Friday, January 3, 2014

Getting Away and #RECIPEFRIDAY: Easy Vietnamese 'Pho'!

I only have three more sleeps left until my vacation ends so...

You better believe that I will be making the most out of the next three days ahead!


The past three weeks have been amazing.

Having had the chance to...

Slow myself down;
Savour in the moments to be had, and...
Enjoy every single little bit that the holidays (and the last few days of the year) brought into my life...

I am filled with nothing but...


After spending our last couple of days of 2013 in beautiFUl Québec City (which we did a couple of years back too)...

This was a great way for us to really soak in the remaining days of the year, together!

The view from our hotel.
The view from the streets of Old Québec.
Loving the quaint...
Historic, and romantic feel of...
Le Quartier Petit Champlain.
Bundling up and (em)bracing the cold Canadian weather.

Of course...

We also savoured our time away! (And, not just literally!)

Nothing like...
Enjoying some Canadian Maple Syrup on a stick.
Dancing 2013 away in the closed off streets then...
Watching the fireworks from our hotel room.

While we loved our mini getaway (and the FUnny moments my asking a random man out for dinner, thinking it was SuperFit)....

We did take the time to reflect upon the old year behind us and...

Talk about our intentions for the new year ahead.

After sharing with you my intentions for 2014 and...

My first word of intent for the year...

I look forward to what lays ahead, which...

I will embrace with open arms because...

I have faith that whatever may come my way will have its reason, time and place.

Having said all of that...

I'd like to finish off with a recipe in this edition of #RECIPEFRIDAY which...

I have faith will warm you right up!

Easy Vietnamese 'Pho'

by *CaNdY FiT*
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Ingredients (4 servings)
    • 8 cup chicken broth (reduced sodium)
    • 3 cups water
    • 2 yellow onions, halved
    • 1, 6 inch ginger, halved
    • 5 star anise
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • 2 tbsp salt
    • 2 tbsp pepper
    • 1 large package of rice noodles
    • Chicken, thinly sliced
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 2 mint leaves
    • Green onion, chopped
    • 2 Basil leaves
    • 1/4 Lime
    • Hot sauce (optional)
    • Hoisin sauce (optional)
    1. In a large pot, over high heat, add olive oil, onions, star anise, cinnamon and ginger
    2. Let sizzle for about 2 minutes, while stirring
    3. Add broth and water
    4. Let boil, reduce heat to low
    5. Let simmer for about 2 hours, tasting and seasoning as you go
    6. Remove the onions, star anise, cinnamon sticks and ginger
    7. Place onion on a cutting board and save to top your noodle bowl

    1. Follow instructions on package

    1. In a heated, olive oil sprayed fry pan, add the chicken (or beef)
    2. Cook until ready

    Bringing it together
    1. Once noodles have cooked, slowly add them to your broth
    2. Let simmer for about 5 minutes
    3. Slowly add your noodles and broth to a bowl
    4. Add protein, onions, and remainder of toppings of choice
    5. Enjoy!
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    So now it's your turn...

    If you have a recipe you've been making and loving...

    Share it!

    I can't wait to see what you've cooked up!

    Have a great weekend everyone!

    Questions FU You...

    How did you ring in the New Year?
    Plans for the weekend?

    Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*


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    1. I've heard so many people raving over Pho, so I think I'm going to have to try it out - looks delish!

    2. Quebec City is such a beautiful place. I've never been in the winter - BRRRR! Pinning your Pho. Yum!

    3. Mmm, I love Pho!! I've never tried to make it myself but it looks simple enough. I'd love to visit Quebec sometime!

    4. I love Pho! Never made it myself though - reckon I could have a crack at it now! I also have some star anise to put to use... thanks for the recipe!

    5. I've never tried Pho but the recipe sounds delicious!

    6. oh i love Pho! especially when it's soooo cold out. well, not as cold as where you are but still. Love quebec. I lived there one summer. Did you know that? hehe

    7. That looks delicious and looks like what I'll make for lunch today since I actually have everything here!!!

    8. yum this looks so warm and delicious during these frigid temps!!

    9. Ah I'm in Montreal and it is freezing so I can only imagine what it must be like in QC!!! Love Pho...had it last night :)

    10. Quebec looks amazing, so does your pho recipe! Thanks for a great link up!

    11. YUM! My Godmother is Vietnamese and makes the best Pho! So awesome:)

    12. Great photos and list! :)

    13. This weekend I am going to try and thaw myself out from this -20 degree weather we have going on today

    14. Looks like a great vaca! And loving the Pho FU!

    15. It looks so cold there - I'm a wimp and probably would have missed out on the fun because I hate cold!!
      The Pho looks so good - can't wait to try it soon!! It will give us a start on another country - we are trying to cook/eat from different cultures!!

    16. You look so cold!!! I need all that fur and the soup. It's supposed to be 9 degrees here Tuesday! Ouch.

    17. I love this new life of yours - LOVE!!!!!!

    18. every friday, the girls and i from work ate pho for lunch, on somerset. i fell in love at first bite! :) I am in love with your winter gear btw!

    19. I am so glad you are enjoying your vacation time, you definitely deserve a little slow down time! Homemade pho has always intimidated me, but you have inspired me to give it a go.

    20. Brrr, looks like that was a cold . . .but fun vacation! Happy New Year!

    21. LOVE PHO!! PHO real ;)

      You bet I'll be giving it a go- Saves me from going to Victoria St (the Vietnamese restaurant district)

    22. You have snow there! We don't have it in Poland... Usually here is some snow in winter. Now degrees are above O ! I have heard that there are 40 degrees temperatures in Canada? That's very cold:-)! We have Celcius scale - it's different than Fahrenheit :
      T_\mathrm{Fahrenheit} = 32 + \frac{9}{5} * T_\mathrm{Celsjus}
      See U!

    23. Good luck & Happy New Year!

    24. I've never been to Quebec City, but it seems like a quaint little place to visit. Maybe not in the winter, though :)

    25. Wow! Looks like you had a wonderful time! Have never been to Quebec, but looks adorable! love the Maple Syrup on a stick. Happy to hear you are making the most of your vacation! Mine comes to an end tomorrow too, as I head back to the States!

    26. I love Pho!!! Looks delicious :) Happy New Year!

    27. Love the pictures! Maple syrup on the snow is delicious. Quebec City in the winter is crazy cold though. (I am from Montreal, not much better LOL)


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