To Live, Love and Learn: A Cookworm's Tale
Spring cleaning at home is rather boring. And let’s just admit it, we love our mothers, but they do get on our nerves from time to time, especially with a lot of work around. And looking at it from our mothers’ point of view, we get on their nerves too (sometimes we look like silly young girls who have no idea about cleaning or arranging things properly). That way, spring cleaning can be the worst time of the year for families, because it is too much work and we have to do it together. I can’t deny I have the same trouble with my mother, but we deal with it with the help of tea (a lot of it), snacks and a good lunch.
Last year, my mother and I created the perfect lunch on one of the busiest days of the summer. Cinnamon Fried Rice and Roast Chicken made in less than 45 minutes. Of course we didn’t have time to cook rice from scratch, so we used leftover rice. And who has the time to make an elaborate roast with a whole chicken? So we just used cut pieces.
For the Cinnamon Fried Rice, I chopped the one carrot, one onion and some french beans. All the rice needed was a quick saute of the vegetables, rice, salt and a bit of sugar, and cinnamon powder sprinkled over generously. It takes around 15 minutes to put the fried rice together.
For the Roast Chicken, my mother just brushed some ginger and garlic paste, salt, pepper and a pinch of cinnamon on the chicken pieces and put it in a baking dish greased with oil. The oven needs to be preheated, the chicken goes in and should be roasted at a low temperature (say 160?) for 30-35 minutes. A slow roast ensures the meat is tender and juicy from within. Using a high temperature might burn or dry out the meat.
There we had it. A quick lunch ready in about 45 minutes, our tempers cooled down with good food and we went back to work quite happily. Try this out…food works like magic every time you are stressed!