Up on the blog today is an all-embracing Asian affair of snow peas stir-fry.
Snow peas are so versatile in the kitchen!!! Because of its edible pods, natural sweetness and a crunchy texture, it is a great ingredient on its own (munch, munch any time of the day). It can be steamed, added raw in a salad or to fried rice.
Today, however I am cooking a stir-fry with lots of julienned ginger, succulent shrimp and crisp bacon topped with toasted sesame seeds. Isn’t this a nifty combination of ingredients?
One may question however, will young children eat this. Why not???? If you look in the picture, you will see that I have set out a bowl and in this bowl, is the exact same dish I have been babbling about and the exact same ingredients have been added. The only two differences are in the consistency of chopping each ingredient smaller and lowering the amount of ginger used.
Top this over brown rice and serve with clear soup if desired. Or have it on its own as a light & flavourful meal!
Ingredients:- (for 4)
• 2 tbsp sesame oil
• 2 inch piece of ginger
• 250gms snow peas*
• 5-6 pieces of shrimp
• 2 tbsp soya sauce (or 1-2 tsp of salt)
• Toasted sesame seeds (for garnish)
• ½ cup water or home-made stock
• 2-4 slices of lime
• black pepper (according to taste)
• 1 strand of bacon
1. Thinly slice the ginger into very fine julienne. Set aside. (For children as young as 3, you may want to minced ginger instead)
2. In a non-stick pan, sprinkle some water and cook bacon until crisp. Cut into the bacon into small strips roughly with a knife and remove from pan. Set aside.
3. In the same pan, add 2 tbsp of sesame oil.
4. Once lightly hot, add in the ginger. Turn heat to medium-high. Sauté for 2 minutes.
5. Add in the snow peas, followed by soya sauce or salt.
6. Pour some (not all) water or stock. Cover lid and cook for 2-3 minutes. (Cook longer in more water/stock for younger children until soft).
7. Removed lid. Add in the pieces of shrimp. Cook until pink.
8. Season with some pepper.
9. Turn off heat. Transfer to plate and garnish with some toasted sesame seeds and the ready crisp bacon.
10. Serve along side brown rice. With a slice of lime to juice over the top right before you eat.