Yesterday it was three months since we got married, and as this doesn’t seem to be a big deal in the anniversaries calendar, but we wanted to celebrate, we decided to go with a cheap but delicious solution.
We decided to have a good auld Chinese take-away meal.
Oh, wait a minute, we aren’t in Ireland, we are in Brazil, in a city where there are NO decent Chinese take-aways. (I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true, the thing is that if you want Japanese food you will find loads of it here, but good Chinese -food- no, for that we would have to be across the Atlantic).
So, what do we do? we make our own Chinese take-away meal.
Yes, that’s right, let’s do it! And, ah, while we are cooking, why not open that bottle of red Chilean wine that we got as a present a while ago? It’s a special date, we deserve it, don’t we?
Ok, first, the recipe. Oh, right, great! We found one. And it’s with chicken, something that we happen to have in the fridge. Keep in mind that we are going for the cheap and quick option.
So, we got all the ingredients, mixed them together, cooked, (mostly like the recipe was telling us to do). And, 40 minutes later, our Chinese take-away homemade by ourselves chicken was finally delivered to our plates in front of us, ready to eat.
We did it, between glasses of wine and kisses, we got our Chinese take-away meal, ate it all, loved it, and sat beside each other stuffed with food for the rest of the night.
Ah, yes, we also watched a film, and after … Well, if you are married and ever celebrated any anniversary in your life, you know what we did after.
Ok, the recipe is here:
SAUTEED STRING BEANS WITH CHICKEN
1/2 kilo of string beans ( removed both ends)
1 boneless chicken breast ( sliced)
1 red pepper ( wash and cut cube) (we used green pepper)
4 cloves garlic ( crushed)
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp corn flour
1 chicken stock cube
1 tbsp oyster sauce (we didn’t use this as we didn’t have it, we replaced it by 4 tbsp of soy sauce)
1 tbsp cooking oil
3 carrots cut in cubes (that was our special touch)
1: Wash the string beans. Cut the pepper. Peel and crush the garlic. Slice the boneless chicken and marinate with corn flour and soy sauce for 10 minutes. (we didn’t wait that long)
2: Prepare wok (pot for stir-fry) at high heat,add in the oil and the garlic,fry until brown. Then add in marinated sliced chicken meat, fry for another 2-3 minutes. If it’s too dry ,add in 1-2 tbsp water,then add in the string beans , the red pepper, the oyster sauce and the chicken stock. Sauté for another 2-3 minutes. If you like the string beans to retain their crunchiness, don’t overcook or cook under slow heat.
3: Adjust the seasoning to your taste before removing it from the heat.Serve warm over rice or pasta. (We had it with rice, yummy!)
And the photo is here:
We found the recipe on this website.
We also found some other recipes on this website, and we will try them sometime soon, or on a future wedding anniversary.