Now and again (but actually quite often) I cook. Baking is my favourite and my passion, but close runner-up is cooking. I love the freedom and creativity, but mostly the savoury goodness of an awesome meal. There’s nothing better than grocery shopping during harvest because nothing beats Ontario or local grown produce. With all this vegspiration I instantly thought of stir fry and next thing you know I’m staring at a pack of chow mein noodles. Duh, I need to make an epic asian inspired dinner! even better, I have leftover roast beef. So that’s what I did tonight… after work my first thought was, “must… have… wine” so I picked up a bottle of my cheap and favourite pinot grigio and headed home for dins. I love walking in my door everyday after work – a yappy, adorable, smushy-faced kitteh greets me with big eyes and even bigger meows… like me, she also wants dinner and I even let her pick: beef, chicken or turkey. I pretend she answers, and well, if I’m making chicken for dinner it’s only fair she gets it too. Anyways, after I fed the creature, I started dinner.
Before I even chopped the veggies, I poured a glass of wine, ahh, perfect, let’s get this show on the road. I proceeded to chop, chop, chop, which strangely enough, I find rather enjoyable. Soon enough my workspace was filled with aplethora of veg, after a nibble of carrot, I am reminded of why local produce rules, this tastes like candy. I sautéed some carrots, celery, onions and red peppers in olive oil, salt and pepper until soft, added a clove of garlic (chopped) then I tossed in 3 heads of baby bok choy. Last but not least, I threw in a handful of cubed roast beef – so good. I added some sweet chili and soya sauce, and some ginger. I prepared the chow mein noodles, as per package instructions (with chicken broth). Atop my bed of noodly goodness I added the veg/beef mixture and an extremely generous helping of sriracha chili sauce (kills me) It was incredibly tasty and satisfying. Maybe not the healthiest of suppers, but a sensible portion makes for a happy gal. I can’t decide if I like the wine or the supper more or the fact that there’s homemade chocolate chip cookies in the freezer.