Thursday, November 16, 2006

Fried Rice



Any fan of the cartoon series , Fighting Foodons, knows that dishes served can win the battle. Much like an animated version of Iron Chef, Fighting Foodons pits dishes against each other in a battle of good versus evil.

It was in this vein that I whipped up some chicken fried rice after the P
ats miserable loss to the Jets this past Sunday.

Fried rice is very easy to make. That said I did take some shortcuts as I had a bunch of other stuff we needed to get done around the house. The basic key is to have s
ome day old rice since fresh rice, while tasting fine, will make your fried rice a sticky mess. We had some left over from the day before so I made a small amount to add to the existing amount.

We do have a rice cooker but I did not want to dig it out


That was short cut one. Short cut two was to use a bag of Cascadian Farm frozen vegetable blend rather then go with fresh veggies. I did add some fresh carrots we had in the house as well as some canned water chestnuts.


The third short cut was to cook the chicken in the over while I did other stuff rather then cook the chicken in the pan. I did however, mix the veggies with the rice in the large fry pan. I cooked the rice and veggie combo with a little oil a very small (about half a teaspoon) of sesame oil and some low salt soy sauce.
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Once I was satisfied with the overall look and taste, I cut up the chicken added it the the mix and seasoned accordingly. Finally I took an egg that I had previously lightly scrambled and added it to the mix. The finished dish looked like this.


I microwaved some frozen Cascadian Farm Edamame in a small corning ware dish covered with water for about 5 minutes, drained the water and tossed with some sea salt.

Dinner was served.




2 comments:

wheresmymind said...

Sometimes gadgets like the rice cooker are more hassle than what they are worth

Nora said...

The fried rice dish looks great! I was also happy to read your comment on the knives. I was recently in Wegmans and I noticed two people in chef's coats talking about the knives. I didn't see which ones, but the next time I'm in Wegmans I'm going to see if they were the type you like.

And I agree about the rice cooker - digging it out can sometimes be more pain than progress.