Probably the yummiest salmon noodles you will ever eat.

Before I started The Butterfly Editions I used to write sporadically over on my first blog, Springjumps. Whilst I no longer write over there, I don’t want to lose some of my favourite posts! Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing some of my favourites, originally posted on Springjumps. 

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It’s no secret that salmon is right up there in my list of favourite foods.

Well, here’s another fun fact for your day: noodles are too! Okay, so perhaps not such a fun fact, but very true none-the-less. I will almost always pick noodles over rice (the only exception being when the noodles are saturated in a gooey “gravy” sauce…this brings back a nasty memory from a while back involving a meal in Thailand and the unfortunate few days that followed…let’s not talk about that).

If, like me, you’re a lover of salmon and noodles, this recipe is a keeper. Even if you’re not, try this! Go on, I dare you. It’s delicious, pinky swear.

It is bursting with fresh flavours – sesame, soy and ginger. It makes a small piece of fresh salmon go a loooong way. It is packed full of greens, wilted down so you hardly even notice you’re eating them.  It is delicate, healthy, balanced and more-ish.

This meal is better than takeaways, you have my word.

Adapted from this wonderful book of Annabelle Langbein’s. (Thanks Santa!)

Salmon Noodles

Serves 3 – 4, depending on how hungry you are.

Ingredients

200g dried wheat noodles (soba or udon – though you could really use any kind of noodle)
200-250g salmon, skinned and boned (I usually do this myself, as the salmon is cheaper)
1/4 cup soy sauce + 3 more tablespoons
1 tablespoon sesame oil + 1 more teaspoon
1 tablespoon grated palm sugar (or brown sugar, or honey)
A bunch or 2 of bok choy, rinsed and sliced
1/2 red onion, diced OR 2 spring onions, sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt
Coriander & sesame seeds, to garnish

Method

Chop salmon into 2 cm chunks. Mix together the first measure of soy sauce (1/4c), first measure of sesame oil (1 tbsp), palm sugar, and onion. Mix salmon into the marinade and set aside for at least 10 minutes (or for a few hours if time allows).

Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to the boil, and add a scant teaspoon of salt (this makes your noodles taste good!). Once the water boils, add the noodles and simmer until cooked – usually 3 or 4 minutes, but best to refer to the instructions on the noodle packet for this step. Drain.

Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a frying pan. Cook the salmon and marinade and gently stirfry for a couple of minutes until the salmon is pink (be careful not to overcook!).

Add cooked, drained noodles and bok choy, along with the additional 3 tablespoons of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of sesame oil. Gently toss around to cook the greens, taking extra care not to break up the salmon too much.

Sprinkle with sesame seeds and coriander. Serve.

This is a quick and easy meal for a weeknight. If you start cooking at 6.30, it will be ready in time for Shorty at 7! It is also great for lunch the next day – reheated or cold.

Enjoy!

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NY Times 52 Places to Go in 2014: Christchurch!

Last week, the New York Times published this article on their 52 Places to Go in 2014. 52 – that’s one a week, right?!

I feel lucky to live in #2 on the list: Christchurch!

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What they say about Christchurch…

“Three years after two large earthquakes devastated central Christchurch, the city is experiencing a rebirth with creativity and wit — thanks to the ingenuity of its hardy residents — and is welcoming tourists back again. Though much of the central city has yet to be rebuilt, entrepreneurs and volunteers are finding surprising ways to make temporary use of empty lots and bring life back to the downtown. The Gap Filler program, begun a couple of months after the first quake in September 2010 and expanded after a more destructive second quake in February 2011, has created an open-air performance space made of blue pallets, a dance floor with coin-operated music and lights, and even a nine-hole mini-golf course in vacant lots across the city. The Greening the Rubble campaign has since the 2010 quake been planting temporary gardens on the sites of demolished buildings. To replace the destroyed 19th-century ChristChurch Cathedral, a magnificent transitional church by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban opened in August with sturdy cardboard tubes for the roof. Businesses are also trickling back downtown. One bar, built inside shipping containers, has a name that encapsulates the spirit of the entire city: Revival.”

– Justin Bergman

Christchurch has been hugely impacted by the earthquakes, to an extent that I simply cannot describe in words – but as the article depicts, our city is growing back in such a creative and exciting way!

There are so many places on the list I would love to go. Ummm…how about all 52 of them! But right up there at the top of the list…

 – Ethiopia. It would be so different and interesting and wonderful. Plus, Ethiopian food looks deliciously unique.

– Nashville, Tennessee. “Leather jackets and skinny jeans join cowboy boots.” Yes please!

– Uraguayan Riviera. Doesn’t this sound like perfection? A little bit off the beaten track, a little bit of beach, and a whole lot of amazing.

– Chennai, India. Because I am obsessed with India, I LOVE it. I have only been through the airport in Chennai, I was so disappointed not to be able to explore!

– Krabi, Thailand. One word – glorious!

– Mekong River. I’ve done a day trip in the Mekong Delta before when I was in Vietnam just over a year ago. The sound of a 7 day sailing from Vietnam to Cambodia is utterly tempting!

– Athens, Greece. Where I would eat feta and olives and drink ouzo all day and live happily ever after.

Nepal. Mountains and beauty and wonder and a country I dream of exploring!

Oh lets be honest, I’d like to go everywhere.

What is on your travel wishlist this year? Have you visited any countries on the NY Times list?

Weekly Wishes #2

Today I am linking up with The Nectar Collective, for another round of Weekly Wishes.

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How did I go with my weekly wishes last week?

Write some more posts for The Butterfly Editions. Hmmm, I got one out, but would have liked a couple more! I did get away camping for the weekend out of cellphone reception (bliss!) which slowed down progress a bit there. However, I did start drafting a few and jotted down a list of ideas, which is a step in the right direction!

Pick some flowers for the house. I didn’t pick the daisies but I did dig up a few potatoes, and some chives…does that count?!

Finish my book. Not yet – definitely going to happen this week though!

Go for a run. Yep – twice!

No new clothes/makeup/things. Achieved 🙂 that wasn’t so hard after all.

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And what are my wishes for this week?

Finish my book. Yep, this one is recycled from last week. I’m determined to make it happen!

Go for a run. Another recycled one, event though I achieved it last week. Its staying on the wishlist until it becomes a habit! On that note, my next wish is…

Create a training plan. I mentioned last week that I want to run a half marathon this year. I used to be really into long distance running when I was studying but in the last few years since working full time I have really fallen off the racing wagon. I simply need to decide which half marathon I am going to run, and create a plan for it. Easy-peasy, right?

Donate clothes I no longer wear. This is a bit of a cheat one. On Sunday I went through my closet and drawers and got rid of all clothes I never wear – I was pretty ruthless. Now, the goal is to take those bags of clothes to an Op Shop ASAP, before I change my mind and want to keep them after all!

Buy a Hard Drive. I have years worth of photos on my laptop, and none of them are backed up. My computer seems to be getting slower and slower these days (its had a good life!) and I’m becoming slightly paranoid that I’m going to lose them all. Must back computer up stat!

What are your wishes for this week?

10 Things I Love About India

Before I started The Butterfly Editions I used to write sporadically over on my first blog, Springjumps. Whilst I no longer write over there, I don’t want to lose some of my favourite posts! Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing some of my favourites, originally posted on Springjumps (slightly rewritten, so as not to confuse!). 

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In December 2012 and January 2013 I was lucky enough to spend nearly two months backpacking around a country that I plan on going back to time and time again – India. I originally wrote this post about halfway through my time there, when I had travelled the Golden Triangle (Rajasthan, Agra & Varanasi) and had a few days hanging out on my own in Delhi before heading west to Gujurat to meet my brother.

I can visualise exactly where I was that afternoon in early January writing this post: perched at one of the communal computers at Smyle Inn (such a great hostel, right in the middle of the Main Bazaar + the best breakfasts). I was chilled to the bone, Northern India gets cold guys!

The following is a list of 10 things I loved and learnt in my first few weeks in the grand country that is India.

1. Camels. Turns out I really like camels. I only was able to do a one hour trek in Pushkar, but boy they can turn your mood around! Next time I’m in Rajasthan, I’m going do a camel safari in Jaisalmer for sure.

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2. Markets. The markets are incredible! You never quite know what you’re going to get in your next breath…if it will be delicious or putrid. Full of a whole lot of unnecessary needs and wants, you can get lost for hours.

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3. Henna. Is so pretty!

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4. The peaceful havens of temples, gardens and water. In such a chaotic place, it is such an amazing feeling when you find yourself surrounded by tranquility. Some of my favourites: the Jain temple in Ranakpur, Lodi Gardens in Delhi, being rowed along the Ganges in Varanasi, and the abandoned hilltop temple we watched the sun rise from in Pushkar.

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Lodi Gardens, Delhi

5. Pushkar. Small (less than 15,000 people), genuine and beautiful, Pushkar is an oasis set amongst a desert backdrop. I felt so relaxed there!

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Pushkar at dawn

6. The kind people. This is India, and the brutal truth is that not everyone is genuine, or honest. But, many are! We met a lovely Indian family on our train to Varanasi who stayed awake right through the night to help us so that we wouldn’t miss our stop.

7. They fight for what they want. On a small scale: shopkeepers non-stop hassling you to buy their goods. On a large scale: the protests and uproar over the gang rape in Delhi that horrifically resulted in the death of a girl a couple of weeks ago. Positive change is happening right now in India as a direct outcome of this.

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Protests in Delhi last week

8. The food. You definitely need a break from it every now and then, but there is no denying that Indian food is one of the greatest cuisines in the world. It is also a lot more diverse than the Indian restaurants back home would have us believe! Yum, yum, yum. By the time I get home, I think I’ll be obese! (edited to add: actually, I got food poisoning and came home lighter than when I left!)

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9. The beauty. Its smelly, dirty and quite often run down, but you can’t deny that India has a magical sparkle that makes it one of the most beautiful countries around. The colours, the sparkly saris, the henna, the wildlife, the music, the architecture…

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Amer Fort, Jaipur

10. The history. India’s history is deep, rich and diverse. There is so much to learn, see and explore. It’s an ultimate destination for history-lovers!

You just never quite know what to expect. Sometimes its good, sometimes its incredible, and other times its a tad frustrating, but that’s half the fun. You just have to keep in mind, that whatever you’re expecting, it is probably going to be exactly the opposite!

Have you experienced India? Is it on your travel wishlist?

Weekly Wishes #1

In the last few months my Bloglovin’ Feed has had a few new (to me) additions, more focussed towards lifestyle, travel & wellness. One of my favourite blogs that I have recently discovered is The Nectar Collective. Melyssa’s blog is totally addictive – plus she has lived in Japan – one of my favourite countries!

The Nectar Collective has a weekly link-up called Weekly Wishes, which is all about setting goals for the week ahead. This resonated with me because I LOVE setting goals – especially this time of year when we are all running off the New Year’s Resolution buzz!

This week I felt compelled to join in, and jot down my own weekly wishes. Without further ado…

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Write some more posts for The Butterfly Editions. To be honest, feel like a bit of a phoney. I have been reading blogs for years – and have always somehow felt connected to blogging, but never really taken it too seriously. I am determined to make my dreams for The Butterfly Editions (and beyond) come true. I love to write, but I also love to procrastinate. So I guess this goal is more about just getting real and typing out whats going in my head!

Pick some flowers for the house. I love having flowers and plants in my home, it makes me feel a little bit happier every time I see them. I’ve been out of town over the festive season, and now that I’m back in my little house it doesn’t feel quite right without fresh flowers to brighten and freshen the place up. I noticed some gorgeous daisies have bloomed up our lane, I must get out and pick some!

Finish my book. I am an avid book non-finisher (yes, I made that word up!). Most of the time I get about 2/3 of the way through a book and move on to the next one – I seem to have some kind of mental inability to finish them. Recently I have done this with The Diary of Anne Frank, The Happiness Diaries & My Sisters Keeper. What is with me?! But the book I’m reading now, I know I’m going to get to the end – it is so well-written and thought-provoking – Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, based in a Mumbai slum. I have been fortunate enough to travel to India twice, so this book simultaneously breaks my heart and makes me wish I was there.

Go for a run. Because maybe, just maybe, I want to run a half-marathon in June. And I am not in running shape right now! Must get moving, stat.

No new clothes/makeup/things. I waaaay overspent this Christmas, so have set myself the goal of not buying any new clothes, makeup or ‘things’ for a while. I’m also hoping that this will help remind me that possessions are not the most important things in life, there are much more important things.

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Pretty sure that will keep me going for now! What are your wishes for the week?

I’m Ready, Here We Go

Gosh, this is so cliche, I almost can’t believe I’m doing it. Starting a brand new blog early in the new year – one of approximately a million or more doing the exact same thing!

I did used to write a blog over at Springjumps a few months back – however this new blog here has been brewing in my mind for a while! I am ready to move on from my Springjumps days (sporadic as they were) as I am at a new phase in my life, with fresh dreams, thoughts and plans.

I think this blog is going to teach me a thing or two. I strive to lead a positive life, an adventurous life, and a meaningful life. It is here that I plan to share my stories, ideas and experiences not only for my own personal growth and memories, but to inspire others (yes, you!) to live a full, purposeful and happy life too.

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Shall we? Lets do it!