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Friday, September 20


*Instead of my usual Friday Treats, I will be sharing a recipe that I've been super excited about. :) 

Fried rice was never my thing. My earliest memories of it always involved mushy frozen peas and stale carrots chunks. It wasn't until a trip to this place a few years back that completely changed my mind. Their pineapple chicken and shrimp fried rice was a-m-a-z-i-n-g.  So amazing that I've been trying to re-create it ever since. About two weeks ago - with the help of this awesome recipe plus a few adjustments of my own -  I was finally brought back to that special day again.  Hope you all will enjoy it as much as I did!

2 T grapeseed oil 
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 red chili, chopped

2 eggs, lightly beaten

3 tablespoons chicken stock 
3 tablespoons fish sauce 
1 tablespoon curry powder 
1 teaspoon sugar 

3 cups cooked rice, refrigerated overnight
1/2 cup honey roasted cashews

1 cup cooked sugar snap peas, sliced
1 cup pineapple, bite-sized pieces 

1/4 cup craisins
1 cup cooked shrimp, pan-fried with salt and red pepper flakes

1 cup cooked chicken, bite-sized pieces
scallions, sliced (optional)* 

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large pan over medium high.  Add the garlic and chili and quickly stir-fry for about a minute.  Add the eggs and cook until lightly scrambled but not dry.  Set the eggs aside.  

Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil over high heat.  Add the cooked rice and start breaking apart any clumps with your spatula.  Slowly pour the sauce evenly over the rice. Add the eggs and stir-fry them with the rice until they are evenly dispersed. Add the cashews, sugar snap peas, pineapple, craisins and stir everything together for another few minutes. 

Lower the heat to medium high. With the flat surface of the spatula, press all the rice down into the pan and let it sit for about two minutes.  This will help the rice develop a nice crunchy crust.  

Add the shrimp and chicken (and scallions if you like them).  Toss everything together and serve while hot.  

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Trust Him when thy wants are many;
Trust Him when thy friends are few;
And the time of swift temptation
Is the time to trust Him too.

Trust Him when thy soul is burdened
With the sense of all its sin;
He will speak the word of pardon,
He will make thee clean within.

Trust Him for the grace sufficient,
Ever equal to thy need;
Trust Him always for the answer,
When in His dear name you plead.

Trust Him for the grace to conquer,
He is able to subdue;
Trust Him for the power for service;
Trust Him for the blessing too.

Trust Him when dark doubts assail thee,
Trust Him when thy strength is small,
Trust Him when to simply trust Him
Seems the hardest thing of all.

Trust Him; He is ever faithful;
Trust Him, for His will is best;
Trust Him, for the heart of Jesus
Is the only place of rest.

Trust Him, then, through cloud or sunshine,
All thy cares upon Him cast,
Till the storm of life is over,
And the trusting days are past.

Much grace,


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