This no way pretends to be any kind of traditional oriental stir fry. The ingredients in a stir fry are limited only by the imagination, what's in the refrigerator and cupboard, so it's a moving target, and depends largely on what you have on hand:
Tonight I used:
About 1 lb. thinly sliced Beef Chuck Steak
6 small cloves minced Garlic
4 Green Onions, sliced in 1 inch pieces
1 Green Pepper, sliced thin
1 cup sliced Mushrooms
1 medium Zucchini, halved and sliced
1 cup chopped Chinese Pea Pods
1/8 cup minced Shallot
1/2 minced Jalapeno
Toasted Sesame Seeds
Soy Sauce to taste
Steamed Rice, toasted in ghee before steaming. Toasting the rice adds another depth of flavor; I didn't used to do this, but rarely cook rice without toasting now.
Heat oil in skillet or wok, add garlic and jalapeno and saute slightly. Add beef and stir fry until nearly fully cooked. Salt and pepper to taste. Remove to bowl, add more oil then vegetables, saute until veggies are tender-crisp. Add beef, garlic, and jalapeno back in and stir fry until all are heated through. Scoop rice onto plate, then stir fried meat and vegetables.
Drizzle with Sesame Oil and sprinkle Toasted Sesame seeds before serving.
Last night we watched The Visitor on DVD. I subscribe to Netflix and have a movie queue I won't begin to see in my lifetime and add more movies each week! The Visitor was a fairly dark film depicting a side of life some of us, at least me, are not exposed to. Director Thomas McCarthy.
Trips we have planned this year, that I may or may not write about, depending on what we cook and how interesting they turn out:
February: Mt. Hood, skiing
May: New Orleans-The Big Easy, my dream trip
June: Vegas, Narimasu Class Reunion
July: Reston, VA-Overseas Brat Reunion
Labor Day week-Oregon Coast and Sonoma Wine Country
Last week of December 2010: Victoria, BC