When It Comes Together
Jul. 3, 2012 8:38 pm
Updated: Jul. 10, 2012 10:29 am
My friend Denise still laughs at the fact that 10 years ago (or so,) I would follow a recipe to the letter, rather than stray even a tad bit, and that now, I'm all but "creating" dishes to suit myself... Still getting used to using the wok, I do believe
that I've surpassed "caution," and now am down right "adventurous!"
I decided that I wanted some sort of stir fry, and having no boneless skinless chicken, I opted for pork tenderloin, which I cubed, cutting away as much fat as I could - I HATE fat! I read portions of two recipes, and decided to go ahead and run with it!
I wanted "orange pork, which is exacatly what I ended up with!
First, I marinated the pork in soy sauce and a pinch of cornstarch. Then made a batter (per a different recipe,) of flour, cornstarch, veg. oil, and egg white. Dipped the pork into the batter, and deep fried until golden brown, then setting it aside on paper
towel to drain.
Veggie wise, I simply did a quick stir fry of carrot, celery, and a few bamboo shoots, adding cooked pasta , a drizzle of soy sauce, and a dose of oyster sauce (don't tell J!)
Back to the wok, and the pork! Drained the oil from the wok, and stir fried the pork just long enough to reheat. For the orange sauce, I used about 1/4 C of homemade marmalade that never quite set up, and eventually added some cornstarch dissolved in OJ.
The end result was devine, and I truly wish I'd made twice as much as I did!
So, crazycook's advice... next time you need chicken broth but have none, drain the pasta out of chicken noodle soup, and use that with some water... Need ketchup? Try tomato sauce and some brown sugar... chances are, it will "work." It has taken much time,
but I have finally learned how to improvise, and do a fair job at mixing multiple recipes together, so as to provide me with the end result that I want...
For the 4th, I doubt that we'll do much... maybe some fried chicken. I've got coleslaw made and ready to go, and Denise gave me some fresh potato salad yesterday... but then, I'm wanting to make onion rings at some point - perhaps tomorrow will be the day!
Whether you bake, broil, or bbq tomorrow, have a wonderful and SAFE 4th of July! Cook crazy, but don't catch the house of fire! lol...