The end is nigh and all should welcome the impending apocalypse with open arms and full stomachs! I declare apocalypse... NOW! I said
... APOCALYPSE, NOW! Ok... now? What about... nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnow! My watch must be on heathen time because I see no signs from the skies suggesting the faithful masses have been taken into an eternity paved in gold and littered with winged, harp-playing minstrels. Too bad, it's getting a bit crowded down here.
So if you're still here (and you are, duh), you have survived the end of days as predicted by the prophet of Senility. You may go about your life as normal. In fact, you are probably a bit peckish, having fasted or whatever people do to prepare for the world's end. Now, all cynicisms aside (probably not), I present to you... Stir-Fry of the Teriyakalypse! A dish that has more relevance to the demise of our dear Mother Earth than the many flavors of Apocalypticism and its teachings (and that is to say, none at all).
- 1 T sesame seeds
- 1 t. red pepper flakes (or more if you yearn for the eternal flame)
- 1/8 c. Soy sauce
- 1/8 c. White vinegar
- 2 T brown sugar
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 - 3 small leek bulbs and stems (remove the leaves)
- 1 lb. thin stir-fry style beef
- 3/4 lb. assorted funghi (shiitake, oyster and beech used here)
- 1 T butter
- In a sauté pan on medium heat, dry roast the sesame seeds until lightly browned and aromatic.
- Add the red pepper flakes, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar and garlic.
- Stir frequently for a few minutes until the flavors have melded to your liking.
- Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- Chop up the beef into bite-sized chunks and throw into a bowl.
- Thinly slice the leeks and mix with the beef.
- Once the marinade has cooled to room temperature, mix well with the beef, seal the bowl and place it in the fridge for a few hours.
- (Fast forward a few hours).
- Trim and clean the mushrooms and set aside.
- Heat up a wok with a touch of oil and toss in the marinated beef mixture.
- Stir frequently until beef is browned.
- Remove the meat from the wok and set aside, leaving the juices behind.
- Toss in the mushrooms and sauté until tender.
- Add the butter to thicken the sauce.
- Return beef to the wok and toss ingredients together.
- Remove from heat and serve with a side of white rice.
I know this isn't nearly as exciting as the decimation of Terra Madre, but I'd say it's a relatively close second. I was really hoping to see the streets fill up with frogs, too. Bummer. Oh well, there's always next year. Let's go Mayans!