My part-time maid, M screwed up my day again yesterday. I have always reminded her that should she be unable to come in for work, she has to send me a text message latest by 12 noon so that I can start doing chores myself. But she just can’t seem to take instructions well and only messaged me at 5pm again yesterday! What is wrong with her flipping mind?! So at 5pm yesterday, I quickly started to work myself up like those hourly paid maids, rushing to complete every single freaking chore within 2 hours. Thank God we have a small yet cozy condo unit that is pretty fast to clean up. Within an hour, I accomplished quite a bit from sweeping and mopping the floors, washed 2 bathrooms and ironed a few pieces of clothes.
I could not decide yesterday whether to go ahead to cook fried rice or to eat out. I had planned to cook fried rice, thinking that M would come to help me clean up. But Alycia who is revising for her exam did not feel like going out. So just like Nike’s tagline (which I like), I ’JUST DO IT’ and whipped up Alycia’s favorite food – fried rice.
So here’s my healthy fried rice with garlic, tomatoes, cauliflower, sweet corn kernels, crackling minced pork, lots of scallions and eggs.
I added 2 big organic tomatoes and sweet corn kernels into my jar rice cooker just when ‘holes’ started to form on the rice. By doing so, the rice will be more aromatic and the skin will peel off effortlessly from the tomatoes when in contact with heat. I mashed up the tomatoes and mixed everything well before dumping the rice et al into my wok of garlic + minced pork + cauliflower.
The minced pork this time was crackling and tasted like bacon bits (brown meat bits in the below pic). This added intense flavor to the fried rice. And the secret to getting crackling bacon-like minced meat? Just fry it long enough in the wok and make sure the minced meat does not get burnt or stuck to the base of the wok.
Seasonings used for fried rice are a few dashes of Lea & Perrin sauce, few dashes of organic soy sauce, pepper and garlic steak seasoning.
Composition of Mc Cormick garlic steak seasoning: salt, onion, garlic, sugar, black pepper, mustard flour, ginger, bell pepper and parsley. I love to add a few shakes of this seasoning to marinate meats and fried rice – adds so much flavor to my food.
Raw of the day was alfalfa and radish sprouts and cucumber slices.
Salad dressing used was tangy Citron Sesame sauce from Japan.
I was totally knackered by 9pm after a hard day’s work slogging in front of the computer, chauffeuring the princesses and sweating it out in the kitchen. All the hard work put in to dish out the fried rice was worth it when my three rascals commended how tasty it was. And Miss Drama Queen gets to bring a portion to school for recess today
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