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Good Food + Good Friends = Fun Time August 23, 2007

Filed under: Anecdotal — Addicted to Yarn @ 1:09 pm

The company…our crazy friend we met randomly at the bookstore and her boyfriend, who, it turns out, fits right in with our craziness.

The menu for the night…

Baked Spring Rolls
Homemade Plum Sauce
Broccoli Beef
Rice
French Silk Pie

The result…lots of fun and laughter.

The recipes…

Baked Spring Rolls
20 large spring roll wrappers
6 cups finely shredded cabbage
2 large carrots, peeled and grated
1 lb lean ground turkey or ground lean pork
2 tablespoons peeled minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
vegetable oil, for brushing

1. Prepare the cabbage and carrots and set them aside.
2. Fry the meat until just done with the ginger, salt and sesame oil.
3. Lift from the pan and put in a large bowl.
4. Drain off any excess fat (but don’t wash the pan) and saute the shredded cabbage and carrots with a couple tablespoons of water, until just limp and the water is gone.
5. Mix with the meat.
6. Brush each spring roll wrapper with oil, turn over, and put a little- one twentieth to be precise- of the filling in a tube shape diagonally across one quadrant of the wrapper.
7. Fold in the side corners, then roll up to make a neat tube.
8. Repeat 19 more times.
9. Lay the finished spring rolls on a lightly oiled cookie tray.
10. Bake at 350°F for about 30 minutes, until golden brown.
11. Serve hot with plum sauce.

Plum Sauce
8 cups plums, pitted, Halved (3 lb/1.5 kg)
1 cup onions, Chopped
1 cup water
1 teaspoon gingerroot, Minced
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup rice vinegar or cider vinegar
1 teaspoon coriander, Ground
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon cloves

1. In large heavy saucepan, bring plums, onions, water, ginger and garlic to boil over medium heat; cover, reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until plums and onions are very tender, about 30 minutes.
2. Press through food mill or sieve and return to clean pan; stir in sugar, vinegar, coriander, salt, cinnamon, pepper and cloves.
3. Bring to boil, stirring; reduce heat to low and simmer until mixture reaches consistency of applesauce, about 45 minutes.
4. Fill and seal jars; process in boiling water bath for 30 minutes.
5. Makes about 4 cups

Broccoli Beef
1 T cooking wine
Beef slices (round steak)
½ T soy sauce
2-½ T oyster sauce
1 T cornstarch
1 bunch of broccoli
1 cup fresh mushroom
Water chestnuts
Green onions
Cooked rice

1. Brown beef strips in oil. Remove.
2. On medium heat, stir-fry broccoli, mushrooms, water chestnuts, and onions.
3. Combine wine, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and cornstarch.
4. Add beef and cook a few minutes more.
5. Serve over rice.

French Silk Pie
1 C butter, softened to room temperature
1 ½ C sugar
4-oz unsweetened baking chocolate, melted and cooled
2 t vanilla
4 eggs

1. Beat butter and sugar together until well blended and smooth.
2. Add melted chocolate to butter and sugar. Add vanilla.
3. Add eggs one at a time. Beat 5 minutes each on medium speed mixer.
4. Pour into pie crust and refrigerate. Keep cool.

And there you have it, the recipe for a fun night of great food and great friends…of course, you will have to find your own friends…I don’t have a recipe for that.

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