Garden Gourmet…

I love the exotic flavours the Chinese Five Spice gives to this colourful stirfry.

I love the exotic flavours the Chinese Five Spice gives to this colourful stirfry.

I had been thinking of some recipes as I recently had a huge pumpkin that grew from seed germinated in my compost heap. I wanted to make something that was healthy and nutritious, yet also colourful and flavourful. What came to mind was a lovely stirfried veggies that I often make for my family. It can be used as a side dish or a main meal. You can also add meat such as chicken or pork for those of you who are more carnivorous.

This is what I cut up into long thin strips (julienne):
*1 red pepper
*1 yellow pepper
*1 large onion
*2-3 large baby marrows
*1/4 of a purple cabage
*1/4 of a large pumpkin
*2-3 carrots

You will need to heat a glug of olive oil in a heavy based frying pan or a wok. Stir with a wooden spoon as the veggies fry as you want them evenly cooked. About half or two thirds through the cooking add a little Indian Black Salt (it will enhance the flavour, but do so sparingly) and a good sprinkle of Chinese Five Spice Seasoning. You will love the exoctic fragrances of the spice as you cook this.

You can also make your own Chinese Five Spice Seasoning by using the following spices.
*Szechuan Pepper
*Cinnamon
*Cloves
*Fennel Seeds
*Star Aniseed

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