Quebec Style Chicken Noodles

Hi everyone!

In honor of Canada Day this weekend, I thought I’d share a bit of my childhood!

As some of you know, I am from the province of Quebec, in Canada. Though thanks to the military, I currently live in New Brunswick, which is basically the province right next door.

(Went from the big green one to the tiny orange one)

Even though it’s so close, I have to say it was a bit of a culture shock when we got here almost 5 years ago.

For one, people around where I live speak English. 5 years ago, I did not in fact speak English. I knew English, from second language classes in highschool and from TV, but I didn’t speak it.

Some little things were always different. The first time we ordered Chinese food (like, greasy chinese food, not actual chinese food) we were surprised to see that there were no ‘chinese noodles’.

Those noodles in Quebec are in every Chinese restaurant. For real. I’m decently sure the only Chinese thing about them is soy sauce. Unless the cook to invent them was Chinese? Let me know if anyone knows the actual story behind this dish!

Anywho, we called them ‘chicken noodles’ in my house growing up, so enjoy my mom’s recipe!

Quebec Style Chicken Noodles

(Serves 4)

Ingredients:

– 500g elbow macaroni

– 3 cups ish of cooked diced chicken (leftover rotisserie chicken is perfect for this)

– 1 onion, diced

– 3-5 tbsp of dark soy sauce

– 2 tbsp light soy sauce

– 1 tbsp of garlic powder

– 3-4 tbsp Peanut Oil (it’s the ultimate oil, but if course any oil will do)

– salt and pepper

*Optional* My mom wants me to say that you ~need~ celery in there too. I’m not a fan, but if you are, add 2-3 stalks, diced.

How to:

1. In a large pot, boil your water with lots of salt.

2. If needed, cut your chicken and veggies.

3. Add the macaroni to the water. Cook until juuuuust about ready.

4. Drain and reserve. DO NOT RINSE THE MACARONI! You need all of that sticky starch.

5. Put the peanut oil in the same pot and sweat the onion for a few minutes. And the celery if, like my mom, you find it essential.

6. Add the cooked chicken and season with salt and pepper.

7. Add the cooked macaroni

8. Add the soy sauces and the garlic powder. Cook on low heat until the noodles no longer look ‘wet’.

9. Serve piping hot

10. EAT ALL THE NOODLES!

So there you go, a fast week night dinner that you can whip up under 30 minutes!

And I know that macaroni and soy sauce just seems like a weird combination, but it really is super tasty!

Now go forth and try this Quebec delicacy and let me know if you make it, my mom will want feedback!

Have a good Canada Day weekend everyone! (July 1st for the non-Canadians around!)

Until next time,

Andreanne

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Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Hey everyone!

 

I am back with a recipe this week. Now, before we all comment on how stupidly easy this is, I will defend myself by saying that sometimes a girl just wants tasty yet easy pasta dish to enjoy her Netflix or Korean Drama binge watching!

I also like to call this recipe, ‘grown-up noodles and butter’. What? I like noodles and butter! My husband LOVES noodles and butter, will request it on a regular basis so I looked up a few recipes and made this ultimate (for us anyway) version!

Are we ready to get into it or do we need some more rambling?

I think we’re good, let’s go!

Fork & Fantasy - Aglio e Olio

 

Aglio e Olio

(Serves 2)

Ingredients

  • 250g Spaghetti (about half a box, or you know, the whole box, I ain’t here to judge)
  • 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2-3 tbsp Butter
  • 4-6 Garlic cloves, minced or crushed (I LOVE garlic, so I go more for 6-7, but that’s up to your tastebuds)
  • 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper of some sort
  • Parsley to taste, if you want
  • Salt & Pepper

 

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How to:

  1. Boil your pasta in super salted water.
  2. In a pan on medium heat, melt the butter and the olive oil.
  3. Add in the garlic, cook until it starts to brown the tiniest bit. Be careful not to burn it.
  4. Add in the crushed peppers and parsley (if you want) 
  5. Before draining the pasta, reserve 1/2 cup of water. Drain the pasta when it’s Al Dente
  6. Add the pasta to the pan with 1/2 cup of cooking water and finish cooking for a couple minutes.
  7. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper
  8. EAT ALL THE NOODLES

 

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You can’t really go more simple than that!

If you want, you can add veggies, or parmesan cheese, or shrimp… Variations are basically infinite! On the other hand, you can also enjoy your grown-up-noodles-and-butter as is!

That’s it for this week!

Until next time,

 

Andreanne

Endy Mattress Review

Hi everyone!

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that we received our Endy mattress!

We have been sleeping on it for about a week now so I figured I’d give you guys a bit of a review!

Please note that this post is NOT sponsored, we bought the mattress with our own money because we needed one and we heard good stuff about the Endy.

Here we go!

First of all, let me just say that our old mattress was A) Very old and uncomfortable, and B) Not a memory foam mattress.

The first 2-3 night were an adjustment, as we weren’t used to memory foam, it was pretty different. Not in a bad way, it was very comfy, we just weren’t used to it.

SHIPPING

The shipping took a little longer than we expected, maybe we’ve been spoiled by Amazon Prime?

It took about 2 weeks.

When we did get it, we were a bit worried because the box was in horrible shape.

That being said, the plastic wrap of the mattress was fine and the cutting tool was in the box so in the end, it was ok.

UNWRAPPING

The unwrapping is pretty easy. Cut the plastic, unroll the mattress, unfold it, let it poof out.

Not much to be said about that really… it did poof and bounce out pretty quickly. We still waited a few hours before actually sleeping on it but we probably could have gone to sleep right then.

The instructions do mention that the mattress reaches optimal comfiness in about a week, to be honest, it feels no different to me than the first day…

COMFORT

It is very comfortable, not sure how it compares to other memory foam mattresses, but once we got used to it, we had a hard time getting out of bed.

Because of the nature of the memory foam, we can’t feel the other (or the dog) moving much at all. That is a HUGE difference from our old spring mattress that basically felt like a bouncy castle… Comfort A+

PRICE

Ah, finally, the price. This bad boy set us back around $980 with taxes. The Queen size mattress runs for $850 and we had a coupon code for $50.

Now, from what I know of mattresses, this is pretty average. For a good mattress, this isn’t overly expensive, but to be clear, it isn’t overly cheap either.

I think we got good quality for the price so I’m okay with it. Plus, with 100 nights warranty, we know that it’s a risk-free purchase.

Overall, this is a great mattress. The online ordering of a mattress can be scary, since you’re not trying it on, but with the 100 nights warranty, it’s a pretty safe bet.

The interactions I had with customer service were quick and very helpful, which I’m always a big fan of. I have been known to recommend companies or services based strictly on their customer service. Endy has passed my customer experience test!

That’s it for this review! I hope you found it helpful!

Let me know if you try it, or if you already have one!

Until next time,

Andreanne