Beef & Snow Pea Stir Fry

Beef & Snow Pea Stir Fry

Beef & Snow Pea Stir Fry

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Beef & Snow Pea Stir Fry

Hello everyone!!  It’s been awhile since my last blog post and I am excited to share my Beef & Snow Pea Stir Fry. At times life calls for focus elsewhere, and far away to elsewhere I went. There was a time when I would have exhausted myself to do it all, but to what end I had to ask myself. As I get older, I realize that I am a priority as much as anything and doing something for the sake of just getting it done is not the same as doing it for the joy it brings me.  Sooo, now that I have moved, dealt with the death of my mother, moved again, cleaned up a hoarder’s home, renovated my own home and assisted my father with a broken femur, I am ready to get back to me. And by me, I mean food of course LOL! 

I’ve truly missed being part of the foodie community and participating in my passion.  This creative outlet and meaningful pursuit bring me a lot of joy. I’m also very excited to share that I’ve finally stepped into the world of video. It’s been great to learn and challenge myself, and I’m sure that my “being on camera” nerves will calm as it becomes my norm. You can find me on YouTube @compelledtocook and as time goes I will include videos here on the blog for some of my existing posts. My channel is very new and I still have plenty to learn and improve upon, but I hope you’ll join me in my endeavour.  Be sure to subscribe so you never miss a great recipe video. If you’ve been hanging around wondering if I’d ever post again, I thank you for your patience, and if you’re new to my blog, I welcome you.

Beef slices

Beef & Snow Pea Stir Fry is quick, simple and flavourful.  Thinly sliced beef gets fried quickly over high heat to keep it tender, while crisp and healthy snow peas balance the umami “ish” sauce. Let’s talk about the beef for a moment. There are several cuts that work well, and I have a couple of tricks to create tender, silky beef. My cuts of choice are tenderloin, strip loin or flank steak. Regardless of the cut you choose it is imperative that you cut it thinly across the natural grain of the meat to ensure a chewable bite.

The second trick is to add a small amount of baking soda (mixed with soy sauce) to the slices and allow to marinate. The baking soda helps to break down the meat fibres and create a silky texture. If using tenderloin, the need to marinate is less because it’s already a very tender cut of meat, however, I still do. Just marinate it for a shorter length of time, about 30-60 minutes. If using other cuts I recommend marinating for 1-2 hours. Please know that more soda does NOT mean more tender. It only adds a sharp taste to the meat, so resist the urge to do so.  Beef and Snow Pea Stir Fry is wonderful served over rice or your favourite noodle.  Enjoy!

Beef & Snow Pea Stir Fry

Author:  Compelled to Cook

 

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Beef & Snow Pea Stir Fry

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinating time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

Beef

  • 10 ounces beef, thinly sliced across the grain, see notes
  • 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Stir Fry

  • 10-12 ounces snow peas
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup beef broth, cold
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 3/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  • as needed canola oil
  • as needed scallions, thinly sliced
  • as needed sesame seeds

Instructions

Beef

  • Toss beef with ginger and minced garlic.
  • In a small bowl stir together soy sauce and baking soda. Pour over beef and mix well to evenly coat the beef slices (I use my hands to ensure it's mixed well). Set in the fridge to marinate for 30-120 minutes depending on cut used. (see notes)
  • While the beef is marinating whisk together beef broth and cornstarch (see notes). Stir in oyster sauce, sugar and chili flakes.

Stir Fry

  • Prep snow peas by trimming the ends and removing the side string.
  • Heat a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat and add a generous splash of oil. When the oil is hot add the beef, separating the slices with your hands as you add it. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until just cooked through and starting to brown. Remove to a clean bowl and cover.
  • Add the 1/4 cup of water and snow peas to the wok and cook uncovered for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until most of the water has cooked off and the peas are starting to soften but are still slightly crisp (they will continue to cook in the sauce).
  • Add the sauce to the snow peas and cook for about a minute, stirring until the sauce fully thickens. Add the beef and stir to combine and warm.
  • Serve over rice or desired noodles and garnish with scallions and sesame seeds.

Notes

-Several cuts of beef will work.  I enjoy tenderloin or strip loin, however, flank steak will work well too. Be sure to cut the beef into thin strips across the grain.
-If using tenderloin, marinating for 30-60 minutes is enough, it's already a tender cut.  If using strip loin or flank 1-2 hours is best.
-Cornstarch dissolves better in cool liquids, so if your broth is hot, allow it to cool first.  It will also dissolve better in the broth as opposed to the thick oyster sauce.

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Molasses Crinkle Cookies

Molasses Crinkle Cookies

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A stack of Molasses Crinkle Cookies that sit in front of a silver box filled with cookies and decorated with white ribbon and acorns.

Molasses Crinkle Cookies are one of my holiday favourites. They’re perfectly chewy, lightly spiced with ginger, dusted with sugar and absolutely delicious. I tend to be an all or nothing kind of person when it comes to holiday baking. Some years I can’t wait to start and will typically make numerous types of cookies and squares. You know, gotta have a chocolate square, a raspberry coconut square, butterscotch squares, shortbread, etc etc. This year I’m opting to only make one type of square and one cookie. I know, I know, people will wonder what’s wrong with me. The truth of the matter is time or should I say the lack of it. As a food blogger with a full-time job, I struggle at times to get a post out weekly. I’m not complaining, because I love doing it, but I realize that I have to make priorities. This includes making time for myself personally and the people in my world. But as a food blogger, I cannot bring myself not to make any treats for giving and sharing. So the compromise is moderation, and you won’t be disappointed with my choice of cookie for the season.

Cookie dough balls arranged on a baking tray and on a small plate of sugar for rolling in preparation for Molasses Crinkle Cookies.

Tips for amazing Molasses Crinkle Cookies:

-Chill the dough for at least 3 hours. The cookies spread while baking and the chilled dough keeps the process consistent during baking and prevents the cookie from overspreading. The result is a perfectly chewy cookie that’s not too thick.

-Weigh or measure each cookie for uniform cookies and even baking.

-Bake one tray at a time in the center of the oven. It takes more time, but worth it.

-If the dough balls soften while rolling them, give them a ten-minute chill just before baking.

-Generously coat in sugar when rolling into balls. This not only prevents the dough from sticking to your hands but gives the cookies a holiday look, especially if you use coarse sugar.

-The cookies will spread on their own without flattening.

-Don’t over-bake!! Can’t stress this enough. They only take 9-10 minutes.

Molasses Crinkle Cookies stacked five high and tied with a white ribbon and decorated with an acorn.

Author:  Compelled to Cook, adapted from Fine Cooking Magazine winter 2003 Molasses Crinkles.

Molasses Crinkle Cookies stacked five high and tied with a white ribbon and decorated with an acorn.
Molasses Crinkle Cookies
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    Servings Prep Time
    38-40 cookies 40 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    9-10 minutes 3+ hours
    Servings Prep Time
    38-40 cookies 40 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    9-10 minutes 3+ hours
    Molasses Crinkle Cookies stacked five high and tied with a white ribbon and decorated with an acorn.
    Molasses Crinkle Cookies
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      38-40 cookies 40 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      9-10 minutes 3+ hours
      Servings Prep Time
      38-40 cookies 40 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      9-10 minutes 3+ hours
      Ingredients
      Servings: cookies
      Instructions
      1. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, spices and salt. Set aside.
      2. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment cream butter and brown sugar until light.
      3. Add oil and molasses and beat until combined. Add egg and beat until fully incorporated.
      4. Mix in flour until well combined.
      5. Flatten dough into a round disk and chill for a minimum of three hours or overnight.
      6. Preheat oven to 375°F and line baking trays with parchment.
      7. Divide dough into equal portions using a tablespoon or weigh (I used 20g each). The dough balls should be an approximate inch in diameter.
      8. Roll each ball in sugar to coat completely. If the dough has warmed while you were rolling, rechill rolled dough for about 10 minutes to firm up again (this prevents the cookies from overspreading). Arrange prepared dough on baking trays placing at least 2" apart. There's no need to flatten cookies. Sprinkle the tops with additional sugar.
      9. Bake cookies on the middle rack for 9-10 minutes only. Remove from oven and allow to cool on pan for 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
      Recipe Notes

      -Start these cookies several hours ahead as they need time to chill.

      -Using coarse sugar makes for a pretty holiday cookie.  It will take a little more coarse sugar than granulated sugar for rolling.

      -I find the dough warms up too much while rolling into balls, especially if taking the time to weigh each one. Therefore, I suggest that you rechill the rolled balls for about 10 minutes to prevent too much spread. You can do this before rolling in sugar, after rolling in sugar, or once they are prepped on the baking tray (this is great if you can fit the tray in your fridge)

      -At 20 grams each, I get 38-2 3/4" cookies.

      -Do not overcrowd the cookies on the cookie sheet and do not overbake. These cookies are wonderfully chewy at the 9-minute mark.

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      Peanut Sauce

      Peanut Sauce

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      A spoon heavy with peanut sauce stands against a mason jar filled with peanut sauce.

       

      Hello, peanut sauce lovers!!  You’ll love this simple and delicious Peanut Sauce recipe that takes no time at all to come together.  The wonderful flavour comes from a little red curry paste, coconut milk, garlic and ginger.  It’s so good, and you’ll want to enjoy it with so many things.

       

      Whole peanuts fill a mason jar that is surrounded by ginger, curry paste, garlic, lime and coconut milk in preparation for Peanut Sauce.

       

      How to enjoy this lovely Peanut Sauce….let me count the ways.

      -toss with a noodle stir fry
      -smother on cooked pork ribs and bake
      -drizzle on shrimp tacos
      -as a dip for summer rolls
      -as a dip for pork, chicken or beef satay
      -broiled on salmon fillets
      -toss with chunks of chicken and serve over couscous
      -tossed into a salad
      -as a dip for vegetables

       

      A spoon heavy with peanut sauce stands against a mason jar filled with peanut sauce.

      A spoon heavy with peanut sauce stands against a mason jar filled with peanut sauce.
      Peanut Sauce
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        Servings Prep Time
        1 1/2 cups 15 minutes
        Cook Time
        10 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        1 1/2 cups 15 minutes
        Cook Time
        10 minutes
        A spoon heavy with peanut sauce stands against a mason jar filled with peanut sauce.
        Peanut Sauce
        Print Recipe
          Servings Prep Time
          1 1/2 cups 15 minutes
          Cook Time
          10 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          1 1/2 cups 15 minutes
          Cook Time
          10 minutes
          Ingredients
          Servings: cups
          Instructions
          1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Whisk over low-medium heat until smooth. Increase heat to medium and whisk until slightly thickened and the sauce comes barely to a simmer (do not boil).
          2. Remove from heat and adjust thickness with a little more water or coconut milk if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.
          Recipe Notes

          -The sauce will thicken as it cools, adjust thickness with a splash of water or coconut milk to suit your taste.

          -The sauce will keep refrigerated in a sealed container for up to a week and in the freezer for a month.

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          Spicy Oatmeal Cookies

          Spicy Oatmeal Cookies

          Spicy Oatmeal Cookies are one of my brother’s favourites and for good reason.  Soft, chewy and golden with spice makes them rather addictive. They’re the perfect autumn cookie in my opinion.

          Flipping through my recipe index, I quickly realized I’m in need of more cookie recipes.  I know!  How is it possible that I have so few in my collection? Cookies are generally simple, easy, and photograph well. It should be bursting with recipes, but sadly it’s not…  

          Problem number one, is my head down, pushing to make what’s in season, holiday food, game day snacks, etc.  Sometimes cookies aren’t the best fit for all that happens throughout the year.  Problem number two, not everything screams cookies to me, in fact, I’m a savoury, snack kind of gal. So for these reasons, I’m often opting to make other things.  Now that it’s fall, I’m actually thinking about baking and holiday treats, therefore cookies are on my brain, making it easy.  But I see now that I need to bake them more often for a variety of different reasons, so there’s plenty of recipes for everyone to pick from.  There’s a ton of cookies to be made and with a little focus, I’ll get the cookie category plumped up a little.

          Now that I’m done making excuses, let’s have a look at what makes Spicy Oatmeal Cookies wonderful.  Molasses, ginger and cinnamon create a richly spiced bite and the plump raisins add to their chewiness.  They’re a tasty change from regular oatmeal cookies and possibly your new favourite too.  Enjoy!

          Recipe for Spicy Oatmeal Cookies adapted from Company’s Coming Cookies

          Spicy Oatmeal Cookies
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            Servings Prep Time
            4 dozen 20 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            8-10 minutes 10 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            4 dozen 20 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            8-10 minutes 10 minutes
            Spicy Oatmeal Cookies
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              Servings Prep Time
              4 dozen 20 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              8-10 minutes 10 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              4 dozen 20 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              8-10 minutes 10 minutes
              Ingredients
              Servings: dozen
              Instructions
              1. Preheat oven to 350℉. Bring one cup of water to a boil and pour over raisins. Allow to soak for 10 minutes. Drain well and set aside until ready to use.
              2. In a small bowl, whisk together oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger and salt.
              3. Cream together butter and sugar using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, electric mixer or wooden spoon. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each until incorporated. Stir in molasses.
              4. Add dry ingredients all at once and mix until all dry ingredients have been incorporated. Stir in raisin.
              5. Using a one-ounce cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop dough onto parchment lined baking trays, spacing 2" apart. Flatten each cookie slightly with damp fingers or palm of your hand. Bake on middle rack for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
              Recipe Notes

              -recipe yields 48 2 1/2" cookies.

              -for best results, bake each tray separately on the middle rack.

              -you can skip the plumping of the raisins, however, it does make for a very nice chewy cookie.

              Ginger Pear Sorbet

              Ginger Pear Sorbet

              Ginger Pear Sorbet is cool, refreshing and the most perfect dessert for those hot summer days. To make it even better, there’s no ice cream maker required and only a few ingredients. 

              For those who don’t know, I’m a huge fan of Bon Appétit magazine.  Not only for the great recipes, but because it’s a little bit of quiet time that happens when I sit and thumb through a copy.  You might find it odd that I keep every copy when all the recipes can be found on the Epicurious website and/or App. It’s because I definitely prefer to sit quietly with the magazine and a glass of wine.  As a blogger there’s more than enough time already spent on the computer.

              The website however, provides reviews on the recipes which I find helpful when making alterations and adaptions.  For this lovely Pear Sorbet many of the reviewers made note that it was on the sweet side and a little flat in flavour even though some found the ginger to be too much.   As luck would have it, I was only able to find pears in light syrup instead of heavy, which in turn helped out with the sweetness problem.  The advice on flavouring was also heeded and I opted for lime juice instead of lemon and added fresh mint.

              I definitely found the reviews helpful and rather liked reading the views from people who have actually made the dish. I was very pleased with the results from my modifications and find that it’s quite lovely with the changes. Easy to prepare, which is nice for those hot summer days when nobody wants to be working in a hot kitchen. It’s not too sweet and has a hint of ginger and mint for a refreshing finish to your meal. Enjoy!

              Recipe for Ginger Pear Sorbet adapted from: Epicurious Ginger Pear Sorbet

              Ginger Pear Sorbet
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              Servings Prep Time
              4 people 20-25 minutes
              Passive Time
              7+ hours
              Servings Prep Time
              4 people 20-25 minutes
              Passive Time
              7+ hours
              Ginger Pear Sorbet
              Print Recipe
              Servings Prep Time
              4 people 20-25 minutes
              Passive Time
              7+ hours
              Servings Prep Time
              4 people 20-25 minutes
              Passive Time
              7+ hours
              Instructions
              1. Line a shallow dish or pie plate with plastic wrap. Strain the juice off the pears and to the juice add sugar, ginger, lime zest and lime juice. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Spread pear pieces in a single layer in pie plate. Pour juice over pears and freeze for at least 6 hours.
              2. Flip over pie plate onto a cutting board to remove pears and remove plastic wrap. Cut into large chunks and place in a food processor. Puree until smooth. Add chopped mint and pulse until combined. Spread pureed pears into a clean container and freeze for at least an hour. Scoop into dishes and garnish with additional mint leaves if desired. Serve immediately.
              Recipe Notes

              Puree can be made and frozen covered for up to two days in advance.