I felt like a quick stir-fry this week — with basically no planning other than “what can I throw into the wok”. The trick to improvisation is to think about flavors which will go together well — or that you think will go together well if you haven’t tried the combination on something before, AND never use very much seasoning the first time you make something up. The flavoring I used in this was garlic (oil), sesame (oil), saté seasoning, and soy sauce, but I only used very little of each so no one seasoning dominated and the flavors melded together nicely. By using only small amounts, even if you guess wrong about what goes together, it’s not likely to be a complete disaster. Also, if the flavors work out okay in a small amount, the next time you can tweak the amount (better yet, measure!) and (possibly) make the flavor stronger.
This turned out to be flavorful and tasty, with a mild elusive flavor. I’d be hard-pressed to guess the component flavors if I didn’t already know! 😉
3 stalks broccoli
1 medium onion
1 bell pepper
Garlic oil, cut with regular cooking oil
Gardein meatless griller strips
Stir-fry griller strips in oils — except sesame oil which is just used for flavor — then add chopped veggies and cook, tossing and turning over the mixture frequently. Sprinkle a little saté seasoning (which I get from the local Penzeys, but you can get it online). When the veggies are about half-cooked, add some soy sauce and drizzle a little sesame oil over the top. Stir, turn down the heat, cover and simmer several minutes — or until the rice is done. 🙂 I started the rice in the microwave while throwing ingredients into the wok. For my microwave rice cooker, it takes 12 minutes on 50% in the microwave, then another 5 minutes steaming on the counter. I started the rice shortly after I added the veggies to the wok and everything came out about right.