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Homemade Chicken Fried Rice

For our wedding anniversary recently, we went out for some lovely Asian food in Belfast. The fried rice we had that night made me crave it so badly afterwards that I decided to give it a go myself. It turned out really good, and I’m so pleased I can now make this at home!

Homemade chicken fried rice

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 250g basmati rice, cooked
  • Whole bunch of spring onions, chopped finely
  • Stick of celery, diced
  • Red pepper, diced
  • Handful of Frozen peas
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3 chicken breasts, diced
  • Chopped chunks of ham (optional)
  • Sesame oil – approx 3 tbsp
  • Soy Sauce – approx 50ml
  • Clove of garlic
  • Pinch of chili flakes
  • Tsp Ginger
  • 2 Sundried tomatoes, finely chopped

Method

  • Heat some sesame oil in a wok. Add your chicken, garlic, chili and ginger. Stir fry until cooked through and transfer to a bowl.
  • Add more oil, the red pepper, celery, peas, ham and most of the chopped spring onions and stir fry for a few minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
  • In your wok, add your egg and let it cook like an omelette briefly. Then use your spatula to chop it up into small pieces.
  • Add more oil, and the cooked rice, and stir fry for a few minutes.
  • Add all of your other ingredients, some soy sauce and keep stirring until the rice has been coated well and is slightly golden.
  • Serve immediately topped with some chill flakes, finely chopped sun dried tomatoes and spring onions.

When I was making this, I went through a stage where I thought it had gone wrong, and the rice was too sticky. But once it started to come together and all the other ingredients were added back to the wok, it turned out great and tasted so good. The sun dried tomatoes sound a bit odd, and the idea is stolen from the Belfast restaurant we went to, but they add something really nice to this version. I would highly recommend you give it a try!

Love, Laurel

 

I have a two year old!

Harry turned two a few weeks ago!!! I now have a fully-fledged little toddler who is full of chat and loves an adventure!

two year old boy Harry is doing really great at the moment. We haven’t seen too many signs of terrible twos yet, apart from the odd  spell here and there.

He loves singing and dancing and can sing lots of songs from start to finish in his sweet little voice. It is the cutest thing in the world.

He is getting really into Disney. His current favourite is Moana, but he loves Alice and Wonderland and The Lion King. “Painting the Roses Red” is strangely enough the song he loves best!

Outside is his favourite place to be; we are probably going to spend most of the summer in the garden or out at the park or the beach. He is amused for hours just pottering around the garden, playing in his sandpit, his playhouse or looking for mini beasts. He also loves imaginative play, like pretending he is Peter Rabbit and Daddy is Mr. McGregor. Or playing ‘Humpty Dumpty’ and pretending to fall off the sofa!

two year old update

He is both a mummy’s boy and a daddy’s boy. He loves our dog so much although he does torment her a bit!

He has a great relationship with his grandparents which is so lovely and he is really enjoying nursery now. He tells us about his friends and what he has been doing that day. Such a difference from when he started at 10 months and was so unsettled there. He only goes two days a week but it gives him great social interaction with children his age and they do lots of activities which he really enjoys.

Food wise, he is a pretty good eater. The main thing he is not good at eating, is unsurprisingly, vegetables. He ate them well when he was very small, then when he got to about 1 year old, he would only eat them mixed into things, eg, stew. Now he won’t really eat them at all. Apart from sweetcorn, peas and beans.  So not too bad I suppose. He eats a lot of fruit and is definitely a meat and potatoes fan. But his favourite meals are Spaghetti Bolognese and Chilli!

This year, and fingers crossed it continues, he has been so much healthier. Last year he caught every cold and virus going and had a permanent snotty nose and several courses of anti-biotics. So it’s a huge relief to see that his immune system has strengthened.

little boy and his mum

His speech, is excellent. I really don’t mean to sound big-headed about it. But it really is great. He was slower to hit the more physical milestones, and still takes his time a bit in that area, but when it comes to speech he is just brilliant. We have proper full blown conversations now, and it seems like he knows nearly every word! Which he doesn’t, obviously, but he is just soaking it all up like a sponge and repeating it back when we least expect it.

I am so proud of my little boy, and loving this stage of life. Whilst the baby period was so amazing and special, I truly believe it gets easier as they grow. It’s a combination of Harry gaining independence, being able to have more fun as a family, and the fact we now have two whole years of experience at parenthood. Harry you are our perfect boy.

two year old boy

Love, Laurel

Date, Walnut, Coconut and Cocoa Protein Balls

These Date, Walnut, Coconut and Cocoa Protein Balls are the perfect healthy snack. They are full of good stuff, taste great and are really satisfying. Plus they are so easy to make!

Date Walnut Cocoa Protein Balls

Ingredients (makes 12)

  • 100g walnuts
  • 250g Forest Feast pitted dates
  • 100g desiccated coconut
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbsp Chocolate protein powder
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • Pinch of salt

Method

  • Put all the ingredients into a food processor and blitz until completely blended.
  • Shape small handfuls into balls about the size of a walnut.

Date, Walnut, Coconut and Cocoa Protein Balls

The best thing about these little balls is their versatility; so you can change the ingredients depending on what you have in the cupboard. The dates and honey make them nice and sweet, but you could substitute the honey for coconut oil or peanut butter which would also taste great. If you don’t have protein powder, leave it out. Almonds or oats would be great instead of walnuts. The possibilities are endless!

I like the fact I can chuck one of these in my bag and know I have a healthy snack that tastes good and fills me up. Give them a go!

Love, Laurel

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