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Asparagus Pork Fried Rice

Asparagus Pork Fried Rice

steaming bowl of asparagus and ham fried rice

It seems to me that I crave fried rice once every two weeks, and have to run out to my various Chinese spots that I frequent to get it, and every time I’m there placing my order, making sure to repeat “extra egg on the rice please” to ensure they make it exactly the way I want it, I think to myself “Why don’t I have a rice cooker so I could make my own fried rice?” I know you’re probably thinking “Why the rice cooker for fried rice?” Here’s the answer…. The best fried rice is made with day old rice that is sticky and made in a rice cooker. Plain and simple. And why has it taken me so long to own one? Oh I know, because I have a clutter of junk in my kitchen cabinets that I need to get rid of, in order to make room for new stuff…. that’s why. Oh the vicious cycle of making time to get my life in order! Let’s spring forward.

Last week I just about had it, I reached into one of my cabinets and some old plastic cups came tumbling out, my kitchen was seriously long overdue for a spring cleaning. I grabbed a step ladder and climbed up into my chaotic cabinets and started to get rid of what was no longer needed. I began by taking everything out of the cabinets so I could scrub them down. Then before putting all the wanted items back in, I thought it would be nice to line the bottoms with con-tact paper. I threw on a poncho and off to Walmart I went to get my con-tact paper.

My Walmart is set up where you go through the market area first in order to get to the rest of the store. As I strolled in I couldn’t help but eye the produce as I passed it. There was a big display of asparagus, and it just looked so green and fresh. I started to think “I need asparagus for dinner tonight. Awwww, asparagus would be divine in a fried rice with ham.” My mind continued to wander “I have ham in the fridge leftover from Easter, I could buy that asparagus and make fried rice. No, you can’t, you don’t have a rice cooker.”

Low priced asparagus at Walmart

Before my mind had made the conscious decision to do anything, my body was already in motion. The asparagus was in the cart, I was headed to the appliance aisle because I knew with my new spacious cabinets in order I would have plenty of room for a rice cooker. The dreaded spring cleaning that I had procrastinated on for so long ended up being a godsent.

ingredients for asparagus ham fried rice

Ingredients for asparagus ham fried rice:

  • 2 – tablespoons vegetable oil    Nishiki-rice-walmart_MG_0109
  • 1 1/2  – cups ham (cubed small)
  • 1 – cup onion (sliced)
  • 2 – cups asparagus (cut into pieces)
  • 4 – cups steamed rice (I used Nishiki)
  • 1 – tablespoon butter
  • 3 – eggs (whisked in a bowl)
  • 4 –  green onion (sliced & chopped)
  • 1/2 – tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 – tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 – teaspoon nanami togarashi (optional)


  1. Make a pot of rice in rice cooker according to directions in the manual. Make a total of 4 cups. Place rice in the fridge over night or until ready to use. 1 day old rice works best for this recipe.
  2. In a large frying pan over a medium high flame add 2 tablespoon vegetable oil and allow to get hot.
  3. Add ham to pan. Fry until ham is crisp, about 4 minutes.
  4. Add in onion and asparagus mix well.  Continue to fry for 3 minutes or until asparagus turns a bright green color. frying ingredients before rice enters pan for fried rice
  5. Add in the rice, with a spatula break up the rice, and mix into the onion asparagus mixture.
  6. Once the rice is combined lower the flame to a simmer. added rice for fried rice
  7. In a separate small pan over a medium flame add butter and allow to melt.
  8. Add eggs to melted butter and fry up the eggs. Scrambled egg is the end results.
  9. Add the cooked egg to the rice. Adding egg to fried rice
  10. Sprinkle the rice with green onion, and soy sauce. Mix well to combine.
  11. Lastly sprinkle with sesame seeds and if some spice is desired nanami togarashi.asparagus ham fried rice with chopsticks
  12. Enjoy!

a great priced rice cooker found at Walmart


Food Craft: Radish Wreath

Food Craft: Radish Wreath

Springtime radish wreath

Looks like this spring break I will be home. Finally a long awaited rest en mi casa. I have been traveling and running around like a mad woman lately. Even though it may sound like a let down to some people, I just fantasize about staying home with my fiance and our son and maybe inviting some friends over for a nice dinner.

Okay so here’s the skinny… I decided to stop fantasizing about it and start planning my little staycation at home instead. I hopped in the car and headed over to Walmart. With no particular plan in mind, just as a way to rummage through the store and see what I could find. I walked aimlessly through the aisles and found myself in the craft area. There on a hook was a variety of wreath skeletons empty and begging to be filled with something. I remembered these cool wreaths I had seen a while back made of vegetables and thought “I have that white fence that needs some color to welcome in spring.” Before I knew it a wreath skeleton was in my cart and I had made my way to the produce section of the store to see what leafy beauty I could fill it with. I found little bunches of radishes and they were certainly priced right for my project. I grabbed 10 bunches and rushed to the cashier, so I could get home and start my project. Taking me one step closer to my staycation and making the place feel more like spring with a simple veggie wreath. Now all I have to do is pick up the phone and invite some friends over for dinner.

items needed for radish wreath

Items needed for radish wreath:

  • 8 inch wreath
  • 10 to 15  – radish bunches
  • thin floral wire (26 gauge)
  • Scissors


  1. Start by spreading out your radishes in clusters.
  2. Then cut 6 inch pieces of wire and wrap them around the radish clusters where they are gathered by a rubber band.
  3. Carefully place the radishes onto the wreath with the radishes pointing toward the center and the leaves pointing toward the outer ring of the wreath.
  4. Then on the other side of the wreath twist the wire to tie it to the wreath. twist wire to tie radishes to wreath
  5. Continue until the entire wreath is filled with radishes.
  6. Hang and enjoy for a few days.  side view of radish wreath