Have you ever tried making fried rice at home? I have to admit I had not, right up till know… and I am completely SMITTEN.
This recipe is so easy, so quick to prepare, yet it yields the most amazing side dish.
This fried rice contains aromatics like ginger and red pepper flakes. Among other yummy ingredients it contains nuts, soy sauce and there’s an egg added to it in the end which makes the whole dish really amazing and delicious. You need to try this one, I can tell you that. It’s a crowd pleaser!
¼ cup toasted pine nuts, almonds, peanuts, or cashews
2 tablespoons minced cilantro (optional)
Set the bowls of aromatics, vegetables, rice and soy sauce near your stove.
Heat your wok over high heat, then lower the heat to medium high.
Pull the wok off the heat and add 2 tablespoon of oil. Pick up the pan and carefully swirl it to coat the bottom and sides. (If the wok smokes wildly the moment you add the oil you've overheated the wok. Remove the wok from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.)
Stir-fry the ginger and red pepper flakes for about 10 seconds.
Add the carrots and stir fry for 30 seconds.
Add the corn and peas and stir fry for 1 minute.
Swirl the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil into the wok.
Add the rice and scallions stir-fry for 2 minutes.
Season the rice with the salt and white pepper.
Pour the soy sauce around the edges of the wok and stir-fry.
Stir in 1 beaten egg. Stir-fry until the egg is no longer wet. Stir in the nuts and cilantro.
With fall in full swing, I often find myself contemplating the amazing beauty it brings. In my world, the loveliest thing about this season is comfort food (what else is new?). And confetti colored leaves. And warm blankets. And Holiday cookies looming on the horizon.
Mmmm, sweet sweet fall.
With the above mentioned mood in my soul I prepared a really comforting soup for you today. It combines broccoli, carrots and a lot of cheese and is deliciously creamy. The epitome of comfort, don’t you think?
Today I am stopping by to share another recipe with you. It’s a lovely pasta dish that’s very easy and quick to make. A perfect choice for a weeknight dinner. So if you are looking for a flavorful meal that is nourishing and will please the crowds, this is it. We really loved it…
3 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) squares
salt and pepper
3 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp red pepper flakes
6 cups (1400 ml) chicken broth
14 oz (400 grams) penne
1 medium broccoli, cut into florets
1 cup (190 grams) oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, coarsely chopped
¾ cup (170 ml) heavy cream
¾ cup (80 grams) grated Parmesan
1 tbsp lemon juice
In a large skillet or pot, heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken, season with salt and pepper. Cook until the chicken is cooked through (about 12 minutes). Place the chicken in a bowl and set aside.
Add the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil in the skillet, add the onion, ½ tsp salt and cook until the onion softens. Then stir in the garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes and cook about 30 seconds.
Add the chicken broth, bring to a boil, then add the pasta. Cook until the liquid is very thick and syrupy (almost completely absorbed), 12 - 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in the broccoli florets and sun-dried tomatoes, cover and cook until the broccoli is almost tender (4-5 minutes).
On medium-high heat, stir in the cream, Parmesan, chicken and allow to simmer uncovered until the chicken is heated through.
Remove the skillet from the heat, stir in the lemon juice.
These days, for some strange reason, I have been craving chocolate like never before. Maybe I am just trying to find energy in all the possible places. Maybe January does this to me. Maybe it’s just hormones that are playing games with me these days (8 months preggers, have I mentioned? Oh, yes… Sorry for being so quiet about it for so long.). Well, who knows… Maybe it’s all combined.
So, given the fact stated above, I knew my fate was sealed the moment I saw a recipe for Double Chocolate Banana Bread.
Double Chocolate Banana Bread?
Can a recipe possibly sound any more tempting and delicious?
Without any hesitation I gave this thing a try and what I realized was that I have never ever tasted a banana bread so good and my place has never been filled with a better scent than the one that was coming out of the oven while this chocolatey miracle was baking. Absolutely heartwarmingly amazing!
This recipe is really gorgeous and if you are into chocolate, you must, must, must give it a try…