What do you really want PHO the New Year LOL!

IMG_0003I think back to previous New Year’s resolutions and I’m sure the list will have contained the following, plus a few more.

1. Lose 10lbs,

2. Run 5 miles 4 times a week.

I always want to lose 10lbs but I’m not sure why.  Is there something else bugging me making me dislike myself? Why do I want to run, I hate running. Am I trying to torture myself? Unless my life depended on it, I’m never going to run 5 miles, 4 times a week. I might row or cycle that distance but I’m never going to run it. It’s just one of things I always seem to put on my list.

I guess I knew when I set these resolutions that I wouldn’t stick to them or achieve them. Why? Because I wasn’t resolving to do anything meaningful to me. I was making a wish list. So I knew I would fail in the first month. Why did I set goals that I knew I wouldn’t achieve and even worse, that I was sure to fail at in the first month. Why put so much pressure on myself right at the start of the year? Just think, by the end of January I won’t be anywhere near losing 10lbs and I doubt very much that I’ll have put my running shoes on either. By the end of January, though I’ll be having a sad on as I’ll know I’ve set those resolutions and done nothing about them… get my drift…

So what am I doing this year? I’m making a plan. Big picture plan. Try it. It requires a big piece of blank paper and a pen.

Set your alarm to get up early; before anyone else in the house wakes. This is the best time to do it as you’ll have a clear mind. Grab your piece of paper and pen. Don’t talk to anyone, just go straight to the table with your paper and pen, sit down and ask this simple question of yourself. “If I had complete freedom of choice, what would I do, what would I have and what would I be?”. There are no specifics, time limits, qualifications. Now start writing. Stop either after 10 minutes or earlier if you have to start thinking about answers to the question. Write down whatever comes to mind. It doesn’t matter if it’s something crazy. When I first did this, I wrote down bigger biceps and refills for the toilet cleaner LOL.

Now that you’ve done that, give yourself 1 minute and go back and circle 3 of the items on your list. Any 3. Make it the first 3 that come to mind. Could these be your goals for the Ne Year? Now go figure how you get them. Put the rest of the stuff on your wish list. And the good thing about this… you can do it again in 3 months or 6 months if you feel like it!

DSC_0885Now my blog wouldn’t be my blog without a recipe. I was well chuffed with my version of chicken pho. I made it grain free too, which is even better and I used the broth I made from boiling up my left over turkey carcass.

Ingredients (for 4 to 5)

1 litre of stock
2 cups of cold water
Thumb sized piece of fresh ginger, grated
2 star anise
2 plus 1 tablespoons of coconut aminos or soy sauce
1 tablespoon of coconut or other oil
1 tablespoon fish sauce
Rice noodles for 4 OR spiraled sweet potato (see method below)
3 to 4 chicken breasts or 8 chicken thighs
1/2 cup of chopped cilantro
1 cup of chopped Chinese cabbage or bok choy
2 green spring onions finely sliced
Juice of one lime
Chili flakes (optional)


  • Combine stock, 2 cups of cold water, ginger, star anise, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce/ coconut aminos and fish sauce in a pan over high heat. Cover. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add chopped cabbage or bak choy at the end of cooking.
  • Coat chicken in 1 tablespoon of oil and 2 tablespoons of soy sauce or coconut aminos, grill, finely slice and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, place noodles in a heatproof bowl. Cover with boiling water. Stand for 5 minutes or until tender. Separate noodles with a fork. Drain well.
  • DSC_0790If using sweet potato, spiral your sweet potato in a spiralizer or if you don’t have one use a hand held spiralizer or use a potato peeler to make thin strips. Blanche in a pot of boiling water for about 3 minutes until the potato is al dente (just off being hard) and drain well.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove star anise and ginger from stock mixture. Stir in lime juice. Divide noodles between serving bowls. Top with chicken. Pour over stock mixture. Sprinkle with coriander, onion and chilli (if using).



  1. I tend to keep marinaded cooked chicken in the fridge.
  2. I make and freeze stock in tubs so I can whip up soups quickly.

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