Winter hikes and Chicken Wok with Avocado Pasta

outdoor fun
We have been having beautiful weather. The sun has been so bright and the sky cloudless. Nevermind that the temperature has hovered close to -30C/-22C. After a long stretch of gray winter colors and clouds, I could not resist. I put on snowshoes since my ski boots were being used by one of the kids and walked across the lake. No one else was out on the lake right then, and it was just me and the vast space and the tracks of a skiier from earlier in the morning.

tracks

Every once in a while I would spot the tracks of the hare and the fox and it made me think, did they cross paths last night in the moonlight?
tracks of the hare

Near the shore was a beautiful display of frozen ice crystals that bounced light like little diamonds.
kaislikko

With everyone hungry and rosy cheeked lunch needed to be quick. This avocado pasta with the chicken wok has many nutrients slipped in that the kids didn’t even notice.

chicken wok with avocado pasta 2

400 g/14 oz whole grain pasta
cooked according to directions on the package.

Chicken wok:
400 g/14 oz chicken breast cut into strips
1 large onion
1 clove of garlic minced
2 stalks of celery
1 head of broccoli cut into bite size pieces
1 head of cauliflower cut into bite size pieces
juice of one lemon
4 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tsp freshly ground chili pepper
freshly ground black pepper
salt
0.8 dl/ 1/3 c sesame seeds
olive oil

Sautée the onions and celery in olive oil. Next add the chicken and after a few minutes add the soy sauce, lemon juice, black pepper and chili pepper.
When the chicken is done move it away from direct heat and add the cauliflower, broccoli and sesame seeds. Sautée for a few more minutes. Serve on top of the avocado pasta.

For the avocado pasta, mash 1-2 avocados and mix with a couple tablespoons of lemon juice and some salt and pepper to taste. Mix with the cooked pasta.

winter sparkles
I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: People in Nature!

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32 Comments

  1. Gorgeous photos!! Love the snow. Your recipes are incredible each and every time. I love your avocado pasta and chicken. The sesame seeds, broccoli, cauliflower, and chili pepper together sound and look so tasty. A thousand times yummy !!!

    1. The avocado pasta idea came from a cook book that I have not read myself, but have heard about since it has caused quite the sensation in the Finnish blogoshpere! The authors of the book are Alexander and Hanna Gullichsen and they have their own restaurant. Their avocado pasta is designed to be served on its own and so it has quite a few more ingredients. My version is more simplified. I could post the translated original recipe sometime in the near future. The link to the Finnish original recipe can be found here: http://www.makuja.fi/artikkelit/ajankohtaista/avokadopasta-a-la-alexander-gullichsen/

      1. Thank you for sending this information our way. I know it is always difficult when translating recipes from one language to the other but your recipe sounds divine and I would not change a thing!

  2. Your post is always so full of life. Gorgeous gorgeous photos and I love your pasta dish very much. Mixing avocado into the pasta is new to me but am sure it is yummy! Wish I was there.

    Sincerely
    Danny

    1. Thank you so much! It is quite delicious and the idea came from Alexander and Hanna Gullichsen who have caused a sensation in the Finnish blogoshpere with their avocado pasta. My version is more simplified as theirs is designed to be served as a main course on its own. The link to the original recipe can be found here: http://www.makuja.fi/artikkelit/ajankohtaista/avokadopasta-a-la-alexander-gullichsen/ and sometime soon I can post a translated version of the recipe.

  3. Beautiful pictures of the snow. I like the simplicity with the animals tracks in the snow. Thanks for comment on my picture! I wish you a great week!

    1. Our winter goes through stages. November is dark and dreary since there often is no snow yet and the trees are bare but as we head towards spring the landscape turns into a winter wonderland as the sun starts to make an appearance and the daytime temps start to slowly drop (but nights are cold) it makes for very pleasant conditions for outdoor activities.

      1. Here in Toronto and area the most beautiful and impressive season is autumn. It is dry, sunny and fresh time of the year. The colour is amazing. And winter, if it comes, beautiful too, but unfortunately it comes less and less. You have to come kilometres up north to see its beauty. However for busy city living do not have snow is an advantage – easy driving and more safety.
        Have a nice day!

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