Isaak was up first (he's the youngest). I thought it would be great to work with him on his recipe, since Mica was away at camp. He chose to make Szechuan Shrimp. It's nothing we've made, so I was glad he picked something new. He wrote down the ingredients, and we were off to the store to get what we needed.
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sherry
2 red bell peppers, cut into slices
1 1/4 cup long-grain rice
1 1/2 pounds of medium shrimp, shelled
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
3 tablespoons cooking oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 sliced scallions
1/2 teaspoon dried red-pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
1. In a small bowl, combine the chicken broth, ketchup, soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt, and 1 tablespoon of the sherry. Heat a large frying pan over moderately high heat until hot. Add the bell peppers and stir-fry until starting to blacken, about 5 min. Remove.
2. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Stir in the rice and boil until just done, about 10 min.
3. Toss the shrimp with the remaining 2 tablespoons sherry and the cornstarch. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of the oil in the frying pan over high heat. Add the shrimp and stir-fry until just done, 3 to 4 min. Remove the shrimp and add the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. Reduce the heat and add the charred bell peppers, garlic, ginger, the chopped scallions, and the red-pepper flakes. Cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes.
4. Increase the heat to high. Add the broth mixture and boil until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add the shrimp and sliced scallions and just heat through. Drizzle the sesame oil over the top. Serve the shrimp with the rice.
Time to Eat!
Isaak learned a lot! He now knows to look over a recipe before he dives in. He needed help along the way.
He said, "Mom now I know why you get annoyed when I try and talk to you, while you are making a meal. It's also very satisfying to know I made this meal!"
It was his idea, for me to document the process. He even would stop stirring and would say, "Ok Mom take a picture."
He decided to pair this meal up with raw cabbage and pineapple. He likes raw cabbage better than cooked.
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