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I love Manchester, it reminds me of London-vibrant, multi-cultural, eclectic and a friendly city to boot with just so much to do and see for all the family.

As it’s half term this week I wanted to share a Saturday we spent there from a couple of weeks ago combining my passion for food with family fun for this week’s #tastytuesdays!

Lots of my relatives live in Manchester so whenever we visit, it usually involves a lot of gorgeous Greek food and a big old catch up with Aunts and cousins I’m close to!

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Thanks to Joules for gifting me the dress above!

Only 1 1/2 hours away from Leeds, we jumped in the car first thing and spent a sunny Saturday in Manchester!

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First up, we headed to MOSI-the Museum of Science of Industry-a museum bursting with cool exhibits and acitivites allowing you to explore where science meets industry in the modern world.

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With permanent galleries spread across five listed historic buildings and collections ranging from early textile machinery to modern X-ray equipment, steam engines and more-the kids (and we) were fascinated by it all!

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Alexander-Honest MumWorkshops on the day included wool creations on cardboard (!) that Oliver was a dab hand at (pun intended) but sadly I wasn’t quite so nimble-fingered at hand knitting but we had a laugh at least!

The ‘Presenters’-the helpers there were so friendly and welcoming and didn’t once laugh at my rubbish attempts to hand knit either! OK they might have laughed a bit!

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Then it was onwards to my Aunt’s award winning Greek taverna, Kosmos in Fallowfield for a fine Greek feast!

Kosmos food-Honest Mum

First up, Fassoatha soup-Greek bean soup- you can find Loulla’s recipe for that HERE too!

Greek bean soup-Honest Mum

Followed by flavoursome, delicate Greek dips of taramasalata, hummus, tsatsiki and melitzanosalata (aubergine dip). Delicious!

Greek dips-Honest Mum

Oh and let’s not forget this tasty friend kalamari I could eat all day long!

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The boys tucked into Loulla’s famous Greek meatballs and chips adding dollops of hummus to their plates too!

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We opted for succulent seafood kebabs-recipe below, served with tabbouleh salad! If you shut your eyes you could be in Greece or Cyprus by the sea!

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Tabbouleh salad-Honest Mum

Thanks Auntie Loulla and thank you Manchester, we had a blast!

I wanted to share Loulla’s fish kebab recipe too-it’s so tasty and easy to make too, you have to try it!

Thalasina Souvlakia-Seafood Kebabs

Thalasina Souvlakia- Seafood Kebabs

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These fish kebabs make an excellent starter or main course. Use a mixture of three firm types of fish such as Tuna, Monkfish, Swordfish, Halibut or Salmon.

I like to serve these kebabs with spinach rice or a salad. The herb dressing compliments the fish.

Serves 4

  • 1.25kg (2½lb) mixed fish
  • 8 large raw prawns
  • 1 red pepper cut into large pieces
  • 1 medium sized onion, peeled and cut into pieces
  • salt and pepper

For the marinade

  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ onion , grated or blended
  • 1tsp paprika

For the herb dressing

  • 4tbsp chopped parsley
  • 4tbsp chopped coriander
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ cup virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed and chopped
  • 1tbsp honey
  • salt and pepper


Cut the fish into 4cm (1.5inch) cubes, peel the prawns but leave the tails on.

Place the fish and prawns in a bowl, mix in the marinade ingredients and leave in the fridge for 1 hour.

To make the herb dressing, blend the herbs with olive oil, lemon juice and garlic in a food
processor until smooth.

Season to taste then place in a serving bowl.

Thread the fish and prawns on flat skewers with onion and peppers in between each piece, season the kebabs and cook over a gentle fire or under a hot grill for approximately 10 minutes, brushing with marinade on both sides until cooked. (Do not overcook).

Serve the kebabs on spinach rice or with a salad, spoon some of the herb dressing on top of the kebabs and serve immediately.


Do also join Loulla’s private Facebook Group which has thousands of members: Loulla’s Recipe Share.

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51 Responses

  1. Emily

    What a fab and fresh sounding recipe – I like the idea of trying with monkfish. Love Manchester too – I’m heading there for the day this week 🙂

  2. BakedPotato Mummy

    Sounds like a wonderful day out. The museum sounds like a lot of fun. I want to take Potato to the London Science Museum this autumn.
    That food is properly mouthwatering! The dips and tabbouleh look particularly yummy.

  3. Mel

    What a great day out! The photos of the boys are beautiful. I love the shot of Alexander lost in thought, bless him! The dips from your auntie Loulla’s restaurant are making me hungry! x

  4. jenny paulin

    the museum looks like a great way to spend a day with the boys – so much to see, do and learn. and that food – wow it looks immense x

    • honestmum

      So lovely it’s reminded you of home, my happiest memories are eating with my family in their restaurants, all together, happy and enjoying great food xx

  5. Sharmin

    Wow, the food looks absolutely mouthwatering. And you’ve definitely sold Manchester to me. Never really explored it, but looks like a must-visit. Gorgeous pics too!! xx

  6. Sophie

    That food looks delectable! Calamari and Tzatziki are two of my absolute favourites. What a lovely family day out! Museums really are fun for all ages, I especially love the ones where you can try activities!

  7. Rachael A

    I love finding new fish recipes and this one looks lovely, can’t wait to give it a go! Lovely photos of your day out as well!

  8. Sian

    Thanks for the recipe, looks delicious! I used to go to MOSI as a kid – I imagine it’s changed quite a bit in the last 20 years! Looks like you had a great day.

  9. Emma

    Look a like a fab day. We live just outside of Leeds and really should take advantage and head over the Manchester more often. The kebab looks amazing x

  10. Over a Cuppa

    Love your gorgeous photo’s of your wonderful family! I would so love a large family like yours x

    The food looks amazing, yet to have breakfast but now all I want to eat is this!

    • honestmum

      Thanks lovely, realise we are lucky and really glad we moved closet to everyone as I did miss them madly when we were in London, thanks for your lovely comment, Kosmos is a gorgeous restaurant x

  11. Rebecca U

    That looks like such a fun day out (and you always look so stylish). I’ll be pinning this recipe – totally my kind of thing, yum!

  12. Katie / Pouting In Heels

    Looks delicious! And I’m so glad you love Manchester, it is my home city and I miss it so much! One day, I need to show you round properly. Have linked up a food post (which hardly ever happens!;-) xxx

    • honestmum

      Thanks Katie, love Manchester, my Mum grew up there so spent so much time there and some crazy nights too, my brother went to Uni there as well, we considered moving there when we moved back from London, gorgeous place, we need a weekend together there, imagine the fun! Thanks for linking up, excited x

  13. Jenny

    Ahhh bless your family day out in Manchester sounds absolutely amazing. Love all the family fun photos too. MOSI is great isn’t it? Didn’t realize you were so close would have loved to have coffee, next time you are up to Manchester give me a shout! Recipe looks delicious hunny. Thanks for hosting.

  14. susan @happyhealthymumma

    As always, gorgeous photos! our little ones have such similar hair!! haha They get it from their mummas! 🙂 And I could eat those seafood kebabs all day everyday!!! They look divine!!

  15. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    Looks like you had an amazing day out, and beautiful photos of your gorgeous boys. That meal looks amazing, almost makes me wish I wasn’t a vegetarian, and that is high praise indeed 🙂 Lovely to be back linking, pleased to have found some time to get a little creative, although my post is more for fun/a treat for the kids x


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