Thursday, December 3, 2009

Easy Stir Fry

This is a simple "one-wok" stir fry that is ready in minutes. Once one commits to cooking meals on a regular basis, it gets faster and easier to get from start to end. This one I've made some variation many times, and that's the nice thing about stir fries; it's easy to change it up just by the spices, and the timing of the spices. Adding sauce & spice early will allow the vegetables to absorb the flavor and much of the moisture evaporates; add the sauce at the end and the vegetables tend to be crisper with a sharp salt zing. I tend to prefer the latter, except when I forget and add the sauce early (what I'm calling sauce is merely a soy-sauce base with a little extra water & spices.) At that point I usually find the need to add seasoning at plate-up time as the saltiness gets diffused. So, that said, for a lower-salt variety, season at the end (or very near to it.)

One-Wok (or Pan) Easy Stir Fry

2 Medium Broccoli Crowns (certified)
1 small-medium onion
3 carrots; peeled optional
1 cup cabbage, thick shreds
1/2 green pepper
5 large "baby bella" mushrooms
3 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon fresh shaved ginger (from frozen best)
2 green onions
cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon Braggs soy sauce
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1 package flavored tofu (shitake mushroom nice)
1 tablespoon white vinegar or Bragg's vinegar
2 tablespoons oil

Okay- best way to do this that I've found, is to use a medium-large skillet on a fairly hot burner; hot enough that water droplets dance on the pan when you sprinkle. Of course gas burner best, but I'll digress. Do with what you got. So I "got" a warped pan and a lax electric burner, and I make it work by constantly adjusting temp and rotating pan on burner, and, of course, no matter what your rig, STIR. Now- get everything chopped & ready to go; I'll try to be more specific as I describe: add the oil to the pan, wait for it to "ripple" a little bit before you start adding; should only take a few seconds. Add the onion; chopped, add the carrots; sliced, let it cook for a minute or two, now add the mushrooms; sliced, any chopped broccoli stems, and the green onions; sliced. Stir-Fry for about one minute, now add the cabbage, the crowns, the green pepp, and the tofu. Add the ginger, red pepper, black pepper, minced garlic, Bragg's proteins, vinegar, lemon juice, and anything else thy heart desires. Stir-Fry until the broccoli just turns deep green, and serve it up!

Rice mei fun noodles are not a bad addition, or you can just eat the whole thing. Wok-it. Eat the whole thing anyway.

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