Shaken, Not Stir Fry

Alex Greenwood
3 min readNov 25, 2020
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In honor of the upcoming release of the latest, and sadly final, installment of the Daniel Craig era of the James Bond franchise, here’s an oldie but a goodie from my top secret files…‘AlexanderG’s Shaken Not Stir Fry’ recipe:

I’ll be the first to cop to being a pretty boring cook. Unless it was toast, eggs, spaghetti, or something you could put on the grill I was reliably Dr. No. However, one evening in a fit of inspiration I gave my wife a break and created this dish using ingredients we had on hand. It’s now a family favorite (at least I think it is).

The shot of vodka is really the only thing remotely tied to James Bond, but hey, it sounds cool. Tastes alright, too.

Have fun with this — you don’t need all these ingredients (you may not eat meat–hey, whatever works for you) or you may want to add some ingredients of your own. It’s really up to you. After all, you only live twice, 007.

Your License to Kill…The Ingredients:

1 medium-sized red, yellow or white onion, chopped

1 medium-sized red pepper, chopped

1 medium-sized green pepper, chopped

1 medium-sized yellow pepper, chopped

1 clove of fresh garlic, chopped

Optional: Fresh diced tomatoes, chopped

¾ cup of olive oil*

3 tbsp balsamic vinegar

* Or 1/4 cup butter

1–2 tsp crushed black pepper

1–2 tsp kosher or sea salt

14 oz. summer “rope” sausage or kielbasa, sliced

Louisiana Hot Sauce

1 shot of vodka

3 cups No Yolks egg noodles

5 cups water

From Q…The Tools:

1 medium-sized skillet

1 medium-sized pot



Walther PPK (Kidding…)

The Mission

  1. Heat olive oil and balsamic vinegar (or if you choose, melt REAL butter — if you use margarine, I don’t know you) in a medium skillet over low heat. Add onion, pepper(s), garlic (tomatoes if you choose)…
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