Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Book Eighty-Three: Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge

by Grace Young



                                        Stir-Fried Garlic Spinach



This post is a two-for-one for me. One more book I get to check off my list (though I just purchased it) and my first post of many from this book for I signed up for another on-line cooking group.

I am looking forward to cooking with the Wok Wednesdays group which is similar to the Tuesdays with Dorie baking group that I am in. We cook two recipes a month from the book and post as the name suggests, on the designated Wednesday. The host of the month posts the recipe. Look for future posts titled Wok Wednesdays.

The best part of this adventure is not only will my wok find a more permanent place on the cooktop rather than the back of the cupboard, but this is two dinners a month I don't have to worry about. That is the hardest part of cooking for me; figuring out what to make for dinner.

This is a wonderful book full of useful information; from how to season your wok to wonderful photos of ingredients and how they are prepared prior to stir-frying. I love that she uses everyday items, nothing out of the ordinary - none that I have come across anyway.

After reading about the different types of woks and their care, I am bummed that I have a stainless-steel wok rather than a carbon-steel one. The carbon-steel is lighter, has better heat conduction, and after time, develops its own non-stick surface. Oh well, c'est la vie.

There isn't much to say about the recipe itself, it has only four ingredients and cooks up in a flash! This was a fun recipe to start with. Though I did make the cashew chicken recipe first, the same day I bought the book. Look for that post in two weeks!

Success meter (1-3): 3





Four simple ingredients:
Spinach, garlic, salt and sugar.


Not sure why my garlic looks pink in this photo.

We have a multicultural dinner going on here tonight.
Good ole American beef (bbq'd of course!),
Afghan bolani and Chinese stir-fry spinach!
(I've always been on the eccentric side.)


Visit Matt's page at Green Eats Blog for the recipe.

This is going to be a fun book to cook through. Why not purchase the book yourself and join in on the fun! You can purchase it here, or better yet, look for it at your local independent bookstore if available.

11 comments:

  1. Looks delicious. I've been on the fence about joining WW, but I'm planning to season my wok and lurk along for a while.

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    1. I hear ya! Hope to see you soon. Happy lurking :)

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  2. Nice bright photos. It looks like you have a lot of natural light in your kitchen. Your spinach looks delish!

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    1. I do get some good light if I'm lucky to start dinner early enough!

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  3. Looks awesome! I loved how easy this recipe was, I hope the others are as easy and delicious too!

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  4. I always feel like I have way too many cookbooks, then I look at your blog and feel much better hahaha this looks great!!!

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    1. As much as I love all my cookbooks, it does make it hard to make a decision at times! Will you be joining Wok Wednesdays?

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  5. I am so excited to be a part of the Wok Wednesdays group. You did a fabulous job with your spinach!
    http://thefoodcrawl.blogspot.com/2012/05/wok-wednesdays.html

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    1. Thanks Lorraine! I checked out your blog - very nice. So cool to be mentioned on Chat'n Dish!

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  6. Looks delicious! I chopped my garlic much smaller. How did the larger slices do? I love garlic and will try this way soon.

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    1. It was delicious. I enjoyed the larger, almost whole pieces of garlic. I was going to chop it as well as "smashing" it. Then I looked at Grace's picture in the front of the book showing what smashed garlic looked like. I was hesitant to leave them so large, but in the end glad I did.

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