Stir-fry: The world's easiest dish
This post describes how to make a tasty stir-fry from any ingredients in your cupboard.
With the Jammer method, you learn to add amazing variety and diversity to your usual dishes. This post’s theme is Stir-fry.
Stir-fry is a classic. It’s easy and simple, and it’s also a powerful dish: If you know the basics of a good stir-fry, you can make 1000 different great recipes.
The short-cut recipe for stir-fry
When making stir-fry, all you really need to know is this shortcut recipe: “Fry onions and spices on a pan. Add veggies. Taste and balance with your salt, sugar, sour, and umami ingredients.”. If you want more guidance, see an example recipe here:
New variations of stir-fry
Want to adapt that recipe to your own taste and available ingredients? Find it here, and click the ‘back button’ (<) to adapt it:
Even broader, here’s a ‘Tastewheel’ to help you make a 100 different kinds of stir-fry without following a recipe:
‘The Tastewheel’ helps you make your soup tasteful without finding a recipe. It is simple to use the Jam wheel to make a soup: Just pick 1-3 ingredients per grouping (base, spices, etc), and you’ll get a well-rounded tasteful dish. E.g.,: Noodles, Broccoli, carrots, Garlic, chili pepper, soy sauce, onion, mango, and lemon, topped with cilantro.
Read more about the Tastewheel here.
Moments of mindfulness when cooking and eating stir-fry
When you know the recipe by heart, you don’t have to follow the steps. This is so much better, because you can rather focus on the smells and tastes. These are particularly powerful moments during cooking you should pay attention to:
The moment the onions and spices start frying on the pan you’ll get that wonderful smell. Super charge that smell by adding enough spices and a splash of alcohol (wine, vodka, anything), which activates more of the aromatic compounds of the spices.
The most important part of cooking is the very end, when you’re adding salt, sugar, sour, and umami to taste… make sure to really pay attention to the tastes. You’ll likely benefit by adding a little more of each ingredients than you’re used to. If it gets too salty or umami, add sour. If it gets too sour, add sweet.
The tasting and balancing should continue on the dining table. Ask every part of the family to taste the food, and let them add more salt, sugar, umami, or sour —- and have a conversation about it - it’s fun and educational!
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