Monday, August 18, 2008

Living off of Fried Rice

Do and I got back from vacation last night to our beautiful, FUNCTIONAL FRIDGE. Thank Goodness: that week without it was pretty miserable. Since daily grocery runs à la Parisienne were out of the question (no grocery stores within reasonable walking distance, and Do's schedule was too swamped to drive), we were reduced to cooking out of the pantry (ramen, anyone?) or surviving on take-out. It was pretty impressive how quickly food, in our imaginations, was reduced to fuel. In case this ever happens to you, let me recommend fried rice.


As innumerable other bloggers have pointed out, fried rice is tasty, quick, and a great way to use almost-dead veggies (read: clean out your fridge before vacation). It's more of a technique than a recipe: scramble eggs, remove. Sauté misc. veggies, add leftover rice, add soy sauce and/or oyster sauce, add scrambled eggs. Voilà!

But! Now that we are back from vacation and our fridge works, and I've still got another seven days of freedom left, expect lots of tasties in the near future. Whole Foods had fresh sardines in from Monterey today...

12 comments:

kat said...

i haven't made fried rice in ages, a good reminder

melissa said...

I love fried rice. A LOT. Even when not using just for fuel. :)

Glad to see you back. I'm so jealous of where you are now residing...

That Girl said...

We do a lot of fried rice for lunch lately, because it's also very easy to pack and reheat.

giz said...

Don't you feel a sense of satisfaction just to use up what's been lurking around. And what a cool way to do it. Fried rice is one of those no fail recipes that's forgiving no matter what you put in it - unless of course it's sour wormies.

kittie said...

Thanks for the reminder - I haven't made this in ages!!

Adam said...

You're so right... fried rice is so comforting. Great tip for the 'almost dead' veggies, which can happen with the huge amounts of summer produce.

Hope you had a great trip, and a nice high five for a WORKING fridge :)

SaintTigerlily said...

Hooray you are back! I have never made this, but I'm totally guilty of fridging my veggies to death or near-death. I'll have to give it a shot.

noble pig said...

I wish I would have done that before I left on vacation, I left everything to rot so that I could feel good about throwing it away when I got home.

Krysta said...

love that your back... i keep getting reminders(yelled at) to make fried rice. so i better get to it.

Johanna said...

glad you enjoyed your vacation - your story makes me appreciate my fridge - fried rice sounds like an excellent solution - but I bet you are enjoying stocking up your new fridge

Lori Lynn said...

Love fried rice. I started putting in fish sauce after I visited Thailand. Gives it another dimension.

Looking forward to getting a peek at your sardines...

Sophie said...

You're right, this is a great way to use up old veggies :). It's hard to go wrong with fried rice, and yours looks so delicious -- all those yummy and healthy ingredients! :D

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