December a busy month but I found time to go to the weekly laiki, farmer’s market. I coud not miss it, I can go to other markets but this is the only day I find the flower stall with good quality of star gazers and other seasonal flowers. So last Saturday, armed with my big knapsack so I can carry oranges, mandarins, apples while the delicate leaves on one hand the other hand with my flowers off I went. As soon I came back I was famished but I went on cleaning the fridge. Checking left overs. ..less than half of the organic roast chicken, bit of steamed rice, my last cranberry (from Norway) and few bits and bobs.

I roasted that chicken last Thursday, for a chicken deprived like me a simple roast was a feast. I was in France when avian flu hit Greece last Oct 17th. Since then I have simply stopped buying chicken until I find a good source. But of course as the reports said that the suspected bird flu case turned negative.
But I was given an ORGANIC CHICKEN certified by Bio Hellas one of the organic certifications here in Greece. It’s abit expensive for 6.50 euro a kilo,I had to ask the price, rude me but I need to know if I can afford such luxury!

I salted it inside out with Herbamare a natural sea salt with celery, leek, cress, onions, chives, parsley, lovage, basil, marjoram, rosemary, thyme and kelp. Stuffed it with fresh rosemary, spring onions, ginger and lemon. I added a bit of soya and drizzle with organic olive oil. Succulent!!!

While it was roasting I was literally salivating, imagine thats over a month I had not eaten chicken. Left over was added to my chicken fried rice.

On Waitrose Food Illustrated February 2004 edition (thats almost 2 years ago but I certainly didnt forget this issue) there is Ken Hom’s Egg Fried Rice. It says:

The classic combo of rice fried with eggs, sesame oil and veg is one of the best ways to use up fridge left overs

I don’t really need his step step guidance as my own different versions are quite legendary. Hah pompous! But what made me remember this edition is, that a whole page are just photos of the ingredients. See I love visuals and I always wanted to learn more of the graphic side of layout. When I find new recipes, it always the photos that sort of “pull me.. try me”.

Chicken Fried Rice

  • Make omelette first – I added spring onions
  • Julienne the omelette

  • Heat up sesame oil
  • Add crushed garlic, the white part of spring onions, sliced
  • Add chicken which I flaked
  • Add julienned carrots and cabbage
  • Add the rice, stir well.
  • Season to taste , top with eggs and chopped spring onions.
  • Serve warm
  • What’s your favourite kind of fried rice?

    For some of you, Waitrose is a supermarket chain in UK, an upmarket one , my sister calls it, supermarket for the posh!