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Menu Plan for Spring I: Week 4, Saturday

Velvet Corn Soup
Sweet and Sour Pork
Sesame Brown Rice

Cooking time: 30 minutes for menu      Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     This menu is based on one form '1000 Chinese Recipes' cook book.  According to Chinese tradition there should be one 'dish' for each diner (not counting the rice).  So we have soup and pork.  For more people you could add Red Sauced Shrimp.   We're taking a bit of ham from Sunday to use for this garnish, rather than the Prosciutto.

Velvet Corn Soup     

Total time: 15 minutes
   Soups are usually included with a Chinese meal, though not as a first course.  Traditional meals do not have courses unless they are banquets.  We modify it to suit our own customs.

Velvet Corn Soup Ingredients:

 Instructions:

*Note:  The easiest way to separate eggs is to crack it and dump it in your clean hand.  Let the white run through your fingers into the bowl and discard the yolk.  Or you can, carefully, transfer the yolk from eggshell half to eggshell half - this keeps your fingers clean.  I don't do this because our eggshells have not been washed like they (usually) are in the U.S.  I know my fingers are clean. 

I have no use planned for the egg yolks.  You can refrigerate them and use them in omelets, freeze them and save them for baking, (see tips) or discard them.

Sweet and Sour Pork    

Total time: 25 minutes
    This is not the kind made with canned pineapple, which I think is horrid, but an actual real Chinese recipe.  In the interest of health and simplicity I did not batter and deep-fry the pork first.  I used to. This way is just as good and I don't have to haul 3 cups of hot, smoking oil out to the back garden to toss.

Sweet and Sour Pork Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Sesame Brown Rice

Total time: 20 minutes    or whatever your package says  
    I use 'Uncle Ben's' which is all I can get and it is quick cooking.  It looks like brown Basmati and cooks in 15 minutes.

Sesame Brown Rice Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note: You can toast regular sesame seeds in a small, dry, skillet over medium heat for 5 - 7 minutes, until light brown.

Cooking Schedule: 30 minutes for menu
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
large skillet with lid, medium skillet, medium
saucepan, small saucepan with lid, medium bowl,
whisk, 4 - 5 small bowls or cups for organizing

Mince garlic, ginger
Cut pepper, carrot into matchsticks
Cut broccoli into florets
Cut pork into cubes
Open, drain, rinse corn
Toast sesame seeds in medium skillet, if needed
Dissolve cornstarch for both dishes, 2 separate cups
Start to heat stock, milk, corn for soup
Measure out sugars, vinegar into small cups
Cut ham, sauté in medium skillet, remove, set aside
Separate eggs, whisk egg whites
Start to cook pork in medium skillet

Start to cook rice
Heat oil in large skillet
Add garlic, ginger to oil, stir-fry
Add carrots, peppers, broccoli, stir-fry
Remove from heat, leave uncovered
Add milk to egg whites, whisk well
Add cornstarch to soup, stir, reduce heat
Add stock to pork, cover, remove from heat
Remove soup, add egg white, stir
Ladle soup into bowl, garnish with ham, serve
Done with your soup?
Add sesame oil, seeds, soy sauce to rice
Put vegetables back on medium heat
Add stock, sugars, vinegar, soy sauce, bring to boil
Mind rice, remove from heat when done
Stir cornstarch into vegetables, thicken
Add pork, cover a minute to heat through and blend
Fluff rice, serve Pork with Rice

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