Here’s a simple lesson: check your cabinets before you assume you have something.
Ingredients: red bell pepper, sugar snap peas, mushrooms, pineapple, cashews, corn, green onions, brown jasmine rice. Yeah, the pineapple was crushed, not chunks, but whatever. It had been in the cabinet for so long (ever since I discovered fresh pineapples!) that I just wanted to use it.
I imagined myself making pineapple fried rice that was better than the restaurant we usually patronize. I was going to guarantee it to be egg and fish sauce free, use brown rice, include all my favorite vegetables, and throw in extra cashews. Well, it was pretty good – for a first try. The only thing “off,” for me, was the texture, since the pineapple got lost in the rice. I seasoned this with garam masala, cumin, and soy sauce. This is something I’ll be making again, that much is certain.