Saturday is our work day. It’s been five weeks since we returned to Geneva, and we spend a good portion of the day sorting, packing, building and taking down in the hope of turning this flat into our home. One marriage surprise for me was how enjoyable it would be to work on projects with my husband, and we are discovering new skills all the time. He is strategic, creative and excellent at putting things together. The other marriage surprise is that we have not had any major decorating arguments.

Lunch on Saturday isn’t planned, so I just go through the fridge and hope that ingredients will work together. A stir fry works beautifully in these situations – we love veggies, soy sauce, garlic and onion. The hardest thing for me about cooking a stir fry is getting the flavour evenly throughout while making sure that nothing gets undercooked or overcooked. Here’s my asian invention, using the contents of our pantry and refrigerator.

  • Stir Fry chop chicken, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, onion and garlic. In one pan sautee onions and garlic in olive oil, add chicken and cook on low to medium heat. In a wok, sautee onions and garlic, add broccoli and carrots and cook on medium heat. Add soy sauce and sweet chili sauce to both pans (I used strong Tamari soy sauce and a Thai sweet chili sauce). Add the mushrooms when the broccoli and carrots are starting to look done because it doesn’t take mushrooms long to cook. When the chicken is done, add the contents in that pan to the wok and cook together for a few minutes. Taste and add more flavour depending on your preference. When it’s finished and the fire’s off, I cut spring onions and corriander (cilantro) over the top.