In February we celebrate the Chinese New Year. 2018 will be the year of the Dog, following on from the Rooster for 2017.
The Chinese zodiac symbol for the dog represents loyalty and honesty. The ancient zodiac says that people born in the year of the Dog possess these traits as well as being smart, friendly and responsible.
To celebrate the Chinese New Year, why not cook up a delicious oriental dish from Jamie Oliver – provided courtesy of Hammonds. This dish is incredibly moreish and packs a punch of flavour!
200g Thin Rice Noodles
300g Mixed Oriental Mushrooms (Oyster, Shitake and Enoki)
2 Cloves of Garlic
1 Red Chilli
1 Thumb-sized piece of Ginger
½ Bunch of Fresh Coriander
6 Spring Onions
Groundnut Oil or Vegetable Oil
1 Tsp Cornflour
2 Tbsps Low-Salt Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp Agave Syrup
1 Tsp Sesame Oil
½ Tbsp Rice Wine or Dry Sherry
100g Baby Spinach
2 Limes (to serve)
Sambal or Hot Chilli Sauce (to serve)
Cook the noodles according to packet instructions, drain well, rinse under cold running water and then set aside. Finely slice or tear the mushrooms, leaving any smaller ones whole.
Peel the ginger and trim the courgettes, then slice both into matchsticks. Pick the coriander leaves, and set aside, then finely slice the stalks. Trim and finely slice the spring onions, reserving the green part for later.
Heat a good lug of oil in a large wok over a high heat, then add the mushrooms and fry for 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly softened.
Add the chopped garlic, chilli, ginger, courgette, coriander stalks and the white part of the spring onions. Fry for a further 3 minutes, or until softened and lightly golden.
Meanwhile, combine the cornflour and 2 tablespoons of water, then mix in the soy, agave syrup, sesame oil and rice wine or sherry. Stir the mixture into the pan and cook for a further 3 minutes, or until thickened.
Roughly chop and add the spinach along with the noodles. Toss well to warm through, then tear in most of the coriander leaves. Serve with lime wedges, sambal or chilli sauce and the reserved coriander and spring onions scattered on top.
The New Year is a good excuse to revamp your kitchen! Hammonds Furniture in PE1 is the perfect venue to choose a new and stylish design for the heart of your home.
All Hammonds’ designs are original, made specifically with their customers’ needs in mind. The company is constantly evolving, ensuring it brings the best collection of kitchens to its customers.
It’s great having a lovely looking kitchen, but it’s even better when everything is easy to find with the right storage. Hammonds has developed some invaluable ways to make kitchen life as stress-free as possible. From tall larders with pull out shelves to ‘leMans’ low-level unit pull out shelves.
If you love being in the kitchen, you know the difference when using quality appliances and how they help to produce exquisite, flavourful foods. Hammonds’ only use the best suppliers including Neff, Caple and Rangemaster. There’s different price brackets for each, so no matter what your budget, Hammonds can help you pick the best appliances, that fit perfectly into the design of your new kitchen.
When it comes to kitchen worktops, Hammonds knows that everyone’s taste and budget is different. That’s why it offers a wide range of worktop options. If you don’t find one you like in the showroom, the store can source exactly what you’re looking for from one of its trusted suppliers.
There’s something unique and special about the look and feel of a painted kitchen. Getting the combination of paint and colour just right is really important to Hammonds, that’s why the team spend a lot of time carefully selecting a palette which works perfectly together, as well as being of the moment.
The quality of Hammonds’ furniture is of upmost importance, which is why all paint is applied using a specialist sprayer giving consistent colouring across all cabinets and making it very hard wearing.
Head to the Hammonds’ showroom at PE1 to browse their range of kitchens and accessories and cook up a storm this Chinese New Year!