Cookbook finds (and Beef and Scallion Stir-Fry)
To date, I have already more than 90 cookbooks and I told myself not to buy anymore. But over the weekend, I cannot resist the temptation not to grab several since the $4.99 sale price of Daniel Boulud’s Daniel’s Dish was just screaming for me to take it home. With it, I also added four more since the prices ranges only from $2.00 to $3.50 except for the Everyday Food (Fresh Flavor Fast) by Martha Stewart that I paid $14.99, still a steal since the original price is $24.99.
We may be in the digital age, but when it comes to cookbook, nothing can beat skimming through the real pages and admiring the beautiful food photography. As inspired from the Everyday Food by Martha Stewart I cooked the Beef and Scallion Stir-Fry for our dinner. Since I do not have hoisin sauce, I used oyster sauce instead. I also added 2 teaspoons of sugar for sweetness as contrast to the pepper flakes.
Beef and Scallion Stir-Fry
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes, plus more for serving (optional)
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 1/4 pounds flank steak, cut diagonally across the grain into 1/2-by-3-inch strips
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 scallions, sliced crosswise 1 1/2 inch thick, white and green parts kept separate
White rice, for serving (optional)
In a small bowl, whisk together 3/4 cup water, hoisin sauce, vinegar, cornstarch, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes; set aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over high heat. In two batches, cook steak until lightly browned, turning once, about 2 minutes per batch. Transfer to a plate.
Add remaining teaspoon oil to pan along with garlic and whites of scallions. Cook, tossing often, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Whisk hoisin mixture to combine; add to pan along with scallion greens.
Return meat to pan; cook, tossing to coat steak with sauce, 1 minute. Remove from heat. Serve immediately, over rice and sprinkled with red-pepper flakes, if desired.