Travelling and cooking in Miss Sunshine, New Zealand and super easy crepes
The past few weeks I’ve been traveling with Mia in “Miss Sunshine” around the South Island New Zealand. When I came up with this idea a few months ago I was super excited. With the eyes of my imagination, I could see out beautiful bonding moments, how we sit together covered in a blanket watching a sunset, admire beauty of the nature. Then I told few people about my plan and I heard that I am such a brave woman. It made me think that maybe I’m missing on something and I started to wonder.
The day came, we picked up Miss Sunshine, Mia got super excited that she can sit next to me in a car and… the most awesome road trip started! This tiny girl loves to travel! She gets super excited with each stop. When we see something beautiful she says “wow”. She loves sleeping in a van and eating in it as well. She tries to talk to me, so we kind of having proper conversations, even though that I cannot understand her. We were sitting covered in a blanket watching a sunset with the difference that I’ve held hot coffee and her hot milk.
It’s not a piece of cake, that’s for sure. I am the only parent around so I have to take care of all the needs, hers and mine. I also want to take pictures of everything around, but it does not seem to be a problem for Mia (ok, yesterday she refused to let me hang out with sea lions,I had literally 2 minutes). She sleeps in a car on a road and when we’re walking, she just doesn’t care about me taking pictures, so I have to accept her “do it fast or don’t do it at all” attitude. I admire her tolerance toward me. I know what I like and I want to stop in places I like for a night. So whenever we get to a free camping and I don’t like it, I’m going somewhere else. Mia is totally fine with it, as long as she gets banana or a book or she can have a nap (choose one). She helped me not to freak out when we got stuck in a middle of nowhere with no reception to call help. She was so happy and chilled, running around and singing that it helped me realised that it’s just a random situation, nothing scary or problematic.
I have no idea how we managed to create such an awesome creature with Tomasz. The other thing is that she makes me stop and really look. The few times we stopped somewhere on a road, so I can take a picture. Usually I’d take it and go to my destination point. But Mia said “no, no, no!” (seriously). She wanted to stay in a place longer, walk around and explore it. How cool is this! It made me stay longer and explore. I have a feeling that this lady is teaching me the art of slow living.
I do cook a lot in Miss Sunshine. I like cooking and I like eating good. But I also stop in small cafes located in villages or tiny towns we pass. I had the best smashed avocado with poached egg sandwich in a whole world and then Tried to recreate it in my van. I do not have much of equipment or spices, but you can create something delicious out of nothing. One day I made these creps. Mia loved them! She kind of preferred when I spread a raspberry jam over, but I enjoyed them with yogurt and fruits more. The recipe is so simple, that you can make it in a van. I had little left so in the evening I rolled some cheese and ham inside and it was our dinner :D
You will need (for 2):
1 cup four
1 cup milk
1 cup water
pinch of salt
3 tbsp olive oil
Mix everything in a bowl. Heat a pan over a medium heat and when it’s hot start pouring the butter. I did not have a soup spoon over here but I usually use it when I make crepes at home (½ big soup spoon). Fry on each side, but let it fry well on one side before you flip it, as this way you won’t tear your crepe. It should disconnect from a frying pan by itself. The first crepe is always a tricky one, so if you spoil it, don’t worry, I usually spoil it as well.
So I discovered an amazing cooking anime right before an assignment was due, so of course I binge watched all the available episodes and read all the manga chapters in two days. Of course. And although I don’t like how literal they’ve made foodporn, I am in love with how innovative yet doable recipes that they showcase! I’ve been stuck in a cooking rut and this has been a fabulous outlet for creativity! And it’s pretty bang on accurate with its culinary terms so finally that hospitality unit I took in high school is finally being put to good use haha. The first recipe I will be recreating is the Roast Pork - Just Kidding! I love that Souma believes that premium ingredients aren’t synonymous with impeccable dishes, sure it helps but that means he, like I, will be squealing in delight over the discount aisle at the supermarket.
I can’t believe how such simple, every day ingredients can be transformed into something so delicious ad I loved the stark contrast between the crispy bacon and the creamy potato, Souma knows his stuff! With such success, I plan on recreating other recipes in the anime and manga as they are fairly simple in their conception.. well most of them… damn you Nakiri Alice. Someone purchase me thousands of dollars worth of molecular gastronomy equipment please cos god dammit I want that temari sushi and where will be I be able to get my hands on a soft shelled turtle like Hisako? HAHAHA. I look forward to leaning new techniques!
Wash, peel and cut potatoes until they are of equal size. Steam for 30-40 minutes until soft. Cool slightly before mashing with 1 tblsp of butter.
Dice mushrooms , onion and garlic before caramelising with 1 tblsp of butter whilst potatoes are steaming.
Mix potatoes and onion mixture together along with sprigs of rosemary. Season to taste.
Shape mixture into loaf form.
Wrap very generously in bacon!
Roast for 30 mins at 180 degrees celcius. (As you can see bacon shrinks when cooked so be verrrryyyy generous!)
Prepare a simple sauce by deglazing saute pan with butter, red wine, mirin and sake. Reduce slightly until alcohol evaporates. Season. Serve with your ‘Pork roast’ and Enjoy! Both the food and the anime/manga!
Green Smoothie! Might not look pretty, but this is definitely my new go-to breakfast!
Blend (I used a NutriBullet):
1 big handful of de-stemmed kale 1 big handful of spinach A few raspberries and blackberries Scoop of protein powder (I used Quest) Scoop of Light Activia Greek yogurt Splash of heavy cream 3 ice cubes 1 tsp chia seeds &/or hemp seeds Unsweetened coconut milk
To my surprise, this tastes NOTHING like spinach or kale, is very creamy, doesn’t need any added sweetener, and is filled with protein, healthy fats, and Omega3’s! Perfect way to start your day!
About 5g net carb total (if you go easy on the berries! You only need a few!)