King Prawns Fried Rice

My Boss’s Boss is cooking Chinese for his family Christmas feast and here I am to help with my recipe of King Prawn Fried Rice. Enjoy.

Raw King Prawns appoximately 6 – 8 per person serving.
Rice (1 cup is enough for 1-2 person)
Chopped Spring Onion
Peas
Chopped Onions
Chopped Carrots
(You can add other vegetables, just need to be chopped.)
1 egg for each person serving

Soy Sauces
Chinese Five Spices
Ground White Pepper
Sesame Oil
Chopped Garlic
Thin Slice Ginger
Rice Wine

The rice should be boiled and cooked the day before!

1. Measure the amount of Rice
2. Wash and Rinse rice with cold water twice to remove starch
3. Into the saucepan, 1 Cup water for each cup of rice
4. Turn the heat to the maximum and bring the water to boil with the lid on
5. When the water is bubbling, turn the heat down to low, keep the lid on
6. Rice should be cooked in 30 – 45 mins (DON’T OPEN the lid, I suggest you use a saucepan with a glass lid)
7. Once the Rice is cooked, put boiled rice into a bowl cover with cling film, left to cool to room temperature before putting into the fridge

Next Day,

Prawns Preparation

If frozen prawns are used, defrost prawns a couple of hours beforehand, do not use microwave nor soak in water.

Slice the prawns down the middle of it’s back. You can then devein. Becareful not to slice the prawns too deep and into two pieces. Then marinate with

1. Soy Sauce
2. Chinese Five Spices (you can be generous)
3. Salt and White pepper
4. Dash of sesame oil
5. Rice Wine

Marinate for at least half hour before cooking.

Heat wok to high

1. Add oil
2. Add chopped garlic and slice ginger
3. Stir for a couple of minutes, until the favours are oozing out
4. Add prawns
5. Cook for a few minutes.

Vegetable Preparation

1. Power Boil the chopped vegetables for a few minutes to soften
2. Drain, pass through cold water and set aside

Egg Fried Rice

1. Take out the boiled rice from fridge and leave it to stand.
2. Beat eggs and add pinch of salt
3. Heat wok to high
4. Add oil
5. Add beaten eggs, keep stirring and break up egg into smaller pieces
6. Use a spoon and add rice to wok

7. Keep wok at high temperature, the key is you have to keep stirring and turning continuously.
8. Mix the rice and the egg. Also in the process break up the lumpy rice
9. Add dashes of soy sauce to darken rice
10. Add pinch of salt to season.
11. Keep stirring
12. Add vegetables
13. Stir
14. Add Prawns (don’t add the juicy liquid, just the prawns)
15. Stir
16. Add Spring Onions
17. Stir
18. TASTE and add more soy sauce to season if required
19. Add sesame oil
20. Stir
21. Turn off heat and serve with Chinese chili sauce

Done, Simon’s king prawns fried rice.

Call me if you need help!

Office Christmas Party (2 of 2)

Dodgy Swap > Dodgy Beef > Dodgy Drink > Dodgy Health > Dodgy Simon > Dodgy Night

I swapped dinner choice with my big boss. So I had Soup then Steak instead Soup then Turkey.

Anyway, not sure whether it was the drinks or the meal or the fact that I was full of cold.

Sorry to my colleagues, I was not a great company, dodgy Simon appeared.

I didn’t feel well at all, I became an immature lunatic.

So I dragged myself home very early (didn’t even finish my last drink)

I collapse to my bed for my recovery.

End of Story.

Office Christmas Party (1 of 2)

This is the first Office Christmas Party with our new colleagues from the parent company, the second one is this Friday just with ourselves and a few from the old company.

The Fashion Gear

Unfortunately I had a change of heart at the last minute, didn’t like the Boxfresh shirt I was going to wear. I was going to wear a Hamnett one, just remember I wore it before in one of my last 7 office Christmas dos. So I went with my not so posh River Island short sleeve stripe shirt. Even when I was picking the pair of shoes I was in two mind. I hear you shout: “Simon! You’re such a women!”

The Walk

I live in Castlefield andthe Hotel is in Piccadilly. I walk along the canal then on Portland Road. In all it took me about 20-25minutes. It wasn’t bad at all.

The Pre-Chat

There were two types of people from the new company.

  1. Young and here to have a good time
  2. Experience and here to let you know of their proud careers.

The Dinner

3 Courses Turkey christmass dinner cooked by a machine (I think) and served by a gang of daleks (I think).

The food was somewhat mass produced. The tomato soup was aweful, a canned soup would taste much better. The turkey was surprising well cooked and very eatable, the pudding was pretty standard stuff you can buy from the supermarket.

Now the waiters, the gang of daleks I refer them as eariler.

They dress in black and ten all come at once.
They all ask the same question – “Have you finished with that?”
They show both their hands, take the plates and run back to the kitchen all in one breath.
They come back out, stand in a line and starred at each other!

Please  self-destruct!

The Party

Normally our office support staff hit the dancefloor before anyone else, but this time they were overtaken by a man from the new company. He seemed to be enjoying himself very much !!! Not sure how many he had already.

The Dance-Off

Run DMC’s song came on and there was a dance off between the new company and ourselves. Dare I said we won 3-0.

1st Round – our breakdance seal won with no reply

2nd Round – our spinning-on-his-backside-man won with no reply

3nd Round – our afician-shoulder-electrical-wave-dance won with no reply

(PS I am currently practicing my MJ moonwalk every day! Might come handy in the next dance off!!!)

The After Party

Sorry this never existed, most of the bars were shut when we finished and some decided to go home then. So I walked home with the Manchester rain.

Summary

There was no surprises, no rumours, no gossips, nothing that happen shouldn’t have. Everyone was enjoying themselves, and time has travelled fast that night.

We are all looking forward to this Fridays, I am sure something more interesting and funny things will come up.

There is of course the pre and after drinks at my penthouse this Friday. I am not sure the after drinks will be feasbile, apprently the party don’t finish until 4am!

Let the force be with you!
Si-moon-walker

Sack me for this blog

This post is dedicated to my good friend who just got fired because he writes a blog which has some very very small related stuff about work.

The real reason is that his company is cutting cost and have targeted him.

There is no doubt about it, this will get messy. The claim is very dodgy, his blog is much less revealing than mine.

When I saw his tweet, I said to him, I am so fired too. But come on, there wasn’t anything confidential whatsoever, it is the most tiny of evidence that the company has used. Shame on them!

Everyone is obviously supporting him and I should expect the full tribunal thing coming up. But still at the end of the day, the job is gone, may be just little bit more compensation.

So I thought will I get fired, might be I just need to check all my blog entries now to see if I have offended anyone.

But I know that I would have the decency to say it to their faces too.

At the same time, I should also read my contract, to see if writing a blog relating to work break any rules.

In the modern world of facebooking, blogging, tweeting. It is so easy. I think we have to sensible here, if there is commercial sensitive material leak then yes. But there are many grey areas.

Just to balance it,

I love what I do, I have no intention of giving up what I do. I love all my colleagues, they are all great. Everyone is a superconsultant.

If you still don’t know what I do and who I work for then google “the best environmental consultancy in the world”

I AM NOT JOKING, but the first result is really it… unbelievable!!!

This should do to show my true appreciation of my employer, so please don’t sack me…..

long may blogging be continue…

Simon