Hello World. Well last year my boyfriend and I apparently started a tradition; we don’t really have too many of those things. That tradition: getting fried rice on Valentine’s Day. As I mentioned, we don’t have too many traditions so we kind of half-broke it this year by making our own fried rice. It’s healthier, a lot cheaper, and if you are a vegetarian you don’t have to worry about any fish or oyster sauce sneaking in. And, I really have developed a strong liking for anything soy-sauce related and fried rice is full of it.
I typically prefer brown rice, but for fried rice it just doesn’t cut it. I highly recommend using the white stuff. The key to this recipe is to use day-old white rice. If you don’t have that lying around, make the rice and lay it out on a cookie sheet in the fridge or freezer until it is totally cooled off.
Here is what you need and the steps to make this very simple vegetarian dish:
Pictured but not needed: wine. It does make chopping a little more fun. Why not? You can pretty much add anything you want in your fried rice (other veggies, meats, etc), this is just what we like and had on hand.
Fried Rice: The Recipe
3 cups cooked rice
1 T Canola or vegetable oil
½ cup peas and carrots
1 bunch broccoli florets
1-2 tsp. sugar
¼ cup chopped onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, smashed or chopped
1 tsp chopped fresh ginger
3-4 T Soy Sauce
2 green onions, sliced (topping)
2 eggs, scrambled (optional)
2-3 springs cilantro
1.Heat up a wok or large pan if you don’t have a wok, add a bit of oil and add garlic, ginger and onion. Cook for a couple of minutes.
2.Add rice and soy sauce, stir around to coat. Add sugar to taste. When it is almost heated through, add the green onions and frozen peas and carrots and broccoli. Cook for about 5 minutes, and it’s ready.
3. I like to garnish with a little cilantro and mix it in right at the end, it makes the dish taste fresh. I also like to use tacky heart-shaped bowls once a year.
We also made some fresh spring rolls using glass noodles, cilantro and carrots. Tasty + Basic. (And another vehicle for delicious soy sauce.)
However, before we could start eating, it was our little puppy Maeby’s very first birthday. We had to spoil her
everyday on her birthday so she got some veggies that we used in the fried rice and some chicken. (Take a look, that might be the last meat you see on this blog!)
She couldn’t figure out how to blow out the candle so we let her dig in… and we did too.