Lots of Lo Mein in a Lo Mein-less City

Confession… there are those moments in life when all you want to do is order some Chinese takeout, cuddle up on the couch and enjoy a night in. But, when Chinese take out is literally non-existent where you live (true, for me) then you are left with no other option but to take out in and whip up a batch at home! But don’t worry, it’s not as hard as you think. Trust me, this one is a keeper!

The Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup Soy sauce (regular or low sodium)
  • 2 Tbsp Dark Soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp Sirracha
  • 1 Tbsp sugar

The Main Dish:

  • 3 medium carrots (juliened)
  • 1 medium onion (sliced thin)
  • 1 250 gram package of mushrooms (sliced)
  • 250 grams chow mein noodles (or spaghetti if you can’t find)
  • 2 Tbsp of vegetable (or canola) oil (not olive oil — the flavor is a bit too strong for this dish)

Here’s How to Prepare It:

For the sauce (combine all the ingredients in a bowl ahead of time and then pour over the noodles. But if you forget or if you’re in a hurry, you can definitely add them one by one. Just be sure to stir well so all the flavors really come together.

Boil the noodles in a pot of salted water for approximately 8-10 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.

While they noodles are cooking…

Pour the vegetable oil into a large wok or fry pan. Add the onions and carrots and sauté until they are translucent and soft.

Add the mushrooms to the pan and sauté until they are tender.

Pour half of the sauce over the vegetables and stir. Then add the noodles and pour the remaining sauce on top and stir gently, being sure to coat all of the noodles and vegetables with sauce.

Taste & fall in love with your food! (haha! j/k but no seriously, it’s good!

 

 

Are You Ready to Go to the Heights?

 

The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. -Habakkuk 3:19

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Any experienced hiker or climber knows that in order to go to the heights, you must go through the valleys and tread the “not so frequently travelled” ground in order to reach the peak. It’s not a journey for the faint hearted nor for the ill-prepared. It requires discipline, preparation, commitment, dedication and perseverance to begin the journey, stay on course and finish the race.

Where our minds can get derailed in the journey is thinking that our strength is in ourselves and leaning on our own understanding to try and make it through this life. However, as we see in the book of Habakkuk, our strength comes from the Lord. It’s beyond a carnal strength but rather, it is His indwelling Spirit that takes us and transforms and carries us beyond the life we could ever have imagined.

The question is not, is it possible? The question is, do we really want to go to the heights? Do we really want to go? Certainly from a distance and through an eloquent narrative, the heights sound and look marvelous; and they truly are. But what we often don’t see, is the road it takes to get to the heights. We don’t see the process and so when we get started and encounter difficulty, we can confuse it for a problem when in actuality, difficulty and challenges are a part of the journey. They are the tools that carve us along the road, equip us for the next steps and enable us to persevere further.

Are you ready to go to the heights?