03 January 2008

The year of the Rice

For my birthday, David offered me (besides a "33 Tours" of course) a Cuisinart rice cooker. Some could argue it's not very birthdaypresenty nor romantic nor passionate, but the truth is it's gradually changing my life for a better and higher spiritual dimension in which food takes yet another turn - I started to use it just few days ago and I immediately wondered afterwards how it was that I could be 33 and never have used a rice-cooker before? It's not only one of the most perfect tool ever invented to facilitate daily life but it also induces creativity, benevolence and pleasure.
The grace with which you get to prepare simple food, whether it's rice, broccoli or salmon makes you a better person. Because you not only feel like you have a greater respect for the ingredients that come into your meal, but you also get to enjoy a super yummy dish at the end. And I who thought a rice cooker was just a steam + dull food maker! How naive and prejudiced...
Among all the fun I have with the cooker, one is more inspiring that the rest: it brings rice more frequently into my life, and when I say rice, I say Basmati, sticky, Thai, Arborio, red from Camargues, Japanese for sushi or onigiri, etc... The world at my table! Of course, you can also cook other cereals, like quinoa, boulgur, semolina and most of all the beans, vegetables, fishes and some meats, with just some cups of water and pressing a button. I'm looking forward to try dozens of recipes I've put aside, mainly from Japan and Thailand. Personally, I couldn't start the year better than with the expectations of eating creatively, healthy and mostly deliciously (with a minimum cooking effort). Ah when technology meets food... the history of the world cultures lies just there...


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Welcome to the age of rice cooker!
It is quiet interesting, since I live in Japan, I cook (I mean, I REALLY" cook) twice the week. I believe now, if you have a rice cooker and an oven, your mouth as well as your noze become kings?queens of the world... !
My own rice cooker is not as nice as yours. It is a japanese one, plenty of bottons (timer, type of rice or type of food) and looks like a motorbike helmet!
I agree with you, the more respect you give to the foods, the more pleasure you receive from them.
How can people eat so often this junk food we can find everywhere (and Japan is not exempt, with these discusting and greasy/ salty Yoshinoya...).
Rice, one tomato, one advocado, one piman, red cabbage, one egg fried in olive oil and a hand made dressing : it takes 5 minutes to prepare and... this is one of my favourite dish... especialy when I am in a rush in the evening (I prepare the rice in the morning, it is ready when I come back as I use the timer).
For the next step in you pleasures, I will recommend you a pressure cooker... vegetables, fishes... while your rice cooker will prepare some rice...
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