Green Fried Rice

Green Fried Rice

Green Fried Rice

Simple fried rice.  I like the uniform green color; the hint of coconut and ginger.  This is a subtle recipe, one you can make over and over and never tire of.  Make it on a whim for lunch or tonight's dinner; the ingredients are all in the SimplyCooking® Pantry.  

The proportions I use for brown jasmine rice are 2:3; 2 parts rice to 3 parts water.  Use 1 cup rice to 1 1/2 cups water  for 2 - 3 entree sized servings.   

1 cup brown rice

1 1/2 cups water

pinch of salt, Celtic Sea Salt, preferred

1 Tbsp. coconut oil

1 tsp. sesame oil { optional}

1/2 onion chopped

1" fresh ginger, peeled and diced

2 green onions

1 cup frozen peas

1 cup green beans, frozen or fresh

2 tsp. butter, divided

2 eggs, beaten with a fork

Place the rice, water and salt in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes, until the rice is tender and no water remains.  Remove from the heat, fluff the rice and let stand, covered, at least 10 minutes.

Warm the oil in a skillet.  Cook the onions over medium heat until soft.  Add the ginger and green onion and cook 2 minutes more.  Stir in the peas and green beans, cover, and cook 10 minutes, until tender.  Remove this to a plate.  Add a teaspoon butter to the warm pan and scramble the eggs. Add a pinch of salt and remove the eggs to the plate with the vegetables.  

Add another tsp. butter to the pan and add the cooked rice.  Stir fry until lightly browned, about 3 minutes.  Add the vegetables and eggs and stir until warmed through.  Serve hot.  

French Rose Raspberry Macarons,

French Rose Raspberry Macaron

Marvelous macarons can be made in our own kitchens.   Almonds, powdered sugar, granulated sugar and eggs, staples in the SimplyCooking® pantry,  make the macarons,   I've perfected my macaron making thanks to this Martha Stewart recipe and  video from  

With this post featuring Martha's French Rose Raspberry Macarons, I introduce rose water as a SimplyCooking® spotlight ingredient.  The SimplyCooking® Rose Collection will explore the finest and simplest culinary and beauty applications for rose water.  Rose water lends an ethereal quality to food and beverages and is among the most beneficial ingredients to apply on skin.   Find rose water, or rose hydrosol,  in the baking, international, or skin care section of grocery stores such as Whole Foods Markets.  I purchase organic Bulgarian rosa damascena hydrosol from Cheryl's Herbs here in St. Louis.  

There's certainly nothing like Laduree for macarons.  Thanks to extensive resources like those shared by Martha Stewart, there's also nothing  to keep us from creating patisseries for fun and health with our own hands in our own kitchens.

Note:  Theses are the exact directions from marthastewart,com. They are impeccable and should be followed to a 'T.'' Please link to the  Martha Stewart recipe here and view the tutorial  on here.  You, too, will be turning out these beautiful macarons.  ..  

french rose raspberry macarons {}

Ingredients required from the SimplyCooking® Pantry:

2/3 cup {71 grams} sliced blanched almonds

1 cup {117 grams} confectioners'  sugar

2 large eggs, room temperature

1/4 cup {53 grams} granulated sugar

1/2 cup raspberry jam {for the filling}

What else you need:

red or pink food coloring

a large piping tip and plastic piping bag or large ziploc bag

parchment paper

rose water* (Consult  a sales person if it is not clearly food safe.) 

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F with rack in lower third.  Place almonds in a food processor; process until as fine as possible, about 1 minute.  Add confectioners' sugar; process until combined, about 1 minute.


2.  Pass almond mixture through a fine-mesh sieve.  Transfer solids in sieve to food processor; grind and sift again, pressing down on clumps.  Repeat until less than 2 tablespoons of solids remains in sieve.


3.  Whisk egg whites and granulated sugar by hand to combine.  Beat on medium speed (4 on a KitchenAid) 2 minutes.  Increase speed to medium-high (6) and beat 2 minutes.  Then beat on high (8) 2 minutes more.  


4.  The beaten egg whites will hold stiff, glossy peaks when you lift the whack out of the bowl.   Add rose water and food coloring, and beat on highest speed 30 seconds.  


5.  Add dry ingredients all at once.  Fold with a spatula from bottom of bowl upward, then press flat side of spatula firmly through middle of mixture.  Repeat just until batter flows like lavas, 35 to 40 complete strokes.  


6.  Rest a pastry bag fitted with a 3/8-inch round tip (Ateco #804) inside a glass.  Transfer batter to bag; secure top. Dab some batter remaining in bowl onto corners of 2 heavy baking sheets; line with parchment.  


7.  With piping tip 1/2 inch above sheet, pipe batter into a 3/4-inch round, then swirl tip off to one side.  Repeat, spacing rounds 1 inch apart.  Tap sheets firmly against counter 2 or 3 times to release air bubbles.*


8.  Bake 1 sheet at a time, rotating halfway through, until risen and just set, 13 minutes.  Let cool.  Pipe or spread filling on flat side of half of cookies; top with remaining half.  Wrap in plastic and refrigerate. 

*SimplyCooking® Note:  Here I dip my finger in water and smooth peaks that are too high.