I’ve been on a virtual reality writing retreat this month at Camp NaNoWriMo – it’s the 8th time I’ve participated and the 1st time I’ve hit my target early.  2 days early in fact!

Yeah!  I am a WINNER.  I decided to pat myself on the back with some broccoli.  But not just any broccoli, Yul Brynner broccoli.

I could have used this as an excuse to watch Westworld yet again…

Robot Gunslinger – my #1 heart-throb

but I have no idea where that DVD is in my pigstye of a flat.  BUT, fueled by my Camp NaNoWriMo ability to spend 30 hours in July working on the Vincent Price book, I hereby commit to 15 HOURS OF KONDO in August.  I am going to be experiencing the life-changing magic of tidying up my friends.  Well, 15 hours of it at least…

Yul’s method of pimping up broccoli is FAB. I love it.  I made half of his recipe just for me, myself and I and scoffed the lot with some other veggies that needed using up.  I feel very virtuous.  I had a meat-free Monday without even thinking about it… I used 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes and I could probably boost that up a bit next time.  I also used toasted sesame oil as I seem to have accidentally bought two bottles.  It was utterly delicious.

Yul Brynner’s Sautéed Broccoli

1 bunch of broccoli

4 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons dry sherry

1 teaspoon sugar

1 fresh red chilli pepper, or dried chilli pepper to taste

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 clove garlic

1 slice fresh ginger (about 1” across), minced, or ¼ teaspoon powdered ginger

½ cup cooked shredded roast pork (optional)*

Separate broccoli into spears; trim off bottom of spears.  Stream broccoli until spears are almost cooked but are still firm.  Set aside.  Mix together soy, sherry, and sugar.  Cut chilli pepper into thin slices and add to liquid; set aside.  Heat oil in wok or heavy skillet.  Saute garlic and ginger for one minute, add broccoli spears, and stir one minute.  Pour sauce over broccoli and stir one minute.  If you wish, garnish with roast pork.  (Serves 4)

Thanks, Yul, you are the best…  I will find Westworld in August if the Kondo-vibes are strong…

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