Rice a la Carrera
Rice is the staple food of more than half of the world’s population. It is prepared around the world and yet basically it’s pretty much the same. It can be taken for granted or even overlooked. In a time where things and relationships can be seen as so complex, it is comforting to think how this simple grain can unite us on such a yummy level. Enough of the deep stuff. I was thrilled to uncover the pot to this beauty.
“What’s so special?” I think I hear you asking.
I was a la Carrera as usual! I had taken special care to prepare my beef and veggie soup (aka caldo de res) when I realized I had forgotten to make the rice, which of course get’s added to the piping hot bowl of yummy caldo, just as you are about to serve it. Everyone knows you can’t rush rice. If you over-stir, it’s mushy; uncover too soon it won’t finish cooking; undercook, it’s to hard, overcook, the bottom burns. Do you see my dilemma? I rushed through the process hoping for it to be done before the whole family joined the table. I opened the lid to find this
just-right pot of not too hard, not to dry, not to mushy feast.
If you cook rice, you know that timing is everything. I hope you can relate to my simple pleasure of just-right rice. In the end, the dinner was great, mainly because we ate and spent time together as a family. I couldn’t help but think of all the other families around the world sharing their meals together and also those without.