Monthly Archives: March 2012

Smoked Tofu & Egg Fried Rice

There are so many ways to make fried rice. In fact, I don’t seem to have a fix recipe for fried rice.  As all of you may know, it is a versatile dish that you can improvise based on the ingredients you have on hand. All you have to do is to saute them with some cooked rice and eggs. Leftover rice is even better!

   

In my grocery bag & my days away from home

I was in Sydney for 2 days for work training. The morning on the training day which was the last Thursday happens to be the wettest day in March since 1984. Sydney was drenched by heavy downpour and so was I. Thankfully the rain didn’t last all day and I had the opportunity to wander around town, enjoying the hustle and bustle of a big city.

When I got back, my fridge supply was running low.  Despite feeling like doing nothing for the rest of the weekend, I managed to make a trip to get some supplies to kick start my work week:-

  1. Baguette -  I walked pass the bread section and couldn’t resist the smell of freshly baked baguette. So it came home with me. :)
  2. Australian garlic – I love local garlic. It is a bit expensive than the foreign imports, but for a garlic lover like myself, it is totally worth the splurge!
  3. Cheeses – I haven’t had cheeses at home since I moved. And Cheezels don’t count!
  4. Chopped frozen spinach – May make a variation of this later this week.
  5. Spiced olive – A sudden craving! No, I’m not pregnant!
  6. Expressi capsules – strength no. 10 – Since I bought the Expressi coffee machine (think a more affordable version of Nespresso), I have ditched my instant coffee and minimise the frequency of getting takeaway coffee.  This is one of the worthwhile purchases I’ve made lately. In addition, you can get the capsules from Aldi which is pretty much everywhere nowadays.  So it’s a plus for non-city dwellers like moi.

Sharing is caring. Here’re the snippets of my trip:-

   

“Creamy” Roast Chicken and Rice Soup

Thanks to my heritage, I eat rice quite frequently. It comes as no surprise that rice cooker is a must have in my kitchen. As I own a big rice cooker (more than I need for a household of two people),  I seem to have a never ending supply of leftover rice.

   

In my grocery bag

As predicted, it has been raining for the full weekend. Since I cannot go out and play,  I’ve made good use of time cooking  and did some unpacking. Yes, it has been 3 months plus since I have moved in, but I’m a slow unpacker.  Another good thing came out of this weekend was the Telstra technician came on Saturday and installed our landline while raining cats and dogs. I was worried for a sec that they might cancel the installation because of the rain but to my relief, they didn’t (really appreciate this, Telstra)!  So I’m half way back to civilisation and can’t wait to get my internet connected SOON!

Here’s what I got from the supermarket to kick start my week:-

  1. Carrots, potatoes, Golden Curry and chicken stir fry pieces (not pictured) – I plan to make a big pot of Japanese curry. This should get me covered for a couple of days, lunch and dinner. Recipe is here.
  2. Snack Pots Cocktail Mix – my favourite snack at the moment. A good mix of salt, sweet and spicy (from the wasabi peas).
  3. Green apples and lime. Love green apples, peanut butter and the new Kellogg’s Fibre Toppers. Lime – a revival of honey tea and lime back to my life.
  4. Ready to eat brown rice – a life saver when I ran out of leftover rice for making fried rice.

Have a great week everyone!