Friday, November 20, 2015

What's Cooking: Leftover Rice?

Getting sick was one of my biggest fears about joining the Peace Corps. It wasn't necessarily the act of being ill, although that's wholly unpleasant, but it was that I'd be all alone and have to take care of myself in some foreign place.

After two bouts of illness here, I can attest that this has definitely not been the case. The first round, I had other volunteers to lean on, literally, and the support of great trainers who insisted I rest and delivered me a tree sized stalk of bananas. Over the weekend, it was my village that came to my aid. Word spread quickly that I was sick and next thing I knew, I was being inundated with casserole dishes of cooked rice, cheese and even a fresh watermelon.

The point of this post isn't to brag about how awesome Adourekoman is (I do that every day) or to tell you that getting sick is as inevitable as it is easy to deal with here. My point is to share a quick and easy recipe for when you have way-too-much-my-kitchen-was-overflowing leftover rice. I present to you Easy-Peasy Garlic Fried Rice.

Easy-Peasy Garlic Fried Rice

Leftover rice, or precooked rice
2 eggs
2 small onions
2 cloves garlic
1 small can of peas, or frozen (carrots and other veggies too if you have access!)
Vegetable oil
Soy sauce
Sesame oil

In a skillet, or wok if you're fancy and not in Peace Corps, heat about 1 tbs of vegetable oil. Dice onion and garlic and add to skillet. Cook until onion becomes translucent, several minutes. Add two eggs and scramble together with onion mixture. Add peas and other vegetables. Add rice and mix well.  Add soy sauce, amount varies by taste and amount of rice, until rice is a browner color (applicable even if using brown rice. Oh brown rice how I miss thee!) Drizzle with sesame oil (optional) and serve. Impress all of your neighbors with your transformed rice dish and yovo cooking skills.

So, this is definitely not the healthiest of dishes, but this is Peace Corps and we have to indulge ourselves once in a while!

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