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Breakfast Fried Rice

30 May

(Your next favorite killer comfort breakfast is good for you and has various tweaks for various diets…)

Breakfast Fried Rice

Breakfast Fried Rice, sans necessary extras

After a few years of On Food and Film (time sure flies!), it must now be obvious how much I love breakfast. Savory breakfast at least. Sure, I’ll eat a pancake or french toast if you shove it in front of me but otherwise, savory breakfast rules.

Well, then. Let me give you a savory comfort breakfast that will satisfy you completely. It’s also fairly healthy and can adapt to a variety of diets.

You see, along with loving breakfast, and chicken, and pasta, and salad, and… I love rice. I’ve mentioned that growing up Cajun the starch that was our staple was white rice not potatoes. Rice is a wonderful vessel for so many things… Gravy! Au jus! Red beans! Butter! Gumbo! Etouffee! When I was in grade school, I loved white rice topped with French’s Yellow Mustard (long story). Oh hell, I still do. But I even love rice all by its lonesome.

I also love fried rice. Once a week growing up in my hometown of Port Arthur, Texas, Mom, Dad, my brother David and I went to The Dragon Inn, a restaurant in downtown Port Arthur run by a wonderful man named Johnny. If you’ve seen the final scene of A Christmas Story, you know what Johnny and the restaurant were like, although The Dragon Inn was a long rectangle shooting in perpendicular fashion back from the street. It had a bar on one side and booths all along the other. Painted on the booth side wall, winding the length of the restaurant, was a single, very long Chinese dragon that enthralled me for years. Johnny is who hooked me on Mu Shu Pork, Sweet and Sour Pork, Beef with Snow Peas and amazing fried rice. 

Back to breakfast: I’ve been working out early mornings as of late, with a terrific trainer named Ryan, who suggested the best time to eat carbs was after a hard workout. When he said, ‘You can even use white rice’ I lit up, given I’ve been avoiding rice lately trying to slim down. His suggestion was the only encouragement I needed and voila! Breakfast Fried Rice was born.

Click here for the recipe: Continue reading

When Friends Cook Vol. 1

27 Jul

There are few things I enjoy or appreciate more than someone cooking for me. Given how much I love to cook, this doesn’t happen often. And to be honest, given how particular I can be, particular being a code word for control freak, it took a while for me to let go and enjoy someone taking the cooking reins. Years ago I almost destroyed a friendship when said friend roasted a chicken for me in my own kitchen. I couldn’t resist giving notes in the guise of questions that started with ‘Are you sure you want to…?” The friendship thankfully survived and I learned to shut up. Age and a debatable amount of maturity have further enabled me to sit back and enjoy a friend preparing a meal, even in my own kitchen.

Martinis certainly help.

One such friend is one of my best friends, David Hendren. He is a terrific artist. (Click here to check out a little of his art.) He is also an excellent cook. In exchange for using a shed in my backyard as his studio, a plus as it means he is often around, he cooks a meal every month or so for whomever happens to be around that evening. These are lovely nights for me. I can sit back, relax, focus on good conversation and enjoy what is always an amazing meal.

David is a better tinkerer than I in the kitchen. Some of the best meals he has prepared were dishes he threw together without a recipe, replicating something he enjoyed at a restaurant or trying an idea based on what was fresh at the market that afternoon. Two of his best dishes I ask for him to repeat are tomato-based. One is a spicy salsa with a hell of a beautiful kick. The second is a tomato sauce/marinara that is incredibly versatile. Both are outstanding. Given it is summer and vine ripe tomatoes are plentiful, I asked him to donate these two recipes to the blog. (One actually uses canned tomatoes but we’re not sticklers here at On Food And Film.)

Click here to read more about David and get his two killer tomato recipes