In my immediate family, we tell each other what we want for presents. Otherwise you end up with very odd gifts. So, when asked, we give a list of things we are interested in (complete with product names, item numbers, and links where to find the products) . The rule is that the gifts have to be things you would never buy for yourself. This year I asked for a rice cooker. I would have never gotten one for myself because they are too expensive for a single task item. My hope is, if rice is easier/cleaner to make, I will eat more brown rice instead of pasta. I am a Pastaholic. In researching which cooker I wanted, I found that some of them don't cook brown rice. So I had to get one that could make brown rice and that means I ended up with one that can also work as a slow cooker. A slow cooker (crock pot) has been on my RV list. My research on the RV lifestyle has indicated that pot luck meals will become a part of my life and I'm not a cook. Crock pot seemed an easy way to cook, be able to take warm meals to the pot lucks, and hopefully, make it more appealing for me to cook real meals for myself (aka save money).
So I break out the instructions over coffee. I was primarily looking to see what kind of rice to put on the grocery list. Who knew there were so many kinds of rice? Sweet rice, mixed rice, rinse free rice, haiga rice, whole grain brown rice (is there another type of brown rice?), and quick rice. The blurb on the thing said it will also steam veggies while you are cooking the rice. Not clear on how to get that done. As with any new kitchen appliance, it came with recipes. Little did I know, I also got a 'porridge cooker' for my birthday. There is a recipe for porridge, and a special setting just for porridge. I've heard of porridge before, but never knew what it was made of. I can say the recipe does not sound appealing to me (rice, onion, asparagus, garlic, tuna (optional), chicken bouillon, salt/pepper, and olive oil). Mind you.. it doesn't specify what kind of rice?? And the asparagus is supposed to be "parboiled", whatever that means? The silly thing also has a special insert just for making your own Tofu. Tofu?? Not a fan!! I think I will be skipping these particular offerings.
I did my exercise last night and back is better this morning. I'm off to the grocery store this afternoon (trying to beat the incoming snow storm). I'll let you know how the rice cooker does.
If anyone, that comes by here, gets any strange e-mails from my e-mail address, please let me know. I had 2 'undeliverable mail' notices in my inbox this morning. I haven't sent out any e-mails from that address. Hope I didn't catch a bug from blogging and pass it around. I have excellent security on my computer, but I am new to blogging, may be something I didn't know about. Hope not!!