Monday, January 15, 2007

Fresh vegetables - wok!

I love to cook, I love to bake, I love the sight of fresh vegetables. But i have never been fond of grocery shopping. I guess this is the reason why I am so fond of feasting in leftovers :-). I can browse the fish market in Venice for hours, I can walk for a long time to visit the pasta bakery in Terracina, I find the food markets along the roads in Laos excotic. But the local grocery stores here in Trondheim just bores me!
But yesterday I had to pay a visit to my local store. We wanted a wok for dinner, and the fridge did not hide much vegetables I could use. It turned out to be one of those not so bad visits at the grocery store though, may be because I wasn't in too much of a hurry. And I came home with a nice palette of vegetables.

We love wok, and even more because it is a good way to treat vegetables without killing their freshness nor their vitamines. It is fast and easy to make, and at the same time you get this good feeling of a home made slowfood dish.

Chicken wok palette.
Fry garlic in olive oil. Add chicken meat cut into dices.
Cut a colourful palette of vegetables into dices and add into the wok pan. (almost all vegetables can be used, depending on season, on your mood, on the palette you want to create.....)
Fry for some time, till the vegetables have become smooth (but still al dente). Add salt and pepper.
Rinse preboiled wok noodles in cold water, add them into the pan together with a wok sauce or just some plain soya souce. Fry till everything is hot.

We put the wokpan on the table, and eat and eat and eat and.........


see you there! said...

Looks good and also healthy. We use a wok quite frequently to cook Asian style meals. Years ago I took a Chinese cooking class in the home of one of the nurses I worked with. I still use those recipes. Now I'm in the mood to go to our nearby Chinatown and do some grocery shopping.


Tracy said...

Hi, I just love your new blog devoted to cooking! Just before Christmas I came across you "House in the Woods" blog--and so enjoy how you share your life. I'm an American ex-pat living in Horten, Norway (soon 6 yrs now!) with my wonderful Norwegian DH. I'm a vegetarian (do occasional fish dish for DH ;o)so much of Norwegian fare is a challenge for me, but I appreciate all the traditions and have come to love many of then--like lefse & brown goat cheese! Looking forward to all of your blog updates! Happy Days! :o)

Sheila said...

I like to stir fry too Britt, and I also dislike grocery shopping! I have a little trick though to make it more fun. Like today, I pretended I was in Italy, and bought as many Italian things as I could find.Pastas, sauces, bread, cheeses, cookies etc..This week we are in 'Italy'...LOL

Rose said...

Oh my, that looks delicious! Thank you for sharing the instructions. I'm not much of a cook, but I'd love to learn to cook basic, simple dishes. Do you need a wok or can it be done in a frying pan?

Britt-Arnhild said...

Darla - we don't have a chinatown here, but we have a few stores run by Asians now living in Trondheim. They always sell very good fruits and vegetables.

Tracy - welcome to my blogs. My daughter used to be a vegetarian for almost two years, a great challenge for me to cook new dishes.

Sheila - what a great idea, to pretend that you are in Italy and buy only Italian food. I'll try that one day....and I have two trips to Italy booked right now. Venice in April, Roma/Terracina in July. Can't wait.

Rose, yes, this dish can also be made in a frying pan. Good luck.