In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “You, the Sandwich.”
My dish would definitely be called Steffi’s Surprise. It is of the stir fry variety. It would not contain a pre ordained concoction of ingredients, which brings us to the surprise element. It would have the staple ingredients though and in this case are a base of onion, garlic and thinly sliced potatoes.
Cooking is a creative process, as are most things that we apply ourselves to fabricating. thus, when putting together “Steffi’s Surprise” one must root around the refrigerator and select food items that would contribute to the culinary experience. Tonight, using the above mentioned base, I chopped an onion, about 5 cloves of garlic added thinly sliced potatoes to a wok containing a healthy sized dollop of coconut oil. I then generously sprinkled the potatoes et all with cumin and turmeric. After allowing this to cook with regular stirring to prevent sticking, I started to add a variety of vegetables for colour, health and most importantly the taste. Firstly I added about 5 large leaves of thinly sliced collard greens. to that, thinly sliced nopales (Mexican cactus leaves) the nopales leaves become slightly slimy when cooked comparable to okra. With each addition I would stir and continue cooking on low heat.. maintaining a simmer in the wok. I then added red pepper chopped to bite size pieces, and then topped that off with chopped tomatoes as an after thought. I then added salt and pepper to taste and continue to both stir and simmer for another 5 to 10 minutes.
The dish was tasty , nutritious, and had the element of comfort food. All the ingredients were organic and the dish presented well with the variety of colour.
This is a very flexible dish as almost any vegetable could be added. you might want to include squash, zucchini, celery , carrot, okra, string beans, you name it. The prominent spices are cumin and turmeric, which are both excellent for health and offer a lovely flavor without excess heat.. I often add a sprinkle of cayenne.
It continues to be a surprise and that’s the best part.. it is an open recipe, and you can never make a mistake.
Eat and enjoy…