King Prawn and Som Tum Salad

I have put my twist on this traditional Thai Som Tum salad because I lead quite a busy life. I tend to serve it with some steamed brown rice so I can eat it as a complete meal. Whereas in Thailand, this light and healthy dish is consumed with a selection of stir-fried meats and rice or noodles.

prawn som tum

Recipe for 2 people:
100g of green beans
12 cherry or plum tomatoes
12 king prawns
1 large carrot
2-3 birds eye chillies
1 tbsp fish sauce
2 tsp granulated sugar
1 clove of garlic
1 tsp of vegetable oil
Optional ingredient 4 tbsp of salted peanuts


Pan fry the prawns with the vegetable oil on a medium to high heat.

Set aside and peel the carrots using the special peeler (pictured below) or hand mandoline.

Finely chop the garlic and 2 – 3 birds eye chillies (1 for very mild palates).

Pound the garlic and chilli using a pestle and mortar. Add the fish sauce, lime juice and granulated sugar.

Top and tail the green beans and quarter the tomatoes.

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and sprinkle on the peanuts after you have plated the salad.

hand mandoline

I really hope you enjoy this version of a Thai Som Tum salad with King Prawns. Please let me know if you do and check out how I made it in my latest YouTube video. I would love it if you would subscribe to my channel. It is really quick and easy and it is 100 per cent free too. Bx

Starting to Exercise

My husband, Andy, has encouraged me to start exercising. It was only a light introduction with planks and press ups but I wanted to do something light today and then build it up gradually. I’m aiming to do something tomorrow morning and then again in the evening.


As you can see, we started off with 3 sets of 20 second planks. This is an exercise I am familiar with from the Yoga and Pilates classes I used to take before I had Annabelle. I used to love going to these classes but my favourite was probably Body Balance. In those classes there is a combination of Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates all set to music.

In the New Year, I am going to start attending a Zumba class with two mummy friends. I am actually really excited for this despite being ridiculously uncoordinated. It’s safe to say I will never win a ‘Best Dancer’ award.

My plan to eat well is also taking steps in the right direction. For lunch today I had a jacket potato with tuna, sweetcorn, baked beans and a tiny dollop of mayonnaise. Normally, I would cover it in handful of cheese which probably 2-3 times more than the recommended daily allowance (1 matchbox size serving).

I am also trying to cut down my snacking but every time I see the Terry’s chocolate orange or Cadbury’s Marvellous Creations, I find it ridiculously hard to resist. I must stop buying them!

Anyway, have you started  eating healthier foods and exercising yet? Let me know what you have done to get the ball rolling. Bx