fennel & carrot salad-001I haven’t done a food post in ages but I was so pleased with how tonight’s dinner turned out that I had to share! Thanks to our chickens we now have plenty of eggs and so I’ve been on the lookout for ways to use them up that don’t involve just making cakes, as tempting as that is. During one of my regular Pinterest scrolls I saw a pin for a roasted veg hash topped with a poached egg and thought I’d conjure something up. Voila! Roasted fennel and carrot salad with Serrano ham and egg. I was worried that the fennel would be a little over-powering but it actually gave a really nice flavour to the salad, especially combined with the carrots and the saltiness of the ham. We are trying to eat more grains and pulses so I added some lentils and black quinoa (I was lazy and got the ready to eat stuff).

Ingredients (Serves 2)

1 pack or 10-12 Baby carrots

1 fennel bulb

Handful of mint

2 large handfuls rocket


5 slices serrano ham


2 tablespoons lentil and quinoa mix (optional but tasty!)

Olive oil

Salt & pepper



I left the carrots as they were and sliced the fennel in strips about 1cm wide after discarding the stalks. I drizzled some olive oil and added some salt and pepper and covered the dish with foil before cooking it at 180C for 20 minutes. After turning the vegetables, I added the mint and cooked it uncovered for another 10 minutes. I mixed in the lentils and popped it back in the oven for a couple of minutes just to warm the lentils.

I only learnt how to poach an egg last year at the grand old age of 32! I bring the water to the boil, then set it to simmer before stirring it to create a kind of whirlpool. Then I tip the egg in (much easier to pop it in a small cup first) and cook for exactly 3 minutes. I pop them on a piece of kitchen roll when I take them out to get rid of some of the water.

I mixed the veg and rocket together and then added the ham and crumbled on the feta. I didn’t include a quantity for the feta because to be honest I just did it until I thought “That looks about right!”. Popped the eggs on top and added pepper to taste.

It was probably one of the nicest dinners I’ve had recently, even if I do say so myself! I’d love to know if you decide to give it a go.

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  • Searching for Spice - This looks absolutely gorgeous! So healthy and perfect for summer.ReplyCancel

  • Honestmum - Wow that looks utterly stunning and truly delicious. Thanks for linking up!ReplyCancel

  • Maria Belfort Henriques - This looks amazing! And lucky me I have all the ingredients in the fridge 😀ReplyCancel

  • Maria Belfort (@onetinyleap) - This looks amazing! And lucky me I have all the ingredients in the fridge 😀ReplyCancel

There seems to be an unintentional tree theme in this post!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks with mini-sessions, engagement sessions and weddings. I love it and I love just how beautiful where we live is during spring. We have a bluebell woods nearby and it’s served as a beautiful backdrop for a lot of my recent work. I really want to do a little session there with my own rugrats but have been so busy taking photos of other people’s that I just haven’t had chance yet! This is the second time I’ve offered mini-sessions and while I love the typical at-home lifestyle sessions I normally do, this is really fun and it’s always lovely when people who liked what you did last time come back! I feel like I’m the “Official Family Photographer” for a couple of families which is so nice.

riley-038For this month’s blog circle I’m sending you over to Kassie’s blog Actuary Mom to see her 6 photos for May.

  • Anna Nguyen - love your photos, the wild flower field one is so gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Frame This Moment Photography by Thuvan - love your photos, the wild flower field one is so gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Donna - I love the tree theme! You have captured spring perfectly. Love the fence photo xReplyCancel

  • RachelSwirl - Amazing photos- what a fab fab fab photographer xReplyCancel

  • Style me Sunday - Such beautiful photos Hayley. I’m going to make a promise to myself to read your blog more often. And hopefully some of your skills will rub off on me. Also let me know when you’ve done the Lightroom presets post. xxxReplyCancel

  • Michelle Daniels - Loving your tree theme! And love the children in the bluebells. I’ve just photographed bluebells, but unfortunately not with sweet children but family dogs, feel free to look at my blog http://www.michelledaniels.co.uk/bluebells/ReplyCancel

  • Elaina Borchelt - These are beautiful! I especially love the one of the two boys on the fence. We have a park with bluebells in our area that is super popular.ReplyCancel

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My kids both *love* YouTube. So much so, the littlest has learnt how to do a Google voice search so she can watch her favourite things. I think she saw a video on it or something… Like most little girls her age she is a huge fan of the videos of other kids unboxing toys and watching people open Kinder eggs. My childless friends are always like “What the…???” but they can’t get enough of those videos. I often find little videos on my phone of monologues about toys and what accessories they came with, complete with “Hey Guys!” and “Don’t forget to subscribe!”. She’s a rather girly girl and has never paid any attention to her brother’s love of Spiderman and Batman but she absolutely loved the new DC Super Hero Girls animated series and so did he although he pretended not too, obviously. He’s nearly 9 and *far* too cool for that kind of thing. The new series features a group of Super Heros on their journey of discovering the power of their unique abilities and friendships. I loved that she wanted to watch something that inspired her for the rest of the day and that there were characters that she could relate to and stories she could enjoy rather than watching videos about stuff. Not so much loving that my vintage scarf collection is now being used for capes…

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You can watch the latest series of DC Super Hero Girls on the DC Super Hero Girls channel and there is an extended online experience on the DC website where kids can play games, download free printable activities and more.

To celebrate the launch, DC Super Hero Girls are offering you the chance to win a £100 Visa Giftcard (pretty nice, eh?). Just follow the instructions below to enter. Good luck!

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Get your cape on!

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