Asian Fantasy, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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Asian Fantasy

By Beverly Hicks Burch

It all started with a Christmas wish list…Tall & Handsome’s to be exact. You see after we married he adapted quite fast to my family’s tradition of making Christmas wish lists. We list everything from the mundane to the “wow, if you get me that, I’ll be your slave for life” type of things on our individual lists. It really makes shopping for everyone easier, takes a lot of the guess work out of the shopping and cuts down on bad surprises and disappointments.

I’ve mentioned…a time or two…that T & H and I cook together. The man can cook! And he enjoys it. Truth be known, he probably should have gone to chef school and pursued that as a profession.

On his Christmas list last year were cookbooks…Chinese and French. No kidding. After much research, I decided on two: Kylie Kwong’s Simple Chinese Cooking and Ina Garten’s Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home.

I have never enjoyed someone else’s Christmas gift so much…

Since the first of the year, we have been on an Asian fantasy tour…my wok has been busy…starting with my birthday meal.

Out of Kylie’s book we’ve tried Sweet Corn Soup, Mongolian Beef and Stir Fried Asparagus with Garlic.

This past weekend we also tried a new recipe for Pad Thai. We both love Thai food. We topped it off with Thai Fried Bananas with Bryers Vanilla (Lite) Ice Cream.

As usual, I’ve toyed with most of the recipes to fit our tastes. I would also like to highly recommend you seek out a local Asian market. There is just no substituting for the “real deal”…authentic ingredients that you just can’t get at you local megamarket.

The Real Deal - Asian Cooking Ingrediants

The Real Deal – Products from our local Asian Food Market

Also, if possible invest in a good quality wok. I purchased my wok in 1980 when I took a Chinese cooking class at UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham). It came highly recommended from my instructor, a very Asian little gal who knew what she was doing. It has served me well all these years…

Bev's Wok

Old Faithful – Bev’s Wok

So, without further adieu…

Enjoy!! 🙂

© 2009 Beverly Hicks Burch All Rights Reserved.

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