Friday, 14 December 2007

The super-leftovers-lunch

I hardly throw any food away. I am always squirreling away some bits and pieces of extra food when I am cooking or pack up the leftovers into the fridge or freezer (depending on when I think I will get round to using them). Maybe it's the 'scrimp and save' mentality that I've developed since moving to the UK (I don't think I ever quite got over the exchange rate, even though I'm earning in pounds now!). Or maybe my parents' thrifty-ethic has rubbed off on me. In any case, having leftovers is marvellous for packing bento, it means I always have some food available to put a meal together, and it reduces the amount of food waste going to landfill (and contributing to climate change with methane).

I was working from home the other day and had a quick lunch for me consisting almost entirely of leftovers: frozen stash of rice (when I cooked a bit too much), frozen peas (ok, this wasn't leftovers!), thinly sliced beef (which I froze after having too much for a dish), leftover egg from making tonkatsu (cooked into an omelette and cut into thin strips on that night and stored in the fridge), and leftover red onion from making burgers (cling wrapped and in an airtight container).

Heat some oil in a large pan or wok and cook the onions over high heat for a minute. Toss in the beef (marinated in soy sauce, rice wine, corn flour and sesame oil) and stir fry quickly till just cooked and still a little pink. Add the rice (warmed up on High in the microwave for 1 1/2 mins so it is no longer frozen) and frozen peas and continue to stir fry the mixture. Season with soy sauce, salt and some pepper (I also added some chilli oil). Add in the egg strips at the end to heat through and serve.

The end product: beef and onion fried rice. Yummy stuff, and super-quick too.

Fried rice of leftovers


Little Corner of Mine said...

Your fried rice looks so yummy! I just had fried rice three days in a row for lunch...hahaha...

Nilmandra said...

Fried rice is so great for leftovers :)

Fi said...

I love fried rice too. I freeze any rice that is left over and use it up that way as often we don't have enough for a full lunch or dinner.

Nilmandra said...

fi: I've never thought of freezing rice before until recently, and I'm glad I did!

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