Where has the time gone to? (I ask that question a lot in my life. :D) A couple of weeks ago, we bought 4 yards of mulch (basically a HUGE mound) for our flower/herb gardens and Keith and I have been weeding and mulching every chance we have and we’re still not done. Aaargh…I almost, almost wish we have grass only in our yard but I know that when the flowers are in full bloom and the butterflies stop by for a visit, when we relax and dine in our lush, fragrant yard on a warm summer evening, amidst the glowing light of fireflies…it would all be worth it (I can be kinda poetic on occasions *grin*). Thankfully, the weather has been seasonable (translated: not too hot) and we’ve managed to make quite a dent on that huge mound. Hopefully, in another week or two, we will finally be done.
Now, on to food - salted fish fried rice is one of my favorite dishes but unfortunately, I rarely make it because of how “fragrant” the salted fish is. I swear flies from two blocks away could smell the fish (when they are being cooked) and find their way into the house thorugh holes/spaces you don’t even know exist to get to the fish. Because of this, I save the making of this dish until the dead of winter, where there is not a single bug outside, lol. Although winter is over (I think), I took the opportunity to cook this dish recently when we had a short cold spell, and the temp dipped into the 30s. It does take a little effort to prep the salted fish but all that effort will pay off times 20. The resulting fried rice is salty, savory, and super-delicious, so much so that Keith and I finished all of it in one sitting (boy, were we piggies). Now, we’ll just have to comfort ourselves with the memory of it until next time. Enjoy!
Heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add mackerel (discard oil in the container) and fry until cooked, gently flipping the fish halfway through. Some pieces of fish may fall apart as they cook…that’s okay (just handle the fish as gently as you can). Once fish are cooked, remove to a plate. Do not discard cooking oil – set aside until needed. Cool fish and then, crumble into tiny pieces, discarding bones.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet or pot (occasionally, I use a dutch oven but note that the rice will stick to the bottom of the dutch oven) over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add shallot and garlic, and cook until fragrant and lightly browned. Push the shallot and garlic slightly to the side, add the eggs and cook, stirring constantly until the eggs are almost fully scrambled. Stir in the rice, peas, bean sprouts, salted fish and soy sauce, stirring constantly until everything is heated through. Turn off the heat and stir in the chives. Serve.