Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir Fry

Recipe Serves 1

Prepared steamed rice
Sweet & Sour Sauce – recipe enough for 4 servings here
1 garlic clove – chopped
½ of a 1” slice of sweet onion chopped in large pieces
1 carrot, peeled and diagonally sliced
about 1 c. broccoli florets
about 1 c. cooked chicken in bite-size pieces
1 –2 T. olive oil

Heat oil in medium size skillet on medium-med. high. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the rest of the vegetables and cook with lid stirring a few times until vegetables are just starting to brown around the edges.

Add chicken and enough sauce to compliment, about 1/3 c. – ½ c.

Heat through for about 3 minutes.

Serve on steamed rice.

For variety try: adding more garlic, chunks of green pepper, some hot sauce or some chopped red pepper.

Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

This light sauce is great for dipping Chinese wontons, crab Rangoon or egg rolls, or to add to vegetables and meat in a stir fry dish.

1 T. cornstarch
1 c. pineapple juice
1/3 c. sugar
¾ t. salt
¼ c. ketchup
2 T. rice vinegar or white vinegar
¼ t. mustard powder

In a small saucepan, mix a little bit of the pineapple juice with the cornstarch to avoid lumps. Then add the rest of the juice and the remaining ingredients. Stir well and bring the sauce to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes or until thick.

Daisy Halter Top - FREE Crochet Pattern

Three simple 7” squares join together to form a quick halter top. Made of feel-good cotton yarn, I love to throw on a top like this after a shower while I am working on getting dressed for the day.

Original inspiration and square instructions at:

Difficulty Level: Beginner / Easy
Size: Adult L / XL
Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Cotton
Hook size: H (also an I hook for the ties)

Abbreviations and Terms Used:
beg = beginning; ch(s) = chain; dc = double crochet; ea = each; hdc = half double crochet; rnd = round; sc =single crochet; sl st = slip stitch; sp = space; st(s) = stitch(stitches), tc = treble crochet; yo = yarn over

Making the Squares - make 3 with H hook
Work beg ch and rnds 1 –4 according to instructions at link above.

Rnd 5: Join white in 2nd dc before a corner. Ch 1. Work hdc sts around the square, working 3 hdc in ea ch 1 corner. Join to beg ch 1. Fasten off.

Joining 2 Squares Together
With right sides facing, sc the edge sts together. Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

Ties at Neck – make 2
Using an I hook and holding together 1 strand ea of white and blue yarn.
Start from the back side and insert hook under the top center hdc post; yo, pull through and cont to ch 70 sts (25”). Fasten off. Knot end and trim fairly close to knot.

Side / Back Ties – make 2
Make similar ties as for the neck but make these 80 sts (28”).

Fringe on Bottom
Using 1 strand ea of white and blue yarn, cut strands 10” and hang on top bottom skipping 2 sts between ea fringe.