Posts tagged ‘Life’

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, May 25

Six Reasons to Smile – Spring 2018

This Spring has been busy. Well, that’s an understatement. I feel overworked, and not rested enough. But at least the not rested enough part also comes from being able to do some work around the house, and also enjoy some great warm weather during weekends.

I participated in the 8th Wizzair Marathon’s 10K race, and came in 118th, placing me in the first quarter of female participants. That’s not bad at all considering I only ran 5-6K races before and only a handful of 10Ks on my own. The winner ran the 10K in 35 minutes, so that is my goal for next year – getting my 10K as near to 35 minutes as possible (if not shorter!).

Aside from starting running regularly again, and as much walking as we can fit into our everydays, the BF and I finally got to take bike rides. We’ve ventured for longer and longer rides, now riding from home all the way to the city and back. That’s a 30km or so ride if we’re not taking detours. With detours we made it to 43km – our longest ride as of yet.
For my birthday, I wanted to go ride our bikes around Geamana Lake, but it was rainy last weekend. We’ve tried it in Autumn, but only got to half the lake’s length on account of it getting dark too early. I want to write a travel article about it, so it’s definitely happening sooner or later this Summer.

The scenes from nearly all my walks, runs and bike rides made me smile. It was hard to narrow it down and choose only three photos from them to include in my collage. The sunset, the poppies, and the black swan.
Talking about that, the black swan is one of the best sightings, ever, for me. I’ve never seen black ones (not even in a Zoo) before going on a run with a colleague in April! I looked it up and they’re not cygnets (which would be grey), they’re fully grown black swans. And so, very pretty!

We tried a sushi place we’ve never been to before, which turned out good. Not spectacular, but it was a nice evening out with friends. We had few evenings out with friends actually, because we did try to spend as much time outside during weekends as possible. Kinda wish our friends would be more outdoorsy, but on the other hand, I do enjoy spending time just the two of us and not having to adjust schedules to anyone else’s needs, so not complaining!

We did some home renovation work, putting down carpet in the living room-bedroom combo, building some doors for our closet so the kitty can’t munch on my shoelaces and tank top straps anymore, and did a major cleaning of the balcony throwing away everything we didn’t need anymore or that was broken and organized the stuff we did keep, like tools and such.

I had a lot of fun, even taking the kitty out on the balcony with me, setting up a pretty little balcony “garden”. I’ll share pics of flowers in my Summer six reasons post though, as most of the plants newly potted are very nice and green, but haven’t bloomed yet. Hmm… or I might write a separate blog post about my balcony garden and detail what plants I’ve got.

Did you smile a lot this Spring? This month? What were your reasons? In case you’ve also captured them on camera, I’d love to see!

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