Thursday, January 21, 2010

Three odd tidbits

It was raining pretty heavily last night, here in San Diego. This morning I peeked outside to discover that half of our row of condos hadn't put their trash cans out. Apparently they all took a look outside and decided it wasn't worth it.

In celebration of National Popcorn Day, I made peanut butter popcorn. R and I both found the recipe a little uninteresting (and regretted not making the crunchy version), but I couldn't seem to stop nibbling on it. I suppose that could be a recommendation of sorts, though I wound up throwing the rest of the batch away, as I didn't want to mindlessly eat it.

We've discovered a use for those smoked meat logs one tends to acquire around the holidays: fried rice. No, it's not what one would consider a traditional ingredient, but it's not bad.

A's Fried Rice
  • 1 carrot, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 or 4 cups day-old rice
  • 1 hunk of meat log, diced
  • soy sauce
  • oyster sauce
  • oil
  • Sriracha (optional)
  • green onions, chopped (optional)
1. Cook carrot and onion in a little oil until nice and soft. Set aside.

2. Scramble eggs and cook, chopping, so that you wind up with smallish chunks of egg. Set aside with veggies.

3. Cook meat log until the chunks have a little color. Set aside with eggs and veggies.

4. Cook rice, adding oil as needed, until grains have separated and look a bit more transparent. Add soy sauce and oyster sauce to taste (rice should wind up fairly uniformly brown). Stir in meat, eggs, and veggies. Stir in a little Sriracha and some green onions. Serve.

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