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Menu Plan for Spring I: Week 4, Day 2

Sweet and Sour Pork
Sesame Brown Rice

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

     This is based on one form '1000 Chinese Recipes' cook book. 

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, small saucepan
with lid, 4 - 5 small bowls or cups for organizing

Mince garlic, ginger
Cut pepper, carrot into matchsticks
Cut broccoli into florets
Cut pork into cubes
Toast sesame seeds in skillet, if needed
Cook rice

Dissolve cornstarch in stock, soy sauce
Start to cook pork
Measure out sugars, vinegar into small cups
Heat oil in large skillet, add garlic, ginger, stir-fry
Add carrots, peppers, broccoli, stir-fry
Add stock to pork, cover, cook, low heat
Add stock, sugars, vinegar, soy sauce, bring to boil
Stir cornstarch into vegetables, thicken
Add pork, cover a minute to heat through and blend
Add sesame oil, seeds, soy sauce to rice
Serve Pork with Rice