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Saturday, 21 September 2013

Simply Recipes: 2 New Recipes - Stir Fried Green Beans with Ginger and Onions and more...


Stir Fried Green Beans with Ginger and Onions

Do you like green beans? I love them in stir fries, especially fresh, crisp, tender green beans. How do you know your green beans are fresh? Break one in half. It should “snap”. If it bends limply like a rubber band, it’s not fresh. Only buy fresh. This stir fry cooks up quickly, with onions, ginger, and garlic, and a sauce of sweetened soy sauce with sesame oil. It couldn’t be easier. Just make sure you are using fresh and tender beans. (Older tougher beans won’t be cooked enough in the time it takes to make this stir fry.)

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How to Peel, Chop, and Grate Ginger

Ah ginger, my favorite wonder food. Add a little to honey and lemon tea to help fight a cold. Use it to spice up a stir fry. Make the most amazing gingerbread by including some grated fresh ginger in the batter. Or if you happen to have a lot of ginger to use up, you can candy it. Here’s a little tip that you may or may not know about ginger: it is very helpful for nausea. It is the only thing (and believe me, I’ve tried everything) that helps me with sea sickness. Pregnant women I have known swear by it. The root itself is rather gnarly, and can be a little bit challenging to peel and cut, so I’ve put together a quick how-to, starting with a short video of my preferred way to peel ginger, with a spoon!

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