Homemade Stir-Fried Chinese Egg Noodles – by eTramping

In the latest ‘Midweek Eat’ we are extremely pleased to be featuring a recipe from one of our favourite bloggers. Agness is a Polish travel blogger who has been travelling and living in different Asian countries since 2011. She is well known for travelling the world for less than $25 per day and she shares her tricks and tips with the readers of her blog called eTramping.com. Moreover, she is a food lover obsessed with Chinese cuisine, yoga passionate, life enthusiast and photography freak.

Enjoy…..

Although dining out in local restaurants in China is very cheap, yet convenient and quick, we still enjoy our time in the kitchen trying to make our own favourite Chinese dishes. One of them is stir-fried Chinese egg noodles – healthy, delicious and simple to make in just 10 minutes. If you are a big fan of budget cooking, but don’t want to skimp on nutrition, you should definitely try this recipe.

Stir-fried Chinese egg noodles:

Preparation: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Servings: 2

Level of difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

  • 100g pack of medium egg noodles
  • 2 tbsp of vegetable/coconut/olive oil (depending on your preference)
  • small piece of fresh chopped ginger and parsley
  • 2 garlic chopped cloves
  • a half of grated carrot
  • 1 tbsp of chili sauce
  • 1 yellow chopped pepper
  • 50g of mangetout, sugarsnaps or frozen peas
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 whole eggs

*The choice of vegetables, herbs and spices is up to you. If you don’t like carrots, put some raw pumpkin (grated or sliced), spinach or broccoli instead. If you like it spicy, add more chili. You can be very adventurous with ingredients here which we love about this dish. We sometimes add some mushrooms, peanuts and pumpkin seeds.

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Method

  1. Cook the noodles first according to pack instructions (it usually takes us about 3 minutes to do it).
  2. Get your frying pan/wok ready and heat the oil.
  3. Stir-fry your eggs and add cooked noodles, mix together for 1 minute.
  4. Add the ginger, garlic, carrot, pepper and other vegetables of your choice, fry at high temperature for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Mix together the soy sauce and vinegar, stir into the pan, then cook for 1-2 mins.
  6. Divide between individual plates or bowls and serve immediately.

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If you would like to read more about China, you can check out our new ebook Add the Brick to the Great Wall: Experience-based Advice for China from Expatswhich sums up our two-year experience in the Land of Dragons, and serves as a guide for anyone interested in working, teaching, living and / or travelling in China.

Cheers Agness! After having a crack at the recipe ourselves we can confirm that it’s a winner!! Give it a go!

Midweek Eat! Tortilla Pizza

I can’t really take credit for the idea for this simple tasty dish. It was recommended to me by friend Gina, who makes it as a quick meal after going to circuits, so it must be healthy right?

Rob still talks of the legendary day when we first made this mouth watering bite! We were having a particularly fraught weekend preparing for our impending departure. It still shocks me to this very day, but somehow whilst packing boxes and replying to stupid questions on eBay we had forgotten about lunch! I’m sure I sensed you all gasp there. Don’t judge me people, sometimes these things slip even our food focused minds.

Thankfully this recipe answered our under fuelled bellies prayers. It easy peasy, and takes a matter of minutes.

Ingredients

• Tin tomatoes
• Oregano
• Crushed Chillies
• Salt and pepper for seasoning
• Any vegetables or meat (we used, peppers, sundried tomatoes and onions)
• Cheese
• Tortillas

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Preparation Method

1. Preheat the oven to 220c/425F/Gas 7. Place on the tortilla on a baking tray and add the topping.
2. Start with the tin tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and sprinkle on oregano and crushed chillies.
3. Scatter on your favourite toppings and cheese then place in the oven at 220C/ 427F/Gas 7 for 5-10 minutes (or until melted and beginning to brown)
4. Serve with a salad.
5. DEVOUR!!

EAT AS MANY AS YOU FANCY!

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We’ve sold our lives! (Sorry, I mean possessions)

Finally with a week to go we’ve sold all our possessions! The images below aren’t even all of it, just some of the items we had to take pictures of to sell online. At times it was the biggest ball ache ever! Taking photos, uploading them, writing a description, answering extremely stupid questions on eBay/Amazon about the item, then packaging it up, before finally taking it to the post office to be sent off to a new home. Or the alternative was heading to a dreaded car boot sale (for all none Brits, it’s like a big market) at 7.30am on a Sunday morning to get rid of our junk, gaahhh!!!

There were times when I felt like I was loosing the will to live. Hours of my weekend were devoted to the huge cull, but it’s all been worth it. There isn’t a single thing I’ve sold, that I regret selling. It really is just stuff, and I had far too much that I didn’t even use. I can honestly say that I’m happier without this baggage and mentally I feel lighter. It’s like a good old fashioned spring clear out.

Selling this stuff has meant that we have been able to buy all the things we needed to take travelling with us. Every time we sold something we put the money in a separate account and slowly watched it build. It helped our savings mission and it was exciting when we reached enough cash to buy our backpacks, or a fancy new camera, or even our super sexy merino wool thermals (if you don’t own much, quality is very important!).

TIPS

People buy crap!

  • Not literally obviously, but you would be surprised what people buy nowadays! We have sold cameras that don’t work (we make this clear in our description), and even empty plastic boxes! Basically it’s free to sell stuff online, so give it a go before you throw it out.
  • Keep the descriptions brief, with only the essential details. We’ve found if you write lots of info people don’t read it, and just ask annoying questions  already detailed in the description.

We’ve used a number of places to sell our possessions:

EBay

We mainly used this, as you can pretty much sell anything on here.

Amazon

A good place to sell books, DVDs, and cameras. Plus it’s easier to use than eBay as the pictures and descriptions are already on there, although they do take a bigger percentage of your money.

Gumtree

Great for bigger things like our bikes and sewing machines.

Facebook

By far the best way of selling things was via Facebook. There are lots of local groups, to buy sell and swap stuff. Just search for groups in your local area and join them, then post away. It’s easy to upload and write descriptions and we’ve sold most of our things instantly and people usually collect direct from your front door!

Are you ready for the cull?!!

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Midweek Eat! Comforting Cauliflower Cheese

Here in Scotland the clocks have changed and so has the weather. The beautiful crisp days of autumn are giving way to the ruthless storms of winter. Last night we hardly slept a wink, the driving wind and rain from the North Sea pounded relentlessly against the bedroom window. The sound is enough to have me reaching for my thermals.

Eventually we drifted off to sleep, but awoke from our slumber all foggy eyed and dazed. A sleep that’s hard to shake off. The only answer was to brave the continuing storm to kick start our day. We layered up and headed down to the port to catch a glimpse of the waves punishing the coastline.

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It was an impressive sight, the raw elements of Scotland never fail to amaze me. The battering wind and fresh sea spray not only sparked our woozy heads back into life, but also triggered our rumbling bellies…

There was no other option for food, it had to be calorific, comforting and creamy! We raided the cupboards and fridge for leftovers and happily discovered we were in luck…

Comforting Cauliflower Cheese!

Ingredients

  • 1x Cauliflower
  • 500 ml Milk
  • Grated Cheddar cheese (No specific amount, make it as cheesy as you want!)
  • 25g flour
  • 25g butter
  • 1 onion halved
  • 8 whole peppercorns
  • Whole nutmeg (to grate)

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Method

1. Put the milk on to heat and add the onion with the whole peppercorns. Heat for around 5 mins, but do not boil. (You can miss out this first part, but it really does add delicious flavour to the sauce)
2. Whilst the milk is heating, cut the cauliflower into pieces and add to boiling water. Boil for around 5 minutes. Then drain and place in an oven proof dish.
3. Once the milk has finished heating, pour it through a sieve into a jug and discard the peppercorns and onions.
4. Melt the butter in a non-stick pan until it’s bubbling, then add the flour and heat for around a minutes, constantly stir.
5. Slowly add the milk and whisk continuously to avoid lumps forming. Once you have added all the milk keep stirring and allow the sauce to thicken slightly over the heat.
6. Stir in the cheese and allow to melt. Do not re boil.
7. Pour it over the cauliflower, grate over some nutmeg, and add some more grated cheese. Place under the grill until the cheese topping develops a lovely bubbling ooziness! Drool!!!

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The freedom of cheap one way flights!

On Wednesday we received our one-way tickets to Mexico! Strangely despite having the tickets in hand our indefinite ending journey still doesn’t seem real.  I’m not sure when it will hit me. I thought that the reality might sink in when we sold all our possessions and furniture… Nope, we now just have an immensely minimalistic and tidy house.  The major bonus to this is I now have fewer things to lose, which used to be a daily hourly problem for me!

Maybe it will hit me in two weeks time when we become jobless and homeless. Supertramps!! Or possibly as we settle into our first nights travel accommodation, in the glamorous Premier Inn at Gatwick airport, I will have the sudden realisation that “YES! WE ARE FREE!!!”

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More likely it will be when I am dipping my toes in the Caribbean sea whilst sipping on a mojito, but who knows???! All I do know is that with each step we take towards our dream, the giddier I become! I am so high at the moment I probably don’t even need air tickets to fly to Mexico.

What adds to the growing excitement are the words ‘one’ ‘way’. There are no onward journeys booked or even a definite return date. We have literally no plans set in stone, which means we can go wherever we please, stay as long as we want and leave ourselves completely open to any opportunities this planet offers up to us! FREE!

At one point we considered buying a round the world ticket, but after chatting to fellow travellers and bloggers we realised this did not suit our idea of freedom one bit.  They seem to cost so much and they are very tying, and maybe even a little stressful. We don’t always want to be chasing the deadline for the next destination.

What happens if we fall in love with a place and wanted to extend our stay? If we had flights booked we may have to leave our paradise. That’s not freedom.

Or what if I decide I want to build a boat from cork and sail around the world? I would definitely suit a captain’s hat. No, having a RTW ticket would ruin my dream of having a captain’s hat! Plus RTW trips seem to stop off at destinations I am not overly fussed about seeing.

In the end it was an easy decision. Now the plan for our travels is to have no plans, just ideas. We could do a Live-In Language course in Guatemala, housesit in Costa Rica, live in a beach hut for a month and learn to fish, head off to India and drive the breadth of the country in a rickshaw, cycle the length of Chile, or find an island paradise and not move an inch for 18 months.

Whatever we decide to do, it will be our choice. Eventually we may run out of funds or grow tired of having an unplanned future. But for now we are going to embrace the freedom. Whatever happens it will be a new and exciting experience for both of us!

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Buying cheap air tickets:

Sometimes one way tickets seem more expensive then a return, which is bizarre, so to find cheap tickets sometimes you need a little bit of patience and persistence. After a lucky tip off from Sarahsomewhere.com we found ridiculously cheap flights to Mexico:

Through Thomas Cook, London Gatwick – Cancun £300 ($478) one way (per person)

If we did want to head back to Britain I have already discovered we can get a flight for £150 ($239) each on the return route! They are probably not the most luxurious flights, but we really don’t care about this.

From London there are so many cheap flights to India, and from India you can pick up flights to Bangkok for £90 ($143).

We may be faced with a bit of a challenge finding cheap flights from the bottom of South America to other parts of the world, but we have time on our hands so if we do head down that way I am certain we will figure something out.

Flight resources:

Here’s a few flight search websites we use to find bargains.

Skyscanner – We bought some very cheap tickets to Thailand a couple of years ago by regularly checking this site.

Rome2rio.com – I have only recently discovered this site, but there seem to be some real bargains to look out for.

Cheapflghts.com – Being honest I haven’t booked through this site, but it seems there are cheap fares to be had if you aren’t fussy about flight times etc…

If anyone else has any tips on where to find cheap flights please feel free to share the joy 🙂