Friday, January 13, 2012

Food Stuf: Beef stir-fry

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes

I stuck to my meal plan on Wednesday and made the beef stir-fry. Jef hates the term "stir-fry" as he says we are not actually frying anything, so in my household I call it "stir-cook".

200g sliced beef (I used rump this time around)
1 sliced onion
1 carrot
1 or 2 cloves chopped garlic
1 bunch silverbeet
2 courgettes
1 T cooking oil
A few dashes of fish sauce
A dash of soya sauce

I chopped the carrot up into thin sticks, sliced the courgettes diagonally ('cause that's how my dad always does it) and put them into boiling water to poach for a bit.

Heat the oil in a large frypan or wok, throw in the garlic and sliced onion, toss a few seconds to get some caramelisation happening. Then in goes the beef and pepper and toss until still pink. Remove from pan.

Put a bit more cooking oil into the pan and throw in the drained poached vegetables. Stir until they get a bit of colour, then in goes the silverbeet, stirring and allowing to wilt. When all vegetables are at the perfect consistency for you add the beef back into the pan and stir through. Season with fish sauce and soya sauce.

Kien loves the sauce, and will eat the beef, carrots and courgettes mixed with sauce and rice.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Adventures in meal planning - week of 9 January 2012

One of this year's good intentions is to be more organised for evening meals, instead of the usual panic just before I leave work to pick Kien up from daycare and oh-what-am-I-going-to-feed-him palava that ensues as I'm racing down each supermarket isle baffled by the myriad of options. So as it is already Wednesday what a perfect time for me to be doing our meal plan for the remainder of this week, being the first of my adventures in meal planning. This means I can also tick Monday and Tuesday off as being "achieved", after the fact.


Rice and BBQ wings (from the supermarket "Ready made dinners" isle)


Hopeway Restaurant for Beijing style skewered meat.


Beef stir-fry with silverbeet, carrots, courgettes (all from Kien's Granddad and Margaret's garden in Whangarei), ginger, garlic and onions.


Beef tacos


Thai green chicken curry with vegetables (either takeout or I'll make if I have the energy)


Leftovers from lunch at Dad's


Meatballs and fresh garden salad.

Man, that was hard work. Hopefully this meal planning business will get easer as each week progresses.

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