Case in point: Food. L likes what he likes. His pickiness, coupled by the fact that his Mom makes the best Chinese food on either side of the Mississippi, has made mealtime... challenging.
Until... B and B. B+B. Beef and Broccoli.
(Our priest, Father J, marrying us. Pretty sure the vows said something like, 'To love, honor, and make beef and broccoli at least once a week'.)
A woman in her thirties gives credit where it's due, and in this case it's due to the Williams Sonoma 'Asian' cookbook. I have only modified the recipe ever so slightly. Keep in mind that I haven't eaten red meat myself since before Clinton was President, so you'll have to rely on my husband, Mr. Picky McPickerson, to tell you how good it is. I will say that it is his most requested dish, and if I ever want something, it's always a good idea to soften L up with some good ol' Bee and Bee.
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup Oyster Sauce (I like House of Tsang because it pours easier than the other brands)
3 tbs La Choy Low Sodium (Kikkoman is a dealbreaker in the C house)
2 tbs Sherry Wine (fun fact- anytime a Chinese recipe calls for wine, Shao Hsing or whatever, just use Sherry. It's close enough and you can find it anywhere.)
1/2 tsp sugar
Splash of sesame oil
Lots of pepper
3 tsp flour (the recipe calls for 1 tsp cornstarch, but that leaves the sauce really runny. If you like that, then go for it. But Mr. Pickypants prefers the texture the flour gives.)
1.5 lbs steak (I don't know the first thing about cuts of meat, sorry), cut into cubes
1 package Broccoli Wokly
Mix up everything but the steak and broccoli in a small bowl. You'll have to press the lumps of flour out with the spoon so it mixes well, sorry.
Heat up your wok or pan or whatever, and add a couple tablespoons of corn oil. Then put in the steak and cook it up about half way how you like it:
(Apparently there is a science to this. I just cook it until it's only a little pink.)
Add the broccoli and sauce:
(The recipe says to cook the broccoli separately, but I am far too lazy for that.)
Mix it up and cover for about five minutes or so, until the broccoli is cooked how you like it. This is how Picky Pickeroo likes it: