Needing A Bit Of A Break

Sometimes the pressures of work and daily life get a little too much and I feel the need to escape for a while.  A great way of doing this is to get away for a little while and a change of scene is a good way of recharging the batteries.  The thing is I don’t want to spend a fortune either, that would add to the stress instead of helping, so I’ve been looking at cheap holidays. If you look around and are a little bit flexible, you can find cheap holidays out there.

Sorrento Beach cheap holidaysWhat sort of destination am I looking for?  Somewhere warm, with good food and some places to visit appeals, so I’ve picked out somewhere I’ve been before that I know can deliver all of those things.  Where do I have in mind? Sorrento.

Sorrento is easy to get to as you can fly into Naples airport from a lot of UK airports.  The transfer time isn’t long and you’ll soon in your hotel.  It’s not a place for sandy beaches (although there are some further along the Amalfi Coast), but there are still plenty of options.  Most hotels have a pool and some even have a private ‘beach’ or bathing platform.  You’ll be able to find a hotel terrace or a bar to sit in to drink in views like this one of Vesuvias.

view of vesuvias from Sorrento We loved using Sorrento as a base for exploring as well as a place to relax in.  You can take trips out to Pompeii, Positano and Capri. There’s no shortage of places to visit, including the big city of Naples itself.  There are lots of coach trips which you can book onto or you can catch the train or a ferry.  The ferry is a lovely alternative to the train if you are going into Naples for the day.

Are you in need of a break?  Have you been looking at cheap holidays to get away from it all for a little while?

Pan Fried Tuna with Stir Fried Vegetables and Rice Noodles

pan fried tuna with stir fried vegetables and rice noodlesWe love cooking and eating fish in this house, so we were delighted when The Saucy Fish Co had asked me to take part in their Amazing Together campaign.  I picked out the tuna steaks to work with and they come with a sweet soy and chilli dressing.  Working with this classic combination of the meaty tuna with the soy sauce, I’ve created a quick and easy Asian style dish using a range of stir fried vegetables teamed up with ever so easy rice noodles.

ingredients for pan fried tuna

Ingredients

 

  • 1 packet of Saucy Fish Co fish and sauce: seasoned tuna with sachet of sweet soy and chilli dressing
  • 300g of straight to wok rice noodles
  • 200g pak choi (cut into halves)
  • 200g broccoli stems
  • 120g oyster mushrooms (roughly chopped)
  • 120g shitake mushrooms (roughly chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 egg
  • handful dry roasted peanuts (crushed)
  • 4 tablespoons of sesame oil
  • 4 teaspoons of soy sauce

Serves 2 as main course

 

pak choi with tuna amazing togetherMethod

1. Heat 1-2 tbsp of sesame oil in a large non stick wok over a high heat and pan fry the pak choi and broccoli with this and a couple of teaspoons of soy sauce plus the crushed garlic.  Transfer to a warmed serving bowl and keep warm.

2. Adding a little more oil and soy as  needed, pan fry the mushrooms for a couple of minutes and then add in the rice noodles for another minute.  Add the egg and mix in thoroughly for the last minute of cooking.Transfer to serving bowl.

3.  Clean out the pan with some kitchen paper and add more sesame oil.  When hot, pan fry the tuna for 30 seconds to one minute each side depending on how you like your tuna done.  Meanwhile heat up the sauce sachet following the pack instructions.

4. Serve up vegetables and noodles with tuna on the side with the sweet soy and chilli dressing.  Garnish with the crushed peanuts.

Summing Up

This is a delicious dish inspired by Asian flavour combinations, which are amazing together.  Ideal for a weekday evening meal as it’s so quick to prepare and cook.

Beauty & Go Drinks

beauty drinksThis week I’ve been testing (or do I mean treating) myself to Beauty & Go’s bioactive beauty drinks. Beauty & Go is the first and unique beauty drink enriched with MacroAntioxidants® from the skin of fruits. According to Beauty & Go, this makes them ‘highly antioxidant, ultra beneficial bioactives and macromolecules that protect and regenerate, strengthening your skin’s beauty and health.’

I’m liking the sound of that and the drinks taste good too.  They are full of fruity flavour and are very tasty indeed. Difficult to pick out a favourite, but I’m liking the pineapple rich ‘Vitality’ which is helping fuel the writing of this post.  I do feel that I have more energy after drinking it, but the idea is that it’s supposed to energize my skin too.  Another pick would be ‘Anti-ageing’ which has a lot of pomegranates and raspberries in it, which make it taste delicious.

It’s difficult to judge results based on a few bottles, but I’m liking the fact that they don’t contain any added sugars and are fairly low in calories.  If gluten-free is something you are looking for, then they can deliver that too.

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