10 January 2018

Vegan Pad Prik Gaeng (ผัดพริกแกงเจ)

Pad Prik Gaeng (Vegan)

Since moving to Thailand I've hardly cooked partly because I don't have a proper kitchen in my apartment and partly because it's just so easy and cheap to eat out most of the time here, but this year I have vowed to make more of an effort to cook for myself and focus on my health. This dish is a simple yet flavourful curry stir-fry that is super simple, quick to make and a favourite amongst Thai people so I hope you enjoy it.

Pad Prik Gaeng (Vegan)

Ingredients
  • 50g Thai red curry paste*
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1 Tbsp finely sliced kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 Cup chopped green beans
  • 1 Block of diced tofu
  • 1/4 Cup pea aubergine (optional)
*If you want to make it vegan make sure the red curry paste doesn't contain shrimp paste

 Add the curry paste and half the kaffir lime leaves to a wok on medium heat and cook for a few minutes until fragrant

♥ Add water, green beans and pea aubergine to the wok, you want the vegetables to be cooked but still have a slight crunch to them.

♥ Add the Tofu and soy sauce to the wok and cook until most of the moisture has been cooked off, if you find it's too spicy then add more soy sauce.

♥ Remove the dish from the wok and sprinkle the rest of the kaffir lime leaves on top as garnish.

♥ Serve with rice and enjoy!

Good Luck
Cate
xoxo

04 January 2018

The Lama Temple (Yonghe) - Beijing - China

Yonghe Lama Temple

When I travel abroad I'm always interested to see different places of worship as they can be quite peaceful and beautiful. I remember briefly visiting Yonghe seven years ago but not having much time to explore as we arrived near to closing time, so as my mum is a Buddhist I thought it would be an interesting place to take her so she could see what a temple in China is like compared to the ones we visit in Thailand.

Yonghe Lama Temple

The temple was extremely busy on the day we visited, there were cars lining up down the road waiting to get in and the halls of worship were so full of people it was a struggle to get through. I like to visit temples as an escape so I can meditate and enjoy a little peace but it was pretty much impossible to find any sort of peace at The Lama Temple that day, the smell of incense smoke, which I normally find calming, was so strong that day it was choking.

Yonghe Lama Temple

One of the things you must see is the 26 meter tall Maitreya Buddha which is not only impressive because of its huge size but because of the fact it was carved from a single piece of Tibetan white sandalwood, and because of its vast size it took over three years to ship to Beijing. It's one of the temples most prize possessions and once you see it you'll know exactly why, it's an absolutely beautiful sight and it's amazing to think of all the hard work and love that was put into creating it.

Yonghe Lama Temple

Despite the crowds it was a really beautiful day and definitely a place I would recommend you visit if you're in Beijing, the area surrounding the temple is great to visit to as there are many souvenir shops and restaurants as well as a Confucius Temple which I would love to visit if I ever go back to Beijing.


What places do you like to visit when you travel abroad?
Love & Incense
Cate
xoxo

31 December 2017

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Love & Cinnamon Buns
Cate
xoxo


28 December 2017

Unboxing Presents from my BFF!!


My dear friend Cally sent me a huge package full of goodies which I was so happy and excited about I decided to make a video of me unboxing them for her to see. Living alone and being so far away from friends and family can be super hard sometimes so getting such thoughtful care packages like this is an amazing way to show you still care. Although this was filmed a while back I forgot to share my excitement on the blog but as it's the season of giving I thought I would share it now in the hopes that it will inspire you to reach out to friends and family near and far and make their day all the much brighter.


You can find Cally on Instagram and Twitter so be sure to check her out, give her a follow and spread the love. I'm honestly so grateful to have the friends that I do, I may not have many and I may be far apart from them but they bring so much joy and inspiration to my life and while I'm super flaky at keeping in touch with everyone I promise I'll make an extra effort and make 2018 our best year ever!

What ways do you like to show your friends that you care?
Love & Cuddles
Cate
xoxo


24 December 2017

Christmas in Bangkok

Christmas in Bangkok

Christmas isn't a big celebration in Asia but ever since spending Christmas in Japan and seeing how they celebrate I have wanted to see how other Asian countries celebrate it to, this year I'll be spending it in Seoul, and last year I was lucky enough to spend my first ever Christmas in Bangkok.

Christmas in Bangkok

What I love most about Christmas in Asia is that everything is open so you can go out and celebrate the occasion rather than staying in the house, being bored, sleeping and watching bad TV, and even though Christmas isn't traditionally celebrated there's still lots of places you can go to get that festive feeling. I was determined to find an epic Christmas tree somewhere as I'd gone almost the whole of December with out seeing one, so after doing some research and seeing some beautiful photos on Instagram, I took my family to Central World to see all the decorations and it was honestly one of the most beautiful displays I'd ever seen.


That Christmas Day was one of the best days I've ever had and I'm so happy I got to spend it with my Thai family after all these years of being apart because we all had such a fun day. We started off by getting som tam which is my favourite Thai dish, then did karaoke where I sang and danced awfully to KPop, and in the evening we ventured over to Central World to go see the concert and decorations, and if that wasn't enough the day ended with some pretty damn amazing vegan waffles at one of my favourite vegan restaurants in Bangkok, Veganerie, before we headed home for some much needed sleep.

Christmas in Bangkok

I was shocked to see so many people out on Christmas Day as I've grown so used to seeing the empty streets in the UK but the atmosphere was amazing, everyone was so happy and spirited that it gave me such a festive feeling and even though it was hot and humid outside it felt more like Christmas to me than if it had been snowing. The memories of that day I will treasure forever and although there were no presents, crackers, snow, silly jumpers or traditional Christmas dinners because I was with the people I love in such an amazing beautiful place, doing fun things it felt more special and more like a real Christmas should be, because more than anything Christmas should be about making happy memories with the people you treasure, no matter what you do or where you are in the world.

How will you be spending your Christmas Day?
Love & Reindeers
Cate
xoxo


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