Fried rice has been staple in our house. This classic dish is a catch-all in that the recipe accommodates numerous permutations of leftover meat and vegetables, mingled with rice, soy (or fish) sauce, and egg. The resultant amalgamation is unfailingly pleasing, as well as sating. Today’s fried rice, predictably, is chili. As chili itself is defined by undefined boundaries, this couple ought to hit it off quite well.
Mix in a pot
2T sesame oil
½ pound ham, diced
1 C onion, diced
¼ C jalapeno, diced finely
½ T sugar
1 T chili powder
1 T soy sauce
½ t cumin
½ t salt
3 cloves garlic, smashed
Fry over medium heat until meat begins to brown and onions become soft.
3C cooked parboiled rice
1 C frozen mix of pea and carrot
Fry over medium heat 10 minutes.
Push the rice to the side.
Add to the unoccupied area of the pot:
Fry until almost set, then break yolks.
Chop eggs with spatula and mix into rice along with:
½ C fresh tomato- diced, diced baby
The ITP was noticeable distracted at dinner time. Astonishingly, it was not pie that had outcompeted today’s chili for their attention. It was John Travolta. I’m to blame for the Travolta diversion, although preoccupying the Involuntary Taste Panel with reflections on the star of Saturday Night Fever and Welcome Back Kotter was not my intention. I merely voiced my concern for our 5th grader no longer having a “dance unit” in gym class. I lamented that he now would (likely) miss the opportunity to become the next Travolta. The ITP pounced on this and launched into an unflinching, yet (very) modestly informed career retrospective. Crazy thing is, I fell into a trance. Many of my synapses ceased firing and, just for a fleeting moment, I believed I was watching Entertainment Tonight. Anyway, after what seemed like an eternity, I regained my faculties and hence was able to force the ITP to divulge that they liked the chili. Consensus being that they didn’t enjoy the chili fried rice much as they enjoy the more standard fried rice. Now, if I can persuade them to refer to me as ”Mister Kah-tayhr” everything will be just fine.