Sunday, 13 April 2014

Family Meals - Kedgeree With A Modern Twist


I made this take on a traditional family meal this week thinking it would be met with the traditional enthusiasm my children reserve for my cooking at dinner times. (Not a whole lot of truth in that opening statement!)
I adjusted a few of the regular ingredients to make it with what I had available and I was very surprised to find that the kids not only ate it, but enjoyed it too, even returning for seconds!
Let me tell you, that just about never happens around here, unless of course dinner came in a packet or from a store and I don't think we are unique in that experience either.

Blog post in the making! A meal kids eat!

I thought I must share it here as so many of you are Mums in the same position as me, finding yourself throwing out plates of food each evening following unsuccessful meal attempts for ungrateful diners. Sigh...
So, do give this one a try and let me know how it is received at your place. This was even well-received by the toddler who kept coming back for more!

You will need:

One large 425gm tin of tuna chunks in pure olive oil. (I suggest Woolworths Select or Sirena for the pure olive oil content)

2 cups of long grain white rice
3 cups of chicken stock
1 onion finely chopped
1 zucchini halved lengthwise and sliced.
4 eggs hardboiled
2-3 tablespoons of Pandaroo Japanese Sushi Rice Seasoning Seaweed and Sesame Furikake. (Available in Woolworths in the spices section or the international section of your supermarket). If not available where you shop, any Japanese sushi rice seasoning will do.

Cook the rice in the chicken stock by absorption method in a heavy non-stick saucepan with a well-sealing lid. Gently simmer until all the water has been absorbed and it's fluffy.

While the rice cooks, boil and prepare the eggs.

When the rice is cooked, add the entire tin of tuna including the olive oil content (this is why you want a brand with the best quality oil), and stir through.

Peel and roughly chop the hardboiled eggs and add to the rice mixture.

In a separate smaller saucepan, melt some margarine and cook the onion until translucent. Add the zucchini (and any other vegetables you'd like), and cook gently to coat and soften. When done, add to the rice along with the Japanese seasoning and stir through well.

Ready to serve!


Tips: Traditional Kedgeree contains curry powder which I have omitted in favour of a modern twist - the Japanese rice seasoning, which imparts a nutty, sesame flavour and a salty taste from the seaweed. Yummy!
Try adding corn kernals as well, (around half a can), or a fresh corn cobb or peas for more colour and variety. This meal turns out well due to its simplicity so don't go overboard or you'll put the kids off!
Lemon juice is fantastic on Kedgeree so sprinkle some on yours to lift the flavour even more.

 
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10 comments:

  1. Yum!! I just saw this on interest. You must be super Mom!

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    1. LOL! So super-NOT Holly! :D Just happened to stumble on a great idea that worked - pure chance!

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  2. My kids love rice so I'll definitely give this meal a go during the week and I'll let you know how it goes. It's always a mission to get the kids to finish their meals at my house!
    Thanks for joining us for Sunday Brunch with Mums Take Five, Nic

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    1. Kids are such a waste of cash aren't they! Throwing out food is so wrong!

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  3. I'm going to try this one this week! My kids love tuna, love rice and love hardboiled eggs so I reckon it will be a hit!

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    1. I loved the pic and so glad you tried it and it was a success at your home too! :D

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  4. "throwing out plates of food each evening following unsuccessful meal attempts for ungrateful diners. Sigh…"
    Oh I so know this feeling. It's the worst and cruelly disheartening. Sigh..

    Glad to hear this worked out for you!

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  5. We love tuna in our house and I especially love easy meals to prepare. Getting my son to eat anything at dinner time is another story and perhaps he might like this!

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  6. I know what throwing out perfectly good food is like! I am thinking that my fussy 4 year old would not eat this. She likes rice and eggs though, so might be worth a try. She surprised the heck out of me last night by eating tacos for the first time!

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  7. Oh! Great recipe! I'm always on the lookout for simple one-pot recipes like these that go along way to feeding a whole bunch of people (and kids). Will be pinning this so I can refer to it later. I think I have all the ingredients in my pantry.

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