Friday, April 29, 2011

For the garden of your soul...

My mother's heart is rejoicing and I hope you enjoy our oldest son's musical performance!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Blaine's "Large Batch" Fried Rice


6 cups cooked basmati rice
2 boneless/skinless chicken breasts, cut to preferred size pieces
5 medium carrots, peeled and chopped into small pieces
6-7 green onions, diced
1/2 large head of green cabbage, sliced
4-5 eggs (large AA)
toasted sesame oil
refined sesame oil
black bean soy sauce (gluten free)
Sunflower oil (spray can)

Optional: wheat-free tamari (instead of toasted sesame oil and black bean soy sauce), minced garlic and onion powder (to taste) Want to go meatless? Experiment using tofu instead of chicken.

You will need a wok (with lid) and a large fry pan


Rice ready to go

The ingredients

Soy has become a problem for me (Joanie).
We discovered a black bean soy sauce at an Asian food store (no soy, no gluten)

Turn burner on to medium/medium high heat to warm wok. Add 4-5 Tbsp of refined sesame oil to pan. Add the carrots and onions. Cook, covered, approximately 4-5 minutes; stirring the vegetables after a couple of minutes cooking time.

Add chicken

Add 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil and 2 Tbsp black bean soy sauce. Cook and stir for 3-4 minutes.

*(If using a wheat-free tamari omit sauce measurement
s above and add 3 Tbsp of tamari instead)

While this cooks, turn on the burner for the fry pan to medium. Just before cooking eggs, spray with sunflower oil (can use butter or oil of choice too).

When chicken is almost cooked, add cabbage.

With cabbage on top of chicken/veggie mixture, cover with lid and let steam for 2 minutes.

Remove lid and stir cabbage into mixture. Leave uncovered.
Break eggs into fry pan and let cook for a generous minute.

Flip eggs and finish cooking.
Reduce heat to medium for chicken and veggies; stir occasionally.

When eggs are done cooking ~ chop up.

Add rice to mixture.

Add approximately 2 Tbsp black bean soy sauce (or wheat-free tamari)

Mix thoroughly!

Blaine doesn't like any rice to be white when he's done stirring...

Add egg; mix thoroughly for 1-2 minutes

Dish up and ENJOY!

New product

*butter flavor derived from sunflower oil
Flavor is not as strong as other "butter flavor" (ie. Earth Balance), but I'm thankful it's soy-free too!

Mid-summer through Fall 2009

The Garden Grows and Expands 2009

A common sight in the garden ~ umbrella for shade and digging out grass!

A lot of time devoted to grass removal...

Our first visit to this area nursery ~ well, it's a couple hours south of Seattle and worth the drive!

Sunshine blueberries!

Evergreen huckleberries!

Sometimes, there just aren't enough hours of light in a day.

I love fish fertilizer!

First berries of the season...


Expanding the garden again!