Surrounded by Rice

Boyfriend Freckle is the type of person to not check cupboards and fridges before going out for groceries. Recent cleaning out of said cupboards showed me that we own four different kinds of rice, three pastas, five bags of noodles, and some couscous.

After feeling some sweet relief about finding absolutely no weevils or other beasties in any of the packages, I felt at a loss.

Colourful, isn't it?
Colourful, isn’t it?

I’m a potato person. Mash ’em, bake ’em, put ’em in a stew, you know how it goes. I usually only eat rice if it comes in the shape of pudding with a pear on top, and pasta only happens when I’m at the Italian restaurant and don’t feel like pizza. But I also knew that it would be beneath me to ignore these packages or (even worse) throw them away.

After three meals (noodles – success, rice – boring, couscous – drowned) I felt like I did what I could and was ready to make rice crackers that could last me well into 2015.

So this is where I turn to you, unicorns. It’s just the two of u,s so tips about making a Chinese Rice Buffet aren’t particularly needed, but I’d love to branch out. I’m sure there’s more to rice and pasta than “add vegetables and sauce,” right? Right? And if there are more sweet things out there than rice pudding… I’d love to hear it.

Meanwhile, my boyfriend is already Pavloved in such a way that he yells, “I won’t get any!’ whenever he goes to get groceries. I’m sure these rice mountains will fade away, someday.


By freckle [M]

Freckle can't decide between writing fact or fiction, so she does both, on a very regular basis, and sometimes even for money.

10 replies on “Surrounded by Rice”

I’m not a big rice eater but I’m trying. The initial cooking of the stuff is where I start thinking. For example, I add some onions and garlic and a can of the tomato with chili’s in it and enough water. Makes a great filler for burritos, a side for mexican food, add in some kind of protein and top with cilantro and it’s almost a main course, or add chorizo and eggs. Rice cooked with a broth can become the normal pilaf, or add celery, carrots, and what other kinds of veggies you like in a salad and add vinegar and oil dressing (proportions are 1/2 rice and 1/2 veggies and other add ins).

Freckle, I can’t remember if you’re a vegetarian, but I grew up on sausage and peppers over noodles, and it’s delicious. 1 pound of sausage, sliced and browned, then add 2 or 3 sweet peppers, sliced and a sliced onion. Once those are smelling good and a little browned, add 1T of minced garlic, let it smell EVEN BETTER, and then add a big can of crushed tomatoes. Let simmer until you’re dying of hunger. Eat with pasta.

As for rice, make the red lentil soup from 101 cookbooks. I cannot tell you how cheap and delicious and customizable this is. And it is perfect for fall.

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