After a long weekend vacation, during which we consumed a lot of wonderful food heavy in calories, I couldn't wait to get a veggie fix. I combined ginger julienne slivers and garlic slices. The end product was extremely flavorful and well balanced.
Stir Fried Broccoli with Ginger and Garlic
2 cups of broccoli tops cut in medium sized pieces 1 inch cube of ginger 2 cloves of garlic 2 tbsp canola oil 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper 1 tbsp + 1 tsp salt 1 tbsp soy sauce
Bring a pot of water to boil. Add the broccoli and 1 tbsp of salt, cook, blanching the broccoli for about 2 minutes. Remove the broccoli from the water and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. This technique will help you retain the beautiful green of the broccoli without overcooking.
Heat a wok with the canola oil. Once the wok and oil comes to a smoking point, add the broccoli. Stir the broccoli immediately. Add the garlic, ginger, salt, and red pepper. Stir fry for about 4 minutes. Add the soy sauce, stir and serve.
Food is so intriguing. I’ve always loved to cook whether it’s casual and simple or complicated and elegant. After living in the Midwestern United States all my life I find myself jumping between All-American foods and foods from other cultures. There is definitely a sense of comfort with cooking and enjoying food that I’ve grown up with.
I have a voracious curiosity to learn about all cultures, especially the Middle East/Mediterranean, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai foods. I’ve learned that a simple curry dish or an Asian dumpling can transform your mood and be just as much of a comfort food as the foods you’ve known you’re whole life.
It is fascinating to me how each culture has such a diversity of ingredients, and when used with different combinations and cooking techniques you can easily transform the same few ingredients into a multitude of dishes. The unfamiliar, the diverse ingredients and techniques, can be intimidating to many people. I’ve created this blog to chronicle and share my explorations in the kitchen so that hopefully you will want to start experimenting in your kitchen.