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Vegetable Satay and Fried Rice

Vegetables? Yes, as an ex butcher and committed carnivore I have no problem with vegetarian food. My biggest problem however are those people who think that a meal must contain meat. They, like their vegetarian counterparts, are denying themselves some of the beauty that all forms of food can give. Also as a committed peanut butter addict this dish just oozes flavour and texture from the off.

So what do you need? Well, Vegetables are a good start and some flavourings.

From bottom left I used Ginger, a good fat inch, Celery, Red Pepper, Carrot, Onion, Broccoli, Garlic and Mushrooms. This isn’t set in stone, this is just what I had hanging round and needed using up.  You need to finely chop the ginger and garlic.

With the vegetables prepped, I started on the rice. To make a good fried rice you need to start early by cooking the rice as usual and letting it cool right down and fluff it up. Once you’re ready, add a glug of vegetable oil to a frying pan and gently fry the rice. Add a splash or two of Soy sauce for some flavour and keep warm.

Now for the Satay sauce. You will need 1/4 of an onion finely chopped or a shallot if you have one. A couple of chillis a squeeze of lemon a teaspoon of brown sugar,  3-4 tablespoons of peanut butter and a splash of soy sauce again. Fry the onions and chilli, add the peanut butter, lemon, soy sauce,  sugar and some water. Heat it all up together and you will find that it all changes from sepeerate ingredients to a lovely silky smooth sauce. Add more water if you think it is a little thick. keep this warm or reheat when ready.

Now you’re ready for the veg. Get a wok or a large frying pan if you don’t have one, add a glug of vegetable oil. Normally I always use olive oil but with stir fry’s stay clear of olive oil. Add the chopped garlic and ginger first then add the vegetables in any order you like. Keep frying until the veg have given up their rawness but still have a satisfying bite to them.

Put the rice on a plate top with the veg and add the sauce over the top.

Unlike a satay from your local Chinese, this has flavour and no MSG. And totally fresh.

I’ve been making this for years now, sometimes I add shredded beef for a different texture, sometimes I just use celery and onion as I love the crunch  so much. This is a dish that lends itself to a nice lager to quaff with it as you would if you’d bought it as a take away.

Enjoy, Mugsie.

Pork Loin Steak with Soy, Honey and Ginger Sauce

For a steak, you cannot get cheaper than pork. I recently bought a whole boneless loin from Tesco which was a half price offer for £9. I think it’s main role in death was to be as a large roasting joint. I sliced it up into 16 Loin Steaks. As long as you have a sharp knife, you don’t exactly have to be a master butcher to do this. If you don’t fancy risking your fingertips there are always many deals for pork loin steaks or chops at all supermarkets.
I never used to fancy pork, as in the past it was always a dry horrible chunk on my plate covered with gravy! Gravy is for Sunday, or on chips after a good night on the lash. [Yes, southerners, on chips!]

I have gone down the route of frying the pork as it ends up juicier and all the flavours that leech out are still in the pan that you will use to make the sauce. I like to make a good mash to go with it.
To me, a good mash will consist of mashed potatoes, butter and milk with salt and a twist of pepper.
Choose your own vegetables for this dish, it’s up to you.

Ingredients:

Pork Loin Steak
Dark Soy Sauce
Honey
Root Ginger
Potatoes
Butter
Milk
Salt & Pepper
Cornflour

What you need, Well, it’s all there in the title but with some cornflour to thicken. Don’t be put off by ginger. It’s easy to use and stores well for a long time -long enough to use in the following weeks to make curries and stir fries. You can make this sauce without the ginger and it tastes fab too, but the ginger adds a different flavour to the sauce which I’m sure you will like.

Get your mash ready, it will stay warm in the pan. Get your veg on the go, they only take minutes. Now get your cornflour solution ready, by taking a good spoon of cornflour in a cup and slowly add cold water whilst stirring. Add enough water to make the amount of sauce you want.

Take an inch of ginger and take the outside rind off. No skullduggery here, cut it off with a knife and then finely chop the ginger up as small as you can. You could even grate it if your grater is sharp enough.

Now the pork steak. Add a knob of butter to a frying pan with a glug of oil to stop the butter burning and cook the steaks for around 4 minutes on each side. That’s it! Take the steaks and put them on a plate to let them rest a little.

Now to the pan with the buttery, oily juices add the ginger and then add a few splashes of dark soy sauce, followed by a couple of spoons of honey. Your choice, but why use your best Royal Jelly honey for this.
Add the cornflour solution (which you will have to stir up again) and, whilst on the heat, keep stirring.

Do not stop stirring as the sauce will thicken with the heat. If it gets too thick, add more water. And then last of all, add the juices that have come out of the rested pork.

I love this as a nice midweek meal. Just make sure there is enough sauce, it should be all over the plate.I think the Mash is the longest process here so it is a very quick and easy meal to make. And also you’re now on your way to a life of making sauces.

YUM YUM

Oink Oink

Mugsie