GINGER AND LIME RAINBOW STIR-FRY

Thank god it is (almost) New Years Eve... I hate the week between Christmas and now. I'm constantly in a state of bewilderment and confusion, recovering from food comas and Christmas excitement, with nothing much to do with my day. Anyway, this isn't one of those 'New Year, new me' posts as I vowed not to make any more unrealistic resolutions here. Instead it is about getting back on track after binging on too many mince pies and too much alcohol, when your body is lacking essential vitamins and minerals.. know the feeling? So, the recipe for this ginger and lime rainbow stir-fry which I cooked with my auntie on boxing day. We just about fed nine with this amount of food so I've said serves eight to be safe, perfect for detoxing after Christmas or a dinner party with friends any time of the year!


Ingredients

Coconut oil
7 shallots
7 cloves of garlic
6 chicken thighs or breasts (optional)
1 medium broccoli
225g or one packet green beans
3 large carrots
3 peppers
130g or one packet baby corn
4 heaped tbsp grated ginger

2 limes
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Maggi 

600g any rice
Unsweetened coconut milk (optional)
1 tsp salt

Serves 8


Method

Boil rice in water or 2:3 parts coconut milk to water. Add salt. Chop up the carrots and broccoli. Par-boil the carrots and steam the broccoli over them. Chop the green beans, peppers and baby corn and steam. I steamed them all together in a large frying pan as you can see above. Dice the shallots and chop the garlic. Brown both in coconut oil in a large pan. I used a paella dish. Dice the chicken and add to the shallots. Add all the veg to the chicken when almost fully cooked then add the grated ginger. Prepare the sauce by mixing the soy sauce, Maggi and juice of the limes. Add to stir-fry and season to taste with salt and pepper. Leave to simmer until the sauce is hot and then serve with rice. 

So basically chuck everything in, cook it and serve with whatever rice you fancy, maybe even noodles. Maggi can be bought in most supermarkets, I got mine in Tesco and it is suitable for vegetarians. You can put any old veg in this, the main flavour comes from the massive amount of garlic, lime and ginger. You could also add some leafiness like pat choy or spinach wilted on top or even some chilli when you add the ginger. If you have leftovers it tastes great cold with the rice so good for lunches! Hope you like my first ever food post!! 

Rome in December

Guys, if you take one piece of advice from this post let it be to visit Rome in December. It is perfect... no queuing, no sweating, no crowds just beautiful plentiful sightseeing opportunities! My friend Connie and I booked the spontaneous trip a few weeks ago and despite seriously lacking funds (thanks mum for the early Christmas present flights!) we had a seriously good time. Our adorable Airbnb was in the centre of the historic old town but unbelievably cost £15 per night (December, off-peak, need I say more). From there we explored the tiny streets, Roman ruins and the nightlife as much as a four day break allows!



The Roman Forum is breathtaking, tops the Colosseum by far! Definitely a must see, and you don't really need a ticket as from any vantage point nearby you get a perfect view. This was one of my favourite parts of the trip as I love Roman history and mythology. But prepare yourself... street sellers don't take winter off and tourists spots like these are impossible to navigate without a selfie stick being thrust in your face (upside down smile face emoji). The Colosseum was cool too and obviously unmissable when in Rome.



But you guys already know the famous sights in Rome - Trevi Fountain, Vatican City etc so I won't ramble on about them (other than saying they're well worth the visit and I recomend a guided tour for the Vatican). Potentially more interesting to some, you HAVE to visit Gelateria del Teatro for the best freaking icecream of life... seriously just go, no need to thank me haha. Also for those who enjoy a night out, do it! We had a hilarious and eventful time in the bars around the district of Parione. The locals and bar tenders were very generous leaving me with an ever so slightly patchy memory of one night. As well as a video of me and a lovely Italian man riding around on what I assume was his bicycle, a memory Connie and I will surely cherish for its comic value for years to come! 

Anyway... Rome in December, by far the best month to visit if you want to pack as much in as possible and be able to appreciate the sights to the fullest! It is a beautiful city, something to see on every corner and I can't wait to go back.

GENERAL LIFE + BLOG UPDATE

I can't stop singing Christmas songs... I can't wait for this term to end... I can't wait to get back into blogging!! University literally takes up all of my time, even when I'm not working I'll be thinking about work (upsidedown smile emoji) so home is greatly anticipated right now! Plus there are fun things planned for the holiday, traveling and potential work placements but also REST & RELAXATION. I am going to live Hygge, take full advantage of the big bath tub at my parents, bake christmas-y treats to my hearts content and forget about life/responsibilities for the duration of the holiday. Doesn't that sound blinking perfect! 

Alsooo, I've decided to start taking the importance of anonymity more seriously on my blog and other online platforms so will no longer be using my real name on here. I have also unlinked my Instagram account as it is my own and not blog related but instead will have specific Insta posts, similar to this one! As the end of university draws closer *freaks out* and the prospect of working and adulting becomes inevitable *freaks out more* it seems like a good idea to keep my real name professional. 

Sorry, that was probably super boring to read. Back to thinking about christmas and christmas-y things. I haven't had a mince pie yet and we are four days into December... wtf?! I also need to start thinking about buying/making presents for my family! I love this time of year, v v excited. Also going to Rome soon so lots to blog about! Here's to an amazingly festive, less stressful but productive December! x

*update* have now had a mince pie... petitioning for them to be sold all year round