When we moved to Geneva, we thought the easiest way to deal with the appliances was to just gett everything here.  So, we obviously didn’t think of shipping a rice-cooker here.  Kind of a big mistake!  Yes, while the rice cooker can be found here but the brands available here aren’t even heard of (by me, at least).

Since we were only going to be here for a year, we thought we’ll get the cheapest rice cooker.  Well, the cheapest here cost us CHF 39.95.  You pay for what you get, for the cheapest rice cooker we got was not the best in the market of course (for obvious reasons).  That’s not all, the rice cooker actually ‘spurts’ out water while cooking the rice, making such a mess in the kitchen.  As you can imagine, cleaning up is now a CHORE!

I can go without carbs for most days but the Man can’t. So, whenever he craves for rice, I’d make sure I cook enough for 2 days so that I don’t have to go through the ‘spurting water’ ordeal.  I can always use the leftovers as fried rice the next day.

That’s what I did for one of our meals.  I used the leftover rice and made Garlic Fried Rice with it.  Other than chopping up loads of garlic and having my fingers smelling like garlic, it’s really quite simple.

Garlic Fried Rice (Makes 2 portions)


  • 1 1/2 bulbs of garlic (chopped finely)
  • Leftover rice (portion for 2)
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • Chives for garnish


  1. Heat frying pan and melt 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter.
  2. Add garlic and fry garlic till it turns golden brown.  Remove garlic and set aside.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to frying pan.  Wait till butter melts before adding the rice.
  4. Stir-fry the rice and then add the eggs to the rice.
  5. Continue to stir-fry the rice until the egg mixture is fully absorbed into the rice.
  6. Add the fried garlic and stir-fry the rice further.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve rice warm, and add chopped chives as garnish.

It’s really that simple but yummy!!  I just wished I knew how to get rid of the garlic-ky smell from my fingers after making this dish.  Any ideas?

9 thoughts on “Leftovers

    • Lady J says:

      Haha.. thanks Pebz.. Hmm.. never thought of adding vinegar. Perhaps the next time round, this garlic fried rice is going to be a regular feature on our table. Hehe..

  1. smalltank says:

    you can try rubbing your fingers with a small slice of lime/lemon to get rid of the garlicky smell 🙂

  2. Lady J says:

    Yeah.. I’ve heard of that one. I tried rubbing salt on my fingers too.. it’s supposed to work but didn’t. I’ll try your method next time.. Thanks for the tip!

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