Saturday, March 12, 2011
My Stepmother Linda, who is half Japanese, used to make rice with raw egg yolk and dried shrimp for breakfast, which in my youth seemed a bit extreme ... I really love it now and eat it a couple times a year... I've Americanized a version of it to be more palatable for my kids... Inara loves breakfast rice plain with just fried rice and egg... she calls it Eggy Mice..
I made my version this morning with all the left-overs from the night before but it is extremely versatile... you can add sausage, egg and cheese for a breakfast casserole or eat it with Asian veg for a vitamin packed breakfast.
2 cups cooked rice (white, brown, both are good)
2 tbs olive oil
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup soaked, sliced shitake mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped zucchini or summer squash
1 cup chopped nappa cabbage
2 chopped green onions
1 diced baby sweet pepper
1 cup diced extra firm silken tofu
2-3 tbs chopped cilantro
salt and black pepper
Heat oil in a skillet and toss in the mushrooms and the rice, sprinkle with salt and black pepper, and stir fry for about 5-7 minutes on medium heat until mushrooms brown and rice starts to get brown and crispy... add the rest of the ingredients and toss for an additional 3-5 minutes... taste for seasoning... I don't use soy sauce in breakfast rice, but you can if you want, just omit the salt and use soy sauce instead.... if I'm making true fried rice I would use soy sauce, but since my breakfast rice usually has egg and sausage instead of tofu and veg I skip the soy.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Check out Billy's Kung Fu video he made. He missed PT in his Jrotc class so he made this video to get his PT points for the day... the end has bloopers and a couple of swear words so if you are watching this with kids... you might want to skip the end!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
30 ounces white or dark chocolate chips
1 cup of corn syrup
Melt the chocolate in the microwave and stir until smooth, mix in the corn syrup and then beat until stiff, it will look like chocolate play dough, which is really fun just to use for play dough if you want your kids to get super wired from sugar. We colored most of the white chocolate green with some brown streaks. Allow the chocolate to cool completely but seriously do not refrigerate, it will get rock hard. Kneed dough for a few minutes before rolling out to cover the cake. use the scraps to mold eyes, lips etc...
The Headstone was pretty easy, we just mixed in some black food coloring and kneaded it until it was streaky like marble and then carved the names in the headstone and used food coloring and a paint brush to add detail.
We covered the board with melted modeling chocolate... I put the scraps in the microwave for a few seconds too long and it melted and formed a greasy mess, which wasn't good for anything except oozing melted zombie parts...