Thursday, April 3, 2014

Karen Cooking

'Peanut Fried Rice With Fish'
We're cooking something so delish'
We like to cook and have some fun
but just make sure the rice is done.
And keep the skillet very hot,
then wipe your nose, I see your snot.
If your fish you think you'll miss
Quickly give a good-bye kiss.
A little mess from Pierre the klutz
at least he remembered to bring the nuts.
Next get the onions, they'll hit the spot,
what do you mean that you forgot?
Since the onions have been misplaced,
let's sample some of this fish paste.
If you have no cracker to put beneath
perhaps you can use to brush your teeth.
To finish off let's add a lime.
Please do not trip this time.
The food is done, now lets asses.
By golly, we just made a mess.
Cooking for Pemu must've seemed a threat,
that's why she left and went to Pho Viet.


If you really want to make Peanut Fried Rice With Fish,
ask Pemu for help. Not Pierre
And use the recipe below.


2 tablespoons oil
1 large onion, chopped (2 cups)
2 1/2 tablespoons minced ginger
1 tablespoon minced garlic
4 cups of cooked Jasmine Rice, cold*
1-2 tablespoons Fish Sauce
1/2-3.5 oz box Peanut Sauce Mix
2 cups cooked and flaked fish** (of choice, grilled or pan-seared)
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1 lime cut into 8 wedges
Optional: Favorite hot sauce
*Day old rice works best for fried rice.
**We used salmon for our test, but any firm fleshed fish will do.

1. In a large non-stick skillet heat oil over a high heat until hot. Add onions and cook until they are a deep brown (caramelized), but not black.
2. Add the ginger and garlic. Stirring, cook 2 or 3 minutes until fragrant. Add Jasmine Rice and Fish Sauce. Stir-fry until rice is coated with oil. Add more oil if too dry.
3. Add 1 inner envelope of Peanut Sauce Mix and fish. Stir-fry until heated through. Mix in basil at the last minute of cooking and serve.
4. Pass a bowl of lime wedges to squeeze on rice. For those who "like it hot" sprinkle on a few drops of hot sauce.

A Taste of Thai

This poem was inspired form a skit I performed with my friend Conrad, called "Karen Cooking". The skit can be viewed HERE:

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