Sunday, September 6, 2009

Attack of the Broccoli

My dear daughter Renee has reminded me that I have not explained the name of this blog -

My kids all LOVE broccoli! They may scorn yams, or despise eggplant, but broccoli is their favorite veggie. While many vegetables do become acceptable raw with dip, broccoli is beloved in many, many forms.

Here is their favorite broccoli dish, which is blessedly simple and fast:

1 bunch broccoli
1 tablespoon oil (any kind, but a drizzle of sesame oil is a nice addition)
a bit of water
1 - 2 tablespoons soy sauce
Garlic salt to taste
Pepper? Sesame seeds? Ginger?

1 ) Break or cut broccoli into pieces that your family can handle, the smaller the kids, the smaller the pieces. Don't hit miniscule,  though! It's too messy to work with! You may shave the peel off the stems and chop them, and even include the leaves, if you like. It's all good.

2 ) Heat oil(s) in your wok or frying pan. When it's fairly hot and a drop of water bounces around a bit, add the broccoli. Stir it gently to get a bit of oil on each piece. Let it cook a few minutes, stirring often, then a small amount of water, perhaps a tablespoon or two. Cover and let cook for a few minutes.

4 ) When the broccoli is close to the tenderness that you enjoy, add soy sauce. Stir gently, then sprinkle on garlic salt and stir. Try a piece and add more if you like.

5 ) If you're feeling adventurous, add pepper, ginger, sesame seeds, or whatever else strikes your fancy. A bit of Hoisin sauce can be quite pleasant, too. Be creative!