One

I’m pretty awful at remembering birthdays.  Moreoften than not on the actual date of the birthday I suddenly realise it’s a special day for my sister/friend/niece/etc and panic.  I call.  I apologise profusely.  I send a belated card and gift.  I vow to start writing reminders on my calendar.  I fail to do the latter and so the following year I repeat the cycle all over again. 

It’s, thus, no surprise that I let the first anniversary of my blog go by unnoticed.  A whole year?  My goodness.  Time certainly does fly…

To mark this first birthday I want to share a recipe that I not only make very frequently but is also one of the very first dishes I learnt to make from scratch.  It’s a recipe that I’ve actually blogged about before but that was way back when this blog was only read by Deb and… ummmm, actually I think it was only Deb!

Anyhoo, the dish is a winner.  It’s easy, it’s fast and it’s bursting with flavour.

Thai Basil Rice
(Serves 4 as a side or 2, generously, as a main)

3 tblspn ground nut oil
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 medium red chilli, finely chopped
200g small prawns (or bitesize pieces of chicken or pork, if you prefer)
500g cold, cooked brown rice (see
Lucy’s post for a foolproof method of cooking brown rice)
1 tblspn sugar
1 tblspn thai fish sauce
3 spring onions, chopped
2 handfuls fresh basil leaves, chopped (If you can find Thai basil, great, otherwise Mediterranean basil is fine)
1 handful fresh coriander leaves, chopped

  • Heat oil in wok over med-high heat. Stir-fry garlic until golden.
  • Add prawns and chilli. Stir-fry till prawns are cooked.
  • Add rice, sugar, fish sauce & soy sauce. Heat through and combine gently over medium heat.
  • Stir through spring onions, basil and coriander. Cook for one more minute. Serve.

29 thoughts on “One

  1. Happy Birthday Wee Bit of Cooking/Wendy! A very fine first year I think :-)

    I’ll definitely be trying this recipe out – I love one pan recipes and thai flavours! It must be really quick to make if you use leftover rice from the day before (fabulous).

    It’s funny thing but you prompted me to check when my first post was too and it was January 17th 2007 last year – I’ve completely missed my first anniversary too!

  2. Happy Birthday to your blog! Congratulations, and here is to the second year of delicious food. This looks like a great recipe – I’m sadly allergic to shellfish, but think I could try something similar with chicken.

  3. Congratulations Wendy – it’s been a good year of blogging and I look forward to another year of your fine foodie posts! I checked out the original post and it is nice to have an update with a photo – I love the fragrance of thai cooking but wish there was less fish and more vegies! Oh well, enjoy looking at your photos!

  4. Sophie – I’ve noticed that quite a few of “us” started up around this time last year. Wonder if there has been another surge this year! Let me know what you think of the Thai Basil Rice. I adore it. :)

    Antonia – Thank you! It’s really great with chicken too. A good way to use up leftovers.

    Johanna – I’m sure this dish would still be very nice without the prawns. Perhaps some peas could be added instead. :)

  5. Happy Blog Birthday Wendy! I have really enjoyed ready your blog for the best part of the last year, I didn’t get into the swing of things till April!
    I hope you have lots more blog birthdays!

  6. Happy birthday to “A Wee Bit of Cooking Blog”! I am SO pleased I found this little treasure of a blog to read and I wish for many more joyful years of reading! A lovely sounding recipe too :D

    Rosie x

  7. Wendy, it is Lucas’ birthday today too, so happy birthday to your blog as well. The boys like rice so I shall try this recipe out with them but probably will skip the chilli. Love S.

  8. Kalyn – Thank you! It is very tasty. :)

    Holler – Hope I’ve helped you to remember your anniversary!

    Rosie – You’re so very sweet! Thank you. x

    Shona – HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUCAS! Let me know what the boys think of the rice. :)

  9. Happy Birthday, blog! Congrats.

    You know, darls, I don’t think my blogging life would be complete without A Wee Bit of Cooking. And, of course, the lovely you. Spent an afternoon a few months ago going back through your archive and it makes fascinating reading.

    Beautiful recipe – those Thai flavours make my mouth water. How could I ever be a ‘proper’ vegetarian? I love fish sauce – there’s nothing to match it! Thanks for the rice link…break open a bottle of something ‘cos there’s a lot of work involved in getting to 12 months worth of posting.

  10. Very happy birthday-a-versary to you and your blog. I hope you’re as pleased as the rest of us to have started your blog – may there be many more great recipes and wonderfully told stories to come.

  11. Happy birthday, I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of months and I love your photos- I’m really hungry now even though it’s nearly midnight. I was wondering did you do the Gordon Ramsay cook-a-long on Friday?

  12. Congratulations on your first year of Blogging Wendy!!! And thanks for the yummy recipe. I think it may well become a fav here too just like your Tom Yummish soup!!!

  13. Pam – Thank you! Promise it won’t disappoint!

    Katie – Thank you!

    Lucy – Feel exactly the same about you and your lovely blog, m’dear. :)

    Annemarie – I really am so glad I started it. It took a while to take shape, mind you!

    David – Thank you!

    Bellini – Thank you!

    Jane – Hello! I didn’t actually. Had guests up, no TV in the kitchen and am not a lover of scallops. It was all against me!

    Maryann – Thank you!

    Kelly – Thank you!

    Pat – Let me know what you think. :)

    Pille – Thank you!

    Trig – Thank you! Still waiting for some real snow though…

    Rosa – Thank you and likewise. :)

  14. Happy Blog Birthday Wendy, and here I am better late than never! Oh my gosh, if you are at one year, I am close behind! Seems like only yesterday and I DO remember reading your “other blog”!!! My how time flies!
    And your rice looks delicious! Besides salads, I have been playing around with rice dishes also. Have not been too successful with one yet so have not posted them. Actually I have not been too successful with any dish this week:(
    But there is always next week:)

  15. Happy Blog-iversary, Wendy. Your blog is such a great addition to my webworld. I’m happy to gotten to know you virtually this year and look forward to many more years of reading your work. Thanks for making my life a little broader.

  16. Deb- I remember your first post! I was really ill, it was raining and you were writing about growing things in Key West. Really cheered me up. :)

    Christina – Thank you. It’s been a true pleasure getting to virtually know you. :)

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