Quick lunch for the summers - egg chowmein

Hello gorgeous! Yes I'm talking to you my reader, and not to the bowl of yummy noodles. How have you been? Hope the summers are treating you nicely. What a question, you might say. Summers are to be enjoyed by soaking all the lovely sunshine, and with great picnics and beach parties. Yes of course, only when we are able to stand outdoor for like 5 mins, in the blazing Dubai. We would surely plan a beach party, but maybe indoors.

You might be wondering where did I vanish yet AGAIN. Yes again has a repeat value in my blogging life. Like a lost child, I keep meandering my ways in the busy life. But like a good friend, it keeps looking for me and takes me back home. And we start again, from where we left, like there was no pause in between. That's how it is with best friends. It gives such a comforting warmth to be back in your own space.

But this time I have been busy with good reasons. And much of it is thanks to my blog. Love you! Yes in last few months, I did so many new stuff, which I was sceptical to try. I did it and it was good fun. And of course I have to share it all with my lovely readers.

Just to refresh your memory, I have been busy taking care of my two cute brats and have been a home maker for few years. Of course baking and blogging is always there in this journey. But lately I took it to next level, by taking baking classes. I still can't believe that while I, who had never used an oven before coming to Dubai, was the one taking classes. But then, the eager smile of the ladies who wanted to learn. and the platter of cookies, pies and cupcakes, assure me that I had indeed learnt something worthwhile. In the same direction, I also made many cakes on order, which was again a first time baking for business. See, calories are not always bad :)

But the bit, that got me even more excited is that I started with my own photography business. Here, I said it!!! Melanger Photography is up and running. I did a portfolio shoot for a three year old, a birthday shoot for one year old and a birthday party too. Next I'm doing a commercial shoot for a dental care centre. Yes the variety is getting wider. Please do check my portfolio here  and let me know what you think of it. And if you like it, then do follow my facebook page, just to give me the much needed support. 

If these were not enough to keep me busy and occupied, well there was something else too. While net surfing on one boring day, I had chanced upon an "entrepreneurs' competition" and had submitted an idea that was running in my head. And that's it, I forgot about it, the pressed 'enter'. But then few weeks before I was travelling to India for my summer holidays I got a call, that I had been selected in this competition, which was being run all over Middle East and Africa. Hence coming in top 50  from over 3000 participants was also a great deal. Surprised, shocked, nervous and so much more. Yet thinking of making the most of this learning platform, I went ahead, and started shaping my thoughts. Next thing I knew I was in top 10. It surely was one of the most memorable days of my life. Thank God I had holidays soon after this crazy schedule. It helped me unwind, and recharge myself. 

After coming back, to the hot temperatures here, cooking and baking are not on top of my list. Specially the elaborate ones. They can wait for the cooler weathers. But hunger pangs can't wait till then. And for that, there are easy comfort recipes, that doesn't take time and yet always tastes yum! After all who doesn't like chinese food. I don;t see any hands out there :)

Easy Egg Chowmien/ Noodles Recipe 

  • 1 packet noodles of your choice (I used Ching's Hakka noodles) 
  • 2 tbsp oil (used in parts)
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 capsicum, cut in thin strips
  • 1 medium carrot, cut in fine strips
  • 2 tbsp shredded cabbage
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp chilly flakes (optional)
  • 1- 2 tsp soya sauce 
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp chilly sauce
  • Salt, as per taste
  • Black pepper
  • Spring onion, chopped - for garnishing
  • 3 eggs
  1. Cook noodles, as per packet instruction - in a large pot of boiling water, with salt and little oil. Once done, drain and keep in broad platter with little oil, to avoid sticking.
  2. Keep all the veggies, chopped and ready. Heat a wok or broad thick bottomed pan. Add 1 1/2 tbsp oil and when it gets hot, then add chilly flakes and chopped ginger and garlic. Saute for 30 seconds.
  3. Soon after add sliced onion, saute for few seconds. Then add carrots. and then capsicum and cabbage. Keep stirring to avoid burning. Add salt and let it cook till bit crisp but cooked through.
  4. Now add all the sauces and vinegar and let the veggies absorb it al. Keep rotating the pan to avoid sauce getting burnt. Now add the drained noodles and mix it well.
  5. Add salt, as needed and black pepper. Toss for a minute or two and keep it aside.
  6. Heat another small pan, and add 1/2 tbsp oil. Whisk the 3 eggs in a bowl, with pinch of salt and pepper and add to hot pan. Cook it like an shredded omelette - or egg bhurjee, as in bit golden than the scrambled egg.
  7. Add the egg pieces to the chowmien and mix it well. Crush some extra black pepper and garnish with spring onions (which I didn't have)

Your bowl of yummy chowmien is ready. Just grab a cosy corner and dig in.  And with so many veggies packed into one, I'm sure mummies would also be glad to give to the little ones. A good dish for the lunchbox too. Most of the times, you need no side dish too. And when you do, we will make some chilly paneer. But that's for another day. Till then enjoy this one!!

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