We finally christened our fire pit for the first time a few weekends ago. It was about time we did as the whole space had been finished for some time now and the bitter winter winds are fast approaching. Our days were numbered to get a good evening to set the pit alight before it became too cold for the kids to sit outside. We picked a perfect Saturday evening with low winds, a slight chill in the air and a clear night sky. J.D pranced around the pit in utter delight with beanie pulled low around his ears to keep him warm. We had fun gazing at the sky pointing out the moon and the stars together while Little Miss was hypnotised with the flames dancing about it front of her. We sat around these dancing flames together as a family and chowed down on these Satay Pork Noodle boxes with great delight. The sun was nearly set and the light was fading but the flicking flames from the fire pit lit our dinner table. J.D thought it was just magnificent to be sitting outside, looking at the fire and eating out of a box. We then enjoyed griddled damper slathered in butter and golden syrup for dessert. It's what toddlers dreams are made of.
Behind these magical childhood memories what were the unsung hero's doing though? Was Mum scarfing down her food with one hand while jiggling overtired, cranky baby on her knee. How many times did mum or dad walk up and down the stairs to the house to fetch torches, food, tissues, beanies and spatulas. Only to have to pack it all up and bring it back an hour later. Did dad just want to relax after a big week at work but put the effort in to cut the wood for the fire and set it up for his family? It made me realise behind each of my fond childhood memories I am sure there was an unsung hero lurking around their somewhere. I appreciate what my parents did for me so much more now that I have kids of my own. Kids are a lot of work and sometimes the effort we put into creating a moment we wonder was it really worth it. I think though most of the time it is and they will hopefully look back to these days with fond memories themselves. Probably forgetting the unsung hero lurking in the corners but that's the sacrifice we as parents make for our kids enjoyment
These Satay Pork Noodle Boxes were a hit with both the little and big guy in my life. The nights you feel like tossing in the tea towel and ordering takeaway think of making these noodle boxes instead. With a few simple vegetables, your choice of protein and a delectable satay sauce all tossed through a tangle of egg noodles. You will have a meal in a matter of minutes. Plus you know what is going into these boxes, no strange ingredients here. I love how you can customise this recipe with what vegetables you have in your fridge and what meat you have in your freezer. Don't be afraid to sub the pork with turkey, beef, chicken or lamb or for a vegetarian option toss in some scrambled egg. For a gluten free option make some Zoodles (zucchini noodles) and toss them through instead of the egg noodles. I did this in my version of the noodle box and it was really good. Make sure you top the tangle of satay noodles with a good sprinkle of chopped peanuts and this noodle box is ready for eating. You can buy these cute noodle boxes from your local junk shop to give the feeling of buying takeaway and it gives the dish a real sense of fun. Who doesn't like eating out of a box? Add in a pair of chopsticks and you are set. Think you didn't even have to step out of your slippers to put this on the table. Winning.