For once, I have no commentary. This covers it all. Read the article linked. I have asked these questions of myself many times, trying to think in a conservative brain. What makes them function the way they do, and antithetical to what they SAY is their stance. My friends, family and acquaintances who are Republican, conservative or thereabouts are not bad people (there is one). So why are they so mean and cold?
This recipe is something that I recently threw together from the refrigerator with what I had on hand. I stay pretty well stocked most of the time. This is still a quick dinner prep, regardless. (see the other stir fry recipe here.)
I suggest that you refer back to the original stir fry that I wrote up to get more details if you need them. You’ll need one pot with lid to boil up the rice (or rice cooker), two fry pans (or a fry pan and a wok). Get your wooden paddle stir ready!
Don’t be afraid to mess up. That’s how most happy recipes come into existence, and this was just a throw together off the cuff. Use your imagination and skill. Be confident. You know what you like together, so start there.
Spicy Vegetable Stir Fry with Chicken
(If you have a yellow rice recipe use that or Zatarain’s box, don’t make this tougher than it is, as it’s about cooking fast and easy.)
How much is needed of each depends on the party you’re feeding. I made enough for 2 dishes with chicken and 2 dishes without (2 chicken thighs will only serve two people). This dish is easily made vegetarian.
Vegetables: carrots, celery, broccoli, green pepper, mushrooms and a wedge of yellow onion.
Chicken thighs (they retain a better texture than white meat)
Yellow Rice Mix
Needed for cooking vegetables and chicken: sesame oil, soy and Teriyaki, sherry cooking wine. Dried red peppers. Salt, pepper, garlic powder or mince.
Fresh carrots need to be steamed until softened or they won’t cook with the rest of the vegetables on time. I used the same pot with steamer basket, set them aside and then did the rice. Cook the rice according to the box directions.
Chop the other veg while the carrots and rice cook (this just takes keeping an eye peeled on the carrots and stopping to pull them off and then start the rice and back to chopping). Pile the onions, peppers, and celery together to heat first. The broccoli and mushrooms will be added last. Slice chicken in strips.
Heat two skillets, one medium for chicken and a large one for the vegetables. Use sesame oil to fry both the vegetables and chicken. Use only a little bit! It has a strong flavor. This is essential as not to make the chicken taste oily or too sesame.
Throw onion, celery, pepper into large pan. Start cooking chicken in the other. Season both with black pepper and garlic. Add soy, sherry and Teriyaki after first few minutes to chicken. Sherry and soy only to veg.
When the cooking vegetables look nearly done, add broccoli and mushroom to veg with steamed carrots, add a little more soy. Cover to cook fully, stirring occasionally, on lowest heat. You’re basically steaming the stir fry.
Finish cooking chicken, add to vegetables. Plate with yellow rice. Enjoy!
In this body of work my goal was to focus on surface. As a painter it is really all you have. You look at a subject, anything, and even though it is complete and before you, it is impossible to view the entire thing at once for the majority of objects, front or back, inside and out but not everything. As an artist you attempt/struggle to take the three dimensional object and transfer it to a one dimensional surface (the canvass).
During this process we are then expected to make the subject to again appear three dimensional. The subject in these paintings is paper, creased, and lit. Really studying the surface enables you to see things you may not with a casual glance. A sheet of white paper has several colors depending on light and shadow. Either that or the eye strain of staring at a blank white page caused these visions.
Either way I am pleased with the result. Not only the beauty of this very simple subject but the lush shadows that engulf and define it. The negative space is just as strong and valuable as the main subject. The play of light and shadow made this a most pleasant struggle during the process. I hope it brings you pleasure in their viewing.
My name is Edward D. Braley III and after the passing of a good portion of my life I am finally confident enough to say proudly I Am an Artist and no longer care about other people’s opinions on the subject. I work mainly in oils but enjoy many mediums. I have, from a very young age had a great appreciation of art and have always been creative by nature. I do not limit myself to any single subject though landscape and the human figure are two subjects I enjoy very much. Both have great aesthetic appeal to me as well as bringing me great joy from all things natural and of the earth. My style as with all things is a continued and (very likely) constant work in progress. I think I may never fully choose a subject or style as for me this work is totally organic and I want to be free to follow the lead of whatever presents before me at any given time. I guess I choose fluidity as a way to avoid becoming labeled and stagnant. I want to become a great painter, not a landscape artist or one who does portraiture (though I enjoy both,) there is a great big world out there and I want to experience it all. When working I strive to be in the moment and connected to the subject as closely as possible. When painting Plein Aire I breathe deeply and feel the sun and wind and become mindful that in this moment and all of the previous moments of time, that I and all that is around me are ONE and forever shall be.
My statements are my personal philosophy and is in no way meant to discredit anyone’s work or practice of making art. Having given my disclaimer I believe this bio is complete.
Star of Shagbottom Theater, Sadie Sue Shagbottom, celebrated her 5th Birthday on January 10. She had chicken and fries for supper, a piece of vanilla cake and got three new toys! She thinks the hedgehog is scary and isn’t clear on the plastic meat looking thing, but that bacon tasting chew bone is going to be the best ever.
Happy Birthday, Sadie Sue Shagbottom!
This month can leave us wishing for better days, as the bitter winds blow in the northern hemisphere. Never fear, for images of warmer times and climes are available at the drop of a mouse button (plus one warmly wrapped pup. Yes, that’s Miss Shagbottom of Shagbottom Theater).
January 2015 Art Feature
More can be found in my deviantArt.com gallery: KWilliamsPhoto.