A few weeks ago, we got a huge ham as a generous gift. We enjoyed the ham slices and I cooked with it in many ways just like this Stir-Fried Vegetables with Ham. A good stir-fry dish has always been my best bet to get dinner on the table in no time, especially on busy weeknights.
This time, I had ham slices to help me make a dinner entrée even faster. The tender slices had a sweet glaze glistening on top of the entire piece which made it even more enticing.
Cooking a stir-fried dish was one of the first things I learned from my mom a long time ago. And it is a skill and cooking method I have always relied on. For this stir-fry, I had an assortment of vegetables on hand. I often have a basket of favorite leafy and greens available – snow peas, Chinese cabbage, carrots, green beans. With these vegetables alone, I happily anticipate the crispness and freshness that go into the dish. I find pleasure in the varied textures of vegetables all together as one entree. The more variety, the better. But to make things even more delightful, I had ham slices, which I further cut into small cubes to stir fry with the vegetables.
As I cut up the ham into bite-sized cubes to toss into the stir-frying vegetables, I smiled with gratitude at how thoughtful my niece was to send us this huge ham as a present. What she did was not just give us a gigantic slab of deliciousness, but she made my life easier by giving me the gift of convenience. The baked ham was a convenient addition to our meals. It also gave me a chance to take a break sooner and be in touch with the present – to do other things that required my immediate attention. And that is what is most important – to live in the present, to give our time and focus to whoever or whatever is in front of us right now. Life and time is fleeting. If you can have a few moments to enjoy and relish what is right before you now, then that is a gift. Enjoy it.
Stir-fried Vegetables with Ham
- Larke wok or Skillet - 12 to 14 inches diameter
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 4 pieces garlic cloves, minced
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 cups cubed baked ham 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 Tablespoon patis (fish sauce)
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 1 piece medium-sized carrot peeled, sliced
- 2 cups sliced green beans 2-inch pieces
- 2 cups snow peas edges trimmed
- 2 cups shredded Chinese cabbage 2-inch slices
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper powder
- 1 stalks scallions chopped, for garnish
- for serving : boiled rice
- In a large skillet or work, over medium high heat, add the vegetable oil. When oil is hot enough after 1 to 2 minutes, stir fry the garlic and onions.
- When onions are translucent, after about 2 minutes add the baked ham cubes. Braise for 1 to minutes.
- Add the patis and broth to the skillet. Then add the snow peas, green beans and carrots. Cover and cook for 5 to 8 minutes till vegetables are nearly cooked.
- Toss in the Chinese cabbage shreds. Season with salt and pepper. Mix ingredients well. Cover and continue cooking for 1 to 2 minutes more. The vegetable greens should be cooked by then. Serve with boiled rice.
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