Summer. What’s not to love about our most carefree season? Aside from the heat, of course. One the best things about warm weather is being able to take our meals outside. Having an early morning coffee on the patio or firing up the grill for a late night supper is right up my alley. I also love easy meals that don’t require much if any, cooking, and picnics combine both – relishing the outdoors and zero obligation to be in front of a hot stove.
Always wanting to be prepared to picnic in style, I spend a lot of time (probably too much) gathering supplies. I unabashedly confess to having a complete and utter obsession with packaging. It’s borderline ridiculous. I have been known to buy items I never even open based solely on the packaging. Please tell me I’m not the only one. My current stash is of epic proportions and I have no intentions of paring down my trove. Since we’re friends and obviously love the same things, I thought it fit to share my tips and resources to help you up your picnic game with my favorite swoon worthy supplies!
This is one of those happy accident recipes that has found itself in heavy rotation in our kitchen. It began with a solitary weekend at home while my husband was away on a scuba diving trip. All I wanted to do after weeks of traveling was to stay home in my pj’s and have a Netflix marathon. It’s a lightened up, protein packed version of my favorite comfort food with a healthy dose of veggies to replace most of the rice found in your standard fried rice recipes. I like mine on the spicy side but feel free to adjust the heat level to whatever strikes your fancy.
You may notice this recipe is for one serving but it can easily be doubled or quadrupled if you have a large enough wok or skillet. And although the list of ingredients may seem long, none are exotic and all are readily available at most markets.
Every year I challenge myself with finding new ways to use all the oranges we have at our disposal. In fact, I have a secret Pinterest board dedicated solely for this purpose. I’ve saved all kinds of things; cakes, breads, glazes, salads, donuts, infused oils, cleaning products, holiday decorations …you name it, I’ve pinned it. I’m not sure I’ll ever attempt making all of them but they’re there as inspiration should the mood strike. With oranges being in season during the winter months, I figure those cold lazy days could be made useful by making a few things.