Category Archives: rice
One of the last produce items we bought from our local farmer was a pair of habeneros. These little lantern-shaped peppers are some of the hottest in the world, rated between 100,000 and 350,000 Scoville units! Now, compare that to a jalapeno which weighs in between 6,000 and 8,500 Scoville units! Wow, that’s hot, isn’t it? Still, for all their bite, they’re also floral and add a definite flavor that’s hard to duplicate without their help.
A side note on super-hot chiles… I’ve had the pleasure of having ghost chile verde made by a chef friend of mine in…
I think I’ve mentioned before that we are quite lazy. We like Mexican Rice but often, don’t care to take the time to put it together. This is primarily because we figured out that we could cook it ahead of time and freeze it in appropriate sizes for later meals!
We use a 6-cup Wilton silicone muffin tin. Each muffin-cup holds just enough mix to make a great batch of Mexican Rice for two. (We split 1 rice cup of rice at dinner.) The recipe is quite scalable – just add one muffin-cup’s worth of Instant Mexi-Mix per…
This was inspired by a recipe that my mom has made for me a couple of times in the past few years. Every time she’s made it, I think of something else that would be great in it… and always forget to suggest it when she makes it the next time. She made it for me and my husband a little while ago and I decided this time, I wouldn’t forget! So I made it again a few days later.
It came out beautifully. The triticale’s chewiness contrasted nicely with the softness of the orzo. (Any chewy grain would work well in its place, like barley or brown rice.) I did wind up throwing in whatever was in the fridge that needed to be used, but it resulted in a well-rounded, delicious salad, so I’m not unhappy.
In honor of feeling generally bad all day and wishing for a good soup I didn’t have to cook or fight with the microwave to defrost, I’ll share with you a recipe I made last week. It’s a take on a classic Greek avgolemono soup with tiny, fluffy meatballs that soak up the deliciousness and explode on your tongue like concentrated stars.
The original called for lamb and I agree – ground lamb here would be divine. But it’s expensive and hard to get in my town unless I get lucky with the sales, so I used some leftover ground pork which turned out to be delicious. Often avgolemono soups are not very good reheated the next day but this one was pretty good albeit without the wonderful mouthfeel of the original.
“We have got to have this again,” said my husband as he polished off a second helping.
“I agree but next time, let’s not forget the salt,” I replied.
One of the recipes I picked out a little while ago was for Chicken Souvlaki Skewers. It was really fast and easy, which made it an excellent candidate for having on one of my class-nights where I’d get home at some random time between 630p and 830p. (Planning meals around my tax class was interesting to say the least.) While I was at class, my husband decided to look for a Greek-style rice to accompany it, which he found in the The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook.
All I can say is, “Wow!” It was fantastic and oh-so-simple. This is definitely going into the repeat-meal category for when we need a quick and tasty meal.
The problem, she explained in her smooth, melodious voice, is that lentils, like boiling potatoes, can take a lot more salt and water than you might expect. The other problem is that when you’re used to foods with a lot of spices, a dish without any spices can be very bland by comparison.
The answers were as follows: Use more salt. Add cumin, maybe some other spices you like. And check the water level to make sure there’s enough liquid.
I couldn’t wait to go home and try this recipe out. I made some changes and it came out beautifully.