Needed a shot of something that rolls, for the Sunday Challenge group on Ipernity. I was going to shoot some marbles, crystal balls or loo rolls 😀 but got lucky as Phil was having a fight with one of the breakfast sausages he was cooking this morning, it kept rolling off the grill pan, so here it is for the daily shot too 🙂
Also last night Phil cooked tea, had a bit of a shock when I walked into the kitchen 😀
Cooking a fried rice is a labour of love. The cooking time itself is short, but the preparation seems to go on forever. This one took over an hour, but I don’t mind, I was in the mood. You can fry most stuff up with rice and do a little or a lot, but this was a special one so had lots of different elements. It was a sunny day today and I had intend to go for a walk to Wardley Lake with my camera, but we took our chucking up cat Storm
to the vet this morning as she has started eating cat litter in the middle of the night and then chucking THAT up,sigh, and then we went to ASDA food shopping, and I had to see a client this evening so had to do my cooking this afternoon. I was determined to take photo’s though, so thought I’d do some food photography with the Fuji. I also thought I would process them uniformly and applied a VSCO cam fuji kodak gold preset to each shot, I’m not overly a fan of presets that make your digital shots look like film, because of course they don’t look like film. I’ve got old photo’s on Kodak film and they look nothing like my digitals with a preset. Maybe they just look how we would like film shots to look 🙂 anyway I quite liked the effect of this particular preset.
So onto the cooking bit. OK, when you do a fried rice you need to gather your chosen ingredients that are going in with the rice, chop them all up and put them in separate plates/dishes. Then fry them in a little olive oil, in a wok, one set at a time, and in the right order. You need a large bowl with a colander in it, as each time you fry a set you then tip it into the colander and any excess oil/water drains through to the bottom of the bowl. While you’re doing this you should already have your rice cooking, or you can use rice you already have cooked. I use jasmine or basmati rice and add a good teaspoon of Turmeric or Saffron to the water to colour the rice. I like a lot of different colours in my fried rice.
So here we go..
always start with frying the chopped onions and garlic together. I used a red onion just for the colour. Get your oil hot and flash fry at high heat for a minute to get tasty charred edges to the onions. Yum. 🙂 Then into the colander and wipe your wok out with a paper towel. Trust me, it’s better to start each time with a fresh dollop of oil. You don’t need a lot of oil, just enough to coat the bottom of the wok, this is a healthy recipe :).
I like peas in my fried rice so thats the next thing to go in the wok. Once you’ve given them a quick stir fry, add a 1/4 glass of water, turn the heat down so they are bubbling not boiling,put a lid on and go to the loo/ take a pic of the cat/
read a book/go on internet for 2 minutes,~ then tip into the colander and wipe out the wok, OK, I’m not going to put ‘ tip into the colander, wipe out wok’ every time now, tip & wipe will suffice.
Add any other veg you like, I did this next 3 all at the same time, (no I don’t know why peas are separate, trust me and just do them on their own). Make sure your oil is hot before chucking them in. When you’ve done a minute flash fry, add a little water and also this time a couple of good lugs of light soy sauce. Put a lid on and get a drink/take a picture of the cat/check your FB,Twitter,Instagram for 3 minutes. Tip & wipe.
I know, not the easiest name to deal with, but I like the exotic oriental stuff for my fried rice, and shiitake mushrooms are from Japan. They are more chewy than the usual mushrooms with a delicate nutty flavour. It is considered a medicinal mushroom in some forms of traditional medicine. Maybe I’ll give some to the cat.
I like baby sweetcorn, it’s sweet. And a little crunchy.
This was the first time I used Mangetouts, and just fancied something different, plus I liked the name. Very tasty, quite sweet and crunchy, I left them whole.
I like to add some bamboo shoots as Phil loves them, I don’t, and water chestnuts as I love them,Phil don’t.:) I always use canned ones as I wouldn’t know where to buy fresh.
Same cooking method as for the veg combination.
On to the meat. If you’re veggie you can leave this bit out and still have a lush fried rice. You can use most types of meat & shellfish, but lamb and beef don’t really work as well as chicken, prawns or pork. Today I used pre-cooked char siu pork ( pork with a coating of chinese 5 spice) and chicken coated in chilli & spices, and king prawns soaked in chilli and coriander. You can use just one or a combination of any cooked meat.
Get your oil hot, chuck it all in and stir fry, reduce the heat if it starts sticking to the bottom of the pan. Don’t add water this time but do add a couple of splashes of dark soy sauce. Tip & Wipe.
By this time you’ll be getting hot, so get a cool drink to keep you going 🙂 I recommend
Now we put it all together. Heat some oil in the wok but on a medium heat. Put the rice in and get it all stir fried, then tip the contents of the colander in on top and start turning it into the rice, when you do this don’t ‘stir’ as such, it’s more like the action you do to fold flour into cake mix.
Add a good sprinkling of Chinese 5 spice, a tiny dash of sea salt (optional) and a good sprinkle of ground black peppercorns. Leave on a low low heat turning every so often while you
Make an omelette.
Chinese fried rice always comes with chopped up omelette so get a little frying pan, and make an omelette in your usual fashion, when ready, cut into strips and add to the fried rice. Chinese people eat from bowls with chopsticks, if you can’t manage chopsticks a dessert spoon is better than a fork. But still use bowls so the rice stays hot, on a plate your last few mouthfuls would be cold. Some chinese crackers and a glass of wine to go with and some oyster sauce splashed on top finishes it off nicely. Try it, it’s delish!
I have not included how much of anything you need to have, it always depends on how many you are cooking for. I use a ratio of 3/5 goodies to 2/5 rice, thereabouts. But these are the other bits you need..
I once lodged for several months with a lovely lady called Jo
and she taught me some of the ways of cooking chinese, 25 yrs on and I still do dinner parties with her recipes, lucky to have had the experience 🙂
I have had a busy couple of weeks, with not too many opportunities for photography, but managed a few iPhone shots. Have been upgraded now to the 6 and the camera is better. Last week I went down south to visit Ben and Lewis as it was Lewis’ 5th birthday. On the Saturday we took him to Milton Keynes shopping centre, and had a Burger King lunch and then shopping for transformers.
Sunday was the actual birthday party which had a superhero theme, and Lewis was going to be Batman. A few ninja moves practised first…
then getting ready for the suit…
a few minutes with Dad on the iPad
and then the suit!
On the Sunday afternoon I went to stay with my friend Helen in Biggleswade, the weather was so awful we couldn’t go out with our cameras, but made do with a shot of Harley, who slept with me on the sofa and kept my legs warm in the night.
Then back home on the Monday and back to work Tuesday. I managed a lunch break in Redcar and took a couple of shots
This weekend is Phil’s birthday weekend ~ officially tomorrow but I’ll be at work all day, so I’ve cooked some yummy dinners for him and left a present for him for tomorrow. Phil’s sister and her hubster came over this afternoon and also Shelley and Cal, they brought Birthday cake….
I tried cooking Salmon & Spinach En Croute from Jamie Olivers recipes. I normally suck at following a recipe but this one turned out really yummy.
A gazillion calories but it was delicioso and well it was a birthday treat!
Back to work tomorrow and the weather is still grotty and cold. Come on Spring, had enough of winter now.
Which it is here at the moment, and quite sunny, but cold now autumn is passing and winter is looming. I’ve had a week off work which is great, but also not so great as it’s the last day and am back to work tomorrow. 😦 I do like not being at work, a lot. The weather has not been so kind though and I have not got out much which is a shame as I’d fancied a few walks with my camera, but I did read a lot, I finished the series of Jack Reacher novels, and am into book 4 of C.J.Sansome’s Shardlake series, set in Henry the 8th days and as we are currently watching the HBO series The Tudors ties in nicely with that.
My visit with Helen last week inspired a trip to ASDA where I purchased a slow cooker, and last Monday cooked pulled chicken which was lush, forgot to take pics of the end result but here it is in action!
Helen also gave me a cutting from her bamboo plant, and I spent yesterday potting it and also moved all my herb pots indoors to protect them from frost.
Have also been doing stuff around the house, sorted out my spice shelf which was in a bit of disarray!
Phil is quite shocked at my domestication! Not sure how long it will last.:D
On Wednesday night we had a spectacular sunset over Wardley, so I hung out of bedroom windows to get some photos of it, it was glorious.
Friday I had a meeting with Rory from our head office to get some new equipment for work, and to learn some new test procedures, it was a long day and my head was at exploding point by the end of it, but worth giving my day up to get the training.
On Friday night Phil and I always have ‘music night’ where we play loads of discs, get quite merry, and sometimes I get a live performance!
So today it’s sunny as I said, and I would love to go out with the Nikon, but I have to learn all the stuff I did on Friday, ready for tomorrow. Practice makes perfect and all that. But I took a couple of pics in the garden for my fix.
Here we are again at the end of another week, Autumn is just about upon us, the trees are starting to turn quite quickly now, and they’re moulting. We’ve had some nice sunny days, and thats’s never a bad thing.
I did have my mega busy day on Wednesday, and no time to stop for photo’s, but on Thursday I managed 10 mins to take a shot of St.Mary’s lighthouse while I was in Whitley Bay.
On Friday I had a day off, and as Phil was off too so we went into South Shields to check the junk market and do some banking. Also I bought a new lens & film combo for the Hipstamatic app on the Iphone and wanted to test it out. Couldn’t believe the silly old lady person was there again, dancing to a busker, and this time I did take a shot as she was entertaining a little girl in her pram. Still wearing the green dress, but a nice blue cardigan with dogs on!
Well I guess silly or not, it’s good to be full of fun and dancing when you are old. Think I may be doing the same, but in the privacy of my own living room!!
The guy had a nice voice. For anyone who remembers, a couple of weeks ago I was remarking on the shutting down of shops and the opening of a new trainer store..
Well 2 weeks on and ta dah!!!
not exactly overrun with customers. Looks pretty though.
Also one of those human statue people was in town, I last saw him in Newcastle, got a better shot of him today.
Phil and I had a good rummage around the junk market,
and had our lunch sitting in the eighteenth century Town Hall that is in the centre of the Market Square
Lots of ‘Produce’ which is the buzzword for fruit n veg these days 🙂 but I didn’t buy anything this week, Phil found a couple of cheapo dvd’s though and we watched Pompeii (the newish one) in the evening,which was laughably historically incorrect, had loads of cool CGI effects and starred Kit Harrington with a rather fetching 6 pack, so a good romp. I Was NOT impressed with the ending. Spoiler alert…..they died!!!
Phil worked on Saturday and I was going out with Sophie on a shoot, but the rain came in so we called it off. I took a shot out of my window so this is my front room view, gloomy skies or what?
So I did some housework and read my book, then blow me but the sun came out and it ended up a nice afternoon, but too late to salvage the shoot, so I took some more shots indoors and out, at home.
I bought these groovy candle holders on my previous trip to the junk market, they are quite heavy and cast lovely refractions of light. Got 3 for £1, was disappointed this week not to find any more.
I loved the sun shining on the web on the birdfeeder, this one was very fine and delicate and the spidey was very small.
One of the flowers on a plant still going strong 2 years after I bought it. Really it should have perished last winter, but it was so mild it just kept going.
My new glasses, quite classy I think. Still have to take them off to read. Am just starting No.4 of the Jack Reacher series of books by Lee Child, I’m also re- reading C.J Sansome’s Shardlake series, so plenty of good stories for me at lunchtimes and bedtimes. I do love my books. I don’t care if they’re on the Ipad or paper, so long as I have something good to read I’m happy. Talking of lunch, I’ve recently tried and fallen for Sushi, never thought I would but I tried some on a whim and now am hooked!
I don’t suppose it’s much like the real thing, as it’s supermarket stuff and not restaurant, but it’ll do for me.
A quiet day today for me and Phil, as family were busy doing other things, so we got up late and did our own things. I had to do my SUnday challenge photo for Ipernity, the theme was ‘Legs”
so that’s my take on it 🙂
And this evening we cooked a magnificent dinner, I did the special roastie spuds Phil likes, and he cooked his superb Lamb in red wine sauce. It was bloody lush man!
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