Fried Rice and Spice Giveaway

by BiteSizedJessica on March 6, 2013

Fried Rice © 2013 Jonathan Meter
Late at night when there’s nothing to snack on, Jonathan and I have been resorting to fried rice. We seem to always have a carton of stale Chinese rice in the fridge (delish right?) and always have at least one or two eggs and an onion as well. That’s pretty much all you need to make a good batch of fried rice, although we got a little fancy for this one and added zested garlic, ginger and sliced scallions just so we weren’t total barbarians, eating stale rice and fried eggs like dogs.

But this dish really is a last minute, we are broke type of meal. It’s so cheap and easy to make, and the ingredients need not be fresh. Enjoy late-night and try not to worry about how your stomach will feel tomorrow.

Ingredients:
(Serves 2)

2 tbsp oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, zested
1 finger length ginger, grated
1 carton stale takeout rice
2 tbsp butter
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp rice wine vinegar
1/2 tsp sesame oil
2 eggs
1 bunch scallions, sliced

What to do: 

1. Dice onions and saute them in the oil until they are browned and crispy. Lower the heat and sweat out the garlic and ginger until just softened.
2. Add the rice and butter and mix with a wooden spoon. You want the rice to combine with the onion mixture and get a bit crispy as well.
3. Deglaze with the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and sesame oil.
4. Add the eggs and scramble them together with the rice using a fork.
5. When the eggs are cooked, add the scallions and stir just to combine. Serve hot!

Making fried Rice © 2013 Jonathan Meter

I love experimenting with new recipes and trying out foods I haven’t made before. I also have a huge collection of cookbooks, most of which sit idly on my bookshelf. I feel kind of guilty about them. Many of them were expensive, were gifts, or were resolutions of mine to cook a broader expanse of cuisines and recipes. They were promises to myself and my family that I would challenge myself to learn more, cook more, do more.  Now, they loom like tomes of guilt, daring me to dust off their pages and take a leap of faith into a new recipe.

I’m sure many of you experience this same guilt, although maybe not as melodramatically as I do. A lot of my hesitance to experimenting with new recipes and cookbooks is the expense. Specifically, herbs and spices. Herbs and spices are some of the most costly ingredients, especially when a recipe calls for ½ teaspoon of sumac. Sumac? Seriously? This is one pretty obscure ingredient, and although commonly used in Middle Eastern cooking, it is used so infrequently in my household and in such a small amount that I have a hard time spending $4.99 on an 8-oz jar that I am certain will expire before I use even a quarter of it.

Here’s where this Spice Giveaway comes in! Cooking Planit is conducting a huge spice giveaway involving 50 bloggers. So that means that myself and 49 other people are each giving away a set of 26 spices. The retail value of the spice collection is about $100. The inspirational value of dusting off those old cookbooks and experimenting? – priceless.

Here’s a list of spices included in the set:

Onion Powder
Spice GiveawayRosemary
Nutmeg Powder
Red Pepper Flakes
Coriander Powder
Cayenne Pepper
Ground Cloves
Chinese Five Spice
Turmeric
Curry Powder
Yellow Mustard
Pennsylvania Pepper
Cardamon Powder
Cajun Seasoning
Allspice Powder
Hill Country Chili Powder
Ginger Root Powder
Manzanillo Mexico Seasoning

So basically, over the course of the next few weeks, two bloggers will be launching giveaways each day. That’s two chances a day to win! Our contest will begin on Wednesday, March 13th, so check back next Monday, March 11th for details.  In the meantime, be sure to check out these other blogs for details during their contest period and 49 other chances to win. Here’s a list of participants!

2013 Cooking Planit Spice Giveaway Participants

Start

Stop

Flight 1

Flight 2

1

3/6/13

3/12/13

Sophistishe

Field and Feast

2

3/7/13

3/13/13

The Wicked Noodle

The Cooking Planit Blog

3

3/8/13

3/14/13

The Aliso Kitchen

Slow Down & Savor

4

3/9/13

3/15/13

Chicago Foodie Sisters

Jessiker Bakes

5

3/10/13

3/16/13

My Happily Ever After the End

The Food Yenta

6

3/11/13

3/17/13

Notes from Maggie’s Farm

Food Fash

7

3/12/13

3/18/13

My Kitchen Addictions

What Jew Wanna Eat

8

3/13/13

3/19/13

Bite Sized Blog

Nicole’s Nickels

9

3/14/13

3/20/13

A Busy Mom of Two

Food Squeeze

10

3/15/13

3/21/13

Kasey’s Kitchen

Kitchen Concoctions

11

3/16/13

3/22/13

Daily Ups & Pounds

Lisa Cooking

12

3/17/13

3/23/13

Ditch the Box

Huppie Mama

13

3/18/13

3/24/13

Hungry Hutch

Food Fetish

14

3/19/13

3/25/13

Cook the Blog

Three Diets. One Dinner

15

3/20/13

3/26/13

Sugarfoot Eats

Gear Live

16

3/21/13

3/27/13

CopyKat Recipes

The Mouthy Housewives

17

3/22/13

3/28/13

Burnt Apple

The Butterfly Mom

18

3/23/13

3/29/13

The Mama Report

Ancestral Chef

19

3/24/13

3/30/13

A Food Centric Life

We Like To Cook

20

3/25/13

3/31/13

Dixie Chik Cooks

Baby Boomster

21

3/26/13

4/1/13

Unorganized Mommy of 3

Much Ado About Fooding

22

3/27/13

4/2/13

Better with Butter

The Primlani Kitichen

23

3/28/13

4/3/13

Mother Would Know

California Country Gal

24

3/29/13

4/4/13

Yi Reservation

NY Foodgasm

25

3/30/13

4/5/13

ME Redone

Creative Cullinary

    **I was gifted the prize for this contest.
Our contest is only 1 week long so don’t miss out on the chance to win these awesome spices!

 

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