So I’m now 16 weeks pregnant now! One of the main things I have learnt about pregnancy, at least for myself, is one has to eat really healthy. I’m finally getting over morning sickness and I don’t really have any hunger cravings but I’ve found if I eat unhealthily (ie if I eat a curry or deep fried food) then my morning sickness comes back.
With this in mind I’ve changed my diet quite a lot recently. I still enjoy some junk food sometimes (for example a curry / kfc etc) but my body can only handle food like this once in a blue moon. Maybe it’s my baby being demanding but my morning sickness is best controlled when I eat home made fresh food. Recently Chris and I have been eating a lot of seafood and we’re fortunate in Edinburgh to have a really great fishmonger called Eddie’s Seafood. It’s a Hong Kongnese run fishmonger in Marchmont so it’s really nice for me to pop in and have a chat in Chinese but most importantly they sell really gorgeous fresh seafood at excellent prices and a large variety of fish.
Another issue I have, and this is one of the reason I’ve been struggling to update my blog, is I’ve been really busy. I’m studying at college full time, working part time, suffering from morning sickness as well as back ache so I really have to cook quick but really healthy food and fried rice for me is an obvious choice.
This isn’t to say I won’t cook other things but right now fried rice hits the spot perfectly and today I had a craving for a smoked haddock and prawn fried rice
I’m going to try to update this blog more regularly than I have been in the last couple of months and certainly when I go on maternity leave next year I’ll do a lot more cooking (I plan to cook most if not all of my babies food so I’ll be cooking like crazy).
Also a bit more personal, I had my 16 week midwife’s appointment Tuesday this week. We were the first couple to arrive and very annoyingly had to wait for two couples who were booked after me to be seen first as they needed translators (next time I might demand a Chinese translator out of spite) and we heard the baby’s heartbeat. Just like the scan this was really amazing. Our baby’s heart rate was 150bpm and we heard it kick, so awesome!
It looks like we’re going to have a really healthy baby to bring home next year, exciting times!
Hope you like this recipe for smoked haddock and prawn fried rice.
1 smoked haddock fillet
200g raw king prawns
3 large eggs
2 spring onions chopped finely
1 bowl of mixed vegetables; 1 medium sized carrot diced, 1 can of sweetcorn and a handful of peas.
2 cloves garlic chopped finely
1 shallot chopped finely
1 teaspoon rice wine
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 bowls worth of cooked rice
Salt and pepper to suit taste
- Cut the smoked haddock into small dices and heat up a wok with one tablespoon of oil. Stir fry the garlic and shallot first and then fry the smoked haddock together with the garlic and shallot. After putting the smoked haddock in the wok add the rice wine and cook together. Once the smoked haddock is cooked leave it aside for later
- Clean the wok and heat up again with a little bit of oil. Fry the prawns and add a little salt and pepper to season it. Once the prawn is cooked (changed colour) leave aside just like the haddock in step one.
- Boil some water in a pan and cook the carrots first then add the peas and cook. Once cooked drain the water and add the sweetcorn (sweetcorn doesn’t need cooking).
- Beat the eggs and heat up a wok with 2 tablespoons of oil. Fry the eggs first and put the cold rice in the wok and mix them together. Keep mixing together and make sure there are no lumps in the rice.
- Add step 1 and spring onions and mix them evenly with the last step. After that mix everything else together evenly and use soy sauce, salt and pepper to season the fried rice to taste. It’s now ready to serve.
Time to cook: 45 minutes
Serves: 3 people