Monday, January 29, 2007

Stir-fried vegies with beef

Stir-fried Veggies with beef
Easy and healthy.
Ingredients:
½ K. Lean beef
Cabbage (sliced in strips)
2 Carrots (sliced)
1 Red sweet pepper
1 Green sweet pepper
1 Onion (sliced thinly)
3 cloves garlic (chopped thinly)
2 T olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
I am a fan of Ken, Chinese cook in BBC Food and I always watch him stir frying vegetables but haven’t done really at home. The secret is to add stock or water little by little like 1 tablespoon at a time this will give a good steam cooked vegetables, which is really makes a difference. Different from what I’ve done before I knew the technique coz I used to stir-fry veggies all in one bang to the pan and add water or stock.. some veggies are not cooked and some are over cooked. So here, I perfected for once!
Slice beef in strips and set aside. In very hot pan, add 2 T. olive oil add beef and stir-fry until sides turn brown. (Do not be tempted to add water, otherwise the meat would be tough). Remove the beef and set aside. With the same pan, add oil and salt, sauté onion and garlic with olive oil, add first the hardest veggie then the leafy lastly. Carrots goes in first, add 1 T. of stock or water, stir fry and cover for 1 minute, add the red and green peppers, add another tablespoon of stock, cover and stir-fry for another minute, add the cabbage lastly, again cover and stir-fry for another minute. Add in the stir-fried beef and toss! Done! Every veggie has its own distinctive taste which gives every bite a worthwhile withd different tastes and textures.
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