Thursday, 03 November 2011 10:48

New Crafting Project and Ginger Shrimp Stir-Fry

Written by Stephania
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Fall is in the air and I am really happy about two things. First, the new Florence + The Machine album is out and I am loving it (no really, it's been on repeat for the last two days).  Secondly, it's Thursdaycozy-winters-CRAFT-600which it's time to hang with girls. Tonight I'm feeling like I need a little stir fry in my life, so I'm going to cook up one of Caitlin and Colleen's favorite dishes, Ginger Shrimp Stir-fry.

For the craft this week, I will be getting out my knitting needles.  After about 8 years of crocheting, I have finally decided that its time for me to learn how to knit. When Emily first introduced me to the world of knitting and crocheting, she explained that one of the main differences in the process was that knitting tended to take a bit longer to complete a project than crocheting. I thought about it for about one second and decided that I was after the immediate gratification, so I took up crocheting.  Caitlin is going to be teaching me the basics tonight and then I have picked out a cable knit scarf as my first project.  Check out the how-to for knitting cable that I found at The {New New} Blog.

Happy cooking and crafting! 


Ginger Shrimp Stir-fry
by Colleen and Stephania

What you need:

Cooked rice (there will be three or four of us, so we will do 4 cups water, and 2 cups dry rice; cooked to package instruction. we currently have long grain white rice at the house)

  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sherry (dry white wine is ok)
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 garlic glove, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped ginger (1/2 tsp ground ginger)
  • ¾ pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 tbsp peanut oil
  • ½ pound asparagus cut into ½” long pieces
  • 4 scallions, sliced
  • 4 oz mushrooms sliced (if Colleen’s in charge of cooking she usually “forgets” to add the mushrooms)

What to do:

Note: We make this recipe a lot because we tend to have most of the ingredients around the house and we love stir-fries because they are like main dish and side all in one.  We often will add other veggies we have around like peppers and zucchini to give the dish more volume.

Whisk together thoroughly soy sauce, sherry, garlic, cornstarch and ginger in a medium bowl. Add shrimp and coat with sauce. Set aside for 10 minutes.

In your biggest skillet, heat 1 ½ tbsp peanut oil over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, remove shrimp with slotted spoon and add to skillet. Set aside the rest of the sauce. Stir-fry until shrimp turns pink, about a minute on each side. Place shrimp on a plate.

Add the other 1 ½ tbsp peanut oil to skillet. When the oil is hot, add asparagus, scallions, mushrooms and stir-fry until veggies are tender. This will be 5-7 minutes. Return shrimp to skillet and add the rest of the sauce and stir fry until heated through and sauce is thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Serve over rice immediately.

Veggie option:

If there are veg heads in your midst, microwave fake chicken patties for about 45 seconds so they are soft enough to cut into bite size cubes. Let stand in sauce for 10 minutes like you would with the shrimp. Sauté chicken pieces for 3-5 minutes, flipping occasionally. Transfer to plate and cook the veggies for 5-7 minutes.  Add the chicken and stir fry with the veggies for about 3 minutes.


We made the mistake only once of buying shrimp that weren’t already de-gutted. After a lot of disgusted groans and about 30 minutes, Caitlin, Stephania and Kyra finally got all the little guys de-veined.  We’ve decided the little bit of extra cost will always be worth it in this case.

How to Knit Cablecablehowto_032
Instructions and photo from

What you need:

Cooked rice (there will be three or four of us, so we will do 4 cups water, and 2 cups dry rice; cooked to package instruction. we currently have long grain white rice at the house)

  • knitting needles
  • yarn
  • cable needles

What to do:

Cast on 18 stitches. Row 1: purl 6, knit 6, purl 6.  

Row 2: knit the knits and purl the purls.

Row 3: Purl 6, take the next 3 stitches and slip them onto a cable needle.

Let the cable needle slouch away from your work and knit the next 3 stiches with your regular needles.  Be sure to pull that first stitch tight.

Knit the 3 stitchs that are on the cable needle, pull tight.

The pattern is 6 rows long so for rows 4, 5, and 6 you will knit the knits and purl the purls.  Afte the 6th row start over.  Rows 1 and 2 you knit the knits and purl the purls and row 3 is where you cross over the stitches.

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