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Stir Fry Sunday: A Gifted Sauce

18 Feb

2014-02-17 18.02.05I was talking stir fry with a friend of mine on Sunday while I was at work and sauces came up. She vocalized the crazy assumption she had made about my weekly stir fry dinners by saying something about my home made sauces. I looked at her like she was nuts and said “What? Made the sauce? Do you not realize who you’re talking too? I’m the girl who only figured out a month ago how to cook raw chicken. And who did a happy dance at figuring out how to hard boil an egg…remember??” To which she started laughing, made a “oh yeah!” face and then wondered where I get my sauces from. I told her all my sauces come from the same place, the Asian Food Aisle at the grocery store. She started laughing again. Apparently that is funny? *confused face*

Then she walks in to the fridge (I should point out she is a chef, we were in a professional kitchen so the fridge is massive, seriously, it could fit a bed), comes out with a container and says she is giving me some of what is inside. Turns out one of the other chefs had made a ginger and orange sauce that she figured would be good with stir fry.

Sauce…not from a jar…ok, I’m game! 🙂

It was quite tasty, though a tad strong, I blame that on my using too much of it lol.

So my stir fry last Sunday (I’m writing this on Tuesday, I’m such a slacker! 😛 ) was shrimp with a mixture of traditional stir fry veggies and mediterranean veggies with the ginger & orange sauce on top of brown rice. Mmm!

Using the home made sauce made me think I should look in to learning how to make my own sauces. I’ve been reading up on it a bit and apparently a good stir fry sauce is all about the spices used, that and an apparent magic touch lol I can’t afford to go buying a whole bunch of new ingredients right now but it’s something I’ll keep in mind for a future hobby…making sauces…can’t be any weirder of a hobby than whatever other people do, maybe lol 😉

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Chewsday Tuesday – Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bake

18 Feb

Mmm! This sounds delish! Thanks Little Runner Girl! 🙂

Run This Mom

Apple cinnamon quinoa bake

What you need:

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 apples, peeled, diced
  • 1/4 cup raisins ( I didn’t have any, so I used a mixed berry blend)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups vanilla soy milk (can substitute regular milk)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup almonds, chopped

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 7×11-inch baking dish an 8×8 works too.  I used a 7×11 and wish that I’d done the 8×8 because then the bars would have been thicker.

In a small bowl, mix the uncooked quinoa with the spices. Pour into greased dish.

Sprinkle the apple and raisins on top of the quinoa.

In that same small bowl, beat the eggs. Whisk in the soy milk and maple syrup.
Pour the egg and milk mixture over the top of the fruit and quinoa.

Lightly stir to partially…

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