Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Welcome to 1985:

This contraption is an electric wok.  
Let me rephrase that: a vintage electric wok.
It's a hand-me-down from my mom's kitchen, and I love it!
Yes, it is sort of big, awkward to store, and a little hard to clean, but the way it cooks stir-fry is uncomparable!
Well, I suppose if someone were to offer me a new fancy, schmancy stir-fry pan, I could give it a whirl.
However, this is what we have and love!

Tonight we had Chicken Chow Mein.
The recipe says it can be made in the slow cooker, but the vegetables would lose all of the steamed crispness that makes it preferable for our family.  
(If your family likes soft vegetables, this would be a perfect slow-cooker recipe!)

Chicken Chow Mein

1 large boneless skinless chicken breast (about 1-1 1/2 pounds)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 T. soy sauce
1 c. chicken broth
1/2 tsp. ginger
3 large carrots, sliced (1 cup)
3 large stalks celery, chopped (1 cup)
1 can (8 oz) sliced water chestnuts, drained
1 large green pepper, diced (you can use larger pieces)
1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
Brown rice

Heat oil in wok or large pan.  Add chicken.  Stir in garlic and soy sauce while chicken cooks.  Add broth and ginger; bring to a simmer.  Add vegetables and let cook just until vegetables are steamed.   Serve over hot brown rice.
*Additional soy sauce can be added when served.

"I can't believe I ate it all!"

So, how about you?  
Do you have any vintage appliances that you're holding onto because they just do it best?


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H-Mama said...

Oh my! Her expression is priceless. :) I love vintage... and if it can cook up a mean meal too?? Well, that's perfection. ;)

Following The Fosters said...

yum! we are having chicken stirfry for dinner tonight! i will have to give your recipe a try! looks so good! only i dont have a special vintage wok...or any wok for that matter :(

Anonymous said...

My mom has, or used to have, a wok just like that. I loved using it!

Unknown said...

I don't have any vintage kitchen supplies. Well, wait - I have some aprons from my Grandmother and some dish towels from about 1645ish...does that count?
I love how all your food pictures look like they came from a cookbook - you're amazing. I think Cloe could get me to eat anything with that big smile!

une autre mère said...

We registered for a wok when we got married, but never received it. And being that we were dirt poor college students, we never bought one. But now, looking at that stir-fry, I might have to reconsider! Although my dish would consist of mostly meat and broccoli... I prefer my other veggies raw. Does that make me odd?

Love the pic of Cloe. She's such a doll! :)

Bea O'Problem said...

Dearest Sister,

I am livid, livid I say! You can not understand the depths of my anger. A "vintage" electric wok... "VINTAGE". Let me tell you something pal, in 1985 our mother had Denise & me attend a Chinese adult ed cooking class (don't ask, I'm not going into the details). And, after the class my still very young wife and I cooked with the "vintage" wok. So think about it, if I cooked on something in 1985, there is no possible way said item could be considered "vintage" - as in old, from the past, outdated, no longer young, aging...

Okay, I feel better now.

Vintage? Seriously, vintage?

Your brother,


AManda said...

Yes!! I do. My blender and my mixer. My hand held mixer that is on its last leg that I use for everything I bake.

But that wok is sure pretty! :)


Wendi@EveryDayMiracles said...

Ohh! Yummy. I love the comment from your brother by the way. Hil.a.ri.ous! :)

une autre mère said...

Okay, so I FINALLY got around to making this recipe, without the peppers of course: ), and it was a HUGE hit! In fact, Chad wants me to make it like once a week now! Thanks for the great recipe!