for family meals :
Ham and Broccoli Bake
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Little Chicken History
botanical family to which broccoli belongs is
the Brassicaceae, also known as the Mustard
family. The origin of our modern day broccoli
may well be an ancient one. Cultivation of a bygone
ancestral cabbage may have occurred as early as
8,000 years ago along the Northern European coast.
It was from this area that this wild ancestral
cabbage was later introduced into the Mediterranean,
Eastern Europe and even into the Near East and
1/2 lb whole chicken
2 green onions, chopped
2 slices fresh ginger
2 tbsp sherry
1 tspn salt
1/2 lb ham, uncooked
1 tbsp peanut oil
1/2 lb fresh broccoli
3/ 4 cup stock
2 tbsp rock sugar, crushed
1 tbsp cooking oil
chopped onions, ginger slices, sherry and salt.
chicken on platter, rub inside and out with
onion mixture, and place onion and ginger inside
chicken to marinate for 1 hour.
ham with same marinade, reserve.
chicken, breast-side up, for 25 - 30 minutes.
the same time, steam ham for 20 minutes.
should still be firm but very moist when removed
from steamer. Drain chicken and allow to cool
until juices congeal.
Chinese-style into bite-size pieces. Start by
cleaving chicken in half lengthwise through
the breast. Remove legs, thighs, and wings;
chop in pieces. Turn carcass, skin down; cleave
in half parallel to breast; turn and chop in
pieces. Carefully remove and discard bones.
ham in bite-size pieces to match chicken pieces.
in alternating strips on serving platter, in
shape of a chicken if possible. Leave space
around perimeter for vegetable.
and Stir-frying Vegetable:
and remove tough skin of broccoli.
into spears with floret at tip of each spear.
spears in salted water for 20 seconds.
peanut oil in wok until it begins to smoke;
stir-fry broccoli until bright but still crisp.
Toss briefly, then remove to serving platter
stock and crushed rock sugar in sauce pan; stir
while bringing to boil.
in cornstarch paste to make a light sauce.
over meat and serve.
Facts and Tips for Broccoli
is an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin
is part of the cabbage family.
may reduce the risk of colon cancer.
contains very little sodium and fat and no cholesterol.
for broccoli with firm, compact clusters of
small flower buds.
clusters should be dark green and may have a
purple cast to them.
Child Wisdom: You can't hide broccoli in a glass
(I personally hated broccoli as a child. Now,
I can't get enough!)