Tonight in the Chalke household/kitchen was hoisin beef stir fry, that I found in the latest edition of Bella magazine if you’re in the UK. This entire meal is 388 calories (without rice) and is packed full of flavour! If you didn’t want to do rice on the side like we did, you could go for noodles or toasted pita breads, both would probably work just as well.
This recipe was super easy to follow, and I’m all about that pak choi life right now. If you haven’t tried it, you need to, it’s delicious!
What you’ll need to make this:
🌸 1 tsp sesame oil
🌸 1 fresh red chilli finely chopped (we used 2)
🌸 2 cloves of garlic crushed
🌸 1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
🌸 80ml Chinese cooking wine or dry sherry
🌸 80ml soy sauce
🌸 800g beef strips (we used frying steak)
🌸 100g Fresh shiitake mushrooms
🌸 500g pak choi halved
🌸 4 spring onions
🌸 60ml Water
🌸 60ml hoisin sauce
🌸 1 fresh long red chilli sliced thinly
1. Combine the sesame oil, chilli, garlic, ginger, half the cooking wine and half the soy sauce in a large mixing bowl. Add the beef and stir to coat in the marinade. Cover and chill for 3 hours (ideally overnight!)
2. Heat half the peanut oil in a wok over high heat. Stir fry the undrained beef mixture, in batches until the beef is browned all over & just cooked through. Remove from wok.
3. Heat the remaining peanut oil in the wok and stir fry the mushrooms, pak choi, onion and the water. Cover and cook for 5 mins or until the vegetables are tender.
4. Return the beef to the wok with the hoisin, pak choi and remaining soy sauce. Stir fry until the pak choi leaves are just wilted. Serve the stir fry with the thinly sliced chilli. (We added sesame seeds to ours too!)
This takes around 35-40 minutes in total to cook and serves 4 people, although Tazmyn and I easily finished it off.
Out of 5 stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe! Tomorrow is gnocchi so look out for that!
Lots of love,
Mrs Chalke xx
Have you ever watched the film Julie & Julia staring Meryl Streep? It’s basically about how a newly married New York woman embarks on a journey where by she vows to master all 524 recipes from Julia Child’s French cookbook over the space of a year. She sets up a blog and documents each and every recipe and how it turned out. I’ve always kinda liked that idea, and each time I’m drafting a blog post, I always have her in the back of my mind. I’ve struggled with consistency all of my life, so the fact my blog has been going for over 5 months now, even at the times I least want to write, is a huge achievement for me. So that brings me to the here & now, to add to my new found passion of documenting all things “foodie” online, I’ve decided to cook as many recipes from this book as possible. Why Tom Kerridge? Because he’s simply my favourite chef of the moment (Nigella is too naughty!) in this book, which is now just £6 in WH Smith’s, there’s a whole variety of different recipes, all low calorie but hearty too. I’m so excited to share all of this with you and hopefully shift that two stone before Turkey in June! Wish me luck!
Love, as always
So I’m writing this post as we are packing to go away for the night tonight and see the new year in, in style! A little tradition of ours now I guess, we always book a hotel somewhere and a table at a restaurant and spend New Year’s Eve somewhere new & start as we mean to go on!
This year has been a crazy ride. So much has happened and as a couple, we have grown so much.
In June we went to Turkey on holiday with my mum! It was all of our first time to Turkey and we fell in love with it. Our hotel was amaaaaazing, it was without a doubt the hottest country we have ever been to, we have booked and paid to go back next June for two weeks this time, we loved it that much!
In July we got married without anybody knowing! Yep that’s right, just us two doing it exactly how we wanted to. I hired the best make up artist I could find to do my hair and make up, picked out a cheap dress online that was lacy and floaty, I even got my mum to do my bouquet without actually knowing they were for her daughter! We managed to get an AMAZING photographer who charged us very little and gave us so much of his time, and we asked two friends to be our witnesses! It was perfect. We wrote our own vows to each other, which will always be my most favourite part about our wedding day, not many couples can say they did that. In the evening we ate Italian food. Honestly our day couldn’t have been anymore perfect. We only announced it to everyone including our family & friends, 24 hours later when we were on the motorway on our way to Brighton for a few days for our “minimoon” of course, we got some mixed reactions from people, but on the whole, the majority of people we love and care about were all SO happy for us and nothing but supportive!
I launched this blog in August, a couple of weeks after we got married. It really started out as a diary, somewhere where I was hoping to document the first year of married life. Within 3 weeks I received my first paid collaboration, which then went on to different companies and brands emailing me regularly with different offers and sponsorships. In the 5 months this blog has been going, our lives have changed massively. I am now a brand ambassador for several different companies, I am paid by two major ones and I’m so passionate about everything I have been lucky enough to promote or review on here for my readers. I can’t wait to see where 2019 takes us.
Our honeymoon was in September, we went to Barcelona! Fell in love with the beaches and the history behind it, the weather was kind to us too!
We celebrated yet another Christmas together! This year was the first Christmas where our baby cousin Rory was in England to really celebrate it and enjoy it with us. First of many! It was all new and exciting to him and we made so many amazing memories as a family that we will cherish forever. Rory and Tazmyn are literally best mates. The way he looks at her 🥰
I am so grateful for everything 2018 has given me. Some doors have been closed, but new ones have opened, and for that, I am so blessed. We have said goodbye to people that no longer serve us any purpose, but we have also created memories with the people that mean most to us. Memories that will last a lifetime. We have visited new places, we have started new traditions, we have tried new things, learnt more about ourselves and truly grown as people. I am now a wife! How crazy is that? I wasn’t one of these girls who spent their lives dreaming of my wedding day, it was never something I had mentally planned in my head, but when I met Tazmyn I knew she was my forever, my home. I absolutely love being Mrs Chalke I don’t think I’m ever going to get bored of hearing that or seeing it on letters we get in the post! I am truly content. Everything feels like it was always supposed to.
So from my wife & I, we would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very happy and healthy 2019! We hope it is filled with love, laughter and even more memories than this year. Remember to love more, to laugh more, and to take all the pictures in the world because moments are just that, moments, but photographs last a lifetime! ✨
& to my readers, the ones who lurk, never comment, but read every single post without fail, the loyal ones who always show love, the bloggers who have truly inspired me to write this year (Bethany Rose you know you’re at the top of my list, always!) those of you who have now become friends, and helped me whenever I’ve had something I’m not sure of.. Thank You! This has been the most amazing, life changing year for me, & I am so lucky to have been able to share it with all of you. Stay around for the ride, because 2019, we’re going bigger and better! 💗
With love, always
Mrs & Mrs Chalke x