I can't help it - maybe it's built into the Chinese psyche, but no matter how successfully the food may have gone down with people, I still feel the need to apologize it was not as good as it was supposed
Despite last night's effusive praise (which I appreciated - thank you, you're all very welcome) stuff I didn't do that I should have done include:
1. Cooking the rice with chicken bouillon cubes in the water to give it a more golden look and add flavor.
2. Using a frozen mixed vegetable medley (at the very least) instead of canned, which made the carrots mushy and the peas look kind of sickly.
3. Not forgetting to put the peanuts in the beef stir-fry (which I had actually bought but completely forgot about).
4. Stirring the gravy for the lion's head casserole a bit more so it didn't have tiny random lumps of cornstarch.
Okay, that's out of my system.
As promised, recipes. These three dishes could constitute full meals on their own, but together should feed a group of six quite well.
The beef stir-fry is just a variation on the basic chicken stir-fry that I did a few months ago - that can be found here
. It's all in the sauce. I usually do the chicken version, but the beef - I used thinly sliced pepper steak - turned out to complement the sauce surprisingly well, and I think I'll use beef from now on with this one.
The chicken fried rice is a staple of my cooking, and the basic recipe can be found here
. I've been using about a half-pound of chicken (2 breasts) these days, though, for the serving size in the recipe. I splash in some chinese wine during the cooking of the chicken, and a few dashes of poultry seasoning (I use Maggi Seasoning) to enhance the flavor.
I had a recipe for lion's head casserole here
, but that's not the recipe I used last night. It still turns out okay, but it's not the way Mom makes it. Here's the recipe Mom gave me (adapted slightly):( Recipe follows. )