fried rice

olive or peanut oil
3-4 cups cooked rice
1 zucchini--cut into julienne
1 large carrot--cut into julienne
1 cup straw mushrooms or sliced button mushrooms
3 green onions--chopped
3 eggs--lightly beaten
salt and pepper to taste
generous handful pignoli nuts
scant handful raisins
1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1/4  light soy sauce
2 Tbs tomato paste
2 Tbs oyster sauce
1 Tbs seasoned rice vinegar
2 large garlic cloves--finely chopped
1" piece ginger--peeled and finely chopped
1/4 tsp chinese chili paste (optional)

in a small bowl mix together the broth, soy sauce, tomato paste, oyster sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger and chinese chili paste (if using).
heat oil in a large skillet or wok.  fry the carrots, zucchini and mushrooms until they just start to brown, stirring frequently.  add the salt and pepper to just season (a generous pinch each).  pour in the egg and stir until the egg is evenly distributed, fully scrambled and cooked through.  toss in green onion, then the rice.  Stir and mix together, then add the sauce all at once. toss in pignoli nuts and raisins. stir until it is evenly distributed.  taste for salt and pepper and additional soy sauce.