transitioning into spring: vegetable stir fry with lemon-miso sauce


For the past week, I’ve been relishing the spring weather in all it’s bounty. It’s been asparagus this and fresh strawberry that and I even managed to get in a game or two of badminton! However, when I looked into the fridge this evening, I was disappointed. It seemed that I had delved too quickly into my spring supply of produce that only winter vegetables were left, tucked into the nether regions of the vegetable drawer. Instead of making another hearty soup (groan!), I spotted a lemon and set in motion plans to put a bit of spring into dinner. A stir-fry would be perfect for my needs and instead of making a heavy sweet n’ sour sauce to go with it, I whipped up a light n’ lemony sauce that was just perfect! I served the stir fry on top of plain ol’ spaghetti, but I’m sure brown rice would be an even lovelier accompaniment. As for the vegetables, you can use whatever you’ve got in your fridge which is exactly what I did.

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9 comments to “transitioning into spring: vegetable stir fry with lemon-miso sauce”

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    Rachel   April 16, 2007 at 8:41 am

    I love the idea of a lemony stirfry.

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    Maija   April 16, 2007 at 10:45 am

    Sounds good! I just made the lentil soup on Orangette’s blog last night – it was great, but did feel a little wintry for my mood! I have strawberries for tonight’s dessert though, so that should balance things out.

    A little off topic, but I was reading the anniversary celebrations in the newspaper the other day (I love reading them & obituaries, too!), and saw the sweetest one of a couple that had been married for 50 or 60 years. It said “they met over a shared loved of badminton.” Your mention of the game reminded me of this :)

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    Kristen   April 16, 2007 at 8:48 am

    Thank god you posted this. I’ve had a tub of miso in my fridge ever since I went to Mitsuwa and I haven’t even opened it yet.

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    Joanne   April 16, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    After spending 3 days in cold & snowy Ottawa I’m glad to be back in wet, wet, wet Toronto.
    Although it’s been a slow crawl into Spring over here, the early signs of seasonal change are becoming evident: iris’, crocus’ and tulips have sprung and are lining neighbourhood lawns.
    I’m also hankering for bountiful bowls of leafy greens and crisp, raw vegetables which would suit this lemon-miso sauce perfectly.

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    Joanne   April 17, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    I made this sauce as a gravy for pork chops and rice tonight. It was really good. The tanginess from the lemon juice and the peppery ginger went so well together. Miso rocks!
    I used red miso paste, which I already had, so my sauce was a dark brownish colour. But even so, the taste was so addictive I had to have a few spoons of the sauce on it’s own. Yum!

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    kickpleat   April 18, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    i know rachel, i’ve been making stirfrys for years and never made one lemony! so good!

    kristen, put your miso to good use! this would also make a great salad dressing (without the cornstarch, of course!)

    maija, awww, that is a sweet sweet story! badminton is for lovers! haha.

    joanne, it indeed would go well with raw vegetables –just leave out the cornstarch! and i’m so glad you tried it with pork and could suck it back with a spoon ;)

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    Nihal   April 20, 2007 at 2:57 am

    oh it sounds great! but i dont think i can ever find miso in here (only solution is to nag some japanese restaurants to give me some), do you have any replacement ideas?

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    kickpleat   April 20, 2007 at 10:29 am

    crafty chica, where do you live? if you can’t find a japanese grocer, any health food store should carry some in the refrigerated section. miso lasts forever so once you find some, it should last in your fridge for a long time! if you can’t find miso, you can sub in some tahini but it just won’t be the same thing.

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