“It’s a good thing I like rice.”

I can’t tell you how many times I had occasion to say that while I was in Senegal.  Maybe even every day?  I think there were one or two days where I did NOT eat rice, but most of those were during the time that I traveled…and I *missed* it.

Since coming home I have not been eating that much rice, partly because I’m still discovering exciting lessons about how to effectively cook for one person.   The other part of that is that I’ve suddenly forgotten how to serve rice.  What, you say I don’t have time to make yassa?  But…without the yassa…how do I eat the rice?  Oh FINE, I’ll just have pasta.  No need to rub it in my face!

The other thing I discovered is that I did not actually know how to cook rice.  I mean, throw it in a pot and let it simmer for a while.  It can’t be that hard, right?

NOT TRUE.  Watch your clock, watch your pot (don’t open it until its basically done!), and just keep breathing.  It wasn’t until the third try that I both prevented an overboil and simmered out enough water.

So.  Now that I can properly cook rice, I am–with a proper degree of shame–rediscovering how to eat it.

Next step: develop more kitchen strengths to add to the ones I already possess:

1) Sheer, dumb luck

2) Rotting vegetables in my refrigerator  (Buying for one person is *tough*!)

7 Responses to ““It’s a good thing I like rice.””

  1. Amanda Says:

    1 part rice, 2 parts water. bring to boil and simmer for 15-18 minutes. yay the things i learned in london!!! oh and if i come visit i can teach you the stir fry i make. it’s delicious with chicken, tofu, or just veggies!

    miss you

  2. Lairi Says:

    Haha, I used to have absolutely no trouble with rice, I always made it perfectly before, and now that I try to make it at my own place I somehow mess it up almost every time. Crazy!

  3. Pooh Says:

    The pot makes a difference too. I use a heavy gauge aluminum pan or a heavy Pampered Chef saucepan, not my copper bottom steel Revere Ware pan. Same thing goes for popcorn (er, not Microwave). Ask your moom if she remembers the popcorn disaster at Waters Edge!

    Cooking for one is an art. Farmer’s markets are starting up just about now, and they help w/ the vegies. You can buy smaller vegies or amounts.

    What is yassa? Hoping to find out this summer!

  4. kayak woman Says:

    Omigosh! I was just telling somebody about that popcorn thing the other day. Pretty much scared me off making popcorn in a pan for life. :-)

    I don’t usually have any trouble with rice though. And I’m not afraid to open the pot before it’s finished. Ya gotta check fer toadies, yaknow!

  5. grace Says:

    Progeressive meals are good too…. making things from your left overs. My grandfather always talks fondly of his time cooking jsut for himself… he used to go out and buy a single lobster for a “fancy” dinner once a month. Now he complains when he has to buy 6.

  6. grace Says:

    oops wrong url

  7. Amanda Says:

    what happened to the daily apartment pictures?!?!!

    love you

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