~ The great Aussie roadtrip ~ It's something we had dreamed of doing for a long time. Crossing the country from west to east, 1200kms across the Nullarbor, some of Australia's most isolated and remote country! And we just did it! An epic feat for an old Kombi, even more so carrying this huge sign on the roof!
For those of you who have been following our route, we decided to high tail it through the south-west region over to South Australia. We've had limited service for a while, and since it was one heck of an experience, we'll get to sharing some more of that with you soon! ✌️
Rainy days call for soup - a garlicky lemon lentil soup on this particular day. When I was growing up lentil soup was my mom's go to when we had visitors. Full of carrots, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, garlic and herbs, served with a side of fresh bread, it was my favorite hearty feel good meal. A particularly memorable lentil soup meal occured when we had a big group of people over and my mom threw a can of stewed tomatoes into the pot and then realized they were spoiled. With just minutes until the guests arrived and no plan B, we frantically picked out every last piece of tomato and then spent the whole dinner trying to decide if it tasted weird 😁 The following is the wonderful lentil soup Justin and I are having for dinner - a recipe my mom recently shared with me.
Persian Lentil Soup
1 cup lentils rinsed
8 cups vegetable stock
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion finely chopped
4 garlic cloves crushed
1 can stewed tomatoes (15 oz)
2 teaspoons salt
1 bunch of parsley finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
2 tsp sumac
3 tsp 7-spice
1/4 cup basmati rice (optional, uncooked)
juice of 1 lemon
Sautée garlic and onions in olive oil. Add vegetable stock and lentils and simmer on medium low for 25 min. Add tomatoes, parsley, rice, and all seasoning and simmer on low for another 25 minutes or until rice and lentils are tender. Taste and add more salt, lemon, and pepper as desired. Garnish with feta and more chopped parsley.
A typical night in the van.
As the days grow shorter, we are spending more hours inside. Since Jess works more traditional business hours, she likes to relax in the evenings with Netflix and wine. I’m more of a night owl and often work on commissioned drawings or package prints late into the night
Spending this evening reading @vandogtraveller book reminiscing about when we set off on this journey of ours and how much we've changed since then. Here's a photo of our first ever park up when we landed in France. It's easy to forget how much we've seen and done since this day but we know there's so much more to come
Skoolie Life VS. Airstream Life
Share below which one and WHY?!? ⤵️
THE biggest debate between my husband and I. No, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing lol 😆. It just means that I (Hannah) fell in love with the airstream THE first time I saw it. With me though is that when I see something I want it and I want it BAAAAADDD (yes, that’s exactly how it went between Luke and I 😜). My husband (Luke) has ALWAYS been a HUGE fan of converting a school bus because I am pretty sure the inspiration has come from his PopPop (grandfather) who has converted 2 school buses and is currently on his 3rd. Yes, this man is in 80’s and still rocking converting school buses ✌🏻😎. And of course Essence could care less since she is 4 years old and all 💁🏼♀️. Although, I do believe she is digging the bus so I feel a little outnumbered at the moment 🤔
ANYWAYS, let us know YOUR thoughts on which one and WHY so it can help us on our tiny mobile living home 👀🏠
P.S. Pic above is @themayesteam and bottom pic is @mavistheairstream — two of our favorites we love following! Go check them out to follow! 😍