August 1, 2012
Malaysian Fried Rice; Post #2 of “Have Kelly, Will Cook” inspired by the much-anticipated book “Have Mother, Will Travel” written by best selling authors Claire and Mia Fontaine
Claire doesn’t eat much rice, so when she raved about a fried rice dish her and Mia ate while in Malaysia, it was a no-brainer to include it in this series (I happen to LOVE rice). I couldn’t get my hands on shrimp paste, so I used a combination of anchovies and fish sauce which was a nice substitution. Shrimp paste has a very unique, pungent and wonderful taste, there really isn’t a replacement for it. If you can find some, replace the anchovies with 1 teaspoon of the shrimp paste, fry it in the shallot oil along with the ginger and garlic. I used fresh corn, peas and carrots, which are gorgeous now at the farmers markets, along with plenty of lemon zest to brighten up this comfort dish. Typically, eggs are scrambled into the fried rice, but, a soft fried egg was the only choice for me, and made this side dish into a meal. I’ve been waiting all year for the local farm fresh eggs here in Santa Cruz and it was the first thing I ran to the farmers market to pick up once we landed in town for the summer.
Maybe one day I’ll have the opportunity to taste the fried rice of Malaysia, but until then, this version is pretty darn good.
July 26, 2011
More specifically, Santa Cruz, California. We’re spending the summer in my hometown, it’s such a special place that I wanted to get out of the kitchen and give you a quick tour of this wonderful and whacky beach town that I love so much. Located about 70 miles South of San Francisco it’s a quick car ride to get most anywhere in the bay area.
WOODIES ON THE WHARF
SANTA CRUZ FARMERS MARKET – WEDNESDAYS
SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK, 100+ years old and counting.
City of Santa Cruz, CA
(The blue doughnut guy…and yes, that’s his accordion – just another one of the locals)
I’ve been a little distracted the past few weeks (ok, a lot), and had every intension to post each week. But between spending time with my family and friends, hitting all my favorite food spots that I dream about while I’m away and just plain having my head in the clouds (maybe it’s the Santa Cruz spell…), I haven’t managed to sit down long enough to put together a post to share with you. I haven’t cooked too much either, but I sure have eaten well. From just picked veggies and street food at our farmers market, which happens to be one of my favorite in the Bay Area (biassed perhaps?), to fish tacos on the wharf, on the Pacific coast highway, on mission street, and a few other places (Ok, so I have a teensy weensy taco obsession and no one does tacos like CA), Hapa Ramen at the San Francisco Ferry Building, a farm to table dinner at Full Belly Farm (which I’ll be posting in the next few weeks), and lunch at Spruce in San Francisco (which blew me away) sorry, no post for that one, you’ll have to take my word for it. I’m completely inspired and ready to get back in the kitchen to create (and recreate) some favorites, new favorites and discoveries. Check back soon. ~K.