15 July 2009
Stir fried broccolini
First, a couple of bits of news.
New Yorkers can now experience a bit of Canada, now that Tim Hortons has set up stakes in The Big Apple. Why am I mentioning this? In all the hullaballoo this little blog was mentioned not once but twice by some pretty well-read sources. Both the Gothamist and the National Post's The Appetizer linked to my Dutchie doughnut post (IMO, the quintessential Canadian doughnut).
I've finally gotten off my juicilious behind and started Tweeting. Yes, I know...I've been looking at doing this off and on since I first came across it two years ago, and decided to hop on a branch and challenge myself to the 140 character limitation--a tight writing excercise if there ever was. So, if you're looking for more of my inanities and mundanities (but in bite-sized portions), you can follow my omnivorous Tweeting @cardamomaddict. (No, I don't know why my "following" patchwork has three images, while the full list is actually greater).
Back to the matter at hand.
Keeping detailed recipes has never been my strong suit. When I cook for myself I just put things together until they taste "right"; my kitchen diaries (my hardcopy ones, not Sensual Gourmet:Kitchen Diaries) will usuall have a list of ingredients, devoid of quantities or techniques. My baking pagers will have quantities, a temp and rough time, but no technique.
Like watching reality TV, reading anything by Dan Brown or listening to Celine Dion, keeping such detailed notes goes against my grain.
But unlike watching reality TV, reading anything by Dan Brown or listening to Celine Dion, I try my best to make notes specifically for foods I hope to post about. Sometimes my best isn't good enough.
Take today's post about stir fried broccolini. I could try and employ "spin" and employ one of the most hideous of all communications crutches by saying "I'm giving you, Dear Reader, permission to break the confines of weights and measures and let your gut guide your palate and just let you fly free and easy with the base ingredients."
I didn't write down how much of what I used.
But it was good. So, Dear Reader, I offer you another non-recipe recipe. This time, for stir fried broccolini. Basically lightly steam the broccolini and remove the spears to a dish, make a sauce out of the rest of the ingredients, reduce it down and then reintroduce the veggies. Warm through and toss to coat.
Stir fried broccolini
one of jasmine's non-recipe recipes
a few spoons of water
one minced garlic clove
I'm a quill for hire!