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Flied Lice

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The reason this is titled "flied lice" has to do with the mixing up of the L's and R's. In the local language of copperbelt region, Bemba, there is no R. When native Bemba speakers are speaking English, I have noticed how the R is sometimes swallowed or replaced with an L sound. But this is not the first time I've encountered this pattern. The first time I heard someone refer to fried rice as "flied lice" was from a Japanese friend. So anyway, we did not eat lice!!! Last night for dinner we had vegetable fried rice with asian marinaded chicken.

Ingredients: 1/2 cup Soy sauce 1 T Oil 2 T White vinegar 2 T Sweet chutney sauce 1/2 onion minced 2 garlic cloves minced 2 t Ginger powder 1 t Chili powder 1 t Paprika 1 t Basil

Directions: Combine all ingredients into the baking dish. Fork/tenderize chicken meat. Baste the chicken with the marinade. Let sit in fridge for 4 (or more) hours. I had a lot of extra marinade so I saved most of it and cooked the rest of the chicken in the marinade - which turned into a really good gravy for the chicken and the fried rice.

Fried Rice

Ingredients: 6 cups of white rice 1 1/2 - 2 Cups of mixed vegetables (I used a frozen asian mix with carrots, peas, red peppers, onions, mini corn, mushrooms. Just carrots, peas, onions could work also) 1/2 onion, minced 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 eggs 1-2 T Oil 1/2 Cup soy sauce 1 teaspoon Black Pepper 1 teaspoon Marsala powder 1 teaspoon Ginger powder 1 teaspoon Chili powder 1 teaspoon Paprika

Directions: Sauté onions in oil, when they are almost translucent, add the garlic. Add the frozen mixed vegetables and sauté for a few minutes. Scramble the eggs in the same pan, move veggies to one side, and then mix all together. Add the plain rice and stir. Stir in the soy sauce and spices (option to add them in with the veggie sauté for a more blended flavor).

Like I mentioned before, we used the marinade sauce to pour over the fried rice for even more flavor and juice. When I had the fried rice for left over, I added a little more soy sauce and hot sauce.

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