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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Discovery in adversity

Looking at the bright side of things, when something constrains you, resourcefulness often creates something new and interesting. Being temporarily disabled by a kitchen accident, I had to figure out a way to cook using only one hand. Well, the other one isn't tied behind my back, but one handed cooking is incredibly challenging (and I haven't solved the problem of one handed dish washing).

But looking in my pantry, I had to resort to something that didn't involve too much knife work. I could make congee, as it was appropriate for the weather. I have old precooked rice, and frozen stock, but one handed stirring could be a problem.

Solved by using the oven. As a matter a fact, this may become my favored method of making congee. You simply dump the rice and the stock into an oven safe pot, throw in flavorings (ginger, dried herbs), and put the whole thing in a 350F oven, covered, for an hour or so. Stir it up, and it comes up creamy. I stirred in frozen edamame, frozen corn, and pieces of sweet potato, some salt, and some cayenne, cracked an egg over the lot, and stuck in back in the oven for another half an hour.

Made for a pretty good meal. 

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