I know it’s three days before Chinese New Year but let me be the first to greet you: Kung Hei Fat Choi! Happy Year of the Horse 2014!
Every year, for the past four years now, I’ve developed a habit of reading my Chinese horoscope. I guess humans are naturally curious and I got interested to know what was instore for us in the coming year. It’s not like I really believe in the prediction but it’s kind of nice to use them as guidelines so you can plan a better year ahead.
The first time I read my Chinese Horoscope was back in 2010 and most of the predictions I’ve read in the past years sort of came true. Since then, I made it a point to read it every year. You see, both peanutbutter♥ and I are born in the Year of the Goat/Sheep so it’s easier to keep track because there is only one prediction to read and interpret.
According to the Chinese Zodiac predictions, 2014 will bring me excellent energy.
I am actually very inspired this year because of all the blessings that was bestowed on us last year. I am very grateful and because of that I’ve plenty of inspiration to do better, give love, share my happiness, and just remain positive.
Goat people are expected to have an excellent 2014. There will be helpful energy in your career / professional life, as well as tons of luck in love, both for single as well as married people.Targets and goals will all be met comfortably and Goat men and women will feel very proud.
Our Chinese Horoscope said that this will be a lucky year for those who are born in the year of the goat. Yay!
In terms of targets and goals, one of our goals which is to have a home will finally be coming true this year. Our small internet café which we closed down in 2012 will be reconstructed into our house and we’re crossing our fingers for the reconstruction to start next month.
I am nervous but at the same time I’m very excited♥.
Ykaie loves her training chopsticks…
So I’m welcoming the Year of the Horse with a classic Chinese dish which we are all familiar with and which we all love: Chinese Beef and Broccoli.
Since it’s also broccoli appreciation month for Ykaie and broccoli is abundant this time of the year, this recipe is oh-so-perfect!
Ykaie doesn’t like broccoli very much and even if I promise to buy her an exceptional electric guitar kit in exchange of eating a bowl of broccoli, I don’t think she will.
My strategy is to mix broccoli with something she likes — like beef! She loves beef, specially the fatty sirloin parts…. AND sauce! she loves flavorful sauce drizzled on her rice. That’s what I counted on for her to eat her broccoli florets. And she did. Woohoo!!
- 500g beef sirloin, sliced ¼inch thick and cut into strips or squares
- 4-5 cups broccoli florets
- 1 knob ginger, peeled and sliced
- 2 clove garlic, minced
- 4 tbsp oil
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp Shaoxing, rice wine, or sake
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- ½ tsp sesame oil
- ½ cup water
- 4 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- In a medium sized bowl, combine marinade ingredients. Add sliced meat and coat with marinade. Set aside and marinate for at least 20 minutes.
- Wash and cut broccoli into small florets.Set aside.
- Heat oil in a wok. Add ginger slice and minced garlic, sauté for 30 seconds. Add the marinated beef, and stir fry for around 2 minutes.
- Add the sauce ingredients to the wok and bring to a simmer. Add the broccoli and stir fry for an additional 1 to 2 minutes to cook it.
- Sauce will be thick enough but you can add cornstarch-water mixture if you want to thicken it more.
- Serve immediately with rice.
Cheers to a wonderful year ahead!