Life gives lemons you make lemonade… My fridge gave me cold rice, I made fried rice…
Few days back my son had started a new time pass in order not to sleep when it was bed time. He would make me sit in one place then pretend he was almost asleep then he would point out to the hamock in our living room so I would put him there after some time he would point out to the outside swing, I would be like ” ok as long as he sleeps” the he would insist that his papa sits next to him,then some other demand and some new insistence of his… This went on for few days then we realised all his drama.
I rememebered his very caring and loving preschool teacher warning all of us mothers that ” if you give in to irrational demands of your children, they will come up with new ones, sometimes its best not to give in.”
So finally we took a call to take him into the bed room and told him its time to go to sleep and you have to sleep here, adamantly he said “no..no” so I told him ” fine mumma papa are sleeping do what you want… But you are not going out, if you want play here, good night sweet heart” kissed him and we pretendent to go to sleep.
Now the drama oh no melodrama starts… He started howling, screaming and crying ” bahar ( outside), bahar..bahar..” We told him nicely that was not going to happen. He refused to take no.. Howling, insisting, emotional blackmailing, rolling on the floor, banging the door..he even tried self pity by puking so I cleaned him and told him ” ok now do you feeling better?, ok now come to sleep.”
Again sobbing, I could see anger in him, anger of the fact that he was not getting his way, then he would stop for few seconds and check if we were giving in then again the high pitch crying. My husband was feeling so guilty but I asured him that we were doing the right thing, it was for his own good.
Finally he came to his bed, lyed on it so Mr. Feeling guilty said, “ok now its over” my husband was happy that the crying stopped as he wanted to relive himself of the self inflict torcher of guilt , I smiled mockingly and told him ” picture abhi baki hai mere dost” by now our son was exausted but his ego was not giving in so again like a spring he got up on his bed “bahar…long sobs… Long sobs… Bahar” sobs…sobs..finally he gave in and went to sleep…I waited for few minutes and smerked as finally he understood the point, as he was sleeping my husband gave an astonished look as it seemed unbelivable that the crying and stopped and he could hear his deep breathing exausted but finally sleeping.
First night his crying went on for almost an hour, night 2 for 35 minutes by night 3 he has almost understood and cried for 2 minutes and by night 4 once in the room he played with the pillows and stuff toys and slept in sometime… Phew!!!
As our nights were long my days were exhausting so when I found left over rice in the fridge I was happy and rescued to make a quick fried rice for dinner.
I had read few days back to make a good fried rice its best to use cold rice and make it in butter.
I added little butter to the recipe, a made this good easy meal.
4-5 cups cooked cold rice
3 tbsp oil
1 tbsp butter
1/4 cup finely chopped carrots
1/4 cup finely chopped cabbage
1/4 cup finely chopped mushroom
1/4 cup finely chopped green capsicum
1/4 cup bean sprouts
2-3 stalks of green onions finely chopped
1/2 tbsp finely chopped ginger
1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
1 tsp vinegar
2 whole dried chillies
1 tsp chilli paste
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp soya sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil in the wok, add all the vegitables, ginger, garlic, vinegar, whole dried red chillies, chilli paste, tomato puree, soy sauce, butter, salt and pepper.
Cook until vegitables are tender.
Add the cooked cold rice and mix gently. Best to mix with a fork.
Garnish with green onions and serve hot.