Monday, September 8, 2008

Community Gardens and Stir-Frying

broccoli stir fry

This weekend was the 20th anniversary of the East Dallas Community Garden. They had a little party, so we rode our bikes over to watch the dancing and pick up some veg. The community gardens in our neighborhood are primarily tended by Cambodian and Laotian refugees, so they often have Southeast Asian produce that we can't get at the grocery store. We bought a bag of Thai eggplants and huge bunches of green onions, water spinach, garlic chives and basil--all for $6. They also had a huge spread of food made by the gardeners and volunteers, but we decided to come home and cook because it was getting hot and we didn't want to hold up the line trying to figure out which of the dishes were vegan. Besides, we had tons of great produce to use and thought it would be a perfect time for stir-fry. We have stir-fry at least 4 times a week; we actually really need a wok because our biggest saucepan is the wrong shape and doesn't hold enough. There was a big bunch of broccoli in the fridge, so we tossed that in with onions, cabbage and some of each of veggies that we bought at the garden. Two things: (1) water spinach is tasty, (2) garlic chives and basil make a stir-fry. Really, it was the best one that we've ever made.

Stir-Fry Sauce
2 T. water
2 T. soy sauce
1 T. vegan oyster sauce
1 T. rice vinegar
1/2 T. agave
1/2 T. sambal oelek
1/2 T. cornstarch

Whisk it all together and add it about 2 minutes before you turn off the heat.
This is enough for a TON of vegetables, so you might want to half it.

parking our bikes
parking our bikes

sunflowers
sunflowers by the entrance gate

rows of greens
rows and rows of greens

plant frames
lots of handmade frames and trellising

lush plants
lush greenery

3 comments:

twoveganboys said...

Wow. That is an awesome community garden. I can't wait till our boys are old enough to ride their bikes with us to different places in the city.

megan said...

You're going to need one of these!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/25872288@N06/2691387399/

trina said...

Cool!