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Happy Chinese New Year! 2014 is the Year of the Horse, one of the 12 animal signs of the Chinese zodiac. People born in the year of the horse have a contagious enthusiasm. They are happy and fun to be around, and usually have a lot of friends. They love meeting new people and exploring new places. They are big talkers….they love to tell a good story!
Curious about the Battle of Britain? Ask my dad…..go ahead…..I dare you!! He won’t stop talking until he has told you every detail. I received an A on my high school term paper, without ever even opening a book!
Characteristics of those born in the year of the horse:
The characteristics listed in The Book of the Zodiac fit my dad to a T! The positive characteristics – loyal, noble (he is British after all), cheerful, enthusiastic, enterprising (he can sell ice to an Eskimo), flexible (spent 4 years working in the Middle East, because that’s where the jobs were), sincere, frank, versatile (he is a building contractor, that talked his way into a job working for an oil company), talkative, gregarious, generous (he will literally give you the shirt off his back), unselfish, realist, energetic (his nickname is Tasmanian Devil!)
Now for the negative characteristics – unstable, temperamental*, impatient*, insecure, hot tempered*, irresponsible, ambitious, careless, vulnerable, (let’s just say ponzi scheme, and leave it at that), spendthrift (he is the King of $5 dress shirts), superficial, contradictory ( wears those $5 dress shirts while enjoying a $200 meal in a fancy restaurant), vain, easily panicked, anxious.
* I have to tell this story. We went on a cruise one year for Christmas when I was in high school. When we returned home, he could not find his house keys. There may have been some yelling, screaming, and cussing at the door that refused to magically open. His solution was to pick up a loose brick from the garden wall, and break the window in the front door so he could reach through and unlock the door! Our family motto is “anything can be fixed with a hammer…or a brick!”
I have mentioned several times before, that Chinese food is a staple in our house. Fried Rice is another one of those meals that come in handy, when I have no clue what to make! Most recipes will tell you to use cold steamed rice, I do not have time for that. Click here for my Steamed Rice recipe.
how to make Fried Rice:
I prepare my ingredients while the rice is cooking…..
When your rice is almost finished cooking (about 5 minutes left), heat the oil, then add the green onions and garlic…..
Do not worry if you do not have a wok, I have also make this rice in a large skillet. Season your eggs with salt and pepper, lightly beat them, and add them to the pan…..
Once they are set, push them to the edges of the pan, add more oil…..
and add your cooked rice, and stir everything together…..
add the cooked peas and carrots, along with the soy sauce…..
Stir together and cook until thoroughly heated and combined…..
Start to finish, this rice is done in 30 minutes!! 🙂 If that is not fast or easy enough, you can also make Instant Pot Fried Rice if you prefer.
- 2 Tablespoons safflower or canola oil separated
- 2 whole green onions sliced
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 large eggs lightly beaten
- sea salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
- 2 cups steamed rice
- 1 cup frozen peas & carrots cooked and drained
- 2 Tablespoons soy sauce / tamari
- Heat 1 Tablespoon of oil in a wok over high heat.
- Add green onions and garlic. Stir and cook for one minute until fragrant.
- Add beaten eggs and scramble until set.
- Push eggs to outside edge of the wok, and 1 more Tablespoon of oil.
- Add the rice and stir-fry to combine with the eggs.
- Add the peas and carrots and the soy sauce, continue to stir-fry until heated through.