Permaculture in Action

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tuesday Night Vego Challenge

I'm joining in with Linda for her Tuesday night vego challenge . Being vegetarian every night for us is vego night but the challenge for Tuesdays is fast, easy, healthy, in season, real food, which is us usually every night as well but sometimes they are not so fast. The emphasis on my entry into the challenge is to provide as many of the ingredients from the garden as possible.

One problem I had was when do I post this, but Linda answered that for me today as she had thought of the problem as well. So here's the one from last night....The best Fried Rice in the world (I am a little biased) cooked by Mark.

These are the ingredients from the garden.....

and these are from the shop...

The secret to Mark's great fried rice is that he fries the uncooked rice until it's nutty brown. The onion, garlic, and grated ginger are fried first and then whatever vegies are available.(The eggs are fried separately) These are removed from the wok and then the uncooked rice is fried in some oil.. Once it has reached that nutty brown look, stock is added and  boiled until rice is cooked, at which time all vegetables are added to the rice. The fried egg is added and stirred gently into the rice just before serving. Soy sauce may be added to taste.

More and more our meals are dependant on what is growing in the garden, and popular recipes are adapted to what we have available in the form of produce and what's in the pantry. The challenge I have set myself this year is to be much more conscious of this, with every meal. How many ways are there to have eggs for breakfast, without getting sick of them!


  1. Kate, we are doing the same thing here. I would love to not have to ever step foot in a market again, now if I could just grow more apples!
    Thanks for the recipe. I love ginger and am not sure why I've never thought to put it in fried rice, but that is about to change!

  2. What a great recipe. I am thinking alot about vegetarian recipes this year and how we can change our diet to some healthier options. Can't wait to try it.

  3. Yes, I think the secret to a yummy rice is to cook it a bit first as you describe. Yum!

  4. There are a lot of ways to cook eggs before I get sick of them! I don't know what I'd do if eggs suddenly disappeared - patties, pancakes, custard, mayonnaise, gnocchi, as well as fried, boiled, poached, scrambled, omelette, frittata...
    Can you grow ginger in your climate? I'm in northern NSW, subtropical, and I had to try a couple of cultivars to get one that like the climate, but it's so good being able to just dig a bit. Opens the range of recipes from the garden right up.

  5. I have some ginger growing at the moment, time will tell if it is successful. We have tried in the past but without success. So this year I have it in pots. I put the pots in the propagation house over winter and brought them out and put them in wet areas like under the irrigation tap in mostly shade and they look like they are doing well. Fingers crossed. It would be fantastic if it works as we use a lot of it.

  6. We love fried rice and I have never heard of frying the rice before you cook it....fabulous idea! Now, I am wondering why I never thought of it. Can't wait to try it....and maybe I will try growing some ginger in pots too; that is something that I have never grown! Great Ideas!