Monday, September 03, 2012
This evening, for dinner, I had very little to work with. Very little in the way of fresh, or even frozen, vegetables, and not much fruit either - major shopping tomorrow.
It wasn't a problem for DH - I'd taken a tray of his favourite sausages out of the freezer, so he was making his own dinner.
It was a different story for my younger son and me. However, I managed a plateful that my boy and I both thoroughly enjoyed, using pre-cooked chicken. DS de-meated some chicken thighs that I had cooked, frozen, then defrosted overnight in the fridge last night.
Get all your veg washed, sliced and ready in bowls. Tonight I had -
1 dessert spoon Olive Oil
2 big cloves of garlic, cut into slivers
A wee bit of fresh ginger, cut into slivers
1 big carrot, peeled, match-sticked
1 leek, trimmed, washed, sliced finely to the same length as the carrot
1 red onion, peeled, sliced finely
1 sweet potato, peeled and sliced finely to the same size
baby corncobs, washed, halved lengthways
3 left-over spring onions - quartered lengthways.
Dark Soy Sauce (I use Kikkoman's as it is quite pure)
Dark Balsamic Vinegar
Wild Rowan Jelly
- put olive oil into a hot wok and let it heat slightly. Add garlic, ginger and mustard seeds, then add in carrot and stir to coat with oil. Give it a minute (-ish) then add sweet potato. Stir around to coat with oil. Add in baby corncob pieces, stir. Then add leek and red onion, and stir.
After a few minutes (depends how soft or how crunchy you like the veg) add the Maggi, Soy sauce, balsamic vinegar. Allow to cook, tossing or stirring for a couple of minutes, then add a sprinkle of cayenne. I felt I'd over-added, for my taste, so I dolloped in a teaspoon of wild rowan jelly (rather than adding sugar to reduce the bite from the cayenne).
This evening I added some water from cooking the pasta, plus a bit more water. Then I thickened the sauce with some cornflour and a wee bit of bisto powder.
If I'd had cream in the fridge, I'd have used that in the boiling down and thickening instead if the cornflour/bisto mix - but tonight, I was just trying to use up stuff that was left, before we go shopping tomorrow.
The chicken and veg with the sauce, over pasta - mmmmmhhh!