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15 September 2004 @ 07:35 pm
cooking is an adventure  
And stir-frying is an adventure of nearly Indiana-Jones proportions.

Honestly... that intense rush of steam, the near roaring sizzle as you toss the first ingredients in. It is breathtaking. Then, the constant toss of the pan, the lift with utensils... throwing more items in, hurriedly mincing the garlic you nearly forgot, realizing that, in your rhapsodic fervor, you've thrown about three times as many veggies in as you intended.

The moment - an alchemist's dream! - when the sauce turns sleek and glossy, clinging to each bean sprout and broccoli florette.

The quiet after the storm, when you stand and look at your creation, a gloriously structured mess that would do Jackson Pollack proud, and you think:

"We're going to need a bigger wok."
Kelladyjoust on September 16th, 2004 05:20 pm (UTC)
If I throw it in too early, it burns.

See, this is what I get for not doing all my prep before starting to stir-fry. Usually, everything is at hand, ready to be tossed in. But no - I got all devil-may-care. Still tasted good, so all is well.

And I'd like to add a shout-out for brown rice. 'Cause I can.