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Wednesday, 18 July 2007

Crunch time

Stir-fried celery
Here's an easy dish I picked up during my travels in China. It's simple, delicious and refreshing.

What you need
4 stalks of celery cut into 2 cm chunks
roasted cashews
black bean and garlic paste (from the Chinese grocer)

The do
In a hot wok or frying pan, heat some peanut oil, throw in celery, then add 1-2 tablespoons of black bean paste. Mix well, then add half a ladle of boiling water. Fry for another half a minute then throw in cashews. Mix. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and top with a little sesame oil. The key with this dish is speed. Don't overcook or the celery will lose its crunch.
Serve with hot white or brown rice.
Serves 2-3 people

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