A Winter Wonderland and Warm Pineapple fried Rice

25 Feb

What a beautiful and peaceful weekend it was. It was a rarity that Vancouver was blanketed by a thick layer of snow. The cold snowy weather really made my day as I relaxed and cozied up at Starbucks, sipping away at hot coffee and savouring a fresh baked croissant. Watching the snow make their way silently down to the street was quite relaxing. Every flake was quite different and each had a character of its own. Each danced, twirled, and floated as if they were part of a play. Off in the park, children were busily laughing away building snowman while others were gleefully tobogganing down the slopes amidst the backdrop of beautifully covered white evergreens. The air was crisp and the snow was cold but everyone enjoyed it. I certainly did. I have always liked walking down the street covered in snow while listening to the soft crunching of the snow underneath my feet and when the snow melts on face, I especially like the chill it sends up my spine. Quite peaceful….I certainly hope that Vancouver gets more of these weekends were everyone can slow down the enjoy the true beauty of mother nature.

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After a cold day out admiring the snowfall, nothing helps warm up the tummy other than a nice bowl of steaming hot rice. In this case pineapple rice rice. Our family has always been a fan of Thai food. One of our favorites was the Pineapple fried rice. To make this dish I improvised a bit but I never forsaked the key ingredient in this dish, the fresh pineapple. Pineapples were quite delicious and juicy when ripe. They certainly added moisture and tang to any dish. To prepare the dish, I first bought a pineapple and diced up the flesh. Attention was placed to ensure that the shell was not broken as it was the centre piece. The shrimp, egg and Chinese sausage were sauteed first. Once these ingredients were cooked, the rice was fried and soy sauce was added for flavoring. The diced pineapple came last. To assemble, I ladled the rice onto the pineapple and voila pineapple fried rice.

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Pineapple Fried Rice

3-4 bowls of rice
1 pineapple ripe and halved
1 bowl of shrimp
1 chinese sausage
2-3 eggs for scrambled eggs
soy sauce and salt both for flavouring

This dish was quite versatile to make and next time I think I might add ham or chicken or scallops to dress it up a bit. Nonetheless, no one can refuse a fresh bowl of steaming fried rice correct? 🙂

Bon Appetit!!! and a Happy Snowy Weekend to all.

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