Monday, March 28, 2011

when life gets in the way

Everyone needs to have a fast and easy dish in their repertoire - something that you can cook easily especially when life gets in the way. You know those instances when you lose track of  time watching reruns of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and before  you know it your husband calls  saying, "Love, I will be home in 30 minutes!" And you know that the phone call was really code for "I'm exhausted from a long day at work. I can't wait to get home so I can eat and relax on the couch. I hope you already have food ready!"

Yes, that sometimes happens at home. When this occurs I frantically dart to my kitchen, and before I could even tie the strings of my apron, I already have my beef stir fry in mind. Trust me, you can easily whip up this dish on the fly without your husband ever suspecting a hint of your procrastination. On the contrary, he would think you put forth a lot of planning to pull off this scrumptious meal. Shh it's our little secret haha!

Beef Tips with Dried Cranberry and Almonds

1 lb beef sirloin, cut into strips
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp oyster sauce
onions, sliced
1/2 green pepper sliced
1 carrots, sliced
1/2 c dried cranberries
1/2 c almonds
1/2 c soup stock
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbs[ white sugar (optional)
2 thinly sliced ginger


In a bowl, thoroughly mix beef tips with soy sauce, sesame oil, and oyster sauce. Toss cornstarch to coat the beef. Set aside.

*Note: If you are not in a rush, you can refrigerate the beef to allow the marinade to soak in.

In a skillet, heat cooking oil. Add the beef, do not stir immediately. Allow one side of the beef to caramelize then flip it to caramelize the other side as well. Add the veggies, stir fry until cooked. Drizzle some sesame oil to enhance the flavor.

And voilĂ ! dinner is ready. You still might even be able to catch the last few scenes of Stabler and Liv on TV haha... Enjoy!


  1. Yes everyone needs a dish they can just pull out and cook on the fly! Love your recipe. :) Your secret's safe with me!

  2. I love using fruit and nuts in a savory dish. This looks so delicious, Malou.

  3. Yes! Quick and easy is exactly what I need. I love the idea of mixing sweet ingredients with the savory beef. Great dish!

  4. Michelle: wow that was a quick one from you haha.. thanks for stopping by and the Retweet
    Jay: thanks again, I may have to swing by yours too after here.
    annie: using fruits to enhance the dish is something that i love to do with my dishes... it gives the extra oomph.

    Hi Joanne: yeah the sweet ingredients make my husband think that it's really extra specila +wink wink! haha

  5. Okay Malou, I don't know about the others, but this photo is making my mouth watery. Feels like I'm looking at a Cambell's commercial. Well done my friend! :)

  6. Sweet and savory is such a great combo, so I love the tart/sweet cranberries here. The almonds add such a great texture, too! I know what you mean about that phone call - in my case, it's a text message saying, I'm on my way back. But I'm in even more of a crunch: it's only about 10 mins between my husband's office and home! Yikes!!

    So thanks for this great quick 'n' easy recipe!

  7. Beautiful combination of flavors and textures! I love adding almonds to dishes, give them a nice subtle kick :)

  8. Love this recipe! I've been making a similar dish like this one. The only difference is I add bokchoy, tomatoes and snow peas. The next time I'll make it, I'll put peppers, carrots and cranberries.


Thank you for stopping by and oh I would be thrilled even more if you could leave a comment... :) Cheers!

Share this thru:


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...