After the meatballs and cutlets didn’t turn out so well, I decided to do something very simple and quick. So quick in fact, I spent longer chopping than cooking. It’s been a few years since I last got my wok out, and I have never cooked rice noodles before.
Everything chopped and ready to wok – it felt a bit like cooking on TV but stir-frying is very fast and I’ve had them go wrong in the past when I’ve had to stop and chop something halfway through. Above: chopped chillies, spring onions and garlic, beaten eggs and prepared sauce.
After doing the preparation you heat the wok and then put the eggs in. The book said to start the egg as if you’re making an omelette – which made me laugh, because I’ve never made one before…
The omelette with the chillies, spring onions and garlic.
100g beansprouts – this was the only thing I wasn’t sure about, because I’ve only ever eaten shop prepared stir-fry before and I’m not a big fan of the beansprouts in them; however this recipe gives them time to wilt and soak up the sauce. After this the noodles get added to the sauce and it’s on the table as quick as you like.
It’s really tasty. The only thing I don’t like about it (which has more to do with what I don’t like about my local Sainsbury’s than the recipe) is that we have to eat it twice in a row if I’m only making it for two. The recipe needs 100g of beansprouts and the smallest pack I can get is 200g.
If you’re at a loss for something to spend your amazon vouchers on, I can’t recommend this book enough: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cupboard-Love-Most-Your-Kitchen/dp/0340835265 or if you have good old-fashioned cash your local Smiths/Bookshop will probably still have a copy on the shelf. Mine came from the charity shop for £2.95!
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas (/Holidays) and a Happy New Year!
Cupboard Love by Tom Norrington-Davies (Hodder & Stoughton 2005 ISBN 0 340 83525 5)