Saturday, February 9, 2013

Storm Day Recipe-Honey Garlic Beef Stir Fry

 At 5:30 this morning I woke up and realized that the electricity had gone out. I don't know how long it had been out but the house was cold. I lit candles and both kerosene heaters and got my crank radio out and started winding it up. 

Our phones are cordless so we plugged in a spare corded phone we had tucked away 'just in case' and called the power commission. The recording told us that we wouldn't have electricity until 11pm. We weren't worried because we heat our house with the kerosene heaters anyway, so we'd be fine. It was an adventure for just the two of us and the dogs. 

Being a Basset Hound, Duke, likes being warm so he gladly stayed under an afghan on his father's lap. Lilly Rose, the Cocker Spaniel, stayed curled up on my lap. 
We played three games of Trouble, read and listened to the radio. Together we went outside to check on the house. No shingles were missing but our barn had been completely demolished and lay in pieces all over the yard. But we're blessed. We were warm and we were together and we were safe. One of our heaters has a spot on the top for cooking and I made good use of it. We had chicken noodle soup for breakfast to warm us up from being outdoors and then for lunch I made a delicious honey garlic stir fry in my copper pot. I am so thankful for that heater!  *See below for the recipe. 

Honey Garlic Beef Stir Fry

1 lb thin steak cut into long strips
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cup honey garlic sauce
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tbsp olive oil
1 pkg stir fry vegetables (approx. 340 gram size)

Toss beef with salt, pepper and 1/4 cup honey garlic sauce, set aside. Combine the remaining sauce with water, lime juice and garlic. Whisk in cornstarch. Set aside.
Heat oil in a wok or deep saucepan over high heat. Add vegetables. Stir fry for 3-5 min or until tender. Transfer to a clean plate.
Pour meat mixture into wok and stir fry for 2-3 min or until slightly brown. Return vegetables to the pan and toss. Make a well in the centre of the pan and pour in sauce mixture, bring to a boil. Mix meat and vegetables until well coated in sauce. Serve over hot rice. 

It's still snowing outside and the wind is still blowing like crazy but we are safe and sound and warm inside. When I think of all the damage this storm has done in our community I am thankful we have been protected. Yes, our barn blew down and now needs to be replaced but no pieces hit our windows or caused any other damage to the house. God watched over us. It has been a good reminder that He never sleeps. He is always watching over us, because our trust is in Him. 

Psalm 121

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