The Virtues of Rice

Rice and it’s flexibility

Someone told me this week that rice is boring. I sat there shaking my head as I couldn’t believe anyone could think that. Rice is the most widely consumed staple food in the world. As a cereal grain it is the third highest worldwide production after sugar cane and corn.

You have so many varieties of rice from long grain, short grain, white and brown, you have basmati, your have jasmine, just to name a few. And then comes their preparations. You can have them plain. By changing the fluid that you use you change the flavour. Example chicken broth or tomato juice vs water. Then there are spices. Examples oregano, cayenne, Cajun spices, Thai based spices, and so on. You can steam it, your can make it in a pot, your can fry it once it’s cooked. You can sweeten it and make rice pudding. It is a good source of carbohydrate with some protein thrown in for good measure. It is something that is relatively economical and by adding things like black beans or cheap cuts of meat you can have a good economical nutritious meal. The options and possibilities are endless.

Yesterday I made a pork fried rice with vegetables and edamame beans. Recipe to come at a later date.

This is one staple you can have so much fun with and never fear trying new things with rice and make it your own.

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