Ted had to work, as usual, and honestly, I wasn’t feeling too terrible when he went out this morning. To be fair, I was curled up in bed at the time… who has time for symptoms when they’re peacefully dozing?
My throat did hurt all night, but I can live with that. The rest kind of crept up on me over the course of a busy day and now I am woozy, achey and my throat hurts like crazy. Hoping this ibuprofen will kick in soon!
But enough kvetching, because the good thing is – I don’t have to cook (for tonight, at least)! Yay!
We’re invited to a neighbourhood kabbalas Shabbos and potluck in honour of Shlomo Carlbach’s yahrzeit. It is graciously hosted by friends who expanded their home a couple of years ago so they can accomodate a 40+-person crowd.
They’ve had a few (four?) potlucks so far, and although I made quiches for the first one, ever since I have made this oven-fried rice, based loosely on a recipe I found a million years ago in The Pleasures of your Food Processor. (even the name is dated)
Easy, easy, and it multiplies and divides like a dream, depending on how many people you’re serving.
- 4 cups rice
- 2 blocks extra-firm tofu (mine were 350g each) (optional, but this really makes it a complete meal!)
- 2 tins “Chinese” mixed vegetables, drained, reserve liquid
- 2 tins mushrooms (pieces and stems), drained, reserve liquid
- 1 tin baby corn (cut up if it’s in big pieces)
- 1 cup oil
- 1 cup soy sauce (tonight, I used a 50/50 mix of low-salt and Shoyu)
- 8 tablespoons onion soup mix powder
- Reserved liquid from veggies plus water to make 8 cups
- Preheat oven to 350°-375°.
- Dump rice into large roasting pan (support on bottom with a cookie sheet so it’s easier to carry.
- Chop tofu, if using, into rectangular pieces and add to rice.
- Add tinned vegetables and mushrooms and stir until evenly distributed.
- Add oil & soy sauce
- Sprinkle with onion soup mix powder
- Add ALL liquid (8 cups’ worth, or a little more to ensure tender rice)
- Stir all ingredients well until evenly distributed.
- Bake 1 hour or until rice is tender. Stir halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking.
- Transport to potluck supper in kiddie wagon (the most important step!)… remember to bring serving pieces so your hosts aren’t left scrambling!
Eek – must get cooking!!! Good Shabbos!