Simple Chicken & Shrimp Tom Yum Soup

A friend of ours recently gave us a few Asian ingredients as she is moving house and needs to downsize!

She knew we loved to cook and would make good use of them! She was right! Our recipe for Simple Chicken & Shrimp Tom Yum Soup was created.

I started googling some of the ingredients she had given us to see how best I could put them to use. I found a few options, but nothing that was jumping out at me. I decided to take the high risk approach and create my own Asian soup recipe! Being the least Asian person I know (!) it was literal guess work and while the result was exceptionally good (even if i do say so myself!) it may not be the most genuine Tom Yum Soup recipe ever created and for that I apologize!


Every recipe I read told me how to make my own tom yum soup base….but I already had that, so I used that as a base and added to it as it was pretty bland. I wanted to make sure the chicken was thin enough and cooked in the same way I as I had eaten in other Asian soups. I turns out the method is to essentially boil the chicken – which I would never think to do usually – but it worked! The chicken absorbed all the delicious flavors of the soup base while it cooked!

This recipe for chicken & shrimp tom yum soup was a huge fluke and yet a real success – that’s the best kind!

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Simple Chicken & Shrimp Tom Yum Soup


Serves 6-8

3 quarts water

22 oz (3 packets) Udon noodles (do not use any seasoning packets that may come with the noodles)

1 can baby corn, chopped

2 C finely sliced chicken, uncooked

1 C tail-on shrimp

1 red onion, slivered

1 bell pepper, slivered

2 C mushrooms, sliced

4 tbsp Tom Yum Soup Paste

1 tbsp hot pepper paste

2 tbsp lime juice

2 tbsp thai fish sauce

1 x 14 oz can chicken broth

2 tbsp garlic salt

2 tbsp garlic powder

2 tbsp fresh cilantro


Add the water to a large pan, add the tom yum soup paste, hot pepper paste, lime juice, fish sauce, chicken broth, garlic salt & garlic powder to the pan and bring to the boil.

Add the chicken, onion and bell pepper, stir and reduce the heat to an active simmer and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the shrimp, mushrooms and baby corn and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the noodles and fresh cilantro and stir well to break up the noodles as they cook. Cook for another 3-5 minutes until the noodles are cooked through and serve


Greek Salad with Tuna


I had a craving for Greek Salad recently.

We decided to make it for dinner but we wanted to bulk it up a little by adding some extra protein – hence the tuna!

Greek Salad with Tuna was born and it was very quick, simple and delicious!

This Greek Salad with Tuna provides the perfect family summer dinner (or lunch) for your family or friends as it is very easy to make especially great for those summer evenings on the go, or after a long day when you need something quick and nutritious to eat.

We paired this with our Greek Style Vinaigrette which made for the perfect combination!

This is the simplest recipe I have made in a very long time! It’s so simple it doesn’t really require instructions-but I have them for you anyway! Ready? Blink and you will miss them!

Wash and chop romaine lettuce (or a different favorite lettuce) and place in a bowl


Add 2 cans of drained tuna fish to the bowl


Add cherry tomatoes, black and green olives, sliced bell pepper and diced cucumbers


Add crumbed feta cheese and thinly sliced red onion


And serve! That’s it!


Serves 3-4

2 heads of romaine lettuce, chopped

1 cucumber, diced

1/3 C green olives

1/3 C black olives

1/2 red onion, finely slivered

1 orange/red bell pepper, sliced

2 cans tuna, drained

4oz feta cheese, crumbed

1/2 C cherry tomatoes

Crab & Vegetable Fried Rice

Crab & Vegetable Fried rice is a fast and delicious alternative to eating out!

It is cheaper, possibly faster and you get to choose exactly what ingredients you put in it.

We love Chinese food, but eating out gets very expensive – so we develop our own recipes so we can eat the same delicious food at home AND we get to share our recipes with you!

This crab & vegetable fried rice doesn’t require fresh crab – and all that time-consuming crab preparation (if you have crab already cooked and prepped then feel free to use it here-otherwise a couple of cans of crab work wonders. Feel free to experiment with vegetables too – there are so many delicious options out there so choose whatever your family likes best!


Serves 4

1 medium onion, finely diced

2 large carrots, finely diced

3 eggs

1/2 tsp sesame oil

5 tbsp vegetable oil

1 1/2 tsp soy sauce

3 C cooked white rice

1/2 C frozen peas

1/4 C chopped spinach (frozen works best)

1/2 C beansprouts (+ extra for decoration)

4 cloves garlic, crushed

3 green onions, diced

2 x 6oz can crab meat, drain the excess juice

1/2 tsp sesame seeds (+ extra for decoration)

1/4 tsp onion salt

1/4 tsp allspice

1/4tsp cumin

1/4 tsp coriander

1/4 tsp black pepper


In a small bowl, add the sesame seeds, all spice, cumin, coriander and black pepper, mix together and set aside

Add a little sesame oil and vegetable oil to a wok and  then add the carrot and onion. Cook on a medium-high heat for 5 minutes.

In a measuring cup, add together the eggs, sesame oil and vegetable oil and 1/2 tsp soy sauce. Whisk together.


Pour the egg mixture into the wok and cook.

Add the green onions and garlic to the wok and stir.


Move all the ingredients in the wok to one side and add the vegetable oil to the empty side of the wok – then add the rice to that side and fry for a few minutes, stirring regularly.


Then mix all the ingredients in the wok together.


Add the crab and stir. Add the sesame seed mix and stir well. Cook for 3 minutes.

Add the beansprouts and cook for a further 3 minutes.

Serve immediately


30-Minute Recipes: Cod Parcels

Cod Parcels

Sometimes you just need a really simple, healthy dinner that you can pull off with very little effort!

Cod Parcels is THAT dinner!

It is so simple, and quick it barely deserves a recipe……this is more of a step-by-step guide through the process.

I used very simple seasonings for two main reasons – cod is a light fish, it is delicate and the flavor is subtle so you have to go light on any seasonings so you don’t overpower the natural flavor of the fish! Don’t even get me started on the time I added a pesto crust to cod…..disaster!! Secondly, I wanted to keep it simple!  I first made these after a LONG day of baking so the last thing I wanted to do was make dinner, but duty calls, so I went for the easy option!

You can serve these with any side dishes you choose, in winter you may want to pair it with rice or mashed potatoes (or if you know me at all I would pair it with mashed potatoes all year round!!), or quinoa for a protein-rich alternative.  In summer it would go perfectly with coleslaw or a simple green salad.

Whichever way you choose to eat this dish…..Enjoy!

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30-Minute Meals: Tuna Pesto Melt

Tuna Pesto Melt

Are you like me and always looking for that quick lunch on the go?

Then look no further – this is the perfect solution!

I love a good Tuna Melt…..but I cannot bare the celery that is usually found in them in the US.  I developed this recipe to fulfill my craving for a Tuna Melt but without any nasty celery!!

It is so so simple…..and it doesn’t even take 30 minutes….more like 10!

Ingredients (to make 2 sandwiches):

4 x slices Sourdough (or equivalent) bread

1 x can tuna, drained ( 1 can should make 2 sandwiches)

3 tbsp fresh pesto

6 slices Monterey Jack cheese

3 tbsp butter, melted

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30-Minute Meals: Shrimp Arrabiata

Shrimp Arrabiata

Here is a yet another really quick and easy dinner recipe that you can throw together in minutes.

One of the joys of being married to a Sicilian is that he grew up around traditional family recipes, and after studying in Bologna for a season he actually learned this recipe while living there……this is the US adaptation obviously – however the roots are there!

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Thai Style Mahi-Mahi Stirfry

Thai style Mahi-Mahi stir fry

Captain America made Thai Style Mahi-Mahi Stir Fry for dinner a few weeks ago.  He is excellent at putting together delicious dishes, from scratch, without a recipe.  I take the pictures and write everything down while he creates!

I love that I married a man who loves to cook as much as I do.  Our styles are very different – I love to bake and he hates it.  He uses LOADS of ingredients and I like to use just a few to keep it simple.

Together we make wonderful, delicious food 🙂

I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we did!

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30-Minute Recipes – Shrimp Kebabs

30-Minute Recipes: Shrimp Kebabs

This week’s 30-Minute Recipe is Shrimp Kebabs.  These make the perfect summer evening meal and are very quick and easy….so simple there is almost no need for a recipe at all!!

You can be really creative with these adding various vegetables or even trying them with chicken or steak instead of shrimp.  We used the vegetables we already had available-zucchini, mushrooms and red onion and it made for a delicious combination!

You could even use pre-cooked shrimp and they would need to cook for even less time 🙂


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Tuna Nicoise Salad

Tuna Nicoise

This salad is a variation on Captain America’s favorite salad!  If you are an avid follower of my blog you will know that Captain America loves salad.  He would eat it for every meal if he could, I however a not such a fan of your average salad!  Get me a great salad loaded with delicious extras and an amazing dressing and I will eat salad, and lots of it!


This is NOT a traditional Tuna Nicoise salad by any means, in fact if you want a Tuna Nicoise recipe, look it up elsewhere! If you want a great salad made with ingredients you probably already have in your fridge and pantry, then this is the recipe for you!

We really enjoyed it and I hope you will too!

What is your favorite salad ingredients?? Let me know in the comments below!

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Brazilian Fish Stew

Brazilian Fish Stew

I almost feel like this recipe needs an immediate disclaimer, as I have a few Brazilian friends who may throw their hands up in despair when they read this recipe.  I know NOTHING about Brazilian food, so my huge apologies if this is far from a traditional Brazilian Fish Stew.

This recipe came about as we recently purchased lots and lots of fish, and my tiny apartment freezer is jam packed.  I needed an exciting fish recipe which didn’t scare me (my avid readers know that I love fish but cooking it scares me as it can go wrong very easily!)  Brazilian Fish Stew is my new go-to recipe for fish.  It was absolutely delicious, incredibly easy and I already had all the ingredients.

I will let you into a secret…..this is my favorite type of recipe, one that sounds extremely complicated and decadent yet requires minimal effort on my part.  You could make this for a dinner party, the guests would all be incredibly impressed and you would not even break a sweat!  The only slight challenge with the recipe is that it cooks quite quickly so advance preparation is important.

The other thing I like about this recipe is that you could probably use almost any fish or seafood in it, you would just have to alter the cooking times accordingly. Try it with a different fish/seafood combination and let me know how it goes?


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