Pumpkin and Egg Fried Rice

December is upon us! I feel like I say this every time a new month approaches. It is only because time is really flying by so fast and I cannot keep up! Can you believe that in less than 30 days we will be in 2019. I cannot believe it yet! The festivities are officially in full swing. Even I can feel it. I ended up making steamed cinnamon rolls(I don’t have an oven) in the middle of last week in my InstaStories. Follow me on Instagram (@akitcheninuganda) to see more of the behind the scenes and random musings. Anyhow in the spirit of the holidays, I present you with this pumpkin and egg fried rice. This fried rice is ideal for a quick meal fix or for brunch because it is honestly easy to put together. If you have some pumpkin in your kitchen, you have to try this.


What you will need:

2 C. Pumpkin, cubed

4 C. Cooked rice

2 Large Eggs

1 Large Green pepper, diced

1 Large onion, diced,

1 Tsp. Garlic, minced

1 Tsp. Ginger, minced

1 Tbsp. Soy sauce

1 Spring of thyme


Black pepper

1 Tbsp. Oil



  1. I used a young pumpkin with a tender cover. If your pumpkin has a hard cover, you will have to remove it.
  2. This is how I made my rice. If you have a variety of vegetables, you can add them for more texture and flavor.
  3. Aside from thyme, garlic, ginger and black pepper, I didn’t add any more spices. The rice is colored yellow from the pumpkin.



  1. Place pan on medium heat. Add Oil.
  2. Next add the cubed pumpkin and the sprig of thyme. Let the pumpkin shallow fry.
  3. While pumpkin is cooking, crack the eggs in a bowl and whisk them.
  4. Once the pumpkin has cooked through (this may take 5 – 7 minutes) remove it from the pan and set aside.
  5. Using the same pan and flavored oil, make scrambled eggs.
  6. Return the pumpkin to the pan with the scrambled eggs.
  7. Next add the onion, garlic, ginger and green pepper. Mix till an aroma is released. Add the soy sauce, salt and pepper and mix well.
  8. Next add the rice and mill till well incorporated.
  9. Serve hot.

What are your plans this December?

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Colorful Tender Pumpkin Stir-fry

This is what happens when you end up harvesting a young pumpkin.  In life there are times when we totally do insane things which in turn end up being masterpieces. I keep saying I have had my fair share of  failed recipes in the kitchen. But see, the thing with failure is that it pushes—forces even— you to keep trying till you get a better outcome.  I believe failure is necessary for success.  But words are easier said than done.  Having to create  and develop recipes in the past couple of years has taught me to take failure as a part of the natural human process because without failure, we really would not know what success is. Now this pumpkin stir fry first fell into my category of failed recipes but over time with constant trying and recreation, it is what it is now.  Because now I realize, similar to this amazing stir fry, harvesting a baby tender pumpkin is not a waste after all.

What you will need:

1 C. Young tender pumpkin, thinly sliced

1 C. Carrots, julienned

1/2 C. Green pepper, julienned

1/2 C. Green beans, julienned

1 Large onion, thinly sliced

2 Garlic cloves finely chopped

1/2 Tsp. Ginger, finely chopped

1 Tbsp. Dark Soy sauce diluted with 2 Tbsp. water

Black pepper

A pinch of sugar





Place a pan on high heat. Add oil. Add the pinch of sugar and let it melt and turn slightly brown(but not burnt).  Add garlic and ginger. Let it brown a little and then add the pumpkin. Keep stirring. After 3 minutes, add the green beans and keep stirring. Add the onions and carrots. Next add the green pepper. Keep stirring so they don’t burn since the heat is high.  Pour in the soy sauce little by little while continuing to stir till the vegetables are slightly tender but still with a bite.  Sprinkle salt and pepper and give one last stir before removing from fire. Serve hot.

Elections are tomorrow and I hope and pray you all have a smooth voting session.