Goodbye London, hello jet lag

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I arrived in China late yesterday afternoon where I was met by my husband after an 11 hour flight from Heathrow. I have to say, I was not too tired as I managed to get around 7 hours of sleep…on and off. It’s a different story today though as my head is buzzing and my eyes are closing but I MUST not give in as it’s only 1.05pm!! (Must stay awake… must stay awake)😴

I will post more stories on China once I get some photos taken but this was the view I woke up to this morning. (Dongguan at 6.35am)

Now, back to London. I had the chance to meet with Selma for brunch the day before I left and that lady is as beautiful as her blog, if not more! She took me to Brew in Wimbledon Village and had theee most delicious eggs!    Mine was perfectly poached eggs on hung yoghurt with chilli butter!   …just look at that yolk!

Selma and I talked and laughed over brunch and being around her just made me feel so positive about so many things! Amazing woman! Also confessed that she’s one of my blog idols! Haha! 

I also managed to catch up with my baby sister while I was there and spent a lovely time staying with my cousin. 

Off to Hong Kong tomorrow for the weekend, so I will be taking more photos there too! 

Before I have a wee lie down to “rest my eyes”, here are a few iconic shots of London I took before I left. Hope you’ll like them!  

  
  

   

Happy Thursday to all!💛

My long “transit” in London

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Hello all! Well I left Bilbao over a week ago and been here in London spending my days with my sister or my cousin and her family before I head off to China to embark on my new life there. I have lost all sense of routine but managed to cook a couple of simple dishes while I’m here. 

Last night I made my  Crispy Chicken along with my Colourful Coleslaw (sans the walnuts) for the family and it went down a treat! 

  
With all that has been going on, I have been exhausted but I am super excited to finally meet up with a fellow blogger friend Selma on Monday for brunch! If you don’t already know Selma, you have to check out her blog! AMAIIIIIZING!!! 

Anyway, before I fly off to China on Tuesday night, here are a couple of black and white snapshots of London that I took.

  
  
Have a fabulous weekend and will be “seeing” you again when I am in China!

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Triple Decker Sandwich

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Hi all! Sorry for the lack of communication and posts. Things have been hectic and moving extremely fast these days. I am moving to China in a month. So as you can imagine, there was a lot of packing to do and most of our belongings are now stored at my in-laws in Galicia. The road trip there took us 8hrs each way and I think both me & my cat are “van lagged”! I am also left with the very basics to cook with like my old worn out and broken wok along with an old pot! 

That aside, meals have to be super simple for the next 4 weeks so I made a sandwich for my dinner last night and I have to say, it satisfied my hankering.



All you need is:

  • Tuna
  • Mayonnaise
  • Pickles
  • Salad leaves
  • Black pepper
  • 3 slices of bread (toasted)

Just toast your bread, spread some mayonnaise on the 3 slices of bread and assemble your sandwich! A simple, filling & tasty meal! 

Enjoy!

Below are some shots I took of Galicia & Portugal when we were there last weekend. I hope you’ll like them.☺️















Spaghettini with Baby Plum Tomatoes

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Last Thursday I was already busy in the kitchen at 8am whipping up a packed lunch for my husband as there were no leftovers from the previous night’s dinner for him to take to work like he usually does. 

So I made this super simple pasta dish that took 10 mins to prepare.



Ingredients

• 4 to 5 Baby plum tomatoes (cut into halves) 
• 1 to 2 cloves of garlic (sliced width wise)
• Half tsp chilli flakes 
• 1 tsp dried parsley
• Spaghettini pasta, enough for 2 people (takes 3 mins to cook)
• sea salt & cracked black pepper 
• Lots of extra virgin olive oil 

Method

1. In a skillet, add the olive oil & garlic. Let it simmer on a low heat so the oil is infused with the flavour.
2. Add your chilli flakes & dried parsley. 
3. Turn the heat up a little and sauté the halved baby plum tomatoes.

4. Once slightly soft, toss in the cooked pasta and coat with the flavours. 

Add more chilli flakes & dried parsley if you desire! 

I’m also so happy to say that 2 people decided to make this dish that same day after seeing my posts on My Simple Delights’ Facebook & Instagram page! 

Happy cooking!💛


Sweet Chilli Fish

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I was up and about early Friday morning to get some fish at ‘Mercado de la Ribera’ or Ribera Market. This market is the biggest covered market in Europe and the architecture of the building is just stunning. You have to get there early to get the best fish as it can get pretty busy. I got some beautiful ‘Dorado’, otherwise known as Gilt Head Bream and some Haddock fillets.

My husband had a hankering for a dish we had sometime ago in a Chinese restaurant in Vigo, Galicia. I couldn’t remember exactly how it was, so with the Haddock fillets, I made my version of the dish.

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Ingredients
for the fish…
• 6 boneless Haddock fillets (cut into small pieces)
• 1 cup plain flour (add more if you need to)
• 2 eggs (beaten)
• a good seasoning of black pepper & sea salt
• Sunflower oil to shallow fry

for the sauce…
• 1 cup of Sweet Chilli dipping sauce (the one with bits of chilli pieces – you can find this in any Asian supermarket)
• 2 tbsp sesame oil
• 2 cloves of garlic
• 2 slices of ginger
• 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
• 1 white onion (chopped)
• 2 small carrots (sliced)
• 1 sweet red pepper (chopped)
• 1 tsp black pepper
• Spring onions for garnish

Method
1. Combine the flour, black pepper & a little salt in a large bowl.
2. Dip the haddock pieces in the beaten egg, coat thoroughly with the flour mixture and set aside. Continue doing this with the rest of the haddock pieces.
3. Heat the sunflower oil in a skillet and shallow fry the haddock pieces for about 2 mins or until golden and crispy. Place on a plate lined with kitchen towel to drain the excess oil.
4. In a medium hot wok, add the sesame oil and sauté the onions with black pepper till they are slightly clear. Throw in the carrots with the red peppers and sauté for about a minute.
5. Add the Sweet Chilli Sauce into the wok with a little water just so it doesn’t caramelise. Add the chopped cilantro, lower the heat and let the sauce simmer for a minute or 2.
6. Start placing the haddock pieces onto a serving dish, they should still be fairly warm. Ladle the sauce generously over the haddock pieces, garnish with chopped spring onions and serve with boiled white rice.

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A little sweet and a little spicy, a perfect combination.❤️

Here are a few shots I took of the beautiful Mercado de la Ribera…

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Have a great start to the week!💛

Not KFC Chicken

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The last time I had KFC was a long, long time ago and I remember being so unwell after it. Needless to say, I’ve not had it since.

I’ve made this dish before but without specific measurements and I’ve also tweaked it a little. So here is my version of a NOT KFC Chicken pieces to share with at least 4 people. Unless you’re really hungry!😋

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Ingredients
• 8 pieces of Chicken thighs & drumsticks
• 1 cup of milk
• 1 cup plain flour
• 2 tsp dried parsley
• 2 tsp garlic granules
• 2 tsp paprika
• 2 tsp mixed herbs (or you can use Oregano)
• 1 tsp black pepper
• 1 tsp sea salt

Method
1. Soak the chicken pieces in the milk for 20 minutes.
2. Combine the flour, garlic granules, paprika, dried parsley, mixed herbs, black pepper & the sea salt in a large bowl and mix thoroughly.
3. Pre heat oven to 200 degrees C.
4. Heat a little oil in a pan.
5. Coat the chicken pieces thoroughly in the seasoned flour mixture and sear both sides in the hot pan before transferring them onto a baking tray and into the oven. Lower the oven temperature to 180 degrees C.
6. Cook for about 45 minutes or until golden and crispy.
7. Remove the chicken pieces from the oven and let them rest for about 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with a side of salad and oven baked fries sprinkled with dried parsley, sea salt & black pepper.

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Happy cooking! 💛

*I came across this and it made me laugh, had to share it!

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Easy Peasy, Warm & Cosy

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Yesterday was a busy day of running errands and nursing a sick husband. It was a gloriously beautiful day after the rain and snow we’ve been getting here. So, after I prepared Chicken Porridge for my husband, I decided to have a bright coloured late lunch to go with the sunny day.

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Ingredients
• Ciabatta
• Red & Yellow Baby Plum Tomatoes (sliced in half)
• Rocket salad
• Mixed Italian herbs
• Dried Parsley
• Garlic granules
• Basil pesto
• Extra virgin olive oil
• Salt & cracked black peppercorns

Method
1. In a hot skillet, add a tablespoon of the olive oil.
2. Throw in the baby plum tomatoes along with the dried herbs, garlic granules & seasoning. Sauté for just under a minute and set aside on a plate.
3. Take the Ciabatta bread, slice in half and place in the skillet to char on both sides and soak up the now flavoured olive oil. Once charred, take it off the heat & smear your pesto on.
4. Top the warm Ciabatta with a handful of rocket and the soft warm tomatoes and serve.

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A simple, bright lunch that’s quick and filling! It’s also perfect for gatherings where instead of charring the bread, just place them in the oven with a drizzle of olive oil and the dried herbs.

Happy mid-week!💛

*Here are a couple of shots I took from my neighbourhood from when it snowed last week and the glorious day we had yesterday.

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Oven Poached Eggs

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I am completely hopeless at making poached eggs. I have tried over and over again but fail each and every time. Ok, maybe eggs just don’t agree with me…I am even completely hopeless at frying a sunny side up egg! I get my husband to do it!

So imagine my excitement when a good friend of mine shared a post on her facebook page on Oven Poached Eggs! I HAD to give it a go.

First result…

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Method
1. Pre heat oven to 180 degrees celcius.
2. Add 1 tbsp of water into each cup of the muffin pan.
3. Break the eggs into each of the cups.
4. Bake for 10 mins, scoop out with a spoon and there you have it!

It was so simple, there was no stopping me! I am addicted!

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Do give it a try!💛