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How to make the perfect Stir Fry…

What is a Stir Fry…?

Fish, meat, noodles or vegetables cooked in a small amount of oil over high heat while stirring briskly…Originating in China it has spread into other parts of Asia and the West.

I will be honest I struggled with stir fry’s when I lived in the UK now it is second nature to me…it is also the main method of cooking here…

I think the closest western countries come to stir-frying is sauté. It is also because food is cooked so quickly called blitz cooking by some…

The main sauces I use to stir fry are:

  • Oyster Sauce- richly flavoured, dark brown sauce made from oysters with salt and water.
  • Light Soy Sauce- Thai soy sauce has a mild and soft salty flavour not present in many other Asian soy sauces.
  • Dark Sweet Soy- very similar to Indonesian kecap manis, this syrupy sauce is thick, dark, and sweet. Also used as a dipping sauce.
  • Black Soy Sauce-a strong and bold, salty, and somewhat sweet soy sauce with a strong molasses flavour…I only ever use about 1/4 tsp for colour rather than flavour.
  • Mushroom Soy Sauce…made from mushrooms it can be used interchangeably with plain light soy sauce. It’s just a matter of preference…mine is the mushroom soy.
  • Golden Mountain Seasoning- a popular brand here and can be used instead of Maggi again its personal preference.
  • Maggi Seasoning- another popular seasoning sauce
  • Sesame Oil- an edible vegetable oil used sparingly in some of my stir-fries.
  • Soy Bean Paste-also is known as yellow bean sauce and salted soybeans, a much loved Thai condiment. There is also no doubt that it will heighten the flavour of food. Use in stir-fries particularly morning Glory.
  • Fish Sauce-made from fish or krill that have been coated in salt and fermented for up to two years.

Of course, there are other sauces used in stir-fries but these are my larder staples…I also buy the best that I can… like anything we all have favourites and there are many different makes…The only thing I will say is that with Soy sauce, in particular, they do vary greatly on whether you buy Thai Soy or Chinese/Korean Soy and do make a difference to the flavour of your stir fry.

Stir-fries are lovely because you can use anything and I do…I very rarely measure, weigh my meat, fish, noodles or veg… I go by eye …I think many cooks do this especially if they cook a dish often…

It also makes a difference in what type of heat you use...Gas or open fire and yes many Thais still cook on an open fire is better as your pan or wok heats up quicker and hotter and it does affect the taste especially with vegetable stir-fries like Morning Glory.

Other ingredients I always use in a stir fry…Again these are my staples for a stir fry.

  • Garlic
  • Chillies
  • Thai Basil
  • Holy Basil
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Kaffir Lime Leaves
  • Fresh Lime Juice

I also sometimes use red curry paste, fresh peppercorns.

I will give you some examples…

If I stir fry liver I use shredded lime leaves, fish sauce, red curry paste and fresh Lime juice often I just squeeze the lime and chuck in the rind and remove before serving.

If stir-frying meat I would use garlic, birds eye chillies, oyster sauce, mushroom soy, a tiny amount of black soy and a couple of shakes of Maggi or green Mountain seasoning and a little water.

Plus any vegetables like snake beans which come in green or red, kale, broccoli, wing beans…

 

If making a vegetable stir fry then I would use shallots or onions, green onions, maybe bell peppers or I sometimes add some noodles plus the sauces…

Stir-fried Morning Glory or Pad Pak Boon Fai Daeng is also known as water spinach…It is a very popular vegetable dish in Thailand and one I have for breakfast/brunch quite often with rice.
This is a very quick dish to cook once you have all your ingredients prepared..5 mins at the most.
Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of Morning Glory
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic
  • 3 or more Thai Chillies
  • 2 tbsp of Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tbsp of Thai Fish Sauce
  • 1 tbsp of fermented soybean paste or oil with soya beans ( optional)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 tbsp of oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh veg or pork stock


Let’s Cook!

Wash and cut your morning-glory into 4-6 inch pieces.
Bash the chillies and garlic in a pestle and mortar
Heat the oil in a pan until very hot.
Add the garlic and chillies and stir-fry ( stirring) for 15-20 seconds be careful not to let the garlic burn.


Add morning-glory and all other ingredients except for the vegetable stock.
Stir-fry for 40 seconds and add vegetable stock and stir-fry for another 10 seconds.
Serve with steamed rice or as a side dish.
Enjoy!

This stir fry was just made up as Aston wanted pork with peppercorns…

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STIR-FRIED pORK WITH pEPPERCORNS AND WING BEANS.

To make I just thinly sliced pork loin but you could use fillet of pork or chicken, A small amount of red curry paste which I cooked in a tiny bit of oil and with some shredded lime leaves and a shake of fish sauce. I then added a little coconut milk to make a little sauce added some chopped garlic and then my pork… cooked on high for a few minutes until the meat was cooked…sliced thinly and cooked high this cut cooks very quickly then added a couple strands of fresh peppercorns, chopped a snake bean and a couple of lovely wing beans cook for about 1-2 mins as we like our veg crisp. Taste and adjust seasoning but if you taste all through the cooking it should be fine..serve with rice or noddles…Enjoy!

If I am using Thai basil or holy basil the I cook my meat with oyster sauce, soy and black soy instead of the curry paste and then I wouldn’t use fish sauce.I only use fish sauce when I use curry paste.

This link is for the recipe with Thai basil but using minced pork and will give you the measurements but once or if you make as many stir-fries as I do then it becomes second nature and I just use my wooden spoon or with the Maggi seasoning just a few shakes and taste…https://carolcooks2.com/2018/08/25/krapow-grapow-moo-pork-with-basil/

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If Thais use Grapow Moo or holy basil they add an egg and if it is sweet basil called horapa in Thai ..no egg.

Don’t forget you can use fish cut up small or prawns or noodles…Yellow noodles are lovely with chicken and a few veggies or just without the chicken and some veggies…Almost anything goes with a stir fry…

I hope this has helped demystify a stir fry as many people I know just don’t like making them and steer clear just use your instincts and taste…As for measurement a handful of this and that depending on how many you are cooking for it will get easier any questions I am happy to help…

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and well being.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…Then, I will be happy!

Please stay safe and well and follow your governments safety guidelines remember we are all in this together xxx

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Thank you for joining me once again on Whimsical Wednesday when anything goes..wherever my thoughts take me or when something stops me in my tracks and makes think or when something just wows me…

So come with me and see what has astonished or wowed me this week and what memories have been evoked…I do hope you enjoy and please if it evokes any memories for you please share…

Today is World Senior Citizens Day which was started by the UN General Assembly in 1990 and is celebrated on 21st August each year…The aim of the day is to raise awareness about factors and issues which affect older people such as age deterioration and abuse of the elderly.

It is also a day of celebrations around the world to recognise the contributions that older people make to society.

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How can you help? Who can you help? It may be that you have an elderly neighbour who never has any visitors or it may be that you don’t see so much of your elderly parents or relatives, after all, we all have busy lives but also we will one day be as old and how will our children or our peers treat us?

Maybe you could invite a parent or elderly neighbour to help cook a meal together…Kids love to be involved as well. There may be some chores you can do, run an errand, pack a hamper and go on a picnic if the weather permits.

There may be a club or organisation near you who are offering free meals or a restaurant with a special offer…Social interaction is very important as we get older as is happiness and it should be a duty we perform happily year-round and not just one day a year.

Spring Flowers…

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One of my favourite times of the year snowdrops are often the first to show their faces then daffodils and tulips a little later come the Bluebells…But we need to order our bulbs early and get them planted ready for the spring…We will of course also get the pick of the best bulbs …

Time for a story…

A few random prompts and a fertile imagination…

Home Time…

How long Lily had laid there hidden in the undergrowth she did not know. She wrinkled her nose “Phewww I smell ripe” but at least the dogs won’t pick up my scent, covering herself in cowpat had worked wonders the security guards had walked right by her at least three times and the dogs didn’t pick up a thing it was the security guards who had groaned about the ripe smell of manure.

Her limbs were stiff with cold after laying in one position for 2 hours it must be safe to move now thought Lily, she gingerly moved her legs one at a time and flexed her arms, if I crawl to the edge of the thicket then I can see if it’s clear.

Moving slowly so as not to make any noise she inched towards the edge.

Training her binoculars on the white building a few hundred yards to her right there was only one light on and no signs of any life. She stayed like this for at least half an hour and decided it was safe to make a move. She had to gain access to the ladies changing rooms where a package had been left for her.

Vital to the success of the mission; Mrs F was counting on Lily to get the microchip to her by tomorrow morning at the latest.

Once in the building Lily quickly located her target, she opened the tiny box and inside lay a beautiful pair of diamond ear studs. Removing her own earrings she replaced them with the diamonds. Her watch said she had an hour to get to the bus station, once on the bus, she would be able to activate the police scanner. It was imperative that she reached the X-zone quickly or all would be lost.

Spotting a moped leaning on the outside wall Lily soon had it started, she set off at a steady speed so as not to arouse suspicion for the bus station. Arriving with minutes to spare, the last few stragglers just stowing their bags in the boot, Lily boarded the bus.

It took Lily three attempts to get the scanner on the bus to work. She needed to pick up the police radio channel as she knew by now they must have set up roadblocks but where?

Smoke hung over the valley making the road barely visible. But they needed to move quickly for the bus to reach the X-zone on time. She felt desperate for a second but knew she was tougher than that. She started to check out the toolbox hidden behind the trunk… Thanks, Dad, I knew what you taught me would save my day sometime. 

Just then, Lily heard the sirens and saw the flashing lights of six speeding police cars overtaking the bus. She froze, trying to think fast.

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Take the exit, now! She leaned over the driver’s shoulder. “My friend, Mrs F. lives just off the highway.”

Leaning into the curve to make the turn the bus drove up over the curb. The jolt sent the scanner flying from Lily’s hand.

Shit! We need that if we’re ever going to get back.”

She threw herself down on her knees scrambling after the precious piece of equipment. The bus hit another bump and the scanner flew into the air, headed straight for an open window.

A large hand shot into the air and neatly caught it.

Thanks, granddad, Lily looked at the elderly man who had raised her. Way to go… you are the coolest…Bob tossed the scanner to Lily.

Phew, that was lucky you were around Bob, said Lily’s latest boyfriend, Hal. I hear you were a great ball catcher in your day. Kentucky Wild Cats, wasn’t it?

Bob looked at Hal, and then at Lily raising his eyebrows. She shook her head and turned her attention back to the scanner. Her shoulders drooped. It didn’t look good. She typed in the coordinates with shaky fingers; Mrs F. was expecting them before midnight and the gates to the X-zone were closing at 7.

Houston, we have a problem here, the driver shouted. We’re just about out of gas…

We can’t stop now,…The police are right on our tail. Where the hell did you say your friend lived anyway Lily?

There it is! The red house just ahead.

Lily punched enter on the scanner and the red house started to glow. The roof opened as a large round disc appeared and rotated towards them. A blue beam pulsed from the centre enveloping all six police cars, lifting them into the air. Lily smiled as she watched them get absorbed into the smog. She looked towards the house and Mrs F. was standing in her apron waving from the door.

Jumping off the bus  Lily ran to Mrs F’s open arms.

Once again, Mrs F surprised Lily with a girlish giggle.

The End…

music notes

Back in 1956 on August 22nd…Elvis began filming ‘love me tender”….I can hear those words in my head…That man could make you believe he was just singing to you…

On this day in 1964…The Supremes reached #1 in the music charts with…

I haven’t listened to this track for a while and it made realise how much I loved listening to the Supremes…From the Supremes to Madonna ...What a contrast the lady who loved to shock…and shock the world she has throughout her career…Back in 1987, Madonna reached #1 with ‘ Whose that Girl”… The film was released on August 7, 1987, and was a box office bomb, grossing only $2.5 million in its first week, with its final domestic total being about $7.3 million on a budget between $17 million and $20 million. Critics were highly disappointed with the film, and Foley’s direction.

Madonna’s accompanying Who’s That Girl World Tour went on to be a critical and commercial success, grossing a total of US$25 million, and playing in front of audiences totalling 1.5 million people. The soundtrack also enjoyed commercial success, with the title track becoming Madonna’s sixth number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 record chart.

Madonna has had many fierce critics over the years and some spectacular failures but also had absolutely phenomenal success…Love her or hate her she has to be admired…

Did you know that tomorrow is National Tooth fairy day…I always tried so hard to stay awake to catch sight of the tooth fairy but I never did manage to…Did you? I always kept my hand under the pillow with the tooth and fell asleep…Then in the morning woke up to find a sixpence…

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Recipe Corner…

Wing Beans…otherwise known as (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus), also known as the Goa bean, asparagus pea, four-angled bean, four-cornered bean, Manila bean, Mauritius bean, and winged pea.

bundle of wing beans

This is one of the most unusual beans; it produces delicious pods with four winged edges. Sliced and cooked with garlic, oyster sauce and a little Maggi( Thai seasoning sauce) they are delicious…it is always a toss-up with me morning glory or wing beans both equally delicious…

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Winged beans are nutrient-rich, and all parts of the plant are edible. Leaves can be eaten like spinach, flowers can be used in salads, tubers can be eaten raw or cooked, seeds can be used in similar ways as the soybean.

It is also the time of year for many mushrooms ...time for foraging…Thais love foraging especially for mushrooms…They are generally used to make a delicious soup or a spicy mushroom paste which is eaten with sticky rice and generally raw vegetables and maybe a small fish …I have been astounded by the many different types of mushrooms growing wild in the jungle my son’s wife is in her element when she can go foraging she loves it…I love it because I see much that I haven’t seen before…

The mushrooms on the BBQ are then made into a spicy paste with chillies…

Thank you for reading my whimsical ramblings I do hope you enjoyed and it bought back some memories… xxx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  MeWe

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Health Column Rewind – Cook from Scratch with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Beans – A staple food for 12,000 years

Beans, Beans are good for your heart, the more you eat the more you ****
I love beans and am trying to cut down and have a couple of meat-free days a week…The health benefits which Sally will outline for you are just amazing…The way to go if you want to get healthier and Sally also has a tip to cut the windy side of bean eating…Enjoy!

Just a word of warning and one I should have given you but omitted to do soMany apologises...The lovely Tabula Rasa reminded me and said…..You might want to put an addition on to remind people that raw beans must be boiled rapidly for ten minutes and must never be cooked in a slow cooker. This is to kill the toxins that are in the beans. You must also not substitute one raw bean for another in recipes unless you know what you are doing, for example using kidney beans or navy beans in a felafel recipe could leave you dangerously ill.

Canned beans are fine to substitute and eat raw as they have already been cooked enough. Using a pressure cooker can also significantly reduce down the time (and fuel) it takes to cook dried beans.

Thank you Tabula x

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

This week in the Cook from Scratch rewind I explore the health benefits of beans and Carol Taylor will then use them as ingredients in dishes to please the whole family.

Beans can be tricky so Carol has been working away in the kitchen to give you some fool proof recipes to try so that you can include this very nutrient dense food.

Mention the fact that you are an ardent bean lover and people automatically give you a wide berth. Unfortunately this very nutritious food group has developed a rather anti-social reputation over the years but prepared and cooked correctly beans can overcome their wind producing properties.

History of the Bean

There is evidence going back nearly 12,000 years that peas were part of the staple diet in certain cultures and certainly natives of Peru and Mexico were cultivating beans as a crop 9,000 years ago. It is likely…

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Smorgasbord Health – Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor – Bean, 12000 years of history.

12,000 years of history …Just a thought how many man-made manufactured foods can boast of such longevity because of the wonderful health benefits they NATURALLY provide for us…..NONE!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to Sally and Carol Taylor Cook from Scratch.. Actually Carol Taylor does the cooking and I get to tell you about the health benefits of our featured foods.

Beans can be tricky so Carol has been working away in the kitchen to give you some fool proof recipes to try so that you can include this very nutrient dense food. And to start us off today here is my contribution to the dinner…

Mention the fact that you are an ardent bean lover and people automatically give you a wide berth. Unfortunately this very nutritious food group has developed a rather anti-social reputation over the years but prepared and cooked correctly beans can overcome their wind producing properties.

HISTORY OF THE BEAN.

There is evidence going back nearly 12,000 years that peas were part of the staple diet in certain cultures and certainly natives of Peru and Mexico…

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