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Ingredients:

500g of rump steak cut into thin strips

3 tbsp sesame oil

½ tbsp cornstarch

½ tbsp soy sauce

1 broccoli cut into florets

2 carrots cut into thin strips

125 g snow peas

½ cup beef stock

250g of shredded spinach

Freshly cooked rice or noodles to serve with the beef.

Marinade

1 tbsp dry sherry

½ tbsp soy sauce

½ tbsp cornstarch

½ tsp superfine sugar

2 garlic cloves, chopped finely

1 tbsp sesame oil

Cooking method:

Step 1. To make the marinade, mix the sherry, soy sauce, cornstarch, sugar, garlic, and sesame oil in a bowl. Add the beef to the mixture and cover it with a plastic wrap. Set aside to marinate for 30 minutes, then remove the beef and discard the marinade.

Step 2. Heat one tablespoon of the sesame oil in skillet or wok and stir.  Remove from the skillet and set aside.

Step 3. Combine the cornstarch and soy sauce in a bowl and set it aside. Pour the remaining two tablespoons of sesame oil into the skillet, add the broccoli, carrots, and snow peas and stir-fry for two minutes.

Step 4. Add the stock, cover the skillet, and steam for one minute. Stir in the spinach, beef, and the cornstarch mixture. Cook until the juices boil and thicken. Serve on a bed of freshly cooked rice or noodles.

Kitchen tips:

Apples come in handy in the kitchen. Apart from being eaten as a fruit, they are also great for making fruit salads. To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the potato bag. Additionally you can place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it back up.

Kitchen Safety:

*Watch out for sharp knives in the kitchen. Always let an adult cut or slice foods or help children do it just to be safe.

*Never use water to put out cooking fire as it could make the fire bigger. Instead use a fire extinguisher. If the fire is small, it can be put out with baking soda or smothered with a lid. Leave the house and call for help if the fire has leaping flames.

*Don’t put cooked food on an unwashed plate or cutting board that had raw food. Always use a   clean plate.

*Never add water to a pan that has hot oil in it. It could make the oil splatter and burn someone.

*Always turn pot handles in towards the back of the range top. This way no one can bump into     them. Similarly, keep paper towels, dishtowels and potholders away from the range top so they don’t catch on fire.

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Published on March 2013