Beef with Mushroom Sauce

When I was a child of 12, I read Pearl S. Buck’s book, The Good Earth. It was about China,  it’s people, it’s culture and it´s food. What interested me most was the food. The people of China were very poor when Mrs. Buck wrote her book and the Chinese people didn’t have  much fuel to make fires and put into their stoves. What they did have was a WOK. It was a rund bottomed deep metal bowl which could be heated up in just a few minutes. After chopping and slicing the vegetables into smaller pieces and the meat, which they didn’t have very much of either, they added some oil and quickly fried the ingredients, stirring constantly. A few more ingredients such as soya sauce, bouillon, vinagar and cornstarch  was made in a cup and this  sauce was  poured over the meat and vegetables. After a matter of a few minutes, the dinner was ready. And they only used one pot, or should I say a wok making less to clean up and  dinner was ready in just 15-20 minutes. I wrote six cookbook about Asian food, selling more than 200,000 books in Scandinavia . I have since then used this method to make many dishes. I just cut the meat and vegetables into equal sizes  and heat my wok and have created all kinds of dishes. Here is one of my favorites and it is finished in just 20 minutes.
















Beef with Mushroom Sauce

Serves 4

455 g /1 lb. good beef cut into strips

2 tbsp. flour

½ tsp. salt

freshly ground peber

180 g/6 oz.  mushrooms, cleaned and cut into bite-size pieces

1 red peberfrugt, cut into strips

1 tbsp. oil

3 fed garlic, finely chopped

½ tsp. ground rosemary

1 cup of beef bouillon

2 tbsp. vinagar

1 tbsp. tomato pure

To make, dredge meat in the flour mixed with salt and peber.  Heat the oil in a wok or a deep frying pan and add the meat. Fry 4 minutes, tossing and stirring frequently. Take the meat up and add the vegetables and fry 2 minutes. Combine the garlic, rosemary, bouillon, vinagar and tomato pure in a small bowl and add to the wok or pan and cook 2 minutes. Bring the meat back into the wok and cook a few minutes.

Suggested accompaniment: Rice or mashed potatoes.

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