A lot has been made of pregnancy food cravings, endless jokes and stereotypical items (ice cream and pickles anyone). When I was pregnant with my son it was grapefruits. I was hoarding them, afraid I would run short of the three I NEEDED per day. This time it has been chicken chow mien. It is salty, a carbohydrate load and readily available. After a good dose my accompanying fortune was as follows:
1 pkg (14 oz/400 g) fresh chow mein noodles (found in the refrigerator section at most grocery stores)
1/4 cup oyster sauce
2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
8 oz boneless skinless chicken breast
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp grated gingerroot (optional, not my thing)
2 cups chopped broccoli
3/4 cup snap peas, trimmed
1 large carrot, peeled and cut into matchsticks
2 sweet peppers, cut into matchsticks
2 celery ribs, chopped
3/4 cup low sodium chicken stock
1 cup bean sprouts
1 tbsp sesame seeds
In large saucepan of boiling water, cook noodles until tender, about 2 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water; drain well and set aside in colander.
Meanwhile, in bowl, whisk together oyster sauce, soy sauce and sesame oil (the smell of this mixture is fantastic). Thinly slice chicken crosswise; add to bowl, tossing to coat.
In large wok or skillet, heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the vegetable oil over high heat; stir-fry chicken mixture for 2 minutes. Transfer to plate.
Add remaining oil to pan; reduce heat to medium. Add onion, garlic and ginger; stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add broccoli, snap peas, peppers, carrots, celery and 1/4 cup chicken stock; cover and steam for 3 minutes. Add noodles and stock; stir-fry until hot. Return chicken and any accumulated juices to pan; add bean sprouts and toss to combine. Serve sprinkled with sesame seeds. Adapted from here.
On a side note Selena and Trevor's Wedding was amazing, had a wonderful time. The Shelter Point Distillery is a beautiful venue, with Rebecca Berry as a great events co-ordinator (and a blog reader, awesome). I will share an Erin Wallis Photography photo of the bride and her girls as a little follow up.