One of the most effective ways to survive 30 days of eating vegetarian while constantly surrounded by tempation is to be prepared. Meaning, you should be ready to make a lot of meals at home.
While cycling through my bookmarked recipes today, I came across a post from the highly popular Serious Eats blog about kimchi fried rice. Very few things soothe the soul like a bowl of freshly cooked fried rice; each scoop tossed with your favourite ingredients, all coming together in a medley of textures and flavours. Kimchi fried rice is even better, and the Serious Eats recipe is one of the easiest to follow. I didn't have time to make my own kimchi the other day so I picked up a container at PAT Central Market in Korea town on my way back in from a food tour in Stratford.
The recipe takes about 30 minutes from start to finish with enough fried rice to comfortably feed four people. Because of the heat in the fried rice, I paired the dish with a riesling from Ravine Vineyard's new Sand & Gravel line of wines. You can read more about Ravine's new line of wines on Rick VanSickle's blog, Wines in Niagara. The $18 riesling packs enough sweetness and citrus characteristics to go well with the spice and meaty, creamy characteristics of the egg. The minerality balances it nicely, making each sip refreshing.
While eating, I had the chance to continue reading the new Serious Eats book. What a fun read–not only is it packed with recipes, but it also covers some of the site's more popular topics since it launched in 2006. If you love food trucks and street food, it's a great read.
I have two copies of the book to give away. Want one? Share your favourite veggie recipe (sans mushrooms). I'll pick two winners after the comments close at 5pm.