|These plants are all supposed to come back to life "in the spring"|
Anyway, my winter malaise doesn't inspire creative or complicated cooking. To wit: Carbonara-esque Fried Rice
I think I've mentioned leftovers fried rice is a staple at my house, but this time I didn't have anything but the [brown] rice left over. I did, however, have some prosciutto that was a little on the dry side, so I diced a few slices and pan fried them in a teaspoon of olive oil 'til crispy while I nuked some frozen peas for a minute to warm them up*, then stirred still-cold rice in with the meat and let it sit for ~ 1 minute, untouched, to let a crust to form, stirred it, let it sit again, stirred in the peas and let it sit long enough for me to beat a couple eggs in a bowl and pour it over the top.**
Stir until the egg is no longer runny [but not dry] dump in a serving bowl and top with some cracked black pepper and maybe some hot sauce.
Note: A real carbonara would have some kind of hard cheese like pecorino or parm grated into it, and the eggs would be added off heat to make sure it stayed creamy... and there's nothing wrong with either of those things as far as I'm concerned.
turning them into soup.
** That may be an excessively long sentence, but that's how the recipe works: once you start you just keep going 'til it's done.