Friday, February 28, 2014

Beef and Asparagus Stir-fry

Great dish that can be done very quickly and goes great with any Asian meal.
Beef and Asparagus Stir-fry
The main thing to watch out for in this dish to not to overcook the both the meat and the veg. This walkthrough instructs that you cook the meat separately and then adding it back again, as a way to better control the cooking times and prevent overcooking.

Ingredients for 2:
200-300 grams beef (I used sirloin) - cut into chunks or thick strips
150-200 grams Asparagus - trimmed and cut to about 2 inch lengths
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 tablespoon soya sauce
3 cloves garlic - sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
cooking oil

1. Season beef with salt and pepper. Heat some cooking oil in a wok or large frying pan over high heat. When oil is heated, sear the beef on all sides but keep it at medium rare. Remove from pan and set aside.

2. Reduce heat to medium or medium low. Add a little more cooking oil if needed. Then add in the garlic, asparagus and ginger. Fry for 2-3 minutes until the asparagus is almost cooked through. Then add the beef back in the pan and stir-fry for 30 seconds mixing well.

3. Add soya sauce and sesame oil and toss. You an turn off the heat at this point. Dish on the serving plate and serve immediately. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Spicy Angel Hair with Shrimp, Bacon and Rocket

This is a dish that is relative easy to put together and works just well with frozen shrimp if you can't get fresh ones.
Spicy Angel Hair with Shrimp, Bacon and Rocket

If you are one of those that love savoury and spicy dishes, you will love this dish. Can't go wrong with shrimp and bacon really.

Here is what you will need for 2:
150 grams shrimp - Peeled and chopped into bite sized chunks.
180 grams angel hair pasta
100 grams streaky bacon - cut into small strips.
5-6 cloves of garlic- sliced
1/2 cup Chardonnay or dry white wine
2-3 bird's eye chilli/chilli padi - sliced
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup rocket leaves
Cooking oil (canola, light olive etc)

1. Cook pasta In a pot of salted boiling water for 2 minutes. Strain and set aside. Add some olive oil to prevent the pasta from sticking together.

2. In a large saute pan, heat some cooking oil. When oil heated, fry the bacon strips until they almost turn crisp (4-5 minutes) then add in the garlic and fry for one minute and add the shrimp and chillies and fry for another minute, cooking the shrimp through. 

3. At this point deglaze by adding in the wine. Scraping up the brown bits from the base with a wood spoon or similar implement. Allow to simmer for about a minute or so.

4. Add rocket and pasta into the pan and mix well. Allowing the rocket leaves to wilt. Add salt and pepper to taste.

5. Dish onto pasta plates and garnish with some fresh rocket leaves. Serve immediately.

Hope you will like this. Enjoy!

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