All posts tagged: rice

Easy Dressed Up Coriander/Cilantro Rice

Happy Christmas and all the blessing of the season for 2016.

First off, apologies for the delay in posting anything. To be honest, I’m still adjusting to life in Ireland and it’s hard to get used to managing my time properly. It’s very easy to watch a lot of Netflix and to spend hours upon hours reading. Thankfully, with Christmas here things are a little more busy and cooking-centric. However, any tips on time management and creating a proper blogging schedule would be HIGHLY appreciated. I feel as if I am wasting my year off instead of making the most of it.

Chicken Rice Salad

He that sups upon salad, goes not to bed fasting -Thomas Fuller While I love winter and winter eats like hearty soups to rich curries, there is something about spring and summer that makes my heart sing. Spring also tends to alter my desire for making Shepherd’s Pie into cravings of salads, avocados and black olives. Consequently, I made a Chicken Rice Salad this week which spanned those three criteria. Truth be told, years ago, when I was on holiday in Nebraska visiting my mother’s family, one of my aunts made a Chicken Orzo Salad. That salad had black olives and scallions and was dressed in garlic mayonnaise. I don’t have the recipe, nor do I know what cookbook it is from, but the below recipe is inspired by my memory of that tasty dish. Light and fresh, it pairs well with my Kale Baked Beans (coming soon). Chicken Rice Salad Serves 6-8 Ingredients 2 cups uncooked rice, washed and rinsed 4 pieces boneless skinless chicken breast, chopped into bite-size chunks 1 yellow pepper, washed and diced 15-20 scallions/spring onions, peeled, washed …

Dinners at Maggie’s: Egyptian Rice and Lentils

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” – James Beard A couple of years ago, we had a big family get together. Ostensibly, it was a celebration for my mom’s birthday but in reality we were celebrating a time of change and celebration. My mother and two of my sisters had birthdays that needed recognition. As it was the beginning of the summer, it was a last opportunity for everyone to enjoy each other’s company. We bid adieu to my brother as he left for a year of travel and work in Italy and Korea. Another sister, plus her family, was moving to Minnesota for 6 months as her husband was going to work at the Mayo Clinic. And the youngest member of our family was going too. Taking the opportunity to work in Minnesota for the summer and help our sister with the move. It was a fun but emotional day as everyone chopped, sliced, diced and came together. While we ate many incredibly dishes, most of which were from Extending the Table by Joetta Handrich Schlabach, one …

Burrito-less veggie salad bowl

A burrito is a delicious food item that breaks down all social barriers and leads to temporary spiritual enlightenment.  – Monster High, Lisi Harrison I love burritos. One of my favourite restaurants at home is this little pokey restaurant called Boojum, near Jervis Street Shopping Centre, where you can build your own burrito. Delicious (please forgive me if I ever overuse the word “delicious”.  It is not intentional, but in Korea that is the main word used to describe anything that is really tasty) aromas assail the senses as you walk in, and, for me at least, it’s hard not to just jump over the counter and devour everything I see. When I came to Korea, my brother and I found a place in Itaewon that was of a similar style. Sadly, it did not compare, and since then I’ve been quietly lamenting the lack of a decent build your own burrito place.  Over time I’ve found several other restaurants in Seoul (and Daejeon) that have tasty burritos. However, memories of that delicious  burrito at Boojum must have …

Say Kimchi: Tuna and Kimchi Fried Rice

After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations. – Oscar Wilde Kimchi. Kimchi. Kimchi. Korea loves kimchi. They even  say “Kimchi” instead of “Cheese” when they smile. It’s eaten at every meal from breakfast to dinner and worms its way into lots of dishes.  There is fishy kimchi, spicy kimchi, mild kimchi, vinegar-y kimchi and even a sweet-ish kimchi (made from cucumber, this is my favourite). In fact, in winter, there are several places that hold kimchi making days where expats and visitors can learn this important aspect of Korean culture. I was supposed to go one weekend in December but unfortunately I was sick. Thankfully, the company I went through let my friends bring me some home! So here I was with 3 kilos of kimchi and trying to figure out how I would use it all. Luckily, when it comes to food, inspiration is never far away, and one meal that I really like is kimchi fried rice or kimchi bokkeumbap. If you are ever stuck with a ton of kimchi, …