Friday, 26 June 2015

Use It! Don't Lose It!

Riso Fritto Semplice al Uovo con Verdure & Pesto di Gamberetti
Simple Egg-Fried Rice with Shrimp Paste & Vegetables


Again, another long, hard day at the office and again, too stressed, too tired and too hungry to feel the desire to go to any great lengths to fix a complicated supper... And also too little in the way of ingredients in the fridge!

But I did have a little leftover rice, some eggs and a couple of vegetables... So I used what I had, I did what I had to do... And lo and behold! 10-15 minutes later I was enjoying a good, hot meal and relaxing rather than stressing. So, as simple as it was, it was also just perfect.


Yes, it is a simple bowl of fried rice and no, you do not need anything more than that! A few simple vegetables, 4 simple Asian seasonings and the presence of mind to keep things humble and simple and good. We can make something more elaborate some other time... But if we learn to appreciate the ordinary things, we become more aware of how extraordinarily tasty some of them can be!

Here you can see the main ingredients I needed to prepare my bowl of fried rice... My last pak choy, 1 sweet red pepper, a little fresh cilantro, 1 spring onion, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of Thai shrimp paste... And of course, my little bowlful of leftover rice! And to make this all really delicious, simply pepper, soy sauce, sesame oil and a dash of sweet Thai chili sauce.


I hate to be wasteful in the kitchen and always find a way to make use of anything and everything that I buy... And all I will say is, shame on you if throw away food that is still good or have the attitude that you don't want to eat the same thing twice! Have some respect for your food and make a bit of an effort! Or have you ever see me eat the same thing twice?

It's up to you!


Cut the pak choy into bite.sized chunks, finely dice the red pepper and slice up the spring onion and you are already, ready to go!


Fry the stalks of the pak choy along with the pepper and the white part of the onion, together with the shrimp paste, in a little sesame oil. Season generously with plenty if freshly ground pepper.


After 3-4 minutes, add the rice, the greens and a good splash of soy sauce for seasoning, then continue stir-frying.


After 3-4 minutes, remove from the heat and add plenty of coarsely chopped cilantro, the onion greens and the egg... And get ready to do some stirring!


Stir the egg in off the heat, so that it doesn't set immediately and so that you have the chance to make sure it gets evenly mixed with all of the other ingredients.

Continue stir-frying for a further 2-3 minutes and then serve with a last drizzle of Thai sweet chili sauce and a garnish of more cilantro... And voila! dinner is served!

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