2018, July 13

Recipe of the Month: Light Asian-Style Noodle Lunch Bowl

A new grocery store opened here in my city recently, “Taste of Asia,” with mainly Korean food items. It’s right next to where the BF usually plays soccer, so one evening before picking him up, I went in for a quick browse. I came out with a pack of home-made style wheat noodles, two sauces, and two Aloe Vera juices (because I was thirsty and knew the BF would be, too.)

We love pasta in general, so first off I served the noodles with a homemade mushroom sauce. It was very yummy, but I need to tweak the sauce recipe a bit before sharing.
A portion of noodles was left over, so today I made myself a very light noodle lunch bowl (I placed it on a plate, hence the photo below, but bowl just sounds cuter). I almost feel foolish for sharing, since it’s so easy to make, yet it was sooo delicious, it might become a go-to lunch idea for when I’m having a busy day.

Light Asian-Style Noodle Lunch Bowl

Asian-style Noodles
Avocado
Broccoli
Feta cheese, optional
Salt, Lemon pepper
Soy sauce, Spicy Mango & Lime sauce
Lemon juice, optional

Cook the noodles as per the package instructions. Mine was the Fu Lin Men Home Made Style (wheat) Noodle, so it needed to boil for about five minutes and it was done. I added some salt to the water and half a bouillon chicken cube.

Peel and cut your avocado. I like to cut all the way around the seed, to get two halves, then twist so they separate. I slice the avocado while it’s still in its shell and then gently scoop the slices out with a soup spoon.
Of course, you can leave the halves as they are and simply run a soup spoon between the flesh and skin of the avocado half to loosen it and then pop the intact avocado half out and cut to your liking.
Season with a little salt and lemon pepper. Add a few drops of lemon juice if you want.

Steam the broccoli. Place the thicker pieces below and the thinner ones above them in your steamer. Cover with the lid and steam until it becomes bright green and tender to touch, but still a bit crisp. It should take around five to ten minutes.
Season with some soy sauce and the spicy mango and lime sauce.

Cut the Feta cheese into small cubes.

Throw everything together into a bowl ;)

This was one of the best ideas I had so far for a very quick, easy and light lunch. The flavors were complementing each other, tasting very Asian-style – like I’ve only had at a Vietnamese acquaintance’s house when I visited Sicily many years ago. I think I’ll be paying a visit to that grocery store again very soon!

Bon appétit! ;)

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2018, July 6

Things I won’t achieve by 31

With my birthday in mind, I thought it would be interesting to reflect on a couple of things that I haven’t achieved. The blog post won’t be a bummer though, I promise.

While the things listed below are definitely things I haven’t achieved, they are also things that I figured I would achieve or thought that I should achieve like anyone who has their life figured out at 30, let alone by the time they reach 31.

  1. Live with a friend – I’ve only ever lived at home with my mom/grandparents, with my ex boyfriend for a while, and with my current boyfriend for the past 4 years. Thinking back to my childhood however, I recall playing house with my friends and with several of them along the years, depending who I was closer with, discussing with how when we’d grow up, we’d get a place of our own and be roommates. We’d plan for what our apartment would look like from furniture to the pet we’d own, and even the plants on our window sills.
  2. Work as a teacher, veterinarian, stewardess, interior designer – These were the top ideas I had for what I would become when I grew up/finished school. Now, I don’t want to be any of these things.
  3. Live abroad – This one might still be in the cards, since it’s not necessarily age-related, but I’m including it here, because I was actively searching for a job and trying to move abroad around eight years ago. I don’t regret it now, yet, had I not taken the job at the curtain shop in 2012, I could currently be living in the UK where the family whose little girl I was babysitting moved and where they took their nanny who came after me.
  4. Get married – Nine years ago, I was engaged. Before I broke things off, I figured I’d be married within two years time. Well, I’m glad I wasn’t, because in hindsight, it probably would’ve ended in divorce, like a lot of my high school friends’ marriages who got married before they turned 25.
  5. Have kids – I imagined I’d have kids one day. Goes almost hand in hand with the above one since I wouldn’t want kids before I got married. But honestly? It is such an expectation from society that one gets married and has kids, that until recent years I didn’t even stop to think if it’s only outside influences or my own wish. I’ve discovered that I probably don’t actually want to have kids.
  6. Write this blog post on time – I started the draft in March. My birthday was in May. My regular posting schedule is Friday and I am hitting publish on Monday, so on top the previously mentioned, this is also back-dated.

We make assumptions, we expect things to go a certain way, but Life doesn’t work like that. On the other hand, let me see a show of hands – have you had your life all figured out by the time you reached 30 or 31, or are you still working on it at insert current age here? What are some of the things you didn’t get to do/accomplish that you don’t regret?

2018, June 29

Quirky architecture is a real thing in Skopje

Just in case my previous travel articles about Skopje, the capital of the Republic of North Macedonia, haven’t convinced you that the city is truly worth a visit, I’m here to redirect you to my latest travel article “The quirky architecture of Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia” over on Milliver’s Travels.

 

2018, June 22

Recipe of the Month: Sesame Turkey with Steamed Asparagus

While trying different seasonings lately, the newest things I “discovered” are Lemon Pepper and sun dried tomatoes. I’ve been seasoning basically everything with these, from chicken to shrimp and now, turkey.
Below is a recipe I came up with earlier this week, and which was deemed as “the best turkey I ever had” by my boyfriend. Yay! ;)

Sesame Turkey with Steamed Asparagus

500 gr Turkey
3 tbsp Coconut oil
Lemon Pepper seasoning to taste
1 tsp grated Ginger
2-3 Sun dried tomatoes, ground
4-6 Basil leaves
2 tbsp Red peppers paste
splash of white Wine
125 ml cooking Cream (I use Alpro Rice Cuisine)
3 tbsp Sesame seeds
2 tbsp Chia Seeds
bunch of Asparagus

Prepare the meat by cutting up the turkey into small pieces. Into a heated pan add the coconut oil, the turkey and season with the lemon pepper, ginger, red peppers paste and ground sun dried tomatoes. (I omitted seasoning with salt also, since the red peppers paste is very salty.)
When the meat is almost done, add a splash of white wine and the basil leaves. Stir well and let simmer until the wine is almost gone.
Add the cream and stir continuously for a couple of more minutes so the sauce forms.
When done, turn off the heat and stir in the Sesame and Chia seeds.

Cut the Asparagus to fit into your steamer. Place the thicker pieces below and the thinner ones above them. Cover with the lid and steam until it becomes bright green and tender to touch, but still a bit crisp. It should take around 8 minutes for thick Asparagus and 5 minutes for thinner Asparagus.

The day I cooked it I served this with Danish rye bread, but it’d go well with other side dishes like rice, baked regular or sweet potatoes, etc.
I think it’d even taste great stirred together with Quinoa (I’ll be trying this idea next!).

Bon appétit! ;)

2018, June 15

My non-swimmer’s opinion on a spa complex

I’m not a swimmer, I can barely do it in salty water, but I had the best time at Hungarospa with my boyfriend and a couple of friends a few weeks back. It is the largest spa complex in Europe, and I believe everyone will be able to find their favorite pools and things to do there.

Head on over to Milliver’s Travels to read my travel article, “Sunbathing at Hungarospa Thermal Baths, Hajdúszoboszló, Hungary”, I’m positive you’ll wish you could pack up and leave towards it right away.

2018, June 8

Watch the time – by Estrella Azul

Before we parted ways,
he gifted me a watch.
Both of us felt it –
what was left of “us”
was only a matter of time.

2018, June 1

Awkward money questions

I read The Financial Diet (TFD) on a regular basis, and when I noticed one of their “awkward money questions” interview, I figured I’d try to answer the questions myself.

  1. What’s the worst money you’ve ever spent in the name of romance?
    A weekend trip. Even though it resulted in a fun weekend and I enjoyed spending time with the guy, and exploring a new city I’ve never been to… I should not have spent that much while I was basically broke, had debt, and needed to borrow money just so I could go.
  2. What is a misguided purchase you’ve made to “upgrade” yourself?
    The Color Run, last year in my city. I needed motivation to keep running and training, and entering running races was the perfect way for me to do just that. All other races I entered were great and helped me keep in shape and training while also being fun. The Color Run however, was anything but a professionally organized race, and admission was steep for all that it ended up being (the happiest 5K in the World only summed up to 3,5K).
  3. What’s one guilty pleasure you spend on that you know you absolutely shouldn’t?
    Mugs. I love any kind of fun and interesting coffee cup, tea mug or drinking jug in all shapes and sizes. I have more than I could probably use up in a lifetime. I have gotten way better and refrain from buying new ones, but the occasional mug purchase still happens even though I really don’t need any new ones.
  4. What’s one thing you’re really cheap about that you know you should spend more money on?
    Self-care. I think of the cat, the BF, family and friends before I think of spending money on myself. I try to cut my own hair, do my own hair, make-up and nails as much as possible – going as far as borrowing a dress to wear at a wedding, because I don’t wear dresses often enough to justify buying a new one.
    I’m better at it when the BF nudges me to spend money on myself also and at least for special occasions I started getting manicures, and invested in a couple of dresses to have for weddings. However, I will probably cut my own hair until I can still hold scissors with a steady-enough hand.
  5. What is something that 2018 Estrella does that 2008 Estrella would have never thought possible?
    Wiring money into my savings account, and into private pension account every month.

Now I’m curious. What would your replies be to the above questions? Feel free to leave your answers in a comment below.

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