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And we’re off again!

We are now off to our next Backpacking Destination! Can anyone guess where?

Hint: National food dish is PLOV!

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My make-shift bento box!

After hours of going through the yummy video tutorials on YouTube about bento boxes, I decided I really wanted to make one especially when traveling around!

But after coming across a few websites here in the UK on buying an authentic bento box, the prices were quite expensive from£35 onwards and as you know, I’m always on a budget (heck I even budget my food shop by making items myself, i.e. cheese) much more rewarding and those extra pennies go to something else – whoops, this is a whole different article.

Back to bento boxes, so I thought why not buy a lunchbox and just fill it with smaller plastic containers. My first attempt after taking the bus to our nearest town, I bought a big plastic box and smaller containers, came home, and none of them fitted right into the bigger lunchbox – fail.

Next day, when to another shop and this time tried to measure each box roughly and they had pretty clip-on lunchboxes, came home and it all fitted perfectly! Success! Now when I start backpacking I’ll be bringing my bento box with me, but I also have an eye on those stainless steel tifin boxes 😉 I’ve become a lunchbox fanatic!

Here’s my first make-shift bento box with home-made sushi, home-made chocolate chip cookies (which I cut into strips to fit into the containers), sliced kiwi and cherry tomatoes.

Total amount spent: £4 for the lot! (not including chopsticks)

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Eid Mubarek

Just like to take this time to wish everyone a beautiful and blessed Eid 🙂

Hope you all have a wonderful time and remember to take breaks with all the cooking preparation!

What are you all cooking for Eid?

I’m just in the process of making chocolate chip cookies for family and my neighbours (that’s if I don’t finish them all!)


Eid Mubarek! ❤


Food at Eid, a time where family comes together and celebrates

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Here it is! Family Carrot Cake Recipe AND Video Tutorial ~

Finally it’s here, so sorry folks for the delay, it’s been a busy weekend but an interesting one as for the first time, I tried sushi! After a lovely dinner with my dear friends, she served us home made sushi for starters! So yummy, that I am considering learning it and making my own recipe and showing you guys here on WordPress.


So here is my video tutorial and recipe of my family recipe of Carrot Cake!


Link to Video Tutorial

Prep time: 20mins

Oven: 40mins

Difficulty: Easy


  • 3 carrots grated
  • 1lb. plain flour (16ozs/2cups)
  • 2tsps. baking powder
  • 2tsps. cinnamon
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 210ml vegetable/sunflower oil (NOT olive oil)
  • 210ml milk
  • 2tbsps. honey
  • 8ozs. sugar (1cup)


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius, 350 degrees Fahrenheit or gas mark 4.
  2. Beat the eggs in separate bowl.
  3. In large mixing bowl add your grated carrots and then add the beaten eggs, mix.
  4. Add your oil, milk and sugar and mix until combined.
  5. Next add your plain flour, cinnamon and baking powder and mix thoroughly.
  6. Add your 2tbsps of honey now and stir.
  7. Lastly pour your mixture over a prepared greased baking tray and place in oven for 40minutes. If you want a thin-ish soft layer of carrot cake, I recommend using a wide baking tray to spread an even thin layer (which is what I prefer) or if you like a thick cake texture use a smaller baking tray.
  8. Serve warm with some icing sugar sprinkled on top!


Any questions feel free to comment.

Don’t forget we are also on Facebook and Twitter! @thewanderincook

carrot cake – passed down family recipe!

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After coming back from a lovely dinner with friends, we enjoyed a magnificent spread of sushi for starters, from salmon to tuna to prawn. So tasty! That they were even kind enough to give some sushi to take home to my delight!

I enjoyed it so much that I might even do a recipe AND video tutorial on sushi.

A definite sushi convert here! whoop whoop x


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Hot Chocolate Recipe and Video

Here we have it folks, the video tutorial and recipe of my luvvlyy Hot Chocolate, a easy and simple guide made with real chocolate (no cocoa powder!). This is REAL Hot chocolate, not Drinking Chocolate the kind where you put a couple of teaspoons into a mug and some hot water…yucky!

Ever since I was a teenager, I always was on a ‘hunt’ for the most chocolatey hot chocolate, but nothing satisfied my findings, even coffee shops! Doesn’t matter how much whip cream they add on top, the chocolate underneath is just a watered down chocolate mix.

So after quite some research, I ended up making my own recipe through lots of research. This simple and yet easy recipe can be quickly made right in your kitchen that after you tasted it you won’t want to go back and buy cheap drinking chocolate!


The perfect relaxed dinner party dessert: after my husband and I moved into our own small cottage in the countryside, I decided to invite friends and family over for dinner but I didn’t have any flour to make cakes for dessert so I decided to make hot chocolate for everyone. And how lovely that turned out! As we sat on cushions on the floor (didn’t have a sofa then!) having a wonderful time as each one of us passed the whipped cream to keep topping up our hot chocolate with an extra jug of hot chocolate on the coffee table waiting for any refills. A serious contender to the normal cake desserts when having a dinner party! A lovely warm way to have fun and enjoy people’s company with a mug of hot chocolate and never ending whip cream. A definite must try out!

Here’s the video! <<< click me.


Makes 1 cup

  • 30g of dark/plain chocolate, broken into pieces for easy melting
  • 2-3tsps. of sugar
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1tsp. coffee (up to you)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon (optional)
  • If you have one, milk frother/whizz


  1. Place milk in saucepan and put on MEDIUM heat. It is very important NOT to boil. If it boils, try a new batch as the hot chocolate won’t work if milk boils so make sure its on MEDIUM heat.
  2. While milk is warming go ahead and add your cinnamon stick now.
  3. Just as the milk begins to warm (you can usually test by placing your hand over the saucepan and feeling the warmth) add your chocolate and continually stir.
  4. Make sure you keep stirring to prevent the chocolate from sticking to the pan and for it all to dissolve.
  5. Once the chocolate has dissolved (the milk has changed colour to light brown), add your nutmeg, sugar, coffee and ground cinnamon and stir.
  6. Remove cinnamon stick and turn off heat.
  7. Now with a milk frother/whizz, place it halfway into the pan and whizz away until nice and frothy!
  8. Serve hot and enjoy!
  9. Optional extra: squirt some whipped cream on top before serving.

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Tasty & Easy to cook – Japanese Ramen

Well here we have it!

Our first and just the very beginning of our recipes, Japanese Ramen. Which I must say was initially inspired by becoming a total anime freak watching day to day manga episodes of Naruto Uzumaki (which I would recommend to anyone).
The main character (Naruto) was just so infatuated in eating Japanese Ramen that I decided to look into making my own!

First off, what is Ramen?

Let me give you the Wikipedia version first:

Ramen (ラーメン rāmen?, IPA: [ɽaːmeɴ]) is a Japanese noodle dish. It consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat- or (occasionally) fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as sliced pork (チャーシュー chāshū?), dried seaweed (海苔 nori?), kamaboko, green onions, and occasionally corn.

It’s a filling and delicious noodle soup/meal that will awaken your taste buds. Now at first when looking at Ramen, your completely confuzzled on how to make it as it has many steps.

But after multiple attempts, I have come up with an easy way of making Ramen – especially for those on a budget also!















  • 1 small bag of baby spinach leaves
  • 1 peeled carrot
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 sachet of Miso Soup, Soy bean paste
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1 pair of chopsticks – of course!
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pack of egg noodles
  • handful of mushrooms
  • slice salami


Prep –

  1. Slice mushrooms and set aside
  2. Slice spring onions and set aside (optional: leave to soak for 5minutes to remove some of the strong onion taste)
  3. Wash spinach and set aside for the water to drain out
  4. Boil egg in boiling water till its hard boiled, so about 10minutes. Once boiled, remove and place into cold water so it’s easily to peel.
  5. In a medium saucepan fill with water and bring to the boil. Once boiling, add the washed spinach and boil for 1minutes, add pinch of salt to keep the green color. Drain again and set aside.
  6. Slice salami and set aside.
  7. With the peeled carrot, using a peeler keep peeling through into the carrot to create thin curly slices – this will be used as garnish.


  1. In a medium saucepan with more than half way, bring to the boil. Once boiling add the egg noodles and boil for 3 minutes.
  2. While noodles are boiling, peel the egg and slice in half to reveal the yolk.
  3. Once 3minutes is up and the noodles are nice and soft and have slightly gone bigger. Remove from water and leave to drain, set aside.
  4. In a large medium saucepan, again boil water (put as much water to fill one bowl up for your ramen). Time to prepare the broth! Once the water is boiling, add 1 sachet of the Miso soy bean paste and stir. Add the chicken stock cube also and stir. Keep stirring till the paste and chicken stock cube dissolves so about 5minutes. Notice in the soy bean paste, seaweed will appear. This is normal and just enhances the flavor.
  5. Then add your sliced mushrooms into the broth and continue to boil on medium heat for extra 2minutes.


  1. Firstly place your cooked noodles into your bowl.
  2. Next add your cooked spinach onto one side.
  3. Then comes the chopped spring onions placed neatly next  to the spinach.
  4. Very carefully pour your broth into the bowl.
  5. Add your sliced salami on the edge of the bowl.
  6. Finally garnish with your thin slices of carrot.
  7. Serve while hot!

The finished product, your very own Japanese Ramen!














You can buy Miso Soy bean paste by Wakame from any Supermarkets.

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