Gentle Readers, it is an amazing thing to be surrounded by people who love food and books in equal proportions. Tonight I learned more about circus peanuts and candy corn than I ever imagined. (For the record, I think circus peanuts taste like chalk mixed with Aspergum, while candy corn has more of a sugared wax feel.) The connecting thread to this meandering food conversation: texture.
Today’s product review came as a recommendation from my friend OscartheCoach. Brown Rice Medley from Trader Joe’s blew me away in terms of texture. Generally speaking, I’m terrible at making plain rice, but not bad at risotto or other liquidy rice-pasta numbers. So I, gasp, essentially followed the directions on the package, using Chicken Stock instead of water, and it turned out well. This is a whole grain product, and takes some time to cook, but it’s low-fuss and well worth it. It is to Rice-A-Roni as granita is to Chillie Willie. Worth the extra time.
The blend contains “A Delicious Blend of Long Grain Brown Rice, Black Barley & Daikon Radish Seeds.” It’s a textural wonder, with enough chew and variety to stay interesting, and the nuttiness one expects from brown rice. I would eat it for breakfast, it’s that good. And you know how I feel about cereal.
I’ll be heading back into the taste kitchen to test this out with different stocks and timing, to see if I can go closer to risotto. I would recommend using stock (mushroom, veggie, chicken, or turkey: I think beef and pork would overwhelm), and a sprinkle of Parmesan or parsley at the end would be nice too. It is sold as a side dish, but with a nice salad and some fruit, it makes a great meal.
During the great Fried adventure, I craved this dish. It tasted pure and clean and chewed like a meal, satisfying and complete within itself. Thanks OTC for the suggestion!
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Tomorrow, another in the theme of reviews, Chocolate Yogurt: A Poor Man’s Banana Split.