Happy Chinese New Year.
It feels like the perfect excuse to get a takeaway, I mean, it sort of feels rude not to.
But I have another solution for getting you in the Chinese celebratory spirit, make your own Chinese inspired dinner at home. Less grease, more veggies and cheaper on the purse strings.
And it doesn’t have to be difficult.
Yes Chinese food is made up of amazing flavours and spices which can be a little daunting if like me you aren’t the most confident in the kitchen (I’m really only a good baker, the rest of it I just wing). Dann is great in coming up with new Chinese and Thai inspired dishes, and is perfectly comfortable with an array of herbs and spices, but even he likes to take a short cut every once in a while – we are parents after all, and time is of the essence.
Enter Very Lazy*. Their jars and paste make adding spices and flavoursome ingredients to your recipes easier than ever before. Let’s be honest, sometimes it just is too much faff trying to peal and crush a clove of garlic, and how much ginger is too much ginger? With these little pots and tubes it’s simple to add a little extra kick to your food and they’ve fast become a staple of our larder. Plus for the price you pay, these last such a long time as you really only need a teaspoon to get all the flavour you need. And you save on the washing up too… double bonus!
So to get you into the Chinese New Year spirit, here’s a little Ginger Beef Stir-fry recipe using cupboard staples and a bit of Very Lazy to give you a dish filled with taste.
Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus 15 minutes marinating time
Cooking time: 10 minutes
2-3 tablespoons Very Lazy Chopped Ginger
1 teaspoon Very Lazy Chopped Garlic
1 teaspoon cornflour
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
2 tablespoons Shaoxing rice wine or sherry
450 g beef rump steak, trimmed of fat and cut into thin strips
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
400 g ready prepared stir- fry vegetables
75 g cashew nuts, toasted
Egg noodles or rice
In a bowl, mix together the ginger, garlic, cornflour, 1 tablespoon of the soy and wine or sherry. Stir in the beef and leave to marinate for 15 minutes.
Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a wok or large frying pan, until really hot, add the beef strips and marinade and stir-fry over a high heat for 2-3 minutes until browned. Remove from the pan .
Add the remaining oil and when hot, add the stir- fry vegetables and cashews and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the vegetables are just tender.
Return the beef and any juices to the wok, then stir in the remaining soy sauce and wine or sherry. Stir constantly until the sauce has coated all the ingredients.
Serve immediately with noodles or rice.
You can find Very Lazy in all main supermarkets in the herbs and spices aisle.
*products sent for review and inclusion within this post. All opinions, as always are my own. Recipe provided by Very Lazy.