Saturday, July 30, 2011

Our lunch on Sunday

The master of the house doesn't like messy and oily kitchen. He has spotted some ants around in the kitchen ever since we started cooking a month or two ago.. Ive always kept the kitchen really clean, at least to my standard and I'm quite a clean freak actually. But if you start cooking in the house, you can expect your friendly pests coming for a visit very soon.

Anyway here's our Sunday lunch with Broccoli and Mushrooms.

It is a relatively easy task to do and the result is quite satisfying for me

Stir Fry Broccoli with Mushrooms

Broccoli (one floret - to cut, wash and boiled in water for a short while)
1/2 tsp of minced garlic
Sliced Chinese dried mushroom (about 4-5)
(Chinese mushrooms must be washed and soaked for at least an hour to soften it. When soft, cut away stem and keep the water)
1-2 tbsp of oyster sauce mixed with 1 tsp of cornstarch and some water to dilute
Light soya sauce
Some cooking oil

1. Heat wok with a little oil
2. Fry garlic till semi brown
3. Fry mushroom for a while then add in boiled broccoli
4. Throw in the mushroom water then oyster sauce mix
5. Cover wok and let the dish simmer for a few min
6. Add salt and pepper and some soya sauce if required. (I add some sesame oil as well)
7. Serve.

About Broccoli

Broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetable. I used to hate broccoli alot because of its shape, texture and colour. It took me some 30 years to get over it and finally eat it because of its numerous health benefits. For a start, broccoli has numerous anti cancer, anti viral and anti bacterial properties, and is high Vitamin C and dietary fibre. It also contains beta carotene like carrots (seen from its rich colour) and reduces the risk of prostate cancer. However boiling it for too long reduces the benefits significantly. If possible, do not cook it for too long.


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