Monday, February 7, 2011

How to Boil Water

So when the tv show "How to Boil Water" started running on the Food Network I was a little confused, I mean who doesn't know how to do that? Turns out a lot more people than I thought. Ever since getting here and having to cook for myself I've encountered some difficulty, food boredom and admittedly felt a little superior than most people in my apartment. As I said before it is VERY clear who has never had to really cook for themselves, besides pasta and cereal. Since being here I've made lasagna, pork tenderloin, chicken salad, shepherds pie, real mac and cheese and many other really basic recipes. Surprisingly my biggest challenge so far is cooking for one. I know plenty of easy dinners for a family but when its just me and one shepherds pie could feed me for a week I'd get sick of it pretty quickly.

Also apparently I didn't know how to make rice. Maybe because we're big fans of making it in the microwave at home but either way I have figured it out! (Ideally I would have a rice cooker, and also my kitchen aid and my food processor oh and an ice cream maker, but as my mom always says "It's nice to want things.") Anyway my absolute favorite favorite favorite rice is Basmati. (Thanks to the Flanagans for introducing me to it!) Basmati rice is a long-grain, fluffy, slightly aromatic, white sticky rice and is delicious with anything!

Incase you are also a rice newbie here's how I make it... (Thanks to Real Simple!)

1 Cup of Basmati Rice
1 3/4 Cup Water
1/2 tsp salt.

Combine rice, salt and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 10-15ish minutes. (There's an electric stove here so the heating levels baffle me but just bring it to a slight simmer) Add veggies if you want and whatever protein/meat you like!

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