I wouldn't like to call myself predictable, but I guess there are some choices which I
I guess I am a woman who knows what she likes and likes what she knows! I am like my mother in that way to a degree I suppose. She is a woman who knows what she likes and likes what she knows too!
When we think of a celebratory meal in my family . . . it's always fish and chips. It wins hands down every time . . . and if its not fish and chips its a meal at the local Chinese restaurant. I have never been to a Chinese restaurant over here . . . truth. But it is one of my favourite types of foreign food. Back home we have a little Chinese restaurant in town that my mom favours and whenever we go there I can always predict that she will have the Combo Special Number 9. . . and predicatably . . . so will I.
Egg Roll, Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls, Egg Fried Rice . . . and Beef and Broccoli. It's mom's favourite Chinese Meal and it's my favourite too. You can keep your garlic spare ribs and your chop suey . . . I like my chicken balls and my beef and broccoli.
I think broccoli is one of my favourite vegetables . . . and I love the sauce that goes with beef and broccoli. I was really craving a Number 9 today . . . actually I've been craving one for a while now. But alas . . . there is no House of Cheng here in Chester, or even in the UK. Not that serves food that tastes like what I am craving at any rate!
And so today I did what any good cook who is craving something that she cannot possibly buy ready made . . . I made my own. And it was every bit as good as the dish from the House of Cheng. Oh, I had to do a lot more work to get it . . . and there was no fortune cookie waiting for me at the end of it all, but I was happy nonetheless. The Number 9 Special . . . Part One . . . Beef and Broccoli.
*Chinese Beef and Broccoli*Serves 4
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
2 TBS plain flour2 TBS soft light brown sugar
Heat 2 TBS of the oil in a large skillet until shimmering. Add the broccoli florets. Saute for about 3 minutes, stirring often, until crispy tender. Remove to a plate and set aside.
Tune in tomorrow for Part Two . . . The Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls, not to be missed!