I really like pizza. It’s kind of the perfect food. Depending what you have on it and serve with it, you can hit 4 or 5 food groups without much effort and a lot of enjoyment. Most weekends we have pizza. Most Monday’s I have leftover pizza for lunch. Well, I do if I haven’t already eaten the leftovers. I really like leftover pizza, too. I can’t wait to go to Italy and taste it there. Taste, what am I saying? I mean EAT, ENJOY, SAVOR the pizza in Italy. Anyway, come about 4pm on Monday afternoon I am looking through the fridge and freezer to decide what’s for dinner.
Last week, after the super bowl, I cooked up some fried rice with the leftover smoked pork. It was great so I thought I would share a quick recipe. For those of you who don’t cook much, remember mix and match the veggies that you like. If you love Brussels sprouts and and have some in your fridge, add them. Well, for the record, there are no Brussels sprouts in my fridge. Me and Honey don’t much care for them. As a matter of fact, the first ever Thanksgiving meal we served, my Gramps showed up with a large green stock with green balls stuck on it. It was dirty from his garden. Gramps might have been the original organic guy, way before his time, eating seeds and nuts and juicing and growing his own produce. His idea of sharing a treat with his grandkids was rice cakes. And apparently Brussels sprouts.
I think he brought the sprouts to serve with dinner. I found the stock, balls and all, in the kitchen garbage about 10 minutes later. Honey thought Gramps was just cleaning out his car. Oops. I shoved them in the back of the fridge. We didn’t serve them. I had no idea how to cook them as I had never seen them before.
Here is a recipe from Jamie Oliver to get you started on a basic rice recipe. I always have spinach in my fridge so most recipes I add a cup, chopped, at the end. Sometimes I use fresh garlic and ginger as Jamie suggests. Sometimes instead I just add a tablespoon or two of Chinese 5 spice. I used to use the fried rice seasoning packet from the grocery store and follow the packet directions exactly. I’ve come a long way.
If you have a recipe to share link it up in the comments below.
Looks delicious Jo! Love fried rice. My dad makes the best fried rice ever – his secret is to chop everything as small as possible to match so it all cooks evenly and so you get a bit with every bite of rice, and to steam the rice before frying it. He douses the whole lot with soy sauce (dark kind) at the end after turning off the heat. I love it with oyster sauce myself. Beauty of fried rice – anything goes!
Your knife skills match your dad’s. I am always amazed at your matchstick carrots!