You thought this post was going to be a recipe…. But really it’s going to be all about how much I love my new rice cooker.
I’m by far the most Asian Norwegian you’ll ever meet. Wait — you thought I was American? Roots, baby. I got roots. And they’re Norwegian. But you’d think I was Asian. I eat Asian food several times a week, and in addition to loving rice, I love minimalism, kawaii, politeness, punctuality, baths, and these pens.
But let’s talk more about rice.
The smell of warm rice waiting for you when you get home from work/school. The stickiness that results from adding too much water (on purpose.) The near-impossibility of you burning rice for the millionth time…
Long live rice cookers.
So why didn’t I have one up until last week?
Well, ever since my friend Franklin gave me a rice cooker before I went off to college — best gift ever — and then somehow it got lost before I could use it (still a mystery), I’ve been mourning its loss, and longing to have one at last.
So I finally broke down and got one.
And I’ve been having rice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner… creating new recipes, food prepping, and… doing lots of chewing.
Plus, from a nutritional standpoint, I’d like to seize this opportunity to get all macrobiotic on you for a sec. Whole grains (like brown rice) are considered by macrobiotical folks to be “the foods in which yin and yang are closest to being in balance.” And chewing is über beneficial for digestion, guys.
So today’s a rice party. Risotto, to be exact. And you’re going to be amazed by how easy this recipe is to pull off (especially if you have a rice cooker — though it’s totally not required,) and how absolutely creamy-creams it is.
My favorite food textures: chewy and creamy. Remember: Most of my cooking is ad hoc, so please be willing to experiment and taste as you go.
The carrots give this dish an added element of creaminess and complexity, and I highly recommend you don’t skip this part. Especially because it adds another veggie to your dish! Yum!
So, when the cravings for this creamy risotto hit, chalk it up to going “macro”… because sometimes you need to yin out all your yang-ing, or vice versa. (We know all about those brownie bites…. and we know it’s our fault. 😉 )
With love and balance,