21 September 2010

Tasty Thai

Having been away all weekend no time for shopping or even really thinking about what to cook this week.  So tonight was a case of what is in the fridge and in the pantry.  I seem to still be on a bit of a vegetable phase after Mana Retreat the other weekend, plus with Spring here I have the urge to be a little healthy with Summer just around the corner and potentially some beach time...yikes!  
Or correction Spring was here.  Since Friday we have been hit by all sorts of weather, though I can't really complain as not one of the poor people still without power. One of the largest storms on the planet - apparently the size of Australia! So sadly the weather is once again wintry. So in addition to feeling like being a little healthy I felt the need for a little heat with a good helping of chili and ginger which nudged me in the direction of Thailand. On investigation in to the fridge plenty of delicious vegetables for a Thai inspired vegetable stir fry. 

Ingredients What was in the fridge and pantry
In the end it all comes down to personal taste so if you like more heat add more chili.  Broccoli and mushrooms would be a good addition.  And if you can't go without chicken, beef or prawns would taste pretty good too.

What I used tonight...
1 tbsp Rice Bran Oil - you don't want any oil with too much flavour, sunflower or canola would also be absolutely fine
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 green chillies, thinly sliced, deseed if you don't like too much heat.
fresh ginger, about an inch sliced in to thin strips
2 carrots, julienned / cut in to thin strips
1 red pepper, julienned / cut in to thin strips
1 red onion, thinly sliced, or any onion would do
3 pack choy, chopped, any Asian green would do
1-2 tbsp fish sauce
1-2 tsp Mirin ( I know this is Japanese...but I like the sweetness, you could substitute with a tsp of sugar)
Lime juice
Sesame oil
Heat the Rice Bran Oil and add the garlic, ginger and chili.  Let the flavours develop or a moment and then add the carrots, peppers and red onion.  Stir fry for a few moments, that's all it needs as you still want a little crunch.  Add greens and stir fry for another moment.  

Add fish sauce and mirin, another wee moment, a quick squeeze of lime juice and you are done!  Drizzle with a little sesame oil and serve over some boiled or steamed rice. To liven up the rice add some lime zest and juice.  The rice is also really good with a handful of freshly chopped coriander mixed through it.  Light, tasty, healthy and all ready in about 20 minutes.  Enjoy!



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