Sunday, August 12, 2012

Salmon and Black Bean Fried Rice

Hello Yummy Stuff Goes Here readers, and thank you Jackie, for so kindly inviting me to your lovely blog and giving me the run of your virtual kitchen. My name is Denise and I blog at Singapore Shiok. I have not known Jackie for long, but reading her posts paints a picture in my mind, of a warm, jolly and generous spirited person.

Apart from blogging, I also write cookbooks, the second of which has just recently been published, develop recipes and have had my recipes published in a number of local magazines in Singapore. I have been circulating in and around both commercial and domestic kitchens of one form or another for about 25 years now, and that does not even include my veritable grandmother's kitchen, where I grew up being surrounded by and saturated with all things food and kitchen related.

Above anything else, I am first and foremost, a mum of 3 energetic, always hungry and heartwarmingly appreciative boys, who think that I am "the world's best cooker". Suffice it to say, that I am perpetually in the kitchen, stirring or baking something up, to fuel my boys' batteries. As any mother of teenagers will know, the CPU of any growing boy is his stomach; keep it filled and he will be happy, leave it empty and you will have a sore headed bear to contend with.

My boys are fairly typical ; they want their grub plentiful, they want it tasty but uncomplicated and they want it 10 minutes ago. This is perfect throw together, all in one dish, for when you need something good to feed hungry, impatient boys. And, as any blogger mum will know, it's  way too easy to get caught up in writing posts, styling your dishes, going after that money shot and sorting through and editing dozens and dozens of photos, then finding yourself faced with a hungry, angry mob because lunch was 40 minutes ago but the dining table remains bereft of anything edible.

I was having such a day, writing then poring over photos for an upcoming post, when my two younger boys, done with school for the day, galloped in gasping from the heat, and ravenous.  As their eyes scanned the  table and countertop, I could hear the accusation in their voices when they asked, "Hi mum! What's for lunch??!" *yikes*

I flew about the kitchen, dumped cold rice, black bean paste, and a fat salmon fillet on the kitchen counter then hurriedly peeled and chopped an onion. Thankfully there were some eggs in the fridge and a forgotten cucumber, the only vegetable left rolling around in the huge and near empty crisper, save for a couple of wrinkly chillies. I really should get an assistant.....

So you see, I wasn't trying to be clever, with my 6 ingredient recipe - I really didn't have much of anything left in the fridge. Still, a skimpy recipe doesn't necessarily mean it will be any less tasty than one with a dozen or more ingredients. The salmon and black beans are both packed with flavour, onions add natural sweetness and the generous amount of black pepper kicks up the heat just enough, without overwhelming the palate.

The outcome from such a hurriedly thrown together and scanty recipe so surprised me, that I decided to cook it again and photograph it for a post. Fried rice has saved me from a domestic mutiny many, many times and it always amazes me how my boys (hubby included) never seem to tire of it, so I keep coming up with versions, based on what I have on hand at any given time.

This particular version will probably remain my favourite for a long while as it's so easy, tasty, nutritious and looks so pretty because of the peachy tones of the salmon. It was so good, that Joseph, my second boy, was extremely reluctant to share it with his younger brother, so I forfeited my share, to keep the peace. Just writing about it makes me want to cook it again. It has become a family favourite and I hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.

It's been such a pleasure being Jackie's guest and writing for all of you lovely Yummy readers. Thank you again Jackie, for so kindly inviting me.

Salmon and Black Bean Fried Rice

Prep 15 mins      Cook 15 mins        Serves 2 - 3

1 large red onion, peeled and coarsely chopped (if you only have white or yellow onions, use that)
2 tbsp garlic black bean paste (or to taste)
2 large eggs
4 level cups cold cooked rice, raked with a fork to loosen grains
250 g salmon fillet, skinned or with skin left on, cut into 1.5 cm (about 1/2 in) cubes
1 1/2 tsp black pepper (or to taste)

Heat 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (sesame is nice for this, if you have it) until moderately hot and fry the onion until transparent and beginning to brown around the edges

Stir in the black bean paste and cook for 1 - 2 minutes or until quite dry.

Break in the eggs and leave until half set then scramble thoroughly.

Add the rice and turn up the heat to high. Stir well until rice is coated with black bean paste and everything is well mixed.

Push rice to the side and add a little more oil to pan. When oil is very hot, add the salmon cubes. Allow to brown then turn the cubes. Keep turning and cooking until no longer pink. This should only take a few minutes. Don't overcook the salmon, which should still be moist and flaky inside.

Combine the rice and salmon and stir well to mix. Add pepper and stir. Turn off heat and taste. Add salt if necessary, though I found I didn't need any salt because the bean paste is quite salty. Dish out, garnish with sliced cucumber and chillies if desired and serve immediately.


Hi all, this is Jackie

Denise, thank you so much for that lovely intro and for writing a guest post here at Yummy Stuff Goes Here. I have been a fan of yours for ages and I am a great believer in quick and easy meals. 

Today , I am giving away a copy of Denise's latest cookbook, "Mum's not Cooking". She has personally signed it. 

This is not a game of chance. Just sign on to be follower on this blog site, you will need a Google account to connect as a Friend and leave me a comment on this post. Tell us what quick easy meals you have conjured up. The most interesting and creative comment wins. 


Denise, once again, thanks for the guest post and as always, you are awesome. Superb photography and love your post. So simple and absolutely delicious looking!


denise @ singapore shiok said...

Hi Jackie, thanks again for inviting me to do this guest post. I had fun with it and I hope you are flooded with entries for your giveaway!

Shirley Tay said...

Hey Jackie, I'm really delighted to see Denise here too. Just came over from her blog when I read she's guest posting here.

Denise is one of the most adorable bloggers I've met & we've known each other for quite a while in bloggersphere. We met up recently & I too, got her new cookbook. Isn't she sweet?

Great post & nice connecting with the two of u!

Jackie Brodin said...

Yes, she is wonderful! I have a lot to learn from her. It's been great connecting with my SG foodies/bloggers! Really enjoying her cookbook, reading it gently, before I have to give it up.. LOL ;)

Andrea said...

One of the last "that was fast" meals was Salmon in a Saffron sauce with mashed potatoes and Asparagus.
My son loved it. Easy to do, to serve, to clean.

Jackie Brodin said...

Oooh yumm that's sounds drool worthy :)

Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things said...

Oh now that looks divine. What a combo you two make! I am going to bookmark this page, another delicious recipe, Thanks!


Darn, I just ate the last two pieces of salmon last night. Should have save it to cook this easy recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Edith said...

Darn, I just ate the last two pieces of salmon last night. Should have save it for this easy recipe.

Thanks for sharing.

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My mouth is watering

Jackie Brodin said...

Hi all, last chance to win a Singaporean cookbook, please leave a comment and follow blog. Winner will be announced next Saturday.

Kimberly Peterson said...

I already follow you on Facebook and Twitter does that count? Can't seem to find the Follow Blog thingy or am I blind? Oops...

Anyway easy and fast meals is ALL I do these days! Especially when you have an 8-month old bub. So I've conjured up many easy recipes. E.G. Beef Ribs boiled in water and dark soy sauce for 2 hours, then remove 80% of the water and add sugar and tomato sauce = DIVINE Sticky Beef Ribs! Plus, the water you removed won't be wasted. With all the wonderful beef flavours in that broth, makes the best "GU BAK MEE" aka Beef Noodle Soup ever!!!

See I just made TWO amazing dishes with just Beef, Dark Soy, Sugar and Tomato Sauce.

Shirley Tay said...

Hey Jackie, I'm holding an Int'l Contest so I'm back again. Come join my National Day August Bellabox + Int'l Giveaway! See u there!

Jackie Brodin said...

The winner of this giveaway is Kimberly Petersen for her two quick recipes with just four ingredients ;) Thanks to those who participate!

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