what’s in the fridge

cherry tomatoes,broccoli,red onion, celery

Yesterday, when I looked in the refrigerator, I noticed that I had built up quite an inventory of assorted, half used vegetables that would range in age meaning since I bought it at the market anywhere from 2 weeks to 1 day old. I am still struggling with portion control since the girls left home. Cooking for two can be challenging after so many years of cooking for a crowd. I had taken a small chicken out of the freezer the night before to thaw overnight in the fridge so, I thought I’ll spatchcock the chicken and do a “clean out the fridge” stirfry: broccoli, red onion, garlic, ginger, celery, yellow bell pepper and cherry tomatoes…

I had a couple of meetings in the morning so between appointments I took a stroll through the City Market. I am absolutely an impulsive food shopper. You create a beautiful food display and I lose all control. My favorite produce shop has a gorgeous oriental section and the baby bokchoy had my name all over it! So four baby bokchoy later, off I go to create…

The most important step in stirfrying is to have all of your ingredients chopped, measured and ready to go before you fire up the wok. Your cooking time is very quick!

VEGETABLE STIRFRY

1 red onion, peeled and diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced

2 tablespoons walnut oil, you can use sunflower oil

1 tablespoon sesame oil

heat oil in wok until hot then add onion, garlic, ginger and stirfry 1 minutes stirring constantly

4 celery stalks, chopped rough

1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped rough

1/2 head of broccoli, trimmed and chopped rough

2 whole red chillies

add vegetables and stirfry for 3 minutes, stirring constantly

1 cup cherry tomatoes, left whole

4 baby bokchoy, chopped rough

add vegetables and stirfry 2 minutes, stirring constantly

squeeze the juice of 1 lime

add 3 tablespoons oyster sauce*

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon sugar

stirfry 2 minutes and you are done!

*most grocery stores carry a great supply of oriental ingredients

I am happy to say that my fridge is empty and I will now have the fun of loading it up again.

Thanks for reading!

  • I food shop every day…a habit I got into whilst living in Asia (fresh produce but also high humidity meant veggies and fruit didn’t last long). I agree with you Michelle, making meals for 2 can be a challenge especially when so many recipes are for 6! You made good use of what’s already on hand!

  • Colin

    Loving the blog, Michelle! Great recipes and love all the commentary, details, and pics. For the amateur cook like myself who needs ALL the help this is great. Keep up the great cooking blog 🙂

    • Thanks Colin! I am having a ball sharing all of this food. It’s like a constant dinner party…

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