Easy Festive Side

Easy Festive Side Dish with all the Holiday colors!

Stir fry in 2 batches to prevent lowering the heat which can result in a 'soupy' stir fry.

When we were growing up, we didn’t celebrate Christmas as much as Chinese New Year, so no festive dish sprang to mind.  I thought this #LetsLunch theme was a festive family dish, not side. So, my dish started out as a beef shank stew but I had to quickly rework it. Fortunately, I had stir fried vegetables to add to the stew, so I only had to embellish what I had. It may not be a very typical holiday dish but to me, you can never have enough vegetables.

My beautiful, elegant & fashionable mom. That's me squatting! Still remember this dark green corduroy dress with white lace.

This post is a tribute to my mom who passed away suddenly 6 months ago. She was my inspiration and reason for my Wok Star project. I think she would be proud of this dish because she hated wasting food. I already had all these multi colored vegetables left over from giving a cooking class so it was natural for me to use what I had.  It only needed a sprinkle of curry powder for a festive touch!  A crunchy side dish that complements just about any mains.

#LetsLunch is a virtual lunch where food bloggers come up with a theme.  I’ve met the neatest food bloggers, if you want to join, post a comment below or on Twitter using #LetsLunch.  Do visit other #LetsLunch posts below for a delicious variety of festive sides.

orange, yellow, red, green bell peppers
1 zucchini
handful of sugar snap peas
handful of grape tomatoes
2 cloves of crushed garlic
thumb size of crushed fresh ginger

2 tablespoons of oil (canola, safflower or EarthyDelight’s tea seed oil)
Put your oil in a clear squeeze bottle for easy dispensing

Squirt of San-J tamari
Squirt of sherry
Squirt of lime juice
Dash of MySpiceSage curry powder

Note 1:  Fry your vegetables in 2 batches if there’s a lot of vegetables.  This prevents lowering the heat in your wok which can result in a ‘soupy’ stir fry.  
Note 2:  Don’t use a non-stick pan or wok, you’re not meant to use above medium heat according to manufacturer’s warranty. Your veggies never get that lovely crunchy texture!

Heat a cast iron wok or skillet on high heat.  Squirt 3 rounds of oil down sides of wok, add 1/2 of your garlic and ginger.  I fried my first batch of vegetables (bell peppers and zucchini) and plated them. Then did the second batch with sugar snap peas and grape tomatoes. Recombined both batches in the wok and squirted tamari, sherry, lime juice and sprinkled curry powder while the heat was still going strong! That’s IT! It’s a technique you can use for

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Ellise‘s Lime-Chipotle Carrots at Cowgirl Chef

Felicia‘s Chinese Butterfly Cookies at Burnt-Out Baker

Grace‘s Fruitcake at HapaMama

Joe‘s Maine Homestead Holiday Dishes at Joe Yonan

Linda‘s Baked Salad at Free Range Cookies

Linda‘s Trinidadian Baked Pastelles at Spicebox Travels

Lisa‘s Potato Latkes at Monday Morning Cooking Club

Lucy‘s “Not My Mama’s” Black-Eyed Peas & Greens at A Cook And Her Books

Maria‘s Grandma Dorothy’s Deviled Eggs at Maria’s Good Things

Patrick‘s Baby Pecan Pies at Patrick G. Lee

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12 Responses to Easy Festive Side
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  4. Cowgirl Chef
    December 12, 2011 | 5:04 pm

    What a wonderful tribute to your mom. I’m sure she’d love this.

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    December 12, 2011 | 4:58 pm

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  8. The Taste of Oregon
    December 10, 2011 | 12:59 pm

    Hi Eleanor. I love your idea of a stir fry veggie side…so healthy and full of holiday colors too!

  9. The Taste of Oregon
    December 10, 2011 | 12:58 pm

    Eleanor, I love the idea of a stir-fry for a holiday side. Plus yours is so colorful and full of holiday color and sounds tasty and healthy too!

  10. linda @spiceboxtravels
    December 10, 2011 | 12:30 pm

    Gorgeous stir-fry!

  11. Eleanor Hoh
    December 10, 2011 | 9:49 am

    Thx Cheryl. Your memoir makes me so nostalgic and helps me remember my mom, so thanks for that.

  12. A Tiger in the Kitchen
    December 10, 2011 | 3:05 am

    I just LOVE that picture of your mom!! And the recipe too of course..thanks for sharing! xox

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