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Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir Fry
Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir Fry
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Challenge: Recipe (Food) II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 7900
Location: NY
Date: Jan 5, 2006
Galleries: Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jan 5, 2006

The bad thing about recipes, is that I never really follow them exactly. I adjust things as I go along, and I never really measure precisely. That being said...

Ingredients:
Baby carrots, 1 red bell pepper, broccoli crowns, handful of snap peas, jar of pineapple chunks, ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, cornstarch, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, garlic powder, rice noodles, sesame seeds, olive oil.

Cut carrots, pepper, broccoli (amounts vary based on personal preference) into bite sized pieces. Snip the ends off of the peas. Set aside.

Cut chicken into bite sized pieces. Set aside.

To make the sweet and sour sauce, mix about 1/4 each of pineapple juice, ketchup, brown sugar, and white vinegar in a saucepan. Add to that 1 to 2 TBSP of cornstarch, a dash of dry mustard, a pinch of garlic powder and 1 TBSP of worcestershire sauce. Mix it all together and cook over medium until it thickens. Turn off heat.

Add a little oil to a small pan. Cook the chicken all the way through. Once it's cooked, add some of the sweet and sour sauce and the pineapples. Turn off the heat.

Prepare rice noodles according to package (heat water to boiling, turn off the heat, add rice noodles and let set for 3 to 5 min according to my box). Let that process start as you begin cooking the veggies.

Add oil to wok, then add veggies in order...peas and broccoli first, then peppers and carrots after a few minutes. Let the veggies cook until they are as done as you would like them. Turn the heat back on the chicken for a minute or two to reheat it if it's gotten cool.

Drain the rice noodles, toss with the veggies and chicken mixture. Add more sauce to taste. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and enjoy!

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 110
Avg (all users): 6.8174
Avg (commenters): 7.8529
Avg (participants): 6.4308
Avg (non-participants): 6.9108
Views since voting: 10480
Views during voting: 504
Votes: 334
Comments: 38
Favorites: 3 (view)


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01/18/2006 12:38:13 AM
Scrumptious! Congratulations on your top five finish.
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01/18/2006 12:27:03 AM
Good placing, but I think this one should replace the third place !!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/17/2006 09:31:34 PM
Nice elements, colors and shapes, good composition, focus, sharpness, and DOF. Maybe a touch more saturation would help.
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01/17/2006 05:48:14 PM
good quality image - like out of a magazine - the purple cloth was a great touch to pull it all together :)
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01/17/2006 01:57:11 PM
Focus & DOF are perfect. I think the background really compliment the food as well. Looks so tasty! ...while nobody is looking.... I might just try licking the monitor...
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01/16/2006 10:31:53 PM
this looks really tasty and a good photo to. The color of the table colth really helps to show the food and the focus is nice and clear.
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01/16/2006 06:49:54 PM
I'd have liked to see red, rather than purple, as a background (tablecloth). Sill, great picture.
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01/16/2006 04:23:45 PM
nice comp and colours
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01/15/2006 09:23:33 PM
Nice shot! Looks yummy!
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01/15/2006 07:47:44 PM
Very appetizing looking. Great detail and light and the color is excellent.
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01/15/2006 10:37:49 AM
I really love the colors and the clarity of this photo. It looks like an ad in a magazine and is making me very hungry. Fantastic focus, complimentary background color, slightly off-centered (which works very well), chopsticks off to the lefthand thirds, overall great photograph- you just received my very first 10- Good Luck
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01/15/2006 10:35:57 AM
Wow, very nice, looks like something in a magazine! Love the colors here.
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01/15/2006 07:18:49 AM
NICE! And delicious looking! Very sharp.
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01/15/2006 12:53:39 AM
yum - 9
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01/14/2006 11:09:31 PM
Mouth watering! This should be in a magazine! The colors are great. I would have liked to see the whole plate though. 9
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01/14/2006 10:48:38 PM
I love the background color against the black china. This presentation is excellent and the food looks super......I am sure it will taste as good as it looks. The image is really excellent, and taken very well also.
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01/14/2006 07:53:40 PM
nice colour. purple background works well.
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01/14/2006 02:00:52 AM
looks yummy.. nice food and photo
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01/13/2006 09:56:10 PM
Nice arrangement, composition and lighting. The exposure is very good and the colors stand out. The background color is good with this arrangement and the black border works.
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01/13/2006 01:20:30 PM
Nice composition, colors really pop out.
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01/13/2006 11:30:05 AM
Well done. Nice crop and colours. Looks tasteful!
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01/13/2006 10:51:47 AM
Nice lighting, the background color makes the bowl stick out.
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01/12/2006 10:13:31 PM
looks great!
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01/12/2006 06:54:09 PM
it looks delicious. i really like the color contrast with the black bowl and chopsticks and the redish background
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01/12/2006 01:35:43 PM
WOW This Marvellous !
My Favourite in this challenge !
A sure contender
CONGRATS !
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01/11/2006 07:14:12 PM
Great composition, food looks delicious, red background is nice and makes the image pop. One of the best in the challenge.
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01/11/2006 05:46:10 PM
Like the background colours.
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01/11/2006 05:37:26 PM
No steam rising? Needs nuking. Very colorful. Must eat now. Bye!
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01/11/2006 04:21:02 PM
Very nice background choice.
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01/11/2006 01:01:18 PM
very nice composition and colors and probably the food too
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01/11/2006 08:17:16 AM
The lighting is a little cold for food, making it seem like a cold served dish (broccoli heads look blue?). But thats really just nit picking. Sesameseeds are awesome interest, good color choices, great composition. Bumping.
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01/11/2006 03:46:46 AM
nice food, but the shot looks very static
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01/11/2006 03:34:59 AM
oh, my god. do you realize i am at work now??? mmmm
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01/11/2006 03:02:23 AM
that meal looks fantastic... mmm yummy, nicely taken photo also, good colour...
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01/11/2006 02:39:10 AM
Wow! The colors in the bowl really pop. My only quibble is the color of the table cloth. To my eye, it clashes with the red and orange of the vegetables. You might have done better with plain white.
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01/11/2006 01:54:23 AM
Nice composition and colors. The lighting is a little brash. Softer lighting and a shallower DOF would have given this more of the recipe book appeal. Nicely done though, I like it.
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01/11/2006 01:52:25 AM
Lose the stroke.
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01/11/2006 01:46:32 AM
Colours just right
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