the birth of my beautiful daughter, who we longed so much for. It's seen me through the newborn days, planning a wedding, getting married. It's seen me through becoming self employed, hell it's turned into my job. I owe this blog an awful lot. It's kept me sane, it's kept my creativity levels up and it's inspired me to push myself further and create a wonderful life for me and my family. 

This finalist status makes all those late nights, meeting deadlines, going out just to take photographs and even making my husband wait to eat meals, so I could photograph them first, worth it. 

I owe everything to you guys my beautiful readers. Thank you for your support, it honestly means the world to me. 

I also owe my husband and daughter and awful lot, as without them I wouldn't be a finalist in the Family catergory. 

I'm up against some big names, but hey, everyone likes an underdog right? I would love your support on this one too. Do you think you could spare a moment to vote?

Once again a huge thank you. You don't know how happy you've made me.

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I'm Launching A Brand New Set Of Stock Photographs.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Well here we have it, a brand new set of stock photos. The last ones went down so well and I really wanted to make it a seasonal thing, so I've launched this new set of summer stock photographs. These ones are different in the sense that there are less flatlays, that's intentional because you can still buy the Springtime Collection which is full of flatlays and more about outdoors, which is perfect for summer.

The stock images launch TODAY. And you can purchase them through my shop. And because I love you guys and because I'm extra nice you can take 10% off them with LAUNCHDAY1 (valid for the next week). That makes them just £3.80.

As before please leave me feedback and let me know what you want to see for Autumn and I'll get planning.

The code also works on my July Phone Photography Course. Which you can find here and read more about my courses here.

ALSO - Can I just say a HUGE thank you to you all. I'm a BIBS 2017 Finalist and I can't quite believe it. If you could head over and vote for me and a few other lovely bloggers that would be so amazing!

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