Anyone Hungry?

I got ambitious today, partly to prepare fresher, more nutritious food and partly to help Kara diet. But I spent 2 ½ hours making various homemade Chinese dishes. I made stir fry, of course, but I also made fried rice, lo mein, egg rolls from scratch, and cream cheese won tons. By the time everything was done, I was sore and exhausted. I started out by trimming some pork spare ribs and dicing the meat into small cubes. I browned the pork with chopped scallions, sliced mushrooms, and garlic. While that cooked, Kara diced chicken breasts and we added one to the mixture. When it was ready, I divided it into three bowls and set it aside.

We shredded half a head of cabbage and boiled that, drained it and set it aside while we boiled noodles on the stove and cooked converted rice in the microwave. I took the remaining chicken and put it in the skillet (never did get the wok out cuz the stove was too crowded with other pots in use) and added red bell pepper, garlic, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, tofu (! I never eat tofu), scallions, and snow peas. For the sauce I used oyster sauce, soy sauce, sugar, and corn starch, but I added some pre-mixed stuff as well. I added chicken broth to the mix for the fluid portion and stirred it up, then added to the pan. The tofu and snow peas were added last.

We shredded 1/3 of the pork mixture with some cabbage, added a bit of sauce as a binder and wrapped it up in egg roll wrappers, and deep fried them. It was amusing. My first time to do this, and the way some of the wrappers puffed up was hilarious. I told Kara that one looked like an Egg Roll Pokemon monster. 1/3 of the mixture went into the fried rice and the last third into the main entree.

The easiest thing was the fried wonton w/cream cheese and the hardest was the fried rice. I just can’t seem to get the hang of fried rice seeming at all fried. To be fair, I made way too much, and trying to brown four cups of rice in an enormous skillet is just to hard — plus it’s an electric stove that has seen better days.

The lo mein sort of got thrown together as an afterthought — noodles, a little sauce and the cabbage, and I called it good. I was too tired to care. I now have enough Chinese food to feed us for a solid week, or to have many guests over. lol But it’s much lower calorie than nuke food.

Sheta Kaey About Sheta Kaey

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Comments

  1. Wow, I’m impressed. I pretty much never cook anything that takes more than 10 minutes to prepare! I need to get over that.

  2. Thanks. :) I do best with altering recipes, and I have to be in the mood to cook a big meal. My best one is probably fried chicken (real chicken, not boneless). Yummmm.

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