January 8, 2010
Amidst the blowing, bitter cold, we’ve had a lambing here at The Loopy Ewe. And the Fed Ex guy delivered all of them. Who knew that he had lambing skills, too? We didn’t expect this shipment until the Spring (because that’s when most little lambs arrive) but they’re here! It’s so fun to have these smiling Loopy Dudes back again. We tend to decorate with them, because they make us smile when they peer out from different spots and spaces here at Loopy Central. I think I told you awhile back that the company that we get these from had discontinued them without notice. After I sent a link to some of our Loopy’s Summer Vacation photos, they agreed that we could not do without them. (Well, it was the link PLUS the fact that I agreed to buy a whopping quantity of them.) So they’ve been made again, just for us. I hope they bring you a lot of smiles. We’re glad to have them back. Top photo note – the middle one was a little mischievous and wanted to imitate Wednesday’s blog photo. When you order one, you might leave us an order note and tell us if you want a mischievous Little Loopy or a complacent one. There is obviously a difference in personality (and trouble-making capacity).
Today’s recipe is one that my friend Monica jiggered up. We were out to lunch last spring and had something similar to this. She went home and found a similar recipe, then made it a few times to perfect her version. They are delicious!
2-3 lbs. green beans or asparagus
2 tsp. canola oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
6 Tbl. + 1 Tbl. low sodium Tamari soy sauce
3 Tbl. honey
1 1/2 Tbl. dry sherry
1/2 to 1 tsp. garlic chili sauce (or more for spicier)
2 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
1 Tbl. corn starch
2 Tbl. toasted sesame seeds
Steam green beans or asparagus until crisp tender and set aside.
In skillet, saute garlic and ginger in oil on med-high heat for 1 minute. Add to skillet 6 Tbl. Tamari, honey, sherry, garlic chili sauce and sesame oil and simmer on low for 10 minutes.
In small bowl, whisk together corn starch and 1 Tbl. Tamari. Add to skillet and stir and heat until thickened. Toss green beans/asparagus with sauce, place on platter and sprinkle with sesame seeds. YUM!
I’m wondering whose idea it was to take a 6:45 am flight out of St. Louis this morning? That meant being at the airport at 5:45 am. That meant leaving my house at 5:00 am. That meant getting up at 4:15 am. And did I mention that I’m so not a morning person? FPS.