LJ’s Birthday Dinner, 12/23

Poor little brother LJ. He was born on December 23rd, a mere two days before Christmas. In fact, Mom and Dad brought him home on Christmas day in a Christmas stocking (Dad forgot to bring LJ’s “going home” clothes and the nurses donated one of their decorations to wrap him up in).

I think he’s requested pork & green beans for the past couple of birthdays, even though he’s mastered the recipe himself. It just tastes better when Mom or Dad makes it.


The mise en place! Please note, the bananas and pumpkin were not used in this recipe. Mom made bread later. This recipe comes together fairly quickly once you have all the pieces assembled, like so many stir fries. You can use frozen green beans if that’s all you have, but using fresh is preferable. The frozen ones get kind of mushy.


For dessert, we had ice cream cake, LJ’s favorite, and scotch. As with so many things in my family, there’s a story. When each of us was born, Dad bought a bottle of 12 year Highland Park scotch, with the intention of drinking a glass with each of us on our 21st birthday. Well, LJ’s bottle was saved for this birthday, his 25th, for whatever reason.


It was delicious. I mean, look at that gorgeous color.

You’re probably wondering whatever happened to “my” bottle of scotch. You know, the one that Dad bought when I was born, to be consumed when his first-born, whiskey-lovin’ daughter turned 21?

Well, there’s a story.

Dad taught both LJ and I how to add using the game of Blackjack. We’d sit around the kitchen table with a pile of pennies to bet with and figure out if we wanted to hit or stick. The pennies were kept in a heavy glass bottle.


This heavy glass bottle.

That’s right. Dad drank my scotch. Way before I was ready to appreciate it.

Pork and Green Beans

Here’s LJ’s recipe/method:

Heat up 2 Tbsp vegetable oil in a wok or big pan. Heat up 2 cloves of garlic, crushed, but don’t let it burn. Then add 1/2 lb pork, cut into small pieces and saute until golden brown. Don’t crowd the pan, you can do it in batches.

Once the pork is done, add the earlier batches, if you used that method, back to the pan and add in 1.5 Tbsp Fish Sauce, 1 Tbsp Oyster Sauce, 0.5 tsp pepper, 1 tsp sugar and 1/2 lb green beans. Mix to combine and then add 3 T chicken stock or water and cover it to cook the greenbeans a bit.


January 2, 2010. Uncategorized.

One Comment

  1. Christmas Traditions « Sarahdares replied:

    […] on Christmas Eve. Dad maintains that it’s because we don’t celebrate Christmas until LJ’s birthday is over. However, we all know that it’s really because we got a tree for free one year […]

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