★xx~Ways to eat your rice~xx★

ziuziuziu
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★xx~Ways to eat your rice~xx★

By ziuziuziu x)

From my daily life experiences, I know that rice can taste pretty boring :(
I have absolutely no idea if these will suit your tastes or not but ... haha just endure it.

These are ways to make your rice tastier (or healthier)!!

~~~~FOR THE SWEET-TOOTHS~~~~

You can use fruits such as APPLES , MANGOS , ORANGES , PEARS , PINEAPPLES ... etc
...and cut them up into small pieces. ( small enough to mix with rice i guess..)

or

Add sprinkles/chocolate chips
WARNING THIS IS NOT A GOOD CHOICE FOR DIETERS! :(

or

add coconut shreddings

or

add a BIT of honey

or

mix strawberry jam (or basically any type of jam) into the rice.. mix well...

~~~~FOR THE EXOTIC LOVERS~~~~

Mix it with a curry of your choice.

or

add little bits of seaweed ( nori )

or

add salt/ table spoon of soy sauce
WARNING: PLEASE REFRAIN FROM EATING THIS TOO MUCH AS EXCESSIVE SALT IS BAD FOR YOU X(

or

mint leaves ( yay for breath fresheners )

or

tofu ( with soy sauce.. most preferably :P)

or

lemon juice

or

Ketchup with egg ( scrambled, cut up and boiled, fried, the yolk... etc.) with rice.

or

Pork Floss ( it tastes best with congee though! ) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rousong

~~~~FIGHT PROBLEMS!~~~~

FOR CONSTIPATION:

use flax/linseed seeds to push out the poop :)

High Fibre - mix rice with high fibre things such as CARROTS and CELERY
High Carb - mix rice with grain OR mix rice with beans ( lentils, white beans.. etc )
NOTE: lentils are COMPLEX CARBS so they can keep you full for a long time. Don't eat it if you're planning to have a snack later haha....

~~~~REPLACEMENTS~~~~

You can replace the rice with...

-CORN

-BROWN/RED RICE

-RYE BERRIES

~~~~EXPERIMENTAL THINGS THAT MAY NOT BE NECESSARILY CORRECT XD~~~~

so...

HAVE YOU EVER TRIED STEAMING RICE WITH TEA INSTEAD OF WATER?

I have never tried it, but apparently(says my mom) the rice will have traces of the tea and it'll taste like it...
Kinda like how Hainan Chicken Rice is made...
you can use Chamomile Tea, Herbal Tea (YUCK...), any kind of tea....
what about using coffee? hehe..

HAVE YOU EVER TRIED MAKING CABBAGE ROLLS?

I dunno if you have or not...
but I personally find it a lot easier than making onigri x(
Just boil a cabbage/lettuce leaf..
Put the rice ( and other stuff..) in the middle-ish....
Wrap it kinda like a present.. left-in, right-in, top-in, bottom in... stick in a toothpick.... serve...

Or you could just wrap it like a ...TACO :D

*WILL BE ADDING MORE LATER :)*

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PROBLEMATIC MUCH? :D

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Loretta
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Re: ★xx~Ways to eat your rice~xx★

If rice is such a boring taste for you, have you tried other cuisines where rice is typically cooked with additional ingredients and flavours?

Spain has a great many Arroz dishes (the paellas are the most famous kinds but there are hundreds of other ways of cooking rice from just this one country), lots of these are delicious with some added lemon juice. There are risottos from Italy, Iran's celebrated Tahdig, Nasi Goreng from Indonesia/Malaysia and so many more, and that's not including all the Japanese recipes for mixed rice. There's no need to eat it plain unless you like it that way (and I usually do).

I do use mint from time to time to give flavour to rice, but I combine it with chopped basil, it approximates the taste of shiso - something I find very difficult/expensive to get hold of. The way I like to use it most is by adding cooked rice to a little fried garlic, I add a spoon of dashi concentrate and give it a stir then take it off the heat and stir in the mint & basil, this idea came from a recipe from Harumi Kurihara who suggests using a crumbled chicken stock instead of the dashi concentrate to make garlic fried rice with basil & mint.

Would adding tofu to plain rice make it more 'interesting'? I can't see how that would work.

And have you seen Maki's article on zakkoku mai:
http://www.justhungry.com/zakkoku-mai
This is a tasty way to add 'interest' to rice and ward off constipation. I add linseed (flax) to my own zakkoku mai mixes.

She's also included lots of furikake recipes. You can find a whole list of them here:
http://justbento.com/category/filed-under/furikake

I have to confess that I did eat rice and chocolate this morning. I covered a piece of chocolate with mochi I made yesterday and lightly toasted it. Yum! Not sure I would have liked it nearly so much with unpounded rice though.

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Re: ★xx~Ways to eat your rice~xx★

Thanks so much for the info on mint/basil tasting like shiso! I've never tasted shiso, never seen it in the shop, and you can't buy seeds or plants here either (according to my nurseryman friend at least). Now I know what to substitute for it.

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Re: ★xx~Ways to eat your rice~xx★

You may find shiso listed as an ornamental plant, under its latin name perilla.

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Re: ★xx~Ways to eat your rice~xx★

Perilla was what I asked Duncan (the nurseryman) for. Not available. We have quite a lot of restrictions as to plants etc. in New Zealand. Anything that might become invasive is generally not allowed in, don't know if perilla fits that description, but as far as I can figure out we just don't have it.

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Re: ★xx~Ways to eat your rice~xx★

Shiso/perilla is an annual, so I don't see why it would become invasive, but then I'm totally unfamiliar with New Zealand regulations. Too bad it's restricted, otherwise I could send you some seeds. I know that nowadays it's becoming much more available in Europe (until a few years ago it was basically unknown).

To me, shiso does not taste like basil or mint - maybe closer to mint than to basil, but still, very different. I'm all for substituting when possible, but some things just have a unique flavor. Shiso is one of the few herbs I make a concerted effort to grow, even if in a couple of pots.

(Actually until fairly recently fresh basil was not that well known in Japan, and cookbooks would often suggest using shiso instead of basil or 'basilico' in Italian/pasta recipes. Still, it ain't the same...unless it's the dried form, which doesn't taste like much of anything anyway.)

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Re: ★xx~Ways to eat your rice~xx★

The tip from Harumi Kurihara was to use basil and mint together (finely shredded), not either basil OR mint.
Somehow the blend woks. It isn't shiso (Perilla frutescens) but it is the closest approximation I've come across and a delicious addition in its own right. Sometimes (but not always) I might even prefer it to shiso.
Definitely worth trying if you have both herbs to hand.

My attempt to grow my own green shiso last year ended in tragedy when the sole successful seedling was slaughtered by an unknown assailant (I think it was thoughtlessness or clumsiness rather than malice). It's a new year so I'll try again.

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Re: ★xx~Ways to eat your rice~xx★

Loretta- I actually have no idea why tofu would make it tastier haha... I literally put random things on there x)
but thanks for the info :)

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Re: ★xx~Ways to eat your rice~xx★

thanks for the links! It helps :D

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Re: ★xx~Ways to eat your rice~xx★

Getting back to ziuziuziu's original topic, as a Japanese person it hurts my heart when someone says rice is bland and boring ^_^ (Nothing against you personally ziuziuziu!) Rice can be subtle and delicious if it's good rice to begin with and prepared right. "Good rice" is what jost Japanese people yearn for and miss the most when they are away from it (i.e. overseas without resources). Some rice grower should hire me as their ambassador, I swear. ^_^

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Re: ★xx~Ways to eat your rice~xx★

ahh...sorry :( It's just that I wanted to try eating rice a different way haha....
I have a lower tolerance for food than you probably do X)
The rice we have here is nothing compared to what i ate in japan ^_^ their rice is reaaally yummy :)

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Re: ★xx~Ways to eat your rice~xx★

I just did a web search and it seems Duncan was wrong - you can get the seeds from an Asian seed importer. $15 for the smallest packet. I'll have to think about that.

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shiso

Getting them to germinate is (I think) the biggest hurdle to growing shiso.

I was so unsuccessful last time around that I hesitate to say that I found the tips in the comments here: http://justbento.com/handbook/johbisai/shiso-best-herb-grow-bento-making - useful, but they seemed to be useful...

If I'd paid NZ$15 dollars for a packet I would have been seriously peeved off. Does the price include a guarantee?

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Re: ★xx~Ways to eat your rice~xx★

Oh no need to apologize at all ziuziuziu ^_^; Most rice is indeed bland and boring, and just a foil for other, more tasty food - with the exception of good Japanese rice (and in a totally different way, good basmati rice, imho). But on the other hand, good Japanese rice is not dirt cheap in the way most rice is. Most Japanese people are okay with paying extra for good tasting rice but say, paying $50 for a 5 kg (about 10lb) bag of rice may be unthinkable to some people too. I guess it's a matter of perspective!

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Re: shiso

Ha ha Loretta. As if!

I have found another place to buy them, $4.50 + postage for 100 seeds. It's a seller on TradeMe, our local version of eBay. I just need to think of what other seeds I want to buy from the person to combine postage and make it a bit cheaper.

Huh, those ones are sold for the moment, but there are more people selling 20 seeds for a similar price. This is what they say about growing it:
"SHISO GREEN
Botanical Name: Perilla frutescens crispa
A basic culinary herb with both the leaves and seeds used in Japan for making Tempura. Shiso has also proved very popular for salads not only for its nutty like taste. Pinch out the flower spikes as they develop to encourage foliage on bushier plants. It is important that seed is stratified, chilling at 5C in moist sand for 7 days and then needs light to germinate. Plants are frost tender. "

So next time you try to grow some, keep them in the fridge for a week to start with.

ziuziuziu
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Re: ★xx~Ways to eat your rice~xx★

Yerr :) My mom tries to experiment. She buys one random but reasonably cheap bag of rice, tries it at home, and if it's good, she'll buy it again x) buuuut just because things are expensive doesn't necessarily mean they are good quality.. well that's what i was tought. :/

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Re: shiso

Hi Bronwyn
I just noticed this post. I buy my seeds from Kings Seeds. They have many otherwise difficult to source seeds.
https://secure.zeald.com/kingseeds/results.html?q=shiso
Shiso grows well for me in a pot indoors.
Cheers
Trisha

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Re: shiso

Thanks. I got some seeds, along with 9 other varieties of herbs, and will have a bash at growing in pots on the windowsill.

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Re: Invasive Shiso

My experience in California is that shiso can be quite invasive. Several years ago I planted shiso seeds in a pot in my small enclosed San Francisco patio. It has reseeded in that same pot and several others throughout the patio ever since. But that's fine with me because I love shiso. When I notice little seedlings, I transplant them and give them as gifts.

A friend in a much warmer part of the Bay Area planted several shiso plants, both red and green, in her outdoor vegetable garden. Her plants were huge in comparison to mine. The next year, and every year since, she has found it in her lawn. Smells magical when they mow the lawn ^_^

With all this shiso, I usually dry the plants at the end of the season, or when I thin them. (I just pull them up by the roots and put them in a paper bag in the closet.) After they are dried, I remove the leaves and store them for use throughout the year. While not as strong as fresh, the crumbled leaves add a wonderful fresh fragrance/flavor to salsa and tomato sauce - anywhere I might use basil.

I love putting sprigs of shiso flower buds in bento. It smells wonderful and the buds are a tasty refresher.

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Re: ★xx~Ways to eat your rice~xx★

How about cooking the rice with coconut milk and turmeric? :) Indonesia has a traditional dish called Nasi Kuning. Just mix rice (washed and drained) with coconut milk, lemon grass (bruised), turmeric juice, and salt in a rice cooker and done! The recipe usually has more components, but most of the ingredients (like pandan leaf, salam leaf -- a kind of bay leaf, and laos) are from Indonesia, and I'm not sure we can find them anywhere else in the world... But the coconut milk and the turmeric juice are the vital ones, so I think they'll do.

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