Prawn Mango and Avocado Salad

The following recipe first appeared in Summer Table by Jodie Blight.  She has also provided the image to accompany the post.

Last week, as part of the Christmas Gift Guide I shared a cookbook called Summer Table.  Jodie has also agreed to share a recipe from the book here today.  Paul and I gave this recipe a whirl on the weekend and it was delicious.  It was super easy to make and perfect for the hot weather.  To purchase Jodie’s book Summer Table and keep up to date with any new projects (I’ve heard that there is another cookbook on it’s way) head to her website!

Prawns, Mango and Avocado SaladPrawn Mango and Avocado Salad

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 0 minutes

Serves 4


  • 4 handfuls mixed lettuce leaves
  • 2 mangoes, cut into cubes
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 20 cooked prawns, peeled and deveined
  • 2 avocados, cut into cubes
  • 1 handful coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 long red chilli, chopped (optional)


  • ½ tablespoon wholegrain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons white condiment (white balsamic vinegar)
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey


In a large bowl or on a platter, arrange lettuce, mango, onion, prawns and avocado.

To make dressing, shake ingredients in a jar until combined. Taste and adjust to your liking. Pour over salad, and sprinkle with coriander leaves and chilli.


For a twist, serve the salad as a salsa. Chop one mango and one avocado into small pieces and combine with half a finely diced red onion and chilli. Finish with the juice of a lime, toss gently and sprinkle with coriander. Serve with prawns.


Interview with a 5 year old

Welcome to The Lounge.  Take a seat, grab a drink and make yourself comfortable.  This week we are getting to know people a little better.  Earlier in the year I did an interview with Mr 4, so I am doing updated version now that he is Mr 5!  Although it was as painful as pulling teeth!

      1. Who is your best friend?  Max, Tarts and Terrence.  (I’m not sure if the second one is actually his name, but Mr 5 was adamant about it.
      2. What do you like doing with your best friend?  Lots of different kinds of things.
      3. What is your favourite thing to eat?  Watermelon, biscuits, chippies and nuggets.  Lemons used to be his favourite but now it’s not.  Also apples.
      4. What is your favourite toy to play with?  Cars and trucks, bikes and scooters.  Also racing tracks.
      5. What do you want to be when you grow up?  Policeman.  (this answer took forever to get out of him.  He was adamant that it had to be exactly the same as he’d told the school, unfortunately he couldn’t remember what it was.)
      6. What is your favourite thing to do?  Playing.
      7. What is your favourite tv show?  Lots. Horrible Histories, Sorry I’ve got no head and my favourite channel is cartoons, lots and lots of cartoons.
      8. What is your favourite book?  (runs into room to have a look) Extreme Monster Trucks Magazine.  (it’s the gift that keeps on giving!)
      9. What is your favourite movie?  Lego Batman.

It was interesting to see the difference in his answers, although I bet the answers will be different again next week!  It was also a lot easier last time, and his answers didn’t have to be just right.  It was quite worrying how anxious he got when he couldn’t remember the answer he had said at school, despite my reassurances that he didn’t have to say the same thing.

Have you ever interviewed your kids? 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

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Jazz in the house

I’m trying something new. Something a little different for the blog, something a little more light. I’m joining in with Ms Mystery Case for the LBD challenge. I have been eying it off for a while now, but I just wasn’t sure if I was cut out for it. Then I completed the style under $50 and I was hooked! I love that I can put together outfits without having to leave the comfort of my couch. I’m treating this challenge as a bit of a in my wildest dreams challenge so money is no object. It’s definitely more fun that way!

This week the challenge is Jazz Club style. I’ve never been to a jazz club but in my mind, the style is sophisticated, simple but elegant. I chose a Curve Body Con Dress from ASOS as my LBD which I will use for all of the challenges from now on. I love the simple style and that it can be either dressed up or down. I love the flippy skirt too.

Jazz Club


Gareth Pugh bolero jacket
4 565 AUD –

Call it SPRING lace platform shoes
69 AUD –

Alexander McQueen punk purse
3 950 AUD –

John Lewis chunky vintage necklace
36 AUD –

Topshop claw ring
21 AUD –

Ann Taylor sparkly hair clip
34 AUD –

Have you ever been to a Jazz Club? 
What is the most you’ve ever spent on a clutch?

Inner voice

I read this Tumblr post and it hit my right in the soft spot.  The feels that is.  I try to put forward this persona of not being affected by things, but this one snuck right underneath the barriers when I wasn’t watching.  It hit me somewhere that I haven’t thought about in great detail for years.

The post is about eating disorders and what they really are.  I have never seen a more encompassing piece of writing about eating disorders.  Of course everyone’s experience is different, but it was interested that when a friend shared it on her FB wall, there was a decent amount of head nodding.

I’ve talked about the obsession I had around food, about the feeling that, that obsession created in me.  However that was just skimming the surface, it didn’t talk about how I really felt for those years that I suffered/suffer from disordered eating.  I still don’t have a good relationship with food and the way that it makes me feel.  I laugh it off, but in the dark, when I’m alone, the reality comes back to bite me in the arse.

We all have that little voice in our head.  The voice of reason, and for people who have a healthy self esteem, this voice is more like an internal cheer leader.  My voice seemed to miss class that day.  She is nasty, brutal and is more than likely the reason behind my need to justify my decisions.

There was a while when I gave that voice a name.  I can’t remember the name off the top of my head now, and I don’t wish to go delving through my journals to find it.  However I do know that giving that internal voice a name meant that I had given her power.  I was allowing her control, where she had no business being in control.

This may sound strange, like I wasn’t in touch with reality and for a while I wasn’t.  This disconnect however is all part and parcel of having BPD.  I believed that my mind and body were entirely separate beings.  I had the belief that my mind was strong, and I (the body) was weak.  It was this belief that fueled a lot of my self harm, the body was weak and needed to be punished.

I still have that voice.  She still has most of the power over me.  I still find myself internally justifying everything I do to her.  However I know that she is a part of me.  I know that we aren’t separate and that it is simply my low self esteem having a voice.  Maybe this distinction is what allows me to dismiss some of the things that the little voice says.

Is your inner voice a cheerleader?

No more Santa photos for me

This week the prompt for I must confess is Santa photos.  This yearly event and I have a bit of a love hate relationship.  I love getting them done.  I hate that I have to be in them every year.  This year I hoping will be different, but I’m definitely not holding my breath.

I’ve written a post about out Christmas photos so far and while I’m not happy about being in the last few years, I am glad that I did them.  They make a great Christmas Present for Grandparents, especially when you can get a disc of the photos to print out yourself!

I also haphazardly take pictures to use on Christmas Cards.  The first year was the easiest…then Mr 5 just wasn’t really into it.  I got some cute pictures out of it though!

1913537_201728453782_8273494_n 10406364_10152916695013783_5299534003076988469_nI also love making collages to compare how much Mr 5 has grown through the year.  Like this one of him after we had finished putting up the tree.282819_10151398000488783_1372473199_nOf course it wouldn’t be a Santa Photo unless there was one of me when I was a kid.  This photo was taken in the same shopping centre that I get Mr 5’s done now!

18663_322982428782_5849450_nDo you take your kids to have their photo taken with Santa?  Have you managed to not being in the photo yet?