I have heard it a million times; now I’m repeating it to you. Greetings from Oslo, Norway, one of the most beautiful and expensive places I’ve ever been to.
As a result of the latter, I’ve been consuming a ton of carbs. A typical meal for me is bread with either some variation of pesto, some cheese, eggs, or butter. Not the healthiest stuff. A 6 pack of eggs cost me $6 yesterday; that’s a buck an egg! Other typical prices are $4-5 for a soda, $3-4 for a small bottled water, and $5 for a bag of chips. Cheese is pretty pricey as well, starting around $4.50 for a small little thing of regular/crap stuff and going up to about $14 for a block of also usually crap stuff. I’m not talking gourmet cheese here. Most this stuff smells like a boot after a 10 mile hike in no socks. There was one $12 block we splurged on, only to be so offended by the smell that we had to toss it.
So being my mother’s child, I brought a fair amount of food from the states. In my own defense, most of it I brought for P so he could take some easy stuff hiking. I swear the 15 bags of instant mashed potatoes serve a real purpose and I’m not just gross. I also brought over granola, trail mix, hot sauce, and a 2 pound bag of organic long grain brown rice. They have all been good to me. Yogurt is actually not too badly priced. You can get a liter of strawberry yoghurt for about $4 and it is good for 3 meals for 2 folks. Granola and trail mix regularly tops that. Produce isn’t TOO bad either, but it did cost about $20 for 1 carrot, a handful of snap peas, 2 handfuls of diced cabbage, a little broccoli head and a tiny red pepper. I decided I was going to use this to make dinner, and to stretch it as far as possible, a fried rice would be made.
Want to guess how many minutes I contemplated saving these for my fried rice? Correct answer: too damn many.
Our gracious host, as we are couch surfing here, offered up about 2 ounces of baby spinach, a bit of soy sauce and spices for the meal too. So grateful! It ended up being awesome. P went back for seconds, even though he initially said he wasn’t hungry. Silly mister.
The rice turned out a bit softer than I wanted; it’s definitely not Asian take out fried rice. Though trust me, that’s universally a good thing. The rice was nice and tender and almost had the texture of risotto. Everyone seemed to enjoy it.
serves 4 hungry tummies
2 cups rice
4 cups water
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 carrot, a handful of snap peas, 2 handfuls of diced cabbage, a little broccoli head and a tiny red pepper (duh)
2 oz of spinach
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
1/2 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
As much or little of the spicy sauce of your choice!
Boil that water, add rice, boil again, turn heat to medium. Stir occasionally. Scramble the 2 eggs and put to the side. Then, same pan! Toast those chopped almonds. About 20 minutes after you started the rice, take the veggies, cut into little pieces, and with a big pan (wok preferable, but I don’t own one), sauté them in a little bit of oil on medium. As they cook down and the rice has no more water, put the rice into the big pan/wok. Add the seasoning, soy, hot sauce and egg. Stir pretty often, unless you kinda like your rice burnt, like me.
And yes, peanuts would probably be better but none of my trail mixes had any peanuts to pull out of the bag. Plus I hate peanuts. Almonds worked really well, regardless.
Farewell! I’m off to Poland in a few hours…