“And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on My name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is My people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.” (Zechariah 13:9)
As I was thinking of what to write today, my mind was brought to this particular verse in the Bible. Although this verse is prophetic in nature, it bears significant meaning to me. Gold and silver have to go through refining in the flames to become purified that they may gleam brightly. When we go through trials and difficulties in life, each and every one of those experiences make us better and more useful for Him. However hot the fires are, we ultimately are drawn closer to Him, to have faith and to truth. He never leaves us not forsakes us. That is comforting, right?
And what does this little thought have to do with today’s recipe? My thought processes started from celery and then it went to how celery totally changes flavour when cooked… and that eventually led to the thought of how trials and difficulties in life also change us in ways that can be for the better. Romans 8:28 is my mostest favourite verse when it comes to the topic of trials for Christians.
Coming back to celery though. The flavour does go through a magical transformation after a very brief sautéing. It goes from being slightly spicy, astringent and sharp to mellow, sweet and liquorice-y. Not unlike garlic and onions. But celery certainly has a very strong character and this is why I love to have it both raw or cooked.
It also lends a nice well-rounded flavour to something so simple as fried rice. This recipe is not very much different from my other fried rice recipes but I just want to share with you the various kinds of things can can in fact go into this dish. Practically any kind of leftover can be added in and still make it delicious.
Then the tomatoes and meat are tossed in to heat through. My aunt made these chicken patties and I had a few too many pieces around after frying them up for sandwiches. Very flavourful with the spices she added in.
What do you usually add into your fried rice? Do you plan ahead or just throw in whatever you fancy?
Celery Fried Rice
2 cups Leftover/Day-old Rice, grains separated with wet hand*
2 stalks Celery, chopped
2 cloves Garlic, minced
2 Eggs, beaten
6-8 Cherry Tomatoes, chopped
1 cup leftover Meat (I used leftover steamed chicken patties, cubed)
2 tbsp Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp Salt
pinch of Pepper
2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
- Heat up oil in a deep frying pan or wok on MED HIGH heat.
- Toss in celery, garlic and salt. Saute for 1 minute until veggies have slightly softened.
- Push the celery aside and pour in beaten eggs. Leave it to set for a few seconds before breaking and mixing it up.
- Add in cherry tomatoes and leftover meat. Stir to mix.
- Pour in the rice, soy sauce and pepper. Use 2 spatulas to break up lumps and to mix everything up evenly. If it looks too dry, add 1-2 tbsp water/broth as needed.
- Once everything has heated through, serve up!
- Delicious hot or in room temperature, with sliced cucumbers and some chilli sauce.