Friday, May 14, 2010

Everybody Cooks Rice

We checked out the best children's book from our local library called Everybody Cooks Rice.   Its a story about a mom who is making rice for dinner.   She tells her daughter to go look for her brother and tell him its time for dinner.   The daughter goes around the neighborhood into each of her neighbor's home looking for her brother.   Every neighbor is making rice for dinner, but every neighbor is from a different country so each rice dish is different.   The best part of the book is that in the back of the book is a recipe for each rice dish.

We took a couple of weeks making each recipe except for the one which we couldn't find any pigeon peas.   My kids were good sports and at least tried each recipe.    I had fun making all of the recipes.   I'm not sure what my favorite was, but when I asked the kids they said their favorite was Mrs. Tran's Fried Rice, so its the recipe I'm listing below.    They almost said Mrs. Hua's Tofu with Vegetables, not because they liked the dish (because they didn't) but because they got to eat it with chopsticks.   I enjoyed the Biryani and would like to make it again with a little tweaking.   If you aren't into experimenting with rice, they also have Everybody Bakes Bread, Serves Soup, and Brings Noodles.

Mrs. Tran's Fried Rice

2 eggs
1 T Butter
1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
3 T oil
1/2 c green peas
1/2 c corn
1 carrot, peeled and grated
1 t sugar
1 T fish sauce
2 T soy sauce
4 cups cold cooked rice

1)  Scramble the eggs in butter and set aside.

2)   In a wok or large frying pan over medium heat, saute onion in oil until it's transparent

3)  Add the vegetables and cook, stirring, for three minutes

4)  Add sugar, fish sauce, and soy sauce, and mix well.

5)  Add rice and cook for about five minutes, stirring frequently, until all the food it hot.

6)  Chop up the scrambled eggs, mix them in, and serve.

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