Wednesday, July 11, 2012

WW: Yin Yang Beans

Wokking through Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge
by Grace Young

Another wonderful recipe from Grace Young. I am constantly amazed at these simple recipes that have such wonderful flavor.

We are fortunate to have a small farm just a few blocks away where I was able to purchase the fresh green beans for this recipe and the best ever corn on the cob, which we look forward to every year. It is a small farm here in the middle of suburbia where they grow corn, squash, pumpkins, and a few other things like sunflowers and bring in additional produce from their larger farm in Brentwood about 30 miles away.

It felt funny to ask for only 1 oz. of ground pork; though the butcher graciously said no amount is too small. Wrapping up my tiny package and handing it to me he says, "it sorta feels like we're conducting a drug deal here..." with the wiggle of his brow and his eyes darting back and forth. It was the smallest package I have ever walked away with, not to mention the cheapest. A whole eighteen cents!

We enjoyed this side dish. My better half commented that the beans could have been cooked a bit longer. I have been working on him for years, and he is getting better at not wanting his vegetables cooked to a mush where they fall of your fork when you try to pick them up to eat. I like my vegetables on the crisp side with a softness to them and I agree they could have been blanched for up to another minute to satisfy us both.

Success meter (1-3): 3

Anyone know how long pickled ginger lasts?

These little bowls I purchased years ago because they were too cute to pass up, are being used quite extensively cooking through this book.

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  1. I´m with you, green beans should be crisp! Even though there´s no recipe, the layout of ingredients sound amazing!

  2. Wow, nice photos. I left the beans crunchy as well. I liked them, but come to think of it, it did require a lot of chomping...but rather them be crunchy than soggy, that's for sure.

  3. Love green beans and even more the title of the post!!!

  4. I love your butcher; your photos are just beautiful and I am envious of the little glass bowls.

  5. This sounds fantastic! I make a similar dish but without the pickled ginger...such a great addition!

  6. Catherine, Thank you for introducing me to this cook book that I reserved and am picking up from my library today. If the recipes are as appealing as this one, I might join you for Wok Wednesdays.Your butchers a cute guy and you will always have fun with that pork memory! A very nice post and those beans look gorgeous enough to eat!

  7. That looks wonderful! My partner has celiac disease and he just bought The Gluten-Free Asian Cookbook by Laura Russell and I'm looking forward to trying some of those recipes, now.

  8. Just received my cookbook from Amazon. Am looking forward to WW's.


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