Garlic Broccoli Stir-fry

  • 1 pound broccoli
  • 4 – 5 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons Oyster Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Chicken broth or stock
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
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  • Cornstarch Slurry:
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons water
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  • Other:
  • 1/2 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil, for stir-frying

Preparation:

Chop off the hard stems at the bottom of the broccoli. Break off the flowerets and then split them into either halves or quarters. Peel the stems and slice them diagonally into thin slices (about 1/8-inch thick).
Cook the broccoli in boiling water for about 3 minutes, until it just begins to soften and become tender but is still crisp. (Be careful not to overcook). Place in a colander and drain thoroughly.
In a small bowl, combine the oyster sauce, chicken broth, Chinese rice wine or dry sherry, and sugar. In a separate small bowl, stir the cornstarch into the water to form a “slurry.”
Preheat the wok. To test to see if the wok is hot enough, add a few drops of water to the pan. If the water starts sizzling immediately, the wok is ready.
Add oil to the pre-heated wok, tilting the wok and moving it back and forth so that the oil goes partway up the sides of the pan. When the oil is hot, add the garlic. (To test and see if the oil is hot enough, add one or two slices of garlic. The oil should immediately start sizzling evenly all around them). Stir for about 10 seconds, then add the broccoli. Stir to mix with the garlic and add the sauce.
Reduce the heat to medium, cover the wok and cook for about 30 seconds. Re-stir the cornstarch/water mixture and add it to the wok, stirring to thicken. Stir to mix everything together. Remove the wok from the heat and stir in the sesame oil. Do a taste test and adjust seasonings if desired. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Breakdown – based on 3 servings, using 4 garlic cloves and canola oil for stir-frying
Each serving contains: Calories 133, 8 g Carbohydrates, 3 g Protein, 10 g Total Fat, 1 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 165 mg Sodium, Excellent source of Vitamin C, high in Vitamin A

Source: http://chinesefood.about.com/od/vegetablesrecipes/r/Garlic-Broccoli.htm

Peeves… Some things are too personal to be discussed.

Was waiting for dinner to be served at a Chinese restaurant and Baby B was drinking her milk and “charming” passers-by (again!) around us with her grin. The owner of the eatery, an elderly man, smiled at her and said that she was very friendly.

Owner: You are not breastfeeding?

Me: She’s already over 12 months (feel a tinge of annoyance)

Owner: Breastfeeding is good for kids. My 3 grandchildren were breastfed till ____ (insert age) years old even though my own kids were not.

Me: Good for you.

Owner: Yeah, breast milk is best for kids. My 3 grandchildren are all very smart.

Me: I fell very sick, so I couldn’t continue breastfeeding (hey why do I need to justify my decisions or actions to a stranger?)

Why do some people get all high and mighty when they talk about breastfeeding? They go like, tsk tsk, you aren’t doing it? I thought that such judgmental remarks will pass when she is a toddler. What more, these remarks came from a MALE. An old man. Like seriously. There’s too much hype about breast milk, honestly. I think it’s a conspiracy set up by companies like Medela and Avent who thrive on selling breast pumps.

And it was true that I was very ill for a week (my whole family caught this really strange viral infection), and thereafter, my milk supply dropped drastically. Why do I want to stress myself out over falling milk supply when I had to juggle work at the same time? Some people out there may gasp at my “selfishness”, but hey, it’s really my personal decision and it wouldn’t affect you. Get off my back will you?

How to make croutons for baby B

It’s seemingly easy, as easy as ABC, to make croutons from scratch according to Food Wishes/Chef John. 

 

My throes of childbirth has paid off (of course I exaggerated about labour). Baby B is now 1 year-old and that means I can feed her a greater variety of food! How fun is that! Croutons are on my list of to-dos for food to make for Baby B. Welcome to “toddler-hood”, Baby B.