Hunan Beef Stir-fry

This is brilliant recipe I came across on fellow-blogger site, called Pinch Purrfect. I cooked it the same night I saw it and since then it got a firm place into my go-to recipes collection. It’s really easy to cook, super tender and gingery. Definitely don’t skip the marinating stage. Even if it’s only for a half an hour (but I found the longer the better), it makes all the difference.

Original recipe doesn’t ask for any additional vegetables apart from ones stated on the list, but I found that addition of green pepper or spinach is a welcome extra.

HUNAN BEEF STIR-FRY

(Original recipe came from here)

Ingredients:

1 pack of 4 Beef sizzler steaks or other steak, thinly sliced

1 green pepper, sliced on strips

handful of spinach (optional)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2-3 spring onions, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons rice cooking wine (or I used white wine vinegar)

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon corn starch

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced

1 tablespoon Sriracha

1 teaspoon ground cumin

Method:

  1. In a large bowl, stir together rice wine, soy sauce, corn starch, salt and pepper until everything is well mixed. Add the sliced beef to the marinade, mix well. Se aside to marinate for at least a half an hour, or even longer.
  2. In a small bowl mix together ginger, garlic, Sriracha, and cumin, set aside.
  3. In a wok, add oil and heat over medium-high heat for a few minutes until hot. Add marinated beef strips and fry in the oil for a few minutes until browned, constantly stirring. After a few minutes add the green pepper and /or spinach. Cook for a few more minutes.
  4. Then add in prepared sauce and cook for a few more minutes until well mixed.
  5. Take of the heat and serve immediately, garnish with sliced spring onion.

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Meatballs in a creamy sauce with buckwheat

There is no limit to variations of the meatballs and its accompanying options. This is one of them and it happened to be one of my favourites. It just reminds me of my childhood food. Back then we were not exposed to spices or exotic flavours, food was very straight forward, but never tasteless or plain. I always was amazed how with only few ingredients on hand our Mums and Grandmas managed to come up with accomplished dishes. One of the keys is seasoning. No matter what you are seasoning with, just season and taste, season and taste, until you reach the desired flavour.

I chose to serve it with the buckwheat, just because I love it for its nutty flavour and health properties, but it goes well with pasta, rice or mashed potato.

MEATBALLS IN A CREAMY SAUCE WITH THE BUCKWHEAT

Ingredients:

For the meatballs:

500g of your preferred mince (I like to use half & half beef & pork or just turkey)

1 white bread roll or 2 slices of bread

150ml milk

1 big onion, grated

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the sauce:

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons plain flour

2 cup chicken stock

1/2 cup of soured cream

1 teaspoon paprika (sweet, hot, smoked)

salt and pepper to taste

fresh dill or parsley to garnish

Method:

  1. Begin by soaking a bread roll in milk, but crumbling the bread in a small bowl and pouring over with milk. Press the bread with the fork, helping to soak up all the milk until it becomes mushy. Leave it to soak for a few minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200C.
  3. Then in a big bowl mix all ingredients for the meatballs, including the milky bread, and form the balls, any size you like.
  4. Place the meatballs into oven proof baking dish or a tray and bake for about 20-30 minutes, depends on a size of your meatballs, or until they are cooked through.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. Take any heavy-bottom pan, add the butter and when it’s melted, add the flour. Keep stirring until the butter absorbs the flour, but do not allow it to burn. Then add the chicken stock, continue constantly stirring, to avoid lumps. When it thickens, add the soured cream and paprika, salt and pepper, mix well and cook for a few more minutes. Season, taste, adjust seasoning if required.
  6. When the meatballs are ready, simply add them to the pan with the sauce or serve it separately, pouring sauce over. Garnish with the fresh dill or parsley.

It also goes well with some pickles on a side, gherkins in particular.