New year, new recipe

New year, new recipe

Today was my last day of holidays after having almost two glorious weeks off. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so lazy in my life! It seems like all I’ve done is eat, lay around and nap. I had quite a lot of tedious tasks planned for the holiday break but I generally failed at completing them: after the hectic mess that was December, I found that once I unwound it was hard for me to feel motivated again. Thankfully I had some butt-kicking workouts thrown in there to occupy some of my time (and it’s funny how I can be so driven when it comes to working out, but not so much with other aspects of my life!).

This morning I realised I had been procrastinating about one certain job: cleaning out my closet! I have a ridiculous amount of clothes and I need to get rid of them before we move. (By the way, we should find whether we have been approved for our second attempt at a UK visa either this week or next, and we have also devised a plan B. We both seem to be more excited about the latter, so you’ll be pleased to know I’m much happier about our predicament now!)

We’re moving with only one suitcase each, so I need to pack light! Most of my wardrobe consists of summer dresses, which I won’t need anywhere outside of Australia, so it’s easy to toss those. Seeing as I’m temporarily changing careers, I also have no problem getting rid of my office attire as soon as I finish up at the end of this month. I just know I’m going to end up with an entire suitcase filled with Lululemon! I managed to clean out a big bag of clothes – and it only took me 10 minutes!

Speaking of crossing off goals, I had originally planned to rant about how much I hate New Year’s resolutions. I hate that people have to wait for January 1st to take control of their lives and finally work out the steps needed to reach their dreams. I’m always aware of my goals, and I work as hard as I can to fulfil them every single day.

I think if you wait until the beginning of a new year to make goals then you’re almost certainly doomed to fail. But, that being said, if a new year and a new slate is really what you need to get cracking then all the power to you. There is a small minority of people that achieve their resolutions – I think around 2 per cent? I guess my closet organisation could have been considered a New Year’s resolution – and I’m therefore already successful!

With all the free time I’ve had lately I also had the opportunity to experiment with some new recipes!

Peanut sauce with chicken
Ingredients (serves 2):
300g chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
100g green beans, trimmed and halved
100g red pepper, cut into strips
1 cup coconut milk*
1.5 Tb red curry paste
2 heaped Tb peanut butter
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 chilli, finely chopped
1 Tb soy sauce
1 Tb brown sugar
1 Tb lime juice
*The sauce can be thinned out by replacing half of the coconut milk with chicken stock.

Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and then saute the pieces until almost cooked through.

Meanwhile, begin the sauce. Whisk together the coconut milk, curry paste, peanut butter, garlic, chilli, soy sauce, brown sugar and lime juice in a large mixing bowl.

We were lucky enough to have recently been given a delicious jar of chilli from a local Italian restaurant, so I added a tablespoon of this to the sauce instead of a whole chilli.

Add the green beans and pepper strips to the pan with the chicken. Fry for 2-3 minutes.

Pour the sauce over the chicken and vegetables, and mix to combine. Reduce the heat to simmer for approximately 8 minutes, until the sauce thickens slightly.

Serve over rice or enjoy its simple deliciousness!

Do you believe in New Year’s resolutions?

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