Saturday, May 22, 2010

A Simple Stir Fry

I was a very lucky girl last Thursday - I managed to snag a coveted place at the Irish Food Bloggers event organised by Maeve and Klara of Bord Bia and the lovely Donal Skehan.  It was a wonderful day - a gang of enthusiastic food bloggers gathered for a day of great company, fantastic food and invaluable demonstrations on pork, cookery techniques and food styling/photography.  Three of my fellow attendees were also's so it was great to put a name to a (very well groomed) face as well!  Not only did we have an utterly delicious lunch featuring the best Irish pork ever, but we even came away with goodie bags stuffed with incredible produce from some of the best Irish artisan food companies. 

Given that the event was happening in Dublin 2, I left my car in Blackrock and got the bus into town.  It worked like a dream on the way in, but on the way back to collect the car it was very hot and humid and the bus that is meant to arrive every 10 minutes took 40 minutes to show.  I was a sticky mess by the time I got back to the airconditioned comfort of my car - and it was in the middle of rush hour.  Bah.  Consequently I was like a bag of cross cats when I eventually got home and then realised that I had to cook dinner.  I wasn't in the humour for anything elaborate and I had a package of reduced to clear steak pieces from Aldi in my fridge which cost me the princely sum of €1.  That's right... one single euro.  There was only one thing for it... stir fry.  To be honest, I hate peppers with a passion, so if you like them - add them.  In fact, use any vegetable that you like/have.  I was working with what was lying around the fridge & the veggie basket.  This marinade works equally well with pork or chicken so feel free to use your initiative to customise your meal!

Ginger, Garlic & Soy Beef Stirfry

1 tsp Garlic, crushed
1 tsp Ginger, grated
3 tbsp Soy Sauce
2 tbsp Sweet Chili Sauce
350g beef, cut into thin strips
150g Mushrooms, quartered
2 Red Onions, thinly sliced
200g Tenderstem Broccoli, lightly steamed
2 Celery sticks, sliced thinly at an angle
350g beef, cut into thin strips

Mix the first 4 ingredients together and add the beef.  Marinade for at least 20 minutes.

Heat a wok until smoking and add the marinated beef.  Stirfry for 4 minutes.
Add the onions, celery and mushrooms & continue stirfrying for 2 minutes
Add the broccoli and fry for 1 minute.

Serve with rice or noodles.

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