Another favorite spring vegetable at our house are snow peas.
They’re a bit like asparagus: available often during the year shipped in from South America but only fresh and local in the spring.
We only eat them in the spring – like the asparagus.
If you don’t have green garlic use 4 green onions, sliced and 2 cloves garlic, minced.
Stir-fried Shrimp with Snow Peas
Total time: 25 minutes
- 12oz (360gr) cleaned shrimp, peeled and cleaned
- 8oz (240gr) snow peas (mangetout), trimmed
- 6oz (180gr) water chestnuts, sliced
- 4 green garlic, trimmed, sliced
- 1 tbs minced fresh ginger
- 1 tbs fresh, snipped chives
- 1 tbs sesame or walnut oil
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) chicken stock
- 2 tbs dry sherry
- 1 tbs cornstarch (Maizena, corn flour) dissolved in
- 1 tbs soy sauce plus 1 tbs water
- 1/2 cup (3.3oz, 95gr) Basmati rice
- 1 tsp butter
- 1/2 tsp sesame or walnut oil
- 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) chicken stock
- Heat butter and 1/2 tsp sesame oil in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Add rice and sauté, stirring for 1 minute.
- Add stock, cover and cook rice for length of time on package. When done fluff with fork.
- Heat 1 tbs sesame oil and 1 tbs olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add green garlic and stir-fry for 30 seconds.
- Add ginger, shrimp, stir-fry 1 minute, until shrimp start to curl and turn opaque.
- Add snow peas, water chestnuts, and stir-fry 1 – 2 minutes.
- Add chicken stock and sherry, bring to a boil.
- Add cornstarch mixture, stir until cleared and thickened.
- Stir in chives.
- Add more soy sauce if desired, according to taste.
- To Serve: Arrange Basmati on a large platter.
- Spoon Shrimp and Snow Peas on top and serve.
One evening after work a friend of mine walked into her house and turned a light on, like she did every evening.
Except the light didn’t work.
With her typical thoroughness she unplugged the lamp and tried to determine the problem.
After several trips to the local hardware store, and completely rewiring the lamp it still didn’t work.
She paused to consider the problem…..
Then she changed the light bulb.
That is how my day has been.
I got a new mobile phone.
In our family tradition, that means that mon mari gets my old mobile phone.
Even though he had one of the first mobile phones ever in existence, the kind that required a suitcase of gear in the trunk of the car to work, he has steadfastly refused to embrace the smart phone.
Okay…. that’s a bit of an exaggeration. He’ll happily use his smart phone: take photos, play games, get on Facebook, etc. He just doesn’t want to do the fiddly bits of setting it up. That’s my job.
I suppose one could just say division of labor and all that…. It’s also why he gets the old phone.
Anyway, I set-up my phone, put in the contact info, etc. Then I set-up his phone. Then I double-checked everything.
I used my phone to call his phone. Check.
I used his phone to call my phone. Check.
I used my phone to call the house phone and leave a message. Didn’t work.
I used his phone to call the house phone and leave a message. Didn’t work.
I will not bore you with how many times I used this phone to call that phone and how many times I tried to figure out why the message system didn’t work. Suffice it to say it was many, many times and several hours.
I quit, exercised, had lunch and tried again.
The problem was with the house phone. It had been working perfectly this morning, but, apparently, coincidentally, at the same time I was setting up the two mobiles, the house phone quit working.
What are the odds?
Did I mention that it’s a 3 day weekend and all stores will be closed until Tuesday?
Oh yes…. We’ve been experiencing unseasonably cold weather here for the last few days. Our heating quite working, too.