Recipe Source: Samuelsson, Marcus. The Soul of a New Cuisine. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, 2006 p. 289
I know I've mentioned this before, but I've been pretty under the weather for a couple of weeks. Actually the whole house was sick. When I was planning my menu I really wanted things that were simple and easy and quick to prepare, because I knew I wasn't going to have the energy to do anything particularly elaborate or complicated. This stir-fry really fit the bill. It also appealed to me because it contained kale, one of my favorite dark green leafy things.
I made a few changes, mostly from necessity. The biggest change is beef for lamb. I wanted to use lamb here. I really prefer lamb. However, the only lamb the store I went to had was unsuitable for stir-fry or any other quick-cooking method. I increased both spices and the garlic just as a matter of personal preference and because garlic chases away illness. I added some chili peppers to the mix as well, because when my husband and I are feeling poorly we like spicy food. I also doubled the tomatoes. Tomatoes are a super-healthy food, especially cooked tomatoes, and you can't really have too many of them.
I could have been happier with the meat – it seemed very dry to me, and as I mentioned before I really prefer lamb anyway. However, the dish was quite tasty otherwise, and we certainly didn't have any leftovers. S
Kenyan Beef Stir-Fry (serves 4; approx. cost per serving not available)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 red onion, sliced
1 ½ teaspoons ground cardamom
1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
8 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tablespoons minced ginger
3 hot chili peppers, sliced
1 bunch kale, chopped
1 ½ pounds boneless steak, sliced in approx. ½" slices
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 28-oz can diced tomatoes, with juices
- Heat the oil in the wok.
- Add the onion, spices, garlic, ginger and chili peppers. Sauté until softened.
- Add the kale. Sauté until just wilted. Evacuate to a plate.
- Add the beef to the pan and sauté until just browned.
- Add the tomatoes and simmer 5 minutes.
- Return the kale mixture to the pan and heat through.