Stir-Fried Pork and Celery; abandoned dogs

Sub Gum Chow Mein.

Back in the beginning of time, when I was installing a computer system in a Chinese Restaurant, one of the items on the menu was Sub Gum Chow Mein.

I knew it was a Chinese American dish, rather than a Chinese dish and it appeared to be whatever kind of meat or seafood was chosen with copius amounts of celery.

Whatever the origins, I loved it.

And when I found myself with a large bunch of celery in the fridge with no plans, visions of a big plate of Sub Gum came to mind.

Okay, a normal-size plate…. But you get the idea.

And I didn’t use quite as much celery as the restaurant did – needed to get the other veggies in.

Stir-Fried Pork with Celery

Total time: 25 minutes;


  • 12oz (360gr) pork tenderloin, cut into small pieces
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs ginger, minced
  • 2 ribs celery, sliced
  • 2 carrot, julienned
  • 4oz (120gr) mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tbs sherry (optional)
  • 1 tbs cornstarch (Maizena) dissolved in 1 tbs soy sauce plus 1 tbs water
  • Basmati Rice
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking brown rice
  • 1 cup chicken stock 

Stir-Fried Pork and Celery


  • Heat olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion, mushrooms, to skillet and stir-fry for 2 minutes. 
  • Add garlic, ginger and stir-fry another 2 minutes. 
  • Remove onions/garlic from pan and set aside. 
  • Add sesame oil, soy sauce to pan and heat. 
  • Add pork and stir-fry 3 – 5 minutes, until golden. 
  • Remove and put with onions. 
  • Add carrots, celery, to skillet and stir-fry 5 minutes. 
  • Return pork, onions, mushrooms, garlic and ginger to pan. 
  • Add chicken stock, sherry and bring to a boil. 
  • Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. 
  • Stir in cornstarch mixture until thickened. 
  • Serve over rice, adding more soy sauce if desired, according to taste.
  • Basmati Rice
  • Cook rice according to package instructions. Fluff and serve.

As much as I love living in Europe, and, especially France, there is one thing I just can’t wrap my mind around: the treatment of pets.

Not by everyone and not all pets, of course, but the attitude is different.

When we lived in Andorra it was common for pets to be brought into the country and abandoned because it was well-known that Andorra would take care of them and not euthanize them.  That was how our Sedi came to live with us.

But, still…. They were abandoned.

I once saw a bitch with a litter of puppies in the center of a mountain road in Spain.  I still have nightmares about that.

We have two hunting dogs that were abandoned near us last week. 

We saw one of them Thursday night and checked for tags.  There weren’t any.

We assumed it was just a farm dog out for an evening stroll.

The next morning it was at our neighbors’ house… with a friend. 

They’re still there.

I’m assuming they were dropped off here and are waiting for their humans to come back and get them.  

It’s been four days.

Our neighbor has been trying to find someone to do something but no one cares. There is no animal control, the local farmers don’t want them, the mayor says just to ignore them.

We already have two dogs and they have one.

And of course, this all happens on the weekend when everything is closed.

Tomorrow, hopefully, we can find a shelter that will take care of them.  Our neighbor thinks there might be one near Bergerac…..

Now I’m going to go give my dogs a nice cuddle.

So I feel better…..

7 thoughts on “Stir-Fried Pork and Celery; abandoned dogs”

  1. So sad about the abandonment of dogs. When I was in Positano one of the ladies told me about at least 6 abandoned dogs in the village who all year round lived from house to house. They visited restaurants where they knew they could be fed and the locals took care of them.

  2. I don’t know if it operates through out the Dordogne or just in the Dronne valley area but Phoenix looks after abandoned animals. I am sure you will find them through the following link . They may know of similar groups closer to you. I know exactly how you feel re abandoned/mal treated animals. It is a major problem here but at least we have the SPCA.

  3. Sorry but I did not read what you have written tonight as the subject matter is too upsetting. Anything to do with wrongful or harmful treatment of animals breaks my heart and we all have to do what we can to ease their plight. Every little helps !!

  4. Katie that is sooo sad. We live about 20 miles from the main city. Too frequently, cats are dropped off in the woods – abandoned. It is sickening. We have rescued 4 cats now, and still it continues. I just can not understand humans that would abandon their animals. Huge, bad karma to them!

  5. It happens here in our little town, very frequently. Luckily we have shelters that are not “kill shelters” where we can be assured that they will do their level best to find good homes for the abandoned animals. But, like you, I simply can’t imagine the mind set of someone who would simply abandon a dog.
    My own Cora was found wandering the streets and thanks to one of those good organizations, Smiley Dog Rescue, she came to make our lives even better. She is not only a beautiful big dog but a sweet and gentle and (mostly) obedient one, too. Who could possibly throw away such a treasure??? I will never understand it.

  6. Linda, I hope so, too…. sigh….
    Val, I’ve seen that, too. The dogs get to be very smart, handle the traffic and know where to get fed.
    Gill, I’ve heard of them. I think that’s who my neighbor was going to call. I think there is one near Bergerac. And she saw a van the other day that advertised picking up stray animals. Just have to track it down.
    manningroad, I find it very upsetting, too. And incomprehensible.
    Ina, I don’t either. Just a totally different mindset.
    Zoomie, and our Sedi came to us with a chewed off rope still around her neck and we had her for 11 years.

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