Ruminations and recipes from a small kitchen in a big city.

21.2.17

Stir-fried chicken and vegetables.

I remember when chicken was a luxury. Nine dollars for breast fillets means it's now one of the few proteins that fits a family budget. Their appetites are growing.

Cut two chicken fillets into slices. (Not too small, they will shrink slightly in the wok as they give off fluid.)

Marinate them in soy, ginger, garlic and a little sesame oil mixed into peanut oil. Overnight is good otherwise a few hours.

Slice red capsicum, spring onions, a white onion, button mushrooms, carrot, broccoli, green beans and cabbage. Blanch green beans and broccoli.

Heat wok. Put in chicken first to sear in a little oil, then add the vegetables. Forget about all that spectacular orchestration of vegetables flying around over three-foot high flames; this is not a cooking show. I have an ordinary stove, so I simply toss the chicken and vegetables around for a couple of minutes to touch the hot wok and then put the lid on and they kind of steam through to finish off. Speed is the key.

When the chicken and vegetables are nearly done, add a mixture of a teaspoon of cornflour mixed through half a cup of water and a dash of soy and stir through to give the whole thing a nice sheen. Or add some oyster sauce. Serve on rice.

Optional: add sliced chilies and sesame seeds.

10.2.17

Whiling away a lazy afternoon.

Let's say, for example, that you were quiet at work - as in nothing to do that particular morning, or afternoon, or even better, both - and that you had a computer in front of you; and thirdly, that you had a passing interest in sport.

Were those metaphorical planets to align - and there have been occasions when they have for me - then this webpage could keep you occupied for, I don't know, hours, morning, an entire day?

Note: the Coburg City Oval scoreboard is no longer. An electronic one was installed at the end of last football season (the main scoreboard was not used for cricket) and so the rolling numbers will never be seen again at Coburg.

8.2.17

Coburg Cricket Club Invitational XI vs Vanuatu XI T20.

You don't have to leave the suburb to see an international sporting event. Coburg plays the self-described 'coolest cricket team on Earth' next Thursday, February 16 at 5.30 p.m. on the equally-cool Coburg City Oval, the ground which most people you ask don't know is there.

The boys will be there after an early under-12s training session. Loyalties could be tested.