As you all know, in addition to blogging here, I also write cookbooks, develop recipes and have had my recipes published in local magazines in Singapore. I have been working in and around both commercial and domestic kitchens of one form or another for about 25 years now.
That sounds like a long, long time, doesn't it? In spite of the many hours I've spent around sinks, stoves and ovens, the memory of my first, and sadly, failed batch of chelsea buns at age 13 still feels very close.
But, above anything else, I am first and foremost, a mum of three energetic, always hungry and heartwarmingly appreciative boys, who think that I am "the world's best cooker". Suffice it to say, that I am perpetually in the kitchen, stirring or baking something up, to fuel my boys' batteries.
My boys are typical teens in that they want their grub plentiful, tasty but uncomplicated and they want it 10 minutes ago. This is a perfect throw together, all in one dish, for when you need something good to feed hungry, impatient boys. As any blogger mum will know, it's way too easy to get caught up in writing posts, styling your dishes, going after that money shot and sorting through and editing dozens and dozens of photos, then finding yourself faced with a hungry, angry mob because lunch was 40 minutes ago and the dining table remains cluttered with photography equipment and props, but is bereft of anything edible.
I was having such a day, writing then poring over photos for an upcoming post, when my two younger boys, done with school for the day, galloped in gasping from the heat, and ravenous. As their eyes scanned the table and countertop, I could hear the accusation in their voices when they asked, "Hi mum! What's for lunch??!" *yikes* I flew about the kitchen, dumped cold rice, black bean paste, and a fat salmon fillet on the kitchen counter then hurriedly peeled and chopped an onion. Thankfully there were eggs in the fridge, a forgotten cucumber and a couple of wrinkly chillies.
Anyway, I did what I could with my meagre rations and whipped up a surprisingly tasty and pretty fried rice. This particular version will probably remain my favourite for a long while as it's so easy, tasty, nutritious and looks so pretty because of the peachy tones of the salmon. I hope you try it and that you will like it as much as we now do. For the full post, recipe, more photos and Jackie's great giveaway of a gorgeous cookbook, please head over to my guest post at Yummy Stuff Goes Here and leave a comment to be included in the giveaway!