Monday, June 1, 2009

Wild Rice Pancakes & Leftover Asparagus

Ah, the joy of working in Germany! Today is a holiday (Pentecost) and I have the day off of work. Even though I have to vacuum the apartment, do laundry, repot some herbs & build Ikea furniture, it's still a day off of work. Although I might log in later & do work, nullifying the concept of "holiday" as such, but we'll see...

For lunch, I'm getting rid of some leftovers. Last night, I tried to follow a recipe for stir-fried beef & asparagus, which was OK, but moreover, I have leftover wild rice. It's actually a brown rice - wild rice mix, but that's only a technicality. I'm making pancakes out of them & will be using the scant amounts of stir-fry I have leftover as a filling.

Rice Pancakes with Leftover Asparagus Stir-Fry
1 cup cooked wild/brown rice
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 Tbsp fish sauce
pinch ground ginger
pinch cinamon
1/2 clove mined garlic
pinch chili pepper flakes
1/2 Tbsp lime juice
water as needed
1/2 cup leftover asparaus beef stir-fry (see recipe)

In a blender, puree all ingredients. It won't turn out smooth, but that's OK. Add water, if necessary, to maintain a "batter-like" consistency.
In a skillet over medium-high heat, spread 1/2 the mixture. Allow to get crispy & wait until it can slide on it's own. At this point, flip the pancake.
Repeat for 2nd pancake.
Top with warmed leftovers & garnish with green onions.

I wasn't thrilled with the stir-fry last night, but I was much happier with the leftovers.


Cathy said...

Gotta love a holiday!! Even if you opt to work from home, it's at your own pace. I like the addition of coconut milk and fish sauce to the rice pancake. Bet it tasted great.

taste traveller said...

It was one of those meals where the leftovers were better than the meal itself. The coconut milk had the added advantage that it has fat, so I didn't need to add any oil to the pan & my lump of batter smoothed out as it warmed up.

I still haven't touched the Ikea box, nor the plants... (and it's already 6pm)

Cathy said...

Kinda like me and my studying ;) It's still in my book bag taunting me.

taste traveller said...

Your exams are coming up! And both S & I will give you a hard time if you don't pass! ;-)

Jessica604 said...

Great idea for leftover rice! Out of curiousity, I'd try reserving some rice to mix into the "batter" after its been blitzed. Kind of like rice cakes. Thank you for the post.

Amanda said...

What a great idea! I absolutely love this!

Murasaki Shikibu said...

Sounds yummy. :)

I'm always looking for ways to recycle leftovers into something enticing and this is a great idea!

taste traveller said...

Jessica: I tried it originally with "normal" rice, that is, I didn't use the blender but I found they were too clumpy. But It's just an experiment so far - so much room for improvement!

Amanda & Murasaki: thanks! :-)

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