Thursday, September 18, 2008

golden pineapple fried rice

My husband, dear sweet man that he is, is not a very demonstrative person. It is part of his laid back personality, and I've come to terms with it in the years we've been together, even though I'm more... hysterical, I guess. We balance each other out, right? That's why I was so surprised that he kept asking me, "Did you blog that fried rice yet?" He probably asked me like 5 times today! I shouldn't have been so surprised, though- that fried rice was so, so delicious, I've been having a hard time forgetting about it too.


The idea for this dinner came from the same place that roughly 95% of our meals come from- "Oh, we have to eat this before it goes bad." In this case, it was the other half of that massive hunk of tri-tip beef we took camping. It was kind of a down-to-the-wire, eat it now or throw it away kind of deal, and we sat at the kitchen table, brainstorming for awhile when I saw the little light click on above Jason's head. DING! Pineapple fried rice!

Jason tells me that this is a sort of a cross between a golden curry and standard pineapple fried rice, but the results were- oh my god you guys, they were amazing. I've been sort of on a not-so-strict diet the last few months (most people are surprised to learn that I barely nibble on Summer's sweet creations), mostly consisting of eating smaller portions and exercising. It's going great, but I was peeved when I COULD NOT STOP EATING this meal. I ate a larger portion than I probably should have at dinner, and then later I ate half the leftovers before I went to bed. Then, I woke up at 7 a.m. and ate the other half for breakfast. DAMN. After eating dinner, I looked lovingly into my husband's eyes and said, "Honey- that tasted just like it came from a food cart." To hoity toity folk who don't understand the glory of roach-coach food, that might sound like an insult, but at our table it was high praise.


Okay, enough hype- here's the recipe that Jason wrote down for me. It's kind of labor intensive, so make sure you have at least 3 plates laying around to reserve things and then add them back in.


1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium sized carrot, diced
1 cup of peas (we used frozen)
2 eggs, scrambled
1 handful of chopped cilantro
2 1/2 cups cooked jasmine rice
1/2 to 1 lb. meat or tofu
3/4 cup pineapple juice
1 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1/2 cup tamari
2 tbsp. yellow curry powder

To Cook:

1. Cook meat or tofu, set aside.

2. Cook scrambled eggs, set aside.

3. Cook onion, carrot, pea, garlic, & pineapple chunks, set aside.

4. Fry rice for 1 minute

5. Add the veggies back in.

6. Add pineapple juice, tamari, and curry powder.

7. Add meat, egg, & cilantro

8. Garnish with cashews, green onion, & cilantro.

He also added a note at the bottom that says *MAKE SURE WOK IS HOT!!!

That's it. Add oil as needed for each ingredient, of course. I can't guarantee that this is a "traditional" way to make fried rice, but I will tell you that every single bite of this dish was amazing. Even our 2 year old gobbled the whole thing down. The best thing about it is that it's easy to make vegan- all you have to do is replace the meat with tofu or tempeh, and omit the eggs. (or use crumbled tofu for eggs and tempeh for "meat.") This recipe served 3, but it probably could have served 4 or more, depending on whether or not you made a side dish. And, now I'm hungry again. Dangit.


Justina Selim said...

Just found your blog and love it! This looks so yummy! I will have to try it! Thanks!

VeggieGirl said...

Haha, that's cute about you and your husband :0)

Mmm, delicious rice dish!

Julia said...

I came across your blog on Tastespotting with the campfire cakes, and absolutely love it. You have a new regular reader :-)
BTW, I'm also a huge fan of anything miniature or single-sized; that's what my whole blog is about, so I'll be on the lookout for more of those recipes here!

Laura said...

Yum Yum .I hope I can talk your dear husband into making this. When you are out for your visit. I really enjoy lookin at your bread &honey Blog .Keep up the good work and delicious recipes.Cant wait to see you

Wendy said...

Oh, you know it's good when you wanna eat it for breakfast!

(I recently did the same thing with a grilled vegetable potato salad.)

I can't wait to try this. Sounds fantastic!

Wendy said...

Oh also, your husband sounds just like mine. :)

Soon, Then said...

Oh yum. When we eat out, our first thought for a restaurant is almost ALWAYS Thai Noon on Alberta. Everything here is good, its inexpensive, and my fave dish on the menu is Pineapple Fried Rice.
We haven't been eating out lately, so I haven't had the chance to have this lately. I'm so excited to make it at home! This blog is the best!

j.cro said...

I'm new to your blog and I just love it. The photography is incredible and inspiring.
Thank you!!!!!

gkbloodsugar said...

I've not yet been to sample the street food of Thailand, or the Golden Curries of Japan, but I can imagine being jostled by busy market-goers whilst having a go at this.

Great job!

Alicia Carrier said...

Laura, I will totally sucker Jason into making this for everyone. Or I can do it, since now I have the recipe. Can't wait to see you guys!

~Madeline~ said...

I hope you've forgiven yourself for eating too much of this. I don't blame you, it looks delicious! I have a feeling I'll be facing the same fate when I try this. Which will be very soon.

Susan C said...

I love this food blog. I saw that you left a comment on Martha's blog re. the blog contest (or whatever they're calling it). I'm rooting for Bread & Honey.

Susan C said...

I love this food blog. I saw that you left a comment on Martha's blog re. the blog contest (or whatever they're calling it). I'm rooting for Bread & Honey.

missicality said...

Damn, this post re-ignited my addiction for fried rice! Unfortunately I'm on phase one South Beach diet at the moment :( But once I'm back in the carbs-eating market, I will surely give this one a try! It looks divine (and this is from an asian fried-rice eater pov)!

Laura said...

grandThanks Alice . I can hardly wait.Hmm I am hungry

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

The thing with fried rice is I *ALWAYS* eat more than I should. This pineapple fried rice would be no exception.

tamarindandthyme said...

That's some beautiful fried rice...not sure whether to sit and admire it or eat it! Mmm...gonna add pineapple and curry to my next fried rice - thanks for the idea!

Jesse said...

Wow - so several people have husbands like mine. Weird :) That fried rice looks amazing. Any seasoning ideas for the tofu that wouldn't overpower the rest of the dish? I was thinking carmelized tofu with sugar and soy sauce, but it might be too much.