Sunday, May 6, 2012

Spicy Stir Fry Vegetables

Stir fry vegetables with Enokitake mushrroms


When days are getting hotter we have an increased appetite for hot food on our plates. I think it has to do something with the fact that spicy food tend to cool you down. And it's about time to use all the last year chili peppers we still have hanging in the kitchen. One or the other, but this days my food is spicy.


Dried chili peppers: the last year's harvest


Stir fry is the first choice: easy to make and quick, which is significant during hot summer day (or we are still in spring days?). I prepare all of the ingredients, and then turn on the oven and in 10 minutes or less our lunch is ready. 


Ingredients for the stir fry




 Stir Fry Ingredients:

  • zucchini, pilled and sliced
  • chili pepper
  • garlic, minced
  • ginger, grated
  • Enokitake mushrooms
  • green peas
  • bok choy
  • green onion, cut
  • white soft part of lemon grass, cut
  • half of the orange, cut into wedges
  • stir fry sauce or soy sauce, to your taste from a tablespoon to as much as you like



Preheat the wok, add stir fry sauce, chili pepper, ginger and garlic. Stir 15-20 sec and add onions and mushroom, stir another  40-60 sec and let it cook for about 2-3 minutes, stirring. Then add the remaining ingredients and give it a quick stir. Place on a plate and serve with rise or noodles. I usually eat it as is, plain stir fried vegetables.  


Add some chili sauce, sweet and spicy.




Another treat, that chills me out...


Chili jam with a cup of hot(!) green tea...




Do you find that spicy food cools you down?


See you,
Marina

38 comments:

  1. I don't care for hot or very spicy foods. I like a little heat. I admire people that can handle hot, spicy foods. Your stir fry looks delish. And Easy to adjust the heat to suit.
    I like fruits and salads in the summer. Thankfully the farmers market has lots of both during the summer :D

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    1. This stir fry wasn't too spicy as I used the whole chili pepper: all heat is in the seeds. Thanks for visiting me here Sheila!

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  2. yum!! we like spicy foods..makes my husband and son break out in a sweat!

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    1. We like spicy food too, sometimes more spicy, sometimes less...:)

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  3. I am sorry that I did not visit you for few days. I was busy, we were building a berry garden and herb garden-))) One of my net recipe will include the same mushrooms. I just love them, they are real fun to cook with. When I am hot I like to drink hot tea with mint.

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    1. I know Dear, I am in the same boat: gardening takes a lot of my time too! I have a very little space and want to use every bit of it, so it take some extra work... Berry garden sounds very cool, What berries did you plant?
      I love hot green tea with mint too, I planted a few mint plants in the garden to have fresh mint all summer... :)

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  4. This looks really good, and I love a quick and easy stir fry!

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    1. The fan part is that prep work takes more time than cooking! :) But still it's a quick meal.

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  5. Hehe I don't know if spicy food cools me down but I love it in any weather! I think I crave it more in winter though! :P

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    1. I don't know about the weather factor, but the time of the day sure affects my cravings for spicy food! :)

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  6. I am happy eating spicy food in any weather. I like stir fries in summer and big rich curries in winter. Both with lots of chilli and ginger.

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    1. Yes, Liz, me too, and plus some garlic, I just have to have garlic!

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  7. If you mean takes the edge of my temper then you bet it cools me down :P
    I love stir fry any shape or form but the best is like yours - vege full with tons of delicious spices!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. CCU, you are so much fun Dear! Thank you for your comments! :)

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  8. Great stir fry. When it comes to cooling properties of spicy food I know that it works for some people but not so much for me. I am typical pita dosha in ayurveda, so chilli increases my anyway burning internal flame by 200% ;-)

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  9. Dumb question, do you not stir fry on top of the stove? If yes, why do you turn on the oven?
    Great looking stir-fry and so healthy.

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    1. Ooops, I meant the stove. Yes, I do cook in on the stove top. Thanks Norma!

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  10. Nothing beat a wonderful stir fry and this one has a fabulous choice of ingredients.
    Rita

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    1. Thanks Rita! What I like about stir fries is that any vegetable can go in, and some fruits too!

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    1. You made me think for a moment as I was deciding if stir fried veggies are my fav or not? I would say yes, except tomato: that one I need to have in my hands as an apple. Thanks for visiting me here! :)

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  12. What a beautiful photo of the peppers. I need some of those hanging in my kitchen. I really have no idea how to do that. Love the stir fry, I've been craving it lately. I'll have to pay attention next time and see if I think spicy food cools me down.

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    1. Thanks Lea Ann. I planted more chili peppers this year to use it not only for cooking but for decoration of my kitchen too...:)

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  13. It is freezing here today, but this still looks good to me!

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    1. Spicy food would warm you up, that's for sure. When I made this stir fry it was in high 80s here, crazy!

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  14. Wow your stir fry looks awesome and spicy! Love heat ;-)

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    1. Can't say the same: don't like the heat outside, only on my plate :) Thanks for visiting, Heather!

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  15. I love stir-fries and yes, I find I can eat hot foods in hot weather but not curries. In hot weather I prefer something lighter than a curry like a stir-fry. I love the list of ingredients you have in your stir-fry particularly the enoki mushrooms - they are awesome xx

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    1. Yes, I do love enoki mushrooms too, they are really great, I use it instead of noodles in soups and stir fries. :)

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  16. Wow, such a delicious lunch and so quick! Love this! I might have to take a few peppers out, I'm not a super spicy eater!

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    1. Thank you Chris! Even though I used what seems like a lot of peppers, the stir fry wasn't to spicy because pepper was whole, no seeds were in the stir fry. As you know, Capsaicin (what makes peppers spicy) is mostly present in seeds and membranes of the peppers. :)

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  17. Your stir fry is so colorful. Love your photos especially the dried chilies.

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    1. Thank you Karen! I have several on those chili threads hanging on the wall in the kitchen, now I am thinking on adding this photo to it too...:)

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  18. That looks delicious as well as pretty! You've inspired me to try some different things in my next stir-fry. I forget about lemon grass and bok choy, though I love both.

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    1. Thanks Jean! I call this stir fries "cleaning-the-refrigerator-from-bits-and-pieces"! :)

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