Dec 15, 2010

Watch the rice closely!

This I have heard so many times during my childhood. Many of us back home started cooking rice at a very young age using the firewood stove and the art of starting a fire has become something of a second nature to us. But the most important thing was keeping an eye on what was on the stove so as not to burn it especially the rice. One shouldn't play or do anything while cooking it. Even if the others were calling you and pleading to join them outside. Stay put. Be on guard. Period.

Fast forward. Genève. My love affair with rice is so much deeper. I could not fanthom the idea of eating more pasta than rice in a week. Never mind the bulges. Though the voices of my grandparents still linger, cooking rice on the electric stove was a lot easier but kinda tricky for me during my pre-rice cooker days. My husband complained so many times of burnt casserole. It was then that I decided to make my life better and bought me a rice cooker. Boy, I love it. The thing made this clucking sound when ready. No staying put. I could do other task and in less than 15 minutes--voila! and the odor it brought out was just heavenly.

But most things don't last long, I should have known that. Now, after 3 years of staying together thru 2-3 cups most days, it bid me farewell today. No more red light, no more clucking. Just one nagging voice of my long lost grandfather "I have told you to watch the rice!"

10 comments:

rich said...

Up until now, I can't cook rice perfectly. Rice ends up being sunog or too watery. T.T

Thank God for rice cookers!! ^^

Phillip said...

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Kim, USA said...

Can't live with out rice that's what I told my hubby. Now he knew how to wash and cook rice, well through the rice cooker of course hehe! Too bad your rice cooker bids goodbye after a long romance you gonna miss it. ^_^ Thanks for the visit I do appreciate it.
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dianne said...

I learned how to cook rice when I was in high school I think. :) But I seldom do it now.

Kim Know's said...

Nice post! :) I can cook rice. Thanks for the help of my friend --> Rice cooker! :)

annalyn said...

whenever i see rice at the hotel cafeteria, I always always have my extra rice. Rice pa rin diba? :)

I am lucky though because my fiance's mom loves rice too and she always cook rice for me, since I am always out. She even bought me those frozen cooked rice, if ever I need them right away.

isn't that sweet?

Your post is so entertaining, I am imagining while reading a post written in Filipino, that gives smile in my heart :)d

inday_adin said...

The moment I came to the USA, I have been cooking my rice in the rice cooker. I do admit I miss the rice that is cooked on wood fire as it has a certain taste to it than in rice cooker. I have had my share of stories when it comes to cooking rice, burnt or uncooked. LOL! Anyway, I too love rice and pasta as well. My husband and my son both love rice and pasta just like me. Visiting!

Adin B

lina@happy family said...

Love reading your post, Mayet...
I love rice so much...
I can cook rice without rice cooker; but I do it only when the electricity is off :)

Pinx said...

oooohhhh...so sorry to hear about your rice cooker... :-( never mind, you can still buy one for yourself, that way, your love affair with rice will not end... we Filipinos can never live without rice...it's a staple! hehehe... am pretty sure you'll have rice for your noche buena! have a Merry Christmas!