Green Veg Soba Noodle Bowl

I’ve had a few weeks away from blogging, from work (sitting behind a desk), and from the rain (well mostly!). It was just what I needed. Mountain air, active days, food lovingly prepared by somebody else, and best of all… stuffing my face with no washing up to do afterwards! That’s definitely a lifestyle I could get used to. Living a slow-paced life in the Italian Dolomites with not a care in the world. Cooking and baking all day for the villagers and exploring every corner of the mountains *floats of into a dream*

I came back feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world. Slightly achy legs from all the climbs and hikes, but being able to see the views I witnessed is well worth the burning muscles! And of course, a great excuse to eat lots of food… You need the energy when being so active all day!

I ate a lot on holiday, but I ate sensibly and watched the kind of foods I was consuming. My intake was high but that was because I was very active and needed the volume in order to sustain my energy levels. Fruit, yoghurt and eggs for breakfast. A great way to start the day!

This doesn’t mean I didn’t indulge and treat myself! Of course I did! But I made sure this wasn’t excessive. I work too hard to throw all my hard work away, but I also know a little of what you love doesn’t hurt you. And I do not believe in denying yourself; but I do believe in keeping everything balanced.

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We all need to come back down to earth though… and this is how I kick started my healthy daily routine again; A big bowl of Green Veg Soba Noodles. Absolutely delicious and thoroughly nutritious!

Ultimate clean eating comfort food. You can feel as though you’re being naughty whilst giving your body a squeeze of pure goodness. Get in the kitchen and rustle this up in 15 minutes (great for lazy evenings after work), then wrap yourself in that blanket and curl up on the sofa watching your favourite TV programme. That’s exactly what I did! Night in on my own, warming noodles, and Penny Dreadful on TV. Perfection!

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This time… I can’t tempt you in with a glamorous Pinterest image because the recipe is my own straight from the Lemon’s Kitchen Gourmet 15 minute meals journal. Step aside Jamie Oliver!

The great thing about this recipe is that you can add any veg you like to the noodles. I love green veg because it makes the dish so vibrant and earthy. Grab whatever you can find and chuck it in! Perfect recipe for that lonely veg lying at the back fridge crying out to be eaten. There is no need to be precious about quantities or weighing anything out either! There’s no excuse no to make this!

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Serves 2

15 minutes

2 big bowls and 2 sets of chopsticks (or forks)

2 hungry mouths and the latest box set on record

Ingredients:

x2 ties of soba noodles (they usually come in serving portions)

Glug of rapeseed oil or garlic oil

x8 asparagus spears

x8 chestnut mushrooms, roughly chopped

x2 generous handfuls of spinach

x2 large eggs, hard boiled and sliced

Low Sodium Soy Sauce

Truffle Oil/Honey (Optional)

Pistachio Nuts to sprinkle (Optional)

Sunflower Seeds to sprinkle (Optional)

To Make:

Boil the kettle, and add water to pan with noodles. Cook until nearly soft and drain (about 5 minutes)

Whilst the kettle is boiling and the noodles are cooking, heat the rapeseed/garlic oil in a large pan and add the asparagus and mushrooms. Once slightly softened, add the spinach and soy sauce. Toss together and continue cooking for another few minutes until spinach has wilted. At this point, add the drained noodles and stir ingredients together until noodles are heated through again.

Grab your bowl and spoon the noodles in, lay the sliced egg on top (one each), sprinkle on the nuts and seeds and then drizzle over the wonderful truffle oil to finish!

You’ll be eating it before you’ve even sat down!

Delicious, quick and so easy to make!

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To give an example of how you can swap the ingredients around… If I was to make this dish today… After looking in the fridge, my vegetables of choice would be kale lightly stir-fried in garlic oil before adding to the noodles and freshly shelled peas. Mmmmm!

Until next time foodie lovers!

Love and Lemons xxx

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Sevilla, Spain 2013

Just before Christmas, I was asked by a friend in the magazine editing business if I would like to go on a Food trip to Seville in Spain with him. Well… That’s a pretty stupid question really. Am I going to say no?! HA! Don’t be so silly. My bags were already packed before he had even finished his sentence.

I’m not going to do much talking, but what I can promise from this entry is a feast for the eyes and a need to go and get some TAPAS! The food I sampled throughout the weekend was some of the best I have ever experienced. And I eat ALOT! It was all so elegantly presented and lovingly prepared. The chefs really know what they are doing and have a passion for the ingredients they are cooking with.

I found myself eating very slowly because I didn’t want it to end. Let me take you on my weekend food tour of Seville….

DID YOU KNOW that the word ‘tapa’ came from ‘to cover’. You would hold your wine/sherry in one hand and place you plate of food over the top of it whilst you walked around a room socialising with people. As the years went on, it became a style of eating which is widely practised all around the world. You choose from a selection of small plates to create one meal. Often shared between a selection of people.

I’m not usually one for sharing off a plate with others, but I found it a brilliant way of being able to order lots of different things to try. The options are endless though so it’s hard to decide what you want!

Rows of delicious jamon

Rows of delicious Jamon

This was one thing I had never tried before. And wow! It was delicious. Served with sherry, manchego, fresh olives and bread. What more do you need in life? Ham, bread, cheese and wine. Winner! For those of you that don’t know, Jamon is a dry cured ham that melts in the mouth and has a party on your tastebuds. If you’ve never tried it, get to a Spanish Deli and buy some.

Jamon Feast

Jamon Feast

Pringa - There are no words..... *drool*

Pringa – There are no words….. *drool*

These pork buns (Pringas), were the best thing that I tasted on the whole trip. And let me tell you, everything was DELICIOUS. But these…. Wow. The flavour was incredible. A real treat! I could have eaten it over and over again! Although, I probably would have had to be rolled home as the reason they taste so good is due to being soaked in the yummy fat juices and all the other bad for you things they chucked in there! My mouth is watering just thinking about it and a wash of sadness drowns me as I realise I’m only ever going to be able to taste this again if I go back!

Braised Ox Cheeks. DELICIOUS!

Braised Ox Cheeks. DELICIOUS!

Melt in the mouth mackerel ♥

Melt in the mouth mackerel ♥

The picture says it all ♥

The picture says it all ♥

Beef Carpaccio with Parmesan

Beef Carpaccio with Parmesan

I’ve never had Carpaccio before so this was a new experience to me. I would never choose it off a menu, so I am glad that my friend James did. It was silky smooth and the flavour was rich. It went very well with the Parmesan, and I will definitely be ordering it in future if I see it on a menu. I washed it down with a very nice bottle of Rioja!

Squid or Octopus. I can't remember! But it was goooooood!

Octopus. It was goooooood!

Polenta Cake. Delicious.

Polenta Cake with Seville Orange Jelly! Delicious.

Cod with asparagus cream and egg poached in Truffle Oil! OH YES!

Cod with asparagus cream and egg poached in Truffle Oil! OH YES!

This fish dish was one of the highlights to the trip. It was a delight to eat. I felt as though I was dining like a Queen. Truffle isn’t something I tend to have everyday! But poaching an egg in truffle oil is pure indulgence! Even the addition of the single chive shoot was perfection and complimented all the flavours *reminisces*

Drooling yet? Book yourself a food tour of Seville!

Pate with Chilli Jam

Pate with Chilli Jam (Ignore the thumb! I trapped it in a car door!)

Omelette with JAMON

Omelette with JAMON

Squid Ink Pasta with garlic pesto and scallop. Delicious!

Squid Ink Pasta with garlic pesto and scallop. Delicious!

Even more new experiences for me! Squid ink spaghetti (above) and black pudding (below). I don’t like black pudding, but I challenge anybody to tell me that after they taste something as flavoursome as that dish. Again, I’m glad that James chose it! But the squid ink spaghetti was definitely my favourite out of the 2! I LOVE SCALLOPS!! How do you share 1 between 2 people?! There was a knife and fork stand off!

Black Pudding wrapped in a pancake with red pepper sauce

Black Pudding wrapped in a pancake with red pepper sauce

Sweet Potato and Pork

Curried Pumpkin and Pork

AMAZING!!! *mouth waters*

AMAZING!!! *mouth waters* Ox Tail filo wrap…. It needs no comments….

Stuffed Lamb with Couscous

Spicy Meat and Pastry. Winning Combo!

Salami and Fig Pastry. Winning Combo!

This trip has inspired me to create some similar dishes at home to the ones I tasted on this eye opener of a trip. The dishes aren’t complicated with lots of ingredients. They are simple with carefully selected foods that compliment each other perfectly. A fig and jamon tart is on the cards. Or a focaccia.

I couldn’t go all that way and not bring any samples back with me so Seville Orange Wine, Chorizo and bread sticks sat on my lap for the flight home. I’ve still got the wine to taste! But the chorizo and bread didn’t last long at all! I wish I had put a little more time aside to gather some ingredients to bring home with me, but I chose a wonderful spa day instead! Oh it’s a hard life.

Now I’m back in motion, expect some more exciting recipes and tales! As always, please feel free to contact me 🙂

And if anybody is seriously considering a weekend doing this, Shawn Hennessey @SevillaTapas is the lady to contact. She’s a great Canadian lady who does the food tours!

From Spain with Love

Lem xxx