Beef Stir Fry with Snow Peas

i cooked last night.
i mean i really cooked.
i shopped for the specific ingredients and i planned it a few days ahead of time.
it feels like i haven't done that in a while.
i think gabriel has been missing it.

i (obviously) chose one of Pioneer Woman's latest:
Beef with Snow Peas
[click link for full recipe]

i love beef.
and i love snow peas.
so why not?

i started with the fresh ginger. with which i have never cooked.
the aroma was delicious and intoxicating.

combine soy sauce, brown sugar, corn starch, and the ginger in a bowl.
the original recipe calls for cooking sherry.
but my home doesn't tolerate alcohol, even if it's for cooking.
[click here to see why]
so i used a little water.

put realllly thin strips of flank steak in the mixture and set it aside.
let it bathe in the goodness of flavors.

side note: i couldn't find any flank steak at the grocery stores here.
so i had to buy already sliced beef meant for stir fry dishes.
it was a mistake.
the meat was toooo tough.
so you really should find flank steak and cut it up yourself.

cut up some scallions.
i love cooking with these guys.

and get a bunch of snow peas.
cut off the ends and try to de-string them.
those strings can get really annoying.

my white rice is in the background cooking.
and this is my wok.
this is the first time i have ever used my wok.
i should really use it more often.

heat up olive or peanut oil and get it superspice hot.
"superspice" is lingo that busy bee lauren would use.
i just discovered her blog and i love it.

cook the meat and onions first;
then throw the peas in and toss it all around.
this cooking process was very fast and very involved.
other than the meat, you pretty much have to stir it continuously
because the heat is so high.

serve it immediately with rice.

... although i am still really sad that i didn't take the time to find the right kind of meat.
i bet it makes all the difference.

another side note:
if you are the kind of person who doesn't like the lingering smell of soy sauce, onions, garlic, or anything other sort of food/dish that can take over the air in your home,
do what i do and place a bowl full of white vinegar on your counter top.
it sounds crazy, but it really does soak up all the left over dinner smell.
and i appreciate that.


Sara Zahn said...

1. Instead of alcohol, I use this list: http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/Articles/Wine-and-Alcohol-644/alcohol-substitutes.aspx It has any info you will ever need for "virgin" food :D
2. Once you go Wok, you never go regular pan again.
3. I find I get the best meat at Harter House, they are kinda pricey, but oh sooo worth it.
4. I am definitely going to try the white vinegar, thanks for the tip!
5. It looks like it was fabulous!
6. We should get together and have a cooking party/recipe swap with some ladies sometime.

Nelli said...

Looks D-Lish!

Marigrace said...

I have never thought about the bowl of vinegar on the countertop!! I dislike (hate) the left-over smell of cooking chicken-fried steak. It still lingers the next day. I will definitely try this!