The culinary adventures of a former smoker who rediscovered his taste buds.
Quick Tip: Great Instructional Videos
Sometimes it's much better to see how something is done rather than getting a description. While you can certainly search around YouTube (and I do), there's a great source for instructional cooking videos from an obvious source: Martha Stewart. I find the videos to be clear and concise, not to mention well shot as you would expect.
A good stir-fry can be made or broken by the sauce you choose for it. While different kinds, depending on your protein choices, can be enhanced by certain flavours in specialized sauces, it's good to have a "go-to" sauce for general use.
I put this one together because I found many were just a little too sweet and I was looking for something a bit more savoury. So, here it is:
1/4 cup soy sauce1/4 cup water or stock1 tbsp rice vinegar1 tbsp sherry2 tbsp oyster sauce1/4 tsp smoked paprika1/4 tsp chili flakes or 1/2 tsp sambal oelek2 tsp corn starchFresh ground pepper (be generous)1/4 tsp ground sumac (optional, if you have it, I do...)
That should do a good 2-4 person stir-fry. Works really well with beef, especially since beef is well suited to savoury flavours.
In the good ole-days everybody collected their recipes in various books, notepads, and binders because that was really the only option. However, the problem with that is finding the recipe again! Nevertheless, it was a model that worked well for many people for a great long time and many people stick with it today.
For me, being a child of the computer age, I like to have the machine do the work for me and so notepads and slips of paper are not a good solution. It's even more relevant now when we have powerful options like tablets and smartphones that allow the integration of applications in very useful ways and so enter the Paprika app for recipe management which offers up support on Mac OS X, IOS, and Android platforms (sorry, no Windows).
Now, there are several apps out there that do things very similar to Paprika (notably MacGourmet Deluxe), but I haven't really encountered any that do as much for as little. I've been using Paprika for quite a while now, so what I'…
I love a good beef stew, especially in the winter when you're looking for a hearty, stick to the ribs, kind of meal to keep you warm and cozy. I add a lot of different herbs and spices into my stews, but the one that always kicks it up a notch is summer savoury.
Don't just limit that to stews, summer savoury is also really tasty in some soup dishes as well, especially ones with a lighter broth like a chicken noodle or similar.